Flagstaff Area - 3 day trip

Date & Time: 
June 4, 2016 - 8:00am to June 6, 2016 - 2:30pm
Meeting Place: 
McDonald's parking lot, Payson, AZ
Trip Leader: 
Dianne Touret
Special Notes: 
Trip was limited to 14 participants

Twelve participants butterflied from Payson to Flagstaff, and then in the mountains surrounding Flagstaff.

Trip Butterfly Reports: 
  1. 'Baird's' Old World Swallowtail Papilio machaon bardii
  2. Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes
  3. Western Swallowtail Papilio rutulus
  4. Two-tailed Swallowtail Papilio multicaudata
  5. Checkered White Pontia protodice
  6. Orange Sulphur Colias eurytheme
  7. Queen Alexandra's Sulphur Colias alexandra
  8. Sleepy Orange Abaeis nicippe
  9. Dainty Sulphur Nathalis iole
  10. Western Pine Elfin Callophrys eryphon
  11. Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus
  12. Juniper Hairstreak Callophrys gryneus
  13. Thicket Hairstreak Callophrys spinetorum
  14. Leda Ministreak Ministrymon leda
  15. Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus
  16. Western Tailed-blue Cupido amyntula
  17. Silvery Blue Glaucopsyche lygdamus
  18. Marine Blue Leptotes marina
  19.  Western Pygmy-Blue Brephidium exile
  20. Reakirt's Blue Echinargus isola
  21.  'Echo' Spring Azure Celastrina ladon echo
  22.  Greenish Blue Plebejus saepiolus
  23. Acmon Blue Plebejus acmon texana
  24.  Melissa Blue Plebejus melissa
  25. Arctic Blue Plebejus glandon
  26. Palmer's Metalmark Apodemia palmeri
  27. Variegated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia
  28. Atlantis Fritillary Speyris atlantis
  29. Field Crescent Phyciodes campestris
  30. Mylitta Crescent Phyciodes mylitta
  31. Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia
  32. Arachne Checkerspot Polydryas rachne
  33. Fulvia Checkerspot Thessalia fulvia
  34. Variable Checkerspot Euphydryas chalcedona
  35. Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus
  36. Hoary Comma Polygonia gracillis
  37. Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiope
  38. Painted Lady Vanessa cardui
  39. Common Buckeye Junonia coenia
  40. Queen Danaus gilippus
  41. Alberta Arctic Oeneis alberta
  42. Northern Duskywing Thorybes pylades
  43. Mexican Duskywing Thorybes mexicana
  44. Silver-spotted Skipper Epargyreus clarus
  45. Dreamy Duskywing Erynnis icelus
  46. Rocky Mountain Duskywing Erynnis telemachus
  47. Afranius Duskywing Erynnis afranius
  48. Persius Duskywing Erynnis persius
  49. Common Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus communis
  50. Northern White-Skipper Heliopetes ericetorum
  51. Taxiles Skipper Poanes taxiles

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.