Butterflies Seen

March 26, 2017
Trip Butterfly Report:

27 observers in 10 parties spent the day in the field counting every butterfly they could identify (and some they couldn't). A total of 2,183 individuals in 63 butterfly species were identified and counted:

 

  1. Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor 162
  2. Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes 2
  3. Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes 5
  4. Two-tailed Swallowtail Papilio multicaudata 73
  5. Checkered White Pontia protodice 42
  6. 'Desert' Pearly Marble Euchloe hyantis lotta 3
  7. Sara Orangetip Anthocharis sara 11
  8. Southern Dogface Colias cesonia 62
  9. Mexican Yellow Eurema mexicana 43
  10. Sleepy Orange Eurema nicippe 68
  11. Dainty Sulphur Nathalis iole 48
  12. Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus 3
  13. Brown Elfin Callophrys augustinus 10
  14. Thicket Hairstreak Callophrys spinetorum 1
  15. 'Siva' Juniper Hairstreak Callophrys gryneus siva 10
  16. Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus 20
  17. Arizona Hairstreak Erora quaderna 4
  18. Western Pygmy-Blue Brephidium exile 2
  19. Marine Blue Leptotes marina 54
  20. Ceraunus Blue Hemiargus ceraunus 1
  21. Reakirt's Blue Hemiargus isola 8
  22. ‘Echo’Spring Azure Celastrina ladon 394
  23. Acmon Blue Plebejus acmon texana 1
  24. Fatal Metalmark Calephelis nemesis 4
  25. Zela Metalmark Emesis zela 1
  26. American Snout Libytheana carinenta 154
  27. Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae 1
  28. Black Checkerspot Chlosyne cyneas 1
  29. Fulvia Checkerspot Chlosyne fulvia 13
  30. Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia 27
  31. Sagebrush Checkerspot Chlosyne acastus 21
  32. Tiny Checkerspot Dymasia dymas 355
  33. Elada Checkerspot Texola elada 50
  34. Texan Crescent Phyciodes texana 79
  35. Mylitta Crescent Phyciodes mylitta 7
  36. Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa 2
  37. American Lady Vanessa virginiensis 1
  38. Painted Lady Vanessa cardui 2
  39. Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta 4
  40. Common Buckeye Junonia coenia 21
  41. Tropical Buckeye Junonia genoveva nigrosuffusa 1
  42. Red-spotted Purple Limenitis arthemis astyanax 3
  43. Empress Leilia Asterocampa leilia 179
  44. Monarch Danaus plexippus 3
  45. Queen Danaus gilippus 27
  46. Silver-spotted Skipper Epargyreus clarus 2
  47. Desert Cloudywing Achalarus casica 2
  48. Acacia Skipper Cogia hippalus 1
  49. Golden-headed Scallopwing Staphylus ceos 16
  50. Arizona Powdered-Skipper Systasea zampa 15
  51. Meridian Duskywing Erynnis meridianus 1
  52. Mournful Duskywing Erynnis tristis 3
  53. Pacuvius Duskywing Erynnis pacuvius 1
  54. Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis 18
  55. White Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus albescens 17
  56. Desert Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus philetas 1
  57. Erichson's White-Skipper Heliopyrgus domicella 2
  58. Common Streaky-Skipper Celotes nessus 16
  59. Orange Skipperling Copaeodes aurantiacus 42
  60. Fiery Skipper Hylephila phyleus 13
  61. White-barred Skipper Atrytonopsis pittacus 41
  62. Eufala Skipper Lerodea eufala 1
  63. Violet-clouded Skipper Lerodea arabus 8

Immatures: Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) 6 caterpillars on Pipevine (Aristolochia watsonii).

Field Notes: Bold type denotes new count species or new high count number

March 17, 2017
Trip Butterfly Report:

Six SEABA members spent about 3 hours scouring the blooming skunkbush and manzanitas along the AZ Trail from Gordon Hirabayashi campground on a beautiful late spring day. Butterflies seen:

Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus philenor

Black Swallowtail  Papilio polyxenes

Two-tailed Swallowtail  Papilio multicaudata

Spring White  Pontia sisymbrii

Checkered  White Pontia protodice (possibly)

Pearly Marble  Euchloe hyantis

Pima Orangetip  Anthocharis cethura pima

Sara Orangetip  Anthocharis sara

Southern Dogface  Colias cesonia   

Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae

Mexican Yellow   Eurema mexicana

Sleepy Orange  Eurema nicippe

Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis iole

Great Purple Hairstreak  Atlides halesus

Brown Elfin  Callophrys augustinus

'Siva' Juniper Hairstreak  Callophrys gryneus siva

Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus

Leda Ministreak  Ministrymon leda

'Echo' Spring Azure  Celastrina ladon echo

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae

Tiny Checkerspot  Dymasia dymas

Texan Crescent  Phyciodes texana

Mylitta Crescent  Phyciodes mylitta (at Chihuahua Pine Picnic Area)

Painted Lady  Vanessa cardui

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

Common Buckeye  Junonia coenia

Golden-headed Scallopwing  Staphylus ceos

Mournful Duskywing  Erynnis tristis

Pacuvius Duskywing  Erynnis pacuvius (at Chihuahua Pine Picnic Area)

Funereal Duskywing  Erynnis funeralis

'White' Common Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus communis albescens

Orange Skipperling  Copaeodes aurantiacus

 

March 10, 2017
Trip Butterfly Report:

 

Six seasoned butterfly watchers enjoyed lush Spring foliage and wildflowers along with running water in the Rattlesnake Creek area of Sabino Canyon.   Tiny Checkerspots ruled the day with around 300 seen.  Numbers of butterflies and species are increasing daily now as temperatures hit the 90’s for the first time this year.  Species seen:

 

  1.  Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor
  2. Two-tailed Swallowtail Papillo mulicaudata
  3. White sp. (fly-bys, could have been checkered, spring or marble)
  4. Sara (SW) Orangetip  Anthocharis sara (thoosa)
  5. Pima Desert Orangetip Anthocharis cethura
  6. Southern Dogface Colias cesoniaSleepy
  7. Sleepy Orange Eurema nicippe
  8. Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus
  9. Marine Blue Leptotes marina
  10. Echo Spring Azure Celastrina ladon echo
  11. American Snout Libytheana carinenta
  12. Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia
  13. Tiny Checkerspot  Dymasia dymas
  14. Texan Crescent Phyciodes texana
  15. Common Buckeye Junonia coenia
  16. Empress Leilia Asterocampa leilia
  17. Queen Danaus gilippus
  18. Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis
  19. Erichson’s White-skipper Heliopyrgus domicella
  20. Common Streaky-skipper Celotes nesses
  21. Orange Skipperling Copaeodes aurantiacus
March 4, 2017
Trip Butterfly Report:

Butterflies seen:

Pipevine Swallowtail              Battus philenor

Two-tailed Swallowtail           Papilio multicaudata

Sara Orangetip                        Anthocharis sara

Southern Dogface                    Colias cesonia

Cloudless Sulphur                   Phoebis sennae

Gray Hairstreak                       Strymon melinus

‘Echo’ Spring Azure               Celastrina ladon 

American Snout                      Libytheana carinenta

Elada Checkerspot                  Texola elada

Texan Crescent                       Phyciodes texana

Empress Leilia                        Asterocampa leilia

Arizona Powdered-Skipper     Systasea zampa

Funereal Duskywing               Erynnis funeralis

White Checkered-Skipper       Pyrgus albesce

 

We also saw a few birds, including lesser goldfinch, phainopepla, cardinal, and say's phoebe.

February 25, 2017
Trip Butterfly Report:

We had a fun day even though few butterflies were flying – probably a bit cold.  Manzanitas had started to bloom here, but the Skunk Bush (Rhus trilobata) will not start blooming for a week or two. Butterflies seen:

Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

Sara (SW) Orangetip  Anthocharis sara (thoosa)

Echo’ Spring Azure Celastrina ladon echo

Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa

Red-spotted Purple Limenitis arthemis (not confirmed)

 

Photo by Cindy Bethard

 

January 31, 2017
Trip Butterfly Report:

On our hunt for early Spring butterflies, not many butterflies were seen.  We saw about six Pipevine Swallowtails (Battus philenor), one Sulphur sp., about 20 Spring Azures (Celastrina ladon echo), and one American Snout (Libytheana carinenta) at Molino Basin.  On the way down we saw a Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia).  Weather was cool and slightly windy, warming at mid-day.  Water is flowing and manzanita is budding but not blooming yet.

October 29, 2016
Trip Butterfly Report:
  1. Pipevine Swallowtail
  2. Checkered White
  3. Cabbage White
  4. Orange Sulphur
  5. Southern Dogface
  6. Cloudless Sulphur
  7. Lyside Sulphur
  8. Mexican Yellow
  9. Tailed Orange
  10. Mimosa Yellow
  11. Sleepy Orange
  12. Dainty Sulphur
  13. Gray Hairstreak
  14. Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
  15. Leda Ministreak
  16. Western Pygmy-Blue
  17. Marine Blue
  18. Ceraunus blue
  19. Reakirt’s Blue
  20. Acmon Blue
  21. Fatal Metalmark
  22. Palmer’s Metalmark
  23. American Snout
  24. Gulf Fritillary
  25. Variegated Fritillary
  26. Bordered Patch
  27. Tiny Checkerspot
  28. Texan Crescent
  29. Phaon Crescent
  30. American Lady
  31. Painted Lady
  32. Common buckeye
  33. ‘Dark’ Tropical Buckeye
  34. White Peacock
  35. Monarch
  36. Queen
  37. White-striped Longtail
  38. Long-tailed Skipper
  39. Dorantes Longtail
  40. White-patched Skipper
  41. Mournful Duskywing
  42. Funereal Duskywing
  43. White Checkered-Skipper
  44. Desert Checkered-Skipper
  45. Clouded Skipper
  46. Orange Skipperling
  47. Fiery Skipper
  48. Pahaska Skipper
  49. Eufala Skipper
October 8, 2016
Trip Butterfly Report:

On a sunny and mild day, the group walked downstream from the parking lot to the falls, a little over a mile, then back upstream to the parking lot. Fortunately, the predicted light rain and wind held off until the triip was ending back at the parking lot. 48 species of butterflies were observed by the group:

  1. Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor
  2. Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphont
  3. Two-tailed Swallowtail Papilio multicaudata
  4. Checkered White Pontia protodice
  5. Orange Sulphur Colias eurytheme
  6. Southern Dogface Zerene cesonia
  7. Cloudless Sulphur Phoebis sennae
  8. Boisduval’s Yellow Eurema boisduvaliana
  9. Mexican Yellow Eurema mexicana
  10. Tailed Orange Eurema nicippe
  11. Little Yellow Eurema lisa
  12. Sleepy Orange Abaeis nicippe
  13. Dainty Sulphur Nathalis iole
  14. Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus
  15. Western Pygmy-Blue Brephidium exile
  16. Marine Blue Leptotes marina
  17. Ceraunus Blue Hemiargus ceraunus
  18. Reakirt's Blue Echinargus isola
  19. 'Echo' Spring Azure Celastrina ladon
  20. Acmon Blue Plebejus Acmon 'texana'
  21. Fatal Metalmark Calephelis nemesis
  22.  Arizona Metalmark Calephelis arizonensis
  23. American Snout Libytheana carinenta
  24. Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae
  25. Variegated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia
  26. Mexican Fritillary Euptoieta hegesia
  27. Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia
  28. Elf Microtia elva
  29. Tiny Checkerspot Dymasia dymas
  30. Elada Checkerspot Texola elada
  31. Texan Crescent Phyciodes texana
  32. Painted Lady Vanessa cardui
  33. Common Buckeye Junonia coenia
  34. 'Dark" Tropical Buckeye Junonia genoveva nigrosuffosa
  35. Red-spotted Purple Limenitis arthemis astyanax
  36. 'Arizona' California Sister Adelpha bredowii
  37. Tropical Leafwing Anaea aidea
  38. Empress Leilia Asterocampa leilia
  39. Monarch Danaus plexippus
  40. Queen Danaus gilippus
  41. Dorantes Longtail Urbanus dorantes
  42. Mournful Duskywing Erynnis tristis
  43. Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis
  44. White Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus albenscens
  45. Desert Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus philetas
  46. Orange Skipperling Copaeodes aurantiaca
  47. Fiery Skipper Hylephila phyleus
  48. Eufala Skipper Lerodea eufala

Reptiles and Amphibians

  1. Canyon Treefrog Hyla arenicolor
  2. Sonoran Whipsnake Masticophus bilineatus
  3. Skink sp.

Dragonflies and Damselflies:

  1. Flame Skimmer Libellula
  2. Sabino Dancer Argia sabino
October 2, 2016
Trip Butterfly Report:
  1. *Pipevine Swallowtail 65
  2. Black Swallowtail 6
  3. Giant Swallowtail 19
  4. Two-tailed Swallowtail 3
  5. Checkered White 1
  6. Orange Sulphur 1
  7. Southern Dogface 85
  8. *Cloudless Sulphur 108
  9. Large Orange Sulphur 1
  10. Mexican Yellow 268
  11. Tailed Orange 23
  12. Sleepy Orange 57
  13. Dainty Sulphur 151
  14. Gray Hairstreak 7
  15. *Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 2
  16. Leda Ministreak 2
  17. W. Pygmy-Blue 28
  18. Marine Blue 32
  19. Ceraunus Blue 66
  20. Reakirt's Blue 16
  21. Spring Azure 105
  22. Acmon Blue 2
  23. *Fatal Metalmark 35
  24. *Arizona Metalmark 18
  25. *Palmer's Metalmark 470
  26. Am. Snout 138
  27. Gulf Fritillary 6
  28. Variegated Fritillary 5
  29. *Bordered Patch 287
  30. **Elf 152
  31. Tiny Checkerspot 198
  32. Elada Checkerspot 40
  33. *Texan Crescent 201
  34. Mourning Cloak 1
  35. American Lady 5
  36. Painted Lady 10
  37. Common Buckeye 8
  38. Tropical Buckeye 5
  39. Red-spotted Purple 44
  40. *Viceroy 1
  41. California Sister 32
  42. Hackberry Emperor 16
  43. *Empress Leilia 143
  44. Tawny Emperor 38
  45. Nabokov's Satyr 16
  46. Red Satyr 1
  47. Red-bordered Satyr. 16
  48. Monarch 6
  49. Queen 72
  50. Arizona Skipper 2
  51. Dorantes Longtail 35
  52. Acacia Skipper 1
  53. Golden-headed Scallopwing 3
  54. Arizona Powdered-Skipper 9
  55. *Funereal Duskywing 31
  56. Common/White Checkered-Skipper 6
  57. Desert Checkered-Skipper 5
  58. Erichson's White- Skipper 1
  59. Orange Skipperling 49
  60. Pahaska Skipper 1
  61. Sheep Skipper 3
  62. Eufala Skipper 1
  63. Arizona Giant-Skipper 2

 

 

Total 63 species, 3161 individuals. Immatures: Two-tailed Sw. 1 caterpillar on Velvet Ash.

Field Notes: *New high count. +New species for count. **New Record High Count.

September 25, 2016
Trip Butterfly Report:

On a sunny and slightly breezy day, the group walked dowstream from the bridge to the little falls and back upstream under the bridge for about half a mile. The trip ended back at the bridge about 2:00PM. 47 species were seen:

  1. Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor
  2. Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes
  3. Checkered White Pontia protodice
  4. Orange Sulphur Colias eurytheme
  5. Southern Dogface Colias cesonia
  6. Cloudless Sulphur Phoebis sennae
  7. Mexican Yellow Eurema mexicana
  8. Tailed Orange Eurema proterpia
  9. Sleepy Orange Eurema nicippe
  10. Dainty Sulphur Nathalis iole
  11. Western Pygmy-Blue Brephidium exile
  12. Marine Blue Leptotes marina
  13. Ceraunus Blue Hemiargus ceraunus
  14. Reakirt's Blue Hemiargus isola
  15. 'Echo' Spring Azure Celastrina ladon echo
  16. Fatal Metalmark Calephelis nemesis
  17. Arizona Metalmark Calephelis arizonensis
  18. Palmer's Metalmark Apodemia palmeri
  19. American Snout Libytheana carinenta
  20. Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae
  21. Variegated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia
  22. Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia
  23. Elf Microtia elva
  24. Tiny Checkerspot Dymasia dymas
  25. Elada Checkerspot Texola elada
  26. Texan Crescent Phyciodes texana
  27. American Lady Vanessa virginiensis
  28. Painted Lady Vanessa cardui
  29. Common Buckeye Junonia coenia
  30. Tropical Buckeye Junonia genoveva
  31. Red-spotted Purple Limenitis arthemis astyanax
  32. California Sister Adelpha bredowii
  33. Hackberry Emperor Asterocampa celtis
  34. Empress Leilia Asterocampa leilia
  35. Tawny Emperor Asterocampa clyton
  36. Red Satyr Megisto rubricata
  37. Monarch Danaus plexippus
  38. Queen Danaus gilippus
  39. Arizona Skipper Codatractus arizonensis
  40. Dorantes Longtail Urbanus dorantes
  41. Golden-headed Scallopwing Staphylus ceos
  42. Arizona Powdered-Skipper Systasea zampa
  43. Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis
  44. 'White' Common Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus communis albescens
  45. Desert Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus philetas
  46. Orange Skipperling Copaeodes aurantiacus
  47. Nysa Roadside-Skipper Amblyscirtes nysa