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2010 Bio-Blitz: Invertebrates

The invertebrate team members (Anita Howlett, Paul Roling, and John Schneider) focused on flower pollinating bees, flies, and wasps during the morning session and recorded all “bugs” on the light trap later in the evening. Considering the cool temperature in the morning and evening, the 84 species observed and more than 70 species recorded was relatively low. 

The morning highlights included an uncommon Toxophora beefly, a beautiful green cuckoo bee, leafcutter bees, scarabhunter wasps, and an adult male Carolina mantis. The evening’s delights were the many micro moths, especially the beautiful Spotted Bee Webworm moth and an Alianthus webworm. 

Bio-Blitz Invertebrate Photos

Toxophora Beefly by Anita Howlett

Augochloropsis metallica - Green Sweat Bee by Paul Roling

Lamprosema victoriae by John Schneider

Megachillid sp. - Leaf-Cutter Bee by Anita Howlett

Compsomeris sp. Wasp by Paul Roling

To view additional photos of the invertebrate findings, please click on the linked species listed below.

Invertebates identified at the 2010 Bio-Blitz:

Anthidiellum notatum 

Megachilinae (leafcutter bees, mason bees, and allies), Tribe Anthidiini


Apis mellifera

—Feral honeybee 


Augochloropsis metallica

—Green sweat bee 


Bombus impatiens

—Common Eastern bumble bee (male) 


Compsomeris sp. 

Dasymutilla occidentalis

—Velvet ant 


Ichneumon wasp sp.

Megachillid sp.

—Leafcutter bee


Sceliphron caementarium—

Black and yellow mud dauber 


Sphecid sp. (1)


Sphedic sp. (2)


Diptera (True Flies)
Anthrax georgicus—Bee fly (parasitoid on tiger beetles) 
Crane fly sp. 
Lucilia sp.—Green bottle fly 
Midge sp.  
Mosquito spp. 
Phantom midge sp.
Psychodinae sp.—Moth fly 
Syrphid sp.—Hover fly
Toxophora sp.Beefly

Coleoptera (Beetles, Weevils)
Diabrotica undecimpunctata—Spotted cucumber beetle 
Eudiagogus pulcher—Sesbania weevil  
Xylotrechus colonusRustic Borer
Xylotrechus sagittatus—Arrowhead Borer

Lepidoptera (Butterflies, Skippers, Moths)
Junonia coenia—Common buckeye larvae, chrysalis, imago 
Duskywing sp. 
Chrysodeixis includes—Soybean looper moth 
Spodoptera frugiperda—Spotted beet webworm 
Lerodia eufala—Eufala skipper 
Heliothis virescens—Tobacco bud worm 
Synchlora sp.—Emerald/camouflaged looper

Armyworm moth 
Ailanthus webworm moth
Bagworm moth
Common Glaphyria moth
Clydonopteron sacculana-Trumpet Vine Moth
Diamondback moth
Dolichomia sp. 
Filbertworm moth
Garden webworm moth
Grass tubeworm moth sp. 
Cisthene sp. 
Geometrid moth spp. 
Herpetogramma phaeopteralis
Hymenia perspectalis—Spotted beet webworm moth
Lamprosema victoriae 
Lophosis labeculata 
Metcalfa pruinosa
Platynota sp. 
Plume moth
Pyrausta bicoloralis 
Reddish Phasmia moth 
Sculptured moth
Spodoptera frugiperda
Symmerista albifrons 
Torticid moth

Neuroptera (Laceings, Antlions and Allies)
Brown lacewing sp.

Odonata (Dragonflies, Damselfies)
Orthemis ferruginea—Roseate Skimmer 
Plathemis Lydia—Common Whitetail
Anax junius—Common Green Darner

Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, katydids)
Scudderia sp.Bush katydid nymph

Mantodea (Mantids)
Stagmomantis Carolina—Carolina mantis (male)

Trichoptera (Caddisflies)
Long-horned caddisfly sp.
Non-long-horned caddisfly sp.

Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies) 
Pelitropis rotulata—Planthopper
Planthopper sp.
Leafhopper spp.

Arachnida (Spiders)
Dictyna sp.—Mesh web weaver in switch grass 
Misumena sp.Goldenrod crab spider 
Peucetia viridens—Green lynx spider (female) 
Phidippus audax—Jumping spider
Salticid sp.—Jumping spider
Neoscoma sp.—Spotted orbweaver