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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was mostly cool and heavily overcast as five people conducted this week's survey. Herbivorous beetles and true bugs both produce damage as they feed, but the evidence is distinct for each group. Beetles have jaws and bite off pieces of the plant, while bugs' tube mouths suck the juice out, leaving brown or shriveled areas. The cucumber beetle and plant bug photos below illustrate the difference.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Hibana sp. (ghost spider eating lady beetle larva)
photo by Dan Zinn


Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillar moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Costaconvexa centrostrigaria (bent-line carpet)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Ptichodis vinculum (black-tipped ptichodis)
photo by Val Bugh


Plusiodonta compressipalpis (moonseed moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumarozia malachitana (sculptured moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Ethmia sp. (ethmia moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypena scabra (green cloverworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (leafroller)
photo by Val Bugh


Mordellistena cervicalis (tumbling flower beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Cycloneda munda & Cycloneda sanguinea
(lady beetle & red lady beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyllobrotica limbata (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Chaetocnema quadricollis (flea beetles - less than 2 mm long!)
photo by Val Bugh


Diabrotica undecimpunctata (spotted cucumber beetle and feeding damage)
photo by Val Bugh


Poecilocapsus lineatus (four-lined plant bug and feeding damage)
photo by Val Bugh


Lepyronia quadrangularis (spittlebug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Thionia elliptica (issid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Thionia acuta (issid planthopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Ceresa sp. (treehopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Efferia sp. (robber fly)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
    Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), recently deceased

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & larva)
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange (adult & larva)
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
      noctuidae  Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Unknown sp.  Looper (larva)
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow Striped Armyworm Moth
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
        Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Lacinipolia laudabilis  Laudable Arches Moth
        Trichoplusia ni  Ni Moth
        Orthodes furtiva  Moth
        Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
        Abrostola microvalis  Moth
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth (adult & larva)
        Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
        Mocis marcida  Moth
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Melipotis jucunda  Merry Melipotis
        Melipotis indomita  Moth
        Bleptina caradrinalis  Bent-winged Owlet
        Ptichodis vinculum  Black-tipped Ptichodis
      geometridae  Digrammia pallidata  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Episemasia cervinaria  Moth
        Phigalia titea  The Halfwing (larva)
        Eubaphe unicolor  Moth
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Pero meskaria  Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
      crambidae  Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Diacme elealis  Moth
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Unknown sp.  Leafroller (larva)
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Archips argyrospila  Fruit Tree Leafroller Moth
        Ecdytolopha mana  Leafroller Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
      gelechiidae  Battaristis concinusella  Moth
        Sinoe chambersi  Moth
      yponomeutidae  Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia sp.  Ethmia Moth (larva)
      lacturidae  Lactura sp.  Moth (larva)
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus mortipennella  Tubeworm Moth
        Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Chaetocnema quadricollis  Flea Beetle
        Phyllobrotica limbata  Leaf Beetle
        Cryptocephalus notatus  Leaf Beetle
      coccinellidae  Hippodamia convergens  Convergent Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (larva)
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
      mordellidae  Mordellistena cervicalis  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      cantharidae  Rhagonycha lineola  Soldier Beetle
      erotylidae  Languria laeta  Lizard Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug
      miridae  Lopidea major  Plant Bug
        Lopidea sp.  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (nymph)
        Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus  Plant Bug
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug (adult & larva)
        Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Slaterocoris sp.  Plant Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
      membracidae  Cyrtolobus sp.  Treehopper
        Ceresa sp.  Treehopper (nymph)
      issidae  Thionia elliptica  Planthopper
        Thionia acuta  Planthopper (nymph)
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug (nymph)
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
        Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      halictidae  Halictus sp.  Sweat Bee
      andrenidae  Protandrena sp.  Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
        Neivamyrmex sp.  Legionary Ant
      ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon
        Ophion sp.  Ichneumon

    diptera  anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      lauxaniidae  Neodeceia sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      therevidae  Ozodiceromyia sp.  Stiletto Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Microphthalma sp.  Tachinid Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Ischnura ramburii  Rambur's Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Spurthroat Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Arethaea ambulator  Walking Thread-legged Katydid (nymph)
        Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid (nymph)

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Hypsosinga rubens  Orbweaver
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider
      lycosidae  Unknown sp.  Wolf Spider
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha laboriosa  Silver Longjawed Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider

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