Garden Canyon Butterflies

Hank & Priscilla Brodkin hankb at
Wed Apr 5 19:22:09 EDT 2000

I went to Garden Canyon this afternoon, 4/5/00.  While butterflies were
in small numbers there are some nectar sources and water.  Blooming
Ceanothus, Berberis, and Carpochaete seemed were attracted some bugs. 
Species seen:

Pipevine Swallowtail (B. philenor)
Two-tailed Swallowtail P. multicaudata) only one
Orange Sulphur (C. eurytheme)
Gray Hairstreak (S. melinus) common
Juniper Hairstreak (C. g. siva) one
Great Purple Hairstreak (A. halesus)
Spring Azure (C. ladon)
Marine Blue (L. marina) common
Zela Metalmark (E. zela) common
Mylitta Crescent (P. mylitta) one
Satyr Comma (P. satyrus) one
Mourning Cloak (N. antiopa) one
Red-spotted Purple (L. a. astyanax)
Short-tailed Skipper (Z. dorus) one at Barcas Ranch - Lower Pond
Funereal Duskywing (E. funeralis) common
White-barred Skipper (A. pittacus)

There were also quite a few sphingid hawkmoths nectaring at the
Carpochaete.  These were medium sized, with a furry yellow-olive thorax
and a thick white band across the black abdomen.  They reminded me of
the species (I forget the name) that erupted from Mexico last summer -
and perhaps was that species.

	                Hank Brodkin
	          Carr Canyon, Cochise County, AZ
                    Lat: 31.450, Long: 110.267
             SouthEast Arizona Butterfly Association

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