Peña Blanca Lake

Date & Time: 
August 28, 2016 - 8:30am
Meeting Place: 
Whitehouse Campground near Peña Blanca Lake
Trip Leader: 
Cindy Bethard

The Group met trip leader Cindy Bethard at 8:20 AM at White Rock Campround near Peña Blanca Lake and searched the inflow wash and Thumb Rock cove areas for butterflies on a sunny, calm, and warm morning. Fifty-one species of butterflies were seen, including 3 unusual species sightings, which are highlighted in bold. Not all of the  attendees saw all of the species. Other notable sightings were a Black Witch moth (Ascalapha odorata) and numerous very small Red-spotted Toads (Anaxyrus punctatus).

Trip Butterfly Reports: 
  1. Pipevine Swallowtail                        Battus philenor
  2. Two-tailed Swallowtail                     Papilio multicaudata
  3. Checkered White                               Pontia protodice
  4. Orange Sulphur                                 Colias eurytheme
  5. Southern Dogface                              Colias cesonia
  6. Cloudless Sulphur                             Phoebis sennae
  7. Lyside Sulphur                                  Kricogonia lyside
  8. Mexican Yellow                                Eurema mexicana
  9. Sleepy Orange                                   Eurema nicippe
  10. Dainty Sulphur                                  Nathalis iole
  11. Leda Ministreak                                Ministrymon leda
  12. Western Pygmy-Blue                        Brephidium exile
  13. Marine Blue                                       Leptotes marina
  14. Ceraunus Blue                                   Hemiargus ceraunus
  15. Reakirt’s Blue                                    Hemiargus isola
  16. Acmon Blue                                      Plebejus acmon texana
  17. Arizona Metalmark                           Calephelis arizonensis
  18. Palmer's Metalmark                          Apodemia palmeri
  19. American Snout                                 Libytheana carinenta
  20. Gulf Fritillary                                    Agraulis vanillae
  21. Variegated Fritillary                         Euptoieta claudia
  22. Bordered Patch                                  Chlosyne lacinia
  23. Tiny Checkerspot                              Dymasia dymas
  24. Elada Checkerspot                            Texola elada
  25. Painted Lady                                      Vanessa cardui
  26. Common Buckeye                             Junonia coenia
  27. White Peacock                                   Anartia jatrophae
  28. Dingy Purplewing                             Eunica monima
  29. Red Satyr                                           Megisto rubricata
  30. Monarch                                            Danaus plexippus
  31. Queen                                                Danaus gilippus
  32. Soldier                                               Danaus eresimus
  33. Dorantes Longtail                              Urbanus dorantes
  34. Acacia Skipper                                  Cogia hippalus
  35. Golden-headed Scallopwing             Staphylus ceos
  36. Funereal Duskywing                         Erynnis funeralis
  37. White Checkered-Skipper                 Pyrgus albescens
  38. Desert Checkered-Skipper                Pyrgus philetas
  39. Common Sootywing                         Pholisora catullus
  40. Many-spotted Skipperling                 Piruna cingo
  41. Orange Skipperling                           Copaeodes aurantiacus
  42. Pahaska Skipper                                Hesperia pahaska
  43. Carus Skipper                                    Polites carus
  44. Cestus Skipper                                   Atrytonopsis cestus
  45. Sheep Skipper                                   Atrytonopsis edwardsii
  46. Bronze Roadside-Skipper                 Amblyscirtes aenus
  47. Elissa Roadside-Skipper                   Amblyscirtes elissa
  48. Toltec Roadside-Skipper                   Amblyscirtes tolteca
  49. Nysa Roadside-Skipper                     Amblyscirtes nysa
  50. Dotted Roadside-Skipper                  Amblyscirtes eos
  51. Eufala Skipper                                   Lerodea eufala

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.