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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of six completed this week's survey under hot and mostly sunny conditions. Female pillbugs have a brood pouch called a marsupium in which they carry their eggs and newly hatched young for several weeks. These are nourished by marsupial fluid produced by the mother until the babies emerge, as in the image shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantis nymph)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Lactista aztecus (Aztec bandwing)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus differentialis (differential grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Microcentrum rhombifolium (greater angle-wing nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Armadillidium vulgare (pillbug with emerging babies)
photo by Val Bugh


Megachile fortis (leaf-cutter bee, male)
photo by Val Bugh


Bombus pensylvanicus (American bumble bee)
photo by Val Bugh


Acoloithus novaricus (false skeletonizer larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Scaphoideus sp. (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Tibicen superbus (superb cicada)
photo by Val Bugh


Brochymena arborea (rough stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Zelus renardii (assassin bug eating spittlebug)
photo by Val Bugh


Eleodes goryii (darkling beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Strangalia virilis (flower longhorn, female)
photo by Val Bugh


Paria sp. (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Asphaera lustrans (flea beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Plagiometriona clavata (clavate tortoise beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Holocnemus pluchei (marbled cellar spider eating earwig)
photo by Val Bugh


Theridion sp. (cobweb spider with seed bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Neoscona oaxacensis (orbweaver)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)

  • Misc.:
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)
    Pillbug (Armadillidium vulgare)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary (adult & larva)
        Chlosyne janais  Crimson Patch
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Papilio cresphontes  Giant Swallowtail
      hesperiidae  Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
      arctiidae  Lycomorpha pholus  Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth
      geometridae  Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
      tortricidae  Sparganothoides lentiginosana  Lentiginos Moth
      zygaenidae  Acoloithus novaricus  False Skeletonizer (larva)

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Asphaera lustrans  Flea Beetle
        Disonycha glabrata  Flea Beetle
        Altica sp.  Flea Beetle
        Paria sp.  Leaf Beetle
        Plagiometriona clavata  Clavate Tortoise Beetle
      cerambycidae  Strangalia sexnotata  Flower Longhorn
        Strangalia virilis  Flower Longhorn
        Sternidius mimeticus  Longhorn Beetle
      elateridae  Dipropus sp.  Click Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryii  Darkling Beetle
        Eleodes fusiformis  Darkling Beetle
        Helops farctus  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Cyclocephala sp.  Masked Chafer

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea tabulata  Opuntia Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Alydus pilosulus  Broad-headed Bug
        Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug
      lygaeidae  Lygaeus kalmii  Small Milkweed Bug
      rhyparochromidae  Cnemodus mavortius  Seed Bug (nymph)
      pachygronthidae  Phlegyas annulicrus  Seed Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
        Zelus luridus  Assassin Bug (nymph)
        Apiomerus spissipes  Bee Assassin
      pentatomidae  Proxys punctulatus  Black Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Brochymena arborea  Rough Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Hymetta sp.  Leafhopper
        Scaphoideus sp.  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cercopidae  Clastoptera sp.  Spittlebug
        Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen superbus  Superb Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Centris atripes  Digger Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile fortis  Leaf-cutter Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
      crabronidae  Liris sp.  Cricket Wasp
        Trypoxylon sp.  Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      formicidae  Crematogaster laeviuscula  Acrobat Ant
      ichneumonidae  Trogomorpha trogiformis  Ichneumon
      argidae  Unknown sp.  Sawfly

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum avidum  Flower Fly
      stratiomyidae  Hermetia sp.  Soldier Fly
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Flesh Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito
      tipulidae  Nephrotoma sp.  Tiger Crane Fly

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Plathemis lydia  Common Whitetail
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (nymph)
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper (nymph)
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Dichromorpha viridis  Short-winged Green Grasshopper
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
      tetrigidae  Paratettix mexicanus  Pygmy Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Dichopetala catinata  Spoon-tailed Short-winged Katydid
        Microcentrum rhombifolium  Greater Angle-wing
      gryllidae  Neonemobius sp.  Ground Cricket

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    neuroptera  mantispidae  Dicromantispa interrupta  Mantisfly

    trichoptera  philopotamidae  Chimarra sp.  Black Caddisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Mangora gibberosa  Orbweaver
        Neoscona oaxacensis  Orbweaver
        Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      theridiidae  Theridion sp.  Cobweb Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
        Zygoballus rufipes  Hammer-jawed Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      pholcidae  Holocnemus pluchei  Marbled Cellar Spider

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