NABA Santa Rita Mountains Summer Count

Date & Time: 
July 31, 2016 - 7:30am
Meeting Place: 
McDonald's parking lot, Continental Road, west of I-19, Green Valley
Trip Leader: 
Mary Klinkle

Sixty-eight species were found during the count on a partly cloudy and windy morning by the participants. Two species were new to the count, listed in bold type:

Trip Butterfly Reports: 
  1. Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor 28
  2. Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxeness 2
  3. Two-tailed Swallowtail Papilio multicaudata 19
  4. Western Giant Swallowtail Papilio rumiko 6
  5. Orange Sulphur Colias eurytheme 1
  6. Southern Dogface Zerene cesonia 29
  7. Cloudless Sulphur Phoebis sennae 148
  8. Mexican Yellow Eurema Mexicana 31
  9. Sleepy Orange Abais nicippe 58
  10. Dainty Sulphur Nathalis iole 8
  11. Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus 1
  12. Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus 1
  13. Leda Ministreak Ministrymon leda 10
  14. Arizona Hairstreak Erora quaderna 5
  15. Marine Blue Leptotes marina 355
  16. "Echo" Spring Azure Celestrina ladon 'echo' 23
  17. Ceraunus Blue Hemiargus ceraunus 164
  18. Reakirt's Blue Echinargus isola 284
  19. Acmon Blue Plebejus Acmon 'texana' 1
  20. Fatal Metalmark Calephelis nemesis 3
  21. Arizona Metalmark Calephelis arizonensis 1
  22. Zela Metalmark Emesis zela 6
  23. Ares Metalmark Emesis ares 1
  24. Mormon Metalmark Apodemia mormo  1
  25. Parmer's Metalmark Apodemia Parmerii 2
  26. American Snout Libytheana carinenta 8
  27. Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae 3
  28. Varigated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia 7
  29. Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia 63
  30. Elf Microtia elva 3
  31. Tiny Checkerspot Dymasia dymas 14
  32. Elada Checkerspot Texola elada 35
  33. Texan Crescent Anthanassa texana 6
  34. Common Buckeye Junonia coenia 1
  35. Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa 1
  36. Painted Lady Vanessa virginiensis 5
  37. Red-spotted Purple Limenitis arthemis 3
  38. 'Arizona' California Sister Adelpha bredowii 11
  39. Hackberry Emperor Asterocampa celtis 1
  40. Empress Leilia Asterocampa leilia 11
  41. Tawny Emperor Asterocampa clyta 6
  42. Red Satyr Megisto rubricata 4
  43. Queen Danaus gilippus 9
  44. Dull Firetip Apyrrothris araxes 5
  45. Arizona Skipper Codatractus arizonensis 26
  46. Golden-banded Skipper Authchton cellus 5
  47. Northern Cloudywing Thorybes pylandes 8
  48. Acacia Skipper Cogia hippalus 28
  49. Golden-headed Scallopwing Staphylus ceos 14
  50. AZ Powdered-skipper Systasea zampa 6
  51. Mournful Duskywing Erynnis tristis 5
  52. Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis 1
  53. White Checkered-skipper Pyrgus albescens 2
  54. Common Streaky Skipper Celotes nessus 9
  55. Common Sootywing Philosora catallus 3
  56. Many-spotted Skipperling Piruna aea 17
  57. Orange Skipperling Copaeodes aurantiaca 22
  58. Pahaska Skipper Hesperia pahaska 5
  59. Taxiles  Skipper Poanes taxiles 2
  60. Large Roadside-skipper Amblyscirtes exoteria 2
  61. Cassus Roadside-skipper Amblyscirtes cassus 2
  62. Bronze Roadside-skipper Amblyscirtes aenus 2
  63. Elissa Roadside-skipper Amblyscirtes elissa 12
  64. Toltec Roadside-skipper Amblyscirtes tolteca 2
  65. Slaty Roadside-skipper Amblyscirtes nereus 2
  66. Nysa Roadside-skipper Amblyscirtes nysa 18
  67. Dotted Roadside-skipper Amblyscirtes eos 1
  68. Ursine Giant-skipper Megathymus ursus 2

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.