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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

It was very hot and sunny as seven volunteers conducted this week's survey. Adult lady beetles are easy to recognize, but their other life stages are not always so familiar. The larvae (see example below) are, like the adults, voracious predators of aphids and other tiny insects. Beetles develop through complete metamorphosis, so there is an immobile pupa stage, also shown below.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Anolis carolinensis (green anole)
photo by Harriett Wolf


Sceloporus olivaceus (Texas spiny lizard)
photo by Val Bugh


Cnemidophorus gularis gularis (Texas spotted whiptail)
photo by Pat Dittmar


Masticophis flagellum testaceus (western coachwhip)
photo by Val Bugh


Pyrausta inornatalis (inornate pyrausta moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Blastobasis glandulella (acorn moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Acanthocephala terminalis (coreid bug)
photo by Val Bugh


Condylostylus sp. (long-legged fly)
photo by Dan Zinn


Cycloneda sanguinea (red lady beetle larva & pupa)
photo by Val Bugh


Libellula croceipennis (neon skimmer)
photo by Barbara Ribble


Telebasis salva (desert firetail)
photo by Dan Zinn


Chortophaga viridifasciata (northern green-striped grasshopper:
brown form male)
photo by Val Bugh


Chortophaga viridifasciata (northern green-striped grasshopper:
green form female)
photo by Val Bugh


Pediodectes bruneri (Bruner shieldback)
photo by Val Bugh


Pediodectes nigromarginatus (black-margined shieldback)
photo by Val Bugh


Maevia poultoni (jumping spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Phidippus carolinensis (Carolina jumper)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (earthworm)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    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:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles:
    Western Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum testaceus)
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)

  • Misc.:
    Earthworm (Unknown sp.)
    Greenhouse Millipede (Oxidus gracilis)
    Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus), immature

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
        Phyciodes texana  Texan Crescent
        Asterocampa celtis  Hackberry Emperor
        Junonia coenia  Common Buckeye
      pieridae  Eurema nicippe  Sleepy Orange
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail
      lycaenidae  Calycopis isobeon  Dusky-blue Groundstreak
        Callophrys gryneus  Juniper Hairstreak
      hesperiidae  Erynnis horatius  Horace's Duskywing
        Chioides albofasciatus  White-striped Longtail
        Lerema accius  Clouded Skipper
      arctiidae  Hypoprepia miniata  Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth
        Cisthene tenuifascia  Thin-banded Lichen Moth
      geometridae  Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
      crambidae  Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
      elachistidae  Elachista sp.  Moth
      blastobasidae  Blastobasis glandulella  Acorn Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Cycloneda sanguinea  Red Lady Beetle (adult, pupa & larva)

    hemiptera  coreidae  Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug (adult & nymph)
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug
        Leptoglossus phyllopus  Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug
      reduviidae  Zelus renardii  Assassin Bug
      cydnidae  Pangaeus sp.  Burrowing Bug
      scutelleridae  Diolcus chrysorrhoeus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Banasa euchlora  Stink Bug
        Chinavia hilare  Green Stink Bug
        Euschistus servus  Brown Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug
      aphididae  Aphis nerii  Oleander Aphid
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      megachilidae  Megachile sp.  Leaf-cutter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
        Eumenes fraternus  Potter Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
        Sphex lucae  Digger Wasp
      formicidae  Camponotus festinatus  Carpenter Ant
        Cyphomyrmex rimosus  Ant (male)

    diptera  syrphidae  Dioprosopa clavata  Flower Fly (adult & pupa)
      sarcophagidae  Unknown sp.  Satellite Fly
      asilidae  Promachus hinei  Robber Fly
        Mallophora leschenaulti  Robber Fly
      bombyliidae  Geron sp.  Bee Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Tramea onusta  Red Saddlebags
        Dythemis velox  Swift Setwing
      aeshnidae  Anax junius  Common Green Darner
      coenagrionidae  Argia plana  Springwater Dancer
        Telebasis salva  Desert Firetail

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus ponderosus  Ponderous Grasshopper
        Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Chortophaga viridifasciata  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Encoptolophus costalis  Dusky Grasshopper
        Arphia sp.  Band-winged Grasshopper
        Schistocerca obscura  Obscure Bird Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca lineata  Spotted Bird Grasshopper
      gryllidae  Oecanthus celerinictus  Fast-calling Tree Cricket
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (nymph)
        Pediodectes nigromarginatus  Black-margined Shieldback
        Pediodectes bruneri  Bruner Shieldback

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (nymph)

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider
        Gasteracantha cancriformis  Spiny-backed Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus carolinensis  Carolina Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Maevia poultoni  Jumping Spider
        Pelegrina galathea  Peppered Jumper
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider

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