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


Click here for a checklist of butterflies of Arizona
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Recent news

5/6/2021      Field trip report: Butterflies along the Beeline Highway by Ron Rutowski 1 May 2021

Fourteen fully-vaccinated butterfly enthusiasts journeyed up the Beeline Highway on Saturday looking for butterflies at two locations. The first was Round Valley which was hit hard last summer on the east side of the highway by the Bush Fire. We walked around for about an hour looking that the fire-damaged vegetation and saw only four species of butterflies: Marine Blue, Dainty Sulphur, Queen, and Empress Leilia. We then moved on to Upper Sunflower Valley where we walked down the old Beeline Highway to the Forest Service Camp. There we saw a few more species but still not a lot: Elada Checkerspot, Marine Blue, Acmon Blue, Queen, and Cloudless Sulphur. After a rattlesnake encounter early on, we encountered many small checkerspots and spent a good deal of time refreshing our memory of the distinguishing differences between Elada and Tiny Checkerspots. In the end, it seemed all we had seen were Eladas. Although this area was not hit by fire the lack of rain in the preceding winter and monsoon seasons meant the landscape was really dry with few nectar sources. Some birding was also done and was reasonably productive: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86860160. The day was warm with thin clouds, pleasant conditions for our first field trip since COVID hit and very welcome chance to get together and butterfly. read more »

3/10/2021      Spring Plant Sale at Butterfly Wonderland March 20 & 21

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, March 20 9 a.m. to Noon Sunday, March 21 Visit our annual plant sale and choose beautiful spring plants to enhance your butterfly, hummingbird, and bee friendly gardens. Plant prices range from $10.95 to $21.95. New this year; “Grab & Go” Plant Kits with 1-gallon host and nectar plants. Grab & Go 4-packs available for $40, 8-packs available for $80. Our resident Master Gardener will be on hand to answer your questions and help you choose the right plants for your garden! read more »

3/8/2021      How to purchase Phil McNally's new book: "Butterflies of the Central Arizona Highlands"...

Phil McNally, who gave a presentation in February about his new book: "Butterflies of the central Arizona Highlands" lets us know that to order the book, one needs to go to centralarizonabutterflies.com. On the homepage there is a button in the lower right corner that says "Purchase Book". Or click on the "read more' button below. read more »

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Upcoming Field Trips and Events

6/5/2021 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM Field trip: Colonel Devin Trail with Marceline VandeWaterThe Colonel Devin Trail about 14 miles Northeast of Payson.
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