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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Fauna Project

A team of six completed this week's survey under hot and cloudy conditions. Very little is known about beaded lacewings, but a study conducted over 30 years ago of one species indicated that their larvae, which live in termite nests and eat the residents, immobilize their prey with toxic flatulence. These fecal fumes are so potent that several termites might be knocked out with one spray.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:


Lomamyia sp. (beaded lacewing)
photo by Val Bugh


Dicymolomia julianalis (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Stegea sp. (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Lipocosma polingi (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Urola nivalis (snowy urola)
photo by Val Bugh


Aetole tripunctella (moth)
photo by Val Bugh


Xerociris wilsonii (Wilson's wood-nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh


Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider)
photo by Val Bugh


Schistocerca americana (American bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh


Syrbula admirabilis (handsome grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Melanoplus plebejus (plebeian grasshopper nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Stagmomantis carolina (teneral Carolina mantis with exuviae)
photo by Dan Zinn


Jalysus sp. (stilt bug nymph)
photo by Val Bugh


Niesthrea louisianica (scentless plant bug nymphs)
photo by Val Bugh


Unknown sp. (scale insect with egg sac - head at right)
photo by Val Bugh


Brachygastra mellifica (Mexican honey wasp)
photo by Val Bugh


Cotinis nitida (green June beetle)
photo by Val Bugh


Masticophis flagellum testaceus (western coachwhip)
photo by Pat Dittmar

  • Birds:
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus)
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Hummingbird (Archilochus sp.)
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria)
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Turkey Vulture (Carthartes aura)
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
    Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

  • Reptiles:
    Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus)
    Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
    Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis gularis)
    Redstripe Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus rubrilineatus)
    Western Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum testaceus)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Danaus gilippus  Queen
        Agraulis vanillae  Gulf Fritillary
      pieridae  Phoebis sennae  Cloudless Sulphur (adult & larva)
        Eurema lisa  Little Yellow
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue
      papilionidae  Battus philenor  Pipevine Swallowtail (adult & larva)
      hesperiidae  Systasea pulverulenta  Texas Powdered-skipper (larva)
      noctuidae  Ponometia phecolisca  Bird-dropping Moth
        Spragueia obatra  Moth
        Cobubatha lixiva  Moth
        Diastema tigris  Lantana Moth
        Xerociris wilsonii  Wilson's Wood-nymph
      erebidae  Plusiodonta compressipalpis  Moonseed Moth
      arctiidae  Cisthene tenuifascia  Thin-banded Lichen Moth
      sphingidae  Hemaris diffinis  Snowberry Clearwing (larva)
      geometridae  Glenoides texanaria  Texas Gray Moth
        Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
        Lobocleta peralbata  White Wave
        Psamatodes abydata  Dot-lined Angle
        Synchlora frondaria  Camouflaged Looper (larva)
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
        Pyrausta laticlavia  Southern Purple Mint Moth
        Pyrausta inornatalis  Inornate Pyrausta Moth
        Urola nivalis  Snowy Urola
        Stegea sp.  Moth
        Dicymolomia julianalis  Moth
        Glaphyria fulminalis  Black-patched Glaphyria
        Lipocosma polingi  Moth
        Petrophila jaliscalis  Moth
        Parapediasia teterrella  Bluegrass Webworm Moth
        Fissicrambus sp.  Grass-veneer Moth
      pyralidae  Peoria bipartitella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Peoria opacella  Grass-veneer Moth
        Ephestiodes sp.  Moth
        Unknown sp.  Moth
        Parachma ochracealis  Moth
      tortricidae  Cydia latiferreana  Filbertworm Moth
        Suleima helianthana  Sunflower Bud Moth
        Platynota flavedana  Black-shaded Platynota Moth
        Cochylis sp.  Moth
      psychidae  Cryptothelea sp.  Bagworm Moth
      gelechiidae  Polyhymno acaciella  Moth
        Brachyacma palpigera  Soybean Webworm Moth
        Aristotelia sp.  Moth
      oecophoridae  Inga cretacea  Chalky Inga
      blastobasidae  Blastobasis glandulella  Acorn Moth
        Blastobasis sp.  Moth
      heliodinidae  Aetole tripunctella  Moth
      xyloryctidae  Scythris trivinctella  Moth

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Harmonia axyridis  Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle
        Olla v-nigrum  Ashy Gray Lady Beetle
      carabidae  Pasimachus californicus  Ground Beetle
      tenebrionidae  Eleodes goryi  Darkling Beetle
      scarabaeidae  Cotinis nitida  Green June Beetle

    hemiptera  coreidae  Acanthocephala terminalis  Coreid Bug
        Leptoglossus zonatus  Leaf-footed Bug (adult & nymph)
        Hypselonotus punctiventris  Coreid Bug
        Chelinidea vittiger  Opuntia Bug (nymph)
        Catorhintha selector  Coreid Bug
      largidae  Largus sp.  Largus Bug (adult & nymph)
      lygaeidae  Oncopeltus fasciatus  Large Milkweed Bug
      rhopalidae  Niesthrea louisianica  Scentless Plant Bug (adult & nymph)
      berytidae  Jalysus sp.  Stilt Bug (adult & nymph)
      scutelleridae  Sphyrocoris obliquus  Shield Bug
        Homaemus proteus  Shield Bug
      pentatomidae  Euschistus obscurus  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cixiidae  Melanoliarus sp.  Planthopper
      flatidae  Metcalfa pruinosa  Citrus Planthopper
      cicadidae  Tibicen texanus  Cicada
      coccidae  Unknown sp.  Scale

    hymenoptera  apidae  Apis mellifera  Honey Bee
        Bombus pensylvanicus  American Bumble Bee
        Xylocopa parkinsoniae  Large Carpenter Bee
      halictidae  Unknown sp.  Green Sweat Bee
        Lasioglossum sp.  Sweat Bee
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
        Polistes rubiginosus  Red Wasp
        Polistes bellicosus  Paper Wasp
        Brachygastra mellifica  Mexican Honey Wasp
      sphecidae  Sphex ichneumoneus  Great Golden Digger Wasp
      formicidae  Brachymyrmex patagonicus  Rover Ant
        Pseudomyrmex gracilis  Twig Ant
      ichneumonidae  Trogomorpha arrogans  Ichneumon
      braconidae  Unknown sp.  Braconid Wasp

    diptera  syrphidae  Copestylum mexicanum  Black Flower Fly
        Toxomerus marginatus  Flower Fly
      asilidae  Atomosia melanopogon  Robber Fly
      dolichopodidae  Condylostylus sp.  Long-legged Fly
        Unknown sp.  Long-legged Fly
      culicidae  Aedes albopictus  Asian Tiger Mosquito

    odonata  libellulidae  Libellula croceipennis  Neon Skimmer
        Pachydiplax longipennis  Blue Dasher
        Erythemis simplicicollis  Eastern Pondhawk
        Orthemis ferruginea  Roseate Skimmer

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus differentialis  Differential Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper (nymph)
        Melanoplus femurrubrum  Red-legged Grasshopper
        Lactista aztecus  Aztec Bandwing
        Arphia simplex  Plains Yellow-winged Grasshopper
        Syrbula admirabilis  Handsome Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Syrbula montezuma  Montezuma's Grasshopper
        Mermiria bivittata  Two-striped Mermiria
        Amblytropidia mysteca  Brown Winter Grasshopper (nymph)
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper (adult & nymph)
        Schistocerca americana  American Bird Grasshopper
      tettigoniidae  Scudderia furcata  Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (adult & nymph)
        Conocephalus strictus  Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
      gryllidae  Unknown sp.  Ground Cricket (nymph)

    mantodea  mantidae  Stagmomantis carolina  Carolina Mantis (adult & nymph)

    neuroptera  chrysopidae  Chrysopa quadripunctata  Green Lacewing
      berothidae  Lomamyia sp.  Beaded Lacewing

    araneae  araneidae  Argiope aurantia  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
        Neoscona crucifera  Orbweaver
      salticidae  Phidippus audax  Bold Jumper
        Phidippus arizonensis  Arizona Jumper
        Anasaitis canosa  Jumping Spider
        Habronattus coecatus  Jumping Spider
      oxyopidae  Peucetia viridans  Green Lynx
        Oxyopes salticus  Striped Lynx
      lycosidae  Rabidosa rabida  Rabid Wolf Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      theridiidae  Theridion sp.  Cobweb Spider
      oecobiidae  Oecobius sp.  Wall Spider
      pholcidae  Holocnemus pluchei  Marbled Cellar Spider

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