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Mississippi Kite,©Mimi Hoppe Wolf

24 Jul Alex Wild formally accepts insect curator position at UT, Austin [Mike Quinn ]
21 Jul Four more new moths for McLennan County [Ann Gordon ]
20 Jul National Butterfly Center, 7/20/14 [Dan Jones ]
20 Jul Resaca de la Palma SP - Walker's Metalmark, Brown-banded Skipper [Sherry Wilson ]
20 Jul QUERY TX-BUTTERFLY [Anthony Hewetson ]
20 Jul Good butterflies from Kent County yesterday [Anthony Hewetson ]
18 Jul Texas health officials report five cases of chikungunya (not locally acquired) [Mike Quinn ]
17 Jul Submitting butterfly records and eButterfly. [Dan Jones ]
17 Jul Two new moths for McLennan County and my website [Ann Gordon ]
16 Jul Resaca de la Palma SP - July 16 Butterflies [Sherry Wilson ]
16 Jul Re: Something consuming chinaberry?! [Mitch Heindel ]
16 Jul Re: Something consuming chinaberry?! [Brush Freeman ]
16 Jul Something consuming chinaberry?! [Chuck Sexton ]
15 Jul gorgeous rare cenTex bug so. of San Angelo [Mike Quinn ]
14 Jul Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting, July 28 [ABF Announce ]
14 Jul Center Point NABA Count [Tom Collins ]
12 Jul Sarita Tropical Buckeye colony [Graham Floyd ]
7 Jul Resaca de la Palma SP - Butterflies Seen 6/30/14 - 7/6/14 [Sherry Wilson ]
4 Jul Re: Queen sighting [Joanne Pospisil ]
4 Jul Queen sighting [Mary Ludwick ]
4 Jul Yturria Brush, 7/4/14 [Dan Jones ]
30 Jun Resaca de la Palma SP - Flying last Week - New Time for Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
27 Jun National Butterfly Center, 6/27/14 [Dan Jones ]
19 Jun tremendous new e. N. Amer. beetle book [Mike Quinn ]
17 Jun Love Creek NABA - 61 species [Tom Collins ]
17 Jun National Butterfly Center, 6/17/14 [Dan Jones ]
16 Jun Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterflies [Sherry Wilson ]
15 Jun Re: Love Creek NABA - unusual butterfly photos [Susan Schaezler ]
15 Jun Black Witch [Brush Freeman ]
15 Jun Kerrville NABA Results - 42 species [Tom Collins ]
15 Jun Love Creek NABA - unusual butterfly photos [Tom Collins ]
12 Jun Fwd: Light colored Lepidopts and Odonates [Graham Floyd ]
12 Jun Light colored Lepidopts and Odonates [Mitch Heindel ]
11 Jun Black Light @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary [Susan Schaezler ]
9 Jun Austin Butterfly Forum June 23 meeting [ABF Announce ]
8 Jun Resaca de la Palma SP - Two-Barred Flasher, Falcate Skipper [Sherry Wilson ]
8 Jun San Antonio Butterfly Counts - June 16 & June 19! [Patty Leslie Pasztor ]
7 Jun Estero Butterfly Walk, 6/06/14 [Mike Rickard ]
7 Jun National Butterfly Center, 6/6/2 [Dan Jones ]
5 Jun The Great Love Creek NABA Count - Tuesady June 10 [Tom Collins ]
3 Jun Beetle at Yturria Brush, 6/2/14 [Dan Jones ]
3 Jun Erichson's White-Skipper and long-horned beetle at Yturria Brush, 6/2/14 [Dan Jones ]
31 May More Juniper Budworm infestations [Chuck Sexton ]
31 May Resaca de la Palma SP - Walker's Metalmark [Sherry Wilson ]
30 May Kerrville NABA Count - June 6 [Tom Collins ]
26 May Resaca de la Palma SP - May Sightings [Sherry Wilson ]
22 May Callizzia amorata 7650 for McLennan County [Ann Gordon ]
19 May Austin Butterfly Forum May 26 meeting [ABF Announce ]
18 May Flying in Austin [James Giroux ]
17 May Choristoneura houstonana study [Tim Jones ]
17 May Re: Little help with this monarch... [Tim Jones ]
17 May Re: Little help with this monarch... [Paul Cherubini ]
17 May Little help with this monarch... [Tim Jones ]
14 May Big Bend RFI [Graham Floyd ]
13 May Juniper budworm outbreak [Tim Jones ]
12 May Re: TX-BUTTERFLY Digest - 10 May 2014 to 11 May 2014 (#2014-66) [John ]
11 May new life histories [Berry Nall ]
11 May Re: Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Macro Photography Workshop [John Abbott ]
11 May Re: Roma Bluffs WBC is closing [Jim Sinclair ]
10 May Re: Re: Roma Bluffs WBC is closing ["David T. Dauphin" ]
10 May Re: Roma Bluffs WBC is closing [Susan Schaezler ]
10 May Re: Roma Bluffs WBC is closing [Susan Schaezler ]
10 May Roma Bluffs WBC is closing ["David T. Dauphin" ]
8 May New moth for McLennan County collection [Ann Gordon ]
6 May (likely) Band-celled Sister at Fort Clark Springs, Kinney Co, today [Troy Hibbitts ]
6 May Yo Texbutterflies! [William Godley ]
2 May Dione moneta in Dallas (again) [Dale Clark ]
29 Apr butterfly ID class offered by Travis Audubon [larvalbug ]
29 Apr RFI for Mainer [Pete ]
28 Apr Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Walk & Weekly Sightings [Sherry Wilson ]
25 Apr Yucca Giant Skipper - Balcones - 4/24 [Chuck Sexton ]
24 Apr paper on the most northerly Black Witch record, near Churchill, Manitoba in August 2006 [Mike Quinn ]
14 Apr April 28 meeting, Austin Butterfly Forum [ABF Announce ]
13 Apr Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Walk & Weekly Sightings [Sherry Wilson ]
12 Apr Monarch seen in north Dallas [Mary Ludwick ]
4 Apr Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]

Subject: Alex Wild formally accepts insect curator position at UT, Austin
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:40:03 -0500
All, FYI,

About Alex:
http://www.myrmecos.net/about-alex-wild-2/

post to his facebook page:


 Alex Wild 
8 mins 
· Urbana,
IL  ·


I have been sitting on some big personal news for several months now,
having to keep quiet while the bureaucracy slowly put the pieces together,
but since I signed the papers this morning, here it is: Jo Holley
 and I are moving to real jobs at
the University of Texas in Austin, and we couldn't be more excited about it!


-----------------------------------

Big news!

On January 1st I will be starting as Curator of Entomology at the
University of Texas in Austin.* I can’t even begin to convey how excited I
am about this unexpected progression of my career. I will be managing a
working research collection of over 1 million invertebrates, teaching
entomology, and returning in full to ant evolution research. Mrs. Myrmecos
(who has concurrently landed a postdoctoral spot in Nancy Moran’s
microbiome evolution lab) and I are looking forward to this move for
hundreds- perhaps even thousands!- of reasons. Among them: the caliber of
our colleagues at UT, the fantastic research environment, the vibrant
Austin culture, our many friends in town, a rich subtropical insect fauna.
Plus, there are nests of *Atta texana* leafcutter ants right outside my new
office. I mean, really. It’s like the search committee planted them there
on purpose.

I mentioned this move was unexpected, and it really was. I began the year
with no intention of anything other than moving forward with the insect
photography business. My toes had been out the academic job pool since I went
indie in 2011

, 

and I’ve been happy running my own show. But a recent visit to the Austin
revealed that the particulars of this curator position could be an
unusually close fit for both me and for the University of Texas. So, I
jumped. We’ll be pulling up our prairie stakes and moving in late fall.

See you in Texas!


http://www.myrmecos.net/2014/07/22/a-texan-future-for-myrmecos/

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Subject: Four more new moths for McLennan County
From: Ann Gordon <anngordon AT HOT.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:50:08 -0500
The following new moths came to the black light at my house.

 

8588       Panopoda carneicosta   on 7/20/14

 

                http://annmgordon.com/Panopodacarneicosta.html

 

5625       Omphalocera cariosa      on 7/21/14

 

                http://annmgordon.com/Omphaloceracariosa.html

 

I sent the following earlier, but I do not think it went through.

 

7861       Eumorpha achemon        on 7/17/14

 

                http://annmgordon.com/Eumorphaachemon.html

 

8764       Argyrostrotis anilis            on 6/1/14

 

                http://annmgordon.com/Argyrostrotisanilis.html

 

Ann Gordon

McLennan County

Harris Creek

West of Waco

 


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Subject: National Butterfly Center, 7/20/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:43:30 -0400
Great butterflies today at the National Butterfly Center included Erato 
Heliconian, Red Rim, White Scrub-Hairstreak, Silver Emperor, Malachite, Julia 
Heliconian, Banded Peacock and Potrillo Skipper. A White-crescent Longtail was 
found at the nearby Retama Village. Photos are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/07/erato-heliconian-at-nbc-72014.html


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Walker's Metalmark, Brown-banded Skipper
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:42:39 -0500
A single fresh Walker's Metalmark showed up in the garden right around 10
a.m.  Yesterday afternoon a Brown-banded Skipper was in a Barbados Cherry
near the water feature.  It was not seen this morning.

Blue Metalmark, Mimosa Skipper, Julia Heliconian, Zebra Heliconian,
Band-celled Sister and Clytie Ministreak can be found most days.

Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

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Subject: QUERY TX-BUTTERFLY
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:33:18 -0500

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Subject: Good butterflies from Kent County yesterday
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:01:23 -0500
Greetings All:

Much stimulated by the appearance in Kent County, of all places, a Texas
Powdered Skipper I thought that I might post my route and list for perusal.

I was in Kent County from 8:50 AM to 1:40 PM on 19 July 2014.  My route, 75
miles long, runs from the Garza/Kent County line along Highway 380, Highway
70, CR 1228, CR 2320, FM 208, and Highway 380 back to the Kent/Garza County
line.  Stops were made at all rest areas, parks, creek crossings, and river
crossings along this route.  Stops were also made at several abandoned
buildings, several woodlots, and anyplace along the route where recent
rains had left good puddles.

I saw 269 individual butterflies representing 31 species - exceptional
sightings are in ALL CAPS:

8 Outis Skippers
1 Funereal Duskywing

1 TEXAS POWDERED SKIPPER (This is only the second individual of this
species I have seen in my fifteen-county region.  The first was
photographed in Lamb County a year or so ago - record submitted to BAMONA
and accepted.  Regrettably, I do not currently have a working camera as
this would have, so far as I can tell, been a county record.)

1 Common Checkered Skipper
15 Common Sootywings
1 Bronze Roadside Skipper
3 Pipevine Swallowtails
13 Checkered Whites
6 Orange Sulphurs
3 Southern Dogfaces
5 Lyside Sulphurs
2 Mexican Yellows
32 Sleepy Oranges
21 Dainty Sulphurs
1 Gray Hairstreak
4 Western Pygmy Blues
11 Reakirt's Blues
1 Fatal Metalmark
2 American Snouts
95 Hackberry Emperors
3 Tawny Emperors
4 Queens
1 Variegated Fritillary

1 BORDERED PATCH (This may seem an odd highlight but recent drought has
made encountering a Bordered Patch, formerly quite common, a true sign of
hope.)

9 Phaon Crescents
2 Vesta (Graphic) Crescents
1 Texas Crescent
4 Common Buckeyes
2 Question Marks
14 Goatweed Leafwings
2 Red Satyrs.

All in all, this is a considerable improvement for butterflying in Kent
County over the last few years.  I, realizing that to do so is not
particularly scientific, attribute this to the length and intensity of
drought in the region.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock

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Subject: Texas health officials report five cases of chikungunya (not locally acquired)
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:46:35 -0500
Texas health officials are reporting five cases of chikungunya, a virus
that has been tearing through the Caribbean.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, cases have been
confirmed in Travis, Williamson, Bexar, Gonzales and Harris Counties.

Travelers have acquired the virus while visiting areas where the virus is
most common.



Imported cases mean there is a potential for chikungunya to spread in Texas
because the Aedes mosquitoes that transmit it are present in the state.


http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Texas-Has-Five-Cases-of-Chikungunya-267644561.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_DFWBrand 

or: http://bit.ly/1szah6c

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Subject: Submitting butterfly records and eButterfly.
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:07:29 -0400
Lately I've been studying various sites for submission of butterfly records. So 
far I've looked at Bug Guide, Butterflies of the Americas (BOA), Butterflies 
and Moths of North America (BAMONA), NABA Sightings and eButterfly. I know 
there are other general nature sites that accept records. The first three above 
accept only individual sightings with photos. This is great for submission of a 
single interesting record but otherwise quite cumbersome. 



With Naba Sightings you can submit an entire list for a day's outing along with 
photos. The photos accompany the list but don't seem to be individually 
archivable nor are specific records. I'm not sure what Jeff Glassberg plans for 
this site. 



eButterfly has been constructed along the lines of the more famous eBird. You 
can submit a list for a particular place and time, species by species, with the 
option of submitting photos with each species entry. Each individual species 
record (with photo) is assigned an archive number. The downside is this site is 
still a bit primitive. You must scroll through the one North American master 
list for your species, which is a pain. I think eventually each region will 
have it's own local list. Another problem for us Texans is the lack of 
uniformity in common names. I've been working with the eButterfly people on 
this. 



Currently I am submitting lists to both NABA Sightings and eButterfly and am 
acting as vettor for Texas (until someone better comes along). I think 
eButterfly could be something pretty cool if enough people get involved. But 
right now it's still in it's infancy. 



http://e-butterfly.org/contents/?portal=ebutterfly


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Two new moths for McLennan County and my website
From: Ann Gordon <anngordon AT HOT.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:09:43 -0500
This morning, 7/17/14, I found a Eumorpha achemon  #7861 in the blacklight
area.  

 

http://www.annmgordon.com/Eumorphaachemon.html

 

I am late getting the Argyrostrotis anilis  #8764 moth posted, but it was
photographed on 6/1/14.

 

http://www.annmgordon.com/Argyrostrotisanilis.html

 

Ann Gordon

McLennan County

Harris Creek

West of Waco


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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - July 16 Butterflies
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:47:45 -0500
This morning there was a lot flying, so I thought I'd share my list from
Bobcat Trail, especially since the Sunday butterfly walk sidetracked to
many other topics and I didn't post a Sunday/ weekly list.

Most notable today were a large number of Rounded Metalmark, increasing
numbers of Clytie Ministreak, and continuing good numbers of Julia and
Zebra Heliconian (these are in larger numbers near Ebony Deck).  A few
Red-bordered Metalmark turned up but so far these are scattered.  Blue
Metalmark males are becoming easy to find.  Today there were more longtails
and four very fresh Mimosa Skippers.  I saw fewer grass skippers than
expected.

Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walks* Sunday:  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m..
*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
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(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
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Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside) - becoming less common
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycois isobeon)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie) - becoming more common
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Julia Heliconian (Heliconius iulia)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa) - none found on Bobcat, common on Ebony
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma) - a single
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
White-striped Longtail (Chioides catillus)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas) - all very fresh
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Turk's-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira) - garden
Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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Subject: Re: Something consuming chinaberry?!
From: Mitch Heindel <mitch AT UTOPIANATURE.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:17:18 -0700
Hi Chuck and all,

I have a set of photos taken of exactly what is described here.
Some show the leaf-cutter ants taking away the last bits.
The climbing crew went in and cut all the leaves off, the
grunts come in and haul them all away, from a lush 15+' tree
to denuded sticks and all the ants and traces of cut leaves
were gone in less than three days.

Final answer for the whole ball o'wax: leafcutter ants.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia

> I’ve never seen such a species-specific attack on chinaberry.  I can’t
> recall ever seeing a chinaberry tree so pointedly denuded.  I suppose
> grasshoppers could be the culprit or perhaps phytophagous beetles of
> some kind.  I can’t imagine any lepidopteran that would consume a
> chinaberry like this.
> 
> Any suggestions on who may have chowed down on this sapling tree?

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Subject: Re: Something consuming chinaberry?!
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:25:48 -0500
I noted the exact same thing on my place but it has been a couple of weeks
back.  I too could not find the culprit (tho it can eat every Chinaberry on
the place as far as I care.)....Since CB is a mahogany maybe something
tropical :-)

**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas


On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 2:21 PM, Chuck Sexton 
wrote:

> TX-Butterfliers,
>
> I saw an odd sight at Hornsby Bend this morning: A sapling chinaberry tree
> had been completely stripped of its foliage, apparently by some herbivorous
> insect(s).  The foliage had basically been skeletonized; all that remained
> on the 12-ft tree were the primary rachises of the leaves.  The damage had
> been done very recently (within a few days or weeks?) since the leaf
> rachises were still green and attached.  I could find no larvae or pupae
> on/under/around the tree.  Several of the small branchlets showed brand
> new, undamaged leaves beginning to grow which could not have been more than
> a week or so old.  The trees, shrub, and vines around the chinaberry
> (hackberry, mulberry, grape, giant ragweed) were essentially undamaged or
> at least showed no obvious signs of massive herbivory like the chinaberry.
>  I have one photo of the damaged tree that I can forward to anyone if
> interested.
>
> I've never seen such a species-specific attack on chinaberry.  I can't
> recall ever seeing a chinaberry tree so pointedly denuded.  I suppose
> grasshoppers could be the culprit or perhaps phytophagous beetles of some
> kind.  I can't imagine any lepidopteran that would consume a chinaberry
> like this.
>
> Any suggestions on who may have chowed down on this sapling tree?
>
> Chuck Sexton
> Austin
>
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Subject: Something consuming chinaberry?!
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:21:47 -0500
TX-Butterfliers,

I saw an odd sight at Hornsby Bend this morning: A sapling chinaberry tree had 
been completely stripped of its foliage, apparently by some herbivorous 
insect(s). The foliage had basically been skeletonized; all that remained on 
the 12-ft tree were the primary rachises of the leaves. The damage had been 
done very recently (within a few days or weeks?) since the leaf rachises were 
still green and attached. I could find no larvae or pupae on/under/around the 
tree. Several of the small branchlets showed brand new, undamaged leaves 
beginning to grow which could not have been more than a week or so old. The 
trees, shrub, and vines around the chinaberry (hackberry, mulberry, grape, 
giant ragweed) were essentially undamaged or at least showed no obvious signs 
of massive herbivory like the chinaberry. I have one photo of the damaged tree 
that I can forward to anyone if interested. 


Ive never seen such a species-specific attack on chinaberry. I cant recall 
ever seeing a chinaberry tree so pointedly denuded. I suppose grasshoppers 
could be the culprit or perhaps phytophagous beetles of some kind. I cant 
imagine any lepidopteran that would consume a chinaberry like this. 


Any suggestions on who may have chowed down on this sapling tree?

Chuck Sexton
Austin

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Subject: gorgeous rare cenTex bug so. of San Angelo
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:40:34 -0500
http://bugguide.net/node/view/957475

Eupseudomorpha brillians (Neumoegen)
on US 190, 11.1 mi W of Eldorado, Sliecher County, Texas
March 15, 2014 - Troy Hibbitts

Mike Quinn, Austin
________________
Texas Entomology
http://texasento.net

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Subject: Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting, July 28
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:07:35 -0500
Hi everyone,



Here is the information for upcoming events and meetings of the Austin
Butterfly Forum. Thanks for helping us to get the word out.



The Austin Butterfly Forum meets at the Zilker Botanical Garden Center
 at 7:00 pm on the 4th Monday of every month
except for December. Most meetings are free and open to the public.


Each meeting features an educational program, but we like to socialize a
bit beforehand. Sometimes members will bring caterpillars or collections
for display, and sometimes we have special opportunities such as plant
giveaways. The meetings are also a good place to hear special announcements
and learn about new events.



Everyone interested in butterflies and other invertebrates is welcome!
Please come join us!



*July 28 meeting: Butterfly Counts: Who Saw What Where?*, presented by Jeff
Taylor.



Each year during June and July, butterfly enthusiasts participate in
hundreds of butterfly counts across the United States and Canada. What did
they see? How many did they see? Where did they see them? What’s the most
common butterfly seen? Learn the answers to these questions and more while
attending the July 28th meeting. Forum member Jeff Taylor will provide a
review of the Fourth of July Butterfly Counts coordinated by the North
American Butterfly Association. This will be a nice follow-up to our Austin
count in June! Come join us!



Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm.; free.




*Upcoming events: *



*August 25 meeting, **Digital Nature Journaling*, presented by Valerie
Bugh.

Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



For more information on the Austin Butterfly Forum, please see our new
website: http://www.austinbutterflies.org/index.html



Please contact Mike Quinn at entomike AT gmail.com if you need more
information.



Thanks for your help in publicizing our meetings. Hope to see you there!

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Subject: Center Point NABA Count
From: Tom Collins <towhee AT HCTC.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:16:33 -0500
The Center Point Butterfly will be this coming Friday (July 18).

Meet at C.A.M.P. Camp to register at 8am – fee is $3 – please bring exact 
change.
Areas to be covered include the Camp, Guadalupe Low Water Crossing below 
the dam, Camp Verde Park and 2-3 local ranches.
Please consider bringing a lunch, plenty of liquid to keep hydrated, SPF, 
and wear good hiking shoes and long sleeve shirt and hat.
We will break for lunch at C.A.M.P. around 11:30, and then move out to the 
other sites with anyone wanting to continue in the afternoon.
Plan on stopping sometime around 2pm.

Please drop me a note if you plan to attend….

Directions to C.A.M.P. Camp.

From Comfort area turn left on FM 480 (Stop light) in Center Point or from 
Kerrville area turn right onto FM 480.  
The road (Skyline Drive) to C.A.M.P. Camp is just after crossing the 
Guadalupe River bridge.  Turn right onto Skyline Drive and continue for 1.4 
miles to the entry to the Camp.  Park up close to the main buildings.

Those folks coming from Hwy 173, turn onto FM 480 and continue into Center 
Point.  Skyline Drive will be just before the Guadalupe River bridge, turn 
left and follow the directions above.

For questions please contact me.

Tom Collins
Center Point
towhee AT hctc.net
830-634-3236

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Subject: Sarita Tropical Buckeye colony
From: Graham Floyd <spcgraham.floyd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:15:23 -0500
I can't find the email I received last year with the exact location of a 
Tropical Buckeye colony near Sarita south of Kingsville. Does anyone know where 
it is? Am about to leave Kingsville and explore south to Port Mansfield, so any 
other recommendations on publicly accessible land in this area are most 
welcome! 


Graham Floyd,
San Antonio, TX

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Butterflies Seen 6/30/14 - 7/6/14
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:53:22 -0500
Tenaza is in bloom throughout the park and covered with bees.  In the
garden, Cenizo is blooming and also humming with activity.  Gemmed Satyr
was not around and Great Southern White became scarce as the week
progressed.  A few Clytie Ministreak turned up.  Gulf Fritillary is easier
to find.  Mexican Bluewing and Boisduval's Yellow are common.

Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walks* Sunday:  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m..
*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
http://www.facebook.com/resacadelapalma

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste) - early in week only
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Mimosa Yellow (Pyrisitia nise)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exile) - in more saline areas only
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Reakirt's Blue (Hemiargus isola)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Julia Heliconian (Dryas julia) - early in week only, very few
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Texan Crescent (Phyciodes texana)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

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Subject: Re: Queen sighting
From: Joanne Pospisil <gardenideas AT TX.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 21:28:03 -0500
Had my first Monarch today;  a nice, large female on my Milkweed.  I hope
she was laying eggs!!

 

           Joanne Pospisil

Garden Ideas & Design

     Carrollton, Texas

     gardenideas AT tx.rr.com

              214-502-4536

 

  Look for Me in the Garden

 

From: Butterfly and Lepidoptery for the state of Texas
[mailto:TX-BUTTERFLY AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU] On Behalf Of Mary Ludwick
Sent: Friday, July 04, 2014 7:55 PM
To: TX-BUTTERFLY AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU
Subject: Queen sighting

 

We saw a queen in the yard today.
I don't know if it is the drought, or the mosquito spraying, but we have no
butterflies this year.
:(


ludwickm AT hotmail.com
Dallas, Texas

 
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Subject: Queen sighting
From: Mary Ludwick <ludwickm AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 19:54:45 -0500
We saw a queen in the yard today.
I don't know if it is the drought, or the mosquito spraying, but we have no 
butterflies this year. 

:(


ludwickm AT hotmail.com
Dallas, Texas
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Yturria Brush, 7/4/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 20:38:17 -0400
Good stuff today at the Yturria Brush tract of the Lower Rio Grande NWR 
included Brown-banded Skipper, Two-barred Flasher, Coyote Cloudywing, 
White-patched Skipper, Texas Powdered-Skipper, Desert Checkered-Skipper, 
Sickle-winged Skipper and Theona Checkerspot. Photos are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/07/yturria-brush-7414.html


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Flying last Week - New Time for Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:22:03 -0500
Zebra Heliconian, Great Southern White, Boisduval's Yellow, Mexican
Bluewing, Band-celled Sister, Tawny Emperor, and both satyrs are fairly
easy to find.  While there are good butterflies around, nothing exceptional
turned up this week.

Starting in July, the butterfly walk moves to Sunday morning - 10:00 a.m.
to 11:00 a.m.

Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walks* Sunday:  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
http://www.facebook.com/resacadelapalma

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Cloudless Sulphur ((Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Mimosa Yellow (Pyrisitia nise)
Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Reakirt's Blue (Hemiargus isola)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
Texan Crescent (Phyciodes texana)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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Subject: National Butterfly Center, 6/27/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:54:07 -0400
Good stuff at the National Butterfly Center today included Two-barred Flasher, 
Guava Skipper, Desert Checkered-Skipper, Texas Powdered-Skipper, Questionmark 
and ovipositing Crimson Patch. Photos are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/06/national-butterfly-center-62714.html


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: tremendous new e. N. Amer. beetle book
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:22:45 -0500
FYI,

Art's new book might finally get a lot of folks interested in beetles. It's
very well done...

Publisher's page
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10218.html

"Beetles of Eastern North America is a landmark book--the most
comprehensive full-color guide to the remarkably diverse and beautiful
beetles of the United States and Canada east of the Mississippi River. It
is the first color-illustrated guide to cover 1,406 species in all 115
families that occur in the region--and the first new in-depth guide to the
region in more than forty years. Lavishly illustrated with over 1,500
stunning color images by some of the best insect photographers in North
America, the book features an engaging and authoritative text by noted
beetle expert Arthur Evans."

Paperback: $35.00

limited preview - Google

http://books.google.com/books?id=zqVrAwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false 


Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Beetles of Eastern North America. Princeton
University Press, Princeton, NJ. 560 pp.

Mike Quinn, Austin
________________
Texas Entomology
http://texasento.net

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Subject: Love Creek NABA - 61 species
From: Tom Collins <towhee AT HCTC.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:08:43 -0500
The Love Creek NABA count continues to grow and produce interesting species.

Compilers
Tom Collins - Center Point
Rebecca Flack (TNC) - Medina

Total Species - 61 (new high count)
New count species – 3
New high count for individual species – 15
New high count for Participants – 46 (23-2013, 16-2012)
Total species for all counts – 84
Land access in acreage:  Love Creek TNC – 2000+, Medina Native Plant 
Nursery -15, Local ranches – 4000+

NABA REPORT
Region 7 
Texas (TX)
David and Ednelza Henderson and Don DuBois and Hugh Wedgeworth, Regional 
Editors
1. Love Creek, TX. Yr. 5, 29.7897°, -99.3349°, center at jct. of FM 337E 
and American Way Rd. in Bandera Co. See 2011 report (Counts From Prior 
Years) for habitats. Imminent threats to habitat: The whole Texas Hill 
Country is suffering from an extended drought. Like last year, local rain 
fall from January to mid-May was about 1 in. The ground was void of any 
green vegetation. Then from mid-May to present time the count circle has 
received over 10 inches of rain bringing out a mass amounts of wildflowers, 
but too late for any over wintering bugs. Plus we had late frost and 
extended cool weather during this period. The net effect has produced low 
numbers of individual counts and missing normally expected species. Habitat 
changes since last year: Recent heavy rains disturbed some of the sites we 
normally go to and work around the some areas. Four new ranches were added 
to the count. 10 June 2014; 0830-1630 hrs; sun AM 76-100%, PM 76-100%; 66-
88°F; wind 0-10 mi/hr. 46 observers in 8 parties. Total party-hours 44; 
total party-miles on foot 19. Observers: D. Cain, Thomas Collins (261 Red 
Bird Loop, Center Point, TX, 78010; towhee AT hctc.net), P. Cook, V. de Wolf, 
C. Downs, L. Doxsey, J. Doyle, M. Duran, N. Dyer, K. Farge, A. Flack, 
Rebecca Flack (2327 Elam Creek Road, Medina, TX, 78055; rflack AT TNC.ORG), S. 
Flack, L. Franklin, E. Fromme, C. Hagemeier, M. Hagne, R. Hood, D. Hopkins, 
C. Johnson, R. Kostecke, M. Langlinais, C. Luckenbach, C. Marshall, R. 
McCorkle, B. McKinley, P. McKinley, D. Moon, J. Ober, L. Ober, R. Ranft, R. 
Redmond, C. Reemts, T. Riordan, C. Russ, J. Siemssen, J. Siemssen, H. 
Smith, J. Smith, R. Smith, L. Thomas, K. Trefny, K. Ward, L. Williams, J. 
Yancy, J. Yancy. 
    Pipevine Swallowtail 143, Black Sw. 9, Giant Sw. 6, E. Tiger Sw. 1, 
Checkered White 8, 1Cabbage Wh. 3, Orange Sulphur 34, S. Dogface 1, 
Cloudless Su. 2, Large Orange Su. 2, Lyside Su. 2, 2Tailed Orange 1, Little 
Yellow 3, Sleepy Orange 183, Dainty Su. 61, Juniper Hairstreak 10, Gray Ha. 
8, 3Mallow Scrub-Ha. 1, Cassius Blue 3, Marine Bl. 2, Reakirt's Bl. 80, 
Fatal Metalmark 1, Am. Snout 7, Gulf Fritillary 65, Zebra Heliconian 4, 
Variegated Fr. 70, Bordered Patch 1, Texan Crescent 2, Vesta Cr. 4, Phaon 
Cr. 4, Question Mark 1, Am. Lady 1, Painted La. 3, Red Admiral 1, Com. 
Buckeye 1, Red-spotted Admiral 4, Goatweed Leafwing 2, Tawny Emperor 1, 
4Carolina Satyr 1, Little Wood-Sa. 3, Red Sa. 3, Com. Wood-Nymph 10, 
Monarch 1, Queen 65, N. Cloudywing 3, Texas Powdered-Skipper 1, False 
Duskywing 6, Juvenal's Du. 2, Meridian Du. 3, Horace's Du. 4, 5Mournful Du. 
1, Funereal Du. 27, Common/White Checkered-Sk. 66, Tropical Checkered-Sk. 
1, Desert Checkered-Sk. 1, Clouded Sk. 4, Orange Skipperling 4, Fiery Sk. 
1, S. Broken-Dash 4, Sachem 2, Dun Sk. 18. Total 61 species, 966 
individuals. Field Notes: See above.12nd record for the county 2New County 
record and count species 3New Count species 42nd record for County 5New 
County record and count species. 

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Subject: National Butterfly Center, 6/17/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:46:04 -0400
Good stuff today at the National Butterfly Center south of Mission included 
Silver Emperor, Two-barred Flasher and some more common species not seen for a 
few months. Interesting was a cluster of twenty two Dusky-blue Groundstreaks 
roosting on the base of a hackberry. Photos are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/06/silver-emperor-at-nbc-61714.html


Dan Jones, Wesalco

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterflies
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:20:06 -0500
A single Clytie Ministreak appeared in the garden Sunday morning.  Mexican
Bluewing and Band-celled Sister are now easy to find along the Ebony or
Kiskadee Trails.  Blue Metalmark are regularly in the garden and throughout
the park.  Zebra Heliconian and Gulf Fritillary are everywhere.

Yes!  It's hot by 1:30 PM.  Resaca's summer schedule moves the Sunday
Butterfly Walk to morning.  Starting in July and through September, the
Sunday Butterfly Walk will be 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

 Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walks* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
http://www.facebook.com/resacadelapalma

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia nise)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Reakirt's Blue (Hemiargus isola)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Texan Crescent (Phyciodes texana)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Common Mestra (Mesta amymone)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis Tamenund0
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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Subject: Re: Love Creek NABA - unusual butterfly photos
From: Susan Schaezler <susan AT SCHAEZLER.NET>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:18:23 -0500
the unidentified is a Dainty Sulphur, perhaps a bit aberrant, and the forewing 
position is hiding some of the usual field marks 

Mike


> On Jun 15, 2014, at 11:56 AM, Mike Rickard  wrote:
> 
> the unidentified is a Dainty Sulphur, perhaps a bit aberrant, and the 
forewing position is hiding some of the usual field marks 

> Mike
> 
> From: Susan Schaezler 
> To: Mike Rickard  
> Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2014 11:31 AM
> Subject: Fwd: Love Creek NABA - unusual butterfly photos
> 
> 
> 
> Susan Schaezler
> WarblerWoods.org
> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
> Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
> Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
>> From: Tom Collins 
>> Date: June 15, 2014 at 10:51:47 AM CDT
>> To: TX-BUTTERFLY AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU
>> Subject: Love Creek NABA - unusual butterfly photos
>> Reply-To: Tom Collins 
>> 
>> The Love Creek NABA was held on June 10.  A couple of unusual butterfly 
>> pictures were taken during the count that I have posted in a PICASA album.  
>> The Sleep Orange appears to be having a bad wing day.  The other bug 
>> remains unidentified, but suggested to be a small Sulphur - Little or 
>> Dainty missing its typical ID marks, but could it be a skipper????
>> 
>> Your comments are welcome...be sure to grab the entire link that may wrap 
>> on your page...
>> 
>> https://picasaweb.google.com/114555392171032887342/LoveCreekNABA02?
>> authuser=0&feat=directlink
>> 
>> Tom Collins
>> Center Point, Texas
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Subject: Black Witch
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:08:54 -0500
.
Was out birding this AM and left the front door about 1/2 open for a tardy
cat.  When I got home found a BWM in the house seeking refuge that had
found its way in while I was out. It is that time of year.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Kerrville NABA Results - 42 species
From: Tom Collins <towhee AT HCTC.NET>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:55:24 -0500
Region 7 
Texas (TX)
David and Ednelza Henderson and Don DuBois and Hugh Wedgeworth, Regional 
Editors
1. Kerrville, TX. Yr. 11, 30.0476°, -99.1405°, center at jct. of SH 16 and 
SH 27. See 2002 report for habitats. Imminent threats to habitat: The whole 
Texas Hill Country is suffering from an extended drought. Like last year, 
local rain fall from January to mid-may was about 1 in. The ground was void 
of any green vegetation. Then from mid-May to present time we have received 
over 8 inches of rain bringing out a mass amounts of wildflowers, but too 
late for any over wintering bugs. Plus we had late frost and extended cool 
weather during this period. The net effect has produced low numbers of 
individual counts and missing normally expected species. Habitat changes 
since last year: Recent heavy rains disturbed some of the sites we normally 
go to and had to bypass them. One county park was closed due to 
construction. 06 June 2014; 0830-1700 hrs; sun AM 10%, PM 26-50%; 72-85°F; 
wind 9-17 mi/hr. 10 observers in 4 parties. Total party-hours 13; total 
party-miles on foot 3. Observers: Thomas Collins (261 Red Bird Loop, Center 
Point, TX, 78010; towhee AT hctc.net), V. de Wolf, C. Downs, J. Doyle, T. 
Gallucci, R. Hood, C. Johnsom, M. Miesch, T. Riordan, G. Waggener. 
    Pipevine Swallowtail 99, Black Sw. 2, Giant Sw. 4, Two-tailed Sw. 2, 
Checkered White 14, Orange Sulphur 2, S. Dogface 1, Lyside Su. 2, Sleepy 
Orange 48, Dainty Su. 861, Soapberry Hairstreak 6, Gray Ha. 14, Ceraunus 
Blue 1, Reakirt's Bl. 18, Am. Snout 1, Gulf Fritillary 32, Variegated Fr. 
12, Bordered Patch 2, Vesta Crescent 5, Phaon Cr. 8, Pearl Cr. 4, Question 
Mark 1, 1Mourning Cloak 1, Painted Lady 1, Red Admiral 8, Com. Buckeye 1, 
Tawny Emperor 2, Queen 28, Horace's Duskywing 1, Funereal Du. 13, Com. 
Checkered-Skipper 13, Julia's Sk. 1, Clouded Sk. 6, Orange Skipperling 1, 
S. Skl. 1, Fiery Sk. 13, S. Broken-Dash 4, Sachem 5, 2Delaware Sk. 3, Dun 
Sk. 2, Nysa Roadside-Sk. 1, Celia's Roadside-Sk. 1. Total 42 species, 1245 
individuals. Immatures: Pipevine Sw. 1 caterpillar on 1st Instar on 
Pipevine plant; Pipevine Sw. 1 caterpillar on 5th Instar on tree limb; Gulf 
Fr. 1 caterpillar on 3rd Instar on Passion Flower. Field Notes: The one new 
species for the count brings the total to 69 since 2002. We average 33 
species so this count was above average in species, but there were 13 
exclusives - the highest total since I've been keeping records or 31% of 
the count were single individuals. % of species seen to total species 
recorded since the first count was 61%. We had 7 new high species counts. 
Our individual count was a new record too due to the extreme number of 
Dainty Sulphurs which I asked folks to keep good counts during the day on 
this abundant species this year.1Only second record - 1st was in 2002. 22 
found in a previous site where they had been recorded as a county record 
several years ago and one other found by a different participant on 
opposite end of the count circle. Also a new Kerrville NABA species. 

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Subject: Love Creek NABA - unusual butterfly photos
From: Tom Collins <towhee AT HCTC.NET>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:51:47 -0500
The Love Creek NABA was held on June 10.  A couple of unusual butterfly 
pictures were taken during the count that I have posted in a PICASA album.  
The Sleep Orange appears to be having a bad wing day.  The other bug 
remains unidentified, but suggested to be a small Sulphur - Little or 
Dainty missing its typical ID marks, but could it be a skipper????

Your comments are welcome...be sure to grab the entire link that may wrap 
on your page...

https://picasaweb.google.com/114555392171032887342/LoveCreekNABA02?
authuser=0&feat=directlink

Tom Collins
Center Point, Texas

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Subject: Fwd: Light colored Lepidopts and Odonates
From: Graham Floyd <spcgraham.floyd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:03:24 -0500
Very interesting, thanks Mitch!  Here is the study discussed:

http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/140527/ncomms4874/full/ncomms4874.html

Graham Floyd,
San Antonio, TX

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From: Mitch Heindel 
Date: Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 8:22 AM
Subject: Light colored Lepidopts and Odonates
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Light colored leps and odes changing distribution.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140527114909.htm

Mitch Heindel
Utopia
www.utopianature.com

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Subject: Light colored Lepidopts and Odonates
From: Mitch Heindel <mitch AT UTOPIANATURE.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:22:20 -0700
Light colored leps and odes changing distribution.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140527114909.htm

Mitch Heindel
Utopia
www.utopianature.com

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Subject: Black Light @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
From: Susan Schaezler <susan AT SCHAEZLER.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:23:03 -0500
Black Light  AT  Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary 

Mike and Ginny Rickard are having a Black Light here Monday, June 16th, 
starting 9 pm. You need to contact me for instructions on how to get through 
the gate. It is a fun event, plus night birds will be calling. 



Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
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Subject: Austin Butterfly Forum June 23 meeting
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 14:41:16 -0500
Hi everyone,



Here is the information for upcoming events and meetings of the Austin
Butterfly Forum. Thanks for helping us to get the word out.



The Austin Butterfly Forum meets at the Zilker Botanical Garden Center
 at 7:00 pm on the 4th Monday of every month
except for December. Most meetings are free and open to the public.


Each meeting features an educational program, but we like to socialize a
bit beforehand. Sometimes members will bring caterpillars or collections
for display, and sometimes we have special opportunities such as plant
giveaways. The meetings are also a good place to hear special announcements
and learn about new events.



Everyone interested in butterflies and other invertebrates is welcome!
Please come join us!



*June 23 Meeting: Ecoregional Influences on Select Eastern North American
Beetle Surveys: Factors influencing region biodiversity; *presented by Mike
Quinn.



ABF President Mike Quinn is our local beetle expert. Mike will review
several intensive beetle surveys in the eastern United States and discuss
some of the factors influencing the number of beetles found at each site.
He is a regular contributor to Bugguide.com, and his Texas Entomology
webpage has an extensive collection of photos and information about beetles
of the state. See: http://www.texasento.net/beetles.htm  He has
participated in numerous beetle surveys in Texas. This will be a very
interesting meeting for those of us who love beetles, and for anyone
interested in insects and biodiversity.



Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm.; free.




*Upcoming events: *



*June 28: 2014 Austin area Butterfly Count; 8 A.M. til afternoon. *

This is the butterfly world’s equivalent of the Christmas Bird counts. We
count butterflies within a 15 mile diameter circle centered on Mt. Bonnell.
Hundreds of other clubs and groups all over country will be counting during
this period. The counts are sponsored by the North American Butterfly
Association. The results are submitted to NABA (North American Butterfly
Association). In 2007 we had a record number of species (63) and observers
(25).



We will meet in the parking lot of the Zilker Botanical Garden at 8 am
(there is a parking fee). After a brief walk through the park we will visit
the Barton Creek Greenbelt. We will stop for lunch at a restaurant, then
re-group for a visit to St. Edward's Park. If this is any kind of normal
summer, we are ready to quit by mid-afternoon.



Everyone is welcome, including beginners. Although we are trying to count
as many individuals and species as possible, we have a lot of fun sharing
identification tips, looking for caterpillars, and just seeing what the day
offers.



We will be on trails, in creek beds and in some high grass, so dress
accordingly. Bring close-focusing binoculars if you have them.



*July 28 meeting: Butterfly Counts: Who Saw What Where?*, presented by Jeff
Taylor.



Each year during June and July, butterfly enthusiasts participate in
hundreds of butterfly counts across the United States and Canada. What did
they see? How many did they see? Where did they see them? What’s the most
common butterfly seen? Learn the answers to these questions and more while
attending the July 28th meeting. Forum member Jeff Taylor will provide a
review of the Fourth of July Butterfly Counts coordinated by the North
American Butterfly Association. This will be a nice follow-up to our Austin
count in June! Come join us! Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



*August 25 meeting, **Digital Nature Journaling*, presented by Valerie
Bugh. Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



For more information on the Austin Butterfly Forum, please see our new
website: http://www.austinbutterflies.org/index.html



Please contact Mike Quinn at entomike AT gmail.com if you need more
information.



Thanks for your help in publicizing our meetings. Hope to see you there!


Peg Wallace

ABF Publicity

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Two-Barred Flasher, Falcate Skipper
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 23:11:54 -0500
The morning started with a Question Mark on one of the bait logs, Mimosa
Skippers in the garden, plus a Zebra Heliconian and Mexican Bluewing along
Ebony Trail, so it seemed like a promising day to check under the power
lines in a remote section of the park.

After watching a most cooperative Falcate Skipper, a first for me, working
one stretch of the path, I headed back for a camera.  I never relocated the
Falcate Skipper, but in the same area around 3 PM there were several
Two-barred Flashers zipping around.

In the gardens, Blue Metalmark is becoming easier to find but Walker's has
not been seen this week (yes last week).  There are Zebra Heliconian and
Gulf Fritillaries everywhere!

Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walks* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
http://www.facebook.com/resacadelapalma

Seen Sunday unless otherwise noted:
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)  6/7
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Reakirt's Blue (Hemiargus isola)
 Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Texan Crescent (Phyciodes texana)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)
Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Common Mestra (Mestra amymone)
Tropical Leafwing (Anaea aidea)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Two-barred Flasher (Astraptes fulgerator)
Falcate Skipper (Spathilepia clonius)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

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Subject: San Antonio Butterfly Counts - June 16 & June 19!
From: Patty Leslie Pasztor <pasztor AT IX.NETCOM.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 11:50:23 -0500
Hello all,

The SA Butterfly counts will be Mon., June 16th and Thurs., June 19th! These 
are North American Butterfly Association (NABA) surveys. We'd love for you to 
join us! We could also really use another leader or two (or co-leaders) 
knowledgeable in butterfly I.D.! 


Monday, June 16th - Central and South SA -- We'll visit the S.A. Botanical 
Gardens, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center and possibly Alpine Drive (a brushy slope 
near the Zoo). Most will meet at the Botanical Gardens at 9 am. Carpooling will 
be available to the other sites. Be sure to RSVP to get details ...we might 
decide to start at MLAC! 


Thursday, June 19th - Northwest SA -- Visit Hardberger and Eisenhower Parks, as 
well as Crownridge Canyon Natural Area and/or Friedrich Wilderness Park, 
depending on time & helpers. Most will meet at Hardberger Park (West) at 8400 
NW Military Hwy, 78231 at 9 am. 


Email or call to sign up for one or two days or even for a few hours! Please 
include a contact # in case of schedule changes. Bring water and a sack lunch. 
There is a $3 count fee / day. 


If we have extra leaders, we might be able to reach all of the sites each day 
before it's too warm! 9am -3pm (or earlier). 


Looking forward to it! Hope you'll join us - it's a lot of fun. No experience 
necessary to participate. Feel free to call or email if you have any questions. 


Patty

Patty Leslie Pasztor 
San Antonio, TX  
210-837-0577 (cell)

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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk, 6/06/14
From: Mike Rickard <folksinger4 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2014 18:56:06 -0700
This past Friday the Estero Llano Grande SP butterfly walk switched to morning 
for the summer months, to beat the heat a little. Joining me at 10:30 AM for 
this inaugural morning butterfly walk were Karen Boward and Chris Warren of 
nearby Frontera Audubon. The weather was fine, the park was very green from 
last week's rain, and there was a lot of butterfly (and bird and dragonfly) 
activity. We only found 28 species (see list below) but had much to look at 
nonetheless. Of most interest was a greatly increased number of American 
Snouts, suggesting a population buildup under way. We also saw the first 
Tropical Leafwing in several weeks, and a Sickle-wing Skipper. Notably absent 
were the Mexican Bluewings. 


Thanks to Karen and Chris for coming over. Join me next Friday in the cool of 
the morning at 10:30 AM and let's see what we can find. 


Mike Rickard, Volunteer Naturalist
Estero Llano Grande SP

Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus) 
Turk's-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes trebius)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta) 
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes graphica)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Tropical Leafwing (Anaea aidea)


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Subject: National Butterfly Center, 6/6/2
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2014 11:10:53 -0400
There are lots of flowers at the National Butterfly Center south of Mission. 
Yesterday I saw 35 species of butterflies including Ornythion Swallowtail, 
Common Streaky-Skipper, Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak, Cyna Blue and Crimson Patch. 
Photos are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/06/national-butterfly-center-6614.html


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: The Great Love Creek NABA Count - Tuesady June 10
From: Tom Collins <towhee AT HCTC.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 08:59:48 -0500
Butterfly folks,

The note below sent was out by Rebecca awhile back.  I wanted to make sure 
that you got this message in case you were not on this initial distribution 
list or just missed the announcement.  There is still time to let Rebecca 
know if you haven’t already contacted her – please do so soon. This is one 

of the top butterfly counts in Texas – last year we recorded 58 species.  
We have access to both the TNC preserve, several large ranches with clear 
running streams and rivers,  and the Medina Native Plant Nursery grounds.

Rebecca L. Flack rflack AT TNC.ORG

Tom Collins  towhee AT hctc.net




Greetings All,

The annual Love Creek Butterfly Count is rapidly approaching. If you are 
receiving this email, you have confirmed you plan to participate or 
indicated an interest in receiving additional details about the event. 
Please find below information pertinent to the day’s activities:

8:00am – Meet at The Core Coffee House in Medina (13971 Highway 16 North, 
Medina, TX 78055) for team assignments and breakfast/coffee/restroom 
opportunities  - vehicle arrangements will also be determined at this time. 
Tom Collins has graciously offered to pick up the breakfast tab for the 
group, so give Tom a hug when you see him. 

8:30am Sharp! – Teams depart from The Core and head to their assigned 
survey locations 

8:30am-1:30pm – Teams will search their assigned survey location(s)

2:00pm – Teams meet back at The Apple Store in Medina for lunch, species 
identification/confirmation and unofficial countdown for the day

*Though we cannot accommodate late arrivals for this event due to the 
remote nature of some of the sites we are traveling to and poor cell 
service in the area, if individuals need to leave early or are not 
interested in staying for lunch, that is not a problem. Just let us know 
ahead of time so we can make sure proper transportation arrangements are 
made as needed.

Suggested items to bring/wear: Long pants/long shirt (for sun and 
sticky/pokey plant protection), closed toe shoes/boots (for hiking in 
uneven terrain with sticky/pokey plants), hat, sunglasses, binoculars, 
field guides, water (I will provide some extra water and drinks, but a 
water bottle is recommended), and snacks and/or light lunch to get you 
through till we meet at The Apple Store. Breaks will be taken throughout 
the day that will offer opportunities for people to eat snacks and/or a 
lunch at their discretion.  

If you have not already confirmed you plan to attend, please let me know so 
we can be sure to add you to a team. Please also let me know how many 
people will be in your party if you are bringing guests. This helps us to 
be more efficient the morning of the event so more time can be spent 
chasing down butterflies and less time is spent figuring out logistics. 
Thank you to all who participate in and/or support this event!!! I look 
forward to seeing you all on the 10th and making the 2014 count our best 
one yet!!! If you have questions, please feel free to contact me or Tom 
Collins (towhee AT hctc.net).

Cheers,

Rebecca 

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Subject: Beetle at Yturria Brush, 6/2/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:09:05 -0400
Looking at the Cerambycidae catalog I guess my beetle is Plinthocoelium 
schwarzi, the south Texas version of the Texas Bumelia Borer. 



Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Erichson's White-Skipper and long-horned beetle at Yturria Brush, 6/2/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 14:45:00 -0400
Yesterday, 6/2/14, I found a number of interesting butterflies at the Yturria 
Brush tract of the Lower Rio Grande NWR west of La Joya in Hidalgo County. 
Species seen included Erichson's White-Skipper, Two-barred Flasher, Texas 
Powdered Skipper, Desert Checkered Skipper and Nysa Roadside-Skipper. I also 
found a pair of large metallic blue-green long-horned beetles having an orange 
abdomen. I can't find anything that matches them on texasento or Bug Guide. 
Photos are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/06/yturria-brush-6214.html


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: More Juniper Budworm infestations
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 31 May 2014 12:46:05 -0500
TX-Butterfliers,

After Tim posted his info on the infestations of Cudonigera houstonana in Hays 
County a few weeks ago, I began taking a closer look as I traveled around. It 
turns out that there is a major infestation over much of Bosque County (e.g. 
Meridian SP and all parts to the west) and over much of adjacent Hamilton 
County. Hundreds of square miles of browning junipers due in particular to the 
budworm infestation. 


I glanced at some junipers on Balcones Canyonlands NWR on Friday evening (at 
the Flying X, eastern Burnet County) and noted a few leave clumps indicating 
the presence of budworms, but many junipers at that one site were free of the 
budworms and the infested trees had relatively few larval sheltersfor the 
time being. Itll be interesting to see if there will be another mid-summer 
generation that expands the infestation. 


In was a lucky thing that many areas with the budworm infestations got 
substantial rains over the past week or so. Undoubtedly, many of those junipers 
were terribly drought stressed and at least that aspect has been relieved in 
the short term. 


Chuck Sexton
Austin

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Walker's Metalmark
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 31 May 2014 12:38:25 -0500
Hi, A fresh male Walker's Metalmark was just found by Dick Wilson.  At
least one other photographer was able to get photos.  Check the butterfly
garden Beggars Tick first.  After a long absence, it's nice to see Walker's
Again!
 Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
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*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walks* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
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*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
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Subject: Kerrville NABA Count - June 6
From: Tom Collins <towhee AT HCTC.NET>
Date: Fri, 30 May 2014 08:58:27 -0500
The Kerrville NABA Count will be June 6.

Meet 8am at Riverside Nature Center entry to register.  Sites visited 
include Riverside, Kerrville City Park Butterfly Garden, and other area 
parks and gardens.

Tom Collins
Center Point
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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - May Sightings
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 May 2014 08:19:24 -0500
Blue Metalmarks are sparse, but we find a couple a week.  A few Zebra
Heliconian have started patrolling.  Best spot to check - Ebony boardwalk.
A stray Guava Skipper crossed the trail and disappeared into the woods
yesterday afternoon, so despite low numbers of all but a few species, you
never know what might appear.  Many plants are in bloom, including Crucillo
and Ebony.  The list below includes sightings to date in May.

Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
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*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
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Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Lyside Sulphur Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exile)
Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius)
Reakirt's Blue (Hemiargus isola)
Rounded Metalmark Calephelis perditalis)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada)
Texan Crescent (Phyciodes texana)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Guava Skipper (Phocides polybius)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Brazilian Skipper  (Calpodes ethlius)

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Subject: Callizzia amorata 7650 for McLennan County
From: Ann Gordon <anngordon AT HOT.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2014 17:49:37 -0500
This morning, 5/22/14, I found a Gray Scoopwing, Callizzia amorata,  7650 at
the blacklight.  It was new for me.

 

http://annmgordon.com/Callizziaamorata.html

 

Ann Gordon

McLennan County

Harris Creek

West of Waco

 

 


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Subject: Austin Butterfly Forum May 26 meeting
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 11:59:10 -0500
Hi everyone,



Here is the information for upcoming events and meetings of the Austin
Butterfly Forum. Thanks for helping us to get the word out.

The Austin Butterfly Forum meets at the Zilker Botanical Garden
Centerat 7:00 pm on the 4th Monday of
every month except for December. Most
meetings are free and open to the public.

Each meeting features an educational program, but we like to socialize a
bit beforehand. Sometimes members will bring caterpillars or collections
for display, and sometimes we have special opportunities such as plant
giveaways. The meetings are also a good place to hear special announcements
and learn about new events.

Everyone interested in butterflies and other invertebrates is welcome!
Please come join us!

*May 26, 2014, 7 PM meeting:* *Butterflies of Spain: Picos de Europa*,
presented by Ron Martin.


The New World may have the Monarch but Spain has the Queen of Spain and
Duke of Burgundy fritillaries in addition to Cleopatra.  There are also
Peacocks, Cardinals and Brimestone, with a Gatekeeper.     Club members,
Ron and Susan Martin, have made several trips to Spain for casual birding
and butterflying.  Ron will report some of their finds and experiences in
the Picos de Europa in Northern Spain. Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7
pm.; free.



*Upcoming events:*



*June 23 Meeting: TBA. *Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm.; free.



*2014 Butterfly Count: *stay tuned for more information. We have not yet
set a date, but every year, usually in June, the Austin Butterfly forum
conducts the Austin Area Butterfly Count. This is the butterfly equivalent
of the Christmas Bird counts. The results are submitted to NABA (North
American Butterfly Association). In 2007 we had a record number of species
(63) and observers (25).



As soon as we set a date, I will let everyone know.



For more information on the Austin Butterfly Forum, please see our new
website: http://www.austinbutterflies.org/index.html



Please contact Mike Quinn at entomike AT gmail.com if you need more
information.



Thanks for your help in publicizing our meetings. Hope to see you there!


Peg Wallace

ABF Publicity

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Subject: Flying in Austin
From: James Giroux <jamesagiroux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 May 2014 20:51:49 -0500
Soapberry and Banded Hairstreaks are plentiful along Platt Lane in the
Hornsby Bend area. Look for them in the little white flowers (Torilis
arvensis) lining the road and trail.

Photo:
http://jamesagiroux.com/SoapberryHairstreak.html

Map:
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zcEOyVj9SRa8.k5_KscWuM1D8

James Giroux
Austin, TX

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Subject: Choristoneura houstonana study
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 23:53:38 -0500
Choristoneura houstonana study, Hays County, Texas, May 17, 2014
 
JUNIPER BUDWORM MOTH & predators

A 155 acre property off Fischer Store Road in southwestern Hays County is 
heavily infested with juniper budworm moths, Choristoneura houstonana. The 
density of the caterpillars is patchy with some trees having no apparent larval 
webs. The density of larval nests thins up from the ground, oft times thinning 
out a little ten feet above the ground. Trees in other areas have infestations 
reaching the tops of trees. Apparent age of the nests varies from tree to tree 
and even within a single tree. There must be tens of thousands of the insects 
on the property and many of the junipers are hit, especially around the twenty 
acre pasture. 


The property is described as an juniper/oak savanna with a slight preponderance 
of junipers. Some are on the verge of defoliation with larval webbing looking 
like someone attacked the tree with a glue brush. The local area has been under 
extreme drought conditions. 


A website maintained by Texas A&M University Forest Service 
http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/main/article.aspx?id=1203&am
says:
"As stated above, it is not known exactly what impact the juniper webworm will 
have on the Ashe juniper in Central Texas. It is not known if defoliation by 
this insect will cause juniper mortality. It is not known if feeding by a 
second generation of larvae will cause additional damage to trees that have 
already been impacted." 


From the looks of how many needles of the junipers are stuck together it 
doesn't look good for some of these drought stressed trees. 


Photos below depict the larvae, pupa and adult Choristoneura houstonana moths 
as well as the nature of the impacted area. Larvae can be up to ~15mm. The 
adult moths are ~10mm long. I first noticed the moths under porch lights on May 
16, 2014. Can't say when the infestation first appeared. We noticed trees 
turning brown in April. 


A number of predators were apparent today. Some tiny wasps moved too quickly 
for me to catch on camera in the wild. Below are images of an assassin bug, an 
unidentified wasp and a a bumble bee mimic robber fly assumed to be predating 
on Choristoneura houstonana larvae. 


East side of pasture at sunset. Heavily infested junipers are turning brown.
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1DX7845_W.jpg
Hays County five miles north of Canyon Lake, 
May 16, 2014

Typical ashe juniper with Choristoneura houstonana infestatation
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1DX7849_W.jpg
May 16, 2014

Choristoneura houstonana larva
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4662_W.jpg
May 13, 2014

Collected Choristoneura houstonana larvae on 3.75 wide inch plastic lid.
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4668_W.jpg
May 14, 2014

Choristoneura houstonana larva and pupa
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4671_W.jpg
May 14, 2014

Choristoneura houstonana adult moths
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4680_W1.jpg
May 16, 2014

Choristoneura houstonana adult moth
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4681_W.jpg
May 16, 2014

Choristoneura houstonana adult moth
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4682_W.jpg
May 16, 2014

Assassin bug adjacent to Choristoneura houstonana larval web
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_TJ13499_W.jpg
May 17, 2014

Unidentified wasp searching Choristoneura houstonana larval nests
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4692_W.jpg
May 17, 2014

Bumblebee mimic robber fly on Choristoneura houstonana larval web
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4695_W.jpg
&
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4695_WL.jpg
May 17, 2014

Tim Jones
Wimberley, Texas
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Subject: Re: Little help with this monarch...
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 17:34:51 -0500
Thanks, Paul, 

Went back out this afternoon but saw few butterflies 
at all. With the wind from the south the monarch was 
likely taking advantage of the opportunity to keep moving north.
I haven't seen any caterpillars on the antelope horns
I've seen around here.

Tim 




On May 17, 2014, at 4:51 PM, Paul Cherubini wrote:

> On May 17, 2014, at 1:36 PM, Tim Jones wrote:
> 
>> Does it look to you like this might be a locally born monarch? 
>> Or do the few wear marks indicate it's a migrant?
>> 
>> http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1DX7859_W.jpg 
> 
> Looks under 7 days old to me.  So either locally born or
> born within ~ 200 miles of where you are located.
> 
> The slightly wrinkled wing tip suggests something
> slightly interfered with the proper expansion of the wings 
> at the time the butterfly emerged - like maybe dense 
> vegetation next to the chrysalis.
> 
> Paul Cherubini
> El Dorado, Calif.
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Subject: Re: Little help with this monarch...
From: Paul Cherubini <monarch AT SABER.NET>
Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 14:51:35 -0700
On May 17, 2014, at 1:36 PM, Tim Jones wrote:

> Does it look to you like this might be a locally born monarch? 
> Or do the few wear marks indicate it's a migrant?
> 
> http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1DX7859_W.jpg 

Looks under 7 days old to me.  So either locally born or
born within ~ 200 miles of where you are located.

The slightly wrinkled wing tip suggests something
slightly interfered with the proper expansion of the wings 
at the time the butterfly emerged - like maybe dense 
vegetation next to the chrysalis.

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.

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Subject: Little help with this monarch...
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 15:36:15 -0500
Was out doing an impromptu study of the Cudonigera houstonana
when a couple of monarchs appeared. I managed to photo one
in a patch of thistles. 
I'm wondering how fresh this butterfly looks. The second photo 
depicts wrinkles in the wings. Does it look to you like it has recently 
emerged?
We have a lot of antelope horn milkweeds on the place. Most of the 
Spring's crop have gone to seed, but after the recent rains the thistles 
are blooming so an emergent monarch could be hanging around. 

Does it look to you like this might be a locally born monarch? 
Or do the few wear marks indicate it's a migrant?

So happy to see one of these!

From southwest Hays County, Texas, May 17, 2014.

http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1DX7859_W.jpg
& 
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1DX7861_W.jpg

Tim Jones
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Subject: Big Bend RFI
From: Graham Floyd <spcgraham.floyd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 12:24:45 -0500
This is my last summer in Texas, and I am heading to the Chisos over
Memorial Day weekend hoping to focus on butterflies.  Any and all
information is more than welcome, although any details on these specialties
would be even better!

Chisos banded-skipper;  Chisos skipperling; the Chisos giant skipper; the
bromeliad scrub-hairstreak; the Mexican dartwhite; and the Lajitas giant
skipper

I shot this beautiful Chisos Metalmark in the waste water treatment oasis
last year:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/107020873 AT N02/10883167005/in/photostream/


V/R,
Graham Floyd,
San Antonio, TX

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Subject: Juniper budworm outbreak
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 16:42:28 -0500
There is a huge outbreak of juniper budworms on Ashe juniper trees in Central 
Texas - in western Hays County at any rate. Limbs of junipers are turning brown 
with dead juniper needles and the ground 

underneath some trees is turning brownish orange.

The damage:
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4657_W.jpg
the caterpillar:
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4662_W.jpg

Tim Jones
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Subject: Re: TX-BUTTERFLY Digest - 10 May 2014 to 11 May 2014 (#2014-66)
From: John <jmbarr AT ACADEMICPLANET.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2014 00:16:45 -0500
Jim, 
I agree with you completely. This is the sequester at work. It is an abstract 
term until you see it in action. Dont like it: Speak up! 

john in austin

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Subject: new life histories
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Sun, 11 May 2014 14:41:27 -0500
Hi,
A slow spring has allowed me to start working on a backlog of photos. Over the 
last few months I have added a few new species and numerous pictures 
(especially of Glaucous Cracker) to my website. In addition, I have posted the 
following new life histories: Red-bordered Metalmark, Boisduval's Yellow, 
Mexican Yellow, Desert Checkered-Skipper, Julia Heliconian, and Fiery Skipper. 

Links to all of these are on the home page, leps.thenalls.net
As far as what's flying, I have seen very little to report. Butterfly numbers 
are low. There was one Ornythion Swallowtail in April. The big surprise is to 
me is that I have found Saltbush Sootywings in March, April, and May. 

Best,
Berry Nall
Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
leps.thenalls.net

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Subject: Re: Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Macro Photography Workshop
From: John Abbott <jcabbott13 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 May 2014 10:57:04 -0500
We had a great time at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute last weekend at 
our macro photography workshop. Here is a facebook link with some of the 
resulting images from participants 
-https://www.facebook.com/groups/1473054572909416/ 

There are still a few slots left for the next workshop at the Balcones 
Canyonlands National Wildlife Preserve (Marble Falls, TX) on June 21 and 22. 
Details and registration are available here, 
http://abbottnaturephotography.ticketleap.com/bcnwr-workshop/ 


John and Kendra Abbott of Abbott Nature Photography are pleased to announce an 
upcoming Macro Photography Workshop. The event will be held at Doeskin Ranch at 
the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. We will explore different 
macro photographic techniques used to make the best images of insects, spiders, 
flowers, leaves, lizards, frogs, snakes and more. We will also learn a variety 
of post-processing techniques using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, iPhoto 
and other programs. We will have a variety of different equipment at the 
workshop and you will have the opportunity to try it on live subjects as well 
as learn how to use what you already own to its fullest potential. This 
workshop is designed for all levels of photographers, but to get the most out 
of the workshop, you should own a digital SLR. For a tentative itinerary, click 
here. This workshop is limited to 15 individuals and includes breakfast and 
lunch on both days. 

Friends of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, members of the 
Capital Area Master Naturalist, and previous Abbott Nature Photography Workshop 
participants will recieve a $50 discount. 


-- 

John C. Abbott 
http://www.abbottnaturephotography.com
http://www.flickr.com/abbottnaturephotography
http://www.facebook.com/AbbottNaturePhotography
http://jcabbottnaturephotography.blogspot.com/
http://www.odonatacentral.org 


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Subject: Re: Roma Bluffs WBC is closing
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 May 2014 07:49:36 -0500
I posted this same response to texbirds:

Although I share your disappointment, and encourage everyone to follow your
suggestions for communicating with the various officials, I do not agree
with your blame game.

FWS has been hit with drastic cutbacks, thanks to our elected federal
representatives not being willing to earn their keep.  Cutbacks in
resources usually result in decreased efficiency, as well.  They don't even
have a district office in Corpus Christi any more (although they do still
have a reduced number of personnel there).  It is unfair to blame the staff
members for issues that are beyond their control.


On Sat, May 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM, David T. Dauphin 
wrote: 


> It is unfortunate that the USFWS at Santa Ana NWR has decided to close the
> Roma Bluffs World Birding Center, and no longer staff it with a full time
> employee nor have a store, there.  This is another example of poor
> management at Santa Ana NWR in the past few years.
> What can you do?
> !.  Share your opinion with Dr. Benjamin Tuggle ( RDTuggle AT fws.gov ),
> Regional Director of the Southwest Region of USFWS, headquartered at 500
> Gold Ave. SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102, and ask Dr. Tuggle to repsond
> back to you.
> 2.  Share your opinion with US Congressman Henry Cuellar of the 28th
> District, phone toll free at toll free: 1 (877) 780-0028.
> 3.  Share your opinion with Starr Co. Judge, Eloy Vera at
> eloy.vera AT co.starr.tx.us .
> 4.  STOP SHOPPING at the Santa Ana NWR Store and at Laguna Atascosa NWR
> Store; let them know why.  Friends of Santa Ana Refuge, aka, Friends of
> theWildlife Corridor are connected together with Laguna Atascosa NWR under
> the name Friends of South Texas NWR's (you can always shop at the Valley's
> various State Park Stores.
>
> The Friends of Santa Ana NWR operate the Roma Bluff Store.  Sales from
> Santa Ana NWR Store went to help keep Roma Bluffs-WBC open.
>
> LOTS of great butterflies and birds have been seen inside the now locked
> fence at Roma Bluffs!
>
> David Dauphin
> Mission, TX
> For Valley wildlife watching info, go to
> http://www.thedauphins.net
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Subject: Re: Re: Roma Bluffs WBC is closing
From: "David T. Dauphin" <dauphins AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 10 May 2014 15:02:49 -0500
It makes sense because if they are hurt financially, The Friends groups might 
reconsider their decision to close the store at Roma. Going at the pocketbook 
is often more helpful than a bunch of letter writing. 

David Dauphin, Mission
On May 10, 2014, at 2:42 PM, Susan Schaezler wrote:

> I have read this many times and I'm confused, wouldn't not buying at the 
stores endanger the other refuges? 

> 
> Susan Schaezler
> WarblerWoods.org
> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
> Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
> Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
> 
>> On May 10, 2014, at 1:54 PM, "David T. Dauphin"  
wrote: 

>> 
>> STOP SHOPPING at the Santa Ana NWR Store and at Laguna Atascosa NWR Store; 
let them know why. Friends of Santa Ana Refuge, aka, Friends of theWildlife 
Corridor are connected together with Laguna Atascosa NWR under the name Friends 
of South Texas NWR's (you can always shop at the Valley's various State Park 
Stores. 

>> 
>> The Friends of Santa Ana NWR operate the Roma Bluff Store. Sales from Santa 
Ana NWR Store went to help keep Roma Bluffs-WBC open. 

> Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at 
> http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds
> 
> Reposting of traffic from TEXBIRDS is prohibited without seeking permission 
> from the List Owner
> 
> 

David Dauphin
Mission, TX
For Valley wildlife watching info, go to
http://www.thedauphins.net

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Subject: Re: Roma Bluffs WBC is closing
From: Susan Schaezler <susan AT schaezler.net>
Date: Sat, 10 May 2014 14:42:41 -0500
I have read this many times and I'm confused, wouldn't not buying at the stores 
endanger the other refuges? 


Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS

> On May 10, 2014, at 1:54 PM, "David T. Dauphin"  
wrote: 

> 
> STOP SHOPPING at the Santa Ana NWR Store and at Laguna Atascosa NWR Store; 
let them know why. Friends of Santa Ana Refuge, aka, Friends of theWildlife 
Corridor are connected together with Laguna Atascosa NWR under the name Friends 
of South Texas NWR's (you can always shop at the Valley's various State Park 
Stores. 

> 
> The Friends of Santa Ana NWR operate the Roma Bluff Store. Sales from Santa 
Ana NWR Store went to help keep Roma Bluffs-WBC open. 

Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at 
http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds

Reposting of traffic from TEXBIRDS is prohibited without seeking permission 
from the List Owner

Subject: Re: Roma Bluffs WBC is closing
From: Susan Schaezler <susan AT SCHAEZLER.NET>
Date: Sat, 10 May 2014 14:42:41 -0500
I have read this many times and I'm confused, wouldn't not buying at the stores 
endanger the other refuges? 


Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS

> On May 10, 2014, at 1:54 PM, "David T. Dauphin"  
wrote: 

> 
> STOP SHOPPING at the Santa Ana NWR Store and at Laguna Atascosa NWR Store; 
let them know why. Friends of Santa Ana Refuge, aka, Friends of theWildlife 
Corridor are connected together with Laguna Atascosa NWR under the name Friends 
of South Texas NWR's (you can always shop at the Valley's various State Park 
Stores. 

> 
> The Friends of Santa Ana NWR operate the Roma Bluff Store. Sales from Santa 
Ana NWR Store went to help keep Roma Bluffs-WBC open. 


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Subject: Roma Bluffs WBC is closing
From: "David T. Dauphin" <dauphins AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 10 May 2014 13:54:01 -0500
It is unfortunate that the USFWS at Santa Ana NWR has decided to close the Roma 
Bluffs World Birding Center, and no longer staff it with a full time employee 
nor have a store, there. This is another example of poor management at Santa 
Ana NWR in the past few years. 

What can you do?
!. Share your opinion with Dr. Benjamin Tuggle ( RDTuggle AT fws.gov ), Regional 
Director of the Southwest Region of USFWS, headquartered at 500 Gold Ave. SW, 
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102, and ask Dr. Tuggle to repsond back to you. 

2. Share your opinion with US Congressman Henry Cuellar of the 28th District, 
phone toll free at toll free: 1 (877) 780-0028. 

3. Share your opinion with Starr Co. Judge, Eloy Vera at 
eloy.vera AT co.starr.tx.us . 

4. STOP SHOPPING at the Santa Ana NWR Store and at Laguna Atascosa NWR Store; 
let them know why. Friends of Santa Ana Refuge, aka, Friends of theWildlife 
Corridor are connected together with Laguna Atascosa NWR under the name Friends 
of South Texas NWR's (you can always shop at the Valley's various State Park 
Stores. 


The Friends of Santa Ana NWR operate the Roma Bluff Store. Sales from Santa Ana 
NWR Store went to help keep Roma Bluffs-WBC open. 


LOTS of great butterflies and birds have been seen inside the now locked fence 
at Roma Bluffs! 


David Dauphin
Mission, TX
For Valley wildlife watching info, go to
http://www.thedauphins.net

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Subject: New moth for McLennan County collection
From: Ann Gordon <anngordon AT HOT.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 11:06:14 -0500
Now much new in my area until this morning when an Oak Leafroller Moth came
to the lights.  I need verification of ID.  The best fit seemed to be
Archips semiferana.

 

http://annmgordon.com/Archipssemiferana.html

 

Ann Gordon

McLennan County

West of Waco


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Subject: (likely) Band-celled Sister at Fort Clark Springs, Kinney Co, today
From: Troy Hibbitts <alterna2627 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2014 16:14:46 -0700
While working Las Moras Creek doing an afternoon Odonate survey today, I had a 
fly-by (presumable) Band-celled Sister. I got good looks at it that I'm 100% 
certain that it wasn't an Arizona Sister but I can't rule out that it wasn't a 
Spot-celled Sister. It flew within about 10 feet of me, giving me good looks 
but it never landed and flew down the creek out of sight and couldn't be 
relocated. 


Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX

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Subject: Yo Texbutterflies!
From: William Godley <fribbish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2014 03:40:01 +0200
   
    
    
 
       
     

http://loveisall.com/trip.php?xrpk1450vztckv













































     William Godley
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Subject: Dione moneta in Dallas (again)
From: Dale Clark <daleclark AT DALLASBUTTERFLIES.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 May 2014 10:23:16 -0500
I just had a female Mexican Silverspot *Dione moneta* in my yard in Glenn 
Heights, southern Dallas County, about 17 miles from downtown Dallas. 


She looks very fresh - only a small chip out of a hind wing. This is the second 
*Dione moneta* I've had in my yard. The last one was on May 29th, 2009. Quite a 
surprise and hopefully a sign of a good Lep year to come! 


Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
1732 S. Hampton Road
Glenn Heights, TX  75154
www.dallasbutterflies.com

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Subject: butterfly ID class offered by Travis Audubon
From: larvalbug <larvalbug AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:43:20 -0500
There are still openings for a butterfly identification class on May 6 - 20. 
There will be 3 evening classes at the REI store in downtown Austin and 2 field 
trips in south Austin. Info: 
http://travisaudubon.org/education/adult-classes/butterfly-identification 


Valerie Bugh

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Subject: RFI for Mainer
From: Pete <petedarlingii AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 06:03:38 -0400
Hello All,
I've been searching for butterfly walks and walkers. I will be in the LRGV from 
Wed 4/30 to Mon 5/5 and in Austin Thurs 5/8 to Tues 5/13. Any information on 
walks or good spots to visit at this time of year would be greatly appreciated. 
If you wanted to show me your special places that would be doubly appreciated! 
Thank you very much and good butterflying to all! 

-Pete
PS I would love to do some mothing too. I have no clue where to go for that 
around here. I heard about a place in Mission but it appears they stopped doing 
it. Thanks again for any help. 

-Pete

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Walk & Weekly Sightings
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:11:50 -0500
Blue Metalmark, a single female, put in a very late appearance in the
garden - nearly 4 PM.  Earlier in the week a single Band-celled Sister was
again sighted.  With brisk wind Sunday afternoon and not much variety along
the regular route, we spent a second hour checking a well-sheltered
maintenance road just outside the park boundary and discovered several
Fatal Metalmark, a very fresh Mexican Fritillary, and a single Brown
Longtail.

Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walks* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
http://www.facebook.com/resacadelapalma

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Giant White (Ganyra josephina)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Reakirt's Blue (Hemiargus isola)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Texan Crescent (Phyciodes texana)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asteropcmpa clyton)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Celia's Roadside Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

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Subject: Yucca Giant Skipper - Balcones - 4/24
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 06:15:05 -0500
TX-Butterfliers,

While scouting for the Balcones Songbird Festival yesterday (Thurs, 4/24), I 
noticed one Yucca Giant Skipper flitting around over one of the old ranch roads 
on the Refuges Victoria tract. This is on the N edge of Lago Vista. That was 
my first of the season. 


Chuck Sexton
Austin

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Subject: paper on the most northerly Black Witch record, near Churchill, Manitoba in August 2006
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:37:56 -0500
A specimen of the Black Witch (Ascalapha odorata) was collected in August
2006 near Churchill, Manitoba, at 58.7652°N. This represents the most
northerly record for this species.

Ekrem, T., P.G. Kevan, T.S. Woodcock, and P.D.N. Hebert. 2014. The most
northerly Black Witch (*Ascalapha odorata*): a tropical moth in the
Canadian Arctic. Canadian Field-Naturalist 128(1): 77–79.
http://www.canadianfieldnaturalist.ca/index.php/cfn/article/view/1554/1572

Mike Quinn, Austin
________________
Texas Entomology
http://texasento.net

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Subject: April 28 meeting, Austin Butterfly Forum
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:27:23 -0500
Hi everyone,



Here is the information for upcoming events and meetings of the Austin
Butterfly Forum. Thanks for helping us to get the word out.

The Austin Butterfly Forum meets at the Zilker Botanical Garden
Centerat 7:00 pm on the 4th Monday of
every month except for December. Most
meetings are free and open to the public.

Each meeting features an educational program, but we like to socialize a
bit beforehand. Sometimes members will bring caterpillars or collections
for display, and sometimes we have special opportunities such as plant
giveaways. The meetings are also a good place to hear special announcements
and learn about new events.

Everyone interested in butterflies and other invertebrates is welcome!
Please come join us!

*Apr. 28, 2014, 7 PM meeting:* *Camera Workshop*, presented by Ian Wright.



In this talk and workshop we will cover the basics and some advanced
techniques of macrophotography. We'll start with a broad discussion about
basic camera operation and equipment and then specifically focus on macro
work. I will cover various types of macrophotography and the equipment
involved in getting macro shots. I'll cover options for everything from
cell phones to point and shoots to SLRs. My goal is to help you use your
current equipment to get better shots! So bring your cameras! The second
part of the talk will be a hands-on workshop with live insects. We'll get
together in groups and practice some of the techniques discussed in the
talk. Finally I'll discuss some post-processing work (including some
advanced techniques like focus-stacking) and some ways you can share your
amazing macro images! Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm.; free.



*May 26, 2014, 7 PM meeting:* *Butterflies of Spain: Picos de Europa*,
presented by Ron Martin.


The New World may have the Monarch but Spain has the Queen of Spain and
Duke of Burgundy fritillaries in addition to Cleopatra.  There are also
Peacocks, Cardinals and Brimestone, with a Gatekeeper.     Club members,
Ron and Susan Martin, have made several trips to Spain for casual birding
and butterflying.  Ron will report some of their finds and experiences in
the Picos de Europa in Northern Spain. Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7
pm.; free.



For more information on the Austin Butterfly Forum, please see our new
website: http://www.austinbutterflies.org/index.html



Please contact Mike Quinn at entomike AT gmail.com if you need more
information.



Thanks for your help in publicizing our meetings. Hope to see you there!

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Walk & Weekly Sightings
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:22:50 -0500
More species were flying this week, including a single Band-celled Sister
along the sidewalk, and a single Mimosa Skipper this morning.  This
afternoon the wind was gusty.  We started with very few sightings, but as
the wind subsided our list increased dramatically.

Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walks* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
http://www.facebook.com/resacadelapalma

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Elada Checkerespot (Texola elada)
Texan Crescent (Phyciodes texana)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
White-striped Longtail (Chioides catillus)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Turk's-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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Subject: Monarch seen in north Dallas
From: Mary Ludwick <ludwickm AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:51:48 -0500
We saw a monarch in our yard today, but we have only bluebonnets in bloom.

A tiger swallowtail was in the yard also.
The swallowtail went to our hummingbird feeder and drank for a long time.

ludwickm AT hotmail.com
Dallas, Texas
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 21:04:39 -0500
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Friday Apr 4, 2014



Today started sunny but clouds rolled in for the afternoon and kept numbers
down. It was warm and breezy. We recorded a few species in the morning
before the walk and ended with 34 for the day.



Noteworthy were 6 Celia's Roadside Skippers. We also saw one monarch.



Dragonfly numbers are increasing and we saw Wandering Glider, Red
Saddlebags, Roseate Skimmer, Common Pondhawk, Blue Dasher, and Band-winged
Dragonlet.



Checkered White  Pontia protodice

Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe

Little Yellow  Eurema lisa

Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis iole

Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus

Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon

Western Pygmy-Blue  Brephidium exile

Reakirt's Blue  Hemiargus isola

Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae

Texan Crescent  Phyciodes texana

Vesta Crescent  Phyciodes vesta

Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa

Tropical Leafwing  Anaea aidea

Hermes Satyr  Hermeuptychia hermes

Monarch  Danaus plexippus

Queen  Danaus gilippus

White-striped Longtail  Chioides catillus

Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne

Sickle-winged Skipper  Achlyodes thraso

Funereal Duskywing  Erynnis funeralis

White Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus albescens

Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus

Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana

Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia

Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius

Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus

Whirlabout  Polites vibex

Southern Broken-Dash  Wallengrenia otho

Celia's Roadside-Skipper  Amblyscirtes celia



Rick Snider - Host Volunteer

Butterfly walks at Estero are Fridays at 1:30

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