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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Seven volunteers participated in this week's survey. The weather was hot and sunny. Long before humans discovered how to make paper, wasps were doing it. The yellowjacket shown below is scraping wood fibers from one of the benches in the Gardens. It will use that raw material to construct the nest cells in which the young wasps develop.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Chioides albofasciatus (white-striped longtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Manduca rustica (rustic sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh


Erinnyis obscura (obscure sphinx)
photo by Val Bugh


Pelochrista metariana (leafroller moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Eucosma matutina (leafroller moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Spragueia obatra (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Euchromius ocelleus (grass-veneer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Hymenia perspectalis (spotted beet webworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Conchylodes ovulalis (zebra conchylodes)
photo by Dan Zinn


Holochroa dissociarius (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus renardii (assassin bug eating beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Euschistus quadrator (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanalonia laticosta (planthopper: adult & nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Menosoma cincta (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (mealybugs)
photo by Val Bugh


Scymnus sp. (lady beetle larva eating aphid)
photo by Val Bugh


Coleomethia xanthocollis (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis eating honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Vespula squamosa (southern yellowjacket scraping wood)
photo by Val Bugh


Sylvilagus floridanus (eastern cottontail)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
        Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (larva)
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Wallengrenia otho  Southern Broken-dash
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
      noctuidae  Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Tripudia flavofasciata  Moth
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird Dropping Moth
        Spragueia obatra  Moth
        Spragueia guttata  Moth
        Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband
        Ogdoconta tacna  Moth
        Schinia chrysellus  Broomweed Flower Moth
        Schinia nundina  Goldenrod Flower Moth
        Schinia rivulosa  Ragweed Flower Moth
      erebidae  Isogona tenuis  Thin-lined Owlet
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Cecharismena jalapena  Moth
        Phytometra orgiae  Moth
      sphingidae  Manduca rustica  Rustic Sphinx
        Erinnyis obscura  Obscure Sphinx
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
        Holochroa dissociarius  Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
      crambidae  Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Hymenia perspectalis  Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
        Spoladea recurvalis  Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth
        Conchylodes ovulalis  Zebra Conchylodes
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Parapediasia teterrella  Bluegrass Webworm Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      tortricidae  Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
        Eucosma salaciana  Leafroller Moth
        Eucosma matutina  Leafroller Moth
        Pelochrista metariana  Leafroller Moth
        Cydia membrosa  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  Blastobasis glandulella  Acorn Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      gelechiidae  Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Battaristis sp.  Moth
        Anacampsis conclusella  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Dichomeris costarufoella  Moth
        Coleotechnites florae  Coleotechnites Flower Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole bella  Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer 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
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (larva)
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      cerambycidae  Stenaspis verticalis  Longhorn Beetle
        Coleomethia xanthocollis  Longhorn Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Narnia femorata  Cactus Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bowlegged Bug (adult & nymph)
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug (adult & nymph)
      miridae  Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      pentatomidae  Euschistus quadrator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
        Menosoma cincta  Leafhopper
      dictyopharidae  Phylloscelis atra  Black Leaf-leg
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia laticosta  Planthopper (adult & nymph)
      pseudococcidae  Unknown sp.  Mealybug
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
        Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp

    diptera  dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tephritidae  Xanthaciura sp.  Fruit Fly
      syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Microphthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Plexippus paykulli  Pantropical Jumper
        Habronattus cognatus  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black-and-yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
        Araneus pegnia  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver

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