The weather was partly cloudy and slightly cool, with occasional breakouts of sunshine. Winds were light. We didn't see any butterflies until we got within 1/4 mile of the stream bed. Most butterflies seen were singles, although we did see three Sara Orangetips and multiple Empress Leilias. We hiked somewhat beyond the usual lunch spot, then came back and followed the stream bed for a while between the last two stream crossings.
Trip Butterfly Reports:
- Sara Orangetip Anthocharis sara
- Southern Dogface Zerene cesonia
- Gray HairstreakStrymon melinus
- Marine Blue Leptotes marina
- Reakirt's Blue Echinargus isola
- 'Echo' Spring Azure Celastrina ladon echo
- American Snout Libytheana carinenta
- Texan Crescent Anthanassa texana
- Checkerspot sp?
- Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta
- Common Buckeye Junonia coenia
- Empress Leilia Asterocampa leilia
- Golden-headed Scallopwing Staphylus ceos
- Arizona Powdered-Skipper Systasea zampa
- Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis
- White Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus albescens
- Orange Skipperling Copaeodes aurantiacus
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.