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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Ten volunteers participated in this week's survey under warm, partly sunny and windy conditions. The plant kingdom is not alone in utilizing animals for seed dispersal. The mass of flies shown below is eagerly feeding on the foul-smelling slime coating containing the spores of a stinkhorn mushroom. The flies will carry the spores on their feet and in their digestive systems to new locations.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Megalorrhipida leucodactylus (plume moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptotes cassius (cassius blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema nise (mimosa yellow)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema lisa (little yellow)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema proterpia (tailed orange, summer form)
photo by Val Bugh


Eurema nicippe (sleepy orange)
photo by Val Bugh


Megalopyge opercularis (southern flannel moth larva:
close view of spines under hair)
photo by Val Bugh


Pero meskaria (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Eupithecia miserulata (common eupithecia larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Rachiplusia ou (gray looper larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Diastema tigris (lantana moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus isola & Camponotus festinatus
(Reakirt's blue larva & carpenter ants)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Schistocerca americana (American bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Synthesiomyia nudiseta (flies on stinkhorn mushroom)
photo by Val Bugh


Microtomus purcis (assassin bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Taylorilygus apicalis, Polymerus basalis & Omophoita cyanipennis
(plant bugs & flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Cycloneda sanguinea (red lady beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope trifasciata (banded garden spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Dendroica coronata (rear view of a yellow-rumped warbler)
photo by Pat Dittmar

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Common Raven (Corvus corax)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

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

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Danaus eresimus  Soldier
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
        Anaea aidea  Tropical Leafwing
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nise  Mimosa Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
        Eurema proterpia  Tailed Orange
        Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue (adult & larva)
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Leptotes cassius  Cassius Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak (adult & larva)
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Copaeodes minima  Southern Skipperling
        Panoquina ocola  Ocola Skipper
        Calpodes ethlius  Brazilian 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
        Heliopetes laviana  Laviana White-skipper
      noctuidae  Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Neogalea sunia  Lantana Stick Moth (larva)
        Diastema tigris  Lantana Moth (larva)
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth (adult & larva)
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Choephora fungorum  Bent-line Dart
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Mocis marcida  Withered Mocis
      arctiidae  Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes (adult & larva)
        Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      geometridae  Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Pero meskaria  Moth (larva)
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (larva)
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (adult & larva)
      crambidae  Spoladea recurvalis  Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth
        Diacme elealis  Moth
        Loxostegopsis xanthocrypta  Moth
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Southern Flannel Moth (larva & pupa)
      pterophoridae  Megalorrhipida leucodactylus  Plume Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Omophoita cyanipennis  Flea Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      zopheridae  Endeitoma granulata  Cylindrical Bark Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug
      reduviidae  Microtomus purcis  Assassin Bug (nymph)
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      rhopalidae  Harmostes reflexulus  Scentless Plant Bug
        Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Mecidea major  Grass Stink Bug
        Oebalus pugnax  Rice Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Acinopterus sp.  Leafhopper
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
        Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes dorsalis  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant
      ichneumonidae  Trogomorpha arrogans  Ichneumon

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
      calliphoridae  Cochliomyia macellaria  Secondary Screwworm
      muscidae  Synthesiomyia nudiseta  Fly
      neriidae  Odontoloxozus longicornis  Cactus Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca americana  American Bird Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Arphia simplex  Plains Yellow-winged Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus argentinus  Prairie Tree Cricket
        Oecanthus celerinictus  Fast-calling Tree Cricket
        Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  salticidae  Eris militaris  Bronze Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
      lycosidae  Hogna antelucana  Wolf Spider

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