Date & Time:
October 17, 2015 - 9:00am
Brown Canyon Road, Buenos Aires NWR
On a special guided trip into Brown Canyon, we followed the creek and trail up to the arch in Brown Canyon. Brown Canyon is closed to the public unless accompanied by a Buenos Aires USFWS employee or Volunteer Guide. It was a lovely fall day in the canyon. Unusual butterflies seen are listed in bold type.
Trip Butterfly Reports:
- Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor
- Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes
- Southern Dogface Colias cesonia
- Cloudless Sulphur Phoebis sennae
- Mexican Yellow Eurema Mexicana
- Tailed Orange Eurema proterpia
- Mimosa Yellow Eurema nise
- Sleepy Orange Eurema nicippe
- Dainty Sulphur Nathalis iole
- Western Pygmy-Blue Brephidium exile
- Ceraunus Blue Hemiargus ceraunus
- Fatal Metalmark Calephelis nemesis
- Arizona Metalmark Calephelis arizonensis
- American Snout Libytheana carinenta
- Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae
- Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia
- Elf Microtia elva
- Tiny Checkerspot Dymasia dymas
- Texan Crescent Phyciodes texana
- American Lady Vanessa virginiensis
- Painted Lady Vanessa cardui
- Common Buckeye Junonia coenia
- 'Dark' Tropical Buckeye Junonia genoveva nigrosuffusa
- Red-spotted Purple Limenitis arthemis astyanax
- 'Arizona' California Sister Adelpha bredowii
- Empress Leilia Asterocampa leilia
- Tawny Emperor Asterocampa clyton
- Monarch Danaus plexippus
- Queen Danaus gilippus
- White-striped Longtail Chioides catillus
- Dorantes Longtail Urbanus dorantes
- Arizona Powdered-Skipper Systasea zampa
- Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis
- White Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus albescens
- Desert Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus philetas
- Orange Skipperling Copaeodes aurantiaca
- Violet-clouded SkipperLerodea earabus
Beginners are welcome on all field trips! Experienced members will share their butterfly knowledge and expertise with all field trip participants. Children accompanied by a responsible adult are welcome on SEABA field trips. A donation of $5 per person to benefit SEABA will be appreciated. Carpooling from the meeting place is encouraged and it is kind to share gas expenses. If high clearance vehicles are required for a trip, it will be noted in individual trip descriptions. Dress for the field with sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant. Bring your own water, snacks, and lunch. Close-focusing binoculars, cameras, and field guides will be helpful aids for butterfly observation and identification. Trips usually end by mid-afternoon unless noted differently in individual trip descriptions.
Please be aware that:
1. Collecting or netting is NOT allowed on SEABA field trips.
2. Pets, with the exception of service animals, are NOT allowed on SEABA field trips.
3. All field trip participants are required to sign SEABA's Release and Assumption of Risk form at the beginning of the trip. The form may be viewed at SEABA Release.
4. Please arrive a few minutes prior to the meeting time posted for trips to facilitate paperwork and introductions to other trip participants.
5. Field trips may be cancelled or rescheduled on short notice due to changing weather or road conditions. Please check the website for updates prior to the Field Trip.
Our Southeastern Arizona Butterfly Checklist can be downloaded here. Please note that the SEABA checklist is copyrighted.
Local NABA Butterfly Counts are listed at NABA Counts
Field trips organized by the Central Arizona Butterfly Association are listed at their website: CAzBA.