Butterflies Seen

June 2, 2017
Trip Butterfly Report:

The buckbrush (ceanothus fendleri) on Incinerator Ridge was just beginning to bloom. After spending about 3 hours searching searching for hairsteraks, half of the group continued up the mountain and walked up Turkey Run in Summerhaven. The other half of the group searched the buckbrush along the highway as they headed back down the mountain. The roup found 27 species, including at least one individual from each major butterfly family. Species seen:


Pipevine Swallowtail             Battus philenor

Two-tailed Swallowtail         Papilio multicaudata

Checkered White                   Pontia protodice

Cabbage White                       Pieris rapae

Southern Dogface                 Colias cesonia     

Mexican Yellow                      Eurema  Mexicana

Sleepy Orange                        Eurema  nicippe

Dainty Sulphur                        Nathalis iole

Great Purple Hairstreak       Atlides halesus

Gray Hairstreak                      Strymon melinus

Arizona Hairstreak                 Erora  quaderna

Marine Blue                            Leptotes marina

Reakirt's Blue                          Hemiargus isola

'Echo' Spring Azure                Celastrina ladon echo

Nais Metalmark                      Apodemia nais

Black Checkerspot                 Thessalia cyneas

Texan Crescent                       Phyciodes texana

Mylitta Crescent                    Phyciodes mylitta

Satyr Comma                          Polygonia satyrus

Mourning Cloak                     Nymphalis antiopa

Painted Lady                           Vanessa cardui

Arizona Sister                          Adelpha eulalia

Nabokov's Satyr                     Cyllopsis pyracmon

Queen                                       Danaus gilippus

Silver-spotted Skipper           Epargyreus clarus

Northern Cloudywing           Thorybes pylades

Pacuvius Duskywing              Erynnis pacuvius


May 12, 2017
Trip Butterfly Report:

This was the first warm day for several days in the higher elevations after a cold front brought rain, freezing temperatures and some snow.  Our goal of black checkerspot was not found, but we’ll have more opportunities over the next several months. Butterflies seen:

  1. Pipevine Swallowtail       Battus philenor
  2. Two-tailed Swallowtail   Papilio multicaudata
  3. Checkered White             Pontia protodice
  4. Orange Sulphur                 Colias eurytheme
  5. Southern Dogface           Colias cesonia
  6. Mexican Yellow                Eurema mexicana
  7. Sleepy Orange                  Eurema nicippe
  8. Dainty Sulphur                  Nathalis iole
  9. Gray Hairstreak                Strymon melinus
  10. Leda Ministreak                Ministrymon leda
  11. Marine Blue                       Leptotes marina
  12. Ceraunus Blue                   Hemiargus ceraunus
  13. Reakirt’s Blue                    Hemiargus isola
  14. ‘Echo’ Spring Azure          Celastrina ladon
  15. Acmon Blue                       Plebejus acmon texana
  16. Mormon Metalmark        Apodemia mormo
  17. Satyr Comma                    Polygonia satyrus
  18. Mourning Cloak               Nymphalis antiopa
  19. Common Buckeye            Junonia coenia
  20. ‘Arizona’ California Sister  Adelpha bredowii
  21. Empress Leilia                   Asterocampa leilia
  22. Queen                                 Danaus gilippus
  23. Silver-spotted Skipper     Epargyreus clarus
  24. Northern Cloudywing      Thorybes pylades
  25. Arizona Powdered-Skipper  Systasea zampa
  26. Hermit Skipper                  Grais stigmatica
  27. Mournful Duskywing       Erynnis tristis
  28. Pacuvius Duskywing        Erynnis pacuvius
  29. White Checkered-Skipper    Pyrgus albescens
  30. Orange Skipperling           Copaeodes aurantiacus
April 30, 2017
Trip Butterfly Report:

We had a warm, turning hot, sunny day with little wind. 33 butterfly species were seen by the group:

  1. Two-Tailed  Swallowtail - (Papilio multicaudata)
  2. Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)
  3. Checkered White - (Pontia protodice)
  4. Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia)
  5. Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana)
  6. Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe)
  7. Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole)
  8. Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus)
  9. Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina)
  10. Ceraunus Blue - (Hemiargus ceraunus)
  11. Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola)
  12. Spring (Echo) Azure - (Celastrina ladon echo)
  13. Acmon Blue - (Plebejus acmon texana)
  14. Fatal Metalmark- (Calephelis nemesis)
  15. Palmer's Metalmark - (Apodemia palmerii) 
  16. American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta)
  17. Tiny Checkerspot - (Dymasia dymas)
  18. Elada Checkerspot - (Texola elada)
  19. Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana)
  20. Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)
  21. Red Admiral - (Vanessa atalanta)
  22. Common Buckeye - (Junonia coenia)
  23. Tropical Buckeye - (Junonia evarete nigrosuffusa)
  24. Hackberry Emperor - (Asterocampa celtis)
  25. Empress Leilia - (Asterocampa leilia)
  26. Queen- (Danaus gilippus) 
  27. Desert Cloudywing - (Achalarus casica)
  28. Acacia Skipper - (Cogia hippalus)
  29. Golden-headed Scallopwing - (Staphylus ceos)
  30. Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis)
  31. White Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus albescens)
  32. Desert Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus philetas)
  33. Common Sootywing - (Pholisora catullus)
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