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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of seven completed this week's survey under hot and sunny conditions. Pipevine swallowtail caterpillars feed on plants in the toxic Aristolochia genus. Swanflower, which grows in open, sunny locations is a common host in our area. The caterpillars' color responds to temperature: they are black when it is cool, turn red as it gets hotter, and take on a deep golden hue (see below) when it is really hot.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Unknown sp. (green sweat bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Conura sp. (chalcid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (root maggot fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Battus philenor (pipevine swallowtail larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Mestra amymone (common mestra)
photo by Val Bugh


Spragueia guttata (spotted spragueia moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Megalopyge opercularis (southern flannel moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Garella nilotica (black-olive caterpillar moth)
photo by Dan Zinn


Stegasta bosqueella (red-necked peanutworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Bothriocera sp. (cixiid planthopper)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Corythucha marmorata & Gargaphia sp. (lace bugs)
photo by Val Bugh


Eleodes goryi (darkling beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Anasaitis canosa (jumping spider looking back)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx with shed skin)
photo by Val Bugh


Gasteracantha cancriformis (spiny-backed orbweaver, immature)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope trifasciata (banded garden spider, immature)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Argyrodes elevatus (silver dewdrop spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Sceloporus olivaceus (Texas spiny lizard)
photo by Val Bugh


Carduelis psaltria (lesser goldfinch)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Thryomanes bewickii (Bewick's wren)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (adult & larva)
      hesperiidae  Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Amblyscirtes celia  Celia's Roadside-skipper
      noctuidae  Acontia cretata  Chalky Bird-dropping Moth
        Diastema tigris  Lantana Moth
        Spragueia guttata  Spotted Spragueia Moth
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
      erebidae  Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Hypena minualis  Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Aon noctuiformis  Moth
      arctiidae  Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes (larva)
      nolidae  Garella nilotica  Black-olive Caterpillar Moth
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald (larva)
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Macaria aequiferaria  Woody Angle
      crambidae  Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Pyrausta tyralis  Coffee-loving Pyrausta Moth
        Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Microtheoris vibicalis  Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria opacella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Sciota virgatella  Black-spotted Leafroller Moth
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Southern Flannel Moth
      tortricidae  Bactra verutana  Javelin Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
        Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      gelechiidae  Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Dichomeris inversella  Moth
        Chionodes phalacra  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Neoscythris fissirostris  Moth
      tineidae  Monopis sp.  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus heppneri  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Lema trabeata  Leaf Beetle
        Lema daturaphila  Three-lined Potato Beetle
        Oulema variabilis  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      elateridae  Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle
        Melanotus sp.  Click Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Myodocha serripes  Long-necked Seed Bug
        Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
        Neopamera bilobata  Seed Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug
      tingidae  Corythucha marmorata  Chrysanthemum Lace Bug (adult & nymph)
        Gargaphia sp.  Lace Bug (adult & nymph)
      cydnidae  Pangaeus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Acinopterus angulatus  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Ollarianus strictus  Leafhopper
        Osbornellus scalaris  Leafhopper
        Deltocephalus flavicosta  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      cixiidae  Melanoliarus sp.  Planthopper
        Bothriocera sp.  Planthopper
      membracidae  Vanduzea sp.  Treehopper (adult & nymph)
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
        Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
      chalcididae  Conura sp.  Chalcid Wasp

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      asilidae  Efferia sp.  Robber Fly
      ulidiidae  Delphinia picta  Picture-winged Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Plexippus paykulli  Pantropical Jumper
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Thiodina puerpera  Jumping Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black And Yellow Garden Spider
        Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
        Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      theridiidae  Argyrodes elevatus  Silver Dewdrop Spider

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