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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was a hot and sunny morning as six people participated in this week's survey. Mantises have an incomplete metamorphosis life cycle (no pupa). While nymphs do not have functional wings, the developing wing pads are very obvious, especially just before the insect molts for the last time and becomes an adult. See the comparison photos below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Ocyptamus fascipennis (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Copestylum mexicanum (black flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Pseudodoros clavatus (flower fly pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (green lacewing larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Vanduzea sp., Solenopsis sp. & Brachymyrmex patagonicus
(treehoppers, fire ants & rover ant)
photo by Val Bugh


Lasioglossum sp. (sweat bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Schizocerella lineata (argid sawfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Cycloneda sanguinea (red lady beetle larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Fernaldella fimetaria (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Untomia albistrigella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cedusa sp. (derbid planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Oncopeltus fasciatus (large milkweed bug, teneral)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis, male nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis, adult male)
photo by Val Bugh


Orthemis ferruginea (roseate skimmer)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx eating honey bee)
photo by Val Bugh


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


Anolis carolinensis (green anole)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  • Reptiles:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis caronlinensis)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Heliconius charithonia  Zebra Heliconian
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      pieridae  Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis philea  Orange-barred Sulphur
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      riodinidae  Calephelis sp.  Metalmark
      hesperiidae  Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
      noctuidae  Condica sutor  The Cobbler
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Fernaldella fimetaria  Moth
      crambidae  Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Eoreuma densella  Wainscot Grass-veneer Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Homoeosoma sp.  Moth
      tortricidae  Cudonigera houstonana  Juniper Budworm Moth
        Crocidosema plebejana  Cotton Tipworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Untomia albistrigella  Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
        Antaeotricha humilis  Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole tripunctella  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle (larva)
        Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      dytiscidae  Laccophilus maculosus  Predaceous Diving Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Diplotaxis sp.  Scarab
      curculionidae  Smicronyx sp.  Weevil
        Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
        Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
        Ochrimnus mimulus  Seed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Myodocha serripes  Long-necked Seed Bug
        Ozophora picturata  Seed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper (adult & nymph)
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cercopidae  Unknown sp.  Spittlebug (nymph)
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      membracidae  Vanduzea sp.  Treehopper (adult & nymph)
      derbidae  Cedusa sp.  Planthopper
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
        Unknown sp.  Aphid
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Agapostemon sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      megachilidaee  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis sp.  Fire Ant
        Pseudomyrmex gracilis  Twig Ant
        Camponotus sayi  Carpenter Ant
        Brachymyrmex patagonicus  Rover Ant
      argidae  Schizocerella lineata  Sawfly

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Pseudodoros clavatus  Flower Fly (pupa)
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
      tephritidae  Xanthaciura sp.  Fruit Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper
        Trimerotropis maritima  Seaside Grasshopper
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Arethaea sp.  Thread-legged Katydid
        Orchelimum silvaticum  Long-spurred Meadow Katydid

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (adult & nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Colonus hesperus  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider (adult & eggs)
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver

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