Harshaw Creek Wash Rabbitbrush

Date & Time: 
October 31, 2015 - 9:00am
Meeting Place: 
Patagonia Butterfly Garden
Trip Leader: 
Cindy Bethard

On a beautiful, sunny fall day, the group spent a short time in the gardens in Patagonia, made a quick search for butterflies along Red Mountain Road, and then spent the rest of the trip amidst the rabbitbrush in full bloom in Harshaw Creek Wash. Highlights of the day's sightings are in bold type.

Trip Butterfly Reports: 
  1. Cabbage White Pieras rapae
  2. Orange Sulphur Colias eurytheme
  3. Southern Dogface Zerene cesonia
  4. Cloudless Sulphur Phoebis sennae
  5. Mexican Yellow Eurema Mexicana
  6. Sleepy Orange Abais nicippe
  7. Dainty Sulphur Nathalis iole
  8. Silver-banded Hairstreak Chlorostrymon simaethis
  9. Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak Strymon istapa
  10. Leda Ministreak Ministrymon leda
  11. Western Pygmy-blue Brephidium exilis
  12. Marine Blue Leptotes marina
  13. Ceraunus Blue Hemiargus ceraunus
  14. Reakirt's Blue Echinargus isola
  15. Acmon Blue Plebejus Acmon 'texana'
  16. Fatal Metalmark Calephelis nemesis
  17. American Snout Libytheana carinenta
  18. Varigated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia
  19. Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia
  20. Tiny Checkerspot Dymasia dymas
  21. Texan Crescent Anthanassa texana
  22. American Lady Vanessa virginiensis
  23. Painted Lady Vanessa virginiensis
  24. Common Buckeye Junonia coenia
  25. 'Dark' Tropical Buckeye Junonia genoveva nigrosuffusa
  26. 'Arizona' California Sister Adelpha bredowii
  27. Common Mestra Mestra amymone
  28. Queen Danaus gilippus
  29. Dorantes Longtail Urbanus dorantes
  30. White Checkered-skipper Pyrgus albescens
  31. Desert Checkered-skipper Pyrgus philetas
  32. Clouded Skipper Lerema accius
  33. Orange Skipperling Copaeodes aurantiaca
  34. Fiery Skipper Hylephilia phyleus

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.