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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Conditions were warm and overcast, with occasional light drizzle as eight volunteers participated in this week's survey. Beetles (coleoptera) and bugs (hemiptera) might look superficially similar, but they are not closely related. Their many differences include mating position. As shown below, beetles often mate with the male on top, while bugs usually line up back-to-back.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Trirhabda bacharidis (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Anthonomus fulvus (weevil)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysobothris sp. (metallic woodborer)
photo by Val Bugh


Trichiotinus texanus (Texas flower scarab)
photo by Val Bugh


Phydanis bicolor (flea beetles mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Catorhintha selector (coreid bugs mating)
photo by Val Bugh


Hesperolabops gelastops (cactus plant bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Prosapia bicincta (two-lined spittlebug)
photo by Val Bugh


Oncometopia clarior (leafhopper & exuviae)
photo by Val Bugh


Lomamyia sp. (beaded lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Bubo virginianus (great horned owl nestlings)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Mimetus sp. (pirate spider eating midge)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (spider wasp dragging paralyzed wolf spider)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Diastema tigris (lantana moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Zale lunata (lunate zale larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Papilio cresphontes (giant swallowtail larva & swallowtail sp. egg)
photo by Val Bugh


Tarache quadriplaga (bird-dropping moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cochylis sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Cisseps fulvicollis (yellow-collared scape moth)
photo by Dan Zinn


Oecanthus fultoni (snowy tree cricket nymph)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
    Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo nebulifer), eggs hatching
    Cliff Chirping Frog (Eleutherodactylus marnockii), heard calls

  • Misc.:
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Striate Wolf Snail (Euglandina singleyana)
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye (adult & larva)
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch (larva)
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
      pieridae  Colias eurytheme  Orange Sulphur
        Zerene cesonia  Southern Dogface (adult & larva)
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail (adult & larva)
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (adult & larva)
        Papilio sp.  Swallowtail (egg)
      lycaenidae  Strymon melinus  Gray Hairstreak
        Callophrys henrici  Henry's Elfin (larva)
        Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      hesperiidae  Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
      noctuidae  Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband (adult & larva)
        Spodoptera ornithogalli  Yellow-striped Armyworm (larva)
        Diastema tigris  Lantana Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Cisseps fulvicollis  Yellow-collared Scape Moth
      erebidae  Hypena scabra  Green Cloverworm Moth
        Zale lunata  Lunate Zale (larva)
        Goniapteryx servia  Moth
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      geometridae  Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Nemoria bifilata  White-barred Emerald
        Episemasia cervinaria  Moth (larva)
        Scopula compensata  Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth (adult & larva)
        Pleuroprucha insulsaria  Common Tan Wave
        Eupithecia miserulata  Common Eupithecia
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Diastictis fracturalis  Moth
        Udea rubigalis  Celery Leaftier Moth
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria bipartitella  Grass-veneer Moth
      tortricidae  Archips georgiana  Leafroller Moth
        Archips argyrospila  Fruit Tree Leafroller Moth
        Archips semiferana  Oak Leafroller Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
        Sparganothoides lentiginosana  Lentiginos Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      elachistidae  Ethmia semilugens  Ethmia Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis conclusella  Moth
        Battaristis sp.  Moth
        Deltophora sella  Moth
      psychidae  Cryptothelea sp.  Bagworm Moth
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus texanella  Texas Tubeworm Moth
        Amydria margoriella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda munda  Lady Beetle (adult & larva)
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle (adult, larva & pupa)
        Chilocorus cacti  Cactus Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Brachypnoea sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Trirhabda bacharidis  Leaf Beetle
        Oulema collaris  Leaf Beetle
        Fidia cana  Leaf Beetle
        Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Phydanis bicolor  Flea Beetle
      buprestidae  Chrysobothris sp.  Metallic Woodborer
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle
      oedemeridae  Heliocis repanda  False Blister Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
        Unknown sp.  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Euphoria kernii  Flower Scarab
        Trichiotinus texanus  Texas Flower Scarab
      erotylidae  Languria sp.  Lizard Beetle
      lampyridae  Photinus sp.  firefly
      curculionidae  Anthonomus fulvus  Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Catorhintha selector  Coreid Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      alydidae  Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug (nymph)
        Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug
      tingidae  Teleonemia sp.  Lace Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug (nymph)
        Oncocephalus sp.  Assassin Bug
      pentatomidae  Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (adult & nymph)
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Euschistus tristigmus  Stink Bug
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (sp.)
        Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug
        Chinavia marginata  Green Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Cuerna costalis  Leafhopper (nymph)
        Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Oncometopia clarior  Leafhopper
        Oncometopia sp.  Leafhopper (nymph)
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
        Unknown sp.  Leafhopper (eggs)
      cercopidae  Prosapia bicincta  Two-lined Spittlebug
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug (adult & nymph)
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper (adult & nymph)
        Entylia carinata  Treehopper
        Acutalis sp.  Treehopper
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper (nymph)
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
        Unknown sp.  Aphid

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Monobia quadridens  Mason Wasp
        Unknown sp.  Mason Wasp
      sphecidae  Chalybion sp.  Blue Mud Dauber
        Ammophila sp.  Thread-waisted Wasp
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  Spider Wasp
      formicidae  Solenopsis invicta  Imported Fire Ant
        Crematogaster laeviuscula  Acrobat Ant
        Brachymyrmex patagonicus  Rover Ant
        Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
      tachinidae  Ptilodexia sp.  Tachinid Fly
        Microphthalma disjuncta  Tachinid Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      lauxaniidae  Neodeceia sp.  Lauxaniid Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      chironomidae  Unknown sp.  Midge
      tipulidae  Tipula sp.  Crane Fly

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Hesperotettix speciosus  Showy Grasshopper (nymph)
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid (nymph)
        Unknown sp.  Meadow Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Gryllus sp.  Field Cricket
        Oecanthus fultoni  Snowy Tree Cricket (nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing
      mantispidae  Unknown sp.  Mantisfly

    trichoptera  hydropsychidae  Hydropsyche sp.  Netspinning Caddisfly

    ephemeroptera  baetidae  Callibaetis sp.  Small Minnow Mayfly

    araneae  araneidae  Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
        Cyclosa turbinata  Trashline Orbweaver
      tetragnathidae  Leucauge venusta  Orchard Spider
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      salticidae  Colonus puerperus  Jumping Spider
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
      mimetidae  Mimetus sp.  Pirate Spider
      miturgidae  Cheiracanthium inclusum  Sac Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider

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