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


1/15/2019      Annual Membership Meeting with guest speaker Jim Brock

Join the Central Arizona Butterfly Association (CAzBA) Tuesday, Jan 15th, from 7 pm to 9 pm for a presentation by our Arizona butterfly guru Jim Brock! He has been an active lepidopterist for more than 45 years, published several field guides, and has led tours throughout North America and also to parts of South America. He will talk about "Butterflies of the Cosnipata Valley".The Cosnipata Valley is on the east slope of the Andes in the Southeastern Peru and borders Manu National Park. Elevations range from 11,000' to 1,300'. Diversity of butterflies may be the highest known in the world with over 2,400 species recorded and another 600 species expected. There are approximately 200 undescribed butterflies and skippers! This is CAzBA's annual Membership Meeting where we will approve the 2019 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

11/17/2018      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. This year we also would like to add an opportunity to share short videos. 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 »

10/16/2018      Meeting: Evaluation of the BTA and McDowell Sonoran Preserve (MSP) Count and some difficult butterfly ID's

Today, Dr. Ron Rutowski will present the results of the BTA and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Annual Butterfly Counts and the trend over the years, along with pictures of all species seen. In a fun and informal way, he will compare similar species and species groups. 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 »

10/13/2018      NOTE: LOCATION HAS CHANGED BECAUSE OF WEATHER FORECAST!! Butterflies of Mesquite Wash/Bushnell Tanks with Marceline VandeWater

I have decided to change the field trip location to "closer to home", as southeast Arizona has lots of rain in the forecast for Saturday, and visiting a remote canyon doesn't seem such a good plan anymore. Instead, we will make several stops along the Beeline Hwy to see what's visiting the Rabbitbrush and Buttonbush that are in bloom right now. We will meet at 8:00 am at Denny's in Fountain Hills (on Shea Blvd), and carpool from there. Please wear closed-toed shoes and a hat, and bring water, sack lunch or snack, binoculars, and $5 donation money. For questions, email Marceline: (marceline at ermaroni.net). read more »

9/29/2018      5th Annual McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Butterfly Count and training session

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will be conducting a butterfly count on Saturday September 29th. and is looking for volunteers. Instructions and training will be given by Dr. Ron Rutowski on Tuesday September 25 from 6-7:30 pm at the Mustang Library-Scottsdale. Please save these dates, and email Amanda Comstock for more information at assistantcitizenscience@mcdowellsonoran.org read more »

9/27/2018      Information evening: Butterfly Wonderland sponsored Mexico Monarch Travel Tour.

NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CAzBA ORGANIZED EVENT! Join us on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Butterfly Wonderland to learn more about the upcoming Butterfly Wonderland sponsored Mexico Monarch Travel Tour. Meet Agustin Caparros from A Closer Look Tours from Glendale, AZ, who will share a Powerpoint Presentation about the Monarch tour and answer any questions or concerns. Butterfly Wonderland's Director of Education Adriane Grimaldi will also share her experience and some photos of her trip to Monarch sites in 2009. Call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve a spot for this informational meeting. read more »