Sabino Canyon - "Butterfly Happiness"

Date & Time: 
August 31, 2016 -
8:00am to 1:00pm
Meeting Place: 
Sabino Canyon Visitor Center
Trip Leader: 
Mary Klinkle

Hundreds of butterflies performed gracefully at Sabino Canyon for the Butterfly Happiness Field Trip.  Participants wandered through Sonoran desert scrub vegetation with flowering paperflower, milkweed, desert cassia, marina and other wildflowers doing well with decent monsoon rains.  Sleepy Orange was observed egg-laying, and eggs of Cloudless Sulphur and caterpillars of both species were observed

Trip Butterfly Reports: 
  1. Pipevine Swallowtail
  2. Checkered White
  3. Southern Dogface
  4. Cloudless Sulphur
  5. Sleepy Orange
  6. Dainty Sulphur
  7. Gray Hairstreak
  8. Leda Ministreak
  9. Reakirt’s Blue
  10. Ceraunus Blue
  11. Fatal Metalmark
  12. Palmer’s Metalmark
  13. Queen
  14. American Snout
  15. Tiny Checkerspot
  16. Texan Crescent
  17. Painted Lady
  18. Empress Leilia

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.