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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

Six participants completed this week's survey under hot and mostly sunny conditions. Bird feathers are often colored by pigments such as carotenoids and melanins that produce yellows, reds and browns. Blue, however, is a structural color, created when light is scattered by microscopic air pockets in the barbs. If the scrub-jay feather shown below were backlit, it would appear brown instead of blue.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Auplopus mellipes (spider wasp with bold jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Auplopus mellipes (spider wasp carrying its prey)
photo by Val Bugh


Auplopus mellipes (spider wasp nest cells)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (spider wasp)
photo by Pat Dittmar


Unknown sp. (velvet ant male)
photo by Val Bugh


Boopedon gracile (graceful range grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Mermiria bivittata (two-striped mermiria eating grass)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider male & female)
photo by Dan Zinn


Griburius sp. (leaf beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Banasa euchlora (stink bug)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Diolcus chrysorrhoeus (shield bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Metcalfa pruinosa (citrus planthopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Durrantia piperatella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Isophrictis similiella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Polyhymno acaciella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanocinclis lineigera (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Monopis crocicapitella (bird nest moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (pyralid moth larva)
photo by Val Bugh


Cnemidophorus gularis gularis (Texas spotted whiptail)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Aphelocoma woodhouseii (Woodhouse's scrub-jay feather)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Woodhouse's Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)

  • Mammals:
    Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus)
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles & Fish:
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Rio Grande Cichlid (Herichthys cyanoguttatus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
      hesperiidae  Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail (adult & larva)
        Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper
        Pyrgus communis/albescens  Common/White Checkered-skipper
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
        Nastra julia  Julia's Skipper
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
      erebidae  Melipotis cellaris  Moth
      geometridae  Pimaphera percata  Moth
      pyralidae  Unknown sp.  Moth (larva)
      tortricidae  Sparganothoides lentiginosana  Lentiginos Moth
      tineidae  Monopis crocicapitella  Bird Nest Moth
      peleopodidae  Durrantia piperatella  Moth
      gelechiidae  Isophrictis similiella  Moth
        Polyhymno acaciella  Moth
      cosmopterigidae  Melanocinclis lineigera  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      chrysomelidae  Griburius sp.  Leaf Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (adult & nymph)
      alydidae  Hyalymenus tarsatus  Texas Bow-legged Bug (adult & nymph)
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
        Penthimia americana  Leafhopper
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Augochloropsis metallica  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Polistes metricus  Paper Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
        Vespula squamosa  Southern Yellowjacket
      crabronidae  Tachytes sp.  Digger Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sceliphron caementarium  Yellow-and-black Mud Dauber
        Isodontia sp.  Grass-carrying Wasp
      pompilidae  Unknown sp.  Spider Wasp
        Entypus sp.  Spider Wasp
        Auplopus mellipes  Spider Wasp (adult & nest)
      mutillidae  Unknown sp.  Velvet Ant

    diptera  agromyzidae  Unknown sp.  Leaf-miner Fly
      tachinidae  Unknown sp.  Tachinid Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
      lestidae  Archilestes grandis  Great Spreadwing
      coenagrionidae  Argia immunda  Kiowa Dancer
        Ischnura posita  Fragile Forktail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (nymph)
        Mermiria bivittata  Two-striped Mermiria
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper (nymph)
        Amblytropidia mysteca  Brown Winter Grasshopper (nymph)
        Boopedon gracile  Graceful Range Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Microcentrum rhombifolium  Greater Anglewing (nymph)
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysoperla sp.  Green Lacewing
      mantispidae  Dicromantispa sayi  Mantisfly

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Colonus puerperus  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      theridiidae  Argyrodes elevatus  Silver Dewdrop Spider

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