Tumacácori National Historical Park BioBlitz, Special Event

Date & Time: 
August 20, 2016 - 8:00am
Meeting Place: 
Tumacácori National Historical Park
Trip Leader: 
Gerry & Vicki Wolfe

The National Park Service and Sky Island Alliance are working to develop pollinator gardens at Tumacacori National Historical Park. They would like to better understand the species of insect pollinators that currently occur at the park. SEABA, other pollinator experts including persons from the U of A, Desert Museum and Alianza Mariposa Monarcha, as well as general nature enthusiasts were invited to participate in this dawn to after dark inventory. Five SEABA members met met At Tumacacori NHP at 8:00 AM spent the next 6 hours surveying the grounds for butterflies on an ideal sunny, calm and warm day.

Trip Butterfly Reports: 
  1. Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor
  2. Checkered White Pontia protodice
  3. Orange Sulphur Colias eurytheme
  4. Cloudless Sulphur Phoebis sennae
  5. Mexican Yellow Eurema mexicana
  6. Sleepy Orange Abaeis nicippe
  7. Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus
  8. Western Pygmy-Blue Brephidium exile
  9. Marine Blue Leptotes marina
  10. Ceraunus Blue Hemiargus ceraunus
  11. Reakirt's Blue Echinargus isola
  12.  Fatal Metalmark Calephelis nemesis
  13.  Palmer's Metalmark Apodemia palmeri
  14. American Snout Libytheana carinenta
  15. Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae
  16. Variegated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia
  17. Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia
  18. Elf Mycrotia elva
  19. Tiny Checkerspot Dymasia dymas
  20. Elada Checkerspot Texola elada
  21. Texan Crescent Phyciodes texana
  22. Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa
  23. Hackberry Emperor Asterocampa celtis
  24. Empress Leilia Asterocampa leilia
  25. Tawny Emperor Asterocampa clyta
  26. Queen Danaus gilippus
  27. Golden-headed Scallopwing Staphylus ceos
  28. Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis
  29. Common Sootywing Pholisora catullus
  30. Orange Skipperling Copaeodes aurantiaca
  31. Fiery Skipper Hylephila phyleus
  32. Sheep Skipper Atrytonopsis edwardsii
  33. Toltec Roadside-Skipper Amblyscirtes tolteca
  34. Brazilian Skipper Calpodes ethlius (caterpillars only - no adults)

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.