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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of seven completed this week's survey under hot and mostly sunny conditions. Many orbweaver spiders are nocturnal and build their web each night. The Neoscona shown below is in the process of dismantling its old web. Instead of remaining where it is vulnerable to predators, it will spend the day hidden in a retreat, eating the glob of silk it has gathered. The recycled protein will help it build a new web at dusk.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Sayornis phoebe (eastern phoebes in nest)
photo by Val Bugh


Geococcyx californianus (greater roadrunner track: 2 toes point forward & 2 back!)
photo by Val Bugh


Sobara palliolata (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlosyne lacinia (bordered patch)
photo by Val Bugh


Lobocleta ossularia (drab brown wave)
photo by Val Bugh


Lycomorpha pholus (black-and-yellow lichen moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (bagworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ponometia erastrioides (small bird dropping moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Acrolophus cressoni (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ozamia clarefacta (cactus borer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Polyhymno luteostrigella (moths mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus flabellatus (Dallas short-winged grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Paraidemona sp. (spur-throated grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Neoscona crucifera (orbweaver dismantling its web)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus audax (bold jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus carolinensis (Carolina jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Zodion sp. (thick-headed fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (shining flower beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrota tenuicostatis (red-margined blister beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Pachydiplax longipennis (blue dasher)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus), fresh tracks
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Northern Raccoon (Procyon lotor), fresh tracks

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), tadpoles
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer)

  • Misc.:
    Striate Wolf Snail (Euglandina singleyana)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Anaea aidea  Tropical Leafwing
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, pupa & larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Phoebis philea  Orange-barred Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
      noctuidae  Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
        Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband
        Ozarba aeria  Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Bagisara nr. rectifascia  Moth (larva)
        Ponometia sp.  Bird Dropping Moth (larva)
        Ponometia erastrioides  Small Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Bird Dropping Moth
      erebidae  Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Eubolina impartialis  Moth
        Hypenula cacuminalis  Long-horned Owlet
        Phytometra orgiae  Moth
      arctiidae  Virbia sp.  Moth
        Cisthene tenuifascia  Thin-banded Lichen Moth
        Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva & pupa)
      geometridae  Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
        Nemoria bifilata  White-barred Emerald
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Fernaldella fimetaria  Moth
      crambidae  Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Lineodes integra  Eggplant Leafroller Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Pyrausta pseuderosnealis  Pyrausta Moth
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Peoria opacella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Ozamia clarefacta  Cactus Borer Moth
      tortricidae  Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
        Ecdytolopha mana  Leafroller Moth
        Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer Moth
        Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
        Unknown sp.  Leafroller Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
        Cochylis hospes  Banded Sunflower Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
        Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
        Pselnophorus belfragei  Plume Moth
      coleophoridae  Mompha murtfeldtella  Moth
        Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer Moth
      psychidae  Unknown sp.  Bagworm Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus cressoni  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Deloyala guttata  Tortoise Beetle
      phalacridae  Unknown sp.  Shining Flower Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Cyclocephala sp.  Masked Chafer
        Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
      carabidae  Anisodactylus sp.  Ground Beetle
      dytiscidae  Thermonectus basallaris  Predaceous Diving Beetle
      elateridae  Unknown sp.  Click Beetle
        Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle
      meloidae  Pyrota tenuicostatis  Red-margined Blister Beetle
      oedemeridae  Oxacis cana  False Blister Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Anasa tristis  Squash Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus tetracanthus  Four-spined Assassin Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (adult & nymph)
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Draeculacephala sp.  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Sobara palliolata  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
        Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper
        Acanalonia laticosta  Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Svastra obliqua  Digger Bee
      halictidae  Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polites bellicosus  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus sp.  Carpenter Ant (alate)

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes celeris  Bee Fly
      conopidae  Zodion sp.  Thick-headed Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tachinidae  Microphthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly
      stratiomyidae  Hermetia illucens  Black Soldier Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Aidemona azteca  Aztec Spurthroat (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner Shieldback
      gryllidae  Oecanthus fultoni  Snowy Tree Cricket
        Neonemobius mormonius  Mormon Ground Cricket
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly
      leptoceridae  Oecetis sp.  Long-horned Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Phidippus carolinensis  Carolina Jumper
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Araneus pegnia  Orbweaver
        Eustala anastera  Orbweaver
      miturgidae  Unknown sp.  Sac Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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