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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was hot and sunny as a team of seven conducted this week's survey. A pair of Rio Grande Cichlids has produced a brood (shown below) in the Family Garden stream. Both parents protect the several hundred juveniles, herding them into hiding when they sense danger, such as people standing nearby.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Dictyonissus griphus (issid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Rhynchomitra microrhina (dictyopharid planthopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Metcalfa pruinosa (citrus planthopper, molting & adult)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyalymenus tarsatus (Texas bow-legged bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala terminalis (coreid bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanolestes picipes (black corsair)
photo by Val Bugh


Podisus maculiventris (predatory stink bug nymph eating leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Euphoria fulgida (flower scarab)
photo by Val Bugh


Tylonotus bimaculatus (longhorn beetle)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Orchelimum silvaticum (long-spurred meadow katydid)
photo by Val Bugh


Synchlora frondaria (camouflaged looper larva - head at left)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus communis/albescens (common/white checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Nerice bidentata (double-toothed prominent)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumenes smithii (potter wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Ochlerotatus trivittatus (mosquito)
photo by Val Bugh


Polacantha sp. (robber fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Tramea onusta (red saddlebags)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Herichthys cyanoguttatus (Rio Grande cichlid juveniles)
photo by Val Bugh


Rana berlandieri (Rio Grande leopard frog tadpole with hind legs)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
    Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), adult & tadpoles
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), tadpoles

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen (adult, larva & pupa)
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Pontia protodice  Checkered White
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
      noctuidae  Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      arctiidae  Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      notodontidae  Nerice bidentata  Double-toothed Prominent
      geometridae  Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
        Unknown sp.  Inchworm (larva)
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (larva)
      crambidae  Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Galasa nigrinodis  Boxwood Leaftier Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      acrolophidae  Amydria margoriella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
        Psyllobora renifer  Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Anomoea laticlavia  Clay-colored Leaf Beetle
        Griburius lecontii  Leaf Beetle
      cerambycidae  Leptostylus transversus  Longhorn Beetle
        Strangalia sexnotata  Flower Longhorn
        Tylonotus bimaculatus  Longhorn Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera mixta  Metallic Woodborer
      scarabaeidae  Euphoria fulgida  Flower Scarab
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes fusiformis  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Melanolestes picipes  Black Corsair
      pentatomidae  Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Podisus maculiventris  Predatory Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper (adult & nymph)
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
      dictyopharidae  Rhynchomitra microrhina  Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes carolina  Red Wasp
        Eumenes smithii  Potter Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus sayi  Carpenter Ant
        Crematogaster laeviuscula  Acrobat Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
        Polocantha sp.  Robber Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tephritidae  Xanthaciura sp.  Fruit Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
        Ochlerotatus trivittatus  Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper (nymph)
        Mermiria sp.  Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Amblycorypha huasteca  Texas False Katydid
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
        Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
      gryllidae  Oecanthus fultoni  Snowy Tree Cricket

    blattodea  blattellidae  Pseudomops septentrionalis  Pale-bordered Field Cockroach

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly
      leptoceridae  Nectopsyche sp.  White Miller

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black & Yellow Garden Spider
        Eustala sp.  Orbweaver
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Neoscona arabesca  Arabesque Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Tetragnatha sp.  Long-jawed Orbweaver

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