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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Eight volunteers contributed to this week's survey under cold and cloudy conditions. The Large Milkweed Bugs shown below belong to a family collectively called "seed bugs" due to dietary preferences. In spite of the fact that many seeds seem hard and dry, these insects puncture the outer covering to feed on the inner juices.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Panorpa nuptialis (scorpionfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Bombus pensylvanicus (American bumble bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Eristalis stipator (flower fly)
photo by Gary St. Clair


Empis sp. (dance fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Eutreta sp. (fruit fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Hypselonotus punctiventris (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Reuteroscopus sp. (plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Oncopeltus fasciatus (large milkweed bugs on seeds)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Pyrgus philetas (desert checkered-skipper)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary)
photo by Val Bugh


Acratodes suavata (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Diaphania hyalinata (melonworm moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Phyprosopus callitrichoides (curve-lined owlet larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Manduca rustica (rustic sphinx larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Eumorpha vitis (vine sphinx larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Gratiana pallidula (eggplant tortoise beetle larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus femurrubrum (red-legged grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Lactista aztecus (Aztec bandwing)
photo by Val Bugh


Dictyna sp. (meshweb weaver)
photo by Val Bugh


Peucetia viridans (green lynx & hatchlings)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Common Raven (Corvus corax)
    Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)

  • Mammals:
    White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Misc.:
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, pupa & larva)
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady
        Libytheana carinenta  American Snout
      pieridae  Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface (larva)
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
        Hemiargus ceraunus  Ceraunus Blue
        Atlides halesus  Great Purple Hairstreak (larva)
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus philetas  Desert Checkered-skipper
        Atalopedes campestris  Sachem
      noctuidae  Galgula partita  The Wedgling
        Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Megalographa biloba  Bilobed Looper Moth
        Spodoptera frugiperda  Fall Armyworm Moth
        Helicoverpa zea  Corn Earworm (larva)
        Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila (larva)
        Choephora fungorum  Bent-line Dart
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Melipotis acontioides  Royal Poinciana Moth
        Caenurgina erechtea  Forage Looper Moth
        Phyprosopus callitrichoides  Curve-lined Owlet (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
      sphingidae  Eumorpha vitis  Vine Sphinx (larva)
        Manduca rustica  Rustic Sphinx (larva)
      geometridae  Rindgea nigricomma  Moth
        Digrammia sp.  Moth
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Acratodes suavata  Moth
        Leptostales pannaria  Moth
        Costaconvexa centrostrigaria  Bent-line Carpet
      crambidae  Nomophila nearctica  Lucerne Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Diaphania hyalinata  Melonworm Moth
      ypsolophidae  Ypsolopha unicipunctella  Agarita Slug Moth

    coleoptera  chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Gratiana pallidula  Eggplant Tortoise Beetle (larva)
      coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera flavomarginata  Metallic Woodborer
      meloidae  Epicauta pennsylvanica  Blister Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Reuteroscopus sp.  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus longipes  Milkweed Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Thyanta custator  Stink Bug (adult & nymph)

    homoptera  cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  apidae  Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus hidalgo  Mason Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Eristalis stipator  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Archytas marmoratus  Tachinid Fly
      empididae  Empis sp.  Dance Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus femurrubrum  Red-legged Grasshopper
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing (adult & nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Arphia sp.  Band-winged Grasshopper (nymph)
        Eritettix abortivus  Texas Short-winged Slant-faced Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Oecanthus sp.  Tree Cricket
        Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (egg sac)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing

    mecoptera  panorpidae  Panorpa nuptialis  Scorpionfly

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider (egg sac)
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
      dictynidae  Dictyna sp.  Meshweb Weaver
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa dubia  Crab Spider
      anyphaenidae  Hibana sp.  Ghost Spider
      amphinectidae  Metaltella simoni  Spider

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