This field trip is limited to five participants and you must contact the field trip leader, Mary Klinkel, to participate on this trip.
We will Ping-Pong up the Catalina Highway making quick stops along the way to our main goal of finding Black Checkerspot. Meeting time and place will be shared with the first five people to contact the leader and register for a spot on this trip. Plan on 5-6 hours in the field with no stop for lunch (leader has to work later in afternoon). Bring snacks, water, etc.
Black Checkerspot photo by Larry Fellows
Trip Butterfly Reports:
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:
- Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor
- Two-tailed Swallowtail Papilio multicaudata
- Checkered White Pontia protodice
- Orange Sulphur Colias eurytheme
- Southern Dogface Colias cesonia
- Mexican Yellow Eurema mexicana
- Sleepy Orange Eurema nicippe
- Dainty Sulphur Nathalis iole
- Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus
- Leda Ministreak Ministrymon leda
- Marine Blue Leptotes marina
- Ceraunus Blue Hemiargus ceraunus
- Reakirt’s Blue Hemiargus isola
- ‘Echo’ Spring Azure Celastrina ladon
- Acmon Blue Plebejus acmon texana
- Mormon Metalmark Apodemia mormo
- Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus
- Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa
- Common Buckeye Junonia coenia
- ‘Arizona’ California Sister Adelpha bredowii
- Empress Leilia Asterocampa leilia
- Queen Danaus gilippus
- Silver-spotted Skipper Epargyreus clarus
- Northern Cloudywing Thorybes pylades
- Arizona Powdered-Skipper Systasea zampa
- Hermit Skipper Grais stigmatica
- Mournful Duskywing Erynnis tristis
- Pacuvius Duskywing Erynnis pacuvius
- White Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus albescens
- Orange Skipperling Copaeodes aurantiacus
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.