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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]" ]
18 Jan Re: Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain ["Gail Morris gail-marie AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Jan Re: Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain ["Alex Grkovich agrkovich2003 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Jan RE: Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Jan Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain ["Sue Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Jan Snout in Anza-Borrego ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Jan SE AZ NE Tucson butterflies 1/17/15 ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
17 Jan New planetary dashboard shows 'great acceleration' in human activity since 1950 ["'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" ]
17 Jan Wild pollinators at risk from diseased commercial species of bee ["'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" ]
17 Jan SE AZ: streakin' in the mistletoe ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
16 Jan Nearly half the systems crucial to stability of planet compromised ["'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" ]
13 Jan Cloudless Sulphurs Flying in San Luis Obispo CA ["Bouton Bill boutonbill AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
12 Jan AZ-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) Butterflies Jan 7, 2015 ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
12 Jan Species count at Tohono Chul on January 10th. ["Don Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
11 Jan SE AZ, NE Tucson: 11 species flying today ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
9 Jan Federal Register at 226 comments ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
7 Jan Large Orange Sulfurs in Indio, CA ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
4 Jan 2014 Season Summary Report turned in ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
01 Jan Phoenix area ["Gail Morris gail-marie AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" ]
31 Dec Pipevine Swallowtail, Berkeley, Dec. 30th ["bsheephead AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
30 Dec Madera canyon elev 5000' 63 km from Mexican border ["Don Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
29 Dec I did a butterfly species count on December 28 at ["Don Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
28 Dec Re: NE Tucson survivors ["Gail Morris gail-marie AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" ]
28 Dec NE Tucson survivors ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
27 Dec Heraclides phylogenetics ["Keith Wolfe bflyearlystages AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" ]
28 Dec NW Tucson: chilly day, 4 species ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
27 Dec Heraclides phylogenetics ["Keith Wolfe bflyearlystages AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" ]
26 Dec Painted Lady's in the south end of the Sierra ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
25 Dec Re: SE AZ, NE Tucson Christmas Day ["JimJoanJoy AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" ]
25 Dec SE AZ, NE Tucson Christmas Day ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
25 Dec RE: [leps-talk] New swallowtail species from the US! ["Bryan Reynolds nature_photo_man AT hotmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
24 Dec RE: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US! ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
24 Dec Re: Re: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US! ["Bill and Pam Dempwolf bdempwolf AT austin.rr.com [SoWestLep]" ]
25 Dec Re: Re: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US! ["Alex Grkovich agrkovich2003 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
25 Dec Re: Re: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US! ["Alex Grkovich agrkovich2003 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
24 Dec New swallowtail species from the US! ["'Norbert Kondla' nkondla AT telus.net [SoWestLep]" ]
24 Dec Re: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US! ["Bill and Pam Dempwolf bdempwolf AT austin.rr.com [SoWestLep]" ]
24 Dec Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US! ["Nick Grishin grishin AT chop.swmed.edu [SoWestLep]" ]
24 Dec RE: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US! ["'Todd Stout' todd AT raisingbutterflies.org [SoWestLep]" ]
24 Dec RE: [leps-talk] New swallowtail species from the US! ["Bryan Reynolds nature_photo_man AT hotmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
24 Dec New swallowtail species from the US! ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
22 Dec Weekend observations and photo link from Brian Pfeiffer from Arizona Sonora Desert Museum ["douglas danforth dougofbis AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
21 Dec Re: NE Tucson Winter Solstice butterflies ["Ray Stanford ray.stanford AT stanfordalumni.org [SoWestLep]" ]
21 Dec NE Tucson Winter Solstice butterflies ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
16 Dec Re: yard happenings ["Gail Morrs gail-marie AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" ]
16 Dec Deem Hills Park ["azttttommy AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" ]
16 Dec yard happenings ["JimJoanJoy AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" ]
15 Dec Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Dec 12, 2014 ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
7 Dec Western Tiger Swallowtail ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
7 Dec Sabino Canyon NE Tucson: 25+ 4 species 12/7/14 + ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
7 Dec NE Tucson: 25 + species 12/7/14 ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
6 Dec Gulf Fritillary ["Bruce Webb BruWebb AT surewest.net [SoWestLep]" ]
5 Dec AZ-Sonora Desert Museum Butterrflies Dec 3, 2014 ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
5 Dec FW: Snout Butterflies early and late records for California: ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
5 Dec Snout Butterflies early and late records for California: ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
5 Dec Insecticides foster 'toxic' slugs, reduce crop yields ["'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" ]
3 Dec Desert Swallowtail ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
3 Dec Painted Lady Fall migration ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
3 Dec Dorantes Continue In SEAZ ["'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" ]
1 Dec RE: BLACKENED BLUEWING (Myscelia cyananthe) today at Patagonia Lake State Park, santa cruz co, az ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
30 Nov Re: Large Orange Sulphur in Southern California ["Robb Hannawacker hannawacker AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
30 Nov Large Orange Sulphur in Southern California ["fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" ]
30 Nov BLACKENED BLUEWING (Myscelia cyananthe) today at Patagonia Lake State Park, santa cruz co, az ["Alan Schmierer aaschmierer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
29 Nov Re: Bakersfield, CA observations ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
29 Nov Bakersfield, CA observations ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]

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

--------------------------------------------
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: "Gail Morris gail-marie AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:57:33 -0700
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: Re: Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain
From: "Alex Grkovich agrkovich2003 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:55:38 +0000 (UTC)
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 totraditional 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?  Iam not familiar with 
Tohono Chul.   Best Wishes, Ken Davenport 

kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 

 

Subject: [SoWestLep] Jan16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain     Jan 
16Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain At Tohono Chul yesterday, The 
Loquatwas no longer in bloom, but 2 Monarchs were nectaring on a Cape 
Honeysuckle and adjacent Baja Fairyduster. The other species were on Fleabane, 
BajaFairyduster, 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 
adultsand 2 caterpillars Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia) 2 Mexican Yellow 
-(Eurema mexicana) 4 Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) 1 Tailed Orange 
(Pyrisitiaproterpia) 1 Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe) 2 Dainty Sulphur 
-(Nathalis iole) 10 Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina) 2 Reakirt's Blue - 
(Echinargusisola) 1 American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta) 1 Gulf Fritillary - 
(Agraulisvanillae) 3 Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana) 6 Painted Lady - 
(Vanessacardui) 1 

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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 07:12:32 -0800
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: Jan 16 Tohono Chul 15 species, Monarchs remain
From: "Sue Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:23:38 -0700
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


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Subject: Snout in Anza-Borrego
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:12:35 -0800
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
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Subject: SE AZ NE Tucson butterflies 1/17/15
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 04:36:35 +0000
Fred Heath & I went walking in Sabino Canyon today for about 5 hours, checking 
mistletoe, lycium, brittlebush, dicliptera, and anything else we saw blooming. 
Nineteen species seen. 



Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus philenor   

Checkered White   Pontia protodice

Southern Dogface  Zerene cesonia

Mexican Yellow  Eurema mexicana

Sleepy Orange   Abais nicippe

Dainty Sulphur   Nathalis iole

Gray Hairstreak   Strymon melina

Mallow Scrub-hairstreak   Strymon istapa  (at least four)

Marine Blue   Leptotes marina

Azure  Celastrina ladon echo

W. Pygmy-blue  Brephidium exilis

Reakirt’s Blue  Echinargus isola

Snout   Libytheana carinenta

Queen   Danaus gilippis

Gulf Fritillary   Agraulis vanillae

Texan Crescent  Anthanassa texana

Painted Lady   Vanessa cardui

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

Funereal Duskywing    Erynnis funeralis


Mary Klinkel, Tucson, AZ

   






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Subject: New planetary dashboard shows 'great acceleration' in human activity since 1950
From: "'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:29:52 -0700
I saw this on ScienceDaily:

New planetary dashboard shows 'great acceleration' in human activity since 1950


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150115142223.htm?utm_source=feedburner 
Subject: Wild pollinators at risk from diseased commercial species of bee
From: "'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:35:10 -0700
I saw this on ScienceDaily:

Wild pollinators at risk from diseased commercial species of bee


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150116085604.htm?utm_source=feedburner 
Subject: SE AZ: streakin' in the mistletoe
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:07:58 +0000
Desert mistletoe is beginning to bloom in SE AZ and hairstreaks are enjoying 
it. Today at Sabino Canyon in NE Tucson, I saw gray hairstreaks, a leda 
ministreak, a mallow scrub-hairstreak and a female great purple hairstreak 
enjoying the nectar along with azures and snouts. If you haven’t been wafted 
by the fragrance of the blooming mistletoe, now is your chance. Various 
clusters should be blooming for several weeks. Lycium is also beginning to 
bloom and attracting azures today. 



The great purple hairstreak was ovipositing near the flower buds high up in a 
mistletoe cluster. Several days of temperatures in the 70’s are predicted, so 
I’ll be out looking for fresh orangetips. I saw one rock cress blooming 
today. 



Mexican Yellow    Eurema Mexicana

Sleepy Orange  Abais nicippe

Dainty Sulphur   Nathalis iole

Great Purple Hairstreak  Atlides halesus

Gray Hairstreak   Strymon melina

Mallow Scrub-hairstreak   Strymon istapa

Leda Ministreak   Ministrymon leda

Spring Azure  Celastrina ladon echo

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Gulf Fritillary   Agraulis vanilla

Texan Crescent   Anthanassa texana

Red Admiral   Vanessa atalanta


Outside of Sabino Canyon I also saw Cloudless Sulphur and Painted Ladies today. 




Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ








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Subject: Nearly half the systems crucial to stability of planet compromised
From: "'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:54:44 -0700
I saw this on ScienceDaily:

Nearly half (4 out of 9) of the systems crucial to stability of the planet are 
compromised: 



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150115163533.htm?utm_source=feedburner 


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Subject: Cloudless Sulphurs Flying in San Luis Obispo CA
From: "Bouton Bill boutonbill AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:14:53 -0800
Previous to 2014, during the 17 years Id lived on the Central Coast of CA, Id 
only sent a couple of Cloudless Sulphurs in San Luis Obispo County. Beginning 
in July or August, I began seeing them regularly on my (primarily birding) 
visits to Los Osos, sometimes seeing multiple individuals simultaneously. I 
continued to see them throughout the autumn, mostly near Los Osos/Baywood, but 
occasionally inland in San Luis Obispo. 


Yesterday, January 12, I was surprised to observe a seemingly fresh individual 
in Meadow Park, in San Luis Obispo County ! 


Bill Bouton
San Luis Obispo, CA
boutonbill AT gmail.com
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Subject: AZ-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) Butterflies Jan 7, 2015
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:09:00 -0700
Mary's list of butterflies from Sabino on Jan 11 sent to SoWest Leps the
other day (see far below) reminded me that the ASDM butterfly fauna is also
recovering nicely since some hard freezes at the very end of last year and
the beginning of this year with no butterflies being found on Jan 2. As late
as Dec 30th, 15 species were still found at ASDM (with 35 species over the
whole month of December). The one advantage that the ASDM has over Sabino is
the continuous availability of nectar sources. The big nectar plant in
Sabino during December was Paper Flower, which is no longer blooming after
the freezes. Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak was not found (yet) at ASDM.

List of butterflies and the nectar plants used:      

 

Nectar plants W = Wolfberry (Lycium brevipes); L =  Lemonade Berry (Rhus
integrifolia); F= Fleabane (Erigeron divergens?)  ; B= Baja Fairyduster
(Calliandra californica); D= Dalea (Dalea sp?) G= Gaura (Gaura sp?);  

 

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia) W

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana) W, B

Tailed Orange - (Pyrisitia proterpia) W  1

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) W several

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole) F several

Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina)  D 1

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola) W, D, F 5

Acmon Blue - (Plebejus acmon [or lupine] texanus) F  To my knowledge this is
the first record for this butterfly at the ASDM. Somewhat worn. 

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta) L  3

Queen - (Danaus gilippus) W, L, G  several

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui) W, L   commonest species

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis) D  1 somewhat worn 

White Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus albescens) W, F  3 

 

ASDM Docents Sue Bridgemon and Libby Sullivan had two other species:
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) and Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis
sennae) the day before (Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015) for a total ASDM list of 15
species so far this year. 

 

Mary's post: 

January butterflies in Sabino Canyon NE Tucson today (Jan 11):  

Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus philenor

Southern Dogface  Zerene cesonia

Mexican Yellow  Eurema Mexicana

Sleepy Orange  Abais nicippe

Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis iole

Mallow Scrub-hairstreak   Strymon istapa (seen nectaring on mistletoe)

Marine blue  Leptotes marina

Spring Azure  Celastrina ladon echo

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Queen  Danaus gilippis

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

 

Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ

 
Subject: Species count at Tohono Chul on January 10th.
From: "Don Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:13:27 -0700
Species count at Tohono Chul on January 10th. 
The Monarchs, Painted lady and most of the Queens nectaring on a Loquat tree 
which is nearly done blooming. Red admirals were there a few days earlier. 



Monarch - (Danaus plexippus)


Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)


Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole)


Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina)


Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola)


American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta)


Queen - (Danaus gilippus)


Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae)


Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana)


Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)


Sue Feyrer
Tucson, Arizona




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Subject: SE AZ, NE Tucson: 11 species flying today
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:21:33 +0000



January butterflies in Sabino Canyon NE Tucson today:  


Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus philenor

Southern Dogface  Zerene cesonia

Mexican Yellow  Eurema Mexicana

Sleepy Orange  Abais nicippe

Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis iole

Mallow Scrub-hairstreak   Strymon istapa (seen nectaring on mistletoe)

Marine blue  Leptotes marina

Spring Azure  Celastrina ladon echo

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Queen  Danaus gilippis

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta


Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ





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Subject: Federal Register at 226 comments
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 22:25:15 -0800
Everyone:

   I have checked the basic messages by 226 people commenting on the Federal
Register, the most common message is to list the Monarchs, based on articles
or reports in the media.  Those who object to the listing point out GMO
Crops and Manzano.  But a very large number of people are objecting to
restrictions on rearings or farming butterflies.  I have not seen any
comments blaming butterfly collecting and noted many comments that a limit
of 10 for rearing Monarchs is way too low.

   Many note the need to restrict GMO Corn or chemicals with some noting
listing Monarchs is not necessary to do that.

   I did see comments by Dale McClung, Brian Banker and Michael Leski.  Good
job!

   If Monarchs get listed, perhaps the regulations might much differ from
any previous listings.  I got the feeling many NABA members are concerned
that they may not be able to rear if this passes and they see the
contradictions with the ESA rules being incompatible by saving the Monarch
by rearing them in numbers.

   I also noted some corn growers made comments.  Save the Monarch but if
you want to continue to eat you better not interfere with our farming GMO
Corn!

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
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Subject: Large Orange Sulfurs in Indio, CA
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 02:58:32 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi everyone. On Sunday I caught two male LARGE ORANGE SULFURS and saw at 
least one more in Indio, CA (near the north end of the Salton Sea). One of the 
two is worn, the other very fresh; they both appear to be the Baja 
subspecies... So apparently these guys are resident in Indio, since it doesn't 
get any winterer than January 4th! 

Noah Arthur, Oakland, CA/Lincoln, NE
Subject: 2014 Season Summary Report turned in
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 21:06:03 -0800
Everyone:

   I sent in my 280 entry spreadsheet of butterflies to be published in the
2014 Zone 3 annual Season Summary yesterday  Most are from Arizona and
California with very few from Nevada and none from Hawaii.  I still yet have
to compose comments for the state, there were very few new COUNTY records.

   Kelly Richers does moths for my region and he is just getting started.  I
talked to him on the phone last night.  There were only about 40 moths
records submitted.

   I tried to fix some of the errors made in the 2013 Season Summary.  Some
have told me they appreciate how hard it must be to get the records written
up correctly.  Yes it is and especially in cases with emails that lack
pertinent information (why it is good to submit records early to that
details can be work out).  It is also hard to take "choice species" out of
butterfly count summaries and get specific localities and the specific
observers names correct.  Fred Heath, Mary Klinkel, Robb Hannawacker, Joseph
Zarki and others helped to turn butterfly count records into scientific
records I could use.  Thanks to all of you that contributed records.  The
deadline for records to be sent to me was December 15, but I accepted
records until January 2nd.  I did my best but can't guarantee I didn't get
something wrong.

   All who belong to the Lepidopterists' Society will receive a copy of the
annual Season Summary.  Membership dues are due now.  Join now if you
haven't already.  Kelly Richers is the Secretary and annual membership is
only $45,  If you want to contact Kelly, let me know and I will forward him
your request.  I suspect this years summary will be twice the usual size
because criteria for accepting records has been broadened.

 

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



 
Subject: Phoenix area
From: "Gail Morris gail-marie AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 01 Jan 2015 15:05:13 -0700
In Scottsdale on December 30 (28 degrees two nights prior):
Painted Lady, /Vanessa cardui/ - 1
Monarch, /Dan//aus plexippus/ -  10 larvae: 7 (5th instar), 2 (4th 
instar), 1(3rd instar)
Queen, /Danaus gilippus/ - 6

In my Chandler backyard on December 30 (low of 28 the night before):
Cloudless Sulphur, /Phoebis sennae/** - 2 males (nectaring Tithonia, 
Turk's Cap)
Marine Blue, /Leptotes marina/ - 1 (nectaring Baja fairyduster)
Monarch, /Danaus plexippus/ - 5  pupae
Gulf Fritillary, /Agraulis vanillae/ - 1

Gail Morris
Chandler, AZ
Subject: Pipevine Swallowtail, Berkeley, Dec. 30th
From: "bsheephead AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Dec 2014 17:27:49 -0800
Yesterday saw a Pipevine Swallowtail flying in Central Berkeley near Sacramento 
Street, on Dec. 30 during a cold snap. It's been below 40 at night. 

 

 Bill Shepard
Subject: Madera canyon elev 5000' 63 km from Mexican border
From: "Don Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:19:29 -0700
Madera canyon elev 5000' 63 km from Mexican border




December 30. Sunny breezy 64 degrees. Snow on the ground of Super Trail. At 
Proctor loop no nectar plants visible yet the following were flying. 



Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana) - 6
Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) - 1
American Snout - 1
Painted Lady - 1
Southern Dogface - 2


Sue Feyrer
Tucson, Arizona 










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Subject: I did a butterfly species count on December 28 at
From: "Don Feyrer dfeyrer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 16:09:46 -0700
I did a butterfly species count on December 28 at Tohono Chul on the northwest 
side of Tucson. Tohono Chul is a botanical garden with native 

plants still in bloom. I found 20 species, many more than I expected after 3 
nights down to 28 degrees. 



Monarch - (Danaus plexippus)


Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)


Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)


Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia)


Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana)


Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe)


Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole)


Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina)


Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon)


Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola)


Western Pygmy-Blue - (Brephidium exile)


American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta)


Queen - (Danaus gilippus)


Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae)



Variegated Frittilary- (Euptoieta claudia)


Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana)


Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)


Checkered White - (Pontia protodice)


Common Checkered-skipper (Pyrgus communis)


Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus)


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Subject: Re: NE Tucson survivors
From: "Gail Morris gail-marie AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:39:48 -0700
Hi Mary,

I was visiting my son's property in Elgin today and was surprised to see 
one lone Checkered White flying by. 52 degrees. Ice still on a bucket 
nearby with broken plastic water pipes leading to the construction area 
from the freeze. Spotted another near Kolbe Road on a stop on the way 
back off of I-10.

Two weeks ago we were driving home from CA along I-10 about half way up 
Chiriaco Summit. Made a quick roadside stop to check something in our 
small camper and noticed many Bebbia juncia, some still with a few 
flowers, when I jumped out of the truck. One painted lady stopped by to 
nectar and was gone.

Gail

On 12/28/2014 3:04 PM, mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep] wrote:
>
> After 2 nights of hard freeze, very little nectar remains in Sabino 
> Canyon, NE Tucson AZ.  However, Fred Heath & I found 10 species still 
> flying today.
>
> Checkered White   Pontia protodice
> Sleepy Orange  Abais nicippe
> Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis iole
> Marine Blue   Leptotes marina
> W. Pygmy-blue  Brephidium exile
> Ceraunus Blue  Hemiargus ceraunus
> Texan Crescent  Anthanassa texana
> Painted Lady  Vanessa cardui
> Checkered-skipper  Pyrgus albescens/communis
> Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala
>
> and a Cloudless Sulphur in our neighborhood!
>
> Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ
>
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Subject: NE Tucson survivors
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 22:04:36 +0000
After 2 nights of hard freeze, very little nectar remains in Sabino Canyon, NE 
Tucson AZ. However, Fred Heath & I found 10 species still flying today. 



Checkered White   Pontia protodice

Sleepy Orange  Abais nicippe

Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis iole

Marine Blue   Leptotes marina

W. Pygmy-blue  Brephidium exile

Ceraunus Blue  Hemiargus ceraunus

Texan Crescent  Anthanassa texana

Painted Lady  Vanessa cardui

Checkered-skipper  Pyrgus albescens/communis

Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala


and a Cloudless Sulphur in our neighborhood!


Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ






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Subject: Heraclides phylogenetics
From: "Keith Wolfe bflyearlystages AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:00:42 +0000 (UTC)
For those wanting a deeper understanding of Heraclides and its phylogeny (cited 
in Shiraiwa et al.) . . . 



http://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/UF/E0/04/13/78/00001/lewis_d.pdf


Best wishes,


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Subject: NW Tucson: chilly day, 4 species
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:47:18 +0000
While birding at Coachline Gravel Pit in NW Tucson (Marana) we saw several 
painted ladies, western pygmy-blues, dainty sulphurs & a checkered-skipper. Not 
bad since temps were in the low 50’s. 



Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ






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Subject: Heraclides phylogenetics
From: "Keith Wolfe bflyearlystages AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 06:43:23 +0000 (UTC)
For those wanting a deeper understanding of Heraclides and its phylogeny (cited 
in Shiraiwa et al.) . . . 



http://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/UF/E0/04/13/78/00001/lewis_d.pdf


Best wishes,


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Subject: Painted Lady's in the south end of the Sierra
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 19:02:32 -0800
Everyone:

   Today I did a scouting trip from Bakersfield following Hwy. 58 through
Tehachapi, Kern County, CA., then eastward on Hwy. 14 to a canyon at the
south end of the Sierra Nevada at the Mojave Deserts edge.

   The west slope of the Tehachapi Mts. has turned green from recent rains
and looks good.

   There had been less rain out on the Mojave Desert and new greenery was
sparse.  Many desert plants have died from drought and the bladderpod plant
(Isomeris arborea) was having heavy die offs or living plants were very
stressed with only a couple of flowers seen.  The only desert plant I saw at
the site with blooms was sweetbush (Bebbia juncea), a rare plant in Kern
County.  No Wright's Metalmarks were seen (none are yet recorded for this
county) but Painted Ladies (Vanessa cardui) were visiting the blossoms (12
in 20 minutes) and appear to use this as an overwintering site in past
years.  No butterflies were on the hilltops.  Anthocharis cethura and
Euchloe lotta occur here on wet years.  No Abaeis nicippe or Phoebis sennae
were seen. The Cassia host appeared to be in very dehydrated condition.

   Bladderpod plants from Sandcut Hill to Bealville in the Tehachapi's were
well watered and in bloom but this was around 4-5 PM, too cold for
butterflies but I saw some great BNSF trains from along the railroad tracks
from 1:30-4:30 PM.  Snow was on the higher peaks...the season ahead looks
much more promising than last year for the montane areas.  Deserts need more
rain, lots more!

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
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Subject: Re: SE AZ, NE Tucson Christmas Day
From: "JimJoanJoy AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 18:20:35 -0500
Mary,
 
Nice list. I was shocked to see Atlides halesus in my yard this morning - a 
 female! Only a mile plus away from your sightings.
 
Jim B
 
 
In a message dated 12/25/2014 1:12:41 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,  
SoWestLep-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 



A short walk in Sabino Canyon while the late morning was sunny & warm  
before the wind picked up brought out some butterflies:


Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus philenor
Checkered White  Pontia protodice
Orange Sulphur  Colias eurytheme
Southern Dogface  Zerene cesonia
Mexican Yellow  Eurema mexicana
Sleepy Orange  Abaeis nicippe
Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis iole
Mallow Scrub-hairstreak  (only 2 seen today)  Strymon  istapa
Marine Blue  Leptotes marina
Western Pygmy-blue  Brephidium exile
Ceraunus Blue   Hemiargus ceraunus
Fatal Metalmark  Calephelis nemesis
American Snout  Libytheana carinenta
Queen  Danaus gilippus
Gulf Fritillary  Agraul is vanillae
Variegated Fritillary  Euptoieta Claudia
Texan Crescent  Anthanassa texana
Common Buckeye  Junonia coenia
Painted Lady  Vanessa cardui
Common/white Checkered-skipper  Pyrgus communis/albescens
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala


Mary Christmas
Tucson, AZ




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Subject: SE AZ, NE Tucson Christmas Day
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 20:01:35 +0000



A short walk in Sabino Canyon while the late morning was sunny & warm before 
the wind picked up brought out some butterflies: 



Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus philenor

Checkered White  Pontia protodice

Orange Sulphur  Colias eurytheme

Southern Dogface  Zerene cesonia

Mexican Yellow  Eurema mexicana

Sleepy Orange  Abaeis nicippe

Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis iole

Mallow Scrub-hairstreak  (only 2 seen today)  Strymon istapa

Marine Blue  Leptotes marina

Western Pygmy-blue  Brephidium exile

Ceraunus Blue   Hemiargus ceraunus

Fatal Metalmark  Calephelis nemesis

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Queen  Danaus gilippus

Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae

Variegated Fritillary  Euptoieta Claudia

Texan Crescent  Anthanassa texana

Common Buckeye  Junonia coenia

Painted Lady  Vanessa cardui

Common/white Checkered-skipper  Pyrgus communis/albescens

Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala


Mary Christmas

Tucson, AZ





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Subject: RE: [leps-talk] New swallowtail species from the US!
From: "Bryan Reynolds nature_photo_man AT hotmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:58:20 -0600
All,

I've created two albums with my in-life photos of both species of giant 
swallowtails. 


Giant Swallowtail, Heraclides (Papilio) cresphontes, (all from Oklahoma): 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78441846 AT N03/sets/72157649932969965/ 


and Western Giant Swallowtail, Papilio rumiko, (all from LRGV, south Texas): 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78441846 AT N03/sets/72157647595933314/ 


Bryan

Bryan E. Reynolds The Butterflies of the World Foundation
                www.botwf.org

Find me on Facebook:  Bryan Reynolds/Nature Photographer

My Flickr Photostream:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/78441846 AT N03/


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From: TILS-leps-talk-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 01:04:59 -0800
Subject: [leps-talk] New swallowtail species from the US!














 

 



  


    
      
      
      Hi all,

Dr. Nick Grishin and I have described new species of swallowtail from the US.
http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4409
Many things can be learned from this paper. Like, how much we don’t know 
about them. They have been flying in your backyard for many years! Or, how 
butterfly hobbyist like me can contribute to the science with help of people 
like Nick and many other amateur and professional lepidopterists, etc. 

Happy Holidays!
KojiSan Diego


    
     

    
    






   		 	   		  
Subject: RE: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US!
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:31:22 -0800
Charles:

   Just tell her you are looking for Heraclides rumiko, a newly found
species in the USA and don't tell her what it is.  Tell her it is so rare
that even NABA doesn't know about it!  

   I just finished looking over the paper, I'll have some comments tomorrow.

 

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




Subject: Re: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the
US!

 

  

As I dug into the article to record the TX types/ncr's for the SS, I found I
had collected one back in 1981 and it ended up in the TAMU coll. as a
paratype.  Boy, where is all this "consumptive collecting" I've been doing?
I'd like to know where that "severe-looking woman from Florida" gets her
info? (She also calls me a "killer".) One of our colleagues coined that
phrase.  I like it!   If we must resort to name-calling, though, I prefer
what the authors of H. rumiko have done: take the high road...  Putting a
label on people is easy.

 

Merry Christmas all!!!

 



cb

 

"Mission Police!!!  Put your net on the ground and your hands in the air!!!"

 

On Wednesday, December 24, 2014 5:22 PM, "Bill and Pam Dempwolf
bdempwolf AT austin.rr.com [TILS-leps-talk]"
 wrote:

 

  

I agree about the "little" Giant Swallwotails, but ....I've seen some 
really large Giant Swallowtails in the valley. Now I wish I'd collected 
a few to see if they are cresphontes or rumiko. Something to look 
forward to exploring in future.

All my specimens are from central Texas, and appear to have both some 
characteristics of rumiko and some characteristics of cresphontes. I 
haven't paid much attention to cresphontes away from home ..... yet.

Bill

On 12/24/2014 3:41 PM, TEXAS LEPIDOPTERA SURVEY 
texaslepsurvey AT sbcglobal.net [TILS-leps-talk] wrote:
>
>
> I've suspected this for decades, that at least there was another ssp. 
> involved, but this makes even more sense! One of the last butterflies 
> I saw in Beaumont was a huge female cresphontes before going to STX; 
> and here were all these "little" Giant Swallowtails when I got there. 
> Once I get back to the collection, I'll have to see just how many I've 
> bothered to collect.
> My atlases are going to need an overhaul here. My current atlas for 
> cresphontes will have to be labeled as (pre-2014), and we wipe the 
> slate clean and start all over again... This oughtta be fun?
> Extraordinary, Nick and Koji. Outtasight!!!
>
>
> /cb/
> /"Mission Police!!! Put your net on the ground and your hands in the 
> air!!!"/
>
>
> On Wednesday, December 24, 2014 3:08 PM, "Nick Grishin 
> grishin AT chop.swmed.edu [TILS-leps-talk]" 
>  wrote:
>
>
> > http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4409
> > Many things can be learned from this paper. Like, how much we don't
> > know about them. They have been flying in your backyard for many years!
> > Or, how butterfly hobbyist like me can contribute to the science with
> > help of people like Nick and many other amateur and professional
> > lepidopterists, etc.
>
> It was a real treat to collaborate with Koji! This is his discovery 
> dating
> a decade ago (and a product of great diligence in his fieldwork), he
> studied dozens of specimens, prepared, photographed and measured 
> genitalia
> (his genitalia pictures are simply terrific!), detailed all the
> differences between species, and suggested a hypothesis about how
> speciation happened (a very imaginative and compelling one!). We just
> helped a little here and there to support his conclusions with DNA
> sequences and small technicalities. It was a fun project and a very
> rewarding collaboration.
>
> Indeed, we don't know much about them. And this is just a first step to
> the genomics study of the two species with hopes to understand their
> interactions in the overlap zone and speciation processes at work.
> Western/Eastern split passing through TX is a generality we see in a few
> groups. I hope cresphontes/rumiko pair will make it in ranks to model
> organisms in a study of speciation. They are common, accessible and large.
>
> I'm glad that the paper came out during the holiday season and am honored
> to be a part of it. Thanks Koji!
>
> Happy Holidays! n
>
>
>
>
>
> 

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Subject: Re: Re: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US!
From: "Bill and Pam Dempwolf bdempwolf AT austin.rr.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:14:23 -0600
I think the specimens I currently have at home are all P. (H.) rumiko - 
the rest of my specimens are still with Nick (I'll pick them up at the 
TAMU Open House in a few weeks).  Until I figured out how to find and 
open the spreadsheet I was wondering if I had collected P. (H.) 
cresphontes, or if all that I've collected were rumiko.  Fortunately the 
spreadsheet lists both rumiko and cresphontes I've collected.  That said 
I definitely want to collect some specimens outside the blend zone, as 
those from central Texas have characteristics of both species, and I'd 
like to have some "pure" rumiko.

Bill



On 12/24/2014 8:54 PM, TEXAS LEPIDOPTERA SURVEY 
texaslepsurvey AT sbcglobal.net [TILS-leps-talk] wrote:
>
>
> I just found P. (H.) rumiko TX: Travis Co., Austin (&Barton Greenbelt, 
> etc.) 10 Mar 06- 5-Nov 10 leg. B. Dempwolf in the pub. (thanx Nick).  
>  Gosh Bill, look no further...  I added that as new for Travis Co.
>
>
> /cb/
> /"Mission Police!!!  Put your net on the ground and your hands in the 
> air!!!"/
>
>
> On Wednesday, December 24, 2014 8:01 PM, Alex Grkovich 
>  wrote:
>
>
> I checked a few southern and western guides for H. rumiko, and found:
>
> Texas Lepidoptera Survey Checklist of Leps from Rio Grande Valley - 
> Check: Rumiko.
>
> Butterflies of San Diego County - Check: Rumika.
>
> Butterflies of Southern California (1973): Plate 1, Fig. 12, Madera 
> Canyon, AZ 27 Jul 1947, a male; Hmmm...this one's curious. What is it? 
> Somewhat of a curious specimen.....and a mid-summer specimen at that.....
>
> Alex
> *From:* "Bill and Pam Dempwolf bdempwolf AT austin.rr.com [SoWestLep]" 
> 
> *To:* TEXAS LEPIDOPTERA SURVEY ; Nick 
> Grishin ; ML-DesertLeps 
> 
> *Cc:* ML-SoWestLeps ; ML-TILS 
> 
> *Sent:* Wednesday, December 24, 2014 6:22 PM
> *Subject:* [SoWestLep] Re: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New 
> swallowtail species from the US!
>
> I agree about the "little" Giant Swallwotails, but ....I've seen some
> really large Giant Swallowtails in the valley. Now I wish I'd collected
> a few to see if they are cresphontes or rumiko. Something to look
> forward to exploring in future.
>
> All my specimens are from central Texas, and appear to have both some
> characteristics of rumiko and some characteristics of cresphontes. I
> haven't paid much attention to cresphontes away from home ..... yet.
>
> Bill
>
> On 12/24/2014 3:41 PM, TEXAS LEPIDOPTERA SURVEY
> texaslepsurvey AT sbcglobal.net [TILS-leps-talk] wrote:
> >
> >
> > I've suspected this for decades, that at least there was another ssp.
> > involved, but this makes even more sense! One of the last butterflies
> > I saw in Beaumont was a huge female cresphontes before going to STX;
> > and here were all these "little" Giant Swallowtails when I got there.
> > Once I get back to the collection, I'll have to see just how many I've
> > bothered to collect.
> > My atlases are going to need an overhaul here. My current atlas for
> > cresphontes will have to be labeled as (pre-2014), and we wipe the
> > slate clean and start all over again... This oughtta be fun?
> > Extraordinary, Nick and Koji. Outtasight!!!
> >
> >
> > /cb/
> > /"Mission Police!!! Put your net on the ground and your hands in the
> > air!!!"/
> >
> >
> > On Wednesday, December 24, 2014 3:08 PM, "Nick Grishin
> > grishin AT chop.swmed.edu [TILS-leps-talk]"
> >  wrote:
> >
> >
> > > http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4409
> > > Many things can be learned from this paper. Like, how much we don't
> > > know about them. They have been flying in your backyard for many 
> years!
> > > Or, how butterfly hobbyist like me can contribute to the science with
> > > help of people like Nick and many other amateur and professional
> > > lepidopterists, etc.
> >
> > It was a real treat to collaborate with Koji! This is his discovery
> > dating
> > a decade ago (and a product of great diligence in his fieldwork), he
> > studied dozens of specimens, prepared, photographed and measured
> > genitalia
> > (his genitalia pictures are simply terrific!), detailed all the
> > differences between species, and suggested a hypothesis about how
> > speciation happened (a very imaginative and compelling one!). We just
> > helped a little here and there to support his conclusions with DNA
> > sequences and small technicalities. It was a fun project and a very
> > rewarding collaboration.
> >
> > Indeed, we don't know much about them. And this is just a first step to
> > the genomics study of the two species with hopes to understand their
> > interactions in the overlap zone and speciation processes at work.
> > Western/Eastern split passing through TX is a generality we see in a few
> > groups. I hope cresphontes/rumiko pair will make it in ranks to model
> > organisms in a study of speciation. They are common, accessible and 
> large.
> >
> > I'm glad that the paper came out during the holiday season and am 
> honored
> > to be a part of it. Thanks Koji!
> >
> > Happy Holidays! n
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
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Subject: Re: Re: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US!
From: "Alex Grkovich agrkovich2003 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 02:02:04 +0000 (UTC)
Re Butts of SD Co. - of course, I meant rumiko....
      From: Alex Grkovich 
 To: Bill and Pam Dempwolf ; TEXAS LEPIDOPTERA SURVEY 
; Nick Grishin ; 
ML-DesertLeps  

Cc: ML-SoWestLeps ; ML-TILS 
 

 Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 9:01 PM
 Subject: Re: [SoWestLep] Re: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail 
species from the US! 

   
I checked a few southern and western guides for H. rumiko, and found:

Texas Lepidoptera Survey Checklist of Leps from Rio Grande Valley - 
Check: Rumiko. 

Butterflies of San Diego County - Check: Rumika.
Butterflies of Southern California (1973): Plate 1, Fig. 12, Madera Canyon, AZ 
27 Jul 1947, a male; Hmmm...this one's curious. What is it? Somewhat of a 
curious specimen.....and a mid-summer specimen at that..... 

Alex
    

 From: "Bill and Pam Dempwolf bdempwolf AT austin.rr.com [SoWestLep]" 
 

 To: TEXAS LEPIDOPTERA SURVEY ; Nick Grishin 
; ML-DesertLeps  

Cc: ML-SoWestLeps ; ML-TILS 
 

 Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 6:22 PM
 Subject: [SoWestLep] Re: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species 
from the US! 

   
    I agree about the "little" Giant Swallwotails, but ....I've seen some 
really large Giant Swallowtails in the valley. Now I wish I'd collected 
a few to see if they are cresphontes or rumiko. Something to look 
forward to exploring in future.

All my specimens are from central Texas, and appear to have both some 
characteristics of rumiko and some characteristics of cresphontes. I 
haven't paid much attention to cresphontes away from home ..... yet.

Bill

On 12/24/2014 3:41 PM, TEXAS LEPIDOPTERA SURVEY 
texaslepsurvey AT sbcglobal.net [TILS-leps-talk] wrote:
>
>
> I've suspected this for decades, that at least there was another ssp. 
> involved, but this makes even more sense! One of the last butterflies 
> I saw in Beaumont was a huge female cresphontes before going to STX; 
> and here were all these "little" Giant Swallowtails when I got there. 
> Once I get back to the collection, I'll have to see just how many I've 
> bothered to collect.
> My atlases are going to need an overhaul here. My current atlas for 
> cresphontes will have to be labeled as (pre-2014), and we wipe the 
> slate clean and start all over again... This oughtta be fun?
> Extraordinary, Nick and Koji. Outtasight!!!
>
>
> /cb/
> /"Mission Police!!! Put your net on the ground and your hands in the 
> air!!!"/
>
>
> On Wednesday, December 24, 2014 3:08 PM, "Nick Grishin 
> grishin AT chop.swmed.edu [TILS-leps-talk]" 
>  wrote:
>
>
> > http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4409
> > Many things can be learned from this paper. Like, how much we don't
> > know about them. They have been flying in your backyard for many years!
> > Or, how butterfly hobbyist like me can contribute to the science with
> > help of people like Nick and many other amateur and professional
> > lepidopterists, etc.
>
> It was a real treat to collaborate with Koji! This is his discovery 
> dating
> a decade ago (and a product of great diligence in his fieldwork), he
> studied dozens of specimens, prepared, photographed and measured 
> genitalia
> (his genitalia pictures are simply terrific!), detailed all the
> differences between species, and suggested a hypothesis about how
> speciation happened (a very imaginative and compelling one!). We just
> helped a little here and there to support his conclusions with DNA
> sequences and small technicalities. It was a fun project and a very
> rewarding collaboration.
>
> Indeed, we don't know much about them. And this is just a first step to
> the genomics study of the two species with hopes to understand their
> interactions in the overlap zone and speciation processes at work.
> Western/Eastern split passing through TX is a generality we see in a few
> groups. I hope cresphontes/rumiko pair will make it in ranks to model
> organisms in a study of speciation. They are common, accessible and large.
>
> I'm glad that the paper came out during the holiday season and am honored
> to be a part of it. Thanks Koji!
>
> Happy Holidays! n
>
>
>
>
>
> 

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Subject: Re: Re: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US!
From: "Alex Grkovich agrkovich2003 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 02:01:16 +0000 (UTC)
I checked a few southern and western guides for H. rumiko, and found:

Texas Lepidoptera Survey Checklist of Leps from Rio Grande Valley - 
Check: Rumiko. 

Butterflies of San Diego County - Check: Rumika.
Butterflies of Southern California (1973): Plate 1, Fig. 12, Madera Canyon, AZ 
27 Jul 1947, a male; Hmmm...this one's curious. What is it? Somewhat of a 
curious specimen.....and a mid-summer specimen at that..... 

Alex
  From: "Bill and Pam Dempwolf bdempwolf AT austin.rr.com [SoWestLep]" 
 

 To: TEXAS LEPIDOPTERA SURVEY ; Nick Grishin 
; ML-DesertLeps  

Cc: ML-SoWestLeps ; ML-TILS 
 

 Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 6:22 PM
 Subject: [SoWestLep] Re: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species 
from the US! 

   
    I agree about the "little" Giant Swallwotails, but ....I've seen some 
really large Giant Swallowtails in the valley. Now I wish I'd collected 
a few to see if they are cresphontes or rumiko. Something to look 
forward to exploring in future.

All my specimens are from central Texas, and appear to have both some 
characteristics of rumiko and some characteristics of cresphontes. I 
haven't paid much attention to cresphontes away from home ..... yet.

Bill

On 12/24/2014 3:41 PM, TEXAS LEPIDOPTERA SURVEY 
texaslepsurvey AT sbcglobal.net [TILS-leps-talk] wrote:
>
>
> I've suspected this for decades, that at least there was another ssp. 
> involved, but this makes even more sense! One of the last butterflies 
> I saw in Beaumont was a huge female cresphontes before going to STX; 
> and here were all these "little" Giant Swallowtails when I got there. 
> Once I get back to the collection, I'll have to see just how many I've 
> bothered to collect.
> My atlases are going to need an overhaul here. My current atlas for 
> cresphontes will have to be labeled as (pre-2014), and we wipe the 
> slate clean and start all over again... This oughtta be fun?
> Extraordinary, Nick and Koji. Outtasight!!!
>
>
> /cb/
> /"Mission Police!!! Put your net on the ground and your hands in the 
> air!!!"/
>
>
> On Wednesday, December 24, 2014 3:08 PM, "Nick Grishin 
> grishin AT chop.swmed.edu [TILS-leps-talk]" 
>  wrote:
>
>
> > http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4409
> > Many things can be learned from this paper. Like, how much we don't
> > know about them. They have been flying in your backyard for many years!
> > Or, how butterfly hobbyist like me can contribute to the science with
> > help of people like Nick and many other amateur and professional
> > lepidopterists, etc.
>
> It was a real treat to collaborate with Koji! This is his discovery 
> dating
> a decade ago (and a product of great diligence in his fieldwork), he
> studied dozens of specimens, prepared, photographed and measured 
> genitalia
> (his genitalia pictures are simply terrific!), detailed all the
> differences between species, and suggested a hypothesis about how
> speciation happened (a very imaginative and compelling one!). We just
> helped a little here and there to support his conclusions with DNA
> sequences and small technicalities. It was a fun project and a very
> rewarding collaboration.
>
> Indeed, we don't know much about them. And this is just a first step to
> the genomics study of the two species with hopes to understand their
> interactions in the overlap zone and speciation processes at work.
> Western/Eastern split passing through TX is a generality we see in a few
> groups. I hope cresphontes/rumiko pair will make it in ranks to model
> organisms in a study of speciation. They are common, accessible and large.
>
> I'm glad that the paper came out during the holiday season and am honored
> to be a part of it. Thanks Koji!
>
> Happy Holidays! n
>
>
>
>
>
> 

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Subject: New swallowtail species from the US!
From: "'Norbert Kondla' nkondla AT telus.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:48:51 -0700
Right you are Rick, obviously the loss of 50 % of a population is shocking and 
should result in immediate listing as endangered, not just threatened ----- I 
will be preparing my million dollar grant proposal tonite and tomorrow I will 
put up a website to accept minimum $25 tax deductible donations and then I will 
fast on liquids and whine in the news media about how bad things are for the 
poor butterflies until I get what I want 


(loud laughter)

 

Norbert Kondla

Rimbey, Alberta

 

From: TILS-leps-talk AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:TILS-leps-talk AT yahoogroups.com] On 
Behalf Of Rick Gillmore rickgillmore AT yahoo.com [TILS-leps-talk] 

Sent: December-24-14 4:13 PM
To: Kojiro Shiraiwa; ML-SoWestLeps; ML-DesertLeps; ML-TILS
Subject: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US!

 

  

Now we must now apply for "threatened" listing with the F & W for P. 
cresphontes species. We just lost 50% of the population with this new finding 
that all in the Western half are not P. cresphontes. The horror, the horror! 


 

Remember, there is money in those listings. Right Karen and Lincoln!
  

  _____  

From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [DesertLeps]" 
 

To: ML-SoWestLeps ; ML-DesertLeps 
; ML-TILS  

Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 4:04 AM
Subject: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US!

 

  

Hi all,

 

Dr. Nick Grishin and I have described new species of swallowtail from the US.

 

http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4409

 

Many things can be learned from this paper. Like, how much we don’t know 
about them. They have been flying in your backyard for many years! Or, how 
butterfly hobbyist like me can contribute to the science with help of people 
like Nick and many other amateur and professional lepidopterists, etc. 


 

Happy Holidays!

 

Koji

San Diego

 


Subject: Re: [leps-talk] Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US!
From: "Bill and Pam Dempwolf bdempwolf AT austin.rr.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 17:22:22 -0600
I agree about the "little" Giant Swallwotails, but ....I've seen some 
really large Giant Swallowtails in the valley.  Now I wish I'd collected 
a few to see if they are cresphontes or rumiko.  Something to look 
forward to exploring in future.

All my specimens are from central Texas, and appear to have both some 
characteristics of rumiko and some characteristics of cresphontes.  I 
haven't paid much attention to cresphontes away from home ..... yet.

Bill



On 12/24/2014 3:41 PM, TEXAS LEPIDOPTERA SURVEY 
texaslepsurvey AT sbcglobal.net [TILS-leps-talk] wrote:
>
>
>  I've suspected this for decades, that at least there was another ssp. 
> involved, but this makes even more sense!  One of the last butterflies 
> I saw in Beaumont was a huge female cresphontes before going to STX; 
> and here were all these "little" Giant Swallowtails when I got there.  
> Once I get back to the collection, I'll have to see just how many I've 
> bothered to collect.
> My atlases are going to need an overhaul here.  My current atlas for 
> cresphontes will have to be labeled as (pre-2014), and we wipe the 
> slate clean and start all over again...  This oughtta be fun?
> Extraordinary, Nick and Koji.  Outtasight!!!
>
>
> /cb/
> /"Mission Police!!!  Put your net on the ground and your hands in the 
> air!!!"/
>
>
> On Wednesday, December 24, 2014 3:08 PM, "Nick Grishin 
> grishin AT chop.swmed.edu [TILS-leps-talk]" 
>  wrote:
>
>
> > http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4409
> > Many things can be learned from this paper. Like, how much we don't
> > know about them. They have been flying in your backyard for many years!
> > Or, how butterfly hobbyist like me can contribute to the science with
> > help of people like Nick and many other amateur and professional
> > lepidopterists, etc.
>
> It was a real treat to collaborate with Koji! This is his discovery 
> dating
> a decade ago (and a product of great diligence in his fieldwork), he
> studied dozens of specimens, prepared, photographed and measured 
> genitalia
> (his genitalia pictures are simply terrific!), detailed all the
> differences between species, and suggested a hypothesis about how
> speciation happened (a very imaginative and compelling one!). We just
> helped a little here and there to support his conclusions with DNA
> sequences and small technicalities. It was a fun project and a very
> rewarding collaboration.
>
> Indeed, we don't know much about them. And this is just a first step to
> the genomics study of the two species with hopes to understand their
> interactions in the overlap zone and speciation processes at work.
> Western/Eastern split passing through TX is a generality we see in a few
> groups. I hope cresphontes/rumiko pair will make it in ranks to model
> organisms in a study of speciation. They are common, accessible and large.
>
> I'm glad that the paper came out during the holiday season and am honored
> to be a part of it. Thanks Koji!
>
> Happy Holidays! n
>
>
>
>
>
> 


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Subject: Re: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US!
From: "Nick Grishin grishin AT chop.swmed.edu [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:08:38 -0600 (CST)
> http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4409 
> Many things can be learned from this paper. Like, how much we don't 
> know about them. They have been flying in your backyard for many years! 
> Or, how butterfly hobbyist like me can contribute to the science with 
> help of people like Nick and many other amateur and professional 
> lepidopterists, etc.

It was a real treat to collaborate with Koji! This is his discovery dating 
a decade ago (and a product of great diligence in his fieldwork), he 
studied dozens of specimens, prepared, photographed and measured genitalia 
(his genitalia pictures are simply terrific!), detailed all the 
differences between species, and suggested a hypothesis about how 
speciation happened (a very imaginative and compelling one!). We just 
helped a little here and there to support his conclusions with DNA 
sequences and small technicalities. It was a fun project and a very 
rewarding collaboration.

Indeed, we don't know much about them. And this is just a first step to 
the genomics study of the two species with hopes to understand their 
interactions in the overlap zone and speciation processes at work. 
Western/Eastern split passing through TX is a generality we see in a few 
groups. I hope cresphontes/rumiko pair will make it in ranks to model 
organisms in a study of speciation. They are common, accessible and large.

I'm glad that the paper came out during the holiday season and am honored 
to be a part of it. Thanks Koji!

Happy Holidays! n



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Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US!
From: "'Todd Stout' todd AT raisingbutterflies.org [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:39:57 -0700
Congratulations Koji and Nick!!!

 

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 Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [DesertLeps]
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 2:05 AM
To: ML-SoWestLeps; ML-DesertLeps; ML-TILS
Subject: [DesertLeps] New swallowtail species from the US!

 

  

Hi all,

 

Dr. Nick Grishin and I have described new species of swallowtail from the
US.

 

http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4409

 

Many things can be learned from this paper.  Like, how much we don't know
about them.  They have been flying in your backyard for many years! Or, how
butterfly hobbyist like me can contribute to the science with help of people
like Nick and many other amateur and professional lepidopterists, etc.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Koji

San Diego


Subject: RE: [leps-talk] New swallowtail species from the US!
From: "Bryan Reynolds nature_photo_man AT hotmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:52:36 -0600
Great job.  As it turns out, I have in-life photos of a few of them.

Bryan

Bryan E. Reynolds The Butterflies of the World Foundation
                www.botwf.org

Find me on Facebook:  Bryan Reynolds/Nature Photographer

My Flickr Photostream:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/78441846 AT N03/


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From: TILS-leps-talk-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 01:04:59 -0800
Subject: [leps-talk] New swallowtail species from the US!














 

 



  


    
      
      
      Hi all,

Dr. Nick Grishin and I have described new species of swallowtail from the US.
http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4409
Many things can be learned from this paper. Like, how much we don’t know 
about them. They have been flying in your backyard for many years! Or, how 
butterfly hobbyist like me can contribute to the science with help of people 
like Nick and many other amateur and professional lepidopterists, etc. 

Happy Holidays!
KojiSan Diego


    
     

    
    






   		 	   		  
Subject: New swallowtail species from the US!
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 01:04:59 -0800
Hi all,

Dr. Nick Grishin and I have described new species of swallowtail from the US.

http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4409 
 


Many things can be learned from this paper. Like, how much we don’t know 
about them. They have been flying in your backyard for many years! Or, how 
butterfly hobbyist like me can contribute to the science with help of people 
like Nick and many other amateur and professional lepidopterists, etc. 


Happy Holidays!

Koji
San Diego
Subject: Weekend observations and photo link from Brian Pfeiffer from Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
From: "douglas danforth dougofbis AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:16:44 +0000 (UTC)
Thanks for the butterfly advice. I had a great weekend at the Arizona-Sonora 
Desert Museum: 25 species, 23 of which I managed to photograph. Was I seeing 
both summer AND winter forms of Ministrymon leda? 

 
 Below is the list (with the highest count from either day and rough estimates 
of common species). 

 If you care to check me for mistakes (please do), photos here:
 http://bryanpfeiffer.com/2014/12/22/butterfly-light/
 At the very least, please do check my putative Systasea zampa, which was so 
far to be practically in another county, hence the lousy photo. I've pasted it 
below. 

 
 Although I adored the Ministrymon, I think the highlight of the day was a 
single Vanessa annabella. After looking at TONS of V. cardui, the V. annabella 
jumped out at me -- the freshest Vanessa out there and feeding with wings in a 
dihedral. Although I never tire of looking at any Vanessa, even scores of them, 
this made the effort much more enjoyable. 

 
 Also, I've reported the tagged Monarch; I assume it was tagged at ASDM. But we 
can always hope not. 

 
 Thanks again!
 
 All the best,
 Bryan
 
 P.S. I've Cc:d Ray Stanford and Fred Heath, who I see on SWLeps found many of 
the same species at Sabino Canyon. I'd be honored if anyone cared to post my 
list and link to the images to SWLeps. 

 
 
| Battus philenor | 2 |
| Colias cesonia | 15 |
| Eurema mexicana | 4 |
| Eurema nicippe | 8 |
| Nathalis iole | 25 |
| Atlides halesus | 1 |
| Strymon istapa | 2 |
| Ministrymon leda | 3 |
| Brephidium exile | 2 |
| Leptotes marina | 10 |
| Hemiargus isola | 10 |
| Celastrina ladon | 4 |
| Libytheana carinenta | 5 |
| Agraulis vanillae | 1 |
| Euptoieta claudia | 1 |
| Phyciodes texana | 10 |
| Vanessa cardui | 200 |
| Vanessa annabella | 1 |
| Danaus plexippus (tagged)
  | 1 |
| Danaus gilippus | 200 |
| Systasea zampa | 1 |
| Erynnis funeralis | 8 |
| Hylephila phyleus | 2 |
| Lerodea eufala | 3 |
| Pyrgus communis/albescens
  | 8
  |

 
 
 
 -- 
 bryan AT bryanpfeiffer.com
 http://www.bryanpfeiffer.com
Subject: Re: NE Tucson Winter Solstice butterflies
From: "Ray Stanford ray.stanford AT stanfordalumni.org [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:59:17 -0800
Hi Mary,
Nice list from anywhere on this date. Kit and I saw a cabbage white in our 
fading garden on Dec 4, my 75th birthday. We look for leps on unusual dates 
too. Our first year in Oregon, after 40 years in Colorado, we became tired of 
the fog in Medford in January 2008, and having watched the TV weather, we drove 
to Crescent City, CA, where it was sunny and 70 F. Next day was nice also, so 
we drove to the only accessible redwood grove in Oregon, located up Winchuck 
Creek from US 101 just north of the CA border. It is 4 miles on a narrow, hilly 
dirt road, but is a NFS picnic site with handicapped facilities. We walked the 
nice trail through the great giant trees, and upon return to our car there were 
2 California tortoiseshells flying about and landing in the sun on the car. An 
early date for Oregon, 13 Jan 08. We also saw a Polygonia species, but could 
not identify it. Probably P. zephyrus, which is common there later in any year. 


Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night !!

Ray (and Kit) Stanford in the closing hours of this solstice day  


On Dec 21, 2014, at 2:16 PM, mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep] wrote:

> 
> Today on this sunny winter solstice, Fred Heath & I took a walk in Sabino 
Canyon in NE Tucson to look for late December butterflies. We found 23 species, 
mind-blowing in our experience for December, including 17 mallow 
scrub-hairstreaks and one fresh white-patched skipper. Best nectar plants 
included paper flower, trixis, brittlebush and creosote. 

> 
> Checkered white, Cloudless Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Southern Dogface, Mexican 
Yellow, Sleepy Orange, Dainty Sulphur, Mallow Scrub-hairstreak, Marine Blue, 
Reakirts Blue, Ceraunus Blue, Western Pygmy-blue, Fatal Metalmark, American 
Snout, Queen, Variegated Fritillary, Texan Crescent, Painted Lady, American 
Lady, Common Buckeye, White-patched Skipper, Common/White Checkered-skipper, 
Eufala Skipper. 

> 
> Mary Klinkel, Tucson, AZ
> 
> Sent from Windows Mail
> 
> 
> 
> 
Subject: NE Tucson Winter Solstice butterflies
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:16:21 +0000
Today on this sunny winter solstice, Fred Heath & I took a walk in Sabino 
Canyon in NE Tucson to look for late December butterflies. We found 23 species, 
mind-blowing in our experience for December, including 17 mallow 
scrub-hairstreaks and one fresh white-patched skipper. Best nectar plants 
included paper flower, trixis, brittlebush and creosote. 



Checkered white, Cloudless Sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Southern Dogface, Mexican 
Yellow, Sleepy Orange, Dainty Sulphur, Mallow Scrub-hairstreak, Marine Blue, 
Reakirt’s Blue, Ceraunus Blue, Western Pygmy-blue, Fatal Metalmark, American 
Snout, Queen, Variegated Fritillary, Texan Crescent, Painted Lady, American 
Lady, Common Buckeye, White-patched Skipper, Common/White Checkered-skipper, 
Eufala Skipper. 






Mary Klinkel, Tucson, AZ




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Subject: Re: yard happenings
From: "Gail Morrs gail-marie AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:20:09 -0800
Jim,

Thanks for your post. Only seen this once before on a newly purchased plant 
right next to another milkweed – so yours is the first documented. Many 
suspicions earlier, but yours is the first documentation. Thanks. 


Several reports of monarch oviposition, eggs, larvae and pupae in the greater 
Phoenix area still. 


Gail
Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 16, 2014, at 1:45 PM, "JimJoanJoy AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" 
  
> Yesterday, I found a last instar Monarch larva on climbing milkweed 
(Sarcostemma cyanchoides). Up to now I have only found Queen larvae on this 
vine. Gail, do you have this as a host already? 

>  
> Jim B
> 
Subject: Deem Hills Park
From: "azttttommy AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Dec 2014 13:48:09 -0800
I was out hiking Deem Hills Park in North Phoenix this morning. I was very 
surprised to see my first Mallow Scrubstreak (Strymon istapa) of the year. 

 

 Tom
 http://www.pbase.com/image/158550982 http://www.pbase.com/image/158550982

Subject: yard happenings
From: "JimJoanJoy AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:45:08 -0500
Lepsters,
 
The lep season continues to extend here in my yard with another batch of  
firsts. 
 
Yesterday, I found a last instar Monarch larva on climbing milkweed  
(Sarcostemma cyanchoides). Up to now I have only found Queen larvae on this 
vine. 

Gail, do you have this as a host already?
 
Secondly, on the same plant there are at least two Erynnis obscura larvae  
(Sphingidae) which seems late for my yard. Normally, by this date we have 
had  frost and there are no more milkweed leaves to eat. I guess both species 
have  lucked out so far. I think adults of this moth have been recorded in  
Dec/January.
 
Finally, last week on my Mexican sunflower (Tithonia fruticosa), I found a  
small batch of 1st instar Bordered Patch caterpillars! Normally, if I have  
them on this plant they would have gone into diapause by mid-October,  
fully two months ago and any traces of them except for feeding damage would be 

long gone. Also, the plants have usually been frosted enough by  
mid-December to have lost their leaves. Not this year, however, and the eggs 
must have 

been laid by a female within the last two weeks. I have not recorded  an 
adult since October 6. This is really bitchen to have going on in  December 
but frosty mornings may loom ahead this next week. It will be  interesting to 
see if they get to diapause stage. Stan, can they diapause as 2nd  instars?
 
Jim B
Subject: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Dec 12, 2014
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:42:58 -0700
Since it was a warm and sunny day,  between my docent duties at the
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) on this past Friday, Dec 12, I decided
to see what butterflies I could find. I was specially looking for a Dorantes
Longtail which had been seen on Tuesday, Dec 9 (a new late date by 5 days),
by docents Sue Bridgemon  and Libby Sullivan. We've been having a friendly
competition as to who will get the latest date for this species. Since I
missed it and the weather has been cold and/or stormy since Saturday and
will continue to be for a least the next week, I guess theirs will be the
late date. 

                I was able to find 28 species on Friday. 16 of these species
were found nectaring on Wolfberry (Lycium sp?). These have been denoted with
an "L" below. The second most attractive plant has been the Baja Fairy
Duster  (Calliandra californica) which seems to be a favorite of the
Lycaeninae especially the Leda Ministreaks. The numbers of Painted Ladies
has grown exponentially since last week. This reminds me of the good late
winter flights. Since the food plants for Sara Orangetips are germinating,
maybe we should be looking for early records of this species soon (December
19, 1934  is the earliest) .

                In total, we have found 35 species at the ASDM so far this
December. Pretty remarkable as the total number of species ever seen in
December in SE AZ is around 70 species. For Sabino Canyon, we've (Mary a
Klinkel and I) also found 35 species this month with pretty much the same
species. Sabino has had and Variegated Frit, Empress Leilia and
White-patched Skipper not seen in ASDM while the ASDM has had Tiny
Checkerspot, West Coast Lady and Fiery Skipper. So between Sabino and the
ASDM we've had 38 species this month. Even if the weather never gets better
for butterflies this month, it's been a great December. 

 

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor) L Still many caterpillars around

Checkered White - (Pontia protodice) L

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia) L several

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana) many 

Tailed Orange - (Pyrisitia proterpia) several

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) L many 

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole) L Continues to be the most common species 

Great Purple Hairstreak - (Atlides halesus) 1

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus) L 2

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak - (Strymon istapa) L Still a number, including fresh
ones

Leda Ministreak - (Ministrymon leda) many

Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina) L

Western Pygmy-Blue - (Brephidium exilis)

Spring Azure - (Celastrina ladon)

Ceraunus Blue - (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola)

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta) L

Monarch - (Danaus plexippus) 1 fresh male, seen several times during the
day. When I saw it at the end of the day, I went to get the ASDM net and
tags (thanks to Gail Morris), but it knew I was coming and promptly
disappeared.

Queen - (Danaus gilippus) L many

Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae)

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana) L

Common Buckeye - (Junonia coenia)

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui) L Second most common species by far

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis) L 2 one very fresh 

White Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus albescens) L

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

Fiery Skipper - (Hylephila phyleus) L 1

Eufala Skipper - (Lerodea eufala) L 2

 
Subject: Western Tiger Swallowtail
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:30:34 -0800
Everyone:

   Today while in west Bakersfield I saw another Western Tiger Swallowtail
flying on December 7th.  I had seen another about 8 days prior, this one
extending the Kern County LATE record.  It is also one day short of the
STATE record for California: 8 December 1981 Orange County at Disneyland by
me.

   If things stay warm, one of you folks may secure ephemeral fame by
breaking the record and becoming instantly famous....until someone breaks
your new record.  And if you go to Disneyland, you may have fun doing it.
Remember also: there is a Disneyland record for the Hammock Skipper
(Polygonus leo).

 

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



 
Subject: Sabino Canyon NE Tucson: 25+ 4 species 12/7/14 +
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 20:43:05 -0700
 Even though Mary wandered into Sabino later in the day and left earlier she 
managed to find a few more butterflies than Dick and Pat Carlson, Gary Jue and 
I. We only came up with 22 species (list below) adding 4 to Mary’s list to 
total 29 species for the day at Sabino. On December 1, I had four additional 
species (Gray Hairstreak, Gulf Frit, Empress Leilia, and Dorantes Longtail) 
which makes a total of 33 species seen so far in December at Sabino. It’s not 
South Texas, but it sure beats South Dakota!!! 


 The best nectar plant (for the most species) continues to be Paper Flower 
(Psilostrophe cooperi), found mainly in the bajada areas. This plant is 
blooming very profusely and late this year, probably in response to our good 
October rains and above normal fall temperatures. My guess it will only last 
for a week or so longer. Other good nectar plants today were Sunflower Family: 
Coreocarpus arizonicus, Odora (Porophyllum gracile), Bur Marigold (Bidens 
aurea); Pea Family: Marina parryi, Dalea pringlei; Acanthus Family: Twin Seed 
(Dicliptera resupinata). 


---Fred  

 

Checkered White - (Pontia protodice) A fair number. The only possible food 
plant noted is London Rocket (introduced mustard) 


Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia) a few

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana) common

Tailed Orange - (Pyrisitia proterpia) 3

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) Common  

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole) Most abundant species. Has been for the last 
month 


Leda Ministreak - (Ministrymon leda) Missed by Mary

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak - (Strymon istapa) Lots. Probably most common 
Lycaenidae 


Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina). A close second to Mallow Scrub in numbers. Two 
ovipositing on Baby Bonnets (Coursetia glandulosa). 


Western Pygmy-Blue - (Brephidium exilis) a few

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon echo)  A few. Missed by Mary 

Ceraunus Blue - (Hemiargus ceraunus) a few

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola) A few including one on Dalea pringlei

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta) Getting hard to find

Monarch - (Danaus plexippus) 1 Missed by Mary 

Queen - (Danaus gilippus) Fair numbers 

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana) Second most abundant species behind Dainty 
Sulphur. Using Paper Flower almost exclusively. Lots of their host plant, 
Dicliptera resupinata, in bloom. 


Common Buckeye - (Junonia coenia) 3

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui) 1

White-patched Skipper - (Chiomara georgina) 1 Missed by Mary. Bill Beck 
reported and photographed one in Sabino also today. 


White Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus albescens) 3

Eufala Skipper - (Lerodea eufala) 2

 

 

 

 

From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep] 

Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2014 2:59 PM
To: sowestlep AT yahoogroups.com
Cc: bill & mary adams
Subject: [SoWestLep] NE Tucson: 25 + species 12/7/14

 

  

This is a December to remember for butterflies in SE AZ so far! Today I 
wandered around about 2 miles round trip in Sabino Canyon and found 25 species. 
Fred Heath & Gary Jue are still out there looking, so the total they see will 
definitely be more. We had about 1” of rain this past week with a warm 
tropical flow, and no super cold weather yet. 


 

Checkered white, Cloudless sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Southern Dogface, Large 
Orange Sulphur, Mexican Yellow, Tailed Orange, Sleepy Orange, Dainty Sulphur, 
Mallow Scrub-hairstreak, Marine Blue, Reakirt’s Blue, Western Pygmy-blue, 
Ceraunus Blue, Fatal Metalmark, Snout, Queen, Variegated Fritillary, Texan 
Crescent, Common Buckeye, Painted Lady, Checkered-skipper, Funereal Duskywing, 
Orange Skipperling, Eufala Skipper. 


 

Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ

 

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Subject: NE Tucson: 25 + species 12/7/14
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:58:32 +0000
This is a December to remember for butterflies in SE AZ so far! Today I 
wandered around about 2 miles round trip in Sabino Canyon and found 26 species. 
Fred Heath & Gary Jue are still out there looking, so the total they see will 
definitely be more. We had about 1” of rain this past week with a warm 
tropical flow, and no super cold weather yet. 



Checkered white, Cloudless sulphur, Orange Sulphur, Southern Dogface, Large 
Orange Sulphur, Mexican Yellow, Tailed Orange, Sleepy Orange, Dainty Sulphur, 
Mallow Scrub-hairstreak, Marine Blue, Reakirt’s Blue, Western Pygmy-blue, 
Ceraunus Blue, Fatal Metalmark, Snout, Queen, Variegated Fritillary, Texan 
Crescent, Common Buckeye, Painted Lady, Checkered-skipper, Funereal Duskywing, 
Orange Skipperling, Eufala Skipper. 



Mary Klinkel, Tucson AZ






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Subject: Gulf Fritillary
From: "Bruce Webb BruWebb AT surewest.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 19:07:36 -0800
Granite Bay is between Folsom Lake and Roseville, CA in Placer County.  

This afternoon, Dec 6, 2014, after several days of 100% overcast and heavy 
rain, a Gulf Fritillary was nectaring in the sunlight on a Lantana in my yard 
in Granite Bay. 


As I approached it flew up and quickly disappeared over my house, so it seemed 
in good condition. 


During the summer/fall months in the last two years I've had Gulf Fritillaries 
using the Lantanas in my yard almost daily. 


Not sure where this December sighting fits in as a late date in northern 
California. 


Bruce Webb, Granite Bay, CA
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Subject: AZ-Sonora Desert Museum Butterrflies Dec 3, 2014
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 22:52:53 -0700
                SE AZ in the vicinity of Tucson continues to have a fair
number of butterflies into December. On Wednesday, December 3, I managed to
find 29 species at the AZ-Sonora Desert Museum (list follows). The ASDM is
in the middle of typical Arizona Upland habitat of the Sonoran Desert, but
it is, among other things, a well-watered botanical garden. The best nectar
plants were Baja Fairy Duster (Calliandra californica) and Wolfberry (Lycium
sp?). Almost 2/3 of the species found were on one or the other of these
plants. Many of these species were found throughout November with Turpentine
Bush (Ericameria laricifolia) being one of the better nectar sources early
in the month (there are still a few flowers of this plant left which attract
an occasional butterfly). Dorantes Longtail has had a good flight this fall
including a fresh one on Wednesday . As mentioned by Hank Brodkin the late
date for this species is December 4 and I expect  that someone will beat
that date this year. The other butterfly not usually seen in this area in
numbers has been the Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak which was first noted by Bill
Beck in early (?) October. This species has continued to be present in
decent numbers with many fresh individuals through the present. I am
wondering what host plant they are using locally. A good possibility is one
(or more) of the Indian Mallows (Abutilon sp?) many of which are showing new
leaf growth after good September and October rains. I did see one sitting on
a dried seed head of Abultilon abutiloides in Sabino Canyon the other day.  

                Today (Dec 5) I was back at ASDM and checking out
butterflies between my volunteer docent duties and managed to find 25
species, three of which I missed on Wednesday: Great Purple Hairstreak, West
Coast Lady (a rarely noted species at the ASDM) and Funereal Duskywing. I
couldn't find a Dorantes today so the Dec 4 record is holding so far.. 

 

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)

Checkered White - (Pontia protodice)

Orange Sulphur - (Colias eurytheme)

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia)

Cloudless Sulphur - (Phoebis sennae)

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana)

Tailed Orange - (Pyrisitia proterpia)

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe)

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole)

Leda Ministreak - (Ministrymon leda)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak - (Strymon istapa)

Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina)

Western Pygmy-Blue - (Brephidium exilis)

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon)

Ceraunus Blue - (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola)

Fatal Metalmark - (Calephelis nemesis)

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta)

Queen - (Danaus gilippus)

Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae)

Tiny Checkerspot - (Dymasia dymas)

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana)

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)

Dorantes Longtail - (Urbanus dorantes)

White Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus albescens)

Erichson's White-Skipper - (Heliopyrgus domicella)

Orange Skipperling - (Copaeodes aurantiaca)

Fiery Skipper - (Hylephila phyleus)

Eufala Skipper - (Lerodea eufala)

 

 
Subject: FW: Snout Butterflies early and late records for California:
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 19:40:17 -0800
Everyone:

   The September early date for Snouts somehow got left out.  The verified
EARLY date is 6 September.  Surely it gets here in California before that.

 

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




Subject: Snout Butterflies early and late records for California:

 

Everyone:

    I made some adjustments in the early and late flight periods for the
Southwestern Snout Butterfly (Libytheana carinenta streckeri) for California
since records before suggested a January through December flight.

   So here is the new arrangement of records:

22 Jan 2013 San Diego Co P. Spino to 29 Jan 1989 Riverside Co. J. F. Emmel;
then  6 Sep 06 Kern K Davenport to 29 Dec 1963 D Davenport.

   I suspect someone may have an earlier record, a September 1st record I
have for Glen Broadwater is an arbitrary date used to publish a COUNTY
record for Kern County.  The January records are probably holdovers from the
Fall.  Does anyone have records from February through August in California?
If so, I would love to know of it.  Thanks!

   I wrote up an article that will explain the Snout Butterflies occurrence
in the Sierra Nevada as known at the present time.

 

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

 
Subject: Snout Butterflies early and late records for California:
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 17:58:08 -0800
Everyone:

    I made some adjustments in the early and late flight periods for the
Southwestern Snout Butterfly (Libytheana carinenta streckeri) for California
since records before suggested a January through December flight.

   So here is the new arrangement of records:

22 Jan 2013 San Diego Co P. Spino to 29 Jan 1989 Riverside Co. J. F. Emmel;
then  Sep 2006 Kern K Davenport to 29 Dec 1963 D Davenport.

   I suspect someone may have an earlier record, a September 1st record I
have for Glen Broadwater is an arbitrary date used to publish a COUNTY
record for Kern County.  The January records are probably holdovers from the
Fall.  Does anyone have records from February through August in California?
If so, I would love to know of it.  Thanks!

   I wrote up an article that will explain the Snout Butterflies occurrence
in the Sierra Nevada as known at the present time.

 

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



 
Subject: Insecticides foster 'toxic' slugs, reduce crop yields
From: "'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:00:17 -0700
I saw this on ScienceDaily:

Insecticides foster 'toxic' slugs, reduce crop yields. Who wud of thunk it?


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141204121436.htm?utm_source=feedburner 
Subject: Desert Swallowtail
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 22:42:44 -0800
Hi all,

We are receiving good amount of rain in Southern California for last couple of 
days! 


With moisture level going up (now above 70+% in my house), my Desert 
Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes coloro) pupa eclosed today. This one pupated 
back in October 2013. I was hoping it will diapause for 10+ years. Oh well, 
I’ll try again next time. 


Koji
San Diego

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Subject: Painted Lady Fall migration
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 18:19:24 -0800
Everyone:

   I finally got some time to look at past Season Summaries from 1975-1999
when Robert L. Langston, then Coordinator, covered migratory butterflies of
the Southwest Zone, but I only checked for California data for Painted
Ladies, which many are apparently unaware that they not only migrate north
in the spring, but that there is a return migration in the fall.

   Years in which Langston mentioned southerly return flights in the Fall
included reports from 1978-79; 1981; 1991-92 and 1998.  Reports included
observations by Langston himself, Oakley Shields and Art Shapiro and others.

   Data and stated conclusions in the reports were undoubtedly influenced by
many not contributing data, me included.  I personally felt that everyone
knew Monarchs and Painted Lady's have both spring and fall migrations.  I
have observed such since 1961.  I felt providing data was rather redundant. 

   But some interesting comments in those 24 years of Langston Season
Summaries.  Many years gave reports of very low dire numbers for both
Monarchs and Painted Ladies.  I am sure the actual numbers were better than
that.  I live in an area to the south of the data given in those reports and
more tributary areas contribute to the bigger picture of migratory movements
at the south end of the San Joaquin Valley.  I also expect NW movements of
Painted Ladies in the late Fall are headed for the Coast Ranges where adults
likely overwinter in some numbers based on my observations in that Range in
Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties in February.

   For the few of you that retained the Season Summary Reports, look at them
carefully.  I also found another overlooked record for a Snout Butterfly in
January: January 29, 1989 at Hemet, Riverside County by John F. Emmel.

   Also, check out the Shapiro & Manolis book (2007) for comments under
Painted Ladies and West Coast Ladies in the Butterflies of the San Francisco
Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions.  Somehow, observations in past literature
are not getting passed down to the younger generation of "butterfliers."  Or
else is going unnoticed.

 

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



 
Subject: Dorantes Continue In SEAZ
From: "'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:52:46 -0700
One day shy of the Arizona late record (per Rich Bailowitz), a fairly fresh 
Dorantes Longtail was found and photographed on our porch in lower Carr Canyon 
today by Priscilla Brodkin. 



Hank Brodkin 
Carr Canyon, Cochise County, AZ
31°26’59.8”N 110°16’02.8”W 
hbrodkin AT cox.net
"Butterflies of Arizona - a Photographic Guide"
"Finding Butterflies in Arizona - a Guide to the Best Sites"
http://s20.photobucket.com/albums/b222/hbrodkin/
Subject: RE: BLACKENED BLUEWING (Myscelia cyananthe) today at Patagonia Lake State Park, santa cruz co, az
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:07:42 -0800
Alan:

   Your record is likely LATE in the calendar year in Arizona for a
Blackened Bluewing but there is a January Record in Richard Bailowitz's list
I have which may not be up to date.  I will put it in the Season Summary
regardless.

 

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



Subject: [SoWestLep] BLACKENED BLUEWING (Myscelia cyananthe) today at
Patagonia Lake State Park, santa cruz co, az

 

  

I found and photographed a BLACKENED BLUEWING (Myscelia cyananthe) today at
about 1100,  at Patagonia Lake State Park, santa cruz co, az. Take the east
end birding trail. Opposite "Third Wash", just before the trail comes to a
large felled willow in a clearing, it was left (north) in a muddy area. It
showed no signs of leaving right away.





This may be a late date by a few weeks and one of only a few dozen records
in AZ.





Photos at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sloalan/15915388662/

 

 

Alan Schmierer
PO Box 626
Patagonia, AZ  85624
805-801-3701 (cell)
PHOTOS AT:
 www.flickr.com/photos/sloalan




Subject: Re: Large Orange Sulphur in Southern California
From: "Robb Hannawacker hannawacker AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:13:02 -0800
P. agarithe have been common in the Coachella Valley this fall and early
winter, though I do not remember seeing them before. Perhaps I wasn't as
observant in past years.


I live within Joshua Tree National Park, near Cottonwood Spring. I was
hopeful that I would see a Large Orange Sulphur within the park boundaries,
to add one more butterfly to our ever growing list. None so far, but I have
seen them at the Cactus City Rest Area on Interstate 10 just a mile south
of the NPS boundary https://www.flickr.com/photos/39422575 AT N02/15732876447/
, and collected a male specimen at Chiriaco Summit 17 November 2014.


Robb
Subject: Large Orange Sulphur in Southern California
From: "fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:55:07 -0500
Greetings and Happy Christmas Shopping Season,


Best butterfly from my Thanksgiving in the Desert [Coachella Valley, Palm 
Springs and vicinity] was this Large Orange Sulphur, Phoebis agarithe, at the 
Living Desert, Palm Desert, CA, Riverside County, November 28, 2014. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/15728928050/


This species is laughably common to the southeast, especially in the LRGV, but 
it is fairly scarce in CA, with sightings primarily from the SE corner of the 
state. But there appears to be a fairly stable colony in Palm Desert, based on 
my limited observation. I don't know whether they fly the year around here, but 
it is a possibility. Anyone know? 



Cheers,
Frank
Subject: BLACKENED BLUEWING (Myscelia cyananthe) today at Patagonia Lake State Park, santa cruz co, az
From: "Alan Schmierer aaschmierer AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:25:02 +0000 (UTC)
I found and photographed a BLACKENED BLUEWING (Myscelia cyananthe) today at 
about 1100,  at Patagonia Lake State Park, santa cruz co, az. Take the east 
end birding trail. Opposite "Third Wash", just before the trail comes to a 
large felled willow in a clearing, it was left (north) in a muddy area. It 
showed no signs of leaving right away. 

This may be a late date by a few weeks and one of only a few dozen records in 
AZ. 

Photos at:https://www.flickr.com/photos/sloalan/15915388662/
   Alan Schmierer
PO Box 626
Patagonia, AZ  85624
805-801-3701 (cell)
PHOTOS AT:
 www.flickr.com/photos/sloalan
Subject: Re: Bakersfield, CA observations
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:17:00 -0800
Ken,

I had similar observation in San Diego with Painted Lady movement.

Couple of them were heading south, while 4 of them heading north.

Koji
San Diego

> 2014/11/29 19:54、'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep] 
 のメール: 

> 
> 
> Everyone:
> 
> Today, while at work in Bakersfield, CA. I had some interesting butterfly 
observations: 

> 
>  
> 
> Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus). Seen (two sightings over an hour 
apart) at the Lori Brock and Kern CountyMuseums (adjacent to each other), 
possibly the same individual, extends the previous LATE record for Kern County 
by 23 days. It was in good shape and likely emerged recently. 

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> In the Jamison Center Park:
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> Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): Most moving south but some were moving 
northwest. 10+ in about 30 minutes. 

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> West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella): two are resident in the Park, but 10+ 
were seen either going south or moving northwest. Two were seen at the Kern 
County Museum and they were not moving directionally. 

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> Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta): Two or more, residents in the park.
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> Monarch (Danaus plexippus): one moving south, did not stay in park.
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>    It was a sunny day, temps in high 60's or low 70's.
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> Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
> kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com  or 
flutterflies93306 AT att.net  

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Subject: Bakersfield, CA observations
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:54:54 -0800
Everyone:

   Today, while at work in Bakersfield, CA.  I had some interesting
butterfly observations:

 

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus).  Seen (two sightings over an
hour apart) at the Lori Brock and Kern County Museums (adjacent to each
other), possibly the same individual, extends the previous LATE record for
Kern County by 23 days.  It was in good shape and likely emerged recently.

 

In the Jamison Center Park:

 

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): Most moving south but some were moving
northwest. 10+ in about 30 minutes.

 

West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella): two are resident in the Park, but 10+
were seen either going south or moving northwest.  Two were seen at the Kern
County Museum and they were not moving directionally.

 

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta): Two or more, residents in the park.

 

Monarch (Danaus plexippus): one moving south, did not stay in park.

 

   It was a sunny day, temps in high 60's or low 70's.

 

 

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