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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was a hot and partly sunny morning as a team of seven completed this week's survey. Some moths have projections on the front of their face (see below). These are called the labial palps and there is one on either side of the curled up proboscis through which the insect feeds. The palps are often covered with sensory hairs.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Stenaspis verticalis (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Cotinis nitida (green June beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Acmaeodera flavomarginata (metallic woodborer)
photo by Val Bugh


Curculio sp. (nut weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Diastictis fracturalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Plusiodonta compressipalpis (moonseed moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Goniapteryx servia (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia bina (flower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia nundina (goldenrod flower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Schinia chrysellus (broomweed flower moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta inornatalis (inornate pyrausta moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Peridea angulosa (angled prominent)
photo by Val Bugh


Bagisara sp. (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (butterfly larva with ants)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Sphex ichneumoneus (great golden digger wasp with paralyzed katydid)
photo by Val Bugh


Scudderia furcata (fork-tailed bush katydid nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Niesthrea louisianica (scentless plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Lestes australis (southern spreadwing eating leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider with gulf fritillary)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Wilson's Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla)

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

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Striate Wolf Snail (Euglandina singleyana)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Asterocampa clyton  Tawny Emperor
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (adult, egg & larva)
      lycaenidae  Unknown sp.  Hairstreak or Blue (larva)
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
      hesperiidae  Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Pyrgus sp.  Checkered-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Amblyscirtes celia  Celia's Roadside-skipper
      noctuidae  Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Bagisara sp.  Moth (larva)
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Elaphria festivoides  Festive Midget
        Spragueia jaguaralis  Moth
        Schinia bina  Flower Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
        Schinia alencis  Flower Moth
        Schinia nundina  Goldenrod Flower Moth
        Schinia rivulosa  Ragweed Flower Moth
      erebidae  Aon noctuiformis  Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Melipotis indomita  Moth
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Goniapteryx servia  Moth
        Ommatochila mundula  Moth
      notodontidae  Peridea angulosa  Angled Prominent
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Holochroa dissociarius  Moth
        Lobocleta ossularia  Drab Brown Wave
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
      crambidae  Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Crocidosema plebejana  Cotton Tipworm Moth
        Eucosma salaciana  Leafroller Moth
        Epiblema strenuana  Ragweed Borer Moth
        Pseudexentera knudsoni  Leafroller Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
        Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
        Antaeotricha humilis  Moth
      elachistidae  Haplochrois bipunctella  Moth
      coleophoridae  Coleophora sp.  Moth
        Mompha solomoni  Buttonbush Leafminer Moth
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Southern Flannel Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis paltodoriella  Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Battaristis sp.  Moth
        Keiferia glochinella  Eggplant Leafminer Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Dichomeris inversella  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth
      plutellidae  Plutella xylostella  Diamondback Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus heppneri  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth
        Amydria margoriella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Mimosestes amicus  Seed Beetle
      coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Lady Beetle
      elateridae  Diplostethus texanus  Click Beetle
      trogidae  Trox sp.  Hide Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Phyllophaga sp.  June Beetle
        Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
        Cotinis nitida  Green June Beetle
        Ataenius platensis  Aphodiine Dung Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera flavomarginata  Metallic Woodborer
      cerambycidae  Stenaspis verticalis  Longhorn Beetle
        Sphaenothecus bivittata  Longhorn Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil
      attelabidae  Haplorhynchites sp.  Flower Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
        Ochrimnus mimulus  Seed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Myodocha serripes  Long-necked Seed Bug
        Neopamera bilobata  Seed Bug
        Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      cydnidae  Amnestus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      pentatomidae  Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Ponana punctipennis  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Menosoma cincta  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Coelioxys sp.  Parasitic Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes quadrifasciata  Sand Wasp
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      formicidae  Nylanderia sp.  Crazy Ant
        Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
      lestidae  Lestes australis  Southern Spreadwing
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail
        Ischnura hastata  Citrine Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket
      rhaphidophoridae  Ceuthophilus sp.  Camel Cricket
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (adult & nymph)

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Thiodina puerpera  Jumping Spider
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black-and-yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider

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