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

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6/11/2022      PENDING! PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON! Field trip to Prescott with Phil McNally

THIS FIELD TRIP IS PENDING! PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON! We will plan on visiting the Bradshaw Mountains south of Prescott above 6000 feet. Tentatively, we will focus on the Kendall Camp area and then, time permitting, Aspen Creek. This ponderosa pine - oak woodland community is home to many butterfly species such as the Western Tiger Swallowtail, Red-spotted Purple, Weidemeyer’s Admiral, Arizona Sister, Silver-spotted Skipper, and several species of blues, dusted skippers, duskywings, and hairstreaks. Keep an eye out for these and their affiliated adult and larval host plants (chokecherry, locust, aspen, ceanothus, locoweed and others) which will be identified along the way. Please wear sturdy shoes and a hat, bring water, snacks and a sack lunch. A pair of close focusing binoculars will be handy too. Difficulty: Easy. The trials are in very good shape with only a slight grade. Limit 15 participants A donation of $5 per person to benefit CAzBA will be appreciated. Register and reserve your spot here: TBA read more »

7/16/2022      Fieldtrip Aspen Corner with Marianne Jensen and Phil McNally

On Saturday July 16th, Marianne Jensen and Phil McNally 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 (pictured), 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 Detailed directions on where to meet will be given at time of reservation through Ticketleap: link TBA 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 »

9/10/2022      16th Annual Butterfly Count at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

On Saturday September 10th we tackle our 16th 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. Compiler Dr. Ron Rutowski (rrutowski at cox.net) read more »

9/24/2022      9th Annual McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Butterfly Count

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will be conducting a butterfly count on Saturday September 24th. Please email Doug Jensen at the Preserve for more information: assistantcitizenscience@mcdowellsonoran.org read more »

10/18/2022      Review results 2022 Butterfly Counts in Central Arizona.

We are looking forward to our October meeting and hearing all about the amazing results of the recent 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 2022. 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 »

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Recent events

5/21/2022      Field trip: Colonel Devin Trail with Marceline VandeWater

On Saturday May 21st, 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 Limit 15 participants A donation of $5 per person to benefit CAzBA will be appreciated. Register and reserve your spot here: cazba.ticketleap.com/cazba-colonel-devin-butterfly-field-trip/ read more »

4/23/2022      Field trip: Rackensack Canyon with Ron Rutowski and Adriane Grimaldi

On a butterfly trip to this area in the same month 5 years ago, we recorded 28 species of butterflies, including the amazing Yucca Giant-Skipper. We will also pay attention to the wildflowers, with checklist provided. Detailed directions to meeting place will be given at time of reservation. Difficulty: moderate (no real trails, rocky creek bed). As usual wear good hiking shoes and a hat and bring binoculars, water and snacks/lunch. Limited to 20 people A donation of $5 per person to benefit CAzBA will be appreciated. Register and reserve your spot here (copy-and-paste): cazba.ticketleap.com/cazba-rackensack/ read more »

4/2/2022      McDowell Sonoran Conservancy's sixth Spring Butterfly Count

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will be conducting its sixth Spring Butterfly Count on Saturday April 2, and is looking for volunteers. Please email Doug Jensen at the Preserve for more information: assistantcitizenscience@mcdowellsonoran.org read more »

3/19/2022      Fieldtrip from First Water Road - Superstitions with Ron Rutowski

Join us Saturday, March 19, in a search for butterflies along the Apache Trail. Some of the locations we hope to visit are First Water Creek, Tortilla Creek, Mesquite Flat, and the Fish Creek Hill Viewpoint. We have not hosted a butterflying trip into these areas before so it will be interesting to see what we find. A recent trip to the area turned up Small Checkered Skipper and Arizona Powdered Skipper in addition to many of the butterflies typical of the upper Sonoran Desert in the spring. As usual wear good hiking shoes and a hat and bring binoculars, water and snacks/lunch. A donation of $5 per person to benefit CAzBA will be appreciated. Detailed directions will be given at time of reservation through Ticketleap. Register and reserve your spot here (copy-and-paste): cazba.ticketleap.com/cazba---fieldtrip-to-first-water-th/ (Sagebrush Checkerspot pictured) read more »

2/15/2022      Hybrid meeting with guest speaker Derek Kellogg: "Giving People Butterflies - where biology meets behavior in a tropical pollinator garden"

Derek Kellogg, originally from Tulsa, OK, is the new entomologist at Butterfly Wonderland. His primary function will be to maintain all aspects of the butterfly conservatory and collection. He will use his horticultural experience and knowledge to maintain the plants as a source for food and decoration. He will talk about changes he has made inside the Butterfly Wonderland Conservatory. The whys and specifically, how plant species, plant height, and plant health affect butterfly behavior. Meeting will be held 7-9 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) This is an "in person" meeting under the following conditions: 1) Attendees at the in-person meeting will be required to wear masks at all times. 2) There will be no food or beverages. Attendees are asked to bring their own water. 3) We will make an effort to socially distance and space out the chairs. 4) People who do not feel well or are running a temperature are asked please to attend the meeting virtually. But you're also welcome to join us on Zoom! (see details below) You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Feb 15, 2022 07:00 PM Arizona Register in advance for this meeting: https://asu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtduugrz8sE9QYtsKpv8zt-4eBc86eUO8Q After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. read more »