Butterflies in Southeast Arizona (LONG)

Hank Brodkin hankb at theriver.com
Thu Aug 20 00:45:17 EDT 1998

Today Priscilla Brodkin, Eve and Rob Gill of Prescott, Arizona, and I
Guadelupe Canyon in extreme southeast Arizona with brief stops at
Slaughter Ranch
(SR) and the San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge (SB). The following species
were all seen in
Guadelupe Canyon unless otherwise noted.

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) - also at SR and SB; Two-tailed
(Papilio multicaudatus): Checkered White (Pontia protodice) - also at
SB;  Orange Sulfur
(Colias eurytheme) - also at SB; Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia),
Cloudless Sulfur
(Phoebis sennae).

Boiduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvalianum) - This influx species was
seen in Guadelupe in good numbers; Mexican Yellow (E. mexicanum); Sleepy
(E. nicippe); Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus); Leda Ministreak
(Ministrymon leda);
Western Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exile) - also at SB; Marine Blue
(Leptotes marina) -
also at SB; Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus); Reakirt's Blue (H.
isola); Rita Blue
(Euphilotes rita); Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemisis); Arizona
Metalmark (C.
arizonensis); Zela Metalmark (Emisis zela); Palmer's Metalmark (Apodemia
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta); Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis
vanillae); Varigated
Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia); Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia) - also
at SB; Elada
Checkerspot (Texola elada); Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), West Coast
Lady (V.
annabella) - one only at SR; Tropical Buckeye (Junonia genoveva),
Red-spotted Purple
(Limenitis arthemis).

 Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis); (Empress Leila (A. leila);
Tawny Emperor (A.
clyton) - These three species at one time were seen together on branches
of a Seepwillow
(Bacharis glutinosa) that was exuding sap.   Also present were two large
and striking
beetles, both species about two inches in length.  One was a black and
click beetle with two eyespots on it's thorax.  The other was orange and
black with large
pincer type jaws and two very long swept-back antennae.

Queen (Danaus gilippus) - also at SB; Golden-headed Scallopwing
(Staphylus eos);
Funnereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis); Tropical Checkered-Skipper
(Pyrgus oileus) -
we assume we identified the two very brown individuals we saw correctly
- though we
could not capture them to look at them ventrally; Common Streaky-Skipper
nessus); Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus); Orange Skipperling
aurantiacus); Large Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes exoteria); Slaty
(A. nerus).

A great day in the field!

             Hank Brodkin, Carr Canyon,
                     Cochise County, Arizona
          31.45N, 110.27W
           send mailto:hankb at theriver.com

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