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The overnight thunderstorm was just abating as two volunteers began this week's survey. It remained mostly overcast, warm and drizzly. The garden ponds are home to both frogs and toads. While frogs lay their eggs in large clumps, toads produce gel-covered strings. Those shown below were laid the previous night and will hatch in about 24 hours.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Prosapia bicincta (two-lined spittlebug)
photo by Val Bugh

Dictyonissus griphus (issid planthopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Thionia acuta (issid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Hemipenthes celeris (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Xylopinus saperdioides (darkling beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Anisodactylus sp. (ground beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Colonus sp. (jumping spider eating a smaller jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Melanoplus differentialis (differential grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Syrbula admirabilis (handsome grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

Polistes exclamans (paper wasp butchering caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh

Neoptilia tora (argid sawfly larvae)
photo by Val Bugh

Chrysodeixis includens (soybean looper larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Alypia octomaculata (eight-spotted forester larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Cisseps fulvicollis (yellow-collared scape moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Acrolophus texanella (tubeworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh

Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary with exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh

Papilio polyxenes (black swallowtail, minus tails)
photo by Val Bugh

Bufo nebulifer (gulf coast toad eggs)
photo by Val Bugh

water flowing under bridge to Family Garden
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Amphibians:
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), adult & tadpoles
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), eggs

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Land Snail (Bradybaena similaris)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, pupa & larva)
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (adult, pupa & larva)
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
      noctuidae  Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Alypia octomaculata  Eight-spotted Forester (larva)
        Chrysodeixis includens  Soybean Looper (larva)
        Condica videns  White-dotted Groundling
      erebidae  Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Melipotis indomita  Moth
        Goniapteryx servia  Moth
      arctiidae  Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Cyclophora nanaria  Dwarf Tawny Wave
        Prochoerodes lineola  Large Maple Spanworm Moth
        Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia (larva)
      crambidae  Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
      pyralidae  Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)
        Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus texanella  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      cerambycidae  Strangalia sexnotata  Flower Longhorn
      carabidae  Anisodactylus sp.  Ground Beetle
      elateridae  Unknown sp.  Click Beetle
      hybosoridae  Hybosorus illigeri  Scavenger Scarab
      tenebrionidae  Xylopinus saperdioides  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (nymph)
      rhyparochromidae  Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
      rhopalidae  Arhyssus sp.  Scentless Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Podisus maculiventris  Predatory Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Sobara palliolata  Leafhopper
        Exitianus exitiosus  Leafhopper
        Menosoma cincta  Leafhopper
        Draeculacephala sp.  Leafhopper
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper (nymph)
        Thionia acuta  Planthopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper (adult & nymph)
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia parva  Planthopper
      cercopidae  Prosapia bicincta  Two-lined Spittlebug
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
      pompilidae  Pepsis sp.  Spider Wasp
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      mutillidae  Sphaeropthalma auripilis  Velvet Ant (male)
      formicidae  Leptogenys elongata  Ant (male)
      argidae  Neoptilia tora  Sawfly (adult & larva)

    diptera  syrphidae  Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
        Eristalis sp.  Flower Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      bombyliidae  Hemipenthes celeris  Bee Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      ulidiidae  Delphinia picta  Picture-winged Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca sp.  Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Unknown sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (adult & nymph)

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    araneae  salticidae  Colonus sp.  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus sp.  Jumping Spider
        Pelegrina pervaga  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      dictynidae  Unknown sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black & Yellow Garden Spider
        Araneus pegnia  Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Xysticus sp.  Crab Spider

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