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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was very warm and sunny as five people completed this week's survey. Butterflies are diurnal, meaning they are active by day and rest during the night. The group of Danaus species shown below, including Queens, Monarchs and a Soldier, were still roosting in the cool of the early morning. When the sun warmed things up a short time later, they, along with many other species, were all busy feeding on the nearby Shrubby Boneset.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Xylocopa virginica (eastern carpenter bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Melissodes sp. (long-horned bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Nomada texana (cuckoo bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Coelioxys sp. (parasitic leaf-cutter bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Polistes bellicosus (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Trichopoda pennipes (feather-legged fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Sympetrum vicinum (autumn meadowhawk, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca obscura (obscure bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Chelinidea vittiger (opuntia bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Chelinidea tabulata (opuntia bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Emesaya brevipennis (thread-legged bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Eacles imperialis (imperial moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Duponchelia fovealis (European pepper moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Haematopis grataria (chickweed geometer)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanchroia chephise (white-tipped black)
photo by Val Bugh


Anaea aidea (tropical leafwing)
photo by Val Bugh


Battus philenor (pipevine swallowtail)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus spp. (queens, monarchs, & soldier)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Dryas iulia  Julia Heliconian
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Danaus eresimus  Soldier
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark
        Anaea aidea  Tropical Leafwing
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch
        Phyciodes phaon  Phaon Crescent
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Phoebis philea  Orange-barred Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface (adult & larva)
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema proterpia  Tailed Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Calpodes ethlius  Brazilian Skipper
        Panoquina ocola  Ocola Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Pyrgus oileus  Tropical Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail (adult & larva)
        Heliopetes laviana  Laviana White-skipper
        Heliopetes macaira  Turk's-cap White-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Eantis tamenund  Sickle-winged Skipper
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Elaphria fuscimacula  Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Condica sp.  Moth (larva)
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
      erebidae  Goniapteryx servia  Moth
        Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Hypocala andremona  Moth
        Ptichodis vinculum  Black-tipped Ptichodis
        Anticarsia gemmatalis  Velvetbean Caterpillar (larva)
      arctiidae  Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      saturniidae  Eacles imperialis  Imperial Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Scopula umbilicata  Moth
        Scopula limboundata  Large Lace-border
        Haematopis grataria  Chickweed Geometer
        Melanchroia chephise  White-tipped Black
      crambidae  Steniodes mendica  Moth
        Pilocrocis ramentalis  Scraped Pilocrocis
        Ommatospila narcaeusalis  Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Duponchelia fovealis  European Pepper Moth
        Agriphila vulgivagella  Vagabond Crambus Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Decodes basiplagana  Leafroller Moth
        Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Deltophora glandiferella  Moth
        Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
      carposinidae  Carposina sasakii  Peach Fruitworm Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
      cleridae  Cymatodera balteata  Checkered Beetle
      meloidae  Epicauta sp.  Blister Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug
        Chariesterus antennator  Euphorbia Bug
        Catorhintha selector  Coreid Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Emesaya brevipennis  Thread-legged Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
        Trigonotylus sp.  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus quadrator  Stink Bug
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Illinigina illinoiensis  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Nomada texana  Cuckoo Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
        Anthidiellum notatum  Bee
        Coelioxys sp.  Parasitic Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Palpada pusilla  Flower Fly
        Palpada furcata  Flower Fly
        Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      bombyliidae  Poecilanthrax lucifer  Bee Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Peleteria sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Trichopoda lanipes  Feather-legged Fly
        Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly
      cecidomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Midge
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
        Aedes aegypti  Yellow-fever Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
        Sympetrum vicinum  Autumn Meadowhawk
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
        Neoconocephalus triops  Broad-tipped Conehead
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Pseudosermyle strigata  Walking Stick

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      theridiidae  Argyrodes elevatus  Silver Dewdrop Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider

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