Pima Canyon

Date & Time: 
March 4, 2017 -
9:30am to 12:00pm
Meeting Place: 
Pima Canyon located at 1610 E. Magee Rd. off Oracle Rd., north of Ina.
Trip Leader: 
Cindy Bethard
Special Notes: 
Please RSVP to: Cindy Bethard by e-mail at: cindynik@hotmail.com. Try to carpool as much as possible, as trailhead parking is limited.

This is a very beautiful trail in the northwest Tucson area where many wonderful vistas can be seen as we hike this interesting trail. We hope to see multiple spring species of butterflies including Emperors, Oranges, Blues, Checkerspots, Desert Marble and Sara Orangetips.


Type of terrain: Trail has some rough areas; trekking poles may be helpful.


Trip Butterfly Reports: 

Butterflies seen:

Pipevine Swallowtail              Battus philenor

Two-tailed Swallowtail           Papilio multicaudata

Sara Orangetip                        Anthocharis sara

Southern Dogface                    Colias cesonia

Cloudless Sulphur                   Phoebis sennae

Gray Hairstreak                       Strymon melinus

‘Echo’ Spring Azure               Celastrina ladon 

American Snout                      Libytheana carinenta

Elada Checkerspot                  Texola elada

Texan Crescent                       Phyciodes texana

Empress Leilia                        Asterocampa leilia

Arizona Powdered-Skipper     Systasea zampa

Funereal Duskywing               Erynnis funeralis

White Checkered-Skipper       Pyrgus albesce


We also saw a few birds, including lesser goldfinch, phainopepla, cardinal, and say's phoebe.

Leader email: 

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.