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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of seven enjoyed a cool and sunny morning as they completed this week's survey. Before insects molt, they often exhibit obvious physical changes. In examples shown below, the bloated looking Gulf Fritillary caterpillar is about to become a chrysalis, and the transparent Monarch chrysalis is about become an adult butterfly.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Aquarius remigis (water strider)
photo by Val Bugh


Tylospilus acutissimus (predatory stink bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Plagiometriona clavata (clavate tortoise beetle larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Euetheola humilis (sugarcane beetle)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Oiketicus abbotii (bagworm larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Chlosyne lacinia (bordered patch larvae: 3 color forms)
photo by Val Bugh


Agraulis vanillae (gulf fritillary larva about to molt)
photo by Val Bugh


Danaus plexippus (monarch pupa about to eclose)
photo by Val Bugh


Erynnis horatius (Horace's duskywing)
photo by Val Bugh


Loxomorpha flavidissimalis (moth)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Agrius cingulata (pink-spotted hawk moth)
photo by Dan Zinn


Eumorpha vitis (vine sphinx)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Macrocentrus aegeriae (braconid wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Chrysopa oculata (green lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Leptomantispa pulchella (mantisfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Dicromantispa sayi (mantisfly)
photo by Val Bugh


Paracantha sp. (fruit fly)
photo by Val Bugh


Leiobunum sp. (harvestman molting)
photo by Val Bugh


Rabidosa rabida (rabid wolf spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Bubo virginianus (first great horned owl fledgling to leave the nest)
photo by Harriett Wolf

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
    Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
    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)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Purple Martin (Progne subis)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles & Amphibians:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri)

  • Misc.:
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Land Snail (Rabdotus sp.)
    Earthworm (Unknown sp.)
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult, larva & pupa)
        Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Danaus plexippus  Monarch (pupa)
        Vanessa atalanta  Red Admiral
        Vanessa virginiensis  American Lady
        Vanessa cardui  Painted Lady (larva)
        Chlosyne lacinia  Bordered Patch (adult & larva)
        Phyciodes tharos  Pearl Crescent
      pieridae  Nathalis iole  Dainty Sulphur
        Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
        Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (larva)
        Papilio polyxenes  Black Swallowtail (adult & larva)
        Papilio multicaudata  Two-tailed Swallowtail (adult & larva)
      lycaenidae  Satyrium favonius  Oak Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Erynnis funeralis  Funereal Duskywing
        Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Thorybes pylades  Northern Cloudywing
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
        Wallengrenia otho  Southern Broken-dash
      noctuidae  Ogdoconta cinereola  Common Pinkband (larva)
        Abrostola microvalis  Moth
        Tarache aprica  Exposed Bird Dropping Moth
        Tarache quadriplaga  Bird Dropping Moth
        Ponometia candefacta  Olive-shaded Bird Dropping Moth
        Spragueia obatra  Moth
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Catabena lineolata  Fine-lined Sallow
        Phosphila miselioides  Spotted Phosphila
        Heliothis virescens  Tobacco Budworm (larva)
      arctiidae  Estigmene acrea  Saltmarsh Caterpillar (larva)
        Spilosoma virginica  Virginia Tiger Moth (larva)
      erebidae  Metria amella  Live Oak Metria
      sphingidae  Hyles lineata  White-lined Sphinx
        Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
        Eumorpha vitis  Vine Sphinx
        Darapsa myron  Virginia Creeper Sphinx
        Agrius cingulata  Pink-spotted Hawk Moth
      saturniidae  Hyalophora cecropia  Cecropia Moth (larva)
      lasiocampidae  Malacosoma disstria  Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth
      geometridae  Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria  Blackberry Looper (adult & larva)
        Nemoria zygotaria  Emerald
        Synchlora frondaria  Southern Emerald (adult & larva)
        Nematocampa resistaria  Horned Spanworm Moth
        Scopula compensata  Moth
        Iridopsis defectaria  Brown-shaded Gray Moth
        Macaria aequiferaria  Woody Angle
        Glena quinquelinearia  Five-lined Glena
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Eubaphe unicolor  Moth
        Eulithis diversilineata  Lesser Grapevine Looper Moth
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Pyrausta pseudonythesalis  Pyrausta Moth
        Samea ecclesialis  Moth
        Conchylodes ovulalis  Zebra Conchylodes
        Desmia sp.  Moth (larva)
        Palpita quadristigmalis  Four-spotted Palpita
        Loxomorpha flavidissimalis  Moth
        Hellula rogatalis  Cabbage Webworm Moth
        Glaphyria sequistrialis  White-roped Glaphyria
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
      pyralidae  Pococera sp.  Moth
        Homoeosoma electella  Sunflower Moth (adult & larva)
        Melitara junctolineella  Cactus Borer Moth
      tortricidae  Archips georgiana  Leafroller Moth
        Archips argyrospila  Fruit Tree Leafroller Moth
        Archips semiferana  Oak Leafroller Moth
        Endothenia hebesana  Verbena Bud Moth
        Paralobesia viteana  Grape Berry Moth
        Epiblema abruptana  Leafroller Moth
        Cenopis pettitana  Maple-basswood Leafroller Moth
        Platynota rostrana  Omnivorous Platynota Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      blastobasidae  Pigritia murtfeldtella  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga obscuromaculella  Moth
        Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      gelechiidae  Anacampsis conclusella  Moth
      pterophoridae  Adaina ambrosiae  Ambrosia Plume Moth
      psychidae  Oiketicus abbotii  Bagworm (larva)
      acrolophidae  Acrolophus texanella  Texas Tubeworm Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Diabrotica undecimpunctata  Spotted Cucumber Beetle
        Brachypnoea lecontei  Leaf Beetle
        Ophraella sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Anomoea laticlavia  Clay-colored Leaf Beetle
        Systena gracilenta  Flea Beetle
        Systena hudsonias  Flea Beetle
        Gratiana pallidula  Eggplant Tortoise Beetle (larva)
        Plagiometriona clavata  Clavate Tortoise Beetle (larva)
      buprestidae  Acmaeodera ornatoides  Metallic Woodborer
      meloidae  Nemognatha sp.  Blister Beetle
      oedemeridae  Heliocis repanda  False Blister Beetle
        Oxycopis mimetica  False Blister Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Ataenius platensis  Aphodiine Dung Beetle
        Euetheola humilis  Sugarcane Beetle
      anthribidae  Trigonorhinus limbatus  Fungus Weevil

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug
      miridae  Polymerus basalis  Plant Bug
        Taedia sp.  Plant Bug
        Hesperolabops gelastops  Cactus Plant Bug
        Poecilocapsus lineatus  Four-lined Plant Bug
        Reuteroscopus sp.  Plant Bug
        Pseudatomoscelis seriatus  Cotton Flea Hopper
      gerridae  Aquarius remigis  Water Strider
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug (adult & nymph)
        Arilus cristatus  Wheel Bug (nymph)
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug (nymph)
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug
        Chlorochroa ligata  Conchuela (adult, nymph & egg)
        Tylospilus acutissimus  Predatory Stink Bug (nymph)
        Euschistus tristigmus  Stink Bug
        Euschistus sp.  Stink Bug (nymph)
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Graphocephala versuta  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Prosapia bicincta  Two-lined Spittlebug
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
        Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
      membracidae  Ceresa sp.  Treehopper
        Entylia carinata  Treehopper (nymph)
      acanaloniidae  Acanalonia conica  Planthopper (nymph)

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Xylocopa micans  Southern Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
        Xylocopa virginica  Eastern Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Euodynerus pratensis  Mason Wasp
      braconidae  Macrocentrus aegeriae  Braconid Wasp
        Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp
      formicidae  Brachymyrmex patagonicus  Rover Ant

    diptera  syrphidae  Allograpta obliqua  Flower Fly
        Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
        Copestylum tamaulipanum  Flower Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      muscidae  Neomyia cornicina  Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      tephritidae  Paracantha sp.  Fruit Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      sciaridae  Unknown sp.  Dark-winged Fungus Gnat
      ceratopogonidae  Forcipomyia sp.  Biting Midge

    odonata  coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Paraidemona sp.  Spur-throated Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid (nymph)
        Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
      gryllidae  Oecanthus celerinictus  Fast-calling Tree Cricket (nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia sp.  Earwig

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysopa oculata  Green Lacewing
      mantispidae  Leptomantispa pulchella  Mantisfly
        Dicromantispa sayi  Mantisfly

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Hypsosinga rubens  Orbweaver
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      philodromidae  Philodromus sp.  Running Crab Spider
      salticidae  Colonus puerperus  Jumping Spider
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Hentzia palmarum  Long-jawed Jumper
      uloboridae  Uloborus glomosus  Feather-legged Orbweaver
      oxyopidae  Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider

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