Garden Canyon, Huachuca mountains

Date & Time: 
October 8, 2017 -
8:00am to 12:00pm
Trip Leader: 
Cindy Bethard

On Sunday October 8th, 13 SEABA members and friends met at Garden Canyon in the Huachuca mountains to find butterflies.  We succeeded in finding our target species, the Pine White.  Weather was sunny and warm, and although the nectar sources were drying out, there were sufficient nectar and water sources to allow the group to identify 32 species.  Thanks to Fred Heath and Jim Brock for your excellent help in spotting and identifying butterflies.

Trip Butterfly Reports: 



Subfamily Papilioninae

Pipevine Swallowtail
Battus philenor

Two-tailed Swallowtail
Papilio multicaudata

Whites and Sulphurs   
Subfamily Pieridae

Pine White
Neophasia menapia

Southern Dogface
Colias cesonia

Mexican Yellow
Eurema mexicana

Tailed Orange
Eurema proterpia

Dainty Sulphur
Nathalis iole

Hairstreaks, Elfins, Blues
Family Lycaenidae

Colorado Hairstreak
Hypaurotis crysalus

Leda Ministreak
Ministrymon leda

Ceraunus Blue
Hemiargus ceraunus

Reakirt's Blue
Hemiargus isola

‘Echo’Spring Azure
Celastrina ladon

Family Riodinidae


Brushfooted Butterflies
 Family Nymphalidae

American Snout
Libytheana carinenta

Variegated Fritillary
Euptoieta claudia

Bordered Patch
Chlosyne lacinia

Texan Crescent
Phyciodes texana

Question Mark
Polygonia interrogationis

American Lady
Vanessa virginiensis

Painted Lady
Vanessa cardui

Common Buckeye
Junonia coenia

‘Dark’ Tropical Buckeye
Junonia genoveva nigrosuffusa

Red-spotted Purple
Limenitis arthemis astyanax

‘Arizona’ California Sister
Adelpha bredowii

Nabokov's Satyr
Cyllopsis pyracmon

Red-bordered Satyr
Gyrocheilus patrobas

Family Hesperiidae

Dull Firetip
Pyrrhopyge araxes

Dorantes Longtail
Urbanus dorantes

Funereal Duskywing
Erynnis funeralis

White Checkered-Skipper
Pyrgus albescens

White-barred Skipper
Atrytonopsis pittacus

Arizona Giant-Skipper
Agathymus aryxna

Huachuca Giant-Skipper
Agathymus evansi


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.