Catalina State Park

Date & Time: 
April 30, 2017 -
9:00am to 2:00pm
Meeting Place: 
Trader Joe's parking lot located at Oracle Road & McGee. We will carpool from here approximately 5 miles to Catalina State Park on the western side of the Santa Catalina Mts. There is a $7 fee per car (up to 4 people) or AZ State Park Pass required.
Trip Leader: 
Mary Klinkel

At Catalina State Park We will wander around the Sutherland Trail and various wet streambed areas.  We will finish by 2pm.

Trip Butterfly Reports: 

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)
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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.