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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of eight completed this week's survey under hot and sunny conditions. The jumping bristletail shown below is an example of an insect that is almost never noticed. Unlike the silverfish which it resembles, this small scavenger (about 1/2 inch in length) does not infest homes, residing instead in rocky areas with sparse vegetation.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Danaus plexippus (monarchs)
photo by Val Bugh


Mestra amymone (common mestra)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptotes marina (marine blue)
photo by Val Bugh


Orthodes furtiva (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Diastema tigris (lantana moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Phytometra orgiae (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Diastictis fracturalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Pselnophorus belfragei (plume moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Scythris trivinctella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Heliocheilus lupatus (lupatus straw moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Polygonia interrogationis (question mark larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Hyphantria cunea (fall webworm)
photo by Val Bugh


Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh caterpillar)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Campylacantha olivacea (fuzzy olive-green grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Chelinidea vittiger & Chelinidea tabulata (opuntia bug nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Hemipenthes scylla (bee fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Sympetrum corruptum (variegated meadowhawk, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (jumping bristletail)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus arizonensis (Arizona jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Mimetus sp. (pirate spider)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)

  • Misc.:
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Crested Millipede (Abacion sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch (adult & larva)
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
        Mestra amymone  Common Mestra
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Polygonia interrogationis  Question Mark (larva)
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (adult & larva)
        Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue (adult & larva)
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Leptotes marina  Marine Blue
      hesperiidae  Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
        Euphyes vestris  Dun Skipper
        Copaeodes minima  Southern Skipperling
        Lerodea eufala  Eufala Skipper
        Panoquina ocola  Ocola Skipper
        Hylephila phyleus  Fiery Skipper
        Wallengrenia otho  Southern Broken-dash
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
      noctuidae  Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm Moth
        Heliocheilus lupatus  Lupatus Straw Moth
        Orthodes furtiva  Moth
        Diastema tigris  Lantana Moth
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Bagisara nr. rectifascia  Moth (larva)
        Ponometia phecolisca  Bird-dropping Moth
        Micrathetis triplex  Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila
      erebidae  Melipotis cellaris  Moth
        Phytometra orgiae  Moth
        Sigela penumbrata  Stippled Sigela Moth
        Isogona scindens  Moth
      arctiidae  Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
        Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
        Hyphantria cunea  Fall Webworm (larva)
        Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      geometridae  Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald (adult & larva)
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
        Euacidalia sp.  Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Digrammia sp.  Moth
        Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
      crambidae  Desmia sp.  Moth (larva)
        Spoladea recurvalis  Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Lineodes interrupta  Moth
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Pyrausta pseuderosnealis  Pyrausta Moth
        Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar Moth
        Achyra rantalis  Garden Webworm Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Microcrambus croesus  Grass-veneer Moth
        Agriphila vulgivagella  Vagabond Crambus Moth
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
        Euchromius ocelleus  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Galasa nigrinodis  Boxwood Leaftier Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth
        Homoeosoma sp.  Moth
        Eurythmia angulella  Moth
        Peoria opacella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Eucosma consobrinana  Leafroller Moth
        Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Eumarozia malachitana  Sculptured Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      gelechiidae  Stegasta bosqueella  Red-necked Peanutworm Moth
        Anacampsis fullonella  Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
        Battaristis concinusella  Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth
      pterophoridae  Pselnophorus belfragei  Plume Moth
        Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      meloidae  Epicauta pennsylvanica  Blister Beetle
        Epicauta sp.  Blister Beetle
      bostrichidae  Xylobiops basilaris  Powder-post Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Leptoglossus sp.  Leaf-footed Bug (nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug (nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (nymph)
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Taylorilygus apicalis  Plant Bug
        Calocoris barberi  Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Chinavia marginata  Green Stink Bug (nymph)
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
      dactylopiidae  Dactylopius sp.  Cochineal Insect

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Melissodes sp.  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus sp.  Mason Wasp
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  Spider Wasp
      sphecidae  Isodontia sp.  Grass-carrying Wasp
      crabronidae  Bicyrtes sp.  Sand Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Ocyptamus fascipennis  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum marginatum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
      bombyliidae  Geron sp.  Bee Fly
        Hemipenthes scylla  Bee Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      tachinidae  Trichopoda pennipes  Feather-legged Fly
        Archytas marmoratus  Tachinid Fly
      agromyzidae  Unknown sp.  Leaf-miner Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      culicidae  Psorophora cyanescens  Mosquito
        Ochlerotatus trivittatus  Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags
        Sympetrum corruptum  Variegated Meadowhawk
        Sympetrum vicinum  Autumn Meadowhawk
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Enallagma civile  Familiar Bluet
        Ischnura hastata  Citrine Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Melanoplus flabellatus  Dallas Short-winged Grasshopper
        Melanoplus femurrubrum  Red-legged Grasshopper
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper
        Campylacantha olivacea  Fuzzy Olive-green Grasshopper
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Pediodectes nigromarginata  Black-margined Shieldback
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket
        Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket

    phasmatodea  diapheromeridae  Pseudosermyle strigata  Walking Stick

    neuroptera  chysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing (larva)
        Unknown sp.  Green Lacewing

    microcoryphia  unknown family  Unknown sp.  Jumping Bristletail

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
        Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus cardinalis  Cardinal Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
      pisauridae  Pisaurina mira  Nursery Web Spider
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      mimetidae  Mimetus sp.  Pirate Spider

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