Harshaw Creek Wash - Rabbitbrush

Date & Time: 
October 29, 2016 -
9:00am to 2:30pm
Meeting Place: 
1. 9:00 AM - Fry’s parking lot located at 8080 S. Houghton on the corner of S. Houghton & Rita Road. 2. 10:00AM - Patagon Butterfly Garden at 347 McKeown Ave, Patagonia.
Trip Leader: 
Bill and Mary Adams
Special Notes: 
TRIP OFFICIAL DATE: 10/29/16 Please arrive a few minutes early in order to sign the SEABA waiver form and to run personal errands so that we can leave on time.

This annual fun and exciting SEABA trip generally produces many species in a small and easily accessible area. The Rabbitbrush is now blooming in Harshaw Creek. We expect a fun day and multiple species of butterflies such as all three Ladies, various Skippers, Monarchs, Queens, Gulf Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary, Common and Tropical Buckeye and many other species including the possibility of one or two tropical strays. Last weekend on a scouting trip 40 species were seen.

We will make a short stop at the Patagonia Gardens in town and then proceed to Harshaw Creek and the Rabbitbrush. Later we will head 2.1 miles further up the road to the Rabbitbrush just past the Hale Ranch.

We will be walking in a wash/creek bed on semi-level but uneven terrain. It is very brushy and long pants are advised due to stickers etc.

For further information contact Bill and Mary Adams or by phone at 520-574-6578.

Trip Butterfly Reports: 
  1. Pipevine Swallowtail
  2. Checkered White
  3. Cabbage White
  4. Orange Sulphur
  5. Southern Dogface
  6. Cloudless Sulphur
  7. Lyside Sulphur
  8. Mexican Yellow
  9. Tailed Orange
  10. Mimosa Yellow
  11. Sleepy Orange
  12. Dainty Sulphur
  13. Gray Hairstreak
  14. Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
  15. Leda Ministreak
  16. Western Pygmy-Blue
  17. Marine Blue
  18. Ceraunus blue
  19. Reakirt’s Blue
  20. Acmon Blue
  21. Fatal Metalmark
  22. Palmer’s Metalmark
  23. American Snout
  24. Gulf Fritillary
  25. Variegated Fritillary
  26. Bordered Patch
  27. Tiny Checkerspot
  28. Texan Crescent
  29. Phaon Crescent
  30. American Lady
  31. Painted Lady
  32. Common buckeye
  33. ‘Dark’ Tropical Buckeye
  34. White Peacock
  35. Monarch
  36. Queen
  37. White-striped Longtail
  38. Long-tailed Skipper
  39. Dorantes Longtail
  40. White-patched Skipper
  41. Mournful Duskywing
  42. Funereal Duskywing
  43. White Checkered-Skipper
  44. Desert Checkered-Skipper
  45. Clouded Skipper
  46. Orange Skipperling
  47. Fiery Skipper
  48. Pahaska Skipper
  49. Eufala Skipper

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.