Central Arizona Butterfly Association

Phoenix Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

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The Central Arizona Butterfly Association has a wonderful line-up of Meetings and Events for the upcoming year. Please check this page regularly for up-dates.

Note: for all field trips: Beginners are welcome on all field trips. A donation of $5 per person to benefit CAzBA will be appreciated. Leaders donate their time and expertise. High clearance vehicles may be required for some trips. Dress for the field with sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen; bring water, snacks, lunch, close-focus binoculars, camera, and field guides. Trips usually end mid-afternoon unless noted differently above. Please remember that no collecting is allowed on CAzBA field trips."

"Gas money: It’s kind to share gas expenses. Please be generous with your contribution to the driver!"

Upcoming events


9/25/2021      8th Annual McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Butterfly Count

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will be conducting a butterfly count on Saturday September 25th. Unfortunately due to COVID concerns participation is being limited and at this time, we have all the counters we need. Compiler Dr. Ron Rutowski at rrutowski@cox.net read more »

10/3/2021      Dragonfly walk at Papago Park

Learn to identify some cool colorful dragonflies and damselflies such as Blue Dasher, Flame Skimmer, Red-tailed Pennant, Mexican Amberwing and Familiar Bluet. Easy 2 hour stroll around the lakes. Children welcome. Bring binoculars (close-focus preferred), water, and hat. Meet 10:00 am (yes: it might already be hot by then, but that's when there is the most dragonfly activity) at the bathroom building in the middle of the park. No reservations needed. Leader: t.b.d. read more »

10/28/2021      Review results 2021 Butterfly Counts in Central Arizona

At this meeting of the Central Arizona Butterfly Association led by our president, Ron Rutowski, we will review the results of the three butterfly counts that were done in Central Arizona in 2021. The results will be compared to previous years and we will explore the causes of year-to-year in the number of species and individuals recorded. There will be plenty of time for questions. You may even bring some identification challenges on a memory stick if you'd like. This will provide an opportunity for us to learn from each other, while taste testing Laura's savory homemade cookies and lemonade. read more »

11/20/2021      End-of-the Year Party

At this meeting we will evaluate our efforts, fieldtrips and meetings of the past year. We also will talk about the upcoming election of the board and membership related issues. Members and non-members will be able to show-off their most beautiful, interesting, cutest photos of butterflies, moths or caterpillars in a photo presentation. More details to come! We will be selling field guides, jewelry and some butterfly related art on our "book table". We will also trade host plant cuttings and seeds, and do our yearly raffle. There will definitely be time to socialize with drinks and munchies provided. Meeting will be held 2-4 pm, at Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren, 2450 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 (On the NW corner of Oak and 64th St. (This is about a mile north of the Desert Botanical Garden) read more »

1/15/2022      Annual Membership Meeting with guest speaker Ken Osbourne.

Join the Central Arizona Butterfly Association (CAzBA) Tuesday, Jan 18th, from 7 pm to 9 pm for a presentation by Ken Osbourne. Details t.b.a. This is CAzBA's annual Membership Meeting where we will approve the 2022 board, have the treasurer go over the treasurer's report and talk about our plans for the upcoming year. Location is Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren, 2450 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 (On the NW corner of Oak and 64th St. (about a mile north of the Desert Botanical Garden). read more »


Recent events

9/11/2021      15th Annual Butterfly Count at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

On Saturday September 11th we tackle our 15th Annual Butterfly Count. The total count circle has a 15 mile diameter and we will conduct a one-day census of all butterflies sighted within that circle. 80 species of butterflies appear on the Arboretum's checklist, while the record for most species observed in a single day is 44 by Marceline VandeWater during the same count in 2011! Xami Hairstreak is one of specialties that has been found in the past at the BTA. Unfortunately due to COVID concerns participation is being limited and at this time, we have all the counters we need. Compiler Dr. Ron Rutowski at rrutowski@cox.net read more »

8/21/2021      Fieldtrip Aspen Corner with Laura Miller and Gail Morris.

On Saturday August 21st, Laura Miller and Gail Morris will lead a walk at Aspen Corner off Snowbowl Road in Flagstaff. This is always a rewarding place to look for butterflies as you have a few environments including, Aspen stands, meadows and a tank. If you like to photograph other arthropods, there are always lots of interesting species. *Butterflies: we will look for higher elevation species like Northwestern (Atlantis) Fritillary, Western Tiger Swallowtail, Pine White, Boisduval's Blue, Melissa Blue (see photo), Arachne Checkerspot, Weidemeyer's Admiral, Hoary Comma, Garita Skipperling, Taxiles Skipper, Snow's Skipper... *Beautiful Day flying Moths: Police Car Moth (*Gnophaela vermiculata*), Ctenucha Moth (Ctenucha virginica), and Red Lichen Moth (Lycomorpha fulgens) *Interesting Flies: Robber Fly, Orange Tachinid Fly and Yellow-belted Tachinid Fly With the Delta variant on the rise, we discourage carpooling at this time. We will meet at Aspen Corner at 9am. Detailed directions will be given at time of reservation through Ticketleap: cazba.ticketleap.com/cazba/ Wear sturdy footwear and dress in layers. We will not be hiking long distances, but the footing can be poor and we will be at high elevations. As always, bring a wide-brimmed hat, water, and lunch. We are into the start of the monsoon season, so be prepared for this. If the clouds and rain come early, we may have to eat lunch in the car. A $5 donation per person to benefit CAzBA will be appreciated. read more »

7/17/2021      Field trip: CANCELLED FOR THIS DATE!! Tonto Creek with Laura Miller & Gail Morris

ON HOLD FOR NOW SINCE TONTO NF IS CLOSED!! Join CAzBA for a field trip up north to Tonto Creek situated below the scenic Mogollon Rim northeast of Payson at an elevation of about 6000 feet. This trip doesn't require a high-clearance vehicle; and there are numerous places to stop along the three-mile road that winds along uphill to the Tonto Fish Hatchery. Temperatures are usually in the high 80s up there in July. Nectar plants we'll look for include Arizona Thistle, Blackberry, Butterfly Weed, Buckbrush, Watercress, Bergamot. (male Taxiles Skipper pictured) Please wear sturdy shoes and a hat, bring water, snacks and a sack lunch. Binoculars are definitely recommended. Carpool to burn less gas, and get acquainted with others who love nature - catch a ride, or offer to share empty seats in your car. We ask for a $5 donation per person. Limit to 15 participants. Register and reserve your spot here: cazba.ticketleap.com/tonto-creek-field-trip/ read more »

6/5/2021      Field trip: Colonel Devin Trail with Marceline VandeWater & Ron Rutowski

On Saturday June 5th, we will hike a part of the AZ Highline trail in pursuit of colorful butterflies. As the temperature rises, the flowers start to bloom higher and higher in elevation. Butterflies follow this nectar flow “up the trail” and June is a great time to check it out. Nectar plants like Penstemon, Kaibab Pussytoes, Canada Violets, Fleabane and Dandelion are blooming. Other species of butterflies like to mud puddle at one of the three seeps we will visit. Yet others, like Arizona Sister and Satyr Comma, are mostly found perched on trees. Please wear sturdy shoes and a hat, bring water, snacks and a sack lunch. A pair of close focusing binoculars will be handy too. The trail is moderately steep in places, but we will take our time. Trip leader: Marceline VandeWater & Ron Rutowski A donation of $5 per person to benefit CAzBA will be appreciated. Limit 15 participants Register and reserve your spot here: cazba.ticketleap.com/cazba--colonel-devin-butterfly-field-trip/ read more »

5/1/2021      Sunflower Valley Field Trip

We will travel up the Beeline Highway (State Route 87) first stopping briefly at Round Valley and then head to Sunflower Valley. This is a bit later in the year than we usually make this trip but is still expected to be interesting. In Round Valley we will view the damage that the vegetation sustained in the Bush Fire. We will see what butterflies we see there. Especially those who have visited this site previously will find this interesting. From there we will head to the upper end of the old and now closed Beeline Highway where it parallels Sycamore Creek, and walk down Sunflower Valley on the road about a mile to the old Forest Service work center. Some plants such as Ceanothus will hopefully be blooming and water could running be in some stretches of the creek. Potential sightings of interest include Two-tailed Swallowtail, Zela Metalmark, Juniper Hairstreak, Brown Elfin, Sagebrush Checkerspot, and other species. A donation of $5 per person to benefit CAzBA will be appreciated. Limit 20 participants Register and reserve your spot! https://cazba.ticketleap.com/sunflower-valley-butterfly-field-trip/ read more »