Date & Time:
November 1, 2017 -
7:30am to 4:00pm
7:30am at Fry’s grocery store parking lot at Houghton & Rita Roads, or 8:45am at Baker’s Dozen bakery on Fry Blvd. 1/4 mile east of the Buffalo Soldier Gate to Ft. Huachuca.
We will enter the Fort at the Buffalo Soldier Gate to Ft. Huachuca. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR Ft. HUACHUCA PASS TO ENTER THIS GATE. Please be aware that Ft. Huachuca is a military base and you must be a US citizen and show a valid driver’s license or have a military ID in order to enter the fort. You will be required to fill out paperwork to apply for a base pass, and you can ask for one which is good for one year. Non-US citizens must be vouched for and accompanied at all times by a Military ID holder.
We will explore this beautiful canyon and hope for a Chiricahua White fallout at the top. If the timing is right, there could be dozens of them of both sexes. Bring cameras, batteries, lunch, snacks, water, sun protection and personal items. Approximate return time to the bakery 2:30pm, Fry’s in Tucson 4pm.
Trip Butterfly Reports:
Mary Klinkel led the group for a look at Garden Canyon on a perfect November day. Thank you to our new and old friends from Sierra Vista for joining us! Many butterflies were seen including some Chiricahua Whites, our hoped-for species. Butterflies seen:
- Chiricahua White Neophasia terlootii
- Southern Dogface Colias cesonia
- Cloudless Sulphur Phoebis sennae
- Mexican Yellow Eurema mexicana
- Tailed Orange Eurema proterpia
- Sleepy Orange Eurema nicippe
- Dainty Sulphur Nathalis iole
- Reakirt’s Blue Hemiargus isola
- ‘Echo’ Spring Azure Celastrina ladon
- Fatal Metalmark Calephelis nemesis
- Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae
- Variegated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia
- Texan Crescent Phyciodes texana
- California Tortoiseshell Nymphalis californica (seen & photographed by only one member of the group)
- Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa
- American Lady Vanessa virginiensis
- Painted Lady Vanessa cardui
- Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta
- Common Buckeye Junonia coenia
- ‘Arizona’ California Sister Adelpha bredowii
- Nabokov's Satyr Cyllopsis pyracmon
- Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis
- White Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus albescens
- Huachuca Giant-Skipper Agathymus evansi
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.