Madera Canyon

Date & Time: 
October 4, 2015 - 9:00am
Meeting Place: 
Proctor parking lot, Madera Canyon, Santa Rita Mountains
Trip Leader: 
Pat and Dick Carlson

On a lovely fall day, we explored the trails and Madera Creek between Proctor trailhead and Madera Picnic Area and ended the trip with lunch and exploring the creek bed at the Mt. Wrightson Picnic Area at the end of the road.

Trip Butterfly Reports: 
  1. Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor
  2. Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes
  3. Southern Dogface Colias cesonia
  4. Cloudless Sulphur Phoebis sennae
  5. Mexican Yellow Eurema Mexicana
  6. Tailed Orange Eurema proterpia
  7. Dainty Sulphur Nathalis iole
  8. Marine BlueLeptotes marina
  9. Ceranus BlueHemiargus isola
  10. Reakert's BlueHemiargus isola
  11. 'Echo' Spring Azure Celastrina ladon
  12. Fatal Metalmark Calephelis nemesis
  13. Palmer's Metalmark Apodemia palmeri
  14. American Snout Libytheana carinenta
  15. Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae
  16. Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia
  17. Elf Microtia elva
  18. Tiny Checkerspot Dymasia dymas
  19. Texan Crescent Phyciodes texana
  20. Painted Lady Vanessa cardui
  21. Common Buckeye Junonia coenia
  22. Red-spotted Purple Limenitis arthemis astyanax
  23. 'Arizona' California Sister Adelpha bredowii
  24. Hackberry Emperor Asterocampa celtis
  25. Empress Leilia Asterocampa leilia
  26. Tawny Emperor Asterocampa clyton
  27. Red-bordered Satyr Gyrocheilus patrobas
  28. Queen Danaus gilippus
  29. Dorantes Longtail Urbanus dorantes
  30. Desert Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus philetas
  31. Orange Skipperling Copaeodes aurantiaca

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.