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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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A team of five completed this week's survey under cool, windy and drizzly conditions. The paper wasp shown below has just started her colony and is guarding the eggs she laid. She alone built the first cells of the nest and will hunt to feed the grubs until they are mature, at which point they become the workers who will take over those chores.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Hyalophora cecropia (Cecropia moths mating)
photo by Val Bugh

Zale lunata (lunate zale)
photo by Val Bugh

Vanessa atalanta (red admiral)
photo by Val Bugh

Vanessa virginiensis (American lady larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Episemasia cervinaria (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Schistocerca nitens (bird grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Lactista aztecus (Aztec bandwing nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Pediodectes haldemani (Haldeman's shieldback nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Rhagonycha lineola (soldier beetle)
photo by Barbara Ribble

Cuerna costalis (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Phytocoris sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Lopidea major (plant bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (gall wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

Polistes exclamans (paper wasp guarding nest with eggs)
photo by Val Bugh

Rabdotus sp. (land snail)
photo by Val Bugh

Colonus hesperus (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Opheodrys aestivus (rather wet rough green snake)
photo by Barbara Ribble

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-bellied Whistling Duck(Dendrocygna autumnalis)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandiera), adult & tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Land Snail (Mesodon sp.)
    Land Snail (Succinea sp.)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady (larva)
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (larva)
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      lycaenidae  Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper (larva)
      noctuidae  Psaphida resumens  Figure-eight Sallow
        Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
      erebidae  Cissusa spadix  Moth
        Zale lunata  Lunate Zale
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Digrammia atrofasciata  Moth
        Pero meskaria  Moth
        Lycia ypsilon  Woolly Gray
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing
        Phigalia strigataria  Small Phigalia
        Orthonama obstipata  The Gem
        Episemasia cervinaria  Moth (larva)
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Eupithecia bolterii  Moth
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
      tortricidae  Pseudexentera spoliana  Leafroller Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth

    coleoptera  cantharidae  Rhagonycha lineola  Soldier Beetle
        Ditemnus perforatus  Soldier Beetle

    hemiptera  miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug (nymph)
        Phytocoris sp.  Plant Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      cynipidae  Unknown sp.  Gall Wasp

    diptera  anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes haldemani  Haldeman's Shieldback (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing

    araneae  salticidae  Colonus hesperus  Jumping Spider

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