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Red-shouldered Hawk,©John Schmitt

22 Apr Upper Kern River, Tulare Co., CA ["Kenneth Davenport" ]
22 Apr Re: Scriptura Sightings [Ray Stanford ]
21 Apr Santa Rosa Island, SBA CO, CA ["Lethaby, Nick" ]
17 Apr Re: Low butterfly numbers in SBA Co []
16 Apr Low butterfly numbers in SBA Co ["Lethaby, Nick" ]
15 Apr N Kelso Valley & E Piute Mts. ["Kenneth Davenport" ]
15 Apr Huachuca Canyon - Sierra Vista AZ [Joan Hill ]
14 Apr Chiricahuas Leps [Joan Hill ]
10 Apr Peppersauce Canyon leps [Joan Hill ]
10 Apr Spring Sabino Canyon butterfly count results [mary klinkel ]
9 Apr Transect Greenhorn Mts. to lower Sherman Pass Road. ["Kenneth Davenport" ]
9 Apr RE: RFI -- Utah rainfall and indras? ["Todd Stout" ]
9 Apr Juniper Hairstreaks for dissertation work [Nick Pardikes ]
9 Apr SBA Co, CA Common Sootywing ["Lethaby, Nick" ]
9 Apr RE: Errors in the Santa Ritas posting ["Norbert Kondla" ]
9 Apr RE: Errors in the Santa Ritas posting ["Todd Stout" ]
9 Apr RE: [DesertLeps] Hi Mtn. and Pozo Rd, , SLO County, CA [Pete Spino ]
9 Apr RE: [DesertLeps] Hi Mtn. and Pozo Rd, , SLO County, CA ["Kenneth Davenport" ]
09 Apr Miller Canyon (Huachuca Mtns, AZ) - 4/8/14 [Diane Touret ]
8 Apr RE: Tailed-Blue in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mtns - 4/8/14 ["Fred Heath" ]
8 Apr Hi Mtn. and Pozo Rd, , SLO County, CA ["Kenneth Davenport" ]
08 Apr Re: Tailed-Blue in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mtns - 4/8/14 [Bruce Webb ]
08 Apr Tailed-Blue in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mtns - 4/8/14 [Diane Touret ]
8 Apr Errors in the Santa Ritas posting [Larry Simkins ]
8 Apr RE: Bob's Gap Marble sp. ["Kenneth Davenport" ]
8 Apr RE: Bob's Gap Marble sp. ["Kenneth Davenport" ]
7 Apr Re: Santa Rita Leps [Ray Stanford ]
7 Apr Santa Rita Leps [Larry Simkins ]
7 Apr Painted Lady Migration in Sacramento Continues [Paul Cherubini ]
07 Apr Bob's Gap Marble sp. []
5 Apr SW NM: Catron County [Elaine Halbedel ]
4 Apr SW NM: A Most Surprising Yard Butterfly [Elaine Halbedel ]
3 Apr Re: RFI -- Utah rainfall and indras? []
3 Apr Re: RFI -- Utah rainfall and indras? []
2 Apr RFI -- Utah rainfall and indras? [Noah Arthur ]
02 Apr Catalinas []
31 Mar Juniper Haristreaks Dissertation Research [Nick Pardikes ]
31 Mar Wall Street Journal blog []
31 Mar Re: Anza-Borrego Desert 3/30/14 [Pete Spino ]
31 Mar Re: Scouting Trip along Catalina Highway, March 29, 2014 [mary klinkel ]
30 Mar Juniper Hairstreak Dissertation Research [Nick Pardikes ]
30 Mar Scouting Trip along Catalina Highway, March 29, 2014 ["Fred Heath" ]
30 Mar RE: Peppersauce Canyon (N side of Santa Catalina Mtns, AZ) - 3/29/14 ["Kenneth Davenport" ]
30 Mar Re: Peppersauce Canyon (N side of Santa Catalina Mtns, AZ) - 3/29/14 [Diane Touret ]
30 Mar Re: [DesertLeps] Re: Anza-Borrego Desert 3/30/14 [Kojiro Shiraiwa ]
29 Mar Anza-Borrego Desert 3/30/14 [Pete Spino ]
29 Mar Huachuca Mountains []
29 Mar RE: Peppersauce Canyon (N side of Santa Catalina Mtns, AZ) - 3/29/14 ["Kenneth Davenport" ]
29 Mar Peppersauce Canyon (N side of Santa Catalina Mtns, AZ) - 3/29/14 [Diane Touret ]
27 Mar Date Correction: Scriptura Sightings []
27 Mar Scriptura Sightings []
25 Mar Re: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County [Bill Shepard ]
25 Mar Re: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County [Bill Shepard ]
25 Mar RE: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County [Pete Spino ]
25 Mar RE: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County ["Norbert Kondla" ]
25 Mar Re: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County [Noah Arthur ]
25 Mar Re: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County []
25 Mar Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County ["Norbert Kondla" ]
25 Mar Fw: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County [lynn monroe ]
24 Mar Laguna Mountains & others [Kojiro Shiraiwa ]
24 Mar Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County [Kojiro Shiraiwa ]
23 Mar Pena Blanca Lake, Santa Cruz Co. AZ 22 March 2014 ["Fred Heath" ]
19 Mar Silverado Canyon March 19 - Last Day of Winter []
19 Mar Re: Del Mar, San Diego [Ray Stanford ]
19 Mar Re: Del Mar, San Diego [Bob Allen ]
18 Mar Interior SLO Co., CA ["Kenneth Davenport" ]
18 Mar Re: Del Mar, San Diego [Kojiro Shiraiwa ]
18 Mar Re: Del Mar, San Diego [Jay K ]
18 Mar Re: Del Mar, San Diego [Ray Stanford ]
18 Mar Re: Everything is early this year? [Pete Spino ]
17 Mar Re: Tucson Area [William Beck ]
17 Mar RE: [DesertLeps] Painted Lady Migration Reaches Central California ["Todd Stout" ]
17 Mar Painted Lady Migration Reaches Central California [Paul Cherubini ]
16 Mar Everything is early this year? [Kojiro Shiraiwa ]
16 Mar Tucson Area butterflies March 15, 2014 ["Fred Heath" ]
15 Mar Del Mar, San Diego [Kojiro Shiraiwa ]

Subject: Upper Kern River, Tulare Co., CA
From: "Kenneth Davenport" <kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:43:37 -0700
Everyone:

   It was very cool and windy so few butterflies were seen north of
Riverkern in Tulare County, California on this day, April 22, 2014.

   A list of what was encountered and where

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis): Ant Canyon

Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius): south of Limestone Camp.

Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus): Dry Creek Cyn., E of Kern River.

Columbia Skipper (Hesperia columbia): Hill above Brush Creek.

Checkered White (Pontia protodice): Ant Canyon, Dry Crk. Cyn.

Becker's White (Pontia beckerii): One fresh male, rare in this region and
Tulare County, Ant Cyn.

Sara Orange-tip (Anthocharis sara sara): One second brood female south of
Limestone Camp.

Marine Blue (Leptotes marina): singletons south of Limestone & Ant Cyn.

Echo or Western Azure (Celastrina echo echo): S of Limestone, Ant Cyn.

Silvery Blue (G. lygdamus)-1 at Dry Creek Cyn.

Clemence's Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini monticola) Dry Crk. Cyn., S of
Limestone, Ant Canyon.

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon acmon)

Davenport's Metalmark (Apodemia virgulti davenporti): one seen at Ant
Canyon.

Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla): 2 S of Limestone; 7-8 Dry Crk. Cyn.
Both sexes.

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta): 3 or so Dry Creek Canyon

Chalcedon Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona near olancha): 2 seen at Ant
Canyon.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): common

Monarch (Danaus plexippus): one at Dry Creek Canyon.

California Sister (Adelpha californica): singletons Ant Canyon and Sherman
Pass Rd. 4100'

California Ringlet (Coenonympha california (tullia) california: 5-6 Ant
Canyon.

 

            For the third time in two weeks, I ran into a botanist in the
field.  This time it was Richard Jones from Riverside, California.  I did
not check the Whiskey Flat Trail for Arrowhead, Boisduval's and Melissa
Blues and no butterflies seemed to be flying above 4400'.  Bramble and
Western Brown Elfins and Orange Sulphurs were notably absent.  I saw no Gray
Marbles and it appeared to be too early for Edith's and Leanira
Checkerspots.  Brian Banker: I did not go to Walker Pass because of it being
mostly cloudy, cold and windy per weather forecasts.

 

 

 

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



 
Subject: Re: Scriptura Sightings
From: Ray Stanford <ray.stanford AT stanfordalumni.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:07:45 -0700
Hi Frank and all,

Great photos of a favorite, small, widespread but usually uncommon skipper !!  

Ray Stanford

On Mar 26, 2014, at 10:14 PM, fsmodel AT aol.com wrote:

> 
> Hi all,
>  
> Just for the record, I had a scriptura April 27, 2014 near the west entrance 
to Joshua Tree National Park.... 

>  
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/8905281361/
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/8905284051/
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/8905285549/
>  
> Coincidentally, I have started doing desert wildflowers and that's a 
hole-in-the-sand plant it is nectaring on. Two lifers in one frame. 

>  
> Cheers,
> Frank Model
> Amherst, MA
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Santa Rosa Island, SBA CO, CA
From: "Lethaby, Nick" <nlethaby AT ti.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:19:33 +0000
All:

I went out to Santa Rosa Island on Sunday. When the target bird was obviously 
not around, I spent some time looking for butterflies. I also tipped off a 
couple of the Island Packers folks about the endemic butterflies out there. My 
main hope was to see and photograph either the subspecies of Edith's 
Checkerspot or Silvery Blue out there. In a classic example of Murphy's Law, 
the Island Packer's folks did get a photo of the insularis Edith's Checkerspot, 
while I failed to find one. I did see: 


Painted Lady: 1
West Coast Lady: 5+
Marine Blue: 1, with 4-5 dull blues seen likely this species
White Checkered Skipper: 12+

The Marine Blue record was somewhat interesting from a couple of perspectives. 
According to Miller's 1984 summary, this species is unrecorded on Santa Rosa 
(and just extralimital on Santa Cruz). I have seen the species on Santa Cruz 
Island and suspect it's likely regular out later in the season. 


More interesting to me was the date. My previous earliest record in the county 
for this species was June 19. I am wondering if is this an early year for this 
species to migrate north or whether there is now a resident population out on 
the islands. It's also possible that Marine Blue is similar to Fiery Skipper in 
SBA Co, in that it is rare from March/April before becoming common in late 
June/July. I would be interested in others comments on when Marine Blues occur 
in their counties. 


Regards,

Nick Lethaby
office: +1 805 562 5106
mobile: +1 805 284 6200
e-mail: nlethaby AT ti.com
Subject: Re: Low butterfly numbers in SBA Co
From: <jgpasko AT roadrunner.com>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 09:01:23 -0700
Nick, I'm glad it wasn't just me. I went up to the Figueroa Mt. area in Santa 
Barbara Co. on April 15 on a warm beautiful day. Plants were actually greener 
than I had expected in such a terrible drought year with bush lupine in full 
bloom and numerous California poppies and other flowering plants. However, 
butterfly sightings and non-sightings were pretty much identical to yours, 
except that I only counted about 3 California ringlets and saw one Colias 
eurytheme. I guess what rain did finally arrive this year came too late for 
good butterfly flights. 

    John G. Pasko
 

---In SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com,  wrote :

 All:
  
 I have recently been making an effort to follow up on some unusual butterfly 
sightings in the county: 

  
 April 10, I spent several about four hours in the Cuyama River where early May 
last year I had a good candidate for Juba Skipper. There were no flowers out 
and the only butterflies I had were Painted Ladies. 

  
 April 14, I returned to the Santa Ynez River valley to see if I could get 
photo documentation for the Common Sootywing I found last week. I focused on 
muddy areas around the edge of the river as the individual had been 
mud-puddling the week before. Again very low numbers. California Ringlets were 
fairly common, as were Painted Ladies. I had 1-2 of California Sister, 
Lorquin’s Admiral, Pale Swallowtail, and W. Tiger Swallowtail. 

  
 There was a complete lack of pierids, blues, checkerspots, duskywings, etc. 
Given back–to-back years of low rainfall, these numbers probably are not a 
surprise, but I wanted to least post a negative report. 

  
 Nick Lethaby
 office: +1 805 562 5106
 mobile: +1 805 284 6200
 e-mail: nlethaby AT ...
  




Subject: Low butterfly numbers in SBA Co
From: "Lethaby, Nick" <nlethaby AT ti.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:14:09 +0000
All:

I have recently been making an effort to follow up on some unusual butterfly 
sightings in the county: 


April 10, I spent several about four hours in the Cuyama River where early May 
last year I had a good candidate for Juba Skipper. There were no flowers out 
and the only butterflies I had were Painted Ladies. 


April 14, I returned to the Santa Ynez River valley to see if I could get photo 
documentation for the Common Sootywing I found last week. I focused on muddy 
areas around the edge of the river as the individual had been mud-puddling the 
week before. Again very low numbers. California Ringlets were fairly common, as 
were Painted Ladies. I had 1-2 of California Sister, Lorquin's Admiral, Pale 
Swallowtail, and W. Tiger Swallowtail. 


There was a complete lack of pierids, blues, checkerspots, duskywings, etc. 
Given back-to-back years of low rainfall, these numbers probably are not a 
surprise, but I wanted to least post a negative report. 


Nick Lethaby
office: +1 805 562 5106
mobile: +1 805 284 6200
e-mail: nlethaby AT ti.com
Subject: N Kelso Valley & E Piute Mts.
From: "Kenneth Davenport" <kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:55:07 -0700
Everyone:

   Today (April 15th) I returned to the area N of Kelso Valley between the
Piutes and Scodie Mts. and also went up about 4-5 miles west of Sageland on
the east side of the Piute Mts., all in Kern County, CA.  I arrived at about
11 AM, late because of a family emergency.  Plans to try Walker Pass were
put on hold because of heavy clouds in that area.  Kelso Valley was clear
without clouds.  The extreme dry conditions without flowers or grass about 5
weeks ago has totally changed and there are now abundant flowers and the
desert plants seem to be in good leaf condition, but too little too late to
help Anthocharis sara and cethura, Euchloe (hyantis) lotta or Callophrys
dumetorum.  Many normal species were extremely down in numbers. some species
seemed absent.

   Species list:

 

White Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)-8, ravine near upgrade to Kelso
Valley 1 or so miles SW (I think) of Sageland.

 

Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus): 2-4 at mud with cow crap near desert
spring.

Juba Skipper (Hesperia juba): 8 in desert washes and canyons

 

Yucca Giant Skipper (Megathymus yuccae martini): 2 in wash about 10 or 11
miles down Kelso Valley Rd.  Looked about 40 minutes, apparently in lower
than usual numbers

 

Desert Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes coloro): One apparent individual
found "hilltopping" on rocky outcrop on E side of Piutes (W of Sageland)
among several plants of Tauschia parishii, the Sierra Nevada host shared by
Papilio indra phyllisae.  There are indra at this site, mostly in May.

 

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon): one seen at entrance to Kern Canyon at
5:50 PM, not seen in the area covered...but does occur at higher ridges of
Piute Mtns. with both coloro and indra (the latter two more rarely).

 

Desert Marble (Euchloe (hyantis) lotta:  I saw only one at the mouth of the
famous "blue ravine" about 7/10 of a mile or so downroad from Sageland.

 

Checkered White (Pontia protodice) 40 or so seen

Becker's White (Pontia beckerii): 2 in the wash below the road with Yucca
Giant Skipper.

Western Pygmy Blue (Brephidium exilis): one SW of Sageland

 

Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus excubita): many in the blues ravine but
in fewer numbers (10-15) than normal for mid-April.  I was only in that wash
for 10 minutes.

 

Silvery Blue (G. lygdamus: southern Sierra Nevada desert entity...similar to
deserticola, at least in males.  Seen in wash and water spring at mud and
cow poop.-saw maybe 30.

 

Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides evius X eosierra blend).  Blues ravine
near Sageland and lower Piute Mtn. Rd., about 20 seen.

 

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon)

 

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa): common in the blues ravine and at mud at
the spring.  Saw over 40.

 

Davenport's Metalmark (Apodemia virgulti davenporti): common about 2 miles
up the Piute Mtn. Rd. on Eriogonum wrightii on the hillside just above and
along the road  Saw about 40-50 in 30 minutes.  These were of the same
phenotype as those from the type locality at Walker Pass.  I collected 13,
none had the blackish mojavelimbus phenotype.  I took 3 hours to collect
Frazier Park davenporti the day before, those can resemble blackish
mojavelimbus.  The Piutes were alive with flowers and well watered, not so
with Frazier Park (Kern County).  Euphilotes pallescens elvirae occurs at
this site later in the season as does Apodemia mormo cythera.

 

Neumoegen's Sagebrush Checkerspot (Chlosyne acastus neumoegeni):  the two
seen were not in usual desert washes.  They were in pinyon pines habitat up
the Piute Mtn. Rd.-saw only 2.  One was on a flat on a ridge near the
indra/coloro site.

 

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui):  Very abundant.

 

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



 
Subject: Huachuca Canyon - Sierra Vista AZ
From: Joan Hill <jhill003 AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:57:09 -0700
4/15/14 10-12:30
Two tailed swallowtail  - 4
Pipevine Swallowtail 6
Mexican Yellow - 7
Orange sulphur - 2
Dainty Sulphur - 6
Spring Azure 4
AZ Hairstreak - 1000 +
Juniper Hairsteak - 146
Great Purple Hairstreak 4
Zela Metalmark - 87 All females!!
AZ Sister 3
Bordered Patch 1
Dark Tropical Buckeye 1
Mourning Cloak 1
Tropical Leafwing 2
Nabakov's Satyr 4
AZ Juvenal's Duskywing 18
Mournful Duskwings  8
pacuvious Duskwings 2
Short tail Skipper

All in all a fun day considering that my first plan - Garden Canyon - was 
scrubbed due to a Forest fire closure. 

Joan Hill Columbia CT


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Subject: Chiricahuas Leps
From: Joan Hill <jhill003 AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:29:03 -0700
April 12 - a very windy day
Chiricahua National Monument-
AZ Juvenals Duskywing - 6
Brown Elfin - 1  (in the gale force winds at Point Masai!)
Pinery Canyon Rd - 
Two Tail Swallowtails- 4
Orange Sulphur - 3
AZ Juvenals Duskywing 5
Funereal Duskywing 2
Mylitta Cresent 1
Spring Azures - 13
Silver Spotted Skippers - 2

April 13
Portal - 
Portal to Paradise Rd
Pipevine Swallowtail 1
Reakirts Blue - 4
Marine Blue-2
Siva Juniper Hairstreak - 4
Great Purple Hairstreak - 1
Mylitta Crescent - 2
Painted Lady - 1
Common Buckeye - 1
Mournful Duskywings - 5
AZ Juvenals Duskywing - 1
Sheep Skipper - 1

From Portal to Turkey Creek Rd on Rt 42
Lots of ceonanthus in bloom midway
Siva Juniper Hairstreak - 14
AZ Hairstreak - 1
same blues and duskywings as elsewhere

Joan Hill
Columbia, CT


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Subject: Peppersauce Canyon leps
From: Joan Hill <jhill003 AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:36:01 -0700
Enjoyed a nice morning at Peppersauce:
Most butterflies were in the group campsite
Spring Azures - beyond counting!
Spring White - 7
Orange Sulphur
MexicanYellow
Zela Metalmark - 3
Texan Crescent - 30+
Theona Checkerspot - 13
Orange Headed Scallopwing - 3
Pipevine Swallowtail -2

Along the road on thistles:
Sheep, White Barred, Deva, Pahaska

By a spring on the road about a mile below the canyon:
Variegated Fritillary
Common Streaky Skipper
a Lady who didn't sit around long enough to be IDed

a nice variety of raptors two including a pair of Harris Hawks who seemed to be 
nesting above the spring 


Joan Hill
Columbia, CT



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Subject: Spring Sabino Canyon butterfly count results
From: mary klinkel <munchita AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:53:52 +0000
The very warm & dry winter In SE AZ in general brought butterflies out early 
this year. Some flights were over by the time of the 4th annual Spring Sabino 
Canyon butterfly count held Sunday 4/6/14, scheduled to try for late winter 
flyers and early Spring flyers. The few remaining Desert Marbles (Euchloe 
lotta) and Spring Whites (Pontia sisymbrii) seen the day before the count were 
not found on count day. Other butterflies like Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) 
were out in great numbers at low desert elevations. Common Buckeyes (Junonia 
coenia) are living up to their name and seem to be everywhere in good numbers 
this year. 



Five species never before seen on this count were found this year: Black 
Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), Western Pygmy-blue (Brephidium exilis), AZ 
Sister (Adelpha eulalia), Nabokov’s Satyr (Cyllopsis pyracmon), and Monarch 
(Danaus plexippus). 


 

Thank you to 28 enthusiastic counters, including local die-hard regulars and 
visitors from Maine, Colorado, California & Wyoming for a great day in the 
field! The final (?) winter low pressure system that swung through Tucson last 
weekend kept temperatures too cold at higher elevations in the Santa Catalina 
mountains for optimal counting conditions. List follows (58 species). 



Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)  145

Black Swallowtail  (Papilio polyxenes) 3

Two-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata) 28

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)  4


Checkered White (Pontia protodice)  50

Sara Orangetip  (Anthocharis sara)  8

Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)  16

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)  4

Mexican Yellow  (Eurema Mexicana)  121

Sleepy Orange (Abais nicippe)  12

Dainty Sulphur  (Nathalis iole)  75


Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)  4

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)  5

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) 11

AZ Hairstreak (Quaderna erora)  8

Marine Blue  (Leptotes marina)  1,220

Western Pygmy-blue  (Brephidium exilis)  3

‘Echo’ Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon ‘echo’) 212

Acmon Blue  (Plebejus acmon ‘texana’)  2

Ceraunus Blue  (Hemiargus ceraunus)  2

Reakirt’s Blue  (Echinargus isola)  40


Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)  2

Zela Metalmark  (Emesis zela)  1


American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)  3

Gulf Fritillary  (Agraulis vanillae)  1

Fulvia Checkerspot  (Chlosyne fulvia)  10

Bordered Patch  (Chlosyne lacinia)  3

Sagebrush Checkerspot  (Chlosyne acastus)  7

Tiny Checkerspot  (Dymasia dymas)  1

Elada Checkerspot  (Texola elada)  25

Mylitta Crescent  (Phyciodes mylitta)  3

Texan Crescent  (Anthanassa texana)  11

Common Buckeye  (Junonia coenia)  122

Tropical Buckeye  (Junonia evarete)  4

Mourning Cloak  (Nymphalis antiopa)  2

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)  2

Painted Lady  (Vanessa cardui)  14

American Lady  (Vanessa virginiensis)  1

Red-spotted Purple  (Limenitis arthemis)  14

AZ Sister (Adelpha eulalia)  5

Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia)  44

Nabokov’s Satyr (Cyllopsis pyracmon)  1

Monarch  (Danaus plexippus)  2

Queen (Danaus gilippus)  3


Golden-headed Scallopwing (Staphylus ceos)  26

AZ Powdered-skipper (Systasea zampa)  15

Sleepy Duskywing  (Erynnis brizo)  2

Meridian Duskywing  (Erynnis meridianus)  1

Mournful Duskywing  (Erynnis tristis)  6

Funereal Duskywing  (Erynnis funeralis)  15

White Checkered-skipper  (Pyrgus albescens)  16

Common Streaky-skipper  (Celotes nessus)  6

Orange Skippering  (Copaeodes aurantiaca)  18

Fiery Skipper  ( Hylephila phyleus)  15

Pahaska Skipper  ( Hesperia pahaska)  2

White-barred Skipper (Atrytonopsis pittacus)  27

Sheep Skipper (Atrytonopsis edwardsii)  1

Violet-clouded Skipper (Lerodea arabus)  1



Mary Klinkel, compiler

Tucson, AZ









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Subject: Transect Greenhorn Mts. to lower Sherman Pass Road.
From: "Kenneth Davenport" <kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 23:33:52 -0700
Everyone:

   Today (April 9th), I started the day going up the east side of the
Greenhorns up Sawmill Road (Kern County) in search of Indra Swallowtails
seen in Kern County on the summer Greenhorn Mts. butterfly counts the last 2
years.  The reason is because from past experience I know there are suitable
rocky outcrops with the host Tauschia parishii and I was able to locate
these again about 10 years later, but no indra.  I did see Vanessa cardui,
Nymphalis californica, Callophrys dumetorum and Coenonympha california
(tullia) california.  In a couple of weeks much of this area should have a
good flight of Veined Blues (Plebejus neurona) and Leanira Checkerspots
(Chlosyne leanira wrightii).  Paintbrush was in considerable evidence and
recent rains have made this area a botany wonderland, in fact I saw a large
group of BLM botanists (4 car loads of them) checking out the area per a
conversation with them.

   Below is a full list of what was found along the upper Kern River and
lower Sherman Pass area in Tulare County and localities:

1.  Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo lacustra): Two nice ones on ridge above
Brush Creek at Heliport.

2. Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis): one at Ant Canyon

3. Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis vs. albescens): 2 seen off Whiskey
Flat Trail near Fairview Camp, unable to net them for male genitalic
determination.  Both species are confirmed for Kern River Valley.

4. Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus): Very common (especially Dry Creek
Canyon 4300', but also at 5900', Limestone Camp, Dam at Kern River, Fairview
including Whiskey Flat Trail and Ant Canyon.

5. Spring White (Pontia sisymbrii sisymbrii): one seen at Kernville.

6. Sara Orangetip (Anthocharis sara sara): most common south of Limestone
Camp

7. Desert Orangetip (Anthocharis cethura): One nice female lacking orange
tips seen on slope at Ant Canyon.

8. Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata lanceolata): Common south of
Limestone Camp and Sherman Pass Rd. canyon at 4900', most were much smaller
than usual, perhaps because of the drought.

9. Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) 1 at Limestone, 2 on Whiskey Flat
Trail.

10. Bramble Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum)  See above + Sherman Pass Rd.
Dry Creek Canyon at 4300'.  None seen at Ant Canyon.

11. Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus iroides): One south of Limestone
Camp.

12.  Sonoran Blue (Philotes sonorensis: Sierra segregate): Singletons south
of Limestone, Dry Creek Canyon 4300' and Sherman Pass Rd. where this species
was flying last January!

13. Echo or Western Azure (Celastrina echo echo): Ant Canyon, south of
Limestone)

14. Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus excubita): Found in numbers late in
the day on Bush Lupines off Whiskey Flat Trail accessible via bridge at
McNally's next to Fairview Camp.  These are very blackish below.

15. Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus): Ant Canyon

16. Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides): One at Fairview, common on
Whiskey Flat Trail in association with an other species of Lupine than the
bush lupine used by piasus and Melissa Blues.  Very EARLY.

17. Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa near paradoxa/inyoensis): Several, EARLY
for Tulare County.

18. Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon)

19. Davenport's Metalmark (Apodemia virgulti davenporti): Not seen in
habitat at Ant Canyon between 12 and 12:40 PM; 2 turned up 4:15 and 4:25 PM
as things were shutting down.  One is typical davenporti, the other looks
like mojavelimbus, a common phenotype at this locality.

20.  Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta): Common Dry Creek Canyon
and Whiskey Flat Trail.

21. Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella AKA campestris): Singletons Brush
Crk. Heliport and at 4900' canyon on Sherman Pass Rd.

22. California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica): one noted above;
another netted Dry Creek Canyon (white banded phenotype, worn).

23. Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): virtually everywhere.

24. Monarch (Danaus plexippus): One seen at Goldledge Camp crossing Mtn.
Hwy. 99

25. California Ringlet (Coenonympha california california): saw 10-12 for
the day.

 

Notes:  No checkerspots for the day: no chalcedona, editha, palla or leanira
but paintbrush was doing very well.  Amazingly, no Propertius Duskywings!

 

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



 
Subject: RE: RFI -- Utah rainfall and indras?
From: "Todd Stout" <todd AT raisingbutterflies.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:58:09 -0600
Hi Noah, 

 

I have been all over Utah's deserts this spring.  Call me sometime.

 

Thx, Todd

 

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

  _____  

From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Noah Arthur
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:48 AM
To: sowestlep AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [SoWestLep] RFI -- Utah rainfall and indras?

 

  

Hi everyone. Has southern Utah gotten good rains this winter? Will P. indra
likely be flying there this spring? If so, when is it likely to be flying?

 

Thanks

 

Noah Arthur, Oakland, CA


Subject: Juniper Hairstreaks for dissertation work
From: Nick Pardikes <nickpardikes AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 17:00:53 -0700 (PDT)
Greetings,


I just wanted to resend my original email and mention that even if it is not 
possible to send specimens to Reno, I would also greatly appreciate any 
information about locations in northern Nevada or California (relatively close 
to Reno) that one can collect large abundances of Juniper Hairstreak 
butterflies (especially females). Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated 
and helpful. I have already had some excellent advice and donations from 
several group members that have been very helpful. 


Previous Email:
I am a doctoral student at the University of
Nevada, Reno and I need to obtain gravid female Juniper Hairstreaks
(Callophrys gryneus, Lycaenidae). I will be performing some foodplant
preference/performance experiments and bio-assays with the larvae of
this species this summer and require a large number of eggs/caterpillars
 for these assays. I had very little luck finding large abundances of
Juniper Hairstreaks in Nevada or Northern California last summer and
this list-serve was suggested to me by one of my committee members. If
you are willing and able to find these butterflies and send gravid
females to me, that would be greatly appreciated. I will reimburse
shipping costs and could also pay any associated charges or fees. Please
 email me if you think you might be able to assist--I can answer any
questions that you might have. Thank you for your time and I hope to
hear from some of you soon. If any of you were to run into an high
numbers  of Juniper Hairstreaks this spring or summer I would be
especially interested in getting an email, text, or call—so that I might
 have an opportunity to visit.


Cheers

Nick


Mailing Address:
Nick Pardikes 
Biology Department MS 0314
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,NV 89557-0314


 
Nick Pardikes
PhD Candidate
Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology
University of Nevada
http://wolfweb.unr.edu/homepage/npardikes/MySite/Welcome.html

nickpardikes AT gmail.com
Subject: SBA Co, CA Common Sootywing
From: "Lethaby, Nick" <nlethaby AT ti.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 23:32:33 +0000
All:

While out looking for damselflies along the upper Santa Ynez River, I noticed a 
small very dark butterfly that was clearly too small for one of the regularly 
occurring duskywings at this location. It obligingly landed on some wet mud for 
a couple of minutes and I was very surprised to see it was a Common Sootywing, 
a new butterfly for me. I had been very skeptical of the one previous county 
specimen record from back in 1961, given how rarely this species is reported in 
S Cal. Evidently it is still present in the county and the dates (March 26) are 
similar to this sighting. I call Robb Hamilton over and frustratingly it flew 
off, never to seen again, a split-second before he took his photo. We hung 
around the area for 20+ minutes but it never returned. I will probably try 
again along the river to see if I can dig up another one. This individual was 
very fresh. 


Rather few butterflies were otherwise seen and just the expected species.

Nick Lethaby
office: +1 805 562 5106
mobile: +1 805 284 6200
e-mail: nlethaby AT ti.com
Subject: RE: Errors in the Santa Ritas posting
From: "Norbert Kondla" <nkondla AT telus.net>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 17:10:58 -0600
And up here in the north the Sheep Shippers have two legs and we don't have
any Pythons slithering around so there is little chance of nomenclatural or
taxonomic confusion in this region ---

 

Norbert Kondla

Rimbey, Alberta

 

From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Todd Stout
Sent: April-09-14 4:43 PM
To: 'Larry Simkins'; sowestlep AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [SoWestLep] Errors in the Santa Ritas posting

 

  

Larry,

 

I think you have a fairly forgiving audience. :)

 

Todd

 

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

  _____  

From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Larry Simkins
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 6:52 AM
To: sowestlep AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [SoWestLep] Errors in the Santa Ritas posting

 

  

Sorry, we made some errors in our report. It should have read Arizona
Hairstreaks instead of Metalmarks and Sheep Shippers instead of Python
Skippers. It's way too early for Pythons to be out. One again we apologize
for the sloppy posting.

Larry Simkins & Nancy Gallaugher
Gilbert/Green Valley, AZ


Subject: RE: Errors in the Santa Ritas posting
From: "Todd Stout" <todd AT raisingbutterflies.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:43:02 -0600
Larry,

 

I think you have a fairly forgiving audience. :)

 

Todd

 

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

  _____  

From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Larry Simkins
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 6:52 AM
To: sowestlep AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [SoWestLep] Errors in the Santa Ritas posting

 

  

Sorry, we made some errors in our report. It should have read Arizona
Hairstreaks instead of Metalmarks and Sheep Shippers instead of Python
Skippers. It's way too early for Pythons to be out. One again we apologize
for the sloppy posting.

Larry Simkins & Nancy Gallaugher
Gilbert/Green Valley, AZ


Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] Hi Mtn. and Pozo Rd, , SLO County, CA
From: Pete Spino <petespino8 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 14:25:11 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks Ken,
I've noticed that the powers that be in our back country are more aggressive
early in the season and they tend to tail off as the year progresses, 
especially 

when the weather heats up. The exceptions being the holiday weekends around
Memorial, Independence, and Labor Day.

For the most part they are pretty cool and show a real knowledge and 
appreciation 

of butterflies. One time I forgot to put my pass on my car dashboard and went 
on 

my hike with it in my backpack. When I returned a citation was there on my car
and I was pissed. More so at myself. But as I was leaving the area I spotted 
the 

ranger and told him what happened and showed him the pass. He then voided the
citation much to my relief. 

Pete Spino
San Diego

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On Wed, 4/9/14, Kenneth Davenport  wrote:

Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] Hi Mtn. and Pozo Rd, , SLO County, CA
To: "'Kenneth Davenport'" , 
DesertLeps AT yahoogroups.com, 

SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com, "'Stephen A Randall'" , 
"'Gilbert Family'" 
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 11:39 AM
 

Everyone:
The comment under Sonoran Blue for the list of what was found on Hi Mtn. stated 
Mt. Pinos in error. 

 
 
Also, law enforcement for the Los Padres National Forest did check me out to 
make sure I had an 

Adventure Pass (I forgot to leave it in plain sight, but they saw it behind my 
cup holder in the front seat area) 

and they verified there were no endangered species targeted by us.  
 
Best Wishes,
Ken Davenport
 
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 or flutterflies93306 AT att.net
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
  
   
   
   
 
 
 
      
 
 
 
 
      
 
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Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] Hi Mtn. and Pozo Rd, , SLO County, CA
From: "Kenneth Davenport" <kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:39:52 -0700
Everyone:

   The comment under Sonoran Blue for the list of what was found on Hi Mtn.
stated Mt. Pinos in error.

 

   Also, law enforcement for the Los Padres National Forest did check me out
to make sure I had an Adventure Pass (I forgot to leave it in plain sight,
but they saw it behind my cup holder in the front seat area) and they
verified there were no endangered species targeted by us.  

 

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



 

 

  

Everyone:

   Today April 8th, Stephen Randall and I collected Pozo Rd. from La Panza
Camp to Hi Mtn. summit ridge in the California Coast Ranges.  Part of the
days purpose was to try and find spring flying members of the Apodemia mormo
complex.  None were found.

 

Butterflies that were found:

 

Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius): found in streambed near Jct. of
Red Hill and Pozo Rds. and lower levels of Hi Mtn.

 

Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon): Found sparingly at higher levels of Hi
Mtn.

 

Sara Orange-tip (Anthocharis sara sara): Common in wet canyons with water
near La Panza Camp and lower levels of Hi Mtn.

 

California Dogface (Zerene eurydice):  Probably saw 16-18 individuals at
lower levels of Hi Mtn., only 3 were males.

 

Bramble Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum dumetorum): Scarce.  One worn
individual near Jct. Red Hill Rd. & Pozo Rd.  Found about 6 adults at lower,
middle and summit ridge of Hi Mtn.  All associated with deerweed.

 

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus iroides):  Two-three seen on Hi Mtn.
Summit Ridge.

 

Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus australis X incognita):  Two dozen or so
seen La Panza area and all portions of Hi Mtn. on or near deerweed.

 

Echo or Western Azure (Celastrina echo echo):  All areas, but not in large
numbers.

 

Sonoran Blue (Philotes sonorensis sonorensis): Steve Randall took the only
individual along a rocky road shoulder at lower levels of Mt. Pinos.  This
species is hard to find in this county.

 

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon):  One on Hi Mtn. summit ridge.

 

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): commonly seen entire day.

 

Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini): One seen along stream lower portion
of Hi Mtn.

 

California Sister (Adelpha californica): surprisingly common on both Pozo
Rd. and on Hi. Mtn.

 

   We may have seen Vanessa atalanta and Nymphalis californica but did not
get good looks.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 


Subject: Miller Canyon (Huachuca Mtns, AZ) - 4/8/14
From: Diane Touret <dctouret AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:49:02 -0700
BUTTERFLY SPECIES seen in Miller Canyon between Beatty's Guest Ranch and 
the first stream crossing (dry) which is above the lower Tombstone water 
intake area:

Two-tailed Swallowtail
Pipevine Swallowtail
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Mexican Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Arizona Hairstreak  (often on ceanothus)
Tailed-blue species   (Eastern?)
Reakirt's Blue
Echo Spring Azure
Zela Metalmark   (several)
Mylitta Crescent  (several)
Painted Lady
Tropical Leafwing   (at least 2 - male and female, and maybe as many as 4)
Nabokov's Satyr  (2)
Silver-spotted Skipper   (several)
Sleepy Duskywing
Ariz. Juvenal's Duskywing
Mournful Duskywing
Pacuvius Duskywing   (near or on ceanothus)
Funereal Duskywing   (several - most abundant duskywing)
Common/ White Checkered-Skipper   (in orchard, near lower gate)
Orange Skipperling

The canyon was very dry, with no water except in Beatty's orchard in the 
stream above the trail crossing to the hummingbird feeders. There were 
even some butterflies on the vinca in the upper orchard, something I've 
never seen before. Most of the butterflies were coming to the blooming 
ceanothus or a yellow vetch, or were patrolling the trail or the hillsides.

Diane Touret   (Tucson, AZ)




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Subject: RE: Tailed-Blue in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mtns - 4/8/14
From: "Fred Heath" <fred.heath43 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:29:35 -0700
Dear Diane,

                Even without the photo, we can take a good guess. The
Western Tailed-Blue (amyntula ) is a butterfly of the higher elevations
(think mountain meadows)  and thus is out later in the spring  (earliest
date from Rich Bailowitz's  AZ list is April 26). The Eastern Tailed-Blue
(comyntas) on the other hand is found at lower elevations (where you found
them seems reasonable) and have been seen as early as Feb 27. However that
being said, as you know, this has been an early spring locally and nothing
would surprise me. 

---Best regards, Fred

 

 

From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Bruce Webb
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:09 PM
To: Diane Touret; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [SoWestLep] Tailed-Blue in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mtns -
4/8/14

 

  

Diane (and others on SoWestLep):

Your photo attachment did not work because this group, like most other 
Yahoogroups is set up to NOT allow attachments which can contain viruses.

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On 4/8/2014 4:13 PM, Diane Touret wrote:
> This is the first time that I have ever tried to send a photo attachment
> to SoWestLeps, so please excuse me if it doesn't come out correctly!
>
> I had several Tailed-Blues in Miller Canyon (Huachuca Mtns, AZ) today
> and I don't know whether Eastern or Western would be the most likely
> species at this time of year and at the elevation where I found them.
> They were feeding on blooming ceanothus along the trail between the
> turn-off for Hunter Canyon and what used to be called the "first wash
> crossing", so they were moderately high in elevation in what used to be
> a zone of silverleaf oak before the fire acouple of years ago. The creek
> nearby has Sycamore and other deciduous trees.
>
> The photo is not that good since I took it with a Canon Powershot
> camera, which is basically a simple point-and-shoot affair.
>
> Diane Touret (Tucson,AZ)


Subject: Hi Mtn. and Pozo Rd, , SLO County, CA
From: "Kenneth Davenport" <kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 21:03:56 -0700
Everyone:

   Today April 8th, Stephen Randall and I collected Pozo Rd. from La Panza
Camp to Hi Mtn. summit ridge in the California Coast Ranges.  Part of the
days purpose was to try and find spring flying members of the Apodemia mormo
complex.  None were found.

 

Butterflies that were found:

 

Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius): found in streambed near Jct. of
Red Hill and Pozo Rds. and lower levels of Hi Mtn.

 

Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon): Found sparingly at higher levels of Hi
Mtn.

 

Sara Orange-tip (Anthocharis sara sara): Common in wet canyons with water
near La Panza Camp and lower levels of Hi Mtn.

 

California Dogface (Zerene eurydice):  Probably saw 16-18 individuals at
lower levels of Hi Mtn., only 3 were males.

 

Bramble Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum dumetorum): Scarce.  One worn
individual near Jct. Red Hill Rd. & Pozo Rd.  Found about 6 adults at lower,
middle and summit ridge of Hi Mtn.  All associated with deerweed.

 

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus iroides):  Two-three seen on Hi Mtn.
Summit Ridge.

 

Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus australis X incognita):  Two dozen or so
seen La Panza area and all portions of Hi Mtn. on or near deerweed.

 

Echo or Western Azure (Celastrina echo echo):  All areas, but not in large
numbers.

 

Sonoran Blue (Philotes sonorensis sonorensis): Steve Randall took the only
individual along a rocky road shoulder at lower levels of Mt. Pinos.  This
species is hard to find in this county.

 

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon):  One on Hi Mtn. summit ridge.

 

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): commonly seen entire day.

 

Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini): One seen along stream lower portion
of Hi Mtn.

 

California Sister (Adelpha californica): surprisingly common on both Pozo
Rd. and on Hi. Mtn.

 

   We may have seen Vanessa atalanta and Nymphalis californica but did not
get good looks.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 
Subject: Re: Tailed-Blue in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mtns - 4/8/14
From: Bruce Webb <BruWebb AT surewest.net>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:08:48 -0700
Diane (and others on SoWestLep):

Your photo attachment did not work because this group, like most other 
Yahoogroups is set up to NOT allow attachments which can contain viruses.

On a favorable note, the new and improved Yahoogroups has some very good 
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A photo section is part of the group website where you can create your 
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Several members have personal albums there.

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Granite Bay, CA


On 4/8/2014 4:13 PM, Diane Touret wrote:
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>
> I had several Tailed-Blues in Miller Canyon (Huachuca Mtns, AZ) today
> and I don't know whether Eastern or Western would be the most likely
> species at this time of year and at the elevation where I found them.
> They were feeding on blooming ceanothus along the trail between the
> turn-off for Hunter Canyon and what used to be called the "first wash
> crossing", so they were moderately high in elevation in what used to be
> a zone of silverleaf oak before the fire acouple of years ago. The creek
> nearby has Sycamore and other deciduous trees.
>
> The photo is not that good since I took it with a Canon Powershot
> camera, which is basically a simple point-and-shoot affair.
>
> Diane Touret  (Tucson,AZ)
>
>
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Subject: Tailed-Blue in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mtns - 4/8/14
From: Diane Touret <dctouret AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:13:12 -0700
This is the first time that I have ever tried to send a photo attachment 
to SoWestLeps, so please excuse me if it doesn't come out correctly!

I had several Tailed-Blues in Miller Canyon (Huachuca Mtns, AZ) today 
and I don't know whether Eastern or Western would be the most likely 
species at this time of year and at the elevation where I found them. 
They were feeding on blooming ceanothus along the trail between the 
turn-off for Hunter Canyon and what used to be called the "first wash 
crossing", so they were moderately high in elevation in what used to be 
a zone of silverleaf oak before the fire acouple of years ago. The creek 
nearby has Sycamore and other deciduous trees.

The photo is not that good since I took it with a Canon Powershot 
camera, which is basically a simple point-and-shoot affair.

Diane Touret  (Tucson,AZ)



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Subject: Errors in the Santa Ritas posting
From: Larry Simkins <Lsimkins AT cox.net>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 05:51:34 -0700
Sorry, we made some errors in our report. It should have read Arizona 
Hairstreaks instead of Metalmarks and Sheep Shippers instead of Python 
Skippers. It's way too early for Pythons to be out. One again we apologize for 
the sloppy posting. 


Larry Simkins & Nancy Gallaugher
Gilbert/Green Valley, AZ

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Subject: RE: Bob's Gap Marble sp.
From: "Kenneth Davenport" <kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:51:07 -0700
Dennis & Rob

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

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From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
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Sent: Monday, April 07, 2014 10:30 AM
To: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [SoWestLep] Bob's Gap Marble sp.

 

  

Hi Group,

 Dennis Holmes and I stopped at Bob's Gap in Los Angeles County yesterday
morning on our way home from Yuma, Arizona. Dennis found a Marble sp. and we
both photographed it. We want to be sure of our I.D. so here are two pics
and tell us what you think:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/santry/13697711213/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/santry/13697712123/in/photostream/

Perhaps this has already been worked out at this locale. I don't imagine
both hyantis and lotta fly at Bob's Gap at the same time, but you never
know. At least, I don't know :)

Any advise would be appreciated...

Regards,

Rob Santry
Anderson, CA


Subject: RE: Bob's Gap Marble sp.
From: "Kenneth Davenport" <kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 00:51:07 -0700
Rob and Dennis:

   It looks like the Desert Marble (Euchloe lotta) or Euchloe hyantis lotta
depending on ones view of the taxonomic issue.

 

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



Subject: [SoWestLep] Bob's Gap Marble sp.

 

  

Hi Group,

 Dennis Holmes and I stopped at Bob's Gap in Los Angeles County yesterday
morning on our way home from Yuma, Arizona. Dennis found a Marble sp. and we
both photographed it. We want to be sure of our I.D. so here are two pics
and tell us what you think:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/santry/13697711213/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/santry/13697712123/in/photostream/

Perhaps this has already been worked out at this locale. I don't imagine
both hyantis and lotta fly at Bob's Gap at the same time, but you never
know. At least, I don't know :)

Any advise would be appreciated...

Regards,

Rob Santry
Anderson, CA


Subject: Re: Santa Rita Leps
From: Ray Stanford <ray.stanford AT stanfordalumni.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:28:34 -0700
Larry, an "oops" there. Erora quaderna and Arizona Metalmark are in different 
families or subfamilies. We would like to know which of these you saw. RES 


On Apr 7, 2014, at 2:29 PM, Larry Simkins wrote:

> The Santa Rita Mountains are bone dry but butterfly flights are improving. 
Yesterday up in Upper Madera Canyon, we noted that Short-tailed Skippers 
(Zestusa dorus) and Arizona Metalmarks (Erora quaderna) are putting in their 
appearance, and today out at Box Canyon we saw several Python Skippers 
(Atrytonopis python) along rocky ledges, and one White-striped Longtail 
(Chioides catillus albofasciatus). 

> 
> Larry Simkins & Nancy Gallaugher
> Gilbert/Green Valley, AZ
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Santa Rita Leps
From: Larry Simkins <Lsimkins AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:29:35 -0700
The Santa Rita Mountains are bone dry but butterfly flights are improving. 
Yesterday up in Upper Madera Canyon, we noted that Short-tailed Skippers 
(Zestusa dorus) and Arizona Metalmarks (Erora quaderna) are putting in their 
appearance, and today out at Box Canyon we saw several Python Skippers 
(Atrytonopis python) along rocky ledges, and one White-striped Longtail 
(Chioides catillus albofasciatus). 


Larry Simkins & Nancy Gallaugher
Gilbert/Green Valley, AZ

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Subject: Painted Lady Migration in Sacramento Continues
From: Paul Cherubini <monarch AT saber.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:28:56 -0700
Moderate to rather heavily faded Painted Ladies continue to be seen in
the Sacramento area at very roughly one every 5 minutes moving NNW
as they typically do at this time of the year.

Yesturday at a Sacramento nursery some of the Painted Ladies flew
inside shade cloth covered canopy and became temporarily trapped
in there.  I captured a brief 30 second video of a couple of these trapped
Ladies and also some footage of a smart hummingbird that had learned
how to obtain drinking water from the nozzles of the overhead plant misting
system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZOv745YsRI

Some of these Painted Ladies have likely already arrived in Oregon.

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.


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Subject: Bob's Gap Marble sp.
From: <kingbird AT snowcrest.net>
Date: 07 Apr 2014 10:29:57 -0700
Hi Group,

 Dennis Holmes and I stopped at Bob's Gap in Los Angeles County yesterday 
morning on our way home from Yuma, Arizona. Dennis found a Marble sp. and we 
both photographed it. We want to be sure of our I.D. so here are two pics and 
tell us what you think: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/santry/13697711213/in/photostream/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/santry/13697711213/in/photostream/ 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/santry/13697712123/in/photostream/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/santry/13697712123/in/photostream/ 


Perhaps this has already been worked out at this locale. I don't imagine both 
hyantis and lotta fly at Bob's Gap at the same time, but you never know. At 
least, I don't know :) 


Any advise would be appreciated...

Regards,

Rob Santry
Anderson, CA
Subject: SW NM: Catron County
From: Elaine Halbedel <rabb1toid AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 18:05:47 -0700 (PDT)
Energized by yesterday's rarity, we took a drive up the road into Catron County 
today to eat good barbecue and walk around a bit to look at trees to which we 
didn't have to do anything. The first observation of interest was that 
TWO-TAILED SWALLOWTAILS (Papilio multicaudata) are now out in force. I 
personally massacred about half a dozen crossing the road on the drive through 
the Glenwood area and they are flying along the Gila River in the Cliff/Gila 
area as well (Grant County). Otherwise, with the exception of perhaps a dozen 
COMMON BUCKEYES (Junonia coenia) along Whitewater Creek (running well), the 
only species seen were CHECKERED WHITE (Pontia protodice), MEXICAN YELLOW 
(Eurema mexicana), and MYLITTA CRESCENT (Phyciodes mylitta). Numbers of all 
were reasonably good, but otherwise it was a somewhat disappointing species 
mix. This area was severely impacted by the Whitewater-Baldy Fire complex of 2 
years ago which may perhaps explain the lack of 

 diversity. Flowers were blooming, so there were nectar sources.

Elaine Halbedel
Silver City, NM
Subject: SW NM: A Most Surprising Yard Butterfly
From: Elaine Halbedel <rabb1toid AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:26:18 -0700 (PDT)
  Because of the threat of a very active fire season this year, at the house 
here (3.5 miles NW of Silver City, Grant County; elevation 6000') we've been 
involved in what we have affectionately dubbed 'The Tree-clearing Project From 
Hell' -- reducing 4 acres of very overgrown pinyon pine, scrubby oaks, mountain 
mahogany, and various cacti to defendable space. It was my turn today to quit 
feeding the unending maw of the biggest diesel chipper I have ever seen and 
drive the truck pulling it slowly along the driveway, so as to move the mulch 
stream down the hillside. While I was sitting absently waiting for the next 
move, I was surprised to see the stream of chips (which we were directing at a 
large and spreading oak so as to distribute it even better) flush a resplendent 
male COLORADO HAIRSTREAK (Hypaurotis crysalus) , the first that I have ever 
seen in the yard or even miles close to here. It perched at head height in a 
tree across the driveway in 

 full sunlight and spread its wings for a bit, at which point I leapt out of 
the driver's seat and went over to examine it closely. No mistaking that 
beauty! It was then time for another truck move and I lost sight of where it 
went. The closest member of that species I have seen to this location was near 
a spring on Signal Peak in the Pinos Altos Mts (about 15 direct air miles 
away), and the time was August, 2012 -- the first and only time until now I 
have ever seen this butterfly in NM. 

  Consequently, my attention was now fully engaged by what else was flying 
but could only come up with a 'SIVA' JUNIPER HAIRSTREAK (Callophrys gryneus 
siva) and a female SOUTHERN DOGFACE (Zerene cesonia). I am sure that there are 
other butterflies of interest flying now but can't get out to see them until 
this project is completed. But what a zinger of Yard Butterfly!! 


  Elaine Halbedel
  Silver City, NM
Subject: Re: RFI -- Utah rainfall and indras?
From: JimJoanJoy AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:51:03 -0400 (EDT)
Noah,
 
Oops. I meant upper left corner on "Previous Month". You'll figure it  out.
 
Jim B
 
 
In a message dated 4/2/2014 11:47:38 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,  
semirelicta AT yahoo.com writes:

 
 
 
 
Hi everyone. Has southern Utah gotten good rains this winter? Will P.  
indra likely be flying there this spring? If so, when is it likely to be 
flying? 

 
Thanks
 
Noah Arthur, Oakland, CA



Subject: Re: RFI -- Utah rainfall and indras?
From: JimJoanJoy AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:49:32 -0400 (EDT)
Noah,
 
You can answer this yourself by going to Weather Underground and entering  
St. George, UT. Scroll down to the blue bar that says "St. George Weather  
Forcast" under which you click on "View Calendar". It will display the  
weather for all of April both past (thru yesterday) and future. In the  upper 
right corner click on previous month for rainfall for that month then keep  
going back month by month and you'll have your answer, at least for the St.  
George indra. Spoiler alert! It doesn't look really good although December was 
 wet which means indra should have had a flight of some sort.
 
Jim B.
 
 
In a message dated 4/2/2014 11:47:38 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,  
semirelicta AT yahoo.com writes:

 
 
 
 
Hi everyone. Has southern Utah gotten good rains this winter? Will P.  
indra likely be flying there this spring? If so, when is it likely to be 
flying? 

 
Thanks
 
Noah Arthur, Oakland, CA



Subject: RFI -- Utah rainfall and indras?
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:47:33 -0700 (PDT)
Hi everyone. Has southern Utah gotten good rains this winter? Will P. indra 
likely be flying there this spring? If so, when is it likely to be flying? 


Thanks

Noah Arthur, Oakland, CA
Subject: Catalinas
From: <azttttommy AT cox.net>
Date: 02 Apr 2014 10:15:32 -0700
Killing time on the internet and ran across this. 

 http://www.trailjournals.com/photos.cfm?id=815149 
http://www.trailjournals.com/photos.cfm?id=815149 


Subject: Juniper Haristreaks Dissertation Research
From: Nick Pardikes <nickpardikes AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:00:28 -0700 (PDT)
Greetings,

This is just a follow up on my previous email, but I wanted to correct what I 
sent out earlier. I had originally mentioned that I was looking for gravid 
Juniper Hairstreak females from Arizona, but I want to clarify that I am 
willing and able to accept gravid females from anywhere. I am sorry for the 
confusion, but I hope this clarifies my original request. Thanks for all of the 
help and great responses that I have already received. 



Cheers
Nick


Nick Pardikes
PhD Candidate
Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology
University of Nevada
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nickpardikes AT gmail.com
Subject: Wall Street Journal blog
From: <a_c_kim AT yahoo.com>
Date: 31 Mar 2014 20:10:15 -0700
All I found this article today. Very recent blog about collecting butterflies. 

 
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/03/27/why-collecting-butterflies-isnt-cruel/ 
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/03/27/why-collecting-butterflies-isnt-cruel/ 


 I hope you enjoy it. 
 Andrew Kim
Subject: Re: Anza-Borrego Desert 3/30/14
From: Pete Spino <petespino8 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:47:35 -0700 (PDT)
All,
Thanks to all for the always interesting replies. It was good to hear
from everyone again after the long winter's nap. David, that's a real
gem of a coloro photo! Your post confirmed for me that that photog
that I saw from a distance in Plum Canyon with all the gear was YOU!
I wish I would have recognized you and that I wasn't in such a hurry
to head over to hot Cool Canyon. Plum Canyon has always been my
favorite spot and I can explore around there all day. But often it's just
a point for me to re-balance my equilibrIum after the nauseating drive
down the Banner Grade. It would have been nice to meet up again.

When I pulled up in the parking area in Plum on Saturday - and yes
it was the 29th not the 30th as I mistakenly typed - I was distracted
by the horticulturist with his huge books of California plants and also
my favorite Desert Lavender bush in ABDSP was teeming with bugs.
It was here that I saw the Mallow Scrub-Hairsteaks, more loki than
I can ever remember seeing in one spot, and the first group of what
must have been 250 or so California Patch for the day!

Cool Canyon is a locale that I have never really explored but thanks
to Jim and Susan Hengeveld I was able to enjoy this splendid but
often overlooked canyon of Granite Mountain off the S-2 in between
Stagecoach Trail and Blair Valley. Being primarily a southeast facing
canyon, the nectar sources were actually were better and more well
along here than at Plum in this drought affected year.

Pete Spino
San Diego

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Subject: Re: [DesertLeps] Anza-Borrego Desert 3/30/14
To: mormonmetalmark AT yahoo.com
Cc: DesertLeps AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014, 1:22 PM

All,
I visited Plum Canyon yesterday; 3/29/14 and was
impressed with the sheer numbers of Chlosyne californica. By
noon there were dozens in any given shrub. 
I also photographed what I thought was P. p.
coloro but it may be wishful thinking since I don't have
it in my collection. Here's a shot if anyone want's
to have a look:

http://www.solardarkroom.com/desertleps/id/SD2014_0329_2977.jpg
I've been going a little cross-eyed comparing
P. zelicaon and just when I think I've found a
distinguishing character I see it in a shot of 'the
other'. I believe I saw dark form individuals flying as
well but didn't manage a shot.
David


On Mar 29, 2014, at 11:46 PM, mormonmetalmark AT yahoo.com
wrote:
Nice writeup, Pete. I'm glad
you did pretty well. I'm surprised at how well
California Patch is doing considering how little rain has
fallen, but it did have a fantastic fall last year (with
some individuals wandering nearly to Oceanside). I looked
for larvae of it on January 31st in Maricopa Co., AZ, but
despite the Viguiera looking pretty good, I only found two
(long since eclosed).
Nothing can be collected in Anza-Borrego or any
other state park, but the east side of Jacumba can be a
great spot for californica (and coloro, and chalcedona
hennei). All three had a great spring flight a year ago in
east Jacumba (In-Ko-Pah Park Road).
Brian
PS: Unless you've mastered time travel I
think you were off on the date by one day. :-P



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Subject: Re: Scouting Trip along Catalina Highway, March 29, 2014
From: mary klinkel <munchita AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:31:09 +0000
Add one Texan Crescent to this list for 38 species seen.


Mary Klinkel

Tucson, AZ



Sent from Windows Mail



From: Fred Heath
Sent: ‎Sunday‎, ‎March‎ ‎30‎, ‎2014 ‎8‎:‎10‎ ‎PM
To: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com, desertleps AT yahoogroups.com
Cc: Mary Klinkel, Bill and Mary Adams , patkcarlson AT gmail.com

  





Mary Klinkel led a small group up the Catalina Highway making stops from Molino 
Basin to Summerhaven as a scouting trip for the upcoming (Sunday, April 6, 
2014) Sabino Canyon Spring Count with a circle that includes Sabino Canyon and 
all of the Catalina Highway up to Mount Lemmon. It should be an excellent count 
and maybe break the previous record for this count of 63 species. Contact Mary 
munchita AT msn.com if you are interesting in helping out. This scouting trip 
observed 37 species including butterflies flying at over 6000 feet after 4:00 
PM. 


 

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)

Two-Tailed  Swallowtail - (Papilio multicaudata)

Checkered White - (Pontia protodice)

Desert Marble - (Euchloe lotta)

Sara Orangetip - (Anthocharis sara)

Orange Sulphur - (Colias eurytheme)

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia)

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana)

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe)

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole)

Brown Elfin - (Callophrys augustinus)

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus)

Arizona Hairstreak - (Erora quaderna)

Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina)

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon echo)

Acmon Blue - (Plebejus acmon texana)

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola)

Fatal Metalmark - (Calephelis nemesis)

Bordered Patch - (Chlosyne lacinia)

Sagebrush Checkerspot - (Chlosyne acastus)

Elada Checkerspot - (Texola elada)

Tiny Checkerspot - (Dymasia dymas)

Mylitta Crescent - (Phyciodes mylitta)

Common Buckeye - (Junonia coenia)

Tropical  Buckeye- (Junonia evarete nigrosuffusa)

Satyr Comma - (Polygonia satyrus)

Mourning Cloak - (Nymphalis antiopa)

Red Admiral - (Vanessa atalanta)

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)

Empress Leilia - (Asterocampa leilia)

Monarch - (Danaus plexippus)

Golden-headed Scallopwing - (Staphylus ceos)

Arizona Powdered-Skipper - (Systasea zampa)

Pacuvius Duskywing - (Erynnis pacuvius)

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis)

White Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus albescens)

Common Streaky-Skipper - (Celotes nessus)

White-barred Skipper - (Atrytonopsis pittacus)

 

 

 

 


Subject: Juniper Hairstreak Dissertation Research
From: Nick Pardikes <nickpardikes AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:46:34 -0700 (PDT)



Greetings,
I am a doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Reno and I need to obtain 
gravid female Juniper Hairstreaks (Callophrys gryneus, Lycaenidae)  from 
Arizona. I will be performing some foodplant preference/performance experiments 
and bio-assays with the larvae of this species this summer and require a large 
number of eggs/caterpillars for these assays. I had very little luck finding 
large abundances of Juniper Hairstreaks in Nevada or Northern California last 
summer and this list-serve was suggested to me by one of my committee members. 
If you are willing and able to find these butterflies and send gravid females 
to me, that would be greatly appreciated. I will reimburse shipping costs and 
could also pay any associated charges or fees. Please email me if you think you 
might be able to assist--I can answer any questions that you might have. Thank 
you for your time and I hope to hear from some of you soon. 



If any of you were to run into an high numbers  of Juniper Hairstreaks this 
spring or summer I would be especially interested in getting an email, text, or 
call—so that I might have an opportunity to visit. 



Cheers
Nick


Mailing Address:
Nick Pardikes
Biology Department MS 0314
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,NV 89557-0314



Nick Pardikes
PhD Candidate
Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology
University of Nevada
http://wolfweb.unr.edu/homepage/npardikes/MySite/Welcome.html
nickpardikes AT gmail.com 


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Subject: Scouting Trip along Catalina Highway, March 29, 2014
From: "Fred Heath" <fred.heath43 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:10:29 -0700
Mary Klinkel led a small group up the Catalina Highway making stops from
Molino Basin to Summerhaven as a scouting trip for the upcoming (Sunday,
April 6, 2014) Sabino Canyon Spring Count with a circle that includes Sabino
Canyon and all of the Catalina Highway up to Mount Lemmon. It should be an
excellent count and maybe break the previous record for this count of 63
species. Contact Mary munchita AT msn.com  if you are interesting in helping
out. This scouting trip observed 37 species including butterflies flying at
over 6000 feet after 4:00 PM.   

 

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)

Two-Tailed  Swallowtail - (Papilio multicaudata)

Checkered White - (Pontia protodice)

Desert Marble - (Euchloe lotta)

Sara Orangetip - (Anthocharis sara)

Orange Sulphur - (Colias eurytheme)

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia)

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana)

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe)

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole)

Brown Elfin - (Callophrys augustinus)

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus)

Arizona Hairstreak - (Erora quaderna)

Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina)

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon echo)

Acmon Blue - (Plebejus acmon texana)

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola)

Fatal Metalmark - (Calephelis nemesis)

Bordered Patch - (Chlosyne lacinia)

Sagebrush Checkerspot - (Chlosyne acastus)

Elada Checkerspot - (Texola elada)

Tiny Checkerspot - (Dymasia dymas)

Mylitta Crescent - (Phyciodes mylitta)

Common Buckeye - (Junonia coenia)

Tropical  Buckeye- (Junonia evarete nigrosuffusa)

Satyr Comma - (Polygonia satyrus)

Mourning Cloak - (Nymphalis antiopa)

Red Admiral - (Vanessa atalanta)

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)

Empress Leilia - (Asterocampa leilia)

Monarch - (Danaus plexippus)

Golden-headed Scallopwing - (Staphylus ceos)

Arizona Powdered-Skipper - (Systasea zampa)

Pacuvius Duskywing - (Erynnis pacuvius)

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis)

White Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus albescens)

Common Streaky-Skipper - (Celotes nessus)

White-barred Skipper - (Atrytonopsis pittacus)

 

 

 

 
Subject: RE: Peppersauce Canyon (N side of Santa Catalina Mtns, AZ) - 3/29/14
From: "Kenneth Davenport" <kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:44:48 -0700
All:

   Richard Bailowitz confirmed that Pearl Crescents (Phyciodes tharos) are
not yet recorded for Pinal County.  Thanks Diane for the explanation of what
you saw.  In such cases folks, please please collect a voucher if it is
possible and doesn't conflict with your beliefs about collecting.  Sight
records alone will not stand, especially when there are similar looking
alternative species out there.

   That being said, I really enjoyed the article in the NEWS of the
Lepidopterists Society adding Polygonia haroldii to the butterfly fauna of
Texas and the USA complete with photos of it.  Potentially, everytime any of
us go out in nature, new discoveries are possible.

   

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



Subject: Re: [SoWestLep] Peppersauce Canyon (N side of Santa Catalina Mtns,
AZ) - 3/29/14

 

  

Second thoughts in regards to my report of a PEARL CRESCENT at Peppersauce
Canyon (I was not able to get a photo and my top view of the butterfly was
distant and brief as it flew away):

Originally, when I got close enough to view the underwings and realized that
the butterfly might be a Pearl Crescent and not a Mylitta Crescent (because
of the strong orange-and-black under forewing contrasting with a
lightly-marked yellowish under hindwing), it had gotton up off its perch and
flown off beyond my reach. I carry a simple digital camera in my backpack,
rather than in my hands or around my neck, and even though it has a limited
telephoto ability, it isn't very good at auto-focusing at a distance. Since
this was a butterfly species that was a total surprise for me at this
location, I wasn't even expecting it, and had to check in my butterfly guide
for a possible I.D. However, there is still the possibility that it was a
MYLITTA CRESCENT, and I would not want to have this sighting go down as a
record without some further confirmation, especially since I think that the
habitat was much more likely for MYLITTA than for PEARL. It was in a small
grassy area above a dry stream bed in a canyon dominated by oaks. My only
other sighting of Pearl Crescent in SE AZ was in Patagonia at the Sonoita
Creek Preserve.

So after checking photos in a few more butterfly guides, this sighting may
have been a MYLITTA (more expected at this location) and not a PEARL
CRESCENT.         Diane Touret




On 3/29/2014 8:22 AM, Kenneth Davenport wrote:

Diane:

   Do you have a photo of the Pearl Crescent?  And was your locality in
Pinal County?  If so, you may have A PINAL COUNTY record based on the BAMONA
checklists, pending a check of Bailowitz and the Lep Society listings.

 

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




Subject: [SoWestLep] Peppersauce Canyon (N side of Santa Catalina Mtns, AZ)
- 3/29/14

 

  

Yesterday I spent several hours walking the road in Peppersauce Canyon, 
from the campground to about a half mile above a pair of water tanks. 
There was no water in the creek and very few sources of nectar (mostly 
phacelia and fleabane) and probably about 90% of my butterfly sightings 
were in the vicinity of two water tanks (which were together in one 
spot, but on opposite sides of the road) and the damp area in the road 
between them. Diane Touret (Tucson, AZ)

Butterflies seen:

Two-tailed Swallowtail
Pipevine Swallowtail
Spring White
Checkered White
Sara Orangetip
Mexican Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Juniper Hairstreak ("Siva")
Brown Elfin
Great Purple Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Spring Azure ("Echo")
Acmon Blue
Zela Metalmark
Texan Crescent
PEARL CRESCENT (a species I rarely see in SE AZ)
Sagebrush Checkerspot (many!)
Mourning Cloak
Painted Lady
Common Buckeye
Red-spotted Admiral
SHORT-TAILED SKIPPER (FOS for me!)
Ariz. Powdered-Skipper
"Arizona" Juvenal's Duskywing (this is a difficult species for me to 
I.D., and I do it mostly by elimination - i.e. not a Mournful, not a 
Funereal)
Sleepy Duskywing
Mournful Duskywing
Funereal Duskywing
Common/ White Checkered-Skipper
Common Streaky-Skipper
Orange Skipperling
Golden-headed Scallopwing
White- barred Skipper

 


Subject: Re: Peppersauce Canyon (N side of Santa Catalina Mtns, AZ) - 3/29/14
From: Diane Touret <dctouret AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 03:55:07 -0700
Second thoughts in regards to my report of a PEARL CRESCENT at 
Peppersauce Canyon (I was not able to get a photo and my top view of the 
butterfly was distant and brief as it flew away):

Originally, when I got close enough to view the underwings and realized 
that the butterfly might be a Pearl Crescent and not a Mylitta Crescent 
(because of the strong orange-and-black under forewing contrasting with 
a lightly-marked yellowish under hindwing), it had gotton up off its 
perch and flown off beyond my reach. I carry a simple digital camera in 
my backpack, rather than in my hands or around my neck, and even though 
it has a limited telephoto ability, it isn't very good at auto-focusing 
at a distance. Since this was a butterfly species that was a total 
surprise for me at this location, I wasn't even expecting it, and had to 
check in my butterfly guide for a possible I.D. However, there is still 
the possibility that it was a MYLITTA CRESCENT, and I would not want to 
have this sighting go down as a record without some further 
confirmation, especially since I think that the habitat was much more 
likely for MYLITTA than for PEARL. It was in a small grassy area above a 
dry stream bed in a canyon dominated by oaks. My only other sighting of 
Pearl Crescent in SE AZ was in Patagonia at the Sonoita Creek Preserve.

So after checking photos in a few more butterfly guides, this sighting 
may have been a MYLITTA (more expected at this location) and not a PEARL 
CRESCENT.         Diane Touret



On 3/29/2014 8:22 AM, Kenneth Davenport wrote:
>
> Diane:
>
>    Do you have a photo of the Pearl Crescent? And was your locality in 
> Pinal County? If so, you may have A PINAL COUNTY record based on the 
> BAMONA checklists, pending a check of Bailowitz and the Lep Society 
> listings.
>
> Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
> kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com  or 
> flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
>
> *Subject:*[SoWestLep] Peppersauce Canyon (N side of Santa Catalina 
> Mtns, AZ) - 3/29/14
>
> Yesterday I spent several hours walking the road in Peppersauce Canyon,
> from the campground to about a half mile above a pair of water tanks.
> There was no water in the creek and very few sources of nectar (mostly
> phacelia and fleabane) and probably about 90% of my butterfly sightings
> were in the vicinity of two water tanks (which were together in one
> spot, but on opposite sides of the road) and the damp area in the road
> between them. Diane Touret (Tucson, AZ)
>
> Butterflies seen:
>
> Two-tailed Swallowtail
> Pipevine Swallowtail
> Spring White
> Checkered White
> Sara Orangetip
> Mexican Yellow
> Sleepy Orange
> Dainty Sulphur
> Juniper Hairstreak ("Siva")
> Brown Elfin
> Great Purple Hairstreak
> Marine Blue
> Spring Azure ("Echo")
> Acmon Blue
> Zela Metalmark
> Texan Crescent
> PEARL CRESCENT (a species I rarely see in SE AZ)
> Sagebrush Checkerspot (many!)
> Mourning Cloak
> Painted Lady
> Common Buckeye
> Red-spotted Admiral
> SHORT-TAILED SKIPPER (FOS for me!)
> Ariz. Powdered-Skipper
> "Arizona" Juvenal's Duskywing (this is a difficult species for me to
> I.D., and I do it mostly by elimination - i.e. not a Mournful, not a
> Funereal)
> Sleepy Duskywing
> Mournful Duskywing
> Funereal Duskywing
> Common/ White Checkered-Skipper
> Common Streaky-Skipper
> Orange Skipperling
> Golden-headed Scallopwing
> White- barred Skipper
>
> 
>
Subject: Re: [DesertLeps] Re: Anza-Borrego Desert 3/30/14
From: Kojiro Shiraiwa <whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:50:39 -0700
Very nice report, Pete!

I stopped by at In-Ko-Pah area last Thursday. The condition of plants there is 
terrible, unlike last year. I stopped my car but decided not to walk the canyon 
as I saw no green on the ground. I assumed the Small Blue is not flying this 
year. 


Meantime, we had another nice rain in Laguna Mountain area, as well as east 
side of the mountains. So our butterfly flight should continue to be good for 
another several weeks :) 


Strong spring flight of Colias harfordii.

Koji

2014/03/29 23:46、  
のメール: 


> Nice writeup, Pete. I'm glad you did pretty well. I'm surprised at how well 
California Patch is doing considering how little rain has fallen, but it did 
have a fantastic fall last year (with some individuals wandering nearly to 
Oceanside). I looked for larvae of it on January 31st in Maricopa Co., AZ, but 
despite the Viguiera looking pretty good, I only found two (long since 
eclosed). 

> 
> 
> Nothing can be collected in Anza-Borrego or any other state park, but the 
east side of Jacumba can be a great spot for californica (and coloro, and 
chalcedona hennei). All three had a great spring flight a year ago in east 
Jacumba (In-Ko-Pah Park Road). 

> 
> Brian
> 
> PS: Unless you've mastered time travel I think you were off on the date by 
one day. :-P 

> 
> 
Subject: Anza-Borrego Desert 3/30/14
From: Pete Spino <petespino8 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:33:32 -0700 (PDT)
After a week of reading good reports from Anza-Borrego 
Desert State Park, I had the opportunity to head out there 
myself for several hours today to specifically try and find 
Arizona Powdered Skipper, Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak and 
the elusive Small Checkered Skipper. I was fortunate to 
see two of those three species - zampa and istapa - along 
with other more common seasonal species. Also, If anyone is 
really looking to study, collect or photograph California Patch - 
this is your year! They are everywhere right now. You really 
couldn't walk five yards without seeing one. I even observed 
scores of them puddling, which for some reason isn't as common
here as it is in other places such as Arizona. Places visited
were Plum Canyon (PC) and Cool Canyon (CC). The weather 
was hot and sunny with light winds. Conditions are dry.

Funereal Duskywing/ Erynnis funeralis PC
Arizona Powdered Skipper/ Systasea zampa 5-6, CC
White Checkered Skipper/Pyrgus albescens 8 PC,CC
Northern White Skipper/ Heliopetes ericetorum 4-5, CC
Orange Skipperling/Copaeodes aurantiaca 5, CC
Eufala Skipper/Lerodea eufala eufala PC
Desert Black Swallowtail/Papilio polyxenes coloro 2, PC
Dainty Sulphur/Nathalis iole 10, PC,CC
Sleepy Orange/Abaes nicippe 3, PC,CC
Desert Orangetip/Anthocharis cethura cethura PC
Spring White/Pontia sisymbrii sisymbrii PC
Western Great Purple Hairstreak/Atlides halesus corcorani CC
Loki Hairsrteak/Callophrys gryneus loki 7-8, PC,CC
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak/Strymon istapa clechi 3, PC
Leda Ministreak/Ministrymon leda 2, CC
Marine Blue/Leptotes marina 4,CC
Sonoran Blue/Philotes sonorensis sonorensis 3,PC
San Bernardino Blue/ Euphilotes bernardino bernardino 2, PC
Southern Silvery Blue/Glaucopsyche 3-4, PC
Wright's Metalmark/ Calephelis wrighti common PC,CC
Henne's Checkerspot/ Euphydryas chalcedona hennei 2,CC
California Patch/Chlosyne californica 100+ PC,CC

Also seen were numerous White-line Sphynx moths and
many species of lizards,

Pete Spino
San Diego







 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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Subject: Huachuca Mountains
From: JimJoanJoy AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:31:38 -0400 (EDT)
Lepsters,
 
Yesterday I drove with Ken Kertell to Carr Canyon in the Huachuca  
Mountains for some hilltopping butterflies. Location is the hilltop at 7150' 
along 

Carr Canyon Road. Bugs began flying at around 10 AM following a  chilly 
morning. We wanted to see if the rare and exotic Scudder's DW was still  doing 
its thing in the burn area of 2012. The results.
 
Arizona Hairstreak        4
Thicket Hairstreak         2
Great Blue Hairstreak    1
Scudder's Duskywing    2 or 3 ID pending on voucher
Mournful Duskywing       1
Sleepy  Duskywing         2
Pacuvius Duskywing      1
 
On the road down had  Western Azure and Brown Elfin from the  car.
 
Jim Brock
Subject: RE: Peppersauce Canyon (N side of Santa Catalina Mtns, AZ) - 3/29/14
From: "Kenneth Davenport" <kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:22:11 -0700
Diane:

   Do you have a photo of the Pearl Crescent?  And was your locality in
Pinal County?  If so, you may have A PINAL COUNTY record based on the BAMONA
checklists, pending a check of Bailowitz and the Lep Society listings.

 

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



Subject: [SoWestLep] Peppersauce Canyon (N side of Santa Catalina Mtns, AZ)
- 3/29/14

 

  

Yesterday I spent several hours walking the road in Peppersauce Canyon, 
from the campground to about a half mile above a pair of water tanks. 
There was no water in the creek and very few sources of nectar (mostly 
phacelia and fleabane) and probably about 90% of my butterfly sightings 
were in the vicinity of two water tanks (which were together in one 
spot, but on opposite sides of the road) and the damp area in the road 
between them. Diane Touret (Tucson, AZ)

Butterflies seen:

Two-tailed Swallowtail
Pipevine Swallowtail
Spring White
Checkered White
Sara Orangetip
Mexican Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Juniper Hairstreak ("Siva")
Brown Elfin
Great Purple Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Spring Azure ("Echo")
Acmon Blue
Zela Metalmark
Texan Crescent
PEARL CRESCENT (a species I rarely see in SE AZ)
Sagebrush Checkerspot (many!)
Mourning Cloak
Painted Lady
Common Buckeye
Red-spotted Admiral
SHORT-TAILED SKIPPER (FOS for me!)
Ariz. Powdered-Skipper
"Arizona" Juvenal's Duskywing (this is a difficult species for me to 
I.D., and I do it mostly by elimination - i.e. not a Mournful, not a 
Funereal)
Sleepy Duskywing
Mournful Duskywing
Funereal Duskywing
Common/ White Checkered-Skipper
Common Streaky-Skipper
Orange Skipperling
Golden-headed Scallopwing
White- barred Skipper


Subject: Peppersauce Canyon (N side of Santa Catalina Mtns, AZ) - 3/29/14
From: Diane Touret <dctouret AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:43:48 -0700
Yesterday I spent several hours walking the road in Peppersauce Canyon, 
from the campground to about a half mile above a pair of water tanks. 
There was no water in the creek and very few sources of nectar (mostly 
phacelia and fleabane) and probably about 90% of my butterfly sightings 
were in the vicinity of two water tanks (which were together in one 
spot, but on opposite sides of the road) and the damp area in the road 
between them.          Diane Touret (Tucson, AZ)

Butterflies seen:

Two-tailed Swallowtail
Pipevine Swallowtail
Spring White
Checkered White
Sara Orangetip
Mexican Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Juniper Hairstreak ("Siva")
Brown Elfin
Great Purple Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Spring Azure ("Echo")
Acmon Blue
Zela Metalmark
Texan Crescent
PEARL CRESCENT    (a species I rarely see in SE AZ)
Sagebrush Checkerspot   (many!)
Mourning Cloak
Painted Lady
Common Buckeye
Red-spotted Admiral
SHORT-TAILED SKIPPER   (FOS for me!)
Ariz. Powdered-Skipper
"Arizona" Juvenal's Duskywing (this is a difficult species for me to 
I.D., and I do it mostly by elimination - i.e. not a Mournful, not a 
Funereal)
Sleepy Duskywing
Mournful Duskywing
Funereal Duskywing
Common/ White Checkered-Skipper
Common Streaky-Skipper
Orange Skipperling
Golden-headed Scallopwing
White- barred Skipper




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Subject: Date Correction: Scriptura Sightings
From: fsmodel AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:18:14 -0400 (EDT)
 
Sorry Folks,
 
I am not clairvoyant. Maybe not even sentient. 
 
As a few of you have been kind enough to point out, I made a typo in  the 
sighting date in the message below. The correct date was April 27, 2013. I  
guess my brain is already locked into 2014.
 
Sorry for any confusion I may have created.
 
Cheers,
Frank
 
In a message dated 3/26/2014 10:14:03 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
FSMODEL AT aol.com writes:

Hi all,
 
Just for the record, I had a scriptura April 27, 2014 near the west  
entrance to Joshua Tree National Park....
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/8905281361/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/8905284051/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/8905285549/
 
Coincidentally, I have started doing desert wildflowers and that's a  
hole-in-the-sand plant it is nectaring on. Two lifers in one frame.
 
Cheers,
Frank Model
Amherst, MA



 
Subject: Scriptura Sightings
From: fsmodel AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:14:03 -0400 (EDT)
Hi all,
 
Just for the record, I had a scriptura April 27, 2014 near the west  
entrance to Joshua Tree National Park....
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/8905281361/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/8905284051/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/8905285549/
 
Coincidentally, I have started doing desert wildflowers and that's a  
hole-in-the-sand plant it is nectaring on. Two lifers in one frame.
 
Cheers,
Frank Model
Amherst, MA
Subject: Re: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County
From: Bill Shepard <bsheephead AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:48:14 -0700
Noah,

Liam netted and I saw scriptura on the now defunct South Bay count on June 25, 
2007, at the Santa Clara visitor center of Don Edwards NWR. 

Having some mail issues, hope I didn't send this already.

Bill

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Subject: Re: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County
From: Bill Shepard <bsheephead AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:19:30 -0700
On Mar 25, 2014, at 1:50 PM, Noah Arthur  wrote:

> 
> In my experience, P. scriptura belongs in the Medieval bestiaries alongside 
dragons and centaurs... Shapiro's book does say it occurs up here in the SF Bay 
and Sacramento Valley region, but I've never seen it in over ten years of 
intensive collecting. I wonder if it may have declined in recent years, leading 
to its current scarcity? 

>  
> Noah
> 
> 
> On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:24 PM, "JimJoanJoy AT aol.com" 
 wrote: 

>  
> Norbert,
>  
> I agree, always fun to encounter scriptura. I wonder if Burns or anyone has 
looked at the tails from all the populations? Scriptura occurs very 
disjointedly (made that word up) here and there. We rarely see them in SE AZ 
but they seem to thrive in some of the hottest, harshest desert southwest of 
Tucson into NW Mexico at low elevations. At the same time, they are perfectly 
at home at 7000' just 200 miles to the north in the more xeric areas of the 
White Mountains. 

>  
> Jim B
>  
> In a message dated 3/25/2014 12:55:09 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time, 
nkondla AT telus.net writes: 

>  
> I consider it significant when one sees a Small Checkered Skipper any day. 
This butterfly is a significant rarity at the northern end of the range (have 
never seen it in my home province) and my personal experience with it is 
limited to a brief trip to western Montana. Steve Kohler took me to a known 
location for the species and we did find some. I was amazed how small it was, 
how low it flew about and how well it blended into the background and how much 
it looked like a small cruddy moth in flight. Made me think that I may very 
well have seen but not recognized it elsewhere in the past ---- 

> Norbert Kondla
> Rimbey, Alberta
> From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf 
Of lynn monroe 

> Sent: March-25-14 12:17 PM
> To: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Fw: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside 
County 

>  
> 
> 
> To see the Mallow Scrub-Haiarsteak, the Arizona Powdered-Skipper and the
> Small Checkered-Skipper on the same day! Incredible! 
> 
> How interesting that all three of these uncommon butterflies have mallows
> as host plants. Cool Canyon must have lots of mallows this year! Was
> there a burn there fairly recently? The only time we saw a Small
> Checkered-Skipper in the Park was on a NABA hike to Culp Valley after a
> big burn when lots of mallows came up. Fred Heath was on the hike.
> 
> Congratulations to Jim & Susan. Thanks for posting.
> 
> Lynn Monroe
> 
> Granite Ridge Nature Institute
> Lynn & Gene Monroe
> 13780 N. Saint Vrain Dr.
> Lyons, CO 80540
> http://www.graniteridgenature.com/
> 
> ----- Forwarded Message -----
> From: Kojiro Shiraiwa 
> To: ML-SoWestLeps 
> Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:43:58 -0700
> Subject: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside
> County
> Message-ID: <9EEE6B3D-AF3A-4167-89D9-74548C8FEEB8 AT bekkoame.ne.jp>
> 
> Hi All, 
> 
> Jim & Susan from Indiana sent me below records from San Diego and
> Riverside County.
> They gave me permission to post this in the listserv.
> 
> Records of Marrow Scrub-Hairstreak and Small Checkered Skipper !
> 
> QUOTE
> 
> At Cool Cyn. (below Granite Mt. on w. side of ABDSP) on 3/18 and 3/19:
> 
> Checkered White (Pontia protodice) - 3/18 & 3/19
> Pacific (Sara) Orangetip (Anthocharis (sara) sara) - 3/18 & 3/19
> Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe) - 3/19
> Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) - 3/18 & 3/19
> 
> Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) - 3/19
> MALLOW SCRUB-HAIRSTREAK (Strymon istapa) - 3/19
> Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) - 3/18 & 3/19
> Loki Hairstreak (Callophrys (gryneus) loki) - 3/18 & 3/19
> Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) - 3/18 & 3/19
> Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) - 3/18 & 3/19
> Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) - 3/18 & 3/19
> Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) - 3/18 & 3/19
> 
> Wright's Metalmark (Calephelis wrighti) - 3/18 & 3/19
> 
> California Patch (Chlosyne californica) - 3/18 & 3/19
> Hennes Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona hennei) - 3/18 & 3/19
> Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - 3/18 & 3/19
> Monarch (Danaus plexippus) - 3/18
> 
> ARIZONA POWDERED-SKIPPER (Systasea zampa) - 3/19
> Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis) - 3/18 & 3/19
> Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius) - 3/19
> White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens) - 3/18 & 3/19
> SMALL CHECKERED-SKIPPER (Pyrgus scriptura) - 3/19
> Northern White-Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum) - 3/18 & 3/19
> Orange Skipperling (Copaeodes aurantiaca) - 3/18 & 3/19
> 
> Other species seen in San Diego (& Riverside) Counties:
> 
> Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) - San Elijo Lagoon - 3/14
> Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16 & 3/21
> 
> Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) - San Diego
> California Marble (Euchloe hyantis) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta), Kitchen
> Ck. Rd. - 3/17 & 3/21
> Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/22 (possibly
> earlier as well)
> Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) - Lagunas - 3/16 & 3/17
> Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii) - Lagunas - multiple days
> Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) - Borrego Springs & Salton Sea NWR
> visitor center - 3/17 & 3/21
> 
> Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus) - San Elijo Lagoon & Kitchen Ck. Rd.
> - 3/14 & 3/17
> Bramble (Perplexing) Hairstreak (Callophrys perplexa) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. -
> 3/16, 3/21, 3/22
> Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exiles) - Salton Sea NWR near visitor ctr.
> - 3/20 & 3/21
> Sonoran Blue (Philotes sonorensis) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 317, 3/20,
> 3/21
> Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 316 & 3/21
> 
> Behr's Metalmark (Apodemia (mormo) virgulti) - Kitchen Ck. Rd., Old Hwy
> 80 (s. of LaPosta) - 3/16, 3/17, 3/21, 3/22
> 
> Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 3/17, 3/22
> Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) - s. San Diego - 3/15
> West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella) - Salton Sea NWR near visitor ctr. -
> 3/20 & 3/21
> California Sister (Adelpha californica) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/22
> Queen (Danaus gilippus) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/20
> 
> Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis) - Lagunas - 3/16
> Common Sootywing (Pholisora catallus) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta) - 3/17
> Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phileus) - San Elijo Lagoon, Salton Sea NWR -
> 3/14, 3/20, 3/21
> Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/20, 3/21
> Umber Skipper (Poanes melane) - San Elijo Lagoon - 3/14
> Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/21
> 
> Jim & Susan Hengeveld
> Unionville, IN
> 
> UNQUOTE
> 
> Koji
> San Diego
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Subject: RE: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County
From: Pete Spino <petespino8 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:36:49 -0700 (PDT)
This is good news. I have only seen scriptura in CA once near the Salton Sea 
in Imperial County. Never in San Diego Co. But I remember Lynn telling me 
they found one one time in Culp Valley. That sighting and this one last week 
near Granite Mountain are both in the extreme western portion of ABDSP. 
Exciting stuff but in no way a sign that we'll be seeing more of this elusive 
skipper here. I'd be surprised if there are anymore sightings for awhile in 
spite of the mallow food plant. The desert this year is so dry and devoid of 
spring wildflowers. Mallow is doing better than most right now in spots.

As far as zampa and istapa go, zampa is the most easily seen on a regular
basis and their range is now expanding westward into the Laguna Mountains.
Now istapa is more elusive, but not quite as much as scriptura is. It's known
here that istapa likes to hilltop and in the mid to late summer you can be 
lucky 

and find one with other hairstreaks hill topping in the northern end of the 
Lagunas 

around Garnet Peak. In fact, that's still the only place I've seen this 
hairstreak in 

the county to date.

Pete Spino
San Diego




--------------------------------------------
On Tue, 3/25/14, Norbert Kondla  wrote:

 Subject: RE: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County
 To: JimJoanJoy AT aol.com, SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
 Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 1:59 
     
       
       
  Fascinating. We
 certainly do have lots to learn and it would be useful for
 someone to do a diligent review of this purported species
 --- 
  Norbert
 KondlaRimbey,
 Alberta
  From: JimJoanJoy AT aol.com
 [mailto:JimJoanJoy AT aol.com] 
 Sent: March-25-14 2:24 PM
 To: nkondla AT telus.net; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
 Subject: Re: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San
 Diego & Riverside County  Norbert, I agree, always fun to
 encounter scriptura. I wonder if Burns or anyone has looked
 at the tails from all the populations? Scriptura occurs very
 disjointedly (made that word up) here and there. We
 rarely see them in SE AZ but they seem to thrive in some of
 the hottest, harshest desert southwest of Tucson into NW
 Mexico at low elevations. At the same time, they are
 perfectly at home at 7000' just 200 miles to the north
 in the more xeric areas of the White
 Mountains.  Jim
 B In a message dated
 3/25/2014 12:55:09 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time, nkondla AT telus.net
 writes:  I consider it
 significant when one sees a Small Checkered Skipper any day.
 This butterfly is a significant rarity at the northern end
 of the range (have never seen it in my home province) and my
 personal experience with it is limited to a brief trip to
 western Montana. Steve Kohler took me to a known location
 for the species and  we did find some. I was amazed how
 small it was, how low it flew about and how well it blended
 into the background and how much it looked like a ‘small
 cruddy moth’ in flight. Made me think that I may very well
 have seen but not recognized it elsewhere in the past ----
 Norbert
 KondlaRimbey,
 AlbertaFrom:
 SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com]
 On Behalf Of lynn monroe
 Sent: March-25-14 12:17 PM
 To: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
 Subject: Fw: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San
 Diego & Riverside County  
 
 To see the Mallow Scrub-Haiarsteak, the Arizona
 Powdered-Skipper and the
 Small Checkered-Skipper on the same day! Incredible! 
 
 How interesting that all three of these uncommon butterflies
 have mallows
 as host plants. Cool Canyon must have lots of mallows this
 year! Was
 there a burn there fairly recently? The only time we saw a
 Small
 Checkered-Skipper in the Park was on a NABA hike to Culp
 Valley after a
 big burn when lots of mallows came up. Fred Heath was on the
 hike.
 
 Congratulations to Jim & Susan. Thanks for posting.
 
 Lynn Monroe
 
 Granite Ridge Nature Institute
 Lynn & Gene Monroe
 13780 N. Saint Vrain Dr.
 Lyons, CO 80540
 www.graniteridgenature.com
 
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 From: Kojiro Shiraiwa 
 To: ML-SoWestLeps 
 Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:43:58 -0700
 Subject: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San Diego
 & Riverside
 County
 Message-ID:
 <9EEE6B3D-AF3A-4167-89D9-74548C8FEEB8 AT bekkoame.ne.jp>
 
 Hi All, 
 
 Jim & Susan from Indiana sent me below records from San
 Diego and
 Riverside County.
 They gave me permission to post this in the listserv.
 
 Records of Marrow Scrub-Hairstreak and Small Checkered
 Skipper !
 
 QUOTE
 
 At Cool Cyn. (below Granite Mt. on w. side of ABDSP) on 3/18
 and 3/19:
 
 Checkered White (Pontia protodice) - 3/18 & 3/19
 Pacific (Sara) Orangetip (Anthocharis (sara) sara) - 3/18
 & 3/19
 Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe) - 3/19
 Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) - 3/18 & 3/19
 
 Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) - 3/19
 MALLOW SCRUB-HAIRSTREAK (Strymon istapa) - 3/19
 Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) - 3/18 & 3/19
 Loki Hairstreak (Callophrys (gryneus) loki) - 3/18 &
 3/19
 Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) - 3/18 & 3/19
 Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) - 3/18 & 3/19
 Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) - 3/18 & 3/19
 Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) - 3/18 & 3/19
 
 Wright's Metalmark (Calephelis wrighti) - 3/18 &
 3/19
 
 California Patch (Chlosyne californica) - 3/18 & 3/19
 Hennes Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona hennei) -
 3/18 & 3/19
 Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - 3/18 & 3/19
 Monarch (Danaus plexippus) - 3/18
 
 ARIZONA POWDERED-SKIPPER (Systasea zampa) - 3/19
 Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis) - 3/18 & 3/19
 Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius) - 3/19
 White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens) - 3/18 &
 3/19
 SMALL CHECKERED-SKIPPER (Pyrgus scriptura) - 3/19
 Northern White-Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum) - 3/18 &
 3/19
 Orange Skipperling (Copaeodes aurantiaca) - 3/18 & 3/19
 
 Other species seen in San Diego (& Riverside) Counties:
 
 Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) - San Elijo
 Lagoon - 3/14
 Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. -
 3/16 & 3/21
 
 Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) - San Diego
 California Marble (Euchloe hyantis) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of
 LaPosta), Kitchen
 Ck. Rd. - 3/17 & 3/21
 Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. -
 3/22 (possibly
 earlier as well)
 Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) - Lagunas - 3/16 &
 3/17
 Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii) - Lagunas -
 multiple days
 Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) - Borrego Springs &
 Salton Sea NWR
 visitor center - 3/17 & 3/21
 
 Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus) - San Elijo Lagoon &
 Kitchen Ck. Rd.
 - 3/14 & 3/17
 Bramble (Perplexing) Hairstreak (Callophrys perplexa) -
 Kitchen Ck. Rd. -
 3/16, 3/21, 3/22
 Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exiles) - Salton Sea NWR near
 visitor ctr.
 - 3/20 & 3/21
 Sonoran Blue (Philotes sonorensis) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16,
 317, 3/20,
 3/21
 Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 316 &
 3/21
 
 Behr's Metalmark (Apodemia (mormo) virgulti) - Kitchen
 Ck. Rd., Old Hwy
 80 (s. of LaPosta) - 3/16, 3/17, 3/21, 3/22
 
 Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. -
 3/16, 3/17, 3/22
 Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) - s. San Diego - 3/15
 West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella) - Salton Sea NWR near
 visitor ctr. -
 3/20 & 3/21
 California Sister (Adelpha californica) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. -
 3/22
 Queen (Danaus gilippus) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/20
 
 Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis) - Lagunas - 3/16
 Common Sootywing (Pholisora catallus) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of
 LaPosta) - 3/17
 Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phileus) - San Elijo Lagoon, Salton
 Sea NWR -
 3/14, 3/20, 3/21
 Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/20,
 3/21
 Umber Skipper (Poanes melane) - San Elijo Lagoon - 3/14
 Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/21
 
 Jim & Susan Hengeveld
 Unionville, IN
 
 UNQUOTE
 
 Koji
 San Diego
 
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Subject: RE: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County
From: "Norbert Kondla" <nkondla AT telus.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:59:16 -0600
Fascinating. We certainly do have lots to learn and it would be useful for 
someone to do a diligent review of this purported species --- 


 

Norbert Kondla

Rimbey, Alberta

 

From: JimJoanJoy AT aol.com [mailto:JimJoanJoy AT aol.com] 
Sent: March-25-14 2:24 PM
To: nkondla AT telus.net; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County

 

Norbert,

 

I agree, always fun to encounter scriptura. I wonder if Burns or anyone has 
looked at the tails from all the populations? Scriptura occurs very 
disjointedly (made that word up) here and there. We rarely see them in SE AZ 
but they seem to thrive in some of the hottest, harshest desert southwest of 
Tucson into NW Mexico at low elevations. At the same time, they are perfectly 
at home at 7000' just 200 miles to the north in the more xeric areas of the 
White Mountains. 


 

Jim B

 

In a message dated 3/25/2014 12:55:09 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time, 
nkondla AT telus.net writes: 


  

I consider it significant when one sees a Small Checkered Skipper any day. This 
butterfly is a significant rarity at the northern end of the range (have never 
seen it in my home province) and my personal experience with it is limited to a 
brief trip to western Montana. Steve Kohler took me to a known location for the 
species and we did find some. I was amazed how small it was, how low it flew 
about and how well it blended into the background and how much it looked like a 
‘small cruddy moth’ in flight. Made me think that I may very well have seen 
but not recognized it elsewhere in the past ---- 


Norbert Kondla

Rimbey, Alberta

From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
lynn monroe 

Sent: March-25-14 12:17 PM
To: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Fw: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County

  



To see the Mallow Scrub-Haiarsteak, the Arizona Powdered-Skipper and the
Small Checkered-Skipper on the same day! Incredible! 

How interesting that all three of these uncommon butterflies have mallows
as host plants. Cool Canyon must have lots of mallows this year! Was
there a burn there fairly recently? The only time we saw a Small
Checkered-Skipper in the Park was on a NABA hike to Culp Valley after a
big burn when lots of mallows came up. Fred Heath was on the hike.

Congratulations to Jim & Susan. Thanks for posting.

Lynn Monroe

Granite Ridge Nature Institute
Lynn & Gene Monroe
13780 N. Saint Vrain Dr.
Lyons, CO 80540
www.graniteridgenature.com  

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From: Kojiro Shiraiwa 
To: ML-SoWestLeps 
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:43:58 -0700
Subject: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside
County
Message-ID: <9EEE6B3D-AF3A-4167-89D9-74548C8FEEB8 AT bekkoame.ne.jp>

Hi All, 

Jim & Susan from Indiana sent me below records from San Diego and
Riverside County.
They gave me permission to post this in the listserv.

Records of Marrow Scrub-Hairstreak and Small Checkered Skipper !

QUOTE

At Cool Cyn. (below Granite Mt. on w. side of ABDSP) on 3/18 and 3/19:

Checkered White (Pontia protodice) - 3/18 & 3/19
Pacific (Sara) Orangetip (Anthocharis (sara) sara) - 3/18 & 3/19
Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe) - 3/19
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) - 3/18 & 3/19

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) - 3/19
MALLOW SCRUB-HAIRSTREAK (Strymon istapa) - 3/19
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Loki Hairstreak (Callophrys (gryneus) loki) - 3/18 & 3/19
Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) - 3/18 & 3/19
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) - 3/18 & 3/19

Wright's Metalmark (Calephelis wrighti) - 3/18 & 3/19

California Patch (Chlosyne californica) - 3/18 & 3/19
Hennes Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona hennei) - 3/18 & 3/19
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - 3/18 & 3/19
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) - 3/18

ARIZONA POWDERED-SKIPPER (Systasea zampa) - 3/19
Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis) - 3/18 & 3/19
Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius) - 3/19
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens) - 3/18 & 3/19
SMALL CHECKERED-SKIPPER (Pyrgus scriptura) - 3/19
Northern White-Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum) - 3/18 & 3/19
Orange Skipperling (Copaeodes aurantiaca) - 3/18 & 3/19

Other species seen in San Diego (& Riverside) Counties:

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) - San Elijo Lagoon - 3/14
Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16 & 3/21

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) - San Diego
California Marble (Euchloe hyantis) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta), Kitchen
Ck. Rd. - 3/17 & 3/21
Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/22 (possibly
earlier as well)
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) - Lagunas - 3/16 & 3/17
Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii) - Lagunas - multiple days
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) - Borrego Springs & Salton Sea NWR
visitor center - 3/17 & 3/21

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus) - San Elijo Lagoon & Kitchen Ck. Rd.
- 3/14 & 3/17
Bramble (Perplexing) Hairstreak (Callophrys perplexa) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. -
3/16, 3/21, 3/22
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exiles) - Salton Sea NWR near visitor ctr.
- 3/20 & 3/21
Sonoran Blue (Philotes sonorensis) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 317, 3/20,
3/21
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 316 & 3/21

Behr's Metalmark (Apodemia (mormo) virgulti) - Kitchen Ck. Rd., Old Hwy
80 (s. of LaPosta) - 3/16, 3/17, 3/21, 3/22

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 3/17, 3/22
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) - s. San Diego - 3/15
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella) - Salton Sea NWR near visitor ctr. -
3/20 & 3/21
California Sister (Adelpha californica) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/22
Queen (Danaus gilippus) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/20

Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis) - Lagunas - 3/16
Common Sootywing (Pholisora catallus) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta) - 3/17
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phileus) - San Elijo Lagoon, Salton Sea NWR -
3/14, 3/20, 3/21
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/20, 3/21
Umber Skipper (Poanes melane) - San Elijo Lagoon - 3/14
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/21

Jim & Susan Hengeveld
Unionville, IN

UNQUOTE

Koji
San Diego

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Subject: Re: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:50:33 -0700 (PDT)
In my experience, P. scriptura belongs in the Medieval bestiaries alongside 
dragons and centaurs... Shapiro's book does say it occurs up here in the SF Bay 
and Sacramento Valley region, but I've never seen it in over ten years of 
intensive collecting. I wonder if it may have declined in recent years, leading 
to its current scarcity? 

 
Noah



On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:24 PM, "JimJoanJoy AT aol.com"  
wrote: 

  
  
Norbert, 

I agree, always fun to encounter scriptura. I wonder if Burns or anyone has 
looked at the tails from all the populations? Scriptura occurs very 
disjointedly 

(made that word up) here and there. We rarely see them in SE AZ but they 
seem to thrive in some of the hottest, harshest desert southwest of Tucson into 

NW Mexico at low elevations. At the same time, they are perfectly at home 
at 7000' just 200 miles to the north in the more xeric areas of the White 
Mountains.  

Jim B 

In a message dated 3/25/2014 12:55:09 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time, 
nkondla AT telus.net writes: 
  
>I consider it significant when one sees a Small Checkered Skipper any day. 
This butterfly is a significant rarity at the northern end of the range (have 
never seen it in my home province) and my personal experience with it is 
limited to a brief trip to western Montana. Steve Kohler took me to a known 
location for the species and  we did find some. I was amazed how small it was, 
how low it flew about and how well it blended into the background and how much 
it looked like a ‘small cruddy moth’ in flight. Made me think that I may 
very well have seen but not recognized it elsewhere in the past ---- 

>Norbert  Kondla 
>Rimbey,  Alberta  
>From:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
lynn monroe 

>Sent: March-25-14 12:17 PM
>To: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
>Subject: Fw: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County 

>   
>
>
>To see the Mallow Scrub-Haiarsteak, the Arizona Powdered-Skipper 
  and the
>Small Checkered-Skipper on the same day! Incredible! 
>
>How 
  interesting that all three of these uncommon butterflies have mallows
>as 
  host plants. Cool Canyon must have lots of mallows this year! Was
>there a 
  burn there fairly recently? The only time we saw a Small
>Checkered-Skipper 
  in the Park was on a NABA hike to Culp Valley after a
>big burn when lots of 
  mallows came up. Fred Heath was on the hike.
>
>Congratulations to Jim 
  & Susan. Thanks for posting.
>
>Lynn Monroe
>
>Granite Ridge 
  Nature Institute
>Lynn & Gene Monroe
>13780 N. Saint Vrain 
  Dr.
>Lyons, CO 80540
>http://www.graniteridgenature.com/
>
>----- 
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>From: Kojiro Shiraiwa 
  
>To: ML-SoWestLeps 
  
>Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:43:58 
  -0700
>Subject: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San Diego & 
  Riverside
>County
>Message-ID: 
  <9EEE6B3D-AF3A-4167-89D9-74548C8FEEB8 AT bekkoame.ne.jp>
>
>Hi All, 
>
>Jim & Susan from Indiana sent me below records from San Diego 
  and
>Riverside County.
>They gave me permission to post this in the 
  listserv.
>
>Records of Marrow Scrub-Hairstreak and Small Checkered 
  Skipper !
>
>QUOTE
>
>At Cool Cyn. (below Granite Mt. on w. side of 
  ABDSP) on 3/18 and 3/19:
>
>Checkered White (Pontia protodice) - 3/18 
  & 3/19
>Pacific (Sara) Orangetip (Anthocharis (sara) sara) - 3/18 & 
  3/19
>Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe) - 3/19
>Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis 
  iole) - 3/18 & 3/19
>
>Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) - 
  3/19
>MALLOW SCRUB-HAIRSTREAK (Strymon istapa) - 3/19
>Great Purple 
  Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) - 3/18 & 3/19
>Loki Hairstreak (Callophrys 
  (gryneus) loki) - 3/18 & 3/19
>Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) - 
  3/18 & 3/19
>Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) - 3/18 & 3/19
>Ceraunus 
  Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) - 3/18 & 3/19
>Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) - 
  3/18 & 3/19
>
>Wright's Metalmark (Calephelis wrighti) - 3/18 & 
  3/19
>
>California Patch (Chlosyne californica) - 3/18 & 
  3/19
>Hennes Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona hennei) - 3/18 
  & 3/19
>Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - 3/18 & 3/19
>Monarch 
  (Danaus plexippus) - 3/18
>
>ARIZONA POWDERED-SKIPPER (Systasea zampa) - 
  3/19
>Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis) - 3/18 & 3/19
>Propertius 
  Duskywing (Erynnis propertius) - 3/19
>White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus 
  albescens) - 3/18 & 3/19
>SMALL CHECKERED-SKIPPER (Pyrgus scriptura) - 
  3/19
>Northern White-Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum) - 3/18 & 
  3/19
>Orange Skipperling (Copaeodes aurantiaca) - 3/18 & 
  3/19
>
>Other species seen in San Diego (& Riverside) 
  Counties:
>
>Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) - San Elijo 
  Lagoon - 3/14
>Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16 
  & 3/21
>
>Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) - San Diego
>California 
  Marble (Euchloe hyantis) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta), Kitchen
>Ck. Rd. - 
  3/17 & 3/21
>Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 
  3/22 (possibly
>earlier as well)
>Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) - 
  Lagunas - 3/16 & 3/17
>Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii) - Lagunas - 
  multiple days
>Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) - Borrego Springs & 
  Salton Sea NWR
>visitor center - 3/17 & 3/21
>
>Brown Elfin 
  (Callophrys augustinus) - San Elijo Lagoon & Kitchen Ck. Rd.
>- 3/14 
  & 3/17
>Bramble (Perplexing) Hairstreak (Callophrys perplexa) - Kitchen 
  Ck. Rd. -
>3/16, 3/21, 3/22
>Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exiles) - 
  Salton Sea NWR near visitor ctr.
>- 3/20 & 3/21
>Sonoran Blue 
  (Philotes sonorensis) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 317, 3/20,
>3/21
>Lupine 
  Blue (Plebejus lupini) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 316 & 3/21
>
>Behr's 
  Metalmark (Apodemia (mormo) virgulti) - Kitchen Ck. Rd., Old Hwy
>80 (s. of 
  LaPosta) - 3/16, 3/17, 3/21, 3/22
>
>Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta) 
  - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 3/17, 3/22
>Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) - 
  s. San Diego - 3/15
>West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella) - Salton Sea NWR 
  near visitor ctr. -
>3/20 & 3/21
>California Sister (Adelpha 
  californica) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/22
>Queen (Danaus gilippus) - Salton Sea 
  NWR - 3/20
>
>Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis) - Lagunas - 
  3/16
>Common Sootywing (Pholisora catallus) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta) - 
  3/17
>Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phileus) - San Elijo Lagoon, Salton Sea NWR 
  -
>3/14, 3/20, 3/21
>Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) - Salton Sea NWR - 
  3/20, 3/21
>Umber Skipper (Poanes melane) - San Elijo Lagoon - 
  3/14
>Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/21
>
>Jim 
  & Susan Hengeveld
>Unionville, IN
>
>UNQUOTE
>
>Koji
>San 
  Diego
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Subject: Re: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County
From: JimJoanJoy AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:23:58 -0400 (EDT)
Norbert,
 
I agree, always fun to encounter scriptura. I wonder if Burns or anyone has 
 looked at the tails from all the populations? Scriptura occurs very 
disjointedly (made that word up) here and there. We rarely see them in SE AZ 
but 

they  seem to thrive in some of the hottest, harshest desert southwest of 
Tucson into  NW Mexico at low elevations. At the same time, they are perfectly 
at home  at 7000' just 200 miles to the north in the more xeric areas of 
the White  Mountains. 
 
Jim B
 
 
In a message dated 3/25/2014 12:55:09 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,  
nkondla AT telus.net writes:

 
 
 
 
I consider it  significant when one sees a Small Checkered Skipper any day. 
This butterfly is  a significant rarity at the northern end of the range 
(have never seen it in  my home province) and my personal experience with it 
is limited to a brief  trip to western Montana. Steve Kohler took me to a 
known location for the  species and  we did find some. I was amazed how small 
it was, how low it  flew about and how well it blended into the background 
and how much it looked like a ‘small cruddy moth’ in flight. Made me think 

that I may very well have  seen but not recognized it elsewhere in the past 
----  
 
Norbert  Kondla 
Rimbey,  Alberta
 
 
From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com  [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On 
Behalf Of lynn  monroe
Sent: March-25-14 12:17 PM
To:  SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Fw: [SoWestLep] Interesting  records from San Diego & Riverside 
County

 
 
 


To see the Mallow Scrub-Haiarsteak, the Arizona Powdered-Skipper  and the
Small Checkered-Skipper on the same day! Incredible! 

How  interesting that all three of these uncommon butterflies have mallows
as  host plants. Cool Canyon must have lots of mallows this year! Was
there a  burn there fairly recently? The only time we saw a Small
Checkered-Skipper  in the Park was on a NABA hike to Culp Valley after a
big burn when lots of  mallows came up. Fred Heath was on the hike.

Congratulations to Jim  & Susan. Thanks for posting.

Lynn Monroe

Granite Ridge  Nature Institute
Lynn & Gene Monroe
13780 N. Saint Vrain  Dr.
Lyons, CO 80540
_www.graniteridgenature.com_ (http://www.graniteridgenature.com/) 

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From: Kojiro Shiraiwa  
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Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:43:58  -0700
Subject: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San Diego &  Riverside
County
Message-ID:  <9EEE6B3D-AF3A-4167-89D9-74548C8FEEB8 AT bekkoame.ne.jp>

Hi All,  

Jim & Susan from Indiana sent me below records from San Diego  and
Riverside County.
They gave me permission to post this in the  listserv.

Records of Marrow Scrub-Hairstreak and Small Checkered  Skipper !

QUOTE

At Cool Cyn. (below Granite Mt. on w. side of  ABDSP) on 3/18 and 3/19:

Checkered White (Pontia protodice) - 3/18  & 3/19
Pacific (Sara) Orangetip (Anthocharis (sara) sara) - 3/18 &  3/19
Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe) - 3/19
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis  iole) - 3/18 & 3/19

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) -  3/19
MALLOW SCRUB-HAIRSTREAK (Strymon istapa) - 3/19
Great Purple  Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Loki Hairstreak (Callophrys  (gryneus) loki) - 3/18 & 3/19
Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) -  3/18 & 3/19
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) - 3/18 & 3/19
Ceraunus  Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) -  3/18 & 3/19

Wright's Metalmark (Calephelis wrighti) - 3/18 &  3/19

California Patch (Chlosyne californica) - 3/18 &  3/19
Hennes Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona hennei) - 3/18  & 3/19
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - 3/18 & 3/19
Monarch  (Danaus plexippus) - 3/18

ARIZONA POWDERED-SKIPPER (Systasea zampa) -  3/19
Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis) - 3/18 & 3/19
Propertius  Duskywing (Erynnis propertius) - 3/19
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus  albescens) - 3/18 & 3/19
SMALL CHECKERED-SKIPPER (Pyrgus scriptura) -  3/19
Northern White-Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum) - 3/18 &  3/19
Orange Skipperling (Copaeodes aurantiaca) - 3/18 &  3/19

Other species seen in San Diego (& Riverside)  Counties:

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) - San Elijo  Lagoon - 3/14
Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16  & 3/21

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) - San Diego
California  Marble (Euchloe hyantis) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta), Kitchen
Ck. Rd. -  3/17 & 3/21
Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. -  3/22 (possibly
earlier as well)
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) -  Lagunas - 3/16 & 3/17
Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii) - Lagunas -  multiple days
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) - Borrego Springs &  Salton Sea NWR
visitor center - 3/17 & 3/21

Brown Elfin  (Callophrys augustinus) - San Elijo Lagoon & Kitchen Ck. Rd.
- 3/14  & 3/17
Bramble (Perplexing) Hairstreak (Callophrys perplexa) - Kitchen  Ck. Rd. -
3/16, 3/21, 3/22
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exiles) -  Salton Sea NWR near visitor ctr.
- 3/20 & 3/21
Sonoran Blue  (Philotes sonorensis) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 317, 3/20,
3/21
Lupine  Blue (Plebejus lupini) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 316 & 3/21

Behr's  Metalmark (Apodemia (mormo) virgulti) - Kitchen Ck. Rd., Old Hwy
80 (s. of  LaPosta) - 3/16, 3/17, 3/21, 3/22

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta)  - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 3/17, 3/22
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) -  s. San Diego - 3/15
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella) - Salton Sea NWR  near visitor ctr. -
3/20 & 3/21
California Sister (Adelpha  californica) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/22
Queen (Danaus gilippus) - Salton Sea  NWR - 3/20

Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis) - Lagunas -  3/16
Common Sootywing (Pholisora catallus) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta) -  3/17
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phileus) - San Elijo Lagoon, Salton Sea NWR  -
3/14, 3/20, 3/21
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) - Salton Sea NWR -  3/20, 3/21
Umber Skipper (Poanes melane) - San Elijo Lagoon -  3/14
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/21

Jim  & Susan Hengeveld
Unionville, IN

UNQUOTE

Koji
San  Diego

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Subject: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County
From: "Norbert Kondla" <nkondla AT telus.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:54:59 -0600
I consider it significant when one sees a Small Checkered Skipper any day. This 
butterfly is a significant rarity at the northern end of the range (have never 
seen it in my home province) and my personal experience with it is limited to a 
brief trip to western Montana. Steve Kohler took me to a known location for the 
species and we did find some. I was amazed how small it was, how low it flew 
about and how well it blended into the background and how much it looked like a 
‘small cruddy moth’ in flight. Made me think that I may very well have seen 
but not recognized it elsewhere in the past ---- 


 

Norbert Kondla

Rimbey, Alberta

 

From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
lynn monroe 

Sent: March-25-14 12:17 PM
To: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Fw: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County

 

  



To see the Mallow Scrub-Haiarsteak, the Arizona Powdered-Skipper and the
Small Checkered-Skipper on the same day! Incredible! 

How interesting that all three of these uncommon butterflies have mallows
as host plants. Cool Canyon must have lots of mallows this year! Was
there a burn there fairly recently? The only time we saw a Small
Checkered-Skipper in the Park was on a NABA hike to Culp Valley after a
big burn when lots of mallows came up. Fred Heath was on the hike.

Congratulations to Jim & Susan. Thanks for posting.

Lynn Monroe

Granite Ridge Nature Institute
Lynn & Gene Monroe
13780 N. Saint Vrain Dr.
Lyons, CO 80540
www.graniteridgenature.com

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From: Kojiro Shiraiwa 
To: ML-SoWestLeps 
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:43:58 -0700
Subject: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside
County
Message-ID: <9EEE6B3D-AF3A-4167-89D9-74548C8FEEB8 AT bekkoame.ne.jp>

Hi All, 

Jim & Susan from Indiana sent me below records from San Diego and
Riverside County.
They gave me permission to post this in the listserv.

Records of Marrow Scrub-Hairstreak and Small Checkered Skipper !

QUOTE

At Cool Cyn. (below Granite Mt. on w. side of ABDSP) on 3/18 and 3/19:

Checkered White (Pontia protodice) - 3/18 & 3/19
Pacific (Sara) Orangetip (Anthocharis (sara) sara) - 3/18 & 3/19
Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe) - 3/19
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) - 3/18 & 3/19

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) - 3/19
MALLOW SCRUB-HAIRSTREAK (Strymon istapa) - 3/19
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Loki Hairstreak (Callophrys (gryneus) loki) - 3/18 & 3/19
Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) - 3/18 & 3/19
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) - 3/18 & 3/19

Wright's Metalmark (Calephelis wrighti) - 3/18 & 3/19

California Patch (Chlosyne californica) - 3/18 & 3/19
Hennes Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona hennei) - 3/18 & 3/19
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - 3/18 & 3/19
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) - 3/18

ARIZONA POWDERED-SKIPPER (Systasea zampa) - 3/19
Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis) - 3/18 & 3/19
Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius) - 3/19
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens) - 3/18 & 3/19
SMALL CHECKERED-SKIPPER (Pyrgus scriptura) - 3/19
Northern White-Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum) - 3/18 & 3/19
Orange Skipperling (Copaeodes aurantiaca) - 3/18 & 3/19

Other species seen in San Diego (& Riverside) Counties:

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) - San Elijo Lagoon - 3/14
Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16 & 3/21

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) - San Diego
California Marble (Euchloe hyantis) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta), Kitchen
Ck. Rd. - 3/17 & 3/21
Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/22 (possibly
earlier as well)
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) - Lagunas - 3/16 & 3/17
Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii) - Lagunas - multiple days
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) - Borrego Springs & Salton Sea NWR
visitor center - 3/17 & 3/21

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus) - San Elijo Lagoon & Kitchen Ck. Rd.
- 3/14 & 3/17
Bramble (Perplexing) Hairstreak (Callophrys perplexa) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. -
3/16, 3/21, 3/22
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exiles) - Salton Sea NWR near visitor ctr.
- 3/20 & 3/21
Sonoran Blue (Philotes sonorensis) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 317, 3/20,
3/21
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 316 & 3/21

Behr's Metalmark (Apodemia (mormo) virgulti) - Kitchen Ck. Rd., Old Hwy
80 (s. of LaPosta) - 3/16, 3/17, 3/21, 3/22

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 3/17, 3/22
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) - s. San Diego - 3/15
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella) - Salton Sea NWR near visitor ctr. -
3/20 & 3/21
California Sister (Adelpha californica) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/22
Queen (Danaus gilippus) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/20

Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis) - Lagunas - 3/16
Common Sootywing (Pholisora catallus) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta) - 3/17
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phileus) - San Elijo Lagoon, Salton Sea NWR -
3/14, 3/20, 3/21
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/20, 3/21
Umber Skipper (Poanes melane) - San Elijo Lagoon - 3/14
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/21

Jim & Susan Hengeveld
Unionville, IN

UNQUOTE

Koji
San Diego

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Subject: Fw: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County
From: lynn monroe <lynnmon AT juno.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:17:03 -0600


To see the Mallow Scrub-Haiarsteak, the Arizona Powdered-Skipper and the
Small Checkered-Skipper on the same day!  Incredible!  

How interesting that all three of these uncommon butterflies have mallows
as host plants.  Cool Canyon must have lots of mallows this year!  Was
there a burn there fairly recently?  The only time we saw a Small
Checkered-Skipper in the Park was on a NABA hike to Culp Valley after a
big burn when lots of mallows came up.  Fred Heath was on the hike.

Congratulations to Jim & Susan.  Thanks for posting.

Lynn Monroe

Granite Ridge Nature Institute
Lynn & Gene Monroe
13780 N. Saint Vrain Dr.
Lyons, CO 80540
www.graniteridgenature.com



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From: Kojiro Shiraiwa 
To: ML-SoWestLeps 
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:43:58 -0700
Subject: [SoWestLep] Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside
County
Message-ID: <9EEE6B3D-AF3A-4167-89D9-74548C8FEEB8 AT bekkoame.ne.jp>

  
Hi All, 


Jim & Susan from Indiana sent me below records from San Diego and
Riverside County.
They gave me permission to post this in the listserv.


Records of Marrow Scrub-Hairstreak and Small Checkered Skipper !


QUOTE


At Cool Cyn. (below Granite Mt. on w. side of ABDSP) on 3/18 and 3/19:


Checkered White (Pontia protodice) - 3/18 & 3/19
Pacific (Sara) Orangetip (Anthocharis (sara) sara) - 3/18 & 3/19
Sleepy Orange  (Abaeis nicippe) - 3/19
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) - 3/18 & 3/19


Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) - 3/19
MALLOW SCRUB-HAIRSTREAK (Strymon istapa) - 3/19
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Loki Hairstreak (Callophrys (gryneus) loki) - 3/18 & 3/19
Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) - 3/18 & 3/19
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) - 3/18 & 3/19


Wright's Metalmark (Calephelis wrighti) - 3/18 & 3/19


California Patch (Chlosyne californica) - 3/18 & 3/19
Hennes Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona hennei) - 3/18 & 3/19
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - 3/18 & 3/19
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) - 3/18


ARIZONA POWDERED-SKIPPER (Systasea zampa) - 3/19
Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis) - 3/18 & 3/19
Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius) - 3/19
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens) - 3/18 & 3/19
SMALL CHECKERED-SKIPPER (Pyrgus scriptura) - 3/19
Northern White-Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum) - 3/18 & 3/19
Orange Skipperling (Copaeodes aurantiaca) - 3/18 & 3/19


Other species seen in San Diego (& Riverside) Counties:


Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) - San Elijo Lagoon - 3/14
Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16 & 3/21


Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) - San Diego
California Marble (Euchloe hyantis) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta), Kitchen
Ck. Rd. - 3/17 & 3/21
Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/22 (possibly
earlier as well)
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) - Lagunas - 3/16 & 3/17
Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii) - Lagunas - multiple days
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) - Borrego Springs & Salton Sea NWR
visitor center - 3/17 & 3/21


Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus) - San Elijo Lagoon & Kitchen Ck. Rd.
- 3/14 & 3/17
Bramble (Perplexing) Hairstreak (Callophrys perplexa) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. -
3/16, 3/21, 3/22
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exiles) - Salton Sea NWR near visitor ctr.
- 3/20 & 3/21
Sonoran Blue (Philotes sonorensis) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 317, 3/20,
3/21
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 316 & 3/21


Behr's Metalmark (Apodemia (mormo) virgulti) - Kitchen Ck. Rd., Old Hwy
80 (s. of LaPosta) - 3/16, 3/17, 3/21, 3/22


Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 3/17, 3/22
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) - s. San Diego - 3/15
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella) - Salton Sea NWR near visitor ctr. -
3/20 & 3/21
California Sister (Adelpha californica) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/22
Queen (Danaus gilippus) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/20


Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis) - Lagunas - 3/16
Common Sootywing (Pholisora catallus) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta) - 3/17
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phileus) - San Elijo Lagoon, Salton Sea NWR -
3/14, 3/20, 3/21
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/20, 3/21
Umber Skipper (Poanes melane) - San Elijo Lagoon - 3/14
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/21


Jim & Susan Hengeveld
Unionville, IN


UNQUOTE


Koji
San Diego

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Subject: Laguna Mountains & others
From: Kojiro Shiraiwa <whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:00:54 -0700
All,

March 23, Another group of Jimbo & Seto (and myself during the morning only) 
with following records: 



Juba Skipper (Hesperia juba)
Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii)
Sara Orangetip (Anthocharis sara sara)
Grinnell's Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata australis)
California Marble (Euchloe hyantis hyantis)
Bramble Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum dumetorum)
Southern Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus australis)
Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon)
Clemence's Blue (Plebejus lupini monticola)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta)


Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis tristis)
Artful Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius callidus)
Edwards' Indra Swallowtail (Papilio indra pergamus) - first time I heard flying 
in this canyon! 

Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii) - common
Sara Orangetip (Anthocharis sara sara)
Grinnell's Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata australis) - very common
California Marble (Euchloe hyantis hyantis)
Bramble Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum dumetorum)
Echo Azure (Celastrina echo echo)
Smoky Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus umbrosa)
Southern Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus australis)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Couple of days before, these gentlemen were in Ivanpah Mountains near Nevada 
and found good number of Desert Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes coloro) with few 
black forms and also Mojave Desert Orangetip (Anthocharis cethura mojavensis). 


Butterflies are having good flight in San Diego.
We got little more rain today, so the season should be good until summer. I 
guess it's all about the timing of rain, not the amount of rain. 


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Subject: Interesting records from San Diego & Riverside County
From: Kojiro Shiraiwa <whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:43:58 -0700
Hi All,

Jim & Susan from Indiana sent me below records from San Diego and Riverside 
County. 

They gave me permission to post this in the listserv.

Records of Marrow Scrub-Hairstreak and Small Checkered Skipper !

QUOTE

At Cool Cyn. (below Granite Mt. on w. side of ABDSP) on 3/18 and 3/19:

Checkered White (Pontia protodice) - 3/18 & 3/19
Pacific (Sara) Orangetip (Anthocharis (sara) sara) - 3/18 & 3/19
Sleepy Orange  (Abaeis nicippe) - 3/19
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) - 3/18 & 3/19

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) - 3/19
MALLOW SCRUB-HAIRSTREAK (Strymon istapa) - 3/19
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Loki Hairstreak (Callophrys (gryneus) loki) - 3/18 & 3/19
Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) - 3/18 & 3/19
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) - 3/18 & 3/19
Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) - 3/18 & 3/19

Wright's Metalmark (Calephelis wrighti) - 3/18 & 3/19

California Patch (Chlosyne californica) - 3/18 & 3/19
Henne’s Variable Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona hennei) - 3/18 & 3/19
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - 3/18 & 3/19
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) - 3/18

ARIZONA POWDERED-SKIPPER (Systasea zampa) - 3/19
Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis) - 3/18 & 3/19
Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius) - 3/19
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens) - 3/18 & 3/19
SMALL CHECKERED-SKIPPER (Pyrgus scriptura) - 3/19
Northern White-Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum) - 3/18 & 3/19
Orange Skipperling (Copaeodes aurantiaca) - 3/18 & 3/19

Other species seen in San Diego (& Riverside) Counties:

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) - San Elijo Lagoon - 3/14
Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16 & 3/21

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) - San Diego
California Marble (Euchloe hyantis) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta), Kitchen Ck. 
Rd. - 3/17 & 3/21 

Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/22 (possibly earlier 
as well) 

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) - Lagunas - 3/16 & 3/17
Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii) - Lagunas - multiple days
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) - Borrego Springs & Salton Sea NWR visitor 
center - 3/17 & 3/21 


Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus) - San Elijo Lagoon & Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/14 
& 3/17 

Bramble (Perplexing) Hairstreak (Callophrys perplexa) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 
3/21, 3/22 

Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exiles) - Salton Sea NWR near visitor ctr. - 
3/20 & 3/21 

Sonoran Blue (Philotes sonorensis) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 317, 3/20, 3/21
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 316 & 3/21

Behr's Metalmark (Apodemia (mormo) virgulti) - Kitchen Ck. Rd., Old Hwy 80 (s. 
of LaPosta) - 3/16, 3/17, 3/21, 3/22 


Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/16, 3/17, 3/22
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) - s. San Diego - 3/15
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella) - Salton Sea NWR near visitor ctr. - 3/20 & 
3/21 

California Sister (Adelpha californica) - Kitchen Ck. Rd. - 3/22
Queen (Danaus gilippus) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/20

Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis) - Lagunas - 3/16
Common Sootywing (Pholisora catallus) - Old Hwy 80 (s. of LaPosta) - 3/17
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phileus) - San Elijo Lagoon, Salton Sea NWR - 3/14, 
3/20, 3/21 

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/20, 3/21
Umber Skipper (Poanes melane) - San Elijo Lagoon - 3/14
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala) - Salton Sea NWR - 3/21

Jim & Susan Hengeveld
Unionville, IN

UNQUOTE

Koji
San Diego
Subject: Pena Blanca Lake, Santa Cruz Co. AZ 22 March 2014
From: "Fred Heath" <fred.heath43 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:30:05 -0700
Mary Klinkel led us on a little excursion yesterday and reports the
following:

 

Pat & Dick Carlson & Fred & I went to Pena Blanca today after stopping in
Tubac for the hawk watch.  We spent about 3.5 hours at PBL, first at the
lower old boat dock ,then at the new boat dock & walked to the dam spillway.
If you don't like buckeyes, definitely don't go there!!  We saw the most
buckeyes I've ever seen today, total 35 species.  Also, the wildflowers
along the way are the best I've seen all year, really lovely.   

 

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)

Checkered White - (Pontia protodice)

Desert Marble - (Euchloe lotta)

Orange Sulphur - (Colias eurytheme)

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia)

Cloudless Sulphur - (Phoebis sennae)

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana)

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe)

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole) 

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus)

Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina)

Western Pygmy-Blue - (Brephidium exilis)

Spring 'Echo' Azure - (Celastrina ladon echo)

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola)

Acmon Blue - (Plebejus acmon)

Fatal Metalmark- (Calephelis nemesis)

Arizona Metalmark- (Calephelis arizonensis)

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta)

Monarch - (Danaus plexippus)

Queen - (Danaus gilippus)

Tiny Checkerspot - (Dymasia dymas)

Elada Checkerspot - (Texola elada)

Northern Buckeye - (Junonia coenia)

Tropical Buckeye - (Junonia evarete nigrosuffusa)

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui)

American Lady - (Vanessa virginiensis)

Empress Leilia - (Asterocampa leilia)

Golden-headed Scallopwing - (Staphylus ceos)

Arizona Powdered-Skipper - (Systasea zampa)

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis)

White Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus albescens)

Desert Checkered-Skipper - (Pyrgus philetas)

Common Streaky-Skipper - (Celotes nessus)

Orange Skipperling - (Copaeodes aurantiaca)

Violet-clouded Skipper - (Lerodea arabus

 

Note SEABA is having field trip to Pena Blanca Lake next Sunday, March 30.
Check the SEABA website for details:

http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabasa/index.html 
Subject: Silverado Canyon March 19 - Last Day of Winter
From: fsmodel AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:43:48 -0400 (EDT)
Greetings,
 
The SoCal butterfly season has been slow in developing, but I am pleased to 
 report that I booked 17 species today in Silverado Canyon. Nothing unusual 
or  remarkable, but very respectable diversity, especially given  that I 
saw  zero anglewings. The predominant species was Behr's metalmark, which 
outnumbered  even silvery blue.
 
The photos are still in my camera, but here's the list:
 
Pale ST
Western Tiger ST
Sara OT
Dainty Sulphur
California Dogface
Silvery Blue
Western Brown Elfin
Perplexing HS
Behr's MM
Painted Lady
Lorquin's Admiral
California Sister
Funereal DW
Mournful DW
Propertius DW
 
Orange Skipperling
Umber Skipper
 
Spring is literally just around the corner. Chin up, Massachusetts!
 
Cheers,
Frank
Subject: Re: Del Mar, San Diego
From: Ray Stanford <ray.stanford AT stanfordalumni.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:17:05 -0700
Thanks to Koji, Bob and others for the discussion. I grew up on Point Loma, a 
large, hilly habitat between the Bay and the Pacific to the west. Lots of yucca 
there, but I found none except Y. whipplei, and no Megs. Before WW II, there 
were colonies of Philotes sonorensis there, but with the fortifications that 
were installed widely on the peninsula during the war, the blues (and probably 
the Dudleya) disappeared. I searched for them in the 1950s but never saw one. I 
wonder whether Y. schidigera could be in Torrey Pines State Park? Or on Camp 
Pendleton? Lots of coastal sage scrubland there. 


Cheers,  Ray  

On Mar 19, 2014, at 8:42 AM, Bob Allen wrote:

> Adding to the discussion that population of Yucca schidigera in Del Mar is 
disjunct from the rest. Olle Pellmyr, Univ of Idaho, is studying its pollinator 
(a Prodoxid moth). 

> 
> -Bob Allen
> bugbob AT mac.com
> Author, Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Mar 18, 2014, at 6:00 PM, Kojiro Shiraiwa  
wrote: 

> 
>> 
>> Hi Ray,
>> 
>> Del Mar has quite a bit of the Y. schudigera. Comstock reported that there 
was a Meg population there, so that is something I was looking for. Again, the 
area may be too small for them to survive now. Still, there are many yucca, so 
I will continue to look. 

>> 
>> Koji
>> San Diego
>> 
>>> Hi Koji, Pete and others,
>>> 
>>> Unless there is Yucca schidigera west of the Peninsular ranges, you will 
never find Megs there. The yucca in southern California west of the deserts is 
Yucca whipplei, the ONLY species of yucca never to have been found to support 
Megs. Maybe you guys can find out why this is true . . . . Hundreds of others 
have tried. 

>>> 
>>> Your somewhat absent colleague,
>>> 
>>> Ray Stanford  
>>> 
>>> On Mar 15, 2014, at 6:07 PM, Kojiro Shiraiwa wrote:
>>> 
>>>>  
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> 
>>>> I went to Del Mar today to look for Yucca Giant Skipper. There are some 
Yucca plants there, but the area may be too small for the skipper to survive. 
Nevertheless, I have seen Yucca Giant Skipper look-alike before, so I will 
continue the search. 

>>>> 
>>>> Meantime, here are the list today. Sunny and temperature around 78F, with 
almost no wind. 

>>>> 
>>>> Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti sabuleti) x 2
>>>> Umber Skipper (Poanes melane melane) x few, perching along dry creek bed
>>>> Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) x 1
>>>> Southern Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus australis) x 2
>>>> California Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis dammersi) x 2 - nice find!
>>>> Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) x few. Some worn and migrating north, others 
fresh and nectaring. 

>>>> 
>>>> If the metalmarks can survive there, maybe the skipper can survive too?
>>>> 
>>>> Koji
>>>> San Diego
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>> 
>> 
> 
Subject: Re: Del Mar, San Diego
From: Bob Allen <bugbob AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:42:00 -0700
Adding to the discussion that population of Yucca schidigera in Del Mar is 
disjunct from the rest. Olle Pellmyr, Univ of Idaho, is studying its pollinator 
(a Prodoxid moth). 


-Bob Allen
bugbob AT mac.com
Author, Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains




On Mar 18, 2014, at 6:00 PM, Kojiro Shiraiwa  wrote:

> 
> Hi Ray,
> 
> Del Mar has quite a bit of the Y. schudigera. Comstock reported that there 
was a Meg population there, so that is something I was looking for. Again, the 
area may be too small for them to survive now. Still, there are many yucca, so 
I will continue to look. 

> 
> Koji
> San Diego
> 
>> Hi Koji, Pete and others,
>> 
>> Unless there is Yucca schidigera west of the Peninsular ranges, you will 
never find Megs there. The yucca in southern California west of the deserts is 
Yucca whipplei, the ONLY species of yucca never to have been found to support 
Megs. Maybe you guys can find out why this is true . . . . Hundreds of others 
have tried. 

>> 
>> Your somewhat absent colleague,
>> 
>> Ray Stanford  
>> 
>> On Mar 15, 2014, at 6:07 PM, Kojiro Shiraiwa wrote:
>> 
>>>  
>>> Hi all,
>>> 
>>> I went to Del Mar today to look for Yucca Giant Skipper. There are some 
Yucca plants there, but the area may be too small for the skipper to survive. 
Nevertheless, I have seen Yucca Giant Skipper look-alike before, so I will 
continue the search. 

>>> 
>>> Meantime, here are the list today. Sunny and temperature around 78F, with 
almost no wind. 

>>> 
>>> Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti sabuleti) x 2
>>> Umber Skipper (Poanes melane melane) x few, perching along dry creek bed
>>> Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) x 1
>>> Southern Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus australis) x 2
>>> California Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis dammersi) x 2 - nice find!
>>> Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) x few. Some worn and migrating north, others 
fresh and nectaring. 

>>> 
>>> If the metalmarks can survive there, maybe the skipper can survive too?
>>> 
>>> Koji
>>> San Diego
>>> 
>> 
> 
> 
Subject: Interior SLO Co., CA
From: "Kenneth Davenport" <kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:31:34 -0700
Everyone:

   I returned to the Navajo Camp region in interior San Luis Obispo County
today since temperature and wind conditions at Frazier Park in Kern County
were not favorable.  The main interest in Navajo Camp is that there are
apparently two species of green Callophrys that occur in that area:
Callophrys dumetorum and C. viridis, the latter not encountered today
pending closer examination after those collected dry on the spreading
boards.

   There was a short list of butterflies and one moth of interest.  There
has been rain in the area since my last visit about 3 weeks ago but there
was no water in McGinnis Creek and few sources of nectar.  Leaf condition of
buckweeds and Lotus was very poor with some exceptions.

 

Bramble Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum dumetorum): 7 upstream from Navajo
OHV Park, 1 near Jct. of Red Hill Rd. & Pozo Rd.

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus iroides): Common with C. dumetorum on
blooming perennials.

Echo Azure (Celastrina echo echo): Scarce

Southern Silvery Blue (G. lygdamus australis): Scarce.

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta): 4-5

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): Very abundant locally

Monarch (Danaus plexippus): Common in deep canyon with water in deep canyon
off Pozo Rd. near Jct. with Red Hill Rd.

 

Moth: Annaphila decia: Saw 4, caught 2.  McGinnis Creek and in same area as
the Monarchs.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 
Subject: Re: Del Mar, San Diego
From: Kojiro Shiraiwa <whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:00:46 -0700
Hi Ray,

Del Mar has quite a bit of the Y. schudigera. Comstock reported that there was 
a Meg population there, so that is something I was looking for. Again, the area 
may be too small for them to survive now. Still, there are many yucca, so I 
will continue to look. 


Koji
San Diego

> Hi Koji, Pete and others,
> 
> Unless there is Yucca schidigera west of the Peninsular ranges, you will 
never find Megs there. The yucca in southern California west of the deserts is 
Yucca whipplei, the ONLY species of yucca never to have been found to support 
Megs. Maybe you guys can find out why this is true . . . . Hundreds of others 
have tried. 

> 
> Your somewhat absent colleague,
> 
> Ray Stanford  
> 
>> On Mar 15, 2014, at 6:07 PM, Kojiro Shiraiwa wrote:
>> 
>> Hi all,
>> 
>> I went to Del Mar today to look for Yucca Giant Skipper. There are some 
Yucca plants there, but the area may be too small for the skipper to survive. 
Nevertheless, I have seen Yucca Giant Skipper look-alike before, so I will 
continue the search. 

>> 
>> Meantime, here are the list today. Sunny and temperature around 78F, with 
almost no wind. 

>> 
>> Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti sabuleti) x 2
>> Umber Skipper (Poanes melane melane) x few, perching along dry creek bed
>> Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) x 1
>> Southern Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus australis) x 2
>> California Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis dammersi) x 2 - nice find!
>> Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) x few. Some worn and migrating north, others 
fresh and nectaring. 

>> 
>> If the metalmarks can survive there, maybe the skipper can survive too?
>> 
>> Koji
>> San Diego
>> 
>> 
> 
Subject: Re: Del Mar, San Diego
From: Jay K <azure.jay AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:41:32 -0700 (GMT-07:00)




Subject: Re: Del Mar, San Diego
From: Ray Stanford <ray.stanford AT stanfordalumni.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:22:05 -0700
Hi Koji, Pete and others,

Unless there is Yucca schidigera west of the Peninsular ranges, you will never 
find Megs there. The yucca in southern California west of the deserts is Yucca 
whipplei, the ONLY species of yucca never to have been found to support Megs. 
Maybe you guys can find out why this is true . . . . Hundreds of others have 
tried. 


Your somewhat absent colleague,

Ray Stanford  

On Mar 15, 2014, at 6:07 PM, Kojiro Shiraiwa wrote:

> Hi all,
> 
> I went to Del Mar today to look for Yucca Giant Skipper. There are some Yucca 
plants there, but the area may be too small for the skipper to survive. 
Nevertheless, I have seen Yucca Giant Skipper look-alike before, so I will 
continue the search. 

> 
> Meantime, here are the list today. Sunny and temperature around 78F, with 
almost no wind. 

> 
> Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti sabuleti) x 2
> Umber Skipper (Poanes melane melane) x few, perching along dry creek bed
> Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) x 1
> Southern Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus australis) x 2
> California Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis dammersi) x 2 - nice find!
> Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) x few. Some worn and migrating north, others 
fresh and nectaring. 

> 
> If the metalmarks can survive there, maybe the skipper can survive too?
> 
> Koji
> San Diego
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Everything is early this year?
From: Pete Spino <petespino8 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:22:36 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Koji,
I've been excitedly watching your M. y. harbinsoni search with interest.
Could this be the year? I still have never even so whiffed on an emerged adult.
That area of In Ko Pah is a real jewel that needs more mining. It's location of
being the last mostly mountainous high desert habitat just before the severe 
elevation drop into the desert is key. 

I'm afraid I'm mostly grounded on the weekends with church and family 
responsibilities until Easter. Short weekday afternoon trips into the chaparral
canyons in the north county are about all I can muster for now. I'm hoping you 
can zero in on and finally nab an adult on the wing. It will be a game changer.

As for everything being early this year - it sure seems like it. I always 
thought 

that little rain meant late butterflies but many species seem to be a hurry.
I'm seeing more and more Marine Blue with each walk and funeralis are all
over the place. I've even seen a few phyleus emerge in the neighborhood
gardens after the near 90 degree days over the weekend.

I'm sure the adults of most of our spring mountain blues are already worn.

Pete 
Sun Diego

 

 


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Subject: Re: Tucson Area
From: William Beck <billbeck001 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:54:15 -0700 (PDT)
Hey Fred!  
That's a great list! Yesterday 16th I was just "upstream" from 
your Catalina State park sight in the same CDO drainage, but slightly higher 
elevation just south of Oracle. Your list covered most of my list, with a 
couple adders: 


Mexican yellow
Sara Orange Tip
Two tailed swallowtail
Zela metalmark
Sagebrush checkerspot
White barred skipper
Orange Skipperling 
Pacuvius duskywing
Brown elfin
Great purple hairstreak
Siva juniper hairstreak
And not least! Xami hairstreak!

Tucson area warming up!!

Bill
Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] Painted Lady Migration Reaches Central California
From: "Todd Stout" <todd AT raisingbutterflies.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:47:31 -0600
Hi Paul,

 

I think the mourning cloaks (Nympalis antiopa) wait a while before they are
ready to lay eggs.  I think at our low elevations, they oviposit in mid to
late April; creating a fresh brood in June.

 

Thx, Todd

 

Todd L. Stout 
Raising Butterflies 
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From: DesertLeps AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:DesertLeps AT yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Paul Cherubini
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 2:07 AM
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Subject: [DesertLeps] Painted Lady Migration Reaches Central California

 

  

Yesturday while monarch watching in the northern San Joaquin Valley and

adjacent Sierra foothills I sighted half a dozen or so Painted Ladies over a
span of 

7 hours and I was close enough to a few of them to very positively identify
them as 

Painted Ladies. As usual for mid-March, they were in moderately faded
condition 

and flying fast and low to the ground to the north-northwest.  Winds were
calm.

 

Also, in the Sierra foothills east of Merced, Calif. I captured some brief
video footage

of a faded, overwintered spring migrant monarch laying eggs on Asclepias
californica 

milkweed that was growing in a cattle pasture:

 

http://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U
 &video_id=yaxyZkAyl2I

 

A couple Mourning Cloaks were also seen in the Sierra 

foothills east of Merced that were in moderately faded 

condition.  One landed on a willow tree for about 20 

seconds that was just beginning to leaf out, but then 

she flew off without leaving any eggs.

 

Paul Cherubini

El Dorado, Calif.


Subject: Painted Lady Migration Reaches Central California
From: Paul Cherubini <monarch AT saber.net>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:07:26 -0700
Yesturday while monarch watching in the northern San Joaquin Valley and
adjacent Sierra foothills I sighted half a dozen or so Painted Ladies over a 
span of 

7 hours and I was close enough to a few of them to very positively identify 
them as 

Painted Ladies. As usual for mid-March, they were in moderately faded condition 

and flying fast and low to the ground to the north-northwest.  Winds were calm.

Also, in the Sierra foothills east of Merced, Calif. I captured some brief 
video footage 

of a faded, overwintered spring migrant monarch laying eggs on Asclepias 
californica 

milkweed that was growing in a cattle pasture:

http://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=yaxyZkAyl2I

A couple Mourning Cloaks were also seen in the Sierra 
foothills east of Merced that were in moderately faded 
condition.  One landed on a willow tree for about 20 
seconds that was just beginning to leaf out, but then 
she flew off without leaving any eggs.

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.
Subject: Everything is early this year?
From: Kojiro Shiraiwa <whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 22:50:47 -0700
Hi all,


Looking for Yucca Giant Skipper again. Perfect habitat. There is also a record 
of Yucca Giant Skipper from this area as well. 

Yet, couldn't find one.  Maybe early?

White Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus albescens) x 1
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) x3 migrating 


Sara Orangetip (Anthocharis sara sara) x 2
California Marble (Euchloe hyantis hyantis) x 1 (flying, so not sure about the 
ID) 

Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii) x 1
Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) x 4 the spring form, worn
Clemence's Blue (Plebejus lupini monticola) x 1 fresh
Sonora Blue (Philotes sonorensis) x 4 worn
Bramble Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum dumetorum) x 1 worn
Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta) x 1
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) x 5 migrating

Looks like the season here has started earlier than usual.

Koji
San Diego

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Subject: Tucson Area butterflies March 15, 2014
From: "Fred Heath" <fred.heath43 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:59:27 -0700
Mary Klinkel and I spent a few hours out in the Tucson area lowlands
Saturday. We represented SEABA in supporting the docent led Saturday morning
butterfly walk at Tohono Chul Park (T) and then wandered over to Catalina
State Park(C) for a few hours in the afternoon. At Catalina SP Mary found a
butterfly flying up in a Net-leafed Hackberry which looked suspiciously like
a Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis) . We lost it when it landed in the
tree and were not able to confirm the sighting which would be more than a
month earlier than the previous record of April 30, 1989. There have been a
lot of early state records this year, so it seems like anything is possible.
We observed the following:  

 

Pipevine Swallowtail - (Battus philenor)  T,C  Including several
caterpillars at T

Giant Swallowtail - (Papilio cresphontes) T

Desert Marble - (Euchloe lotta) C

Checkered White - (Pontia protodice) T,C 

Orange Sulphur - (Colias eurytheme) C

Southern Dogface - (Zerene cesonia) T,C 

Cloudless Sulphur - (Phoebis sennae) T,C  ovipositing on Desert Senna at T

Mexican Yellow - (Eurema mexicana) C

Sleepy Orange - (Abaeis nicippe) C

Dainty Sulphur - (Nathalis iole) T,C

Gray Hairstreak - (Strymon melinus) T

Marine Blue - (Leptotes marina) T,C

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

Reakirt's Blue - (Echinargus isola) C

Fatal Metalmark - (Calephelis nemesis) C

American Snout - (Libytheana carinenta) T,C

Gulf Fritillary - (Agraulis vanillae) T

Tiny Checkerspot - (Dymasia dymas) C

Elada Checkerspot - (Texola elada) C

Texan Crescent - (Anthanassa texana) T

Common Buckeye - (Junonia coenia) C

Mourning Cloak - (Nymphalis antiopa) C

Painted Lady - (Vanessa cardui) T,C 

Red Admiral - (Vanessa atalanta) C

Empress Leilia - (Asterocampa leilia) T,C

Queen - (Danaus gilippus) T,C

Golden-headed Scallopwing - (Staphylus ceos) C

Arizona Powdered-Skipper - (Systasea zampa) C

Funereal Duskywing - (Erynnis funeralis) T

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

Fiery Skipper - (Hylephila phyleus) T

 

 
Subject: Del Mar, San Diego
From: Kojiro Shiraiwa <whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:07:16 -0700
Hi all,

I went to Del Mar today to look for Yucca Giant Skipper. There are some Yucca 
plants there, but the area may be too small for the skipper to survive. 
Nevertheless, I have seen Yucca Giant Skipper look-alike before, so I will 
continue the search. 


Meantime, here are the list today. Sunny and temperature around 78F, with 
almost no wind. 


Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti sabuleti) x 2
Umber Skipper (Poanes melane melane) x few, perching along dry creek bed
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) x 1
Southern Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus australis) x 2
California Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis dammersi) x 2 - nice find!
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) x few. Some worn and migrating north, others 
fresh and nectaring. 


If the metalmarks can survive there, maybe the skipper can survive too?

Koji
San Diego

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