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15 Aug Fw: Delays at the Fort next week ... ["Hank Brodkin" ]
7 Mar RE: Desert Orange-tips-Los Angeles County ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
7 Mar RE: Desert Orange-tips-Los Angeles County ["'Todd Stout' todd AT raisingbutterflies.org [SoWestLep]" ]
6 Mar Desert Orange-tips-Los Angeles County ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
22 Feb Monarch still on Texas Mt Laurel and a few extras ["Don & Sue Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
03 Mar First Annual Riverside Insect Fair ~ Sat, April 18th ["seawardlane AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
2 Mar Sabino Canyon March 1, 2015 ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
1 Mar Re: fritillary fun from Round Lake Trail Loop, Plumas Co., CA ["'bruun AT frontiernet.net' bruun@frontiernet.net [SoWestLep]" ]
28 Feb fritillary fun from Round Lake Trail Loop, Plumas Co., CA ["Jeff Pippen jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
27 Feb RE: [DesertLeps] Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon ["'Todd Stout' todd AT raisingbutterflies.org [SoWestLep]" ]
28 Feb SE AZ, NE Tucson: Sabino Canyon ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
27 Feb MJV's Monarchs on Native Nectar Plants photo contest! ["Candace Fallon candace AT xerces.org [SoWestLep]" ]
27 Feb RE: [DesertLeps] Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
27 Feb RE: [DesertLeps] Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon ["'Todd Stout' todd AT raisingbutterflies.org [SoWestLep]" ]
27 Feb Small Checkered-Skipper, west of Buckeye, AZ - 2/26/2015 ["Diane Touret dctouret AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" ]
26 Feb Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
26 Feb Annual late winter Painted Lady Migration begins in the Sacramento, Calif. area ["Paul Cherubini monarch AT saber.net [SoWestLep]" ]
25 Feb SAbino Canyon 25 Feb 2015 ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
25 Feb My first Empress Leilia of the year ["Don & Sue Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
25 Feb My first Empress Leilia of the year ["Don & Sue Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
26 Feb SE AZ, NE Tucson Celotes nessus ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
22 Feb Re: Anza Borrego DSP February 19-20 ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
22 Feb Re: Anza Borrego DSP February 19-20 ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
22 Feb Anza Borrego DSP February 19-20 ["fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" ]
20 Feb SE AZ: lucky overcast day ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
19 Feb North of Ajo, Arizona 16 February 2015 ["Robb Hannawacker hannawacker AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
19 Feb Kern River N Kernville, Tulare Co., CA ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
19 Feb Butterflies seen at Tohono Chul on Feb 19 ["Sue Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
19 Feb SE AZ: Molino Basin hilltop ["teleost07 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
19 Feb Re: Sabino Canyon feb 18, 2015 ["William Beck billbeck001 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Feb Eastern Santa Barbara County, CA ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Feb Sabino Canyon feb 18, 2015 ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
17 Feb Re: Monarchs along the Kern River ["Paul Cherubini monarch AT saber.net [SoWestLep]" ]
16 Feb Monarchs along the Kern River ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
15 Feb Anza-Borrego, San Diego ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
15 Feb Re: Orange County February 15, 2015 ["Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
16 Feb SE AZ: Pena Blanca Lake ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
15 Feb Orange County February 15, 2015 ["fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" ]
14 Feb SE AZ: Catalina Highway, Mile-2 Hilltop ["teleost07 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
14 Feb SE AZ, NE Tucson Ventana Resort ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
13 Feb Re: Hilltop Park; San Diego ["Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
13 Feb Hilltop Park; San Diego ["Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
12 Feb SE AZ, NE Tucson: finally broke 20 ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
11 Feb Sandcut hill near Bakersfield ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
10 Feb Re: Sabino Canyon Feb 9, 2015 ["William Beck billbeck001 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
10 Feb RE: Sabino Canyon Feb 9, 2015 ["'Walsh, James Bruce - (jbwalsh)' jbwalsh AT email.arizona.edu [SoWestLep]" ]
9 Feb Sabino Canyon Feb 9, 2015 ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
8 Feb Fwd: Garden Canyon SV Hearld ["Hank Brodkin" ]
8 Feb Fwd: Garden Canyon SV Hearld ["'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" ]
8 Feb Re: Sabino Canyon toady (Saturday 7 Feb 2015) ["JimJoanJoy AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" ]
7 Feb Sabino Canyon toady (Saturday 7 Feb 2015) ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
7 Feb SE AZ: NE Tucson Molino Basin ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
5 Feb Sabino Canyon Today, Feb 5, 2015 ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
5 Feb RE: Yucca Gaint Skipper .....not ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
5 Feb SE AZ: Sabino Canyon Spring Butterfly Count ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
4 Feb RE: [DesertLeps] Kern River Scouting Report ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
4 Feb Kern River Scouting Report ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
4 Feb Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) Feb 4, 2015 ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
4 Feb Vanessa on the move in San Diego ["Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
3 Feb Great morning hundreds of butterflies ["Don & Sue Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
2 Feb San Diego Feb 1 ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
2 Feb Re: Cloudless Still Flying ["Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
2 Feb Cloudless Still Flying ["William Bouton boutonbill AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
2 Feb SE AZ, NE Tucson: Lerodea arabus ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
29 Jan Brown Elfin Search in NE Tucson Jan 28, 2015 ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Jan RE: Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain ["Don & Sue Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
27 Jan Orange-tips are out in San Diego ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
27 Jan RE: SE AZ: NE Tucson: Orangetips today!! ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
27 Jan SE AZ: NE Tucson: Orangetips today!! ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
19 Jan Desert Hill Toppers ["William Beck billbeck001 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Jan RE: Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Jan They're baackk.. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) Friday Jan 16 2015 ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Jan Re: Snout in Anza-Borrego ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Jan RE: Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain ["'Walsh, James Bruce - (jbwalsh)' jbwalsh AT email.arizona.edu [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Jan Re: Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain ["Gail Morris gail-marie AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Jan Re: Snout in Anza-Borrego ["Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]

Subject: Fw: Delays at the Fort next week ...
From: "Hank Brodkin" <hbrodkin AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 07:25:15 -0700

From: Patrick Call
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Subject: Delays at the Fort next week ...



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                              Just a quick note ...

 Fort Huachuca will conduct its annual Antiterrorism and Force Protection 
Full-Scale Exercise on August 19th. 


 If you regularly access the Fort, be aware there may be increased security 
measures resulting in delays at control points ... like the gates. 


 The full press release is below for those who might be interested. 


                              Have a great weekend!
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measures and delays at access control points, to include Fort Huachuca 

 gates, during the week. There may be traffic delays. Everyone is asked to plan 
accordingly and give full cooperation. 


 While we make every effort to limit the amount of disruption to organizational 
missions and services to our customers, knowledge gained through this exercise 
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 No details of the scenario will be released prior to the exercise in order to 
enhance the degree of realism. 


 This training enables leaders to evaluate skills necessary to respond to 
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Subject: RE: Desert Orange-tips-Los Angeles County
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:10:20 -0800
Todd:

   I am not planning on checking out Anthocharis cethura morrisoni in the
southern San Joaquin Valley this year but rain totals and plant growth are
above average.  For those not familiar with subspecies morrisoni, females
essentially always lack orange-tips though some may show a slight yellow
patch on the apex of the forewing.  Size also tends to be larger and larger
females are sometimes misidentified as Euchloe ausonides, a species
unrecorded for Kern County, California.

   I am starting jury duty Monday and will have to work weekends and
weekdays I don't have jury duty unless I get off jury duty on Tuesdays and
sometimes Wednesdays.  I have a good series of morrisoni already and there
is essentially nothing out in that habitat I need for my collection.

   Andrew Warren believes only the San Joaquin Valley populations are true
morrisoni.  John Emmel counts the Kern River drainage ones as morrisoni also
based on the majority lacking orange tips (form deserti), though they are
smaller.  Andrew Warren views are why the Kern River cethura are shown under
nominate cethura on Butterflies of America and there are similar views
making placement of hadromarmorata and nominate cethura range distribution
problematical and conflicting...reasons why I am researching such issues
more.

   I think I agree that nominate cethura does get into Kern County at
Frazier Park and in the southern/western parts of the Mojave Desert.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



Subject: RE: [SoWestLep] Desert Orange-tips-Los Angeles County

 

Great post, Ken!!

 

Were you planning (or have already done so) on checking out the status of A.
cethura morrisoni flights this spring in Kern County?  Also, does A. cethura
cethura still fly at Gavilan Hills, Riverside County?  Malcom Douglas got
some adults for me years ago; but, I've never visited the area.

 

Thx, Todd

 

Todd L. Stout 
Raising Butterflies 
http://www.raisingbutterflies.org/about-me/ 
http://www.facebook.com/Raising.Butterflies 
  todd AT raisingbutterflies.org
801-326-4683 

  _____  

From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of 'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]
Sent: Friday, March 06, 2015 7:41 PM
To: desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com; Stephen A Randall
Subject: [SoWestLep] Desert Orange-tips-Los Angeles County

 

  

Everyone:

   One of the things I do is try to track subspecies of butterflies
geographically so I collect subspecies from different localities to do
comparisons.  I have collected nominate Anthocharis cethura cethura (Desert
or Felder's Orange-tip) from San Diego and San Bernardino Counties and maybe
from Kern and Santa Barbara Counties, but not from Los Angeles County, which
I need to do comparisons from the desert side of the Tehachapi Mountains,
Soledad Mountain and other small "island" mountains near Rosamond in Kern
County.  Too many donations of nominate material to museums left me with a
shortage of that subspecies in my collection, as cethura is a very variable
orange-tip.

   Initially I planned to climb some desert hills in Palmdale where I had
collected Becker's Whites and Harford's Sulphurs when I was 15 years old and
knew "cethura" was supposed to be there earlier in the season.  On the
negative side, there was a temperature LOW of 23 degrees the previous night,
though expected highs were about 74 degrees today.  Knowing the day would
likely be short since 10 mph winds were expected I "punted" on the Palmdale
Hills in favor of giving "Little Rock Dam" the priority, figuring there must
be cethura habitats there as well.

   When I got as far up road as the road would allow I found the Forest
Service had closed the road and trails going further upstream, but I saw
some dry semi-desert slopes up a steep slope above the car and 20 minutes
later I would reach the first "hill", seeing a cethura come down to greet me
before I made it even that far.  Two more were patrolling the ridge and one
of those was yellow form "caliente".  As I reached the higher summits and
ridges there were more cethura but in limited numbers and those would hill
and ridge top for only about a half hour before wind gusts made "hilltopping
butterflies obsolete and what butterflies there would begin patrolling the
windward sides of the hills, and then would be only on very steep slopes
with dangerous footing and gradients.  In an hour on top I managed 9
cethura, and oddly a single Apodemia virgulti near mojavelimbus.  There were
also several Spring Whites and Painted Ladies were a common sight, seen in a
lower canyon was Anthocharis sara and one possible Anthocharis lanceolata
australis that I was not able to get a confirmnatory sighting or collection.

   Further searches for butterflies at Little Lake Dam and vicinity were
nonproductive.  I came to an intersection with a two lane road going uphill,
I think its name was Emma Mountain Rd. or some similar type name.  This
allow rapid ascent to hilltops previously in a forest fire and I was able to
park near ridges where I would expect Desert Orange-tips BUT heavy winds and
no hilltoppers.  Playing a hunch, I found fresher cethura than at Little
Rock Dam hills on the windward sides of the hillsides near the mustard
hosts, and saw another sara (netted and released) and saw a couple of the
metalmarks which disappeared in the wind.  This stop netted ten nice
cethura, including 4 females, including one form deserti lacking the
orange-tip.

   I would follow Emma (?) Mountain Rd. back to a junction and then onto
Hwy. 14 for a better view of my Palmdale Desert Hill I had earlier planned
to collect.  The hill had looked like it was a great spot for butterflies
from the east, but from a western vantage point.  Los Angeles County had
destroyed the whole west slope of the mountain and used earth movers to put
that counties garbage under fill earth to cover their garbage.  A similar
fate had befallen a mountain near Rosamond in Kern County on my return back.
The mountain had been torn apart and regraded in their quest to mine
minerals.

   I probably have enough of the orange-tips from Los Angeles County, but I
will return to the Little Rock hills to look for members of the Apodemia
virgulti (and Anthocharis lanceolata australis) in those hills, hopefully in
a couple of weeks if I don't end up both working and serving on a jury
again.  

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 


Subject: RE: Desert Orange-tips-Los Angeles County
From: "'Todd Stout' todd AT raisingbutterflies.org [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:07:38 -0700
Great post, Ken!!

 

Were you planning (or have already done so) on checking out the status of A.
cethura morrisoni flights this spring in Kern County?  Also, does A. cethura
cethura still fly at Gavilan Hills, Riverside County?  Malcom Douglas got
some adults for me years ago; but, I've never visited the area.

 

Thx, Todd

 

Todd L. Stout 
Raising Butterflies 
http://www.raisingbutterflies.org/about-me/ 
http://www.facebook.com/Raising.Butterflies 
  todd AT raisingbutterflies.org
801-326-4683 

  _____  

From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of 'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]
Sent: Friday, March 06, 2015 7:41 PM
To: desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com; Stephen A Randall
Subject: [SoWestLep] Desert Orange-tips-Los Angeles County

 

  

Everyone:

   One of the things I do is try to track subspecies of butterflies
geographically so I collect subspecies from different localities to do
comparisons.  I have collected nominate Anthocharis cethura cethura (Desert
or Felder's Orange-tip) from San Diego and San Bernardino Counties and maybe
from Kern and Santa Barbara Counties, but not from Los Angeles County, which
I need to do comparisons from the desert side of the Tehachapi Mountains,
Soledad Mountain and other small "island" mountains near Rosamond in Kern
County.  Too many donations of nominate material to museums left me with a
shortage of that subspecies in my collection, as cethura is a very variable
orange-tip.

   Initially I planned to climb some desert hills in Palmdale where I had
collected Becker's Whites and Harford's Sulphurs when I was 15 years old and
knew "cethura" was supposed to be there earlier in the season.  On the
negative side, there was a temperature LOW of 23 degrees the previous night,
though expected highs were about 74 degrees today.  Knowing the day would
likely be short since 10 mph winds were expected I "punted" on the Palmdale
Hills in favor of giving "Little Rock Dam" the priority, figuring there must
be cethura habitats there as well.

   When I got as far up road as the road would allow I found the Forest
Service had closed the road and trails going further upstream, but I saw
some dry semi-desert slopes up a steep slope above the car and 20 minutes
later I would reach the first "hill", seeing a cethura come down to greet me
before I made it even that far.  Two more were patrolling the ridge and one
of those was yellow form "caliente".  As I reached the higher summits and
ridges there were more cethura but in limited numbers and those would hill
and ridge top for only about a half hour before wind gusts made "hilltopping
butterflies obsolete and what butterflies there would begin patrolling the
windward sides of the hills, and then would be only on very steep slopes
with dangerous footing and gradients.  In an hour on top I managed 9
cethura, and oddly a single Apodemia virgulti near mojavelimbus.  There were
also several Spring Whites and Painted Ladies were a common sight, seen in a
lower canyon was Anthocharis sara and one possible Anthocharis lanceolata
australis that I was not able to get a confirmnatory sighting or collection.

   Further searches for butterflies at Little Lake Dam and vicinity were
nonproductive.  I came to an intersection with a two lane road going uphill,
I think its name was Emma Mountain Rd. or some similar type name.  This
allow rapid ascent to hilltops previously in a forest fire and I was able to
park near ridges where I would expect Desert Orange-tips BUT heavy winds and
no hilltoppers.  Playing a hunch, I found fresher cethura than at Little
Rock Dam hills on the windward sides of the hillsides near the mustard
hosts, and saw another sara (netted and released) and saw a couple of the
metalmarks which disappeared in the wind.  This stop netted ten nice
cethura, including 4 females, including one form deserti lacking the
orange-tip.

   I would follow Emma (?) Mountain Rd. back to a junction and then onto
Hwy. 14 for a better view of my Palmdale Desert Hill I had earlier planned
to collect.  The hill had looked like it was a great spot for butterflies
from the east, but from a western vantage point.  Los Angeles County had
destroyed the whole west slope of the mountain and used earth movers to put
that counties garbage under fill earth to cover their garbage.  A similar
fate had befallen a mountain near Rosamond in Kern County on my return back.
The mountain had been torn apart and regraded in their quest to mine
minerals.

   I probably have enough of the orange-tips from Los Angeles County, but I
will return to the Little Rock hills to look for members of the Apodemia
virgulti (and Anthocharis lanceolata australis) in those hills, hopefully in
a couple of weeks if I don't end up both working and serving on a jury
again.  

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 




 


Subject: Desert Orange-tips-Los Angeles County
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 18:41:23 -0800
Everyone:

   One of the things I do is try to track subspecies of butterflies
geographically so I collect subspecies from different localities to do
comparisons.  I have collected nominate Anthocharis cethura cethura (Desert
or Felder's Orange-tip) from San Diego and San Bernardino Counties and maybe
from Kern and Santa Barbara Counties, but not from Los Angeles County, which
I need to do comparisons from the desert side of the Tehachapi Mountains,
Soledad Mountain and other small "island" mountains near Rosamond in Kern
County.  Too many donations of nominate material to museums left me with a
shortage of that subspecies in my collection, as cethura is a very variable
orange-tip.

   Initially I planned to climb some desert hills in Palmdale where I had
collected Becker's Whites and Harford's Sulphurs when I was 15 years old and
knew "cethura" was supposed to be there earlier in the season.  On the
negative side, there was a temperature LOW of 23 degrees the previous night,
though expected highs were about 74 degrees today.  Knowing the day would
likely be short since 10 mph winds were expected I "punted" on the Palmdale
Hills in favor of giving "Little Rock Dam" the priority, figuring there must
be cethura habitats there as well.

   When I got as far up road as the road would allow I found the Forest
Service had closed the road and trails going further upstream, but I saw
some dry semi-desert slopes up a steep slope above the car and 20 minutes
later I would reach the first "hill", seeing a cethura come down to greet me
before I made it even that far.  Two more were patrolling the ridge and one
of those was yellow form "caliente".  As I reached the higher summits and
ridges there were more cethura but in limited numbers and those would hill
and ridge top for only about a half hour before wind gusts made "hilltopping
butterflies obsolete and what butterflies there would begin patrolling the
windward sides of the hills, and then would be only on very steep slopes
with dangerous footing and gradients.  In an hour on top I managed 9
cethura, and oddly a single Apodemia virgulti near mojavelimbus.  There were
also several Spring Whites and Painted Ladies were a common sight, seen in a
lower canyon was Anthocharis sara and one possible Anthocharis lanceolata
australis that I was not able to get a confirmnatory sighting or collection.

   Further searches for butterflies at Little Lake Dam and vicinity were
nonproductive.  I came to an intersection with a two lane road going uphill,
I think its name was Emma Mountain Rd. or some similar type name.  This
allow rapid ascent to hilltops previously in a forest fire and I was able to
park near ridges where I would expect Desert Orange-tips BUT heavy winds and
no hilltoppers.  Playing a hunch, I found fresher cethura than at Little
Rock Dam hills on the windward sides of the hillsides near the mustard
hosts, and saw another sara (netted and released) and saw a couple of the
metalmarks which disappeared in the wind.  This stop netted ten nice
cethura, including 4 females, including one form deserti lacking the
orange-tip.

   I would follow Emma (?) Mountain Rd. back to a junction and then onto
Hwy. 14 for a better view of my Palmdale Desert Hill I had earlier planned
to collect.  The hill had looked like it was a great spot for butterflies
from the east, but from a western vantage point.  Los Angeles County had
destroyed the whole west slope of the mountain and used earth movers to put
that counties garbage under fill earth to cover their garbage.  A similar
fate had befallen a mountain near Rosamond in Kern County on my return back.
The mountain had been torn apart and regraded in their quest to mine
minerals.

   I probably have enough of the orange-tips from Los Angeles County, but I
will return to the Little Rock hills to look for members of the Apodemia
virgulti (and Anthocharis lanceolata australis) in those hills, hopefully in
a couple of weeks if I don't end up both working and serving on a jury
again.  

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: Monarch still on Texas Mt Laurel and a few extras
From: "Don & Sue Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:16:39 -0800




Subject: First Annual Riverside Insect Fair ~ Sat, April 18th
From: "seawardlane AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Mar 2015 10:11:02 -0800
Details here:
ALERT! Riverside Insect Fair, CA - April 18th | InsectNet.com Forum 
http://insectnet.proboards.com/thread/6188/alert-riverside-insect-fair-april 

 
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Subject: Sabino Canyon March 1, 2015
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:14:21 -0700
Yesterday Mary Klinkel and I butterflied in Sabino Canyon yesterday on a
mostly sunny and warm day and found a year high 33 species. As there was
lots of nectar available, we found butterflies on many different flowers
including (in order of use): Cryptantha sp?, Fiddleneck, Brittlebush. Many
lizards out in force including Ornate Tree, Giant and Sonora Spotted
Whiptails, Greater Earless, Side-blotched, and Clark's Spiny.   

 

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)  many,  a few hilltopping 

Checkered White - (Pontia protodice)

Spring White - (Pontia sisymbrii)

Desert Marble - (Euchloe lotta) 1, our first of the year at Sabino, probably
2 more hilltopping. 

Desert Orangetip - (Anthocharis cethura) 3+, all hilltopping 

Sara Orangetip - (Anthocharis sara) common, 1 ovipositing on Tansy Mustard 

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia) many

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana) 1

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) several

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole)  a few

Great Purple Hairstreak - (Atlides halesus) 1 hilltopping chasing and being
chased by Pipevine Swallowtails 

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus) several, 1 hilltopping (chasing azures) 

Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina) several

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon echo) abundant especially
hilltopping

Ceraunus Blue - (Hemiargus ceraunus)  1

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola) 1, ovipositing on Marina parryi

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta) several

Queen - (Danaus gilippus) a few

Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae) 1

Bordered Patch - (Chlosyne lacinia) 2 with 1 hilltopping, first for Sabino
this year

Tiny Checkerspot - (Dymasia dymas) several

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana) abundant (almost annoyingly so) 

Common Buckeye - (Junonia coenia) 3

Mourning Cloak - (Nymphalis antiopa) 2

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui) a few, ovipositing on Fiddleneck 

Empress Leilia - (Asterocampa leilia) common, one actually nectaring (which
they don't often do) on Fairyduster

Arizona Powdered-Skipper - (Systasea zampa) several

White-patched Skipper - (Chiomara georgina) 1 fresh hilltopping also chasing
azures, this normally rare skipper has been regularly recorded in Sabino
since December. As Brian Banker has pointed out recently a possible host,
Cottsia (Janusia) gracilis, is common in the area.   

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis) several 

White Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus albescens) several

Erichson's White-Skipper - (Heliopyrgus domicella) 1

Common Streaky-Skipper - (Celotes nessus) 2

Orange Skipperling - (Copaeodes aurantiaca) 4

 
Subject: Re: fritillary fun from Round Lake Trail Loop, Plumas Co., CA
From: "'bruun AT frontiernet.net' bruun@frontiernet.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 01:22:45 +0000 (UTC)
Thanks, Jeff.  Great fun, as you say.  I'm a relative novice at this, but my 
votes are as follows: 

#s 1, 2, and 4 (counting from the top) are the same (S. hesperis?)#3 = Zerene#5 
= Great Basin 

(I tried not to let the other votes influence my guesses :)  

Ray BruunShingletown, CA
Subject: fritillary fun from Round Lake Trail Loop, Plumas Co., CA
From: "Jeff Pippen jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:34:30 -0500
Butterfliers,

For those like me who enjoy torturing themselves with Speyeria (Argynnis) ID, I 
recently worked up some pics I shot several years ago with Bill Bouton on a 
trip to the Round Lake Trail Loop in Plumas Co., CA. A few of the frits were 
providing particular ID challenges so I privately contacted a couple of you for 
ID opinions, which were graciously offered! One person mentioned how fun this 
exercise was and that I should put it out there for more opinions, so if anyone 
else is interested, the link is below. Realizing that without the actual 
specimen in hand and therefore some of these may not be resolved 100%, send me 
your votes, opinions, thoughts! 


http://www.jeffpippen.com/butterflies/roundlaketrailloopfrits.htm 
 


Good butterflying,
Jeff
--
Jeffrey S. Pippen
Durham, NC
http://www.jeffpippen.com/
Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon
From: "'Todd Stout' todd AT raisingbutterflies.org [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:42:28 -0700
Hi Ken,

 

Not ALL of the Mojave Desert.  I've been checking out the extreme NE corner
and the situation is not good.  Winter precip can be uniform; but, it always
isn't that way.  

 

I drove 330 miles from Salt Lake City to Mesquite, Nevada, today to check
out Lime Kiln Canyon and nearby environs.  The hosts there for Anthocharis
cethura pima, Caulanthus lasiophyllum utahensis and Descurainia pinnata did
not germinate there well at all.  I checked several desert washes and found
1 plant in a wash and found none taking refuge under Creosote bush.  The
grasses that normally accompany the germination of these annual mustards
were also missing.  Basal new growth on Eriogonum inflatum was o.k.; but,
not impressive.

 

Even the nasty invasive Sahara Mustard, Brassica tournefortii, was not as
common as it has been following wetter winters, and it doesn't require near
the moisture to germinate.


Mesquite had received rain within the last 72 hours; but, that is too late
to germinate pima mustards.  I can't comment on the Mojave Desert south and
west of Mesquite through Las Vegas and towards CA; but, the situation in
Mesquite, NV NE to St. George, UT, is not good for butterfly flights this
spring.

 



 

Thx, Todd

 

Todd L. Stout 
Raising Butterflies 
http://www.raisingbutterflies.org/about-me/ 
http://www.facebook.com/Raising.Butterflies 
  todd AT raisingbutterflies.org
801-326-4683 

  _____  

From: Kenneth Davenport [mailto:kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com] 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 9:39 AM
To: 'Todd Stout'; desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com;
'Stephen A Randall'
Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon

 

Todd and all:

   Not just the Argus Mountains look good, the Mojave Desert in the
Cinco-Cantil-Koehn Dry Lake areas, the El Paso Mts. and Hwy. 395, Red
Mountain, Randsburg Mountains over to Trona in Kern and San Bernardino
County all looked good.  I never encourage people to collect in those Desert
areas in dry years, but this spring looks the best in many years out in the
Mojave Desert.  One problem so early in the year: flights are brief and I
was not on those hilltops and ridges very long before the butterflies moved
off the ridges to find places to roost overnight.  At about 2 PM, the
Pierids started leaving, the Gray Hairstreaks stayed till 2:30 PM.
10:30-2:30 in the main flight...I suspect warm windless days would be
better.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 

 

From: Todd Stout [mailto:todd AT raisingbutterflies.org] 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 6:14 AM
To: 'Kenneth Davenport'; desertleps AT yahoogroups.com;
SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com; 'Stephen A Randall'
Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon

 

Thanks for the report, Ken.

 

That's great to hear about how green the Argus Mountains are in that portion
of the Mojave Desert is.  I was in Leeds Canyon and along West Black Ridge
near St. George, Washington County, Utah, last Saturday, which is the
extreme eastern edge of the Mojave and the vegetation did not look like they
had a wet winter.  The A. cethura pima mustards were scarce.  With regards
to Chlosyne acastus neumoegeni, new growth on the host mojave woodyaster
(Xylorhiza tortifolia) looked stressed; but we are on a boom cycle of that
butterfly and there were hundreds of third, fourth, and fifth instar larvae
feeding.

 

With regards to splitting hyantis vs. lotta, I was of the impression through
DNA barcoding, that Paul Opler is now thinking that they are conspecific.
I'm not 100 percent sure on that, however.

 

Thx, Todd

 

Todd L. Stout 
Raising Butterflies 
http://www.raisingbutterflies.org/about-me/ 
http://www.facebook.com/Raising.Butterflies 
  todd AT raisingbutterflies.org
801-326-4683 

  _____  

From: DesertLeps AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:DesertLeps AT yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of 'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [DesertLeps]
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:40 PM
To: desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com; Stephen A Randall
Subject: [DesertLeps] Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon

 

  

Everyone:

   I had intended to collect in the Palmdale area and around Lake Hughes and
the Little Rock Dam in eastern Los Angeles County (Thursday, February 26,
2015) but forecast alerts for 30 mph wings sent me further east to the Argus
Mountains and Homewood Canyon in southern Inyo County, a three hour drive
from Bakersfield.  Wings there after 1:30 PM were about 10 mph but
collecting hilltoppers there in the afternoon was difficult because of rocky
terrain, the winds and plants like cacti, creosote and other plants that
tear nets.  The Mojave Desert was green with grasses and wildflowers and
there were standing areas of water or mud in places.

   Species found in lower canyons there I hoped to find were not seen.  No
Wright's Metalmarks (Calephelis wrighti) and the Sweet Bush host was not yet
in bloom.  I found no Comstock's Hairstreaks (Callophrys (sheridanii)
comstocki comstocki) at higher levels of the canyon, historically reported
there by others.  Neumoegen's Checkerspot (Chlosyne acastus neumoegeni) was
not yet out in the washes.  Desert Metalmarks (Apodemia mejicanus deserti)
occur here in multiple broods starting in April depending on rainfall.  This
is also a Mojave Sootywing (Hesperopsis libya) and Yuma Skipper (Ochlodes
yuma) locality, the latter habitat possibly gone from human development in
the area using the water table.

Butterflies encountered:

Checkered White (Pontia protodice):3

Desert Marble (Euchloe (hyantis) lotta: 6, 2 collected, one with a very
blackish phenotype.  The issue of whether lotta is a species or hyantis
subspecies remains controversial and like Jim Brock has noted, the two seem
to intergrade on the Kern Plateau.  Blending or hybridizing?

Desert Orange-tip (Anthocharis cethura hadromarmorata): probably saw 10 or
more on a ridge, but I was only able to net 3 males and a remarkable female
with extremely heavy green marbling on the hindwing below.  The wind and
terrain were problematic.  The female was in a wash much higher up then the
cethura ridge near the mouth of the canyon.

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme): one on the ridge.

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus): Strange.  About 15 or so were hilltopping
on the ridge and were remarkably blackish below.

Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exilis): 1 in a wash.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): 20 or more in all habitats.

West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella): one in ravine upper canyon.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 

 





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Subject: SE AZ, NE Tucson: Sabino Canyon
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:18:41 +0000
I walked about 3 hours in Sabino Canyon today and saw increasing numbers & 
diversity of species, along with beautiful spring foliage & flowers. Total 29 
species, list follows. 



Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus philenor  20+

Two-tailed Swallowtail  Papilio multicaudata   1

Checkered White   Pontia protodice  6

Desert Orangetip  Anthocharis cethura  6

Sara Orangetip   Anthocharis sara   20+

Southern Dogface  Zerene cesonia  20+

Mexican Yellow  Eurema Mexicana  5

Sleepy Orange   Abais nicippe  7

Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis iole   5

Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus  5

Azure   Celastrina ladon echo   30+

Ceraunus Blue  Hemiargus ceraunus  1

Fatal Metalmark   Calephelis nemesis  2

American Snout   Libytheana carinenta  10+

Queen   Danaus gillippis  7

Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanilla  2

Variegated Fritillary  Euptoieta Claudia  1

Tiny Checkerspot   Dymasia dymas  4

Texan Crescent Anthanassa texana 50+ (I’ve never seen so many in Sabino 
Canyon) 


Common Buckeye  Junonia coenia   1

Mourning Cloak   Nymphalis antiopa  2

Painted Lady   Vanessa cardui  3

Empress Leilia  Asterocampa leilia  12

Golden-headed Scallopwing  Staphylus ceos  3

AZ Powdered-skipper   Systasea zampa  12

Funereal Duskywing  Erynnis funeralis  6

White Checkered-skipper  Pyrgus albescens  2

Common Streaky-skipper  Celotes nessus  7

Orange Skipperling  Copaeodes aurantiaca  10


Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ








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Subject: MJV's Monarchs on Native Nectar Plants photo contest!
From: "Candace Fallon candace AT xerces.org [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:20:21 -0800
The Xerces Society is partnering with the Monarch Joint Venture on a photo
contest to gather information on important nectar plants for monarchs
throughout the continental U.S. Please help us gather information about
monarchs on native nectar plants in your region!


The contest is only available to Facebook users, and it ends April 21,
2015. More details can be found on the contest page: http://goo.gl/p2cRWb

. 

Please note that the emphasis is on native plants. If you are unsure of
whether a plant is native, check using the USDA-PLANTS database,
http://plants.usda.gov/java/

 

.


If you have observations of monarchs using native nectar plants in your
area that you would prefer to share directly, please send them to
Candace AT xerces.org. These entries will not be part of the contest. Please
include the plant species name, location, and time of year that monarchs
use this plant. All of the information we collect will be used to develop
regional recommendations regarding optimal nectar plants for monarchs in
all parts of their life cycle, including spring and fall migration, summer
breeding, and the overwintering period.


Thanks!

Candace
-- 

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Endangered Species Program



*The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation*

*Protecting the Life that Sustains Us*
Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:38:34 -0800
Todd and all:

   Not just the Argus Mountains look good, the Mojave Desert in the
Cinco-Cantil-Koehn Dry Lake areas, the El Paso Mts. and Hwy. 395, Red
Mountain, Randsburg Mountains over to Trona in Kern and San Bernardino
County all looked good.  I never encourage people to collect in those Desert
areas in dry years, but this spring looks the best in many years out in the
Mojave Desert.  One problem so early in the year: flights are brief and I
was not on those hilltops and ridges very long before the butterflies moved
off the ridges to find places to roost overnight.  At about 2 PM, the
Pierids started leaving, the Gray Hairstreaks stayed till 2:30 PM.
10:30-2:30 in the main flight...I suspect warm windless days would be
better.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 

From: Todd Stout [mailto:todd AT raisingbutterflies.org] 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 6:14 AM
To: 'Kenneth Davenport'; desertleps AT yahoogroups.com;
SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com; 'Stephen A Randall'
Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon

 

Thanks for the report, Ken.

 

That's great to hear about how green the Argus Mountains are in that portion
of the Mojave Desert is.  I was in Leeds Canyon and along West Black Ridge
near St. George, Washington County, Utah, last Saturday, which is the
extreme eastern edge of the Mojave and the vegetation did not look like they
had a wet winter.  The A. cethura pima mustards were scarce.  With regards
to Chlosyne acastus neumoegeni, new growth on the host mojave woodyaster
(Xylorhiza tortifolia) looked stressed; but we are on a boom cycle of that
butterfly and there were hundreds of third, fourth, and fifth instar larvae
feeding.

 

With regards to splitting hyantis vs. lotta, I was of the impression through
DNA barcoding, that Paul Opler is now thinking that they are conspecific.
I'm not 100 percent sure on that, however.

 

Thx, Todd

 

Todd L. Stout 
Raising Butterflies 
http://www.raisingbutterflies.org/about-me/ 
http://www.facebook.com/Raising.Butterflies 
  todd AT raisingbutterflies.org
801-326-4683 

  _____  

From: DesertLeps AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:DesertLeps AT yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of 'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [DesertLeps]
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:40 PM
To: desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com; Stephen A Randall
Subject: [DesertLeps] Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon

 

  

Everyone:

   I had intended to collect in the Palmdale area and around Lake Hughes and
the Little Rock Dam in eastern Los Angeles County (Thursday, February 26,
2015) but forecast alerts for 30 mph wings sent me further east to the Argus
Mountains and Homewood Canyon in southern Inyo County, a three hour drive
from Bakersfield.  Wings there after 1:30 PM were about 10 mph but
collecting hilltoppers there in the afternoon was difficult because of rocky
terrain, the winds and plants like cacti, creosote and other plants that
tear nets.  The Mojave Desert was green with grasses and wildflowers and
there were standing areas of water or mud in places.

   Species found in lower canyons there I hoped to find were not seen.  No
Wright's Metalmarks (Calephelis wrighti) and the Sweet Bush host was not yet
in bloom.  I found no Comstock's Hairstreaks (Callophrys (sheridanii)
comstocki comstocki) at higher levels of the canyon, historically reported
there by others.  Neumoegen's Checkerspot (Chlosyne acastus neumoegeni) was
not yet out in the washes.  Desert Metalmarks (Apodemia mejicanus deserti)
occur here in multiple broods starting in April depending on rainfall.  This
is also a Mojave Sootywing (Hesperopsis libya) and Yuma Skipper (Ochlodes
yuma) locality, the latter habitat possibly gone from human development in
the area using the water table.

Butterflies encountered:

Checkered White (Pontia protodice):3

Desert Marble (Euchloe (hyantis) lotta: 6, 2 collected, one with a very
blackish phenotype.  The issue of whether lotta is a species or hyantis
subspecies remains controversial and like Jim Brock has noted, the two seem
to intergrade on the Kern Plateau.  Blending or hybridizing?

Desert Orange-tip (Anthocharis cethura hadromarmorata): probably saw 10 or
more on a ridge, but I was only able to net 3 males and a remarkable female
with extremely heavy green marbling on the hindwing below.  The wind and
terrain were problematic.  The female was in a wash much higher up then the
cethura ridge near the mouth of the canyon.

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme): one on the ridge.

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus): Strange.  About 15 or so were hilltopping
on the ridge and were remarkably blackish below.

Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exilis): 1 in a wash.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): 20 or more in all habitats.

West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella): one in ravine upper canyon.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 


Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon
From: "'Todd Stout' todd AT raisingbutterflies.org [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:14:21 -0700
Thanks for the report, Ken.

 

That's great to hear about how green the Argus Mountains are in that portion
of the Mojave Desert is.  I was in Leeds Canyon and along West Black Ridge
near St. George, Washington County, Utah, last Saturday, which is the
extreme eastern edge of the Mojave and the vegetation did not look like they
had a wet winter.  The A. cethura pima mustards were scarce.  With regards
to Chlosyne acastus neumoegeni, new growth on the host mojave woodyaster
(Xylorhiza tortifolia) looked stressed; but we are on a boom cycle of that
butterfly and there were hundreds of third, fourth, and fifth instar larvae
feeding.

 

With regards to splitting hyantis vs. lotta, I was of the impression through
DNA barcoding, that Paul Opler is now thinking that they are conspecific.
I'm not 100 percent sure on that, however.

 

Thx, Todd

 

Todd L. Stout 
Raising Butterflies 
http://www.raisingbutterflies.org/about-me/ 
http://www.facebook.com/Raising.Butterflies 
  todd AT raisingbutterflies.org
801-326-4683 

  _____  

From: DesertLeps AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:DesertLeps AT yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of 'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [DesertLeps]
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:40 PM
To: desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com; Stephen A Randall
Subject: [DesertLeps] Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon

 

  

Everyone:

   I had intended to collect in the Palmdale area and around Lake Hughes and
the Little Rock Dam in eastern Los Angeles County (Thursday, February 26,
2015) but forecast alerts for 30 mph wings sent me further east to the Argus
Mountains and Homewood Canyon in southern Inyo County, a three hour drive
from Bakersfield.  Wings there after 1:30 PM were about 10 mph but
collecting hilltoppers there in the afternoon was difficult because of rocky
terrain, the winds and plants like cacti, creosote and other plants that
tear nets.  The Mojave Desert was green with grasses and wildflowers and
there were standing areas of water or mud in places.

   Species found in lower canyons there I hoped to find were not seen.  No
Wright's Metalmarks (Calephelis wrighti) and the Sweet Bush host was not yet
in bloom.  I found no Comstock's Hairstreaks (Callophrys (sheridanii)
comstocki comstocki) at higher levels of the canyon, historically reported
there by others.  Neumoegen's Checkerspot (Chlosyne acastus neumoegeni) was
not yet out in the washes.  Desert Metalmarks (Apodemia mejicanus deserti)
occur here in multiple broods starting in April depending on rainfall.  This
is also a Mojave Sootywing (Hesperopsis libya) and Yuma Skipper (Ochlodes
yuma) locality, the latter habitat possibly gone from human development in
the area using the water table.

Butterflies encountered:

Checkered White (Pontia protodice):3

Desert Marble (Euchloe (hyantis) lotta: 6, 2 collected, one with a very
blackish phenotype.  The issue of whether lotta is a species or hyantis
subspecies remains controversial and like Jim Brock has noted, the two seem
to intergrade on the Kern Plateau.  Blending or hybridizing?

Desert Orange-tip (Anthocharis cethura hadromarmorata): probably saw 10 or
more on a ridge, but I was only able to net 3 males and a remarkable female
with extremely heavy green marbling on the hindwing below.  The wind and
terrain were problematic.  The female was in a wash much higher up then the
cethura ridge near the mouth of the canyon.

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme): one on the ridge.

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus): Strange.  About 15 or so were hilltopping
on the ridge and were remarkably blackish below.

Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exilis): 1 in a wash.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): 20 or more in all habitats.

West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella): one in ravine upper canyon.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 




 


Subject: Small Checkered-Skipper, west of Buckeye, AZ - 2/26/2015
From: "Diane Touret dctouret AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:37:21 -0700
Yesterday, while searching for LeConte's and Sage Thrashers at the 
"Thrasher Site" at the junction of Baseline Rd and Salome Hwy (west of 
AZ85)I found a fresh SMALL CHECKERED-SKIPPER just after I had finished 
watching a LeConte's Thrasher foraging on the creosote-saltbush flats there.

This was a "lifer" butterfly for me and a total surprise! I had already 
seen several "White" (presumably, since this area is low desert) 
Checkered-Skippers, so I especially noticed the small sizeand strikingly 
different look that it presented.

The low Sonoran desert all the way from the Thrasher site south to Gila 
Bend was full of flowers and green undergrowth, quite a contrast from 
last year's barren dirt and gravel! Other butterflies at the Thrasher 
site besides the Pyrgus species were several Painted Ladies (probably 
migrants), Pipevine Swallowtails, CheckeredWhites, and Western Pygmy-Blues.

Diane Touret (Tucson, AZ)
Subject: Argus Mountains, Homewood Canyon
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:39:54 -0800
Everyone:

   I had intended to collect in the Palmdale area and around Lake Hughes and
the Little Rock Dam in eastern Los Angeles County (Thursday, February 26,
2015) but forecast alerts for 30 mph wings sent me further east to the Argus
Mountains and Homewood Canyon in southern Inyo County, a three hour drive
from Bakersfield.  Wings there after 1:30 PM were about 10 mph but
collecting hilltoppers there in the afternoon was difficult because of rocky
terrain, the winds and plants like cacti, creosote and other plants that
tear nets.  The Mojave Desert was green with grasses and wildflowers and
there were standing areas of water or mud in places.

   Species found in lower canyons there I hoped to find were not seen.  No
Wright's Metalmarks (Calephelis wrighti) and the Sweet Bush host was not yet
in bloom.  I found no Comstock's Hairstreaks (Callophrys (sheridanii)
comstocki comstocki) at higher levels of the canyon, historically reported
there by others.  Neumoegen's Checkerspot (Chlosyne acastus neumoegeni) was
not yet out in the washes.  Desert Metalmarks (Apodemia mejicanus deserti)
occur here in multiple broods starting in April depending on rainfall.  This
is also a Mojave Sootywing (Hesperopsis libya) and Yuma Skipper (Ochlodes
yuma) locality, the latter habitat possibly gone from human development in
the area using the water table.

Butterflies encountered:

Checkered White (Pontia protodice):3

Desert Marble (Euchloe (hyantis) lotta: 6, 2 collected, one with a very
blackish phenotype.  The issue of whether lotta is a species or hyantis
subspecies remains controversial and like Jim Brock has noted, the two seem
to intergrade on the Kern Plateau.  Blending or hybridizing?

Desert Orange-tip (Anthocharis cethura hadromarmorata): probably saw 10 or
more on a ridge, but I was only able to net 3 males and a remarkable female
with extremely heavy green marbling on the hindwing below.  The wind and
terrain were problematic.  The female was in a wash much higher up then the
cethura ridge near the mouth of the canyon.

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme): one on the ridge.

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus): Strange.  About 15 or so were hilltopping
on the ridge and were remarkably blackish below.

Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exilis): 1 in a wash.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): 20 or more in all habitats.

West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella): one in ravine upper canyon.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: Annual late winter Painted Lady Migration begins in the Sacramento, Calif. area
From: "Paul Cherubini monarch AT saber.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:02:36 -0800
Saw one yesturday from the car in El Dorado, Calif., about 35 miles 
east of Sacramento in the Sierra foothills at about 1,500 feet elevation 
headed hurriedly NNW as they traditionally do, then another one today
also headed rapidly NNW during relatively calm wind conditions.
I got a pretty close view of the one I saw today so Im 100% sure it was a 
Painted Lady.  It was slightly to moderately faded as is typical for
late winter migrants.

Late Feb is a bit early for these migrations to begin in the Sacramento
area, but then it has been a warm winter all over California and the
desert Southwest.

By mid-March there may be a strong migration in central and northern
California and in western Nevada if reproductive success has been 
favorable in the southern deserts, coastal mountains and valleys.

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.




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Subject: SAbino Canyon 25 Feb 2015
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:27:19 -0700
Mary Klinkel and I spent some time in today Sabino Canyon and came up with
24 species, our best for the year at Sabino. The wild flowers are also
looking better and better. This year in Sabino we've already found 41
species of butterflies which portends good news for the 5th annual Sabino
Canyon Spring Count to be held this year on Sunday, March 29. Aside from
Sabino Canyon itself, all places along the Catalina Highway to the top of
Mount Lemmon are included in the count circle. This count which has averaged
58 species over the past 4 years and has usually been the highest spring
count in the country.  It is expected that this year we should surpass the
previous high count of 63 species. Please join us to help make history.
Contact compiler Mary Klinkel at munchita AT msn.com  

 

Today's List: 

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor) several

Checkered White - (Pontia protodice) several

Desert Orangetip - (Anthocharis cethura) afew

Sara Orangetip - (Anthocharis sara) common

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia) several

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana) 4

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole) several

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus) 1

Western Pygmy-Blue - (Brephidium exilis) 1 first for the year

Spring 'Echo'Azure - (Celastrina ladon echo) common

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta) a few 

Queen - (Danaus gilippus) 2

Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae) 1

Tiny Checkerspot - (Dymasia dymas) 1

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana) abundant 

Common Buckeye - (Junonia coenia) 1

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui) several

Empress Leilia - (Asterocampa leilia) 3 

Golden-headed Scallopwing - (Staphylus ceos) 1 first for the year

Arizona Powdered-Skipper - (Systasea zampa) several

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis) 3

White Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus albescens) several

Common Streaky-Skipper - (Celotes nessus) 1 first for the year

Orange Skipperling - (Copaeodes aurantiaca) 1

 
Subject: My first Empress Leilia of the year
From: "Don & Sue Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:57:44 -0800




Subject: My first Empress Leilia of the year
From: "Don & Sue Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:59:18 -0800




Subject: SE AZ, NE Tucson  Celotes nessus
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:11:35 +0000
Common Streaky-skipper seen today at Sabino Canyon in NE Tucson. Fred Heath 
will probably do a post with full list of 24 species seen. 



Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ






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Subject: Re: Anza Borrego DSP February 19-20
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:36:26 -0800
Oops, forgot to mention that Imperial Tiny Checkerspot (Dymasia dymas 
imperialis) was pretty common too. 


Koji

> 2015/02/22 21:18、Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep] 
 のメール: 

> 
> Frank,
> 
> 
> It’s raining now, but maybe western San Diego only…
> 
> FYI, I was in Plum Canyon yesterday too:
> 
> Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis) x2
> Desert Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes coloro) x3
> Spring White (Pontia sisymbrii) x1 possibly more…
> Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe) x2
> Sara Orangetip (Anthocharis sara sara) x2 worn pair
> Sonora Blue (Philotes sonorensis) 10+ mostly worn. One of male had 2 small 
red mites on body. 

> California Patch (Chlosyne californica) 40+ many fresh individuals
> Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) 5+ fresh
> 
> Sunny and 70F.  about an hour and a half in the morning…
> 
> Koji
> San Diego
> 
>> 2015/02/22 19:45、fsmodel AT aol.com  [SoWestLep] 
> 
のメール: 

>> 
>> Hi Folks,
>> 
>> 
>> I finally made it down to the Sonoran Desert - first trip this year. Not a 
huge number of species, but plenty of good stuff, especially in Plum Canyon. 

>> 
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/sets/72157650977624721/ 
 

>> 
>> Now if it would only rain a little more....
>> 
>> Cheers,
>> Frank
>> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Anza Borrego DSP February 19-20
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:18:05 -0800
Frank,

It’s raining now, but maybe western San Diego only…

FYI, I was in Plum Canyon yesterday too:

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis) x2
Desert Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes coloro) x3
Spring White (Pontia sisymbrii) x1 possibly more…
Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe) x2
Sara Orangetip (Anthocharis sara sara) x2 worn pair
Sonora Blue (Philotes sonorensis) 10+ mostly worn. One of male had 2 small red 
mites on body. 

California Patch (Chlosyne californica) 40+ many fresh individuals
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) 5+ fresh

Sunny and 70F.  about an hour and a half in the morning…

Koji
San Diego

> 2015/02/22 19:45、fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep] 
 のメール: 

> 
> Hi Folks,
> 
> 
> I finally made it down to the Sonoran Desert - first trip this year. Not a 
huge number of species, but plenty of good stuff, especially in Plum Canyon. 

> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/sets/72157650977624721/ 
 

> 
> Now if it would only rain a little more....
> 
> Cheers,
> Frank
> 
> 
Subject: Anza Borrego DSP February 19-20
From: "fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:45:58 -0500
Hi Folks,


I finally made it down to the Sonoran Desert - first trip this year. Not a huge 
number of species, but plenty of good stuff, especially in Plum Canyon. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/sets/72157650977624721/


Now if it would only rain a little more....


Cheers,
Frank
Subject: SE AZ: lucky overcast day
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:23:19 +0000
Mostly overcast with cool temps at Molino Basin today in the Santa Catalina Mts 
NE of Tucson, occasional sun, very little activity until after 10am. Walked the 
campground road & checked the old road by AZ Trail. Kind of wimping out & 
heading back to my car with only 10 species seen, although I did find one 
target, desert marble. Took a chance at a streambed and was surprised by a 
sagebrush checkerspot! Excitement & snacks helped me make it across the road to 
look for another target, two-tailed swallowtail, but clouds closed in and even 
pipevine swallowtails were going to ground with some wind blowing. A bunch of 
butterlessflies kept jumping up, but I’m not into flies so tried to ignore 
them, then a few dastardly distracting day-flying spot moths were zinging 
around pretending to be skippers (this is for you Bruce), and suddenly, another 
first for me this year, staphylus ceos (much easier to write than golden-headed 
scallopwing)! As the trail became a little too rocky for my bad old bones, 
there it was, the multicaudata in full glory! 


A total of only 13 species seen, but 4 of them were new for the year for me.


Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ






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Subject: North of Ajo, Arizona 16 February 2015
From: "Robb Hannawacker hannawacker AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:58:19 -0800
Just north of Ajo, Pima County, Arizona, a few butteflies are in flight.




Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)


Desert Orangetip - (Anthocharis cethura)


Checkered White- (Pontia protodice)


Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole)


Sleepy Orange - (Eurema nicippe)


Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus)


Leda Ministreak - (Ministrymon leda)


Great Purple Hairstreak - (Atlides halesus)


American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta)


Queen - (Danaus gilippus)


Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)


White or Common Checkered-skipper - (Pyrgus communis or P. albescens)


Small Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus scriptura)


Arizona Powdered-Skipper -  (Systasea zampa)


Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis)




Robb Hannawacker
Subject: Kern River N Kernville, Tulare Co., CA
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:29:38 -0800
Everyone:

   I had a rare chance to collect on back to back days, this time in the
Kern River Drainage and Sherman Pass Road below 5900', all Tulare County,
CA..  The road was closed at that point.  List for the day (February 19,
2015) with some comments.

(1) Sara Orange-tip (Anthocharis sara sara); Ant Canyon and south of
Limestone Camp, 20+

(2) Desert Orange-tip (Anthocharis cethura): 1 male seen at Calkin's Flat (a
suitable hilltop was nearby) and a couple at Ant Canyon, about a mile north
of Goldledge Camp.  I was there too early and too late in the day to climb a
hilltop but took a nice male at 3:45 PM probably coming down off the hill
late in the day as many hilltoppers do.

(3) Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata lanceolata): One seen at Ant Canyon
with another south of Limestone Camp at the P. sonorensis spot.

(4) Spring White (Pontia sisymbrii sisymbrii): Not seen at all by me in this
region in 2014, probably because there were no early rains to allow host
plant growth.  So a 100% population drop but a nice recovery this year so
don't list it as endangered.  I saw 25-30 in about 1 1/2 hours of surveying,
thanks to early rains allowing host plant growth and emergence of adults.
One seen off Sherman Pass Rd. at 4800'

(5) Cabbage White (Pieris rapae): One netted and released at Ant Canyon

(6) Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme): 3 at Ant Canyon.  All were very
yellow, presumably form ariadne.

(7) Superperplexing Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum superperplexa) or are
some of these sheridanii? I collected 8 green Callophrys at Ant Canyon and
some had well developed series of white spots on the hindwings.  2 or 3 seen
off the Sherman Pass Rd. up to 4900'.

(8) Western Azure (Celastrina echo echo): 4 at Calkin's Flat at mud along
Kern River, 1 at Dry Creek Canyon at 4300' and 2 at Ant Canyon.

(9) Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus (southern Sierra segregate)-1 or 2
at Ant Canyon at 4 PM.

(10) Sonoran Blue (Philotes sonorensis-Sierra Nevada segregate) one of the
most commonly seen butterflies on this day but oddly is presently scarce
below 3000' (Limestone Camp had 2 today) in its usual places and much more
common at Dry Creek Canyon at 4300' and in a side canyon at 4900' (we can no
longer say it is extirpated there, it was common!). The Big Show was at Dry
Creek Canyon (east facing slope) where I saw hordes of blues (30 in a very
small area and up to ten around the "bush" near the foot of a rocky slope.
No, Moses was not there, but under the bush were two small stonecrops and
the visitors there were predominately male Sonoran Blues!  Contrary to
reports, the name Sonoran Blue is not named after the Sonoran Desert,
instead it appears to be named after Sonora, California where the species
occurs.  Not discovered in Kern or Tulare Counties until the mid-1980's.

(11) Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui).  Maybe 20 seen during the day.

(12) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa): Two in Dry Creek Canyon at a spring
which normally has standing water.

(13) California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica): I was surprised to
see these in Santa Barbara and Dry Canyons in eastern Santa Barbara County
yesterday and was surprised to see them in the southern Sierra today.  How
did they get here?  I saw no southern movement last fall and saw only a
couple all last year.  I saw 3 individuals today (all worn) at a spring up
the trail in the Ant Canyon area and a fresh one at a seep off the Sherman
Pass Rd. at 4850'.

(14) Milbert's Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti subpallida):  Two somewhat
worn males and a nice overwintering female were at Dry Creek Canyon at 4300'
with the Mourning Cloaks keeping some small growths of stinging nettles
company.  This is one of my favorite butterflies and among the most
beautiful.  One Sonoran Blue (another beautiful species) visited their water
hole.

 

Oddly, I saw no Western Brown Elfins, Mylitta Crescents or Monarchs though a
fisherman reported he had seen one two days before along the Kern River.  I
spent little time in Monarch flyways.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: Butterflies seen at Tohono Chul on Feb 19
From: "Sue Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:25:19 -0700
I was hoping for a few more species, but there were lots of butterflies to 
enjoy today at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson. Several Monarchs are still flying 
and one was enjoying the beautiful new purple blossoms on the Texas Mt. Laurel. 



Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia)

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole)

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta)

Queen - (Danaus gilippus)

Monarch - (Danaus plexippus)

Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae)

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana)

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)

Common Checkered-skipper (Pyrgus communis)

Grey Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus)

Leda Ministreak - (Ministrymon leda)

Bordered Patch - (Chlosyne lacinia) caterpillar on Tithonia

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina echo)


Sue Feyrer
Tucson, Az.


Subject: SE AZ: Molino Basin hilltop
From: "teleost07 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Feb 2015 14:45:45 -0800
The following were seen today (19 Feb. 2015) on or just below a hilltop above 
Molino Basin, Catalina Highway, near Tucson. To be sure of which Pontia I was 
seeing as they zipped by, I caught and released a sample. 

  
 Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) 1
 Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) 2
 Checkered White (Pontia protodice) 9
 Spring White (Pontia sisymbrii) 11
 Desert Marble (Euchloe lotta) 25
 Sara Orangetip (Anthocharis sara) 1
 Desert Orangetip (Anthocharis cethura pima) 12
 Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia) 1
 Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe) 1
 Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) 1
 Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus) 1
 Western Azure (Celastina echo) 12
 Texan Crescent (Athanassa texana) 1
 Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia) 8
 Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) 1
 Erynnis sp. 1
  
 Ken Kertell
 
 Tucson
 

Subject: Re: Sabino Canyon feb 18, 2015
From: "William Beck billbeck001 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:14:48 -0800
Fred,
I was up at Gordon Hirabayashi campground Tuesday afternoon and could add brown 
elfin, two-tailed swallowtail, and painted ladies to your list! :) 


Bill
Subject: Eastern Santa Barbara County, CA
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:52:58 -0800
Everyone:

   Stephen Randall and I visited three locations in eastern Santa Barbara
County today (February 18, 2015) at elevations of about 3000' and above
including two locations in the Sierra Madre Range in Dry and Santa Barbara
Canyons and a ridge above Ballinger Camp barely in this county adjacent to
Ventura, Kern and San Luis Obispo Counties.  Butterflies encountered:

 

1. Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis tristis)- 1 or 2 Santa Barbara & Dry
Canyons.

2, Spring White (Pontia sisymbrii sisymbrii)-1 above Ballinger Camp

3. Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-4-6 Santa Barbara & Dry Cyns.

4. Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)-1-2 entrance to Santa Barbara Canyon.

5. Sara Orange-tip (Anthocharis sara sara)-20+ Santa Barbara & Dry Canyons

6. Desert Orange-tip (Anthocharis cethura) possibly seen in all 3
localities, only one actual capture on ridge above Ballinger Canyon, a new
locality for it.

7. California Dogface (Zerene eurydice): 2, Santa Barbara & Dry Canyons.

8. Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)-2 collected where Santa Barbara & Dry
Canyons converge.  This species is regularly found at this location later in
the spring, but unusual in the Coast Ranges so early in season.

9. Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)-2 encounters perching on shrubs
on ridge above Ballinger Canyon, maybe the same individual.

10. Sonoran Blue (Philotes sonorensis sonorensis): common (17+) on west
facing slope in Dry Canyon, one in Santa Barbara Canyon.

11. Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): common 50+ most places checked.

12. West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)-ridge above Ballinger Canyon, one

13. California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica): at least 3 for sure,
another 3 or 4 probable.  Santa Barbara & Dry Canyons.

14. Monarch (Danaus plexippus)-6 or more Santa Barbara and Dry Canyon plus
wind break area along Santa Barbara Canyon Rd at ranch, a regular place for
Monarchs at migration times.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: Sabino Canyon feb 18, 2015
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:38:48 -0700
Mary Klinkel and I had another wonderful day with lots of butterflies in
Sabino Canyon and found the following 22 species. It seems to get better
every day. Many flowers in bloom. Looks to be a good to great wildflower
year. 

 

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor) many (including eggs on Pipevine-
Aristolochia watsonii) 

Checkered White - (Pontia protodice) many

Spring White - (Pontia sisymbrii) at least one

Desert Orangetip - (Anthocharis cethura) several males hilltopping 

Sara Orangetip - (Anthocharis sara) abundant 

Large Orange Sulphur - (Phoebis agarithe) 1

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia) many including one ovipositing on Marina
parryi

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) many

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole) a few

Great Purple Hairstreak - (Atlides halesus) 1 in Desert Mistletoe

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus) several

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon echo) abundant

Fatal Metalmark- (Calephelis nemesis) 1

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta) many

Queen - (Danaus gilippus) 5

Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae) 2

Tiny Checkerspot - (Dymasia dymas) 4

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana) abundant

Common Buckeye - (Junonia coenia) 1

Arizona Powdered-Skipper - (Systasea zampa) 6

White-patched Skipper - (Chiomara georgina) 1 on the hilltop

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis) 2

 

 
Subject: Re: Monarchs along the Kern River
From: "Paul Cherubini monarch AT saber.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 02:11:15 -0800
Kenneth Davenport wrote:

> Everyone
> :
>    Even though Monarchs apparently have not broken
> away from the Coastal California overwintering sites, 

Alot of monarchs have broken away from the immediate 
coast the past week due to exceptionally warm weather. 
January was very warm as well so the reproductive 
physiology and aging of the butterflies is more advanced 
than usual.

In very warm winters like the current one, some overwintered
coastal monarchs arrive in the Sierra foothills in late
February and are seen in the Owens Valley east of the
Sierra in March. 

The long range forecast suggests dry conditions in California
until around March 10:

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/anderson/sunday-blizzard-update-and-long-range-clues/42260793 


Drought busting "March Miracles have occurred in the
past in California.

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.

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Subject: Monarchs along the Kern River
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:25:58 -0800
 

 

Everyone

:

   Even though Monarchs apparently have not broken away from the Coastal
California overwintering sites, they have become a regular butterfly seen
the past few days well inland from the Pacific Coast.  Today (February 16th)
I checked out an overwintering site along the Kern River at Hart Park near
Bakersfield and the Lake Ming Area in the Sierran foothills.  They were in
evidence in the hour and twenty minutes (7 of them) I checked with roughly
one encountered every ten minutes.  Not abundant but regular and most of the
habitat was not checked because of time limitations.

   Other species observed were Painted Lady (common, 14-20); Red Admiral
(3); Mourning Cloak (2);  Anise Swallowtail (1); Cabbage White (2); Orange
Sulphur (1) and Gray Hairstreak (1).

   Conditions there were the were comparatively good in terms of plant
growth and greenery; tree buddng is past prime as a nectar resource but
there were some wildflowers available.  Monarchs were generally flying in an
unhurried manner low to the ground in and out of the tall vegetation.  None
were tagged so far as I could tell.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 

 
Subject: Anza-Borrego, San Diego
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:55:00 -0800
Hi All,

Here is what I saw today at Plum Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert, San Diego Co.
Sunny, not much wind. Forgot to check the temperature, but I think it was 
around 70-75. 

Not as many as I wanted to see, but good diversity was seen.

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis) 1
Desert Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes coloro) 5+ fresh and worn mixed
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) 1 winter form
Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe) 1
Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia cesonia) 1 surprise!
Southwestern Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae marcellina) 1
Sara Orangetip (Anthocharis sara sara) only 1
Sonora Blue (Philotes sonorensis sonorensis) 5+ with 1 fresh female
Desert Metalmark (Apodemia mejicanus deserti) 1
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) 10+ new and old
California Patch (Chlosyne californica) 5+
Imperial Tiny Checkerspot (Dymasia dymas imperialis) 1

I thought I would see more Sara, but only one was flying.

Koji
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Subject: Re: Orange County February 15, 2015
From: "Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 21:21:45 -0800
Frank,
Good day to get out. The Santa Anna winds have gone. 
And although temps will be cooling off to more normal levels
in the next week, the spring season is already looking good.
The above average rains we had last December has put the 
Southland in good shape for numbers and diversity. 

The possible spinetorum you had is amazing. You have 
somewhat of a history with them & you found me my first one.
Still have not seen another. Perhaps this will be a good year
for this hairstreak.

I have not yet seen any whites yet down here in the inland
valleys. Was going to go to the desert yesterday but couldn't.
Too soon. My elbow is not ready yet for longer drives.

Pete
San Diego


Hi Everyone,
I took the short walk to Barbara's Lake today via
the Lake Trail, starting at the James Dilley Preserve, and
was pleased to see a fair number of butterflies. For the
most part, they were the usual suspects - funereal duskywing, 
painted lady, anise swallowtail, maybe a California tortoiseshell 
[but no pierids!].
 
Most noteworthy was a hairstreak which I'm pretty sure 
was a thicket hairstreak. Didn't get a good enough look to 
be 100%, but it was dark blue in flight and the ventral markings
looked correct. Definitely not a gray hairstreak.
 

Cheers,
Frank Model
Laguna Woods, CA
 

 
 
 


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Subject: SE AZ: Pena Blanca Lake
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 04:47:43 +0000
Out birding with visiting friends from CA, we wandered around at Pena Blanca 
Lake today in variable temperatures, wind & overcast. Some manzanita is 
blooming, and desert checkered-skippers are out. 



Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ






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Subject: Orange County February 15, 2015
From: "fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:20:19 -0500
Hi Everyone,


I took the short walk to Barbara's Lake today via the Lake Trail, starting at 
the James Dilley Preserve, and was pleased to see a fair number of butterflies. 
For the most part, they were the usual suspects - funereal duskywing, painted 
lady, anise swallowtail, maybe a California tortoiseshell [but no pierids!]. 



Most noteworthy was a hairstreak which I'm pretty sure was a thicket 
hairstreak. Didn't get a good enough look to be 100%, but it was dark blue in 
flight and the ventral markings looked correct. Definitely not a gray 
hairstreak. 




Cheers,
Frank Model
Laguna Woods, CA
Subject: SE AZ: Catalina Highway, Mile-2 Hilltop
From: "teleost07 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Feb 2015 14:19:20 -0800
This is an easy access hilltop at milepost 2, Catalina Highway, above Tucson. 
15 species, including one ‘Pima’ Desert Orangetip, my first of the season. 

  
 Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) 1
 Checkered White (Pontia protodice) 6, no sisymbrii here as far as I could tell 

 Desert Marble (Euchloe lotta) 8
 Desert Orangetip (Anthocharis cethura pima) 1
 Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia) 2
 Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe) 2
 Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) 1
 Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) 2
 Western Azure (Celastrina ladon echo) 20
 Reakirt’s Blue (Echinargus isola) 1
 American Snout (Libytheana carinenta) 4
 Tiny Checkerspot (Dymasia dymas) 1
 Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana) 2
 Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia) 4
 Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) 1
  
 Ken Kertell
 
 Tucson
 

Subject: SE AZ, NE Tucson Ventana Resort
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:23:05 +0000
Pleasant day, some clouds, and I had time for a short walk around Loews Ventana 
Canyon Resort in the Santa Catalina foothills before heading to work. 



Southern Dogface    Zerene cesonia

Mexican Yellow    Eurema mexicana

Dainty Sulphur   Nathalis iole

Great Purple Hairstreak    Atlides halesus

Gray Hairstreak    Strymon melinus

Mallow Scrub-hairstreak Strymon istapa (the first one I’ve seen in several 
weeks) 


Azure   Celastrina ladon echo

American Snout    Libytheana carinenta

Queen    Danaus gillippus

Tiny Checkerspot   Dymasia dymas  (my first one of the year)

Texan Crescent   Anthanassa texana

Empress Leilia   Asterocampa leilia  (my first one of the year)

AZ Powdered-skipper   Systasea zampa

Funereal Duskywing   Erynnis funeralis


Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ






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Subject: Re: Hilltop Park; San Diego
From: "Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:19:30 -0800
Sorry, I meant to write SW Cloudless Sulphur not Clouded!
Thanks Frank. 

Pete
 
 
         
       
  Hi all,
 
 I took a pre Santa Ana wind morning walk today in the 
 
 Rancho Penasquitos area of north San Diego. Butterflies 
 
 were out as well as clear views of San Clemente and
 
 Catalina Islands off the coast. Temps were in the low
 
 80's and winds were light, however they would pick up
 
 
 later in what amounted to our third day in a row here for
 
 
 Santa Anna winds. Quite unusual for early February. 
 
 
 
 Visited were Hilltop Park and the adjacent Hawkwind
 
 Trail in the Black Mountain Open Space Reserve.
 
 Many chaparral plants are in bloom.
 
 
 
 ANISE SWALLOWTAIL (Papilio zelicaon) 1 n/ 2nd hill.
 
 ORANGE SULPHUR (Colias eurytheme) 2
 
 SW CLOUDED SULPHUR (Phoebis sennae marcellina) 1
 
 GRAY HAIRSTREAK (Strymon melinus pudica) 1
 
 BEHR'S METALMARK (Apodemia virgulti virgulti) 17
 
 GULF FRITILLARY (Agraulis vanillae incarnata) 1
 
 PAINTED LADY (Vanessa cardui) 20
 
 WEST COAST LADY (Vanessa annabella) 1
 
 RED ADMIRAL (Vanessa atalanta rubria) 2
 
 
 
 Also one Erynnis species moving too fast towards
 
 Black Mountain NE of where I was. Most likely it was
 
 funeralis.
 
 
 
 In addition one large Red Diamondback Rattlesnake
 
 on the Hawkwind Trail!
 
 
 
 Pete Spino
 
 San Diego
 
 
 


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Subject: Hilltop Park; San Diego
From: "Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:07:19 -0800
Hi all,
I took a pre Santa Ana wind morning walk today in the 
Rancho Penasquitos area of north San Diego. Butterflies 
were out as well as clear views of San Clemente and
Catalina Islands off the coast. Temps were in the low
80's and winds were light, however they would pick up 
later in what amounted to our third day in a row here for 
Santa Anna winds. Quite unusual for early February. 

Visited were Hilltop Park and the adjacent Hawkwind
Trail in the Black Mountain Open Space Reserve.
Many chaparral plants are in bloom.

ANISE SWALLOWTAIL (Papilio zelicaon) 1 n/ 2nd hill.
ORANGE SULPHUR (Colias eurytheme) 2
SW CLOUDED SULPHUR (Phoebis sennae marcellina) 1
GRAY HAIRSTREAK (Strymon melinus pudica) 1
BEHR'S METALMARK (Apodemia virgulti virgulti) 17
GULF FRITILLARY (Agraulis vanillae incarnata) 1
PAINTED LADY (Vanessa cardui) 20
WEST COAST LADY (Vanessa annabella) 1
RED ADMIRAL (Vanessa atalanta rubria) 2

Also one Erynnis species moving too fast towards
Black Mountain NE of where I was. Most likely it was
funeralis.

In addition one large Red Diamondback Rattlesnake
on the Hawkwind Trail!

Pete Spino
San Diego


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Subject: SE AZ, NE Tucson: finally broke 20
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 01:33:40 +0000
Today I finally broke 20 species at Sabino Canyon in NE Tucson….and 
unbelievably, I never saw a painted lady!! List follows. 



Pipevine Swallowtail   Battus philenor

Spring White   Pontia sisymbrii

Checkered White  Pontia protodice

Sara Orangetip   Anthocharis sara

Southern Dogface   Zerene cesonia

Mexican Yellow    Eurema mexicana

Sleepy Orange    Abais nicippe

Dainty Sulphur    Nathalis iole

Great Purple Hairstreak   Atlides halesus

Gray Hairstreak    Strymon melinus

Azure    Celastrina ladon echo

Fatal Metalmark   Calephelis nemesis

American Snout   Libytheana carinenta

Queen    Danaus gilippus

Texan Crescent   Anthanassa texana

Mourning Cloak  Nymphalis antiopa

Common Buckeye   Junonia coenia

Red Admiral   Vanessa atalanta

AZ Powdered-skipper   Systasea zampa

Funereal Duskywing   Erynnis funeralis

Checkered-skipper   Pyrgus communis/albescens

Fiery Skipper    Hylephila phyleus


Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ








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Subject: Sandcut hill near Bakersfield
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:21:38 -0800
Everyone:

   I spent about an hour checking out Sandcut Hill near the Bena Landfill at
the edge of the San Joaquin Valley and Tehachapi Mountains 6 miles east of
Bakersfield, Kern County, California today, February 11th.

Five species were seen.

 

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)-4

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-1

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)-9

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)-2

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)-1

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: Re: Sabino Canyon Feb 9, 2015
From: "William Beck billbeck001 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:14:19 -0800
FYI
Tricolor buck moths (Hemileuca tricolor). Saw at least 10 flying Sunday 
afternoon in low desert mesquite along the road from San Manuel toward 
Reddington Pass. 


Bill
Subject: RE: Sabino Canyon Feb 9, 2015
From: "'Walsh, James Bruce - (jbwalsh)' jbwalsh AT email.arizona.edu [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:18:31 +0000
Hi Fred:

Any interesting day-flying moths out yet?

cheers

bruce
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Sent: Monday, February 09, 2015 10:52 PM
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Cc: Mary Klinkel
Subject: [SoWestLep] Sabino Canyon Feb 9, 2015

Mary Klinkel and I checked Sabino today to see what was new. Like Brian Banker 
yesterday, we were hoping to find our first Desert Orangetip of the year and 
were excited each time a pale yellow female Sara Orangetip flew by. Although 
the butterflying was good, the best find of the day was a Gila Monster Mary 
found while checking a patch of Euryops multifidus. 


Pipevine Swallowtail - Battus philenor  several
Checkered White - Pontia protodice  a few
Sara Orangetip - Anthocharis sara  abundant
Southern Dogface - Zerene cesonia  abundant
Sleepy Orange - Abaeis nicippe  abundant
Dainty Sulphur - Nathalis iole a few
Great Purple Hairstreak - Atlides h alesus 1 female
Gray Hairstreak - Strymon melinus  several
Spring 'Echo' Azure - Celastrina ladon echo  common
Fatal Metalmark - Calephelis nemesis  1
American Snout - Libytheana carinenta common
Queen - Danaus gilippus 5
Texan Crescent - Anthanassa texana  abundant
Painted Lady - Vanessa cardui 2
Funereal Duskywing - Erynnis funeralis 3
Arizona Powdered-Skipper - Systasea zampa 2
White Checkered-Skipper - Pyrgus albescens 1




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Subject: Sabino Canyon Feb 9, 2015
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 22:52:09 -0700
Mary Klinkel and I checked Sabino today to see what was new. Like Brian
Banker yesterday, we were hoping to find our first Desert Orangetip of the
year and were excited each time a pale yellow female Sara Orangetip flew by.
Although the butterflying was good, the best find of the day was a Gila
Monster Mary found while checking a patch of Euryops multifidus. 

 

Pipevine Swallowtail - Battus philenor  several 

Checkered White - Pontia protodice  a few

Sara Orangetip - Anthocharis sara  abundant

Southern Dogface - Zerene cesonia  abundant

Sleepy Orange - Abaeis nicippe  abundant

Dainty Sulphur - Nathalis iole a few

Great Purple Hairstreak - Atlides halesus 1 female

Gray Hairstreak - Strymon melinus  several 

Spring 'Echo' Azure - Celastrina ladon echo  common

Fatal Metalmark - Calephelis nemesis  1

American Snout - Libytheana carinenta common 

Queen - Danaus gilippus 5

Texan Crescent - Anthanassa texana  abundant

Painted Lady - Vanessa cardui 2

Funereal Duskywing - Erynnis funeralis 3

Arizona Powdered-Skipper - Systasea zampa 2

White Checkered-Skipper - Pyrgus albescens 1

 
Subject: Fwd: Garden Canyon SV Hearld
From: "Hank Brodkin" <hbrodkin AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 12:00:44 -0700
Below is the bad news about Garden Canyon on Ft. Huachuca as forwarded by 
Gordon Lewis from the article in the Sierra Vista Herald.

Hank Brodkin
Carr Canyon, Cochise County, AZ
-----Original Message----- 

> From: Gordon Lewis 
> Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:24:40 -0700
> Subject: Garden Canyon SV Hearld
> To: Ann Gallus , Patrick Dome ,
Priscilla Brodkin , Sally Rosen ,
Tomas Miscione , Wendy Burke-Ryan 

>
> FORT HUACHUCA — Garden Canyon “is one of the prettiest areas on the 
post,” 

> said Dan Ortega, the director of emergency services.
> But, he hastened to add, “right now it is the most dangerous place for
> people.”
> For hikers, birders, picnickers and others who enjoy going up the main
> road, which connects the three areas — lower, middle and upper — of the
> canyon, the two higher areas are not accessible, Ortega said.
> The Lower Garden Canyon and its picnic area and Army training sites are
> open, however, the rappelling areas and all of middle and upper Garden
> Canyon are closed to both military and civilian activities, he said.
> Ross Vanderhyde, who heads the post’s public works directorate, put it in
> simple and direct terms, saying, “It’s not that the road is damaged, 
it’s 

> gone.”
> The upper portions to the canyon have been closed since last July and
> repairs are expected not to be completed until much later this year,
> Vanderhyde said. When those repairs are finished, the area will be 
> reopened
> to the public, he said.
> Vanderhyde said a $3 million contract has been let by the Los Angeles
> District Corps of Engineers office to San Diego-based Rore, Inc., but work
> has yet to start, although it is expected to begin the end of this month.
> Ortega said people continue to skirt the warning sign, walking around it
> and going into dangerous territory and footprints attest to the 
> trespassing.
> If they get hurt “it will be very difficult to attempt a rescue,” he 
said. 

> As it is Military Police officers who have to watch the area and sometimes
> have to come up over the west side of the Huachuca Mountains on ATVs and
> even then the area is full of hazards for them, Vanderhyde said.
> In other canyons on the fort, which are not as heavily damaged and 
> continue
> to be open to the public, “there have been several rescues in the past six
> months,” Ortega said, noting a few have been difficult to complete.
> Garden Canyon rescues will be even more difficult because of the damage to
> the area caused by wildfires and rain storms and concerns about the
> severity of them this year can cause a delay in repairing the Garden 
> Canyon
> Road, he said.
> But if this summer there is a major wildfire or subsequent rain storms,
> Ortega said the damage is already so bad “I doubt it can be any worse than
> it is now.”
> Getting to the most damaged area of the road is hard and a request by the
> Herald/Review to see the damage was denied, with photos of the area being
> provided instead.
> There are number of sinkholes, destroyed culverts, large boulders and 
> other
> debris on the damaged road, Ortega, Vanderhyde and Carl Aufdenkampe, the
> public works directorate’s chief engineer said.
> And because Garden Canyon does have some designated areas of environmental
> concerns, care has to be taken to ensure there is not damage done during
> repair work, the three said.
> Initial surveys indicate those areas have not been harmed and neither have
> archeological sites, they said.
> Ortega said people who have been found in the closed areas have been
> cooperative and leave when told to do so.
> But, technically they were trespassing and if any refuse to leave they can
> be “charged with criminal trespass,” he said.
>
>
> -- 
> Gordon Lewis
> Rancho Gulag
> 520-366-5560 
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Subject: Fwd: Garden Canyon SV Hearld
From: "'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 12:00:44 -0700
Below is the bad news about Garden Canyon on Ft. Huachuca as forwarded by 
Gordon Lewis from the article in the Sierra Vista Herald.

Hank Brodkin
Carr Canyon, Cochise County, AZ
-----Original Message----- 

> From: Gordon Lewis 
> Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:24:40 -0700
> Subject: Garden Canyon SV Hearld
> To: Ann Gallus , Patrick Dome ,
Priscilla Brodkin , Sally Rosen ,
Tomas Miscione , Wendy Burke-Ryan 

>
> FORT HUACHUCA — Garden Canyon “is one of the prettiest areas on the 
post,” 

> said Dan Ortega, the director of emergency services.
> But, he hastened to add, “right now it is the most dangerous place for
> people.”
> For hikers, birders, picnickers and others who enjoy going up the main
> road, which connects the three areas — lower, middle and upper — of the
> canyon, the two higher areas are not accessible, Ortega said.
> The Lower Garden Canyon and its picnic area and Army training sites are
> open, however, the rappelling areas and all of middle and upper Garden
> Canyon are closed to both military and civilian activities, he said.
> Ross Vanderhyde, who heads the post’s public works directorate, put it in
> simple and direct terms, saying, “It’s not that the road is damaged, 
it’s 

> gone.”
> The upper portions to the canyon have been closed since last July and
> repairs are expected not to be completed until much later this year,
> Vanderhyde said. When those repairs are finished, the area will be 
> reopened
> to the public, he said.
> Vanderhyde said a $3 million contract has been let by the Los Angeles
> District Corps of Engineers office to San Diego-based Rore, Inc., but work
> has yet to start, although it is expected to begin the end of this month.
> Ortega said people continue to skirt the warning sign, walking around it
> and going into dangerous territory and footprints attest to the 
> trespassing.
> If they get hurt “it will be very difficult to attempt a rescue,” he 
said. 

> As it is Military Police officers who have to watch the area and sometimes
> have to come up over the west side of the Huachuca Mountains on ATVs and
> even then the area is full of hazards for them, Vanderhyde said.
> In other canyons on the fort, which are not as heavily damaged and 
> continue
> to be open to the public, “there have been several rescues in the past six
> months,” Ortega said, noting a few have been difficult to complete.
> Garden Canyon rescues will be even more difficult because of the damage to
> the area caused by wildfires and rain storms and concerns about the
> severity of them this year can cause a delay in repairing the Garden 
> Canyon
> Road, he said.
> But if this summer there is a major wildfire or subsequent rain storms,
> Ortega said the damage is already so bad “I doubt it can be any worse than
> it is now.”
> Getting to the most damaged area of the road is hard and a request by the
> Herald/Review to see the damage was denied, with photos of the area being
> provided instead.
> There are number of sinkholes, destroyed culverts, large boulders and 
> other
> debris on the damaged road, Ortega, Vanderhyde and Carl Aufdenkampe, the
> public works directorate’s chief engineer said.
> And because Garden Canyon does have some designated areas of environmental
> concerns, care has to be taken to ensure there is not damage done during
> repair work, the three said.
> Initial surveys indicate those areas have not been harmed and neither have
> archeological sites, they said.
> Ortega said people who have been found in the closed areas have been
> cooperative and leave when told to do so.
> But, technically they were trespassing and if any refuse to leave they can
> be “charged with criminal trespass,” he said.
>
>
> -- 
> Gordon Lewis
> Rancho Gulag
> 520-366-5560 



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Subject: Re: Sabino Canyon toady (Saturday 7 Feb 2015)
From: "JimJoanJoy AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 10:15:04 -0500

In a message dated 2/7/2015 8:43:36 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,  
SoWestLep-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

Large Orange Sulphur - (Phoebis agarithe)  1 male, F.  Nectared long enough 
for me to get a photo. This is the state early record for  this species by 
3 days (Brian Banker had previous early record on 10 Feb 2012  in Tucson)
Fred,
 
It would have been except I had a fresh male back on January 6 this  year 
in my yard which I thought was extraordinary for this species!! It  might hav
e been locally grown from one of my Lysiloma's for it looked freshly  
emerged.
 
Jim B
Subject: Sabino Canyon toady (Saturday 7 Feb 2015)
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 20:43:28 -0700
Another exciting day (for February) in Sabino Canyon. The recent weather in
the Tucson area has been spectacular. No wonder I love living here!! 18
species were found. Main nectar species: Euryops =E, Fairyduster = F,
Desert Mistletoe =M, Lyceum = L

London Rocket = LR

 

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor) several

Checkered White - (Pontia protodice) 1

Spring White - (Pontia sisymbrii) 1 F

Sara Orangetip - (Anthocharis sara)  common, LR. A small yellow Pierid egg
was found on a Lace Pod Mustard ( Thysanocarpus curvipes) which I assume was
from this species.

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia) common L, including one ovipositing on
Dalea pringlei

Large Orange Sulphur - (Phoebis agarithe)  1 male, F. Nectared long enough
for me to get a photo. This is the state early record for this species by 3
days (Brian Banker had previous early record on 10 Feb 2012 in Tucson)

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) abundant, E 

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole) a few

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus) common E, F, M, L, 

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak - (Strymon istapa) 3, all on E. In checking this
species at the request of Bill Beck, it turns out it has not been recorded
in February in Pima Co. (note I also had 5 in Sabino on 5 Feb, and Bill Beck
had one in Molino Basin today)

Leda Ministreak - (Ministrymon leda) 1 F

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon echo) abundant E, F, M, L, LR, Globe
Mallow and Brittlebush. Still some ovipositing on Fairyduster

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola) 1 E

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta) common F, L

Queen - (Danaus gilippus) 2 L

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana) abundant E, F, L 

Red Admiral - (Vanessa atalanta) 1

Orange Skipperling - (Copaeodes aurantiaca) 1

 

 
Subject: SE AZ: NE Tucson Molino Basin
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 05:55:36 +0000
I went in search of brown elfins and got skunked today, but the manzanita looks 
& smells wonderful and other butterflies were enjoying it. Weather was perfect 
with butterflies flying by 9:15 a.m. I stayed until 1:30 p.m. hoping for a 
two-tailed swallowtail, but didn’t see one. 



Pipevine swallowtail  Battus philenor

White sp.  (flying, not sure if checkered, spring or marble)

Sara Orangetip  Anthocharis sara

Orange Sulphur  Colias eurytheme

Southern Dogface  Zerene cesonia

Mexican Yellow   Eurema mexicana

Sleepy orange  Abais nicippe

Dainty Sulphur   Nathalis iole

Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus

Azure  Celastrina ladon echo

Texan Crescent  Anthanassa texana

Common Buckeye  Junonia coenia

Painted Lady  Vanessa cardui

American Lady  Vanessa virginiensis

AZ Powdered-skipper  Systasea zampa 

Funereal Duskywing  Erynnis funeralis

Checkered-skipper  Pyrgus communis/albescens

Eufala skipper  Lerodea eufala


Mary Klinkel, Tucson, AZ








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Subject: Sabino Canyon Today, Feb 5, 2015
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 18:01:35 -0700
                I spent 3 hours this afternoon at Sabino Canyon with the
specific goal of checking out all of the Sweet Resin Bush (Euryops
multifidus) for nectaring butterflies.  This plant from So. Africa puts out
very attractive flowers at this time of year. Because it is a very invasive
plant, next week it is plan of several Sabino Volunteer Naturalists to
remove it. Although I have mixed emotions about this, it is the right thing
to do. 

                Of the 17 species I found today 12 were nectaring on
Euryops. Nectar plants:  Euryops = E, Mistletoe = M, Lycium (wolfberry) = L,
Fairyduster= F 

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor) many (some hilltopping)

Spring White - (Pontia sisymbrii)   1 First seen in Sabino this year,
although my first was three days ago in the parking lot of the Tucson
Botanical Garden 

Sara Orangetip - (Anthocharis sara) 2, 1 male and 1 female

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia) many, E

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) abundant, E

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole) only 1? 

Great Purple Hairstreak - (Atlides halesus) 3, all females, 1 in M, 2 in E

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus) many E, M, L

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak - (Strymon istapa) 5, E

Leda Ministreak - (Ministrymon leda) 1, E

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon echo)  abundant E, M, L and F( the
only butterfly seen using Fairyduster, also several ovipositing on the
plants) 

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola) 3, E  

Fatal Metalmark- (Calephelis nemesis) 2, E

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta) common E, L, M

Queen - (Danaus gilippus) 1

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana) abundant E, L, M (none looked like a
Giant-Skipper!!) 

Empress Leilia - (Asterocampa leilia) 1 E, my first of the year. 

 
Subject: RE: Yucca Gaint Skipper .....not
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:14:52 -0700
The photo of the "Giant-Skipper"  was sent to Jim Brock (copy to me) for
confirmation. As soon he saw it he knew instantly that it was clearly a
Texan Crescent.  

 

From: Fred Heath [mailto:fred.heath43 AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 6:44 PM
To: desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
Cc: Mary Klinkel (munchita AT msn.com)
Subject: Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) Feb 4, 2015

 

Mary Klinkel went with me to the ASDM and she spent most of the morning
butterflying while I attended a meeting. For part of the P.M. we butterflied
together. We found the 18 species listed below. Although it was exciting to
find my first ASDM Sara Orangetip, it appears that a more special butterfly
might have been found by a non-butterflying Danish couple and shown docents
Libby Sullivan and Sue Bridgeman yesterday (Feb 3). It sounds good for a
Yucca Giant-Skipper. It was having trouble flying (just emerged?). The
Danish couple photographed it and hopefully they will provide the photo to
Libby and Sue. This is an unusual record because per Rich Bailowitz's list
the earliest previous date for AZ was Feb 13, 2007 in Maricopa Co. In my
limited experience Yucca Giant-Skipper seems  to be an uncommon butterfly in
Pima Co. (I've never seen it. If I get it I will forward the photo to the
experts for confirmation.

Our list today:

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)

Sara Orangetip - (Anthocharis sara)

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia)

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana)

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe)

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole)

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus)

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon echo)

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola)

Fatal Metalmark - (Calephelis nemesis)

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta)

Queen - (Danaus gilippus)

Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae)

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana)

Red Admiral - (Vanessa atalanta)

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis)

Eufala Skipper - (Lerodea eufala)

 
Subject: SE AZ: Sabino Canyon Spring Butterfly Count
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 15:33:08 +0000
Sunday, March 29, 2015: meet at 7:30 a.m. for the 5th annual Sabino Canyon 
Spring Butterfly Count at the Visitor’s Center Plaza in Sabino Canyon, NE 
Tucson, AZ, unless you have made other arrangements with compiler Mary Klinkel 
Munchita AT msn.com 520. 275. 0163. 





This count circle includes a large area of the Santa Catalina Mountains with 
spectacular saguaro forests and low Sonoran desert vegetation through oak 
woodlands to pine/spruce forests. Paved road access via the Mt. Lemmon Highway 
allows ease of travel. Join us for a superb day in the field! A $3 per person 
compilation fee will be collected by the compiler & sent to NABA. Compilation 
dinner information will be announced later. Everyone is welcome to join us, 
even if you only know one butterfly species or only have one hour available. 
Bring a friend, meet some new friends, and learn more butterfly species while 
enjoying a glorious day in SE AZ. 



Mary Klinkel, compiler

Munchita AT msn.com

520. 275. 0163




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Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] Kern River Scouting Report
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:05:54 -0800
Added Comment:

   The probable sonorensis seen while talking to the butterfly gardener was
at a spot south of Limestone Camp along the edge of the road at about 2900'.
The sonorensis seen at 4900' today was collected, no question as to its' ID.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 




To: desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [DesertLeps] Kern River Scouting Report

 

  

Everyone:

   With a clear day and temperatures in the low 70's I scouted out the Kern
River drainage from Lake Isabella to the Sherman Pass Rd. at 4900', mostly
in Tulare County today February 4, 2015..  The Kern River Valley and upper
Kern River are much improved over last year with grass and mustard growth.
But rainfall has not been sufficient to fill streams and reservoirs.  And
nothing was in bloom.

   Quite a few moths were in evidence at Ant Canyon, Limestone Camp along
the Kern River and along the Sherman Pass Road (all Tulare County,
California in the southern Sierra Nevada).  Butterflies were scarce and
oddly, none were hibernators as one would expect in mid-winter.

Four butterflies were observed (2 were vouchered).

 

Sara or Pacific Orange-tip (Anthocharis sara sara): One fresh male at
Limestone Camp

Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe): Based on movements in to the Kern River
drainage last fall, I predicted this species was likely going to overwinter
as adults in the southern Sierra Nevada.  A nice one turned up on a slope
just south of Limestone Camp while I was watching for possible early Sonoran
Blues.  I could not capture it as in flew into difficult rocky terrain.

Sonoran Blues (Philotes sonorensis)  A probable sonorensis flew behind a
butterfly gardener I was talking to from Wofford Heights south of Kernville.
I did not try to net it as I carried on my conversation and it may have been
an Echo Azure.  However I did collect a nice male Sonoran Blue at 4900' on
the Sherman Pass Rd. where I collected 6 (5 males; 1 female) in late January
in 2014.

 

No Desert Orange-tips (Anthocharis cethura) were seen on a hilltop above Ant
Canyon and no butterflies were yet seen flying there.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 




 


Subject: Kern River Scouting Report
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:01:51 -0800
Everyone:

   With a clear day and temperatures in the low 70's I scouted out the Kern
River drainage from Lake Isabella to the Sherman Pass Rd. at 4900', mostly
in Tulare County today February 4, 2015..  The Kern River Valley and upper
Kern River are much improved over last year with grass and mustard growth.
But rainfall has not been sufficient to fill streams and reservoirs.  And
nothing was in bloom.

   Quite a few moths were in evidence at Ant Canyon, Limestone Camp along
the Kern River and along the Sherman Pass Road (all Tulare County,
California in the southern Sierra Nevada).  Butterflies were scarce and
oddly, none were hibernators as one would expect in mid-winter.

Four butterflies were observed (2 were vouchered).

 

Sara or Pacific Orange-tip (Anthocharis sara sara): One fresh male at
Limestone Camp

Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe): Based on movements in to the Kern River
drainage last fall, I predicted this species was likely going to overwinter
as adults in the southern Sierra Nevada.  A nice one turned up on a slope
just south of Limestone Camp while I was watching for possible early Sonoran
Blues.  I could not capture it as in flew into difficult rocky terrain.

Sonoran Blues (Philotes sonorensis)  A probable sonorensis flew behind a
butterfly gardener I was talking to from Wofford Heights south of Kernville.
I did not try to net it as I carried on my conversation and it may have been
an Echo Azure.  However I did collect a nice male Sonoran Blue at 4900' on
the Sherman Pass Rd. where I collected 6 (5 males; 1 female) in late January
in 2014.

 

No Desert Orange-tips (Anthocharis cethura) were seen on a hilltop above Ant
Canyon and no butterflies were yet seen flying there.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) Feb 4, 2015
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:44:12 -0700
Mary Klinkel went with me to the ASDM and she spent most of the morning
butterflying while I attended a meeting. For part of the P.M. we butterflied
together. We found the 18 species listed below. Although it was exciting to
find my first ASDM Sara Orangetip, it appears that a more special butterfly
might have been found by a non-butterflying Danish couple and shown docents
Libby Sullivan and Sue Bridgeman yesterday (Feb 3). It sounds good for a
Yucca Giant-Skipper. It was having trouble flying (just emerged?). The
Danish couple photographed it and hopefully they will provide the photo to
Libby and Sue. This is an unusual record because per Rich Bailowitz's list
the earliest previous date for AZ was Feb 13, 2007 in Maricopa Co. In my
limited experience Yucca Giant-Skipper seems  to be an uncommon butterfly in
Pima Co. (I've never seen it. If I get it I will forward the photo to the
experts for confirmation.

Our list today:

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)

Sara Orangetip - (Anthocharis sara)

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia)

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana)

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe)

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole)

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus)

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon echo)

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola)

Fatal Metalmark - (Calephelis nemesis)

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta)

Queen - (Danaus gilippus)

Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae)

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana)

Red Admiral - (Vanessa atalanta)

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis)

Eufala Skipper - (Lerodea eufala)

 
Subject: Vanessa on the move in San Diego
From: "Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:35:50 -0800
It seems that last week's rain and our above normal temps afterwards
here in San Diego County have inspired several species to emerge.
The large numbers of Vanessa that Mark Walker reported finding earlier 
in our inland valleys appear on the move. And with more warm weather 
in the forecast we could see huge numbers of them in the ensuing weeks.

Yesterday, 2/3/15, and one week after elbow surgery, I took a leisurely 
3 1/2 mile suburban round trip walk to Albertson's around noontime.
I counted:

11 Painted Lady/ Vanessa cardui
3 Red Admiral/ Vanessa atalanta rubria
2 Blues, most likely L. marina
2 SW Cloudless Sulphur/ Phoebis sennae marcellina
1 unidentified erynnis, which was a real surprise.

All except the atalanta and marcellina were moving swiftly to the NW.
This walk parallels and abruptly adjoins the eastern part of the vast 
Black Mountain Open Space Preserve in the north county.

Pete Spino
San Diego




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Subject: Great morning hundreds of butterflies
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Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:35:46 -0800




Subject: San Diego Feb 1
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 21:41:23 -0800
Hi all,

Great weather last Sunday, but I was unable to go out much.
Small hill top near I-15 and Mercy Rd., San Diego, San Diego Co.  Feb 1 (Sun).

Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis tristis) - 5. This duskywing is on the wing 
consistently from end January. 

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) - 3. 2 fresh, 1 worn individual.
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) - 1
Blue - unknown, fly-by.  Maybe Echo Azure?

Spring is starting out pretty good here.

Koji
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Subject: Re: Cloudless Still Flying
From: "Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:48:35 -0800
At my church in the North San Diego County the courtyard.
has Cassias trees and sennae marcellina have been on the wing
non stop. The children are always commenting on them.

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Subject: Cloudless Still Flying
From: "William Bouton boutonbill AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 07:05:25 -0800
Still flying in Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, CA…

Cloudless Sulphurs. After 18 years of living in SLO County, with two previous 
sightings of this species. 


They began flying in late July in “good numbers”, and are still out and 
about. 


Bill


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Subject: SE AZ, NE Tucson: Lerodea arabus
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 01:15:43 +0000
After several days of rain, skies cleared this afternoon and temperatures 
warmed. A walk at Sabino Canyon provided an early record for Lerodea arabus 
found nectaring on wolfberry (Lycium). This breaks my previous early record of 
2/2/12 for this species, unless someone else found one earlier. Photos 
available. 



Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ






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Subject: Brown Elfin Search in NE Tucson Jan 28, 2015
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:22:15 -0700
Because of Bill Beck's report of Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pungens) in bloom
at Molino Basin, Mary Klinkel and I decided to take a run up there yesterday
afternoon and see if we could find our first Brown Elfin of the year.
Although there was no sign of the elfins after a search of numerous
manzanitas, we did find 17 species and all but one was definitely seen
nectaring on the manzanita. The one species was a Common Buckeye and it may
have been in fact been flushed from a manzanita. The fact that we focused on
manzanita may explain this, but I didn't remember any other nectar source in
flower at Molino  The other 16 species seen were:

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor) several

Orange Sulphur - (Colias eurytheme) 1 

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia)  a few

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana)  several

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) several

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole) several

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus)  many

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak - (Strymon istapa) 2

Western Pygmy-Blue - (Brephidium exilis) 2

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon) abundant, probably uses manzanita
as host plant as does Brown Elfin

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola) a few

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta) a few

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana) several

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)  a few

Arizona Powdered-Skipper - (Systasea zampa) 1

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis) 2

 
Subject: RE: Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain
From: "Don & Sue Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:10:23 -0800




Subject: Orange-tips are out in San Diego
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:57:00 -0800
Hello all,

Here is my sightings from last weekend…

Jan 24 (Sat) Otay Mountain, San Diego Co. CA
Sunny, no wind, 72 degrees.  Plants were in ok condition.

Sara Orangetip (Anthocharis sara sara)  10+  Saw 1 down in Otay Lake too
Maybe there were some Desert Orangetip (Anthocharis cethura), but I was unable 
to see them close. 

Echo Azure (Celastrina echo echo) 1 hill-topping
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) 3 fresh and large individuals nectaring on 
Ceanothus. 

Southwestern Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae marcellina) 3 near Otay Lake

It was strange not seeing Bramble Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum dumetorum) 
as they usually flying with them. 


Jan 25 (Sun) Strawberry Farm Golf Course, Irvine, Orange Co. CA

White, possibly Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) 1
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) 1 worn, flying straight (migration?)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa antiopa) cruising along creek

Koji
San Diego

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Subject: RE: SE AZ: NE Tucson: Orangetips today!!
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:51:15 -0700
Aside from the excellent news that Sara Orangetips are finally flying, Mary and 
I found 23 species in Sabino Canyon, our best numbers since early December. To 
date we’ve had 30 species in Sabino this month (compared to 24 species at the 
Desert Museum which I only cover once a week). We’ve had a couple of weeks of 
above average temperatures and decent rains which have been great for early 
nectar plants. Although the Desert Mistletoe, Fairy Duster and Wolfberry 
continue to be good nectar sources, today we found the most species (10) on 
Sweet Resin Bush (Euryops multifidus), a somewhat invasive plant from South 
Africa. In fact on February 13 a crew is going to remove these plants from 
Sabino, but this gives Mary and I a little time to enjoy the butterflies it 
attracts until a few more native nectar plants get going. 


 

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)

Checkered White - (Pontia protodice)

Sara Orangetip - (Anthocharis sara)

Orange Sulphur - (Colias eurytheme)

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia)

Cloudless Sulphur - (Phoebis sennae)

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana)

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe)

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole)

Great Purple Hairstreak - (Atlides halesus)

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak - (Strymon istapa)

Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina)

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon)

Ceraunus Blue - (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola)

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta)

Queen - (Danaus gilippus)

Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae)

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana)

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)

Arizona Powdered-Skipper - (Systasea zampa)

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis)

****************************************************

 

 

Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 4:22 PM
To: sowestlep AT yahoogroups.com
  

Today at Sabino Canyon in NE Tucson there are male Sara Orangetips flying!

 

Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ

 

 
Subject: SE AZ: NE Tucson: Orangetips today!!
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:21:37 +0000
Today at Sabino Canyon in NE Tucson there are male Sara Orangetips flying!


Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ








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Subject: Desert Hill Toppers
From: "William Beck billbeck001 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:39:25 -0800
Stopped twice between Tucson and Florence AZ to make in to the top of some 
hills in the low desert (saguaro and palo verde). With a temp about 75F there 
was a bunch of activity. Both Gray and Great Purple hairstreaks actively 
perched right on top. Painted ladies and Red Admirals patrolling. Checkered 
whites and Sleepy oranges occasionally crossing over. I could find only 
mistletoe as any type of nectar, but still not all attractive. A few other 
species...Amer. snout and Leda Ministreak seen too. 
Subject: RE: Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:44:37 -0800
Gail:

   Thanks for providing that information.  It would be interesting to know
how many Monarchs overwinter in the Southwestern Deserts including Arizona
and in lower elevations of Mexico not in the well known Mexican
overwintering sites.  

   I have said before that Monarchs have lots of backup plan survival
strategies so that if one overwintering population suffers a catastrophic
occurrence in a limited area the others survive.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



Subject: Re: [SoWestLep] Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain

 

  

Ken, while you are awaiting Sue's response I'd like to share we commonly
have monarch sightings in Arizona in the Phoenix area as well as Tucson
where Tohono Chul is located. Often Arizona Sonora Desert Museum south of
Tucson also has overwintering monarchs as well unless a hard freeze
decimates their population. Several years ago monarchs survived in Hereford
for much of the winter until a late snow storm hit the area.

Small aggregations of monarchs are common in the state in these areas as
well as between Yuma and Lake Havasu along the Colorado River. We will have
more detailed information about these in an upcoming paper.

Gail
Southwest Monarch Study

On 1/18/2015 8:12 AM, 'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com
[SoWestLep] wrote:

  

Sue:

  Proof that not all Monarchs go to traditional overwintering sites in
Mexico or the California Coast.  With warm winters, they apparently don't
need to, to survive.  What county is this locality in?  I am not familiar
with Tohono Chul.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 




Subject: [SoWestLep] Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain

 

  

Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain At Tohono Chul yesterday, The
Loquat was no longer in bloom, but 2 Monarchs were nectaring on a Cape
Honeysuckle and adjacent Baja Fairyduster. The other species were on
Fleabane, Baja Fairyduster, Goodings Verbena, Salvia coccinea, Dyssodia,
Angelita daisy, Wolfberry and Dalea. Monarch - (Danaus plexippus) 2 Queen -
(Danaus gilippus) 12 adults and 1 caterpillar Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus
philenor) 3 adults and 2 caterpillars Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia) 2
Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana) 4 Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) 1
Tailed Orange (Pyrisitia proterpia) 1 Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis
agarithe) 2 Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole) 10 Marine Blue - (Leptotes
marina) 2 Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola) 1 American Snout - (Libytheana
carinenta) 1 Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae) 3 Texan Crescent -
(Anthanassa texana) 6 Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui) 1 
Sue Feyrer

 


Subject: They're baackk.. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) Friday Jan 16 2015
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:27:25 -0700
                While doing my docent duties at the ASDM on Friday Jan 16, I
managed to find 21 species. Although we've had a few cold and rainy (yay!)
days here in Tucson, the recent warming trend has brought out many of the
same species which were with us through the end of December. 

A couple of Vanessas (West Coast Lady and Red Admiral) which we haven't seen
in over a month also appeared. A single fresh Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak which
has not been recorded here since Dec 25 made an appearance nectaring on
Mexican Hat (Ratibida sp?), a non-native. 

                Of the 21 species, 10 were nectaring on Lycium brevipes (a
Wolfberry) which is not a native in Arizona (it is native in the Sonoran
Desert in eastern California and along the coast of the Sea of Cortez) and
has been blooming for the last two months under the artificial conditions at
the ASDM. The native Lycium which has started to bloom in the wild and is
becoming a major nectar plant in Sabino Canyon is L. exsertum. Another good
ASDM nectar plant, not native to this area,  is Lemonadeberry. This plant
attracted half a dozen species including all three of the Vanessa species
observed  (add Painted Lady to West Coast and Admiral). Working the ASDM is
a lot easier than at Sabino where nectar plants are widespread. In many ways
the 19 species which Mary and I recorded on Saturday at Sabino is more
impressive than the ASDM 21 species. 

 

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia)

Cloudless Sulphur - (Phoebis sennae)

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana)

Tailed Orange - (Pyrisitia proterpia)

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe)

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole)

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak - (Strymon istapa)

Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina)

Spring Azure - (Celastrina ladon echo)

Ceraunus Blue - (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola) 

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta)

Queen - (Danaus gilippus)

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana)

Red Admiral - (Vanessa atalanta)

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)

West Coast Lady - (Vanessa annabella)

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis)

White Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus albescens)

Orange Skipperling - (Copaeodes aurantiaca)

 

    
Subject: Re: Snout in Anza-Borrego
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:50:50 -0800
Nice to hear from you Pete!

I think it should be considered late record than the early record. So you still 
beat me :) 


Koji



2015/01/18 7:58、Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep] 
 のメッセージ: 


> Hi Koji,
> Great to see butterfly life starting to wake up out there. I actually thought 
of 

> going on a trip out there yesterday too. Ended up going to the Ramona area
> where I saw nothing but a few Painted Lady's, and two SW Cloudless Sulphurs. 
> It sure is green out there in the grasslands. But we need lots more rain to 
get 

> out of this drought.
> 
> As far as the Snout, looks like you beat my early record of 1/13/2013 by 
> almost a week. Maybe it's the same butterfly and travels to the desert in an
> huge RV during the winter months like the retired human "snowbirds" do. 
> It's a "snowbug." 
> 
> Perhaps this species is expanding it's range and we've overlooked them.
> They are dubious in their ability to fool you into thinking they are 
something 

> else. When in fact there is nothing at all like them in the northern 
hemisphere. 

> 
> Pete
> San Diego
> 
> --------------------------------------------
> On Sun, 1/18/15, Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Subject: [SoWestLep] Snout in Anza-Borrego
> To: "ML-SoWestLeps" 
> Date: Sunday, January 18, 2015, 12:12 Hi All,
> 
> Good amount of rain & moderate temperature are things
> motivated me to check around the San Diego County today.
> 
> Today at Plum Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert, San Diego Co.  63
> degrees, no wind and sunny!
> 
> 
> 
> The plant condition was pretty good there and when I dig the
> ground, I could see the moisture from about 1 inch below. 
> Some flowers are blooming such as Desert Lavender,
> Chuparosa, Bebbia, mistletoe, etc.
> 
> 
> 
> I had to leave the place when the butterfly activity just
> started around 11:00 am, so I won’t be surprised if there
> is more flying.
> 
> 
> 
> 10+ Painted lady (Vanessa cardui) - small and bit worn
> individuals congregating & nectaring on Bebbia flowers. 
> Looked like they overwintered there.
> 
> 
> 
> 1 Western Snout (Lybytheana carinenta streckeri) - One fresh
> looking individual nectaring on Desert Lavender.  This was a
> surprise :)
> 
> 
> 
> Koji
> 
> San Diego
> 
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Subject: RE: Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain
From: "'Walsh, James Bruce - (jbwalsh)' jbwalsh AT email.arizona.edu [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:18:14 +0000
I've seen monarch larvae here in Tucson (home of Tohon Chul park) around 
thanksgiving 

________________________________
From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] on behalf of 
'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep] 
[SoWestLep-noreply AT yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2015 8:12 AM
To: 'Sue Feyrer'; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [SoWestLep] Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain


Sue:
 Proof that not all Monarchs go to traditional overwintering sites in Mexico or 
the California Coast. With warm winters, they apparently don't need to, to 
survive. What county is this locality in? I am not familiar with Tohono Chul. 


Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or 
flutterflies93306 AT att.net 


Subject: [SoWestLep] Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain



Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain At Tohono Chul yesterday, The 
Loquat was no longer in bloom, but 2 Monarchs were nectaring on a Cape 
Honeysuckle and adjacent Baja Fairyduster. The other species were on Fleabane, 
Baja Fairyduster, Goodings Verbena, Salvia coccinea, Dyssodia, Angelita daisy, 
Wolfberry and Dalea. Monarch - (Danaus plexippus) 2 Queen - (Danaus gilippus) 
12 adults and 1 caterpillar Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor) 3 adults 
and 2 caterpillars Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia) 2 Mexican Yellow - 
(Eurema mexicana) 4 Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) 1 Tailed Orange (Pyrisitia 
proterpia) 1 Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe) 2 Dainty Sulphur - 
(Nathalis iole) 10 Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina) 2 Reakirt's Blue - 
(Echinargus isola) 1 American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta) 1 Gulf Fritillary 
- (Agraulis vanillae) 3 Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana) 6 Painted Lady - 
(Vanessa cardui) 1 

Sue Feyrer

Subject: Re: Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain
From: "Gail Morris gail-marie AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:06:21 -0700
Yes, also in nearby Parker. Lantana is the favored nectar. Seep Willow, 
/Baccharis salicifolia/, also where found. /Acacia salicina/ is often a 
"bed and breakfast" monarch hangout as well.

Gail

On 1/18/2015 8:55 AM, Alex Grkovich agrkovich2003 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep] 
wrote:
> There is also that small overwintering colony at Havasu Springs, 25 
> miles or so south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona...apparently a few 
> Queens also pass the winter there....
>
> Alex
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" 
> 
> *To:* 'Sue Feyrer' ; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
> *Sent:* Sunday, January 18, 2015 10:12 AM
> *Subject:* RE: [SoWestLep] Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain
>
> Sue:
>   Proof that not all Monarchs go to traditional overwintering sites in 
> Mexico or the California Coast . With warm winters, they apparently 
> don't need to, to survive.  What county is this locality in?  I am not 
> familiar with Tohono Chul.
> Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
> kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com  or 
> flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
>
>
>
> *Subject:*[SoWestLep] Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain
> Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain At Tohono Chul 
> yesterday, The Loquat was no longer in bloom, but 2 Monarchs were 
> nectaring on a Cape Honeysuckle and adjacent Baja Fairyduster. The 
> other species were on Fleabane, Baja Fairyduster, Goodings Verbena, 
> Salvia coccinea, Dyssodia, Angelita daisy, Wolfberry and Dalea. 
> Monarch - (Danaus plexippus) 2 Queen - (Danaus gilippus) 12 adults and 
> 1 caterpillar Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor) 3 adults and 2 
> caterpillars Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia) 2 Mexican Yellow - 
> (Eurema mexicana) 4 Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) 1 Tailed Orange 
> (Pyrisitia proterpia) 1 Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe) 2 
> Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole) 10 Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina) 2 
> Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola) 1 American Snout - (Libytheana 
> carinenta) 1 Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae) 3 Texan Crescent - 
> (Anthanassa texana) 6 Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui) 1
> Sue Feyrer
>
>
> 
Subject: Re: Snout in Anza-Borrego
From: "Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:58:18 -0800
Hi Koji,
Great to see butterfly life starting to wake up out there. I actually thought 
of 

going on a trip out there yesterday too. Ended up going to the Ramona area
where I saw nothing but a few Painted Lady's, and two SW Cloudless Sulphurs.  
It sure is green out there in the grasslands. But we need lots more rain to get 

out of this drought.

As far as the Snout, looks like you beat my early record of 1/13/2013 by 
almost a week. Maybe it's the same butterfly and travels to the desert in an
huge RV during the winter months like the retired human "snowbirds" do. 
It's a "snowbug." 

Perhaps this species is expanding it's range and we've overlooked them.
They are dubious in their ability to fool you into thinking they are something
else. When in fact there is nothing at all like them in the northern 
hemisphere. 


Pete
San Diego

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On Sun, 1/18/15, Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep] 
 wrote: 


 Subject: [SoWestLep] Snout in Anza-Borrego
 To: "ML-SoWestLeps" 
 Date: Sunday, January 18, 2015, 12:12 Hi All,
 
 Good amount of rain & moderate temperature are things
 motivated me to check around the San Diego County today.
 
 Today at Plum Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert, San Diego Co.  63
 degrees, no wind and sunny!
 
 
 
 The plant condition was pretty good there and when I dig the
 ground, I could see the moisture from about 1 inch below. 
 Some flowers are blooming such as Desert Lavender,
 Chuparosa, Bebbia, mistletoe, etc.
 
 
 
 I had to leave the place when the butterfly activity just
 started around 11:00 am, so I won’t be surprised if there
 is more flying.
 
 
 
 10+ Painted lady (Vanessa cardui) - small and bit worn
 individuals congregating & nectaring on Bebbia flowers. 
 Looked like they overwintered there.
 
 
 
 1 Western Snout (Lybytheana carinenta streckeri) - One fresh
 looking individual nectaring on Desert Lavender.  This was a
 surprise :)
 
 
 
 Koji
 
 San Diego
 
     
      
 
     
     
 
 
 
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