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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of six completed this week's survey. It was hot and mostly sunny. There are hundreds of species of caterpillars found in our area but only a small number have venomous spines. The Io moth larva shown below is one example; its brittle spines contain venom and break off on contact. Individual reactions vary, but the sting is generally rather painful and similar to a bee sting.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Agelenopsis sp. (funnel weaver about to attack a stink bug)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Anasaitis canosa (jumping spider)
photo by Dan Zinn


Araneus pegnia (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Philodromus sp. (running crab spider eating stink bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus luridus (assassin bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Oncopeltus fasciatus (large milkweed bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanalonia conica (planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Pacarina puella (a very tiny cicada)
photo by Val Bugh


Nemognatha piazata (blister beetles)
photo by Val Bugh


Diplostethus texanus (click beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Aneflomorpha seminuda (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Ululodes macleayanus (owlfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum tamaulipanum (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus differentialis (differential grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus plebejus (plebeian grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus tuberculatus (Quanah grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Aon noctuiformis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Automeris io (Io moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus gilippus (queen)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Reptiles, Amphibians & Fish:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)
    Rio Grande Cichlid (Cichlasoma cyanogutatum)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Leptotes marina  Marine Blue
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (adult & larva)
      erebidae  Aon noctuiformes  Moth
      arctiidae  Hypercompe scribonia  Great Leopard Moth (larva)
      notodontidae  Schizura errucata  Prominent
      saturniidae  Automeris io  Io Moth (larva)
        Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
      tortricidae  Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
      gelechiidae  Coleotechnites sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      cerambycidae  Aneflomorpha seminuda  Longhorn Beetle
      meloidae  Nemognatha luridas  Blister Beetle
        Nemognatha piazata  Blister Beetle
      elateridae  Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (nymph)
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Podisus maculiventris  Predatory Stink Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper (adult & nymph)
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
        Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper
        Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      cicadidae  Pacarina puella  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Tarantula Hawk

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tachinidae  Microphthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      agromyzidae  Unknown sp.  Leaf-miner Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
      libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Unknown sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus tuberculatus  Quanah Grasshopper
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Dichromorpha viridis  Short-winged Green Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner Shieldback

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
      araneidae  Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
        Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Araneus pegnia  Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      philidromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      agelenidae  Agelenopsis sp.  Funnel Weaver

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