Catalina Hairstreaks

Date & Time: 
June 2, 2017 -
7:30am to 4:00pm
Meeting Place: 
McDonald’s/Safeway parking lot at Tanque Verde & Catalina Highway
Trip Leader: 
Mary Klinkel

We’ll meet at 7:30am at McDonald’s/Safeway parking lot at Tanque Verde & Catalina Highway to carpool up the mountains to about 7000’ elevation to look for Colorado Hairstreaks, Thicket Hairstreaks, AZ Hairstreaks and other beauties.  Plan on all day in the field or leave when you need to.

Trip Butterfly Reports: 

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


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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.