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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

The drizzle stopped, but it remained cold and cloudy all morning as ten volunteers participated in the final survey for this year. Most grasshoppers rely on their extraordinary camouflage to evade predators (see nymphs shown below). The aposematic form of the Spotted Bird Grasshopper, however, has an unusually specialized diet of citrus and advertises its distastefulness by sporting bright yellow warning colors.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Thyanta custator (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala declivis (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus renardii (assassin bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Icerya purchasi (cottony cushion scale)
photo by Val Bugh


Rhomphaea projiciens (cobweb weaver - head is at bottom)
photo by Val Bugh


Schizocosa sp. (wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Harmonia axyridis (multi-colored Asian lady beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Styloxus fulleri (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca lineata (spotted bird grasshopper, aposematic color form)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper nymphs: colors that match habitat)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis egg case)
photo by Val Bugh


Sayornis phoebe (eastern phoebe)
photo by Dan Zinn


Sciurus niger (eastern fox squirrel)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (moth larva)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh caterpillar with wet butt)
photo by Val Bugh


Ypsolopha unicipunctella (agarita slug moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Nathalis iole (dainty sulphur, winter color form)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemiargus ceraunus (ceraunus blue)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Yellow-crowned Night-heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (larva)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
      arctiidae  Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes
        Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      saturniidae  Unknown sp.  Giant Silkworm Moth (pupa)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Pero meskaria  Moth (larva)
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      unknown family  Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
      cerambycidae  Styloxus fulleri  Longhorn Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Acanthocephala declivis  Coreid Bug
      miridae  Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Brochymena sp.  Rough Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      monophlebidae  Icerya purchasi  Cottony Cushion Scale

    hymenoptera  vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp

    diptera  culicidae  Culiseta inornata  Mosquito
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (egg case)

    araneae  araneidae  Mangora placida  Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      theridiidae  Rhomphaea projiciens  Cobweb Weaver
      oxyopidae  Hamataliwa grisea  Gray Lynx
      lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider

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