New Year’s Resolution: Get Out There!

Date & Time: 
January 2, 2018 -
9:00am to 2:00pm
Meeting Place: 
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum entrance plaza
Trip Leader: 
Mary Klinkel
Special Notes: 
Let’s start the new year off looking for butterflies among the natural history delights of the Desert Museum! We’ll look for butterflies in the mistletoe, fairy dusters, and any other blooming plants, as well as enjoying Raptor Free Flight in the morning. Bring lunch or buy lunch at the restaurant(s). We’ll finish by 2pm.


Desert Museum entrance fees or membership required for entrance onto the grounds.

Trip Butterfly Reports: 

On an unseasonably warm day, we found 16 species nectering on the Museum grounds.

Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus philenor

Southern Dogface  Colias cesonia

Mexican Yellow  Eurema mexicana

Sleepy Orange  Abaeis nicippe

Dainty Sulphur   Nathalis iole

Great Purple Hairstreak  Atlides halesus

Leda Ministreak  Ministrymon leda

Marine Blue  Leptotes marina

Ceraunus Blue  Hemiargus ceraunus

Reakirt's Blue  Echinargus isola

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Queen  Danaus gilippus

Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae

Texan Crescent  Anthanassa texana

Painted Lady  Vanessa cardui

Funereal Duskywing  Erynnis funeralis

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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.