Butterflies Seen

April 22, 2017
Trip Butterfly Report:

Field trip participants braved sunny and hot temperatures into the 90's for about 2 1/2  hours. Due to very dry conditions in the canyon above the bridge, we spent most of the time at the surface water flow below the bridge and a short time searching blooming Sweetbush (Bebbia juncea) on the roadside above the bridge. The group found 30 species during the Field Trip:

  1. Pipevine Swallowtail                  Battus philenor
  2. Western Giant Swallowtail         Papilio rumiko
  3. Checkered White                       Pontia protodice
  4. Southern Dogface                     Colias cesonia   
  5. Mexican Yellow                          Eurema mexicana
  6. Sleepy Orange                           Eurema nicippe
  7. Dainty Sulphur                           Nathalis iole
  8. 'Siva' Juniper Hairstreak            Callophrys gryneus siva
  9. Gray Hairstreak                         Strymon melinus
  10. Marine Blue                               Leptotes marina
  11. 'Echo' Spring Azure                   Celastrina ladon echo
  12. American Snout                         Libytheana carinenta
  13. Bordered Patch                          Chlosyne lacinia
  14. Tiny Checkerspot                       Dymasia dymas
  15. Elada Checkerspot                    Texola   elada
  16. Texan Crescent                          Phyciodes texana
  17. Painted Lady                              Vanessa cardui
  18. Red Admiral                               Vanessa atalanta
  19. Common Buckeye                     Junonia coenia
  20. Tropical Buckeye                       Junonia genoveva
  21. Empress Leilia                           Asterocampa leilia
  22. Queen                                        Danaus  gilippus
  23. Acacia Skipper                          Cogia hippalus
  24. Golden-headed Scallopwing     Staphylus ceos
  25. Common Sootywing                  Pholisora catullus
  26. Arizona Powdered-Skipper       Systasea zampa
  27. Funereal Duskywing                 Erynnis  funeralis
  28. Orange Skipperling                   Copaeodes aurantiacus
  29. White-barred Skipper                Atrytonopsis pittacus
  30. Sheep Skipper                          Atrytonopsis edwardsii

Also seen by a few participants after the end of the field trip:

  1. Two-tailed Swallowtail    Papilio multicaudata
  2. Mimosa Yellow               Eurema nise
  3. Variegated Fritillary        Euptoieta claudia
April 2, 2017
Trip Butterfly Report:

SEABA members and four people new to butterflying spent about 4 hours searching the edges of Peña Blanca Lake for butterflies on a beautiful, calm, and sunny spring day. Although it was somewhat dry in the area and nectar sources were not plentiful, the group located 34 species. Species with an asterick were found by the half of the group that hiked the trail towards the dam at the end of the scheduled trip.

  1. Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus  philenor
  2. Checkered White  Pontia  protodice
  3. Southern Dogface  Colias cesonia  
  4. Mexican Yellow  Eurema  mexicana
  5. Sleepy Orange  Eurema  nicippe
  6. Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis  iole
  7. Marine Blue  Leptotes  marina
  8. 'Echo' Spring Azure  Celastrina  ladon echo
  9. Fatal Metalmark  Calephelis  nemesis *
  10. Arizona Metalmark  Calephelis  arizonensis
  11. Bordered Patch  Chlosyne  lacinia
  12. Tiny Checkerspot  Dymasia  dymas
  13. Texan Crescent  Phyciodes  texana
  14. Pearl Crescent  Phyciodes  tharos
  15. Painted Crescent  Phyciodes  picta
  16. Red Admiral  Vanessa  atalanta
  17. Common Buckeye  Junonia  coenia *
  18. Red-spotted Purple  Limenitis  arthemis astyanax
  19. Queen  Danaus  gilippus
  20. Golden-headed Scallopwing  Staphylus  ceos
  21. Arizona Powdered-Skipper  Systasea  zampa
  22. Sleepy Duskywing  Erynnis  brizo
  23. Mournful Duskywing  Erynnis  tristis
  24. Funereal Duskywing  Erynnis  funeralis
  25. 'White' Common Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus  communis albescens
  26. Desert Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus  philetas
  27. Common Streaky-Skipper  Celotes  nessus *
  28. Orange Skipperling  Copaeodes  aurantiacus
  29. Fiery Skipper  Hylephila  phyleus *
  30. Carus Skipper  Polites  carus
  31. White-barred Skipper  Atrytonopsis  pittacus
  32. Sheep Skipper  Atrytonopsis  edwardsii
  33. Dotted Roadside-Skipper  Amblyscirtes  eos *
  34. Eufala Skipper  Lerodea  eufala

The group also had one unidentifiable skipper and a few flybys of what may have been migrating Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui).


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