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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Hot and mostly sunny weather greeted our six participants for this week's survey. Male dragonflies often have brilliant colors that are quite different from the females. Upon emerging from their aquatic larval skins, some species' males resemble their mates and take several days to acquire mature hues. The Pondhawk shown below has almost completed the transition from green to blue.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Erythemis simplicicollis (eastern pondhawk, young male)
photo by Val Bugh


Orthemis ferruginea (roseate skimmer, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Libellula luctuosa (widow skimmer, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Telebasis salva (desert firetail, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrgus oileus (tropical checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Nastra julia (Julia's skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Lerodea eufala (eufala skipper larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Lipocosma polingi (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Tallula watsoni (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Euclea incisa (oak slug moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Paralobesia viteana (grape berry moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Harrisina coracina (grapeleaf skeletonizer moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Atomosia melanopogon (robber fly)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Bombus pensylvanicus
(American bumble bee worker exiting nest)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Oecleus sp. (cixiid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Kuschelina petaurista (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Cryptocephalus fulguratus (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus plebejus (plebeian grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Cycloptilum sp. (scaly cricket)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur (adult & exuviae)
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      riodinidae  Calephelis sp.  Metalmark
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Strymon istapa  Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper (adult & larva)
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Amblyscirtes celia  Celia's Roadside-skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Pyrgus oileus  Tropical Checkered-skipper
        Heliopetes macaira  Turk's-cap White-skipper
      erebidae  Unknown sp.  Moth
      arctiidae  Pareuchaetes insulata  Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes (larva)
      geometridae  Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
      pyralidae  Tallula watsoni  Moth
        Peoria tetradella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Platynota sp.  Platynota Moth
        Acleris minuta  Yellow-headed Fireworm Moth
        Paralobesia viteana  Grape Berry Moth
      coleophoridae  Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      zygaenidae  Harrisina coracina  Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
      gracillariidae  Caloptilia sp.  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Cryptocephalus fulguratus  Leaf Beetle
        Kuschelina petaurista  Flea Beetle
      mordellidae  Mordella atrata  Tumbling Flower Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug
      pachygronthidae  Phlegyas annulicrus  Seed Bug
      pentatomidae  Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (adult & nymph)
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Texananus excultus  Leafhopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      cixiidae  Oecleus sp.  Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada
        Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Ceratina cockerelli  Small Carpenter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
      braconidae  Atanycolus sp.  Braconid Wasp

    diptera  asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
        Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Libellula luctuosa  Widow Skimmer
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Sympetrum vicinum  Autumn Meadowhawk
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Sybula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper (nymph)
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      mogoplistidae  Cycloptilum sp.  Scaly Cricket

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    neuroptera  ascalaphidae  Ululodes macleayanus  Owlfly

    embioptera  oligotomidae  Oligotoma sp.  Webspinner

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Sarinda hentzi  Antmimic Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      gnaphosidae  Sergiolus sp.  Ground Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black & Yellow Garden Spider
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver
      miturgidae  Cheiracanthium inclusum  Sac Spider

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