FW: Isabella's Heliconian @ Santa Ana NWR - Nov 17, 2003

Mike Quinn Mike.Quinn at tpwd.state.tx.us
Tue Nov 18 15:23:44 EST 2003

Forwarded report from southmost Texas, originally posted to TX-Butterfly.

Mike Quinn, Austin

-----Original Message-----
From: Derek A. Muschalek [mailto:naturalist at DEWITTEC.NET] 
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2003 9:26 PM
Subject: Isabella's Heliconian at Santa Ana on November 17, 2003

Benton Basham phoned me tonight that he and Rick Bowers photographed an
Isabella's Heliconian at Santa Ana. Go through the woods on the dirt trail
the new bridge, I believe this is A-trail. Ask the staff which trail has the
that just opened, then proceed past this bridge about 100 to 200 yards. Look

in the wooded area for the bug.

At the Old Manager's Garden, Benton and Rick photographed a Pale Sicklewing
(Achlyodes pallida) for the first Santa Ana Record!

They saw many Ruby-spotted Swallowtail caterpillars on the Jopoy tree in the

butterfly garden.

At the Frontera Audubon Thicket in Weslaco,in the front Garden by the road,
they photographed two Curve-winged Metalmarks (Emesis emesia) nectaring
on the Betony Mistflower (Eupatorium betonicifolium)They could not relocate
the Starred Skipper (Arteurotia tractipennis) that was on the Betony

Also on the Mistflower were two Marine Blue and a lone Cassius Blue. In the
back wooded area of Frontera Audubon they saw,but did not photograph, a lone
Falcate Skipper (Spathilepia clonius).

Finally at Gloden Raintree Gardens, they photographed a Banded Peacock on
the Lantana's next to Texas Avenue. Submitted for Benton Basham and Rick

Derek Muschalek

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