Central Arizona Butterfly Association

Phoenix Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

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The mission of CAzBA is to promote the enjoyment of recreational butterflying by providing educational, research, and recreational opportunities to schools and the public throughout central Arizona.

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Meetings and Events

Meetings are held mostly in the winter, and outdoor fieldtrips during the rest of the year. Depending on the temperatures, we will go to higher elevation areas to stay comfortable. Check our events schedule for details

Butterflying Locations

Click here for information on where to look for butterflies in Central Arizona


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Recent news

8/28/2019      Moth Night 27 Aug. at Gilbert Water Ranch

With temperatures still over 100 degrees at 6 pm, we first spent a good hour inside a library classroom, enjoying Margarethe’s presentation on pollinators. Then we walked over to Honeybee Point, while searching for scorpions along the way. Several scorpions were found! One even had several babies on her back. It was ID-ed by an expert as a Bark Scorpion! At the sheets, about 30 people enjoyed all the wiggly, chirping, always flying in your hair or shirt, group of insects attracted by the black-light and mercury-vapor light. This summer has been hot and dry so far, which has had a negative effect on the number of moths (and butterflies), and it was very noticeable tonight. It still was fun to be out in the dark, and always great to learn something new! read more »

6/12/2019      Upcoming Travel Tours to Costa Rica & Mexico with Butterfly Wonderland

*Informative info (not affiliated with CAZBA). Join Butterfly Wonderland Director of Education Adriane Grimaldi Sept. 28 thru Oct. 5, 2019 in Costa Rica as the group visits a local Butterfly Farm, travels to volcano, enjoys the beach, tranquil waterfalls in the rainforest and learns more about where the beautiful tropical butterflies come from. Mark your calendar for an amazing trip with Butterfly Wonderland to visit the Mexico Monarch Overwintering Sites Feb. 21-28, 2020. This is a bucket list kind of trip. See millions of Monarchs in the forest trees in Mexico, visit beautiful cathedrals in Mexico City, and visit the Cosmovitral Botanical Gardens. For more information, contact Adriane Grimaldi at adriane@butterflywonderland.com read more »

5/31/2019      "Vanishing Point" Art Show by member & painter TJ Oxley

{9} The Gallery presents Vanishing Point, a new series by Arizona-based acrylic painter TJ Oxley, opening First Friday, June 7th, 6-10 PM at {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. Through this series, Oxley creates a dialogue around environmental awareness and the threats endangering animal species on our planet. His haunting works quiver with the essence of near loss; a point of disappearance. read more »

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Upcoming Field Trips and Events

9/28/2019 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 6th Annual McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Butterfly Count and training session 
10/15/2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Meeting: Evaluation of the BTA and McDowell Sonoran Preserve (MSP) Count and some difficult butterfly ID'sPapago Buttes Church of the Brethren, 2450 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale
11/16/2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM End-of-the Year PartyPapago Buttes Church of the Brethren, 2450 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale
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