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6/24/2017      LepSoc meeting 2017: July 30 - August 1 in Tucson

The 66th annual meeting of the Lepidopterists’ Society will be held from Sunday July 30 - Tuesday August 1, 2017 at the Tucson University Park Hotel (http://www.tucsonuniversityhotel.com) in Tucson, Arizona which is within walking distance to the University of Arizona Insect Collection (http://www.uainsectcollection.com). This event is hosted by the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The University of Arizona has recently been ranked the top entomology program in the United States with particular specialties in Biodiversity, Integrative Pest Management and Pollination. read more »

6/24/2017      Texas Butterfly Festival 2017: Nov 4-7 in Mission, Texas

Join other butterfly aficionados Saturday, November 4 – Tuesday, November 7, 2017, for the 22nd Annual Texas Butterfly Festival, and see for yourself why USA Today calls Mission, Texas, “the butterfly capital of the USA.” read more »

6/20/2017      Field trip report: Col. Devin Trail by Marceline VandeWater

On June 10th, an eager group of 10 participants hiked the Col. Devin Trail for about 3/4 mile, checking out the butterflies mud puddling at the seeps, and nectar plants like Butterfly Milkweed, Buckbrush, Elk Weed and Arizona Thistle. Together we found 42 species of butterflies, with Orange-headed Roadside-Skipper and Long Dash being the best bugs. Species list: Western Tiger Swallowtail, Two-tailed Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Southern Dogface, Mexican Yellow, Sleepy Orange, Queen-Alexandra’s Sulphur, Dainty Sulphur, Western Green (Bramble) Hairstreak, Gray Hairstreak, Western Pine Elfin, Marine Blue, Reakirt’s Blue, Spring “Echo” Azure, Acmon Blue, Nais Metalmark (pictured), Zela Metalmark, Variegated Fritillary, Northwestern (Atlantis) Fritillary, Mylitta Crescent, Painted Lady, Common Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Weidemeyer’s Admiral, Arizona Sister, Mourning Cloak, Canyonland Satyr, Silver-spotted Skipper, Golden-banded Skipper, Northern Cloudywing, Funereal Duskywing, Meridian Duskywing, Rocky Mountain Duskywing, Afranius Duskywing, Common Checkered-Skipper, Four-spotted Skipperling, Taxiles Skipper, Tawny-edged Skipper, Deva Skipper, Bronze Roadside-Skipper, Orange-headed Roadside-Skipper, Long Dash. Species we didn’t see last Saturday, but were seen a few days earlier when scouting, were: Thicket Hairstreak, Western Tailed-Blue, Northern Crescent and Satyr Comma. Thanks everyone for a sharp eye, or a helping hand at the steep places! Marceline VandeWater read more »

6/12/2017      Butterflies of Arizona poster now available

After publishing my first 4 arthropod posters, I have been asked for a butterfly poster more times than I can remember. But there is so much good stuff out on Butterflies ... I was a little intimidated. Now I think I have put together a collection that does justice to the unique diversity of Arizona and at the same time looks beautiful. Many thanks to Ken Kertell, who allowed me to use a number of his excellent photos! My new poster, 'Butterflies of Arizona', will come with a numbered template and corresponding species list. The size is 18 in by 24 in, is printed on heavy, semi-gloss art paper. It's actually real art print quality (not poster quality), and will not fade! Cost: $25 plus shipping Margarethe Brummermann read more »

4/22/2017      Field trip report: Rackensack Wash by Janet Witzeman

Fourteen of us enjoyed a beautiful morning. We spent some productive time in the first one-half mile of the upstream portion of the wash where there was water. Farther up the wash and the major side canyon were dry, so we spent the remainder of the morning in the downstream portion of the wash. We finished the morning at Sears Kay Ruin, where we added four species to the list during the hike up to the Ruin. We recorded a total of 34 species for the morning. Fun was the discovery of Arizona Sister, usually found at a higher elevation, and Mexican Yellow. A larg gray skipper sitting in the shade gave us only a short glimpse before disappearing… considering the time of year and habitat, it must have been a Sheep Skipper. Species recorded: Pipevine Swallowtail, Two-tailed Swallowtail, Checkered White, Sleepy Orange, Orange Sulphur, Southern Dogface, Dainty Sulphur, Mexican Yellow, Gray Hairstreak (Sears Kay), Marine Blue, Ceraunus Blue, Spring “Echo” Azure, Acmon Blue, W. Pygmy Blue, Mormon Metalmark (Sears Kay), American Snout, Elada Checkerspot, Variable Checkerspot, Sagebrush Checkerspot, California Patch (Sears Kay), Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Empress Leilia, Arizona Sister, Mourning Cloak, Common Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Monarch, Queen, Funereal Duskywing (Sears Kay), Sheep Skipper, Northern White-Skipper, Common Checkered-Skipper, Orange Skipperling. Four species were found on the scouting trip the day before that were not seen on the field trip: Giant Swallowtail, Reakirt’s Blue, Variegated Fritillary, and Bordered Patch. read more »

4/3/2017      NABA Memorial Day Butterfly Count

The NABA Memorial Day Count will be held May 27-29, 2017 The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) needs your help to increase observations of Spring butterflies. The Memorial Day Count provides a fun and flexible way for you to add to the knowledge of butterflies and, if you are not already a NABA member, be rewarded with a FREE, one-year trial membership in NABA – a $35 value. It’s easy to participate! Simply observe butterflies – in your own backyard, in a local park, or anywhere you choose – individually, or in a group, for as much or as little time as you are able during the Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29, 2017), and then go to NABA’s Recent Sightings website and enter your report. read more »

3/22/2017      Guided butterfly walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Our guided butterfly walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum will start this year at the Visitor Center at 9 am on Saturday May 27 with Dr. Ron Rutowski and Saturday June 24 at 8:30 am with Marceline Vandewater. Dr. Ron Rutowski will lead again on July 22 and Aug 26 at 8:30 am, and Adriane Grimaldi on Sep 23 at 9 am, and Oct 21 at 9:30 am. These educational walks are included with regular daily admission of $12.50 for adults or $5 for ages 5-12. Children younger than age five will be admitted at no charge. read more »

3/22/2017      Put your garden on the map by certifying it with NABA!

Providing garden resources such as caterpillar host plants and adult nectar sources will not only attract but increase the production of butterflies, bees and other wildlife. You'll be amazed by the sheer number and uniqueness of wildlife that will visit the vegetation you steward and remain to reproduce there. Increasing development and excessive pesticide use has made creation of oases for pollinators critical. Get your garden certified! Together we can make the world a better place for butterflies and human beings at the same time. read more »

1/12/2017      In Memoriam: Dr. Ray Thomas MD

Ray Thomas was born in Dayton, Ohio May 16th 1921. Died December 21st 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 95. Ray served in the Army 12th Air Force in the China- Burma- India theater Air Cargo during WWII. He was appointed chairman of the General Practice Department at St. Joseph’s Hospital where he later served on the teaching staff. An avid hunter, SCUBA diver & pioneer of underwater photography and movies, Ray was also a passionate and educated collector of butterflies, artifacts, pressing irons & rocks. His zest for life inspired everyone lucky enough to know him. read more »

12/7/2016      NABA launches continent-wide Butterfly Habitat Network (BHN)!

The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) is launching the Butterfly Habitat Network (BHN); a new, continent-wide conservation initiative and would love to have your help. Using decades of accumulated knowledge from butterfly count data, natural history investigations, our residential gardening program and regional activities accomplished by the National Butterfly Center and more; NABA is scaling-up efforts to protect, enhance and create habitat specifically for butterflies. read more »