Brown Canyon

Date & Time: 
October 17, 2015 - 9:00am
Meeting Place: 
Brown Canyon Road, Buenos Aires NWR
Trip Leader: 
Bill and Mary Adams

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: 
  1. Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor
  2. Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes
  3. Southern Dogface Colias cesonia
  4. Cloudless Sulphur Phoebis sennae
  5. Mexican Yellow Eurema Mexicana
  6. Tailed Orange Eurema proterpia
  7. Mimosa Yellow Eurema nise
  8. Sleepy Orange Eurema nicippe
  9. Dainty Sulphur Nathalis iole
  10. Western Pygmy-Blue Brephidium exile
  11. Ceraunus Blue Hemiargus ceraunus
  12. Fatal Metalmark Calephelis nemesis
  13. Arizona Metalmark Calephelis arizonensis
  14. American Snout Libytheana carinenta
  15. Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae
  16. Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia
  17. Elf Microtia elva
  18. Tiny Checkerspot Dymasia dymas
  19. Texan Crescent Phyciodes texana
  20. American Lady Vanessa virginiensis
  21. Painted Lady Vanessa cardui
  22. Common Buckeye Junonia coenia
  23. 'Dark' Tropical Buckeye Junonia genoveva nigrosuffusa
  24. Red-spotted Purple Limenitis arthemis astyanax
  25. 'Arizona' California Sister Adelpha bredowii
  26. Empress Leilia Asterocampa leilia
  27. Tawny Emperor Asterocampa clyton
  28. Monarch Danaus plexippus
  29. Queen Danaus gilippus
  30. White-striped Longtail Chioides catillus
  31. Dorantes Longtail Urbanus dorantes
  32. Arizona Powdered-Skipper Systasea zampa
  33. Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis
  34. White Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus albescens
  35. Desert Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus philetas
  36. Orange Skipperling Copaeodes aurantiaca
  37. Violet-clouded SkipperLerodea earabus

General Information

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.