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Field trip report: Apache Trail 19 March 2022 by Ron Rutowski

Monday, March 21, 2022

Thirteen avid butterfliers traveled up the Apache Trail in the Superstition Mountains on 19 March 2022. We made stops at Tortilla Flat, Mesquite Flat, and the Fish Creek Overlook. High points of the trip were two amazing-looking Viceroy larvae discovered on a willow at Tortilla Flat, many Arizona Powdered Skippers at wet mud in Mesquite Creek, hilltopping California Patches and Meridian Duskywings at the Fish Creek Overlook, and an ovipositing female Southern Dogface also at the Overlook. There were not a lot of butterflies out, probably because of the very limited rain since the first of the year, but enough, along with the spectacular scenery, to keep us well interested and entertained. Here is the list of the 17 species seen and identified: Pipevine Swallowtail, Two-tailed Swallowtail, Southern Dogface, Sleepy Orange, Gray Hairstreak, Spring Azure, Reakirt’s Blue, California Patch, Queen, American Snout, Empress Leilia, Common Buckeye, Viceroy (larvae), Funereal Duskywing, Meridian Duskywing, Northern White Skipper, and Arizona Powdered Skipper. There were also a few individual whites, sulphurs, and blues seen that did not land and so prevented identification to species.

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