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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Hot, sunny weather accompanied our seven volunteers on this week's survey. Galls are unusual plant growths caused by the activities of other organisms. Insects are frequently involved, as with the goldenrod leaf galls shown below, which contain midge larvae. In this case, however, a symbiotic fungus forms the gall structure and provides food for the larva. The fungus is actually collected by the female fly and deposited on the plant along with each egg.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Heliconius charithonia (zebra heliconian)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Heliconius charithonia (zebra heliconian larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Libytheana carinenta (American snout)
photo by Val Bugh


Antaeotricha humilis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Polyhymno luteostrigella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Anacampsis conclusella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Isophrictis similiella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Bucculatrix longula (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Asteromyia carbonifera (midge/fungus galls on goldenrod)
photo by Val Bugh


Allograpta obliqua (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Palpada vinetorum (flower fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca lineata (spotted bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus punctulatus (pinetree grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Euschistus sp. (stink bug nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Cnemodus mavortius (seed bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Oncometopia clarior (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus carolinensis (Carolina jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Mangora gibberosa (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Baeolophus atricristatus (black-crested titmice bathing in gutter)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus (redstripe ribbon
snake amidst crabapples)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
    Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Texas Patchnose Snake (Salvadora grahamiae lineata)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri), tadpoles
    Cliff Chirping Frog (Eleutherodactylus marnockii)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Rams-horn Snail (Unknown sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, pupa & larva)
        Heliconius charithonia  Zebra Heliconian (adult & larva)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Phoebis philea  Orange-barred Sulphur
        Phoebis agarithe  Large Orange Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
      hesperiidae  Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
      noctuidae  Tripudia quadrifera  Moth
        Bagisara sp.  Moth (larva)
        Grotella septempunctata  Moth
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Pero meskaria  Moth
        Pimaphera percata  Moth
      crambidae  Aethiophysa lentiflualis  Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Bactra verutana  Javelin Moth
        Goditha bumeliana  Leafroller Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Anacampsis conclusella  Moth
        Untomia albistrigella  Moth
        Polyhymno luteostrigella  Moth
        Isophrictis similiella  Moth
      momphidae  Mompha murtfeldtella  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
        Antaeotricha humilis  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      bucculatricidae  Bucculatrix longula  Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus sp.  Tubeworm Moth
        Amydria margoriella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Scymnus sp.  Lady Beetle (larva)
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      curculionidae  Curculio sp.  Nut Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (nymph)
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (adult & nymph)
      miridae  Neurocolpus sp.  Plant Bug
        Halticotoma valida  Yucca Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Euschistus quadrator  Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Oncometopia clarior  Leafhopper
      issidae  Dictyonissus griphus  Planthopper (nymph)
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
        Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidaee  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      sphecidae  Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Pseudodoros clavatus  Flower Fly
        Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Palpada vinetorum  Flower Fly
      calliphoridae  Lucilia sp.  Blow Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      cecidomyiidae  Asteromyia carbonifera  Gall Midge (larva)
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus punctulatus  Pinetree Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis

    neuroptera  berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing
      chrysopidae  Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)
      myrmeleontidae  Myrmeleon sp.  Antlion (larva)

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  salticidae  Phidippus carolinensis  Carolina Jumper
        Maevia poultoni  Jumping Spider
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Platycryptus undatus  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
        Mangora placida  Orbweaver
        Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver

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