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Crested Argus,©Barry Kent Mackay

21 Feb Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
15 Feb Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
14 Feb Violet-banded Skipper at Resaca de la Palma [Mike Rickard ]
13 Feb Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
13 Feb Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting, February 23, 2015 [ABF Announce ]
8 Feb Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
6 Feb Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
5 Feb Monsanto Crops Pushing Monarch Butterfly to 'Verge of Extinction' [Tim Jones ]
2 Feb Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
30 Jan Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
27 Jan Texas Pollinator PowWow @ Austin (LBJWC) - February 28, $25 [Mike Quinn ]
27 Jan monarch overwintering population in Mexico up slightly from last year's record low [Mike Quinn ]
26 Jan Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk & More [Sherry Wilson ]
23 Jan Estero butterfly walk Fri Jan 23, 2015 [Rick Snider ]
19 Jan 2014 Butterflies [Mike Rickard ]
18 Jan Austin Butterfly Forum meeting, January 26 [ABF Announce ]
18 Jan Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
17 Jan Estero butterfly walk [Rick Snider ]
16 Jan Texas A&M Dept Ento 2015 Open House Photos [Mike Quinn ]
31 Dec New life histories [Berry Nall ]
29 Dec Re: Service Initiates Status Review of Monarch Butterfly under the Endangered Species Act [Tim Jones ]
29 Dec Fwd: Service Initiates Status Review of Monarch Butterfly under the Endangered Species Act [Brush Freeman ]
27 Dec Heraclides phylogenetics [Keith Wolfe ]
27 Dec question about Banded Hairstreaks [Shirley Wilkerson ]
26 Dec Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
24 Dec Re: Giant Swallowtail split into E. & W. species roughly along I-35 [Mike Quinn ]
24 Dec Giant Swallowtail split into E. & W. species roughly along I-35 [Mike Quinn ]
23 Dec New Swallowtail species, type locality: Duval Co., Texas... [Mike Quinn ]
21 Dec Resac de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk & List for 12/15 - 12/21 [Sherry Wilson ]
19 Dec Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
15 Dec Still flying in Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
14 Dec Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk with 5 metalmarks & Band-celled Sister [Sherry Wilson ]
12 Dec Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
12 Dec TAMU Insect Collection Open House - Jan. 10 [Mike Quinn ]
7 Dec Resaca de la Palma - December Sightings [Sherry Wilson ]
6 Dec November Starr County report [Berry Nall ]
5 Dec Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
1 Dec Resaca de la Palma SP - Flying on Sunday [Sherry Wilson ]
28 Nov Estero butterfly walk [Rick Snider ]
21 Nov Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
21 Nov Resaca de la Palma SP - Walker's Metalmark [Sherry Wilson ]
17 Nov Austin Butterfly Forum meeting, November 24 [ABF Announce ]
16 Nov Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterflies [Sherry Wilson ]
16 Nov Violet-patched Skipper, Hecebolus Skipper at National butterfly Center, 11/16/14 [Dan Jones ]
15 Nov Still flying in Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
12 Nov Spot-celled Sister in Utopia, again [Mitch Heindel ]
12 Nov Late report: Blue-studded Skipper (Sostrata nordica) at Yturria Brush Tract, Hidalgo Co. ["Robert A. Behrstock" ]
12 Nov Re: Moth id help needed, Pharr, TX [Chuck Sexton ]
11 Nov Re: Moth id help needed, Pharr, TX [Shirley Wilkerson ]
11 Nov Moth id help needed, Pharr, TX [Shirley Wilkerson ]
10 Nov Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterflies [Sherry Wilson ]
10 Nov Estero Tailed Aguna [Sherry Wilson ]
10 Nov Estero Common BLuevent [Joan Hill ]
9 Nov Common Bluevent, Ruddy Hairstreak in RGV, 11/9/14 [Dan Jones ]
8 Nov Yturria Brush, 11/8/14 [Dan Jones ]
8 Nov Orange-crescent Ground streak, Brackettville, 11/7 [Troy Hibbitts ]
7 Nov Starred Skipper [Joan Hill ]
6 Nov Valley Skipper ID help [James Giroux ]
5 Nov Estero correction [Joan Hill ]
5 Nov Santa Ana & Estero [Joan Hill ]
5 Nov Resaca de la Palma State Park [Terry Hibbitts ]
4 Nov NABA, Estero Llano Grande, & Resaca de la Palma [Mary Beth Stowe ]
4 Nov Frontera Latana Scrub-Hairstreak [Shirley Wilkerson ]
3 Nov Rio Rico, Frontera [Joan Hill ]
3 Nov Strophius Hairstreak in Mission, Hidalgo Co. yard, today ["David T. Dauphin" ]
3 Nov Santa Anna Butterflies [Shirley Wilkerson ]
2 Nov Strophius, more flying in Falcon Heights [Berry Nall ]
31 Oct A "knock-out" Olive-clouded Skipper in our Mission yard. ["David T. Dauphin" ]
31 Oct Butterflies of the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center, Hidalgo Co. RGV [Javier Gonzalez ]
31 Oct Re: Green Flasher-Astraptes Talus (NEW U.S. RECORD) yard butterfly #157 [James K Adams ]
30 Oct Tropical Greenstreak in our Mission, Hidalgo Co. yard….#158 ["David T. Dauphin" ]
30 Oct Laguna Atascosa & Estero [Joan Hill ]
30 Oct Re: Green Flasher-Astraptes Talus (NEW U.S. RECORD) yard butterfly #157 [Jim Sinclair ]
30 Oct Green Flasher-Astraptes Talus (NEW U.S. RECORD) yard butterfly #157 ["David T. Dauphin" ]
30 Oct Texas Plant Conservation Conference next week Nov 5-8 - Austin [Mike Quinn ]
29 Oct Estero & Edinburg [Joan Hill ]

Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:36:28 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk Friday Feb 20, 2015



Winds were howling, 30mph, but it was warm. The predicted clouds did not
happen and we had full sun for the afternoon. We stayed in the sheltered
areas with sunny spots and found 26 species on the walk.



Highlights were Mournful Duskywing, Clytie Ministreak, and Celia's Roadside
Skipper.



In the week before there was a Silver-banded Hairstreak photographed.
Today, Saturday, had very nice weather and additional species seen were:
Black and Pipevine Swallowtails, Mexican Bluewings, South Texas Satyrs,
Sickle-winged Skipper, Tropical Leafwing, and Pale-banded Crescent.



Our group was large and I thank Dave Elder, Ginny Musgrave, and Mike
Rickard for their help finding, identifying, and showing butterflies to
folks.

I would also like to thank Ranger John Yochum for delivering cupcakes in
celebration of May Snider's birthday. We have fun on our walks.



Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae
Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe
Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside
Little Yellow  Eurema lisa
Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa
Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon
Clytie Ministreak  Ministrymon clytie
Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius
American Snout  Libytheana carinenta
Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae
Vesta Crescent  Phyciodes vesta
Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon
Pearl Crescent  Phyciodes tharos
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
Queen  Danaus gilippus
Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne
Mazans Scallopwing  Staphylus mazans
Mournful Duskywing  Erynnis tristis
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
Celia's Roadside-Skipper  Amblyscirtes celia

Rick Snider - Host Volunteer
Butterfly walks at Estero are Fridays at 1:30PM.
Tuesday plant walk at 10AM - Plants of the Camino de Aves Trail

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 18:51:30 -0600
This was an excellent day for beginners (not a confusing number of
species)!  We started with some very nice male and female Blue Metalmarks,
found several skipper species, Phaon Crescent, and a few others.  We ended
with a Cloudless Sulphur.  The sulphur was intent on finding the perfect
spot to tuck in and roost until the wind died back.  At one point it
dislodged a second Cloudless Sulphur.  We were all impressed with how well
hidden it instantly became each time it tested a new roost.

Mike Rickard's Violet-banded Skipper from yesterday was not relocated.
Before the walk an interesting very brown Silver-banded Hairstreak was in
the yellow blooms next to a patch of verbena.  It definitely looked worn,
but was still surprisingly brown.

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

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* 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

​Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Lyside​ Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Little Yellow (Nathalis iole) - yesterday
Silver-banded hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes texana)
​Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis) - yesterday
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
*back to Carolina Satyr since this name matches the field guides
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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Subject: Violet-banded Skipper at Resaca de la Palma
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 22:15:41 -0600
Ginny and I photographed a Violet-banded Skipper (Nyctelius nyctelius)
today at Resaca de la Palma SP.  It was visiting verbenas in the butterfly
garden.  This is normally a fall species with almost all records from
Sep-Dec.

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX

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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:08:37 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk Friday Feb 13, 2015



The weather was cloudy and cooler, but the sun broke through for a short
time and butterflies flew. We started out strong with 10 species in the
first 15 minutes of the walk, but then the clouds returned. 20 species were
seen for the day.



The highlight was a bright winter form Clytie Ministreak well photographed
by the group.



During the previous week we walked out to the salt flats to see our Western
Pygmy Blues and had a mint fresh male Great Purple Hairstreak along the
way. We also had a Lantana Scrub Hairstreak on a Croton flower during the
plant walk on Tuesday.



Checkered White  Pontia protodice
Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae
Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside
Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa
Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon
Clytie Ministreak  Ministrymon clytie
American Snout  Libytheana carinenta
Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa
Queen  Danaus gilippus
Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne
Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus
Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana
Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia
Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius
Southern Skipperling  Copaeodes minimus
Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala

 Rick Snider - Host Volunteer
Butterfly walks at Estero are Fridays at 1:30.
Tuesday Feb 17 plant walk at 10AM - Vines of Estero

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Subject: Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting, February 23, 2015
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:55:40 -0600
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!



Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



*FEBRUARY 23, 2015, 7 PM *

*How Butterflies Can Teach Us About Natural Selection: presented by Peg
Wallace*



Charles Darwin published his thesis “The Origin of Species by Means of
Natural Selection” in 1859. The idea of “evolution” is familiar to most 
of 

us, but the mechanism proposed by Darwin may not be as familiar. He called
this mechanism “natural selection”, to distinguish it from the type of
changes in species that we can see brought about by human selection.



This discussion will outline the basics of evolution and natural selection
using examples from the world of insects, especially butterflies. Peg
Wallace has a Master’s in Geography from the University of Texas, and
worked as a teaching assistant in genetics for 5 years. She is fascinated
with the topics of genetics, evolution and ecology, and enjoys teaching
these concepts.


FEBRUARY 20, 2015:  LIFETIME LEARNING INSTITUTE CLASS:  INSECT SAFARI (8
Classes; Requires Preregistration)

Join us for an intimate look at the little creatures that rule the world
and meet some of the strangest beasts around. Of all the animal species on
our planet, 4 out of 5 are insects! They are a major component of
terrestrial ecosystems, and include some of the important pollinators,
pests, recyclers, and some of the most fascinating beings on Earth. We will
explore this delightful array of animals through colorful slideshow
presentations, focusing on basic identification, behaviors, lifestyles and
associations. Short field trips near our meeting place. Pith helmets
optional!



Instructor: Valerie Bugh



Course #63; Limit 20.

*Time: *10:00—Noon Fridays, First Class is Feb. 20 (8 total classes)

*Place: *Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Drive (78757)


Valerie Bugh, a longtime member of the Butterfly Forum, is a local
naturalist specializing in the arthropods of the Austin area, with
interests in taxonomy and photography. She runs the Fauna Project at the
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, leads insect discovery walks, teaches
entomology courses, provides insect/spider identifications, gives talks to
local organizations, and has published a pocket guide to "The Butterflies
of Central Texas."

To register for this class, visit the Lifetime Learning Institute website
at www.lliaustin.org
 or call
512-206- 4232 for more information.  Class fees at Lifetime Learning
Institute are $20 for each eight week course.



*FEBRUARY 28, 2015 TEXAS POLLINATOR POWWOW (See www.wildflower.org/events
 for more details)*



*MARCH 23, 2015, AUSTIN BUTTERFLY FORUM  MEETING AT 7 PM: TOPIC TBA*



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



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

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 17:23:49 -0600
Dusky-blue Groundstreak, Fawn-spotted Skipper, Phaon Crescent (all fresh),
Little Yellow, Blue Metalmark and Cloudness Sulphur are the common species
we found.  The most interesting sighting this afternoon turned out to be a
very worn Great Southern White.  We also found a single Laviana
White-Skipper.  At 20+ mph, wind was a limiting factor, yet we still ended
the day with 22 species.  Mexican Bluewing was reported before the walk
only. A single Zebra Heliconian zipped by the garden mid morning.  Gemmed
Satyr and Mazans Scallopwing were seen by others earlier in the day but are
not included in this number.  For Gemmed Satyr, the back end of the tram
road and the end of Flycatcher Trail are good places to check.

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

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* 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

​Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) - Saturday only
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
South Texas Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
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)
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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 19:33:40 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk Friday Feb 6, 2015



A cloudy day in the low 60s, not the best weather, but 10 of us went out
searching for butterflies. We have great Azurea and Lantana flowers and
they may have helped a bit, but the constant colder-than-normal winter days
have taken their toll on butterfly numbers. We found only 8 species.



We couldn't find the Great Purple Hairstreak seen yesterday.



Between butterflies we took time to have great looks at Huisache Girdling
Beetle, and a stunning Tortoise Beetle on the Anacua leaves. We even saw
Western Tanager, Summer Tanager, and Orchard Oriole, uncommon wintering
birds here at the park, so in spite of the shortage of butterflies everyone
had a good time.



Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus
Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon
Hermes Satyr  Hermeuptychia hermes
Queen  Danaus gilippus
White Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus albescens
Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus
Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala



Rick Snider - Host Volunteer

Butterfly walks at Estero are Fridays at 1:30.

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Subject: Monsanto Crops Pushing Monarch Butterfly to 'Verge of Extinction'
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 20:54:51 -0600
Likely as not the corn being grown can't even be eaten by human beings but only 
used to make corn ethanol of questionable contribution to climate change at 
all. 

Tim

Monsanto Crops Pushing Monarch Butterfly to 'Verge of Extinction'

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/05/monsanto-crops-pushing-monarch-butterfly-verge-extinction 

Thursday, February 05, 2015
byCommon Dreams

'The alarming decline of monarchs is driven in large part' by Roundup Ready 
crops, Center for Food Safety finds 

byDeirdre Fulton, staff writer

Herbicide-resistant genetically modified crops have brought the iconic monarch 
butterfly to the brink of extinction, according to a new report presented by 
the Center for Food Safety to Congress on Thursday. 


The report, Monarchs in Peril (pdf), is the most comprehensive look yet at how 
Monsanto's 'Roundup Ready' crops have helped decimate the monarch population, 
which has declined by 90 percent in the past 20 years. 


"This report is a wake-up call. This iconic species is on the verge of 
extinction because of Monsanto's Roundup Ready crop system," said Andrew 
Kimbrell, executive director at Center for Food Safety. "To let the monarch 
butterfly die out in order to allow Monsanto to sell its signature herbicide 
for a few more years is simply shameful." 


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Subject: Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:12:24 -0600
American Lady, Zebra Heliconian and Red Admiral were out and showy Sunday
afternoon.  Mexican Bluewing took a little more time and patience.  Elbow
Bush is starting to bloom.  The small, pale flowers attract a variety of
butterflies.  Mistflower is also blooming throughout the park.  Satyrs may
be in edge areas of the garden but are easiest to find on Bobcat and the
last stretch of Flycatcher.

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

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* 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

​Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia Lisa)
Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Reakirt's Blue (Hemiargus isola)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
South Texas Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema odilia)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)​

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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:33:48 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Fri Jan 30, 2015



The weather forecast was for clouds, rain and 68 F, but the clouds broke
giving us sun for about half the butterfly walk. Numbers were low but we
managed to tally a surprising 20 species with most being found around our
Taumalipa azurea which is in full bloom. Some, like the Painted Lady, were
very fresh and posed for pictures. Weather during the previous week was
better, with Mexican Bluewing and Great Purple Hairstreak seen by visitors,
but we could not find them during the walk. We got a tram ride out to check
for Western Pygmy Blue and eventually found just one in the usual spot.
Thanks to Mike Rickard, Ginny Musgrave, Dave Elder, and Susan Keefer for
their help with spotting and making sure everyone had good looks at the
butterflies.



Little Yellow  Eurema lisa

Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis iole

Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa

Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon

Western Pygmy-Blue  Brephidium exile

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon

Painted Lady  Vanessa cardui

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

Queen  Danaus gilippus

White-patched Skipper  Chiomara asychis

White Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus albescens

Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus

Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana

Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia

Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia

Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus

Sachem  Atalopedes campestris

Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala



Rick Snider - Host volunteer

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Subject: Texas Pollinator PowWow @ Austin (LBJWC) - February 28, $25
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:00:17 -0600
Texas Pollinator Pow-Wow,
Austin, February 28, $25

Information

http://txpollinatorpowwow-part2.weebly.com/event-information-and-registration.html 


Schedule:
http://txpollinatorpowwow-part2.weebly.com/schedule.html

Eight speakers, two dozen exhibitors, and a hosting facility (the Lady Bird
Johnson Wildflower Center) dedicated to the mission
http://txpollinatorpowwow-part2.weebly.com/speaker-information.html

What:
A pollinator conservation conference for South Central Texas and beyond

When:
Saturday, February 28, 2015; 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Where:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
https://www.wildflower.org/architecture/?id=auditorium
4801 La Crosse Avenue
Austin, TX 78739

Why:
To provide information, resources and networking opportunities to natural
resource management professionals and volunteers, and the community at
large, to empower them in conserving our pollinators and their habitats
across the landscape

Registration
Fee:    $25 / person, received no later than February 24th

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: monarch overwintering population in Mexico up slightly from last year's record low
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:19:38 -0600
Monarch Population Status
January 27th, 2015 - Chip Taylor, University of Kansas
http://monarchwatch.org/blog/2015/01/27/monarch-population-status-22/

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk & More
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:06:59 -0600
Sunday was more overcast than anticipated.  Where was that lovely Saturday
sun?  Back today on Monday, along with an Orange-barred Sulphur and
Band-celled Sister.

On Sunday, despite the clouds, Dusky-blue Groundstreak, Silver-banded
Hairstreak and Blue Metalmark were reliable in the garden, plus we found a
very nice Red Admiral in the lantana.  Mike Rickard and Dick Wilson each
spotted a few individuals not found by all.  Mike walked part of Bobcat
Trail, which can often have some interesting species but was slow on such
an overcast afternoon.

The list below is for the past week and includes a few such as
Orange-barred Sulphur, Sleepy Orange and Zebra Heliconian that were seen
while the sun was out (mainly Saturday) and should be around on sunny days
now.  Species not seen Sunday are marked with *.

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

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* 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

​Cloudless Sulphur​ (Phoebis sennae)*
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)*
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)*
Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)*
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)*
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)*
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis) - Mike & Ginny found on Bobcat
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)*
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
South Texas Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)* - Mike & Ginny found on Bobcat
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus) - Mike & Ginny found on Bobcat

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Subject: Estero butterfly walk Fri Jan 23, 2015
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:02:57 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Fri Jan 23, 2015



Today was in the mid 50s with a strong N wind, not the best butterfly
weather even though the sun was shining. There were 8 of us on the walk. We
started out pessimistic about finding any butterflies, so we were surprised
that 11 species of butterflies, and about twice that number of individuals,
ventured out and were spotted. We had good looks at many, and time to
examine some of the hard-to-see field marks for identification.

We also found a few Ramburs Forktail damselflies.



Checkered White  Pontia protodice

Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae

Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon

Vesta Crescent  Phyciodes vesta

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

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



Rick Snider - Host volunteer

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Subject: 2014 Butterflies
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:01:30 -0600
For the year 2014, Ginny and I saw 162 species in the RGV, which seems like
a lot but is less than half the species recorded here.  On the one hand,
with Ginny's mobility limited all year due to a stress-fractured foot, I
lost a second pair of eyes that often caught what I overlooked.  On the
other hand, Ginny was able to see some very nice species in our and
neighbor the Dauphin's yards.  Additionally it was an unusual year, with
below normal numbers of some butterflies, especially brushfoots.  Crackers,
Purplewings, Heliconians, Leafwings were generally absent, with the cold
and cloudy weather in December having an impact.   The best species were
spreadwing skippers, and a few hairstreaks.  As is the case when I post
these kinds of lists, others first found some of the species, and I got to
photograph their finds.  I'm aware of some 15-20 species reported that we
did not get to see.

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

Guava Skipper  (Phocides polybius)

Manuel's Skipper (Polygonus savigny)

White-striped Longtail (Chioides albofasciatus)

Zilpa Longtail (Chioides zilpa)

White-crescent Longtail (Codatractus alcaeus)

Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)

Dorantes Longtail (Urbanus dorantes)

Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)

Two-barred Flasher (Astraptes fulgerator)

Green Flasher (Astraptes talus)

Coyote Cloudywing (Achalarus toxeus)

Potrillo Skipper (Cabares potrillo)

Falcate Skipper (Spathilepia clonius)

Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)

Glazed Pelicia (Pelicia arina)

Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)

Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)

Saltbush Sootywing (Pholisora alpheus)

Brown-banded Skipper (Timochares ruptifasciata)

Common Bluevent (Anastrus sempiternis)

White-patched Skipper (Chiomara georgina)

Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)

Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis)

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)

Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)

Hoary Skipper (Carrhenes canescens)

Texas Powdered Skipper (Systasea pulverulenta)

Streaky Skipper (Celotes nessus)

White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)

Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)

Desert Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus philetas)

Erichson's White-Skipper (Heliopyrgus domicella)

East-Mexican White-Skipper (Heliopetes sublinea)

Turk's-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira)

Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)

Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minima)

Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)

Purple-washed Skipper (Panoquina lucas)

Hecebolus Skipper (Panoquina hecebolus)

Evans' Skipper (Panoquina evansi)

Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)

Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

Nysa Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes nysa)

Pale-rayed Skipper (Vidius perigenes)

Violet-patched Skipper (Monca crispinus)

Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia)

Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes trebius)

Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

Olive-clouded Skipper (Lerodea arabus)

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Liris Skipper (Lerema liris)

Double-dotted Skipper (Decinea percosius)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)

Violet-banded Skipper (Nyctelius nyctelius)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion)

Ruby-spotted Swallowtail (Papilio anchisiades

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)

Mexican Yellow (Eurema mexicana)

Tailed Orange (Pyrisitia proterpia)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

Mimosa Yellow (Pyrisitia nise)

Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)

White Angled-Sulphur (Anteos clorinde)

Yellow Angled-Sulphur (Anteos maerula)

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)

Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)

Statira Sulphur (Aphrissa statira)

Florida White (Glutophrissa drusilla)

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)

Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)

Giant White (Ganyra josephina)

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)

Marius Hairstreak (Rekoa marius)

Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)

Telea Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon telea)

Tropical Greenstreak (Cyanophrys herodotus)

Clench's Greenstreak (Cyanophrys miserabilis)

Xami Hairstreak (Callophrys xami)

Strophius Hairstreak (Allosmaitia strophius)

Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon rufofusca)

White Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon albata)

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon bazochii)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)

Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)

Vicroy Ministreak (Ministrymon jane-vicroy)

Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius)

Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)

Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)

Cyna Blue (Zizula cyna)

Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)

Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)

Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)

Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)

Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)

Red-bordered Pixie (Melanis pixe)

Curve-winged Metalmark (Emesis emesia)

Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Soldier (Danaus eresimus)

Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

Mexican Silverspot (Dione moneta)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia)

Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)

Banded-orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa)

Erato Heliconian (Heliconius erato)

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

Mexican Fritillary (Euptoieta hegesia)

Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)

Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Pavon Emperor (Doxocopa pavon)

Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure)

Red Rim (Biblis hyperia)

Common Mestra (Mestra amymone)

Florida Purplewing (Eunica tatila)

Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)

Four-spotted Sailor (Dynamine postverta)

Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus)

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

Banded Peacock (Anartia fatima)

Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

Tropical Buckeye (Junonia evarete)

Mangrove Buckeye (Junonia genoveva)

Crimson Patch (Chlosyne janais)

Definite Patch (Chlosyne definita)

Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona)

Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)

Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada)

Pale-banded Crescent (Anthanassa tulcis)

Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana)

Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes graphica)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Tropical Leafwing (Anaea aidea)

Goatweed Leafwing (Anaea andria)

Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)

Hermes Satyr (Hermeuptychia hermes)

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Subject: Austin Butterfly Forum meeting, January 26
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:25:50 -0600
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.

As we start the New Year, this is a good time to become a member of the
Austin Butterfly Forum. Yearly dues are only $20.00 per household. Payments
will be accepted at the meetings; see Doris Hill. Dues help to cover the
costs of out-of-town speakers; on the rare occasions when we charge a small
admission for a speaker, members still get in free.

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



*Jan. 26, 2015, 7 PM meeting:* *How Do Butterflies Breathe?*, presented
by Dan Hardy.


How do butterflies breathe? Not like us! They have no lungs. Their skin is
impermeable to air. They have a heart, but lack red blood cells. How do
they pull this off? Dan Hardy will explain!


Dan Hardy enjoys researching topics for club presentations. He has talked
about Wallace and evolution, the butterflies of the Barton Creek Greenbelt,
caterpillars and their food plants, and the biology of butterfly wing
patterns. He is a pathologist and specializes in microbiology.


Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



*Upcoming events:*



*Feb. 23, 2015, 7 PM meeting: How butterflies can teach us about Natural
Selection; *presented by Peg Wallace



Charles Darwin published his thesis “The Origin of Species by Means of
Natural Selection” in 1859. The idea of “evolution” is familiar to most 
of 

us, but the mechanism proposed by Darwin may not be as familiar. He called
this mechanism “natural selection”, to distinguish it from the type of
changes in species that we can see brought about by human selection.



This discussion will outline the basics of evolution and natural selection
using examples from the world of insects, especially butterflies. Peg
Wallace has a Master’s in Geography from the University of Texas, and
worked as a teaching assistant in genetics for 5 years. She is fascinated
with the topics of genetics, evolution and ecology, and enjoys teaching
these concepts.



Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



*March 23, 2015, 7PM meeting. TBA*



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



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

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:30:51 -0600
Sunday afternoon was partly sunny and calm.  We had a surprising variety of
butterflies given how cool and wet it has been recently.  Most species were
only single individuals, but Silver-banded Hairstreak and Dusky-blue
Groundstreak were fairly plentiful.  Four fresh Mexican Bluewings were
found on Ebony Trail and were quite cooperative for photos.  Most
butterflies we found were either severely tattered or very fresh.  Not much
middle ground.

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

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* 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

​Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)  (1 seen early morning only)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)  (1 found along tram road Saturday)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) (seen just after the walk)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Turk's-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira)
Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phleus)​

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Subject: Estero butterfly walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:29:52 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Fri Jan 16, 2015



After cancelling two walks because of cold, clouds, and rain we finally had
a calm 60 F day with sun. We saw 20 species with only one individual of
most of them. The majority were fresh, very beautiful butterflies.
Highlights were: Mexican Bluewing, Zebra Heliconian, male Cloudless
Sulphurs, Sleepy Orange followed almost immediately by Tailed Orange, with
nice views of both. We still have lots of flowers, Lantana at peak bloom,
and Spring Mistflowers beginning to bloom, we just need more butterflies.
Thanks to Mike Rickard, Ginny Musgrave, Dave Elder, and Susan Keefer for
all their help.



Southern Dogface  Colias cesonia

Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae

Tailed Orange  Eurema proterpia

Little Yellow  Eurema lisa

Sleepy Orange  Eurema nicippe

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae

Zebra Heliconian  Heliconius charithonia

Pearl Crescent  Phyciodes tharos

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae

Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa

Tropical Leafwing  Anaea aidea

Queen  Danaus gilippus

White Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus albescens

Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus

Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia

Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius

Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus



Rick Snider - Host volunteer

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Subject: Texas A&M Dept Ento 2015 Open House Photos
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:46:47 -0600
Another great open house. Thanks Ed et al.!

Texas A&M Dept Ento 2015 Open House People Pix
https://plus.google.com/photos/+MikeQuinnEnto/albums/6104980318207561985

Remainder of Texas "Aphodius" (sensu lato) scarab photos not already posted
to BugGuide
https://plus.google.com/photos/108896707105682448113/albums/6103501763803777985

More photos of TAMU's lady beetles - Coccinellidae
https://plus.google.com/photos/108896707105682448113/albums/6103957972738419889


Mike Quinn, Austin
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TX-BUTTERFLY archives: 
Subject: New life histories
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:57:42 -0600
Hi,
I recorded 34 species in Starr County in December, the most noteworthy being 
Mexican Silverspot and Two-barred Flasher. 

I have added several life histories to the website: Gray, Glaucous, and 
Guatemalan Crackers, Rounded Metalmark, Olive-clouded and Fawn-spotted 
Skippers, and Sachem. The links to these are on my home page, 

http://leps.thenalls.net/index.php
 
A Happy New Year to all,
Berry Nall
Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
leps.thenalls.net

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TX-BUTTERFLY archives: 
Subject: Re: Service Initiates Status Review of Monarch Butterfly under the Endangered Species Act
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 21:09:47 -0600
My daughter in Houston bred and released quite a few monarchs last Fall. Wild 
monarchs were appearing and laying eggs on tropical milkweed she was growing. 
Considering the rapid decline in occupied habitat at the southern end of the 
migration this appears to be none too soon. 

Tim
On Dec 29, 2014, at 11:41 AM, Brush Freeman  wrote:

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Contact: Vanessa Kauffman, 703-358-2138, vanessa_kauffman AT fws.gov

Service Initiates Status Review of Monarch Butterfly under the
Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it will be
conducting a status review of the monarch butterfly under the
Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service has determined that a
petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the Center for Food
Safety, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Dr.
Lincoln Brower to list a subspecies of monarch (Danaus plexippus
plexippus) presents substantial information indicating that listing
may be warranted.

Monarch butterflies are found throughout the United States and some
populations migrate vast distances across multiple generations each
year. Many monarchs fly between the U.S., Mexico and Canada - a
journey of over 3,000 miles. This journey has become more perilous for
many monarchs because of threats along their migratory paths and on
their breeding and wintering grounds. Threats include habitat loss -
particularly the loss of milkweed, the monarch caterpillar's sole food
source - and mortality resulting from pesticide use. Monarch
populations have declined significantly in recent years.

The Service will now conduct a status review to determine whether
listing is warranted. To ensure this status review is comprehensive,
the Service is requesting scientific and commercial data and other
information through a 60-day public information period. Specifically,
the Service seeks information including:

·      The subspecies' biology, range and population trends, habitat
requirements, genetics and taxonomy;

·      Historical and current range, including distribution patterns;

·      Historical and current population levels and current and
projected trends;

·      The life history or behavior of the monarch butterfly that has
not yet been documented;

·      Thermo-tolerance range and microclimate requirements of the
monarch butterfly;

·      Past and ongoing conservation measures for the subspecies, its
habitat or both;  and,


http://www.fws.gov/news/


·      Factors that are the basis for making a listing determination
under section 4(a) of the ESA;

The notice will publish in the Federal Register December 31, 2014, and
it is requested that information be received by March 2, 2015. To view
the notice and submit information, visit www.regulations.gov docket
number FWS-R3-ES-2014-0056.

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http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/listing-petition-process.html.
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Subject: Heraclides phylogenetics
From: Keith Wolfe <bflyearlystages AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 06:43:23 +0000
For those wanting a deeper understanding of Heraclides and its phylogeny (cited 
in Shiraiwa et al.) . . . 


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

Best wishes,

Keith

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Subject: question about Banded Hairstreaks
From: Shirley Wilkerson <00000019c3019457-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 01:32:47 +0000
 I read with interest the paper on the new Giant Swallowtail, H rumiko, and 
looked at my swallowtail photos to see if I had one of that variety.  

Long story short, that took me on a rabbit trail through my photos, and I 
 have had a photo of a Banded Hairstreak up on my website for some time.  I 
just noticed the gray eyes.  Do Banded Hairstreaks have gray eyes?  This was 
taken years ago, 5-17-11 at the Heard Museum in McKinney, TX.  

The first photo has been up for some time, but the two that follow, I just 
uploaded. Is it a Banded Hairstreak?  



http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/butterfliesswallowtailstoblues#photo-3651763/T600450 

Thanks,Shirley WilkersonBryan, TX

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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 19:00:32 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park butterfly walk Fri Dec 26, 2014



Great weather led to a great walk with lots of butterflies and 46 species
seen during the day. Highlights included: male Pavon Emperor, Great Purple
Hairstreak, Mexican Yellow, Potrillo Skipper, Silver-banded Hairstreak,
Red-bordered Pixie, Malachite and many others. Thanks to Mike Rickard and
Ginny Musgrave for all their help with the main group, and Susan Keefer who
introduced 7 kids and their parents to the wonderful world of butterflying.



Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae

Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe

Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside

Mexican Yellow  Eurema mexicana

Tailed Orange  Eurema proterpia

Little Yellow  Eurema lisa

Sleepy Orange  Eurema nicippe

Great Purple Hairstreak  Atlides halesus

Silver-banded Hairstreak  Chlorostrymon simaethis

Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa

Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon

Clytie Ministreak  Ministrymon clytie

Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius

Reakirt's Blue  Hemiargus isola

Red-bordered Metalmark  Caria ino

Red-bordered Pixie  Melanis pixe

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae

Zebra Heliconian  Heliconius charithonia

Bordered Patch  Chlosyne lacinia

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae

Malachite  Siproeta stelenes

Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa

Tropical Leafwing  Anaea aidea

Pavon Emperor  Doxocopa pavon

Hermes Satyr  Hermeuptychia hermes

Queen  Danaus gilippus

Long-tailed Skipper  Urbanus proteus

Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne

Two-barred Flasher  Astraptes fulgerator

Potrillo Skipper  Cabares potrillo

Sickle-winged Skipper  Achlyodes thraso

Brown-banded Skipper  Timochares ruptifasciatus

White-patched Skipper  Chiomara asychis

Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus

Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana

Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia

Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia

Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius

Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus

Whirlabout  Polites vibex

Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala

Brazilian Skipper  Calpodes ethlius



Rick Snider - Host Volunteer

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Subject: Re: Giant Swallowtail split into E. & W. species roughly along I-35
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 17:35:46 -0600
PS: Here's some photos of the second and third author at the TAMU Insect
Collection Open House last January with their mobile DNA equipment set up:

Qian Cong and Nick Grishin
http://bit.ly/1GYuB5D

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From: Mike Quinn 
Date: Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 2:32 PM
Subject: Giant Swallowtail split into E. & W. species roughly along I-35
To: TXBL , TXENTO ,
AustinButterflies 


In looking at photos on BugGuide, the characters of the Western Giant
Swallowtail (Heraclides rumiko Shiraiwa & Grishin) seem less variable than
those of the Eastern Giant Swallowtail (H. cresphontes (Cramer)).

Side-by-side comparison of the two swallowtail species:

http://zookeys.pensoft.net//lib/ajax_srv/article_elements_srv.php?action=zoom_figure&instance_id=15&article_id=4409 


"Due to significant seasonal and individual variation, none of these
characters is fully reliable and exceptions exist. The head-neck-thorax
line vs. spots (Fig. 11a, A) might be the strongest single character. A
combination of characters should be used for reliable identification..."

Their ranges overlap somewhat along I-35.

Distribution Map for Eastern and Western Giant Swallowtails

http://zookeys.pensoft.net//lib/ajax_srv/article_elements_srv.php?action=zoom_figure&instance_id=110&article_id=4409 


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Date: Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 1:48 PM
Subject: New Swallowtail species, type locality: Duval Co., Texas...
To: TXBL , TXENTO 


A new Heraclides swallowtail (Lepidoptera,Papilionidae) from North America
is recognized by the pattern on its neck
Kojiro Shiraiwa, Qian Cong, Nick V. Grishin - ZooKeys 468: 85-135 (23 Dec
2014)

Abstract (in part)

Heraclides rumiko Shiraiwa & Grishin, sp. n. is described from southwestern
United States, Mexico, and Central America (type locality: USA, Texas,
Duval County). It is closely allied to H. cresphontes (Cramer, 1777) and
the two species are sympatric in central Texas.

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

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Giant Swallowtail split into E. & W. species roughly along I-35
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:32:29 -0600
In looking at photos on BugGuide, the characters of the Western Giant
Swallowtail (Heraclides rumiko Shiraiwa & Grishin) seem less variable than
those of the Eastern Giant Swallowtail (H. cresphontes (Cramer)).

Side-by-side comparison of the two swallowtail species:

http://zookeys.pensoft.net//lib/ajax_srv/article_elements_srv.php?action=zoom_figure&instance_id=15&article_id=4409 


"Due to significant seasonal and individual variation, none of these
characters is fully reliable and exceptions exist. The head-neck-thorax
line vs. spots (Fig. 11a, A) might be the strongest single character. A
combination of characters should be used for reliable identification..."

Their ranges overlap somewhat along I-35.

Distribution Map for Eastern and Western Giant Swallowtails

http://zookeys.pensoft.net//lib/ajax_srv/article_elements_srv.php?action=zoom_figure&instance_id=110&article_id=4409 


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Date: Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 1:48 PM
Subject: New Swallowtail species, type locality: Duval Co., Texas...
To: TXBL , TXENTO 


A new Heraclides swallowtail (Lepidoptera,Papilionidae) from North America
is recognized by the pattern on its neck
Kojiro Shiraiwa, Qian Cong, Nick V. Grishin - ZooKeys 468: 85-135 (23 Dec
2014)

Abstract (in part)

Heraclides rumiko Shiraiwa & Grishin, sp. n. is described from southwestern
United States, Mexico, and Central America (type locality: USA, Texas,
Duval County). It is closely allied to H. cresphontes (Cramer, 1777) and
the two species are sympatric in central Texas.

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

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: New Swallowtail species, type locality: Duval Co., Texas...
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:48:10 -0600
A new Heraclides swallowtail (Lepidoptera,Papilionidae) from North America
is recognized by the pattern on its neck
Kojiro Shiraiwa, Qian Cong, Nick V. Grishin - ZooKeys 468: 85-135 (23 Dec
2014)

Abstract

Heraclides rumiko Shiraiwa & Grishin, sp. n. is described from southwestern
United States, Mexico, and Central America (type locality: USA, Texas,
Duval County). It is closely allied to H. cresphontes (Cramer, 1777) and
the two species are sympatric in central Texas.

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

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Resac de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk & List for 12/15 - 12/21
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:27:31 -0600
Sunday butterfly walk highlights:  Four Calleta Silkmoth caterpillars on an
elbowbush, a single Band-celled Sister on the first stretch of Ebony Trail,
several Boisduval's Yellow, Common Mellana, Southern Broken-Dash.  Around 3
PM we went in search of Gemmed Satyr on the last stretch of Flycatcher Loop
and found two.
The list below is for 12/15 - 12/21.  The single Julia Heliconian and
Two-barred Flasher were flying before the cool front, as was the Walker's
Metalmark.  Others are still around.

Link to silkmoth photos:
*http://tinyurl.com/omqyx2r *



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

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* 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)
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Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
​Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)​
Tailed Orange (Eurema proterpia)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri)
Juia Heliconian (Dryas iulia)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Common Mestra (Mestra amymone)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Two-barred Flasher (Astraptes fulgerator)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus abescens)
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)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:42:31 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park butterfly walk Fri Dec 19, 2014



Today was cool and overcast and there were few butterflies. But we did see
some very nice ones: 2 Lantana Scrub-Hairstreaks, a Silver-banded
Hairstreak and a Brazilian Skipper. In all there were 19 species not
including a probable Pearl Crescent which didn't give us a very good look.
We were surprised when a female Black Witch moth suddenly appeared and flew
around quite a bit before landing on the bait log. We have lots of flowers
on Croton, Lantana, Heliotrope, and other plants and in the last week there
was a Giant Swallowtail and Two-barred Flasher on Bougainvillea flowers.

Thanks to Mike Rickard, Ginny Musgrave, and Susan Keefer for helping with
the walk.



Little Yellow  Eurema lisa

Silver-banded Hairstreak  Chlorostrymon simaethis

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon bazochii

Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius

Ceraunus Blue  Hemiargus ceraunus

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae

Common Mestra  Mestra amymone

Hermes Satyr  Hermeuptychia hermes

Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne

Mazans Scallopwing  Staphylus mazans

Sickle-winged Skipper  Achlyodes thraso

Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus

Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia

Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia

Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius

Whirlabout  Polites vibex

Brazilian Skipper  Calpodes ethlius



Rick Snider - Host Volunteer

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Subject: Still flying in Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:53:25 -0600
Greetings All:

Seen in my Lubbock yard yesterday (14 December 2014); mostly nectaring at
the few remaining pincushion flowers, dandelion, and wild geraniums still
blooming in the yard:

1 Cabbage White
1 Sleepy Orange
2 Dainty Sulphurs
1 Western Pygmy Blue
1 Painted Lady

In my water barrel:

1 fresh-looking and not particularly decomposed Sachem

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk with 5 metalmarks & Band-celled Sister
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:35:07 -0600
For an overcast afternoon there was a very nice variety in the butterfly
garden, with five metalmark species and a variety of skippers.  Two
Band-celled Sisters were flying on the Ebony Trail and we had good looks at
both.  One was had a typical appearance, the other had only white on
brown.  Eric from Austin found the aberrant bug earlier in the day and it
was in the same area when we saw it during the walk.

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

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* 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

​Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
​Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
​Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri)​
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Common Mestra (Mestra amymone)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:06:14 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park butterfly walk Fri Dec 12, 2014



Today started out sunny and warm with many butterflies flying. Mexican
Bluewings were spotted this morning. By hike time clouds had rolled in and
numbers dropped. Still we had 33 species for the day. Highlights were
Common Mellana, Two-barred Flasher, Silver-banded Hairstreak and well over
10 Cassius Blues. Flowers attracting the most butterflies were lantana and
heliotrope.



Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae

Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe

Silver-banded Hairstreak  Chlorostrymon simaethis

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa

Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae

Zebra Heliconian  Heliconius charithonia

Bordered Patch  Chlosyne lacinia

Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae

Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa

Tawny Emperor  Asterocampa clyton

Hermes Satyr  Hermeuptychia hermes

Queen  Danaus gilippus

Long-tailed Skipper  Urbanus proteus

Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne

Two-barred Flasher  Astraptes fulgerator

Sickle-winged Skipper  Achlyodes thraso

White Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus albescens

Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus

Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana

Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia

Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia

Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius

Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus

Whirlabout  Polites vibex

Southern Broken-Dash  Wallengrenia otho

Common Mellana  Quasimellana eulogius

Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala



Rick Snider - Host Volunteer

Estero butterfly walks are every Fri at 1:30

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Subject: TAMU Insect Collection Open House - Jan. 10
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:37:51 -0600
Texas A&M University Insect Collection Open House
January 10, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

You are cordially invited to the annual “open house” of the Texas A&M
University Insect Collection to meet with others who share an interest in
the study of Texas insects. This is the 27th consecutive annual meeting,
and we hope to have another excellent gathering this year. Each year our
meeting attracts a diverse group of people – professional and amateur –
with a broad range of interests. There is no formal program, but it will be
a chance to show off new curiosities, and to catch up on the past year’s
news and collecting stories. Please feel free to invite newcomers who share
our interest.

The event will be held on Saturday, January 10th. The entire day will be
spent at the Minnie Belle Heep Building (a.k.a., “the  Heep Center

”). 

Starting time will be ca. 9 AM.  Meeting areas will be available on the 2nd
floor of the atrium adjacent to the TAMU Insect Collection room (Room 216).
Lunch will be on your own. The atrium meeting areas and the Texas A&M
University Insect Collection will be open for the remainder of the
afternoon.

Parking will be available in lot no. 67 on the east side of the building
and no special permit is required for parking on Saturday.
full text

http://entomology.tamu.edu/event/texas-am-university-insect-collection-open-house/ 



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http://texasento.net

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma - December Sightings
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 20:24:26 -0600
A Malachite zipped by the visitor center a couple days ago but was not
relocated.  Yesterday a very nice male Julia Heliconian was in the garden,
as was a Band-celled Sister.  Both have been around in very low numbers
lately so it was particularly nice to have both very cooperative for
photos.  Today was overcast, but there were still plenty of interesting
butterflies during the Sunday walk.

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

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* 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

​Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
​Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Tailed Orange (Eurema proterpia)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exile)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Red-bordered Pixie (Melanis pixie)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)
Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Common Mestra (Mestra amymone)
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)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila pphyleus)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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Subject: November Starr County report
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 13:31:37 -0600
Hi,
I recorded 85 species in Starr County for the month of November; I'm adding 
Telea and White Scrub-Hairstreaks (reported by others) to show this month's 
Lycaenid diversity: 12 species of hairstreaks and 4 of blues. My prize was 
getting to see the Pearly-Gray Hairstreak, also reported by others. Most of the 
sightings were at the beginning of the month; activity never rebounded after 
the first cool front. The entire list is below. 



Berry Nall
leps.thenalls.net

Monthly Sightings Report
(Common Name, Scientific Name, Frequency)
Pipevine Swallowtail, Battus philenor, *
Giant Swallowtail, Papilio cresphontes, 2
Black Swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes, 2
Checkered White, Pontia protodice, *
Giant White, Ganyra josephina, 2
Southern Dogface, Zerene cesonia, *
Sleepy Orange, Abaeis nicippe, *
Mexican Yellow, Eurema mexicana, 2
Little Yellow, Pyrisitia lisa, *
Mimosa Yellow, Pyrisitia nise, *
Tailed Orange, Pyrisitia proterpia, *
Dainty Sulphur, Nathalis iole, *
Lyside Sulphur, Kricogonia lyside, *
Large Orange Sulphur, Phoebis agarithe, *
Cloudless Sulphur, Phoebis sennae, *
Gray Hairstreak, Strymon melinus, *
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak, Strymon istapa, *
Lacey's Scrub-Hairstreak , Strymon alea, 2
Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak, Strymon rufofusca, 1
White Scrub-Hairstreak, Strymon albata, 2
Clytie Ministreak, Ministrymon clytie, *
Great Purple Hairstreak, Atlides halesus, *
Dusky-blue Groundstreak, Calycopis isobeon, 1
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak, Strymon bazochii, *
Strophius Hairstreak, Allosmaitia strophius, 1
Pearly-Gray Hairstreak, Siderus tephraeus, 1
Telea Hairstreak, Chlorostrymon telea, 1
Reakirt's Blue, Hemiargus isola, *
Ceraunus Blue, Hemiargus ceraunus, *
Western Pygmy-Blue, Brephidium exile, *
Cassius Blue, Leptotes cassius, 1
Fatal Metalmark, Calephelis nemesis, *
Red-bordered Metalmark, Cario ino, 2
Red-bordered Pixie, Melanis pixe, *
Queen, Danaus gilippus, *
Soldier, Danaus eresimus, 2
Monarch, Danaus plexippus, *
South Texas Satyr, Hermeuptychea hermybius, *
Tropical Leafwing, Anaea aidea, *
Common Mestra, Mestra amymone, *
White Peacock, Anartia jatrophae, *
Malachite, Siproeta stelenes, 1
Common Buckeye, Junonia coenia, 1
Tropical Buckeye, Junonia evarete, 1
Painted Lady , Vanessa cardui, 2
American Lady, Vanessa virginiensis, 2
Red Admiral , Vanessa atalanta, *
Question Mark, Polygonia interrogationis, 1
Tawny Emperor, Asterocampa clyton, *
Hackberry Emperor, Asterocampa celtis, *
Empress Leilia, Asterocampa leilia, *
Snout, Libytheana carinenta, *
Elada Checkerspot, Texola elada, *
Tiny Checkerspot, Dymasia dymas, *
Theona Checkerspot, Thessalia theona, *
Texan Crescent, Anthanassa texana, 1
Phaon Crescent, Phyciodes phaon, *
Vesta Crescent, Phyciodes vesta, *
Bordered Patch, Chlosyne lacinia, *
Variegated Fritillary, Euptoieta claudia, *
Mexican Fritillary, Euptoieta hegesia, 1
Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, *
Zebra Heliconian, Heliconius charithonia, 1
Julia Heliconian, Dryas iulia, 1
Mexican Silverspot, Dione moneta, 2
Coyote Cloudywing, Achalarus toxeus, *
Dorantes Longtail, Urbanus dorantes, 1
Zilpa Longtail, Chioides zilpa, 2
Texas Powdered-Skipper, Systasea pulverulenta, *
Sickle-winged Skipper, Eantis tamenund, *
Two-barred Flasher, Astraptes fulgerator, 1
Funereal Duskywing, Erynnis funeralis, *
Common Checkered-Skipper, Pyrgus communis, *
Desert Checkered-Skipper, Pyrgus oileus, *
Erichson's White-Skipper, Heliopyrgus domicella, 1
Laviana White-Skipper, Heliopetes laviana, *
White-Patched Skipper , Chiomara georgina, 1
Fiery Skipper, Hylephila phyleus, *
Sachem, Atalopedes campestris, *
Whirlabout, Polites vibex, *
Celia's Roadside-Skipper, Amblyscirtes celia, 2
Eufala Skipper, Lerodea eufala, *
Olive-clouded Skipper, Lerodea arabus, *
Southern Skipperling, Copaeodes minima, *
Clouded Skipper, Lerema accius, *
Julia's Skipper, Nastra julia, *
Ocola Skipper, Panoquina ocola, 1

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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:24:25 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Friday Dec 5, 2014



Another walk with warm and mostly sunny weather. 43 species were seen
before and during hike.

Unusual was a Horace's Duskywing found by Mike Rickard. Other highlights
were Two-barred Flasher, Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak, Red-bordered Pixie, and
several wonderful Zebra Heliconians



Southern Dogface  Colias cesonia

Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae

Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe

Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside

Tailed Orange  Eurema proterpia

Little Yellow  Eurema lisa

Silver-banded Hairstreak  Chlorostrymon simaethis

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon bazochii

Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius

Ceraunus Blue  Hemiargus ceraunus

Fatal Metalmark  Calephelis nemesis

Red-bordered PixieMelanis pixe

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae

Zebra Heliconian  Heliconius charithonia

Bordered Patch  Chlosyne lacinia

Vesta Crescent  Phyciodes vesta

Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae

Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa

Common Mestra  Mestra amymone

Tawny Emperor  Asterocampa clyton

Hermes Satyr  Hermeuptychia hermes

Queen  Danaus gilippus

Long-tailed Skipper  Urbanus proteus

Dorantes Longtail  Urbanus dorantes

Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne

Two-barred Flasher  Astraptes fulgerator

Potrillo Skipper  Cabares potrillo

Mazans Scallopwing  Staphylus mazans

Sickle-winged Skipper  Achlyodes thraso

Horace's Duskywing  Erynnis horatius

Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus

Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana

Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia

Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia

Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius

Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus

Whirlabout  Polites vibex

Southern Broken-Dash  Wallengrenia otho

Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala



Rick Snider - Park Host Volunteer

Estero butterfly walks are Fridays at 1:30

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Flying on Sunday
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 08:50:51 -0600
Orange-barred Sulphur is still common in the garden.  There are abundant
Blue Metalmarks and a very occasional Walker's (none found Sunday).  Best
place to look is still the White Mistflower in the new garden.  The most
unusual garden finds were several species of brightly colored moths (still
working on IDs).  Mexican Bluewings are now much easier to find along the
Ebony Trail.

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

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* 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)
Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Tailed Orange (Eurema proterpia)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia nise)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Reakirt's Blue (Hemiargus isola)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
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)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrinia otho)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)​

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Subject: Estero butterfly walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:57:15 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Friday Nov 28, 2014



Warm sunny weather today led to 43 species for the morning and hike. We
visited the usually sites but had to skirt the new butterfly garden that
was surrounded by birders stalking the Red-legged Honeycreeper. Thanks to
Mike Rickard for finding the Glazed Pellecia in the parking lot on the same
plant that held the Bluevent last week. Our Crucita flowers are declining
but new blooms on Lantanas volunteering throughout the tropical zone took
up some of the slack. A Two-barred Flasher continues on the White Plumbago
at the start of the brick walkway.



Southern Dogface  Colias cesonia

Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae

Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe

Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside

Little Yellow  Eurema lisa

Sleepy Orange  Eurema nicippe

Silver-banded Hairstreak  Chlorostrymon simaethis

Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon bazochii

Ceraunus Blue  Hemiargus ceraunus

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

Question Mark  Polygonia interrogationis

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae

Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa

Common Mestra  Mestra amymone

Tawny Emperor  Asterocampa clyton

Hermes Satyr  Hermeuptychia hermes

Monarch  Danaus plexippus

Queen  Danaus gilippus

White-striped Longtail  Chioides catillus

Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne

Two-barred Flasher  Astraptes fulgerator

Glazed Pellicia  Pellicia arina

Mazans Scallopwing  Staphylus mazans

Sickle-winged Skipper  Achlyodes thraso

Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus

Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana

Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia

Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia

Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius

Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus

Whirlabout  Polites vibex

Southern Broken-Dash  Wallengrenia otho

Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala

Olive-clouded Skipper  Lerodea dysaules



Rick Snider - Host Volunteer

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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:14:40 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Friday Nov 21, 2014



Today was warm in the mid 70s with mostly overcast skies and a few sunny
breaks and with winds out of the SE. 44 species was the tally for the hike
and a few other sightings from the morning.

Best was a fresh looking Bluevent seen by everyone in the parking lot
garden. Also seen were Zebra Heliconian, Potrillo Skipper, and Lantana
Scrub-Hairstreak.  In the morning a Malachite was at the butterfly feeding
station and a Two-barred Flasher at the Pauraque Hall garden.





Giant Swallowtail  Papilio cresphontes

Orange Sulphur  Colias eurytheme

Southern Dogface  Colias cesonia

Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae

Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe

Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside

Tailed Orange  Eurema proterpia

Little Yellow  Eurema lisa

Silver-banded Hairstreak  Chlorostrymon simaethis

Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon bazochii

Clytie Ministreak  Ministrymon clytie

Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius

Ceraunus Blue  Hemiargus ceraunus

Fatal Metalmark  Calephelis nemesis

Red-bordered Metalmark  Caria ino

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae

Zebra Heliconian  Heliconius charithonia

Bordered Patch  Chlosyne lacinia

Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon

Painted Lady  Vanessa cardui

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae

Malachite  Siproeta stelenes

Common Mestra  Mestra amymone

Tawny Emperor  Asterocampa clyton

Monarch  Danaus plexippus

Queen  Danaus gilippus

Soldier  Danaus eresimus

Long-tailed Skipper  Urbanus proteus

Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne

Two-barred Flasher  Astraptes fulgerator

Potrillo Skipper  Cabares potrillo

Mazans Scallopwing  Staphylus mazans

Sickle-winged Skipper  Achlyodes thraso

Common Bluevent Anastrus sempiternus

Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus

Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana

Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia

Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius

Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus

Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala



Rick Snider - Host Volunteer

Butterfly walks at Estero are Fridays at 1:30

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Walker's Metalmark
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:05:34 -0600
A single fresh Walker's Metalmark has just been spotted in with all the
Blue Metalmarks in the white mistflower bush in the new garden area.  With
so few around this season it's nice to see one on such a blustery afternoon.

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

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* 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)
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Subject: Austin Butterfly Forum meeting, November 24
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:15:46 -0600
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.


Nov. 24, 2014, 7 PM meeting: *Member's Show & Tell*
This is always a fun meeting! Club members have 5-10 minutes to show photos
or to tell about memorable butterfly (and other insect) encounters from the
year. We have a laptop and projector, so just bring your flash drive. The
coordinator is Dan Hardy.
Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.

Our next regular meeting will be in January, 2015. Details to come!

For more information on the Austin Butterfly Forum, please see our
 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 WallaceABF Publicity

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterflies
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:58:22 -0600
Afternoon sun brought out the Orange-barred Sulphurs, Silver-banded
Hairstreaks, a couple very nice Lantana Scrub-Hairstreaks, and an abundance
of Blue Metalmarks and Boisduval's Yellows.  Nothing exceptional, but still
a very nice afternoon.

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

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* 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)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Tailed Orange (Eurema proterpia)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Mimosa Yellow (Pyrisitia nise)
Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
Gray Hairstreak (​Strymon melinus)
Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon rufofusca) -earlier in week, not
seen Sunday
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon bazochii)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
​Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exile)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Soldier (Danaus eresimus)
White-striped Longtail (Chioides catillus)​ -earlier in week, not seen
Sunday
​Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) - earlier in week, not seen Sunday
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)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)


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Subject: Violet-patched Skipper, Hecebolus Skipper at National butterfly Center, 11/16/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:27:52 -0500
Good stuff today the the National Butterfly Center included Violet-patched 
Skipper, Hecebolus Skipper, Marius Hairstreak and Zilpa Longtail. Photos and a 
list of today's 60 species are on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/11/violet-patched-skipper-hecebolus.html 



Dan Jones, Weslaco




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Subject: Still flying in Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:43:54 -0600
Greetings All:

We just went through our first big chill of the season (lows were 25, 19,
18, and 23 on the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th and - more significantly -
there was a stretch from 0200 on the 12th through 1000 on the 14th where
the temperature remained below freezing).

I spent about six hours chasing critters in Lubbock this morning/afternoon
and my first butterfly of the day was - natch - a Dainty Sulphur at about
1020.  All told, I spotted 2 Common Checkered Skippers, 1 Sachem, 2 Cabbage
Whites, 2 Checkered Whites, 7 Orange Sulphurs, 1 Southern Dogface, 4 Sleepy
Oranges, 9 Dainty Sulphurs, 1 Gray Hairstreak, 1 Red Admiral, and 1 Painted
Lady, from 1020 to 1400, whilst exploring various Lubbock parks.

Some of this is due, no doubt, to anthropogenic warming associated with
urban environments but a lot of it is attributable to the resilience of our
late- or north-flying species.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock

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Subject: Spot-celled Sister in Utopia, again
From: Mitch Heindel <mitch AT UTOPIANATURE.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:33:05 -0800
Hi all,

Bob B. reminded me, I have a late report as well, from Utopia.

We finally had a highlight in a rather dreary year for leps here.
Sunday Nov. 9 Kathy and I had decent looks at a Spot-celled Sister
(Adelpha basiloides) on private property a couple miles south
of town itself.  It was in the river habitat corridor.  No
photos obtained.  Interestingly the first one I found here (ph.)
was Nov. 11 (2005).

Mitch Heindel
Utopia

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Subject: Late report: Blue-studded Skipper (Sostrata nordica) at Yturria Brush Tract, Hidalgo Co.
From: "Robert A. Behrstock" <rbehrstock AT COX.NET>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:06:45 -0700
Dear Lepsters,

 

I was gently reminded (thanks Charles) that this species wasn’t posted to
the listserv during the Texas Butterfly Festival. There was no malice; I
just couldn’t post from my phone without getting a scrambled message. 

 

On 2 Nov., I led a field trip to the Yturria Brush Tract just W of La Joya
and N of Route 83 at the western margin of Hidalgo County. We located a
fresh Blue-studded Skipper at about 11:00 a.m. I was familiar with the
species from trips further south and screamed one of those words tour
leaders are generally supposed to refrain from saying.  Everyone on the trip
had good looks and photos were obtained by several participants, as well as
by photographer Luciano Guerra from the NABA Butterfly Center who was our
driver that day (and who had actually photographed the skipper before the
pandemonium took place). The butterfly was in a patch of nectar plants near
the highway, and was last seen feeding on the tiny white-flowered Brushland
shrub-verbena (Lantana macropoda = Lantana achyranthifolia). I didn’t hear
that it was refound that afternoon. The next day, it was relocated and
photographed by my friends Bill & Deb Marsh from Ohio and perhaps others.

 

Other nice finds during the three trips I made to Yturria during the week
were Two-barred Flasher and Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak, but there were plenty
of butterflies there.

 

Thanks to everyone in the Valley and especially the hosts at NABA for making
the festival a successful event, and to all the local and out-of-state
butterfliers who passed along sightings..

 

Best,

RAB

 

 

Robert A. Behrstock

10359 S. Thicket Pl. 

Hereford, AZ 85615

Phone:  (520) 378-3262

Cell: (520) 732-4784

N31° 22' 49.75"  W110° 13' 41.08",  5,012' elev. 

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Birdlife of Houston, Galveston, and the Upper Texas Coast

http://www.tamupress.com/product/Birdlife-of-Houston-Galveston-and-the-Upper
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Finding Birds on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

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Dragonflies & Damselflies of the Southwest

 
http://www.rionuevo.com/book.php?book_isbn=9781933855141 

 

 


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Subject: Re: Moth id help needed, Pharr, TX
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:06:58 -0600
Because it is so dark, I was initially thinking Shirley’s sphinx in Pharr was 
Lassaux’s, 

http://bugguide.net/node/view/102740
but then I realized that there is a dark form of Obscure Sphinx that is 
uncommon and not discussed on BG or MPG. The differences between Lassaux’s 
and the darkest Obscure’s are slight. 


I looked over as many images as I could and came up with some criteria for this 
ID challenge which I posted as a comment on Liam O'Brien’s recent sphinx moth 
near Riviera on iNaturalist: 

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1067980
Scroll down on the observation to see my discussion.

I’m now convinced that both Shirley’s and Liam’s critters are in fact 
Obscure Sphinx’s. I’d be interested in any comments on those ID notes on 
iNaturalist or anything I’ve overlooked. 


Chuck Sexton
Austin
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Subject: Re: Moth id help needed, Pharr, TX
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirleyywilkerson AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:07:38 -0800
Everyone,,

The majority response is Obscure Sphinx Moth, both moths, with different color 
variations. Here are some images that seem to confirm this ID. 


http://bugguide.net/node/view/453492

http://bugguide.net/node/view/691297/bgimage

http://bugguide.net/node/view/867478/bgimage

Thanks again for ALL your help.

Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan, TX

 
 
 
      
 

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Subject: Moth id help needed, Pharr, TX
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirleyywilkerson AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:01:22 -0800

I need some help with these two moth id's please. Taken in a parking lot, 
Pharr, Texas, 10-31-14, at about 7:30 pm. There are two moths, two views each, 
scroll with the right arrow to see all 4 photos. 



http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/recentimages#photo-5286509/T800600

Thanks,
Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan, TX 

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterflies
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:48:15 -0600
Glazed Pellicia and Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak were the biggest
surprises on Sunday.  An even fresher Red-crescent was around early this
morning.  Orange-barred Sulphur, Mexican Bluewing and Boisduval's Yellow
are fairly easy to find.

Sherry
​& Dick ​
Wilson
Resident Park Host
​s​
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* 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) - only one seen
Southern Dogface (Colias eurytheme)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Tailed Orange (Eurema proterpia)
​Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon rufofusca)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon bazochii)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycois isobeon)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exile)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia) - only one seen
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne iacinia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Common Mestra (Mestra amymone)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Soldier (Danaus eresimus)
White-striped Longtail (Chioides catillus)
Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Glazed Pellicia (Pellicia arina)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White-patched Skipper (Chlomara Asychis) - Saturday only
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)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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Subject: Estero Tailed Aguna
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:01:43 -0600
T
​he Tailed Aguna was spotted around 3 p.m. today in the Estero​ parking
area, but Dick and I missed the Bluevent.

Sherry & Dick Wilson

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Subject: Estero Common BLuevent
From: Joan Hill <jhill003 AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:45:08 -0600
The Bluevent continues in the Estero parking area - appearing the past three 
days between 9:30 and 10:30 AM. The Two- Barred Flasher continues to appear at 
the main entrance sign by the walkway as well as in the parking area under the 
Ebonies. Numerous Silver-banded hairstreaks as well as Lantana Scrub hairstreak 
in the rear butterfly garden. 

Joan Hill

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Subject: Common Bluevent, Ruddy Hairstreak in RGV, 11/9/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 21:34:48 -0500
The Common Bluevent Anastrus sempiternus continued today in the Estero Llano 
Grande State Park parking lot. At the National Butterfly Center there was a 
Ruddy Hairstreak, Malachite and at least 15 Red-bordered Pixies. Photos are on 
my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/11/common-bluevent-ruddy-hairstreak-11914.html 



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Subject: Yturria Brush, 11/8/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 21:43:26 -0500
Spent the afternoon at the Yturria Brush tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley 
NWR. Among the 43 species were Erichson's White-Skipper, Two-barred Flasher, 
Red-bordered Pixie and three Great Purple Hairstreaks. A Tailed Aguna has been 
present for the past three days at Estero Llano Grande State Park in the 
parking lot and a Common Bluevent was photographed there today. My list from 
Yturria Brush and some photos are on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/11/tailed-aguna-at-estero-and-yturria.html 



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Subject: Orange-crescent Ground streak, Brackettville, 11/7
From: Troy Hibbitts <alterna2627 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 15:17:20 -0800
On Friday 11/7 I had a tiny Hairstreak that I'd not seen before. I submitted a 
cell phone shot of the real picture on the back of my camera to the 
TX-Butterfly Facebook group and it was ID'd as an Orange-crescent Ground 
streak, a new species for me and my yard. Possibly new for Kinney County? 


Troy Hibbitts 
Brackettville,  Texas 

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Subject: Starred Skipper
From: Joan Hill <jhill003 AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 22:36:35 -0600
Does anyone know where the Starred Skipper was seen in McAllen during the 
Butterfly Festival? 

Thanks,
Joan Hill

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Subject: Valley Skipper ID help
From: James Giroux <jamesagiroux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 20:42:12 -0600
I took a Skipper photo this past weekend at the National Butterfly Center
that I am not able to ID. 

http://jamesagiroux.com/UnknownSkipper.html

Please take a look and let me know what you think.

James Giroux
Austin, TX

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Subject: Estero correction
From: Joan Hill <jhill003 AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 20:56:46 -0600
Sorry, but after checking my photos, the scrub hairstreak found today turned 
out to be Red Crescent not Red-lined. 

Joan

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Subject: Santa Ana & Estero
From: Joan Hill <jhill003 AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 20:03:32 -0600
Today's Butterfly Walk at Santa Ana took place amid showers and still fifteen 
species were seen, including one Two-Barred Flasher. However, the highlight of 
the walk was a pristine Owl Moth (Tysania zenobia) that was perched on the wall 
of the breezeway by the office. 

At Estero, while skies remained very overcast the rain held off for the rest of 
the day. The star of the day was found by Dan Jones, so I'll leave it to him to 
report that. On top of his find, another two barred flasher, several Guava 
skippers, a Hammock Skipper, Dorantes and White-striped Longtails,and one 
Red-Lined Scrub Hairstreak were seen. 


Joan Hill 

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma State Park
From: Terry Hibbitts <thibb AT SWTEXAS.NET>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 17:26:11 -0600
Resaca de la Palma State Park, Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.  Mostly
on Tuesday (3 and 4 Nov. 2014),  Cameron County.

 

Not a complete list since I was searching more for forest darners
(dragonflies)  than for butterflies.

 

Giant Swallowtail, Southern Dogface, Lyside Sulphur, Boisduval's Yellow,
Sleepy Orange, Dainty Sulphur, Orange-barred Sulphur, Cloudless Sulphur,
Large Orange Sulphur, Silver-banded Hairstreak, Gray Hairstreak, Dusky-blue
Groundstreak, Red-bordered Metalmark, Blue Metalmark, Rounded Metalmark,
Walker's Metalmark, Zebra Heliconian, Gulf Fritilary, Bordered Patch, Phaon
Crescent, Painted Lady, White Peacock, Mexican Bluewing, Tawny Emperor,
Monarch, Queen, Brown Longtail, Mimosa Skipper, Mazans Scallopwing, Tropical
Checkered-white, White Checkered-white, Laviana White-skipper, Sickle-winged
Skipper, Fawn-spotted Skipper, Clouded Skipper, Fiery Skipper, Whirlabout,
Sachem, Eufala Skipper, Celia's Skipper.

 

Terry Hibbitts

Camp Wood Hills

www.thehibbitts.net


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Subject: NABA, Estero Llano Grande, & Resaca de la Palma
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe AT MIRIAMEAGLEMON.COM>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:00:22 -0600
Hi, all!

 

Since the butterflies were going nuts all over the Valley, decided to depart
from birding and do a Butterfly Hunt last Sunday, the 2nd.  Pat Heirs joined
me, and beginning at the National Butterfly Center (aka NABA), we ran into
the Butterfly Festival crowd (and consequently some old friends) and enjoyed
the variety of critters; although we didn't kick up anything rare,
highlights included Red-bordered Pixie, Pat's life Sachem, a Chestnut
Shortwing Katydid, a Ribbon Snake, and a Screech Owl in his nest box!
Estero Llano Grande had a different set of bugs, with the highlights being a
fresh Guava Skipper in the parking lot, a really odd metalmark that I'm sure
is just a Rounded but wouldn't mind feedback on, several Silver-banded
Hairstreaks, Red-bordered Metalmarks, Pat's life Mazans Scallopwing (thanks
to the gal from Houston for pointing that out J), and a dapper Chalky
Spreadwing.  It was clouding over by that time, so the weather was really
kinda icky by the time we got to Resaca de la Palma, but the stars of the
show there were several Blue Metalmarks, a single Boisduval's Yellow on the
boardwalk, several Zebras, my life Pale Green Darner along the trail (if my
ID is correct, anyway-would love feedback), and some colorful Pale Red Bugs
(yes, that's really their name)!

 

Link to the pictures is here:

 

http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/November/Butter
fly%20Hunt.html

 

Butterfly list:

 

Pipevine Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Southern Dogface

Cloudless Sulphur

Large Orange Sulphur

Boisduval's Yellow

Tailed Orange

Little Yellow

Dainty Sulphur

Silver-banded Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Mallow Scrub Hairstreak

Dusky-blue Groundstreak

Ceraunus Blue

Fatal Metalmark

Rounded Metalmark

Red-bordered Metalmark

Blue Metalmark

Red-bordered Pixie

American Snout

Gulf Fritillary

Zebra Heliconian

Bordered Patch

Vesta Crescent

Phaon Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Painted Lady

Red Admiral

White Peacock

Tawny Emperor

Queen

Soldier

Guava Skipper

Brown Longtail

Mazans Scallopwing

Sickle-winged Skipper

Mournful Duskywing

White Checkered Skipper

Tropical Checkered Skipper

Laviana White Skipper

Fawn-spotted Skipper

Julia's Skipper

Clouded Skipper

Fiery Skipper

Whirlabout

Southern Broken Dash

Sachem

Common Mellana

Celia's Roadside Skipper

Eufala Skipper

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

miriameaglemon.com

 


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Subject: Frontera Latana Scrub-Hairstreak
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirleyywilkerson AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:01:10 -0800
Tried for the Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak today with no success, but also 
limited time. Sun was just hitting the flora, but we had to hit the road and 
head home, so will have to save it for seed for next trip. 


A lady did locate the Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak for several of us who were 
looking for it in the front of the building (road-side), in the frog fruit, in 
the flower bed to the right of the building as you face the door. Several 
Silver-banded Hairstreaks were on the balloon vine to the left. 


Yesterday went to Falcon Dam gardens, and as Linda Cooper stated, there are 
more Ceraunus Blues and Theona Checkerspots there than you can imagine -- waves 
and waves of them. 


What a great place the Rio Grande is for butterflies (and birds).

Shirley and Dan Wilkerson
Bryan, TX

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Subject: Rio Rico, Frontera
From: Joan Hill <jhill003 AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 19:16:21 -0600
The Rio Rico site is not to be missed - counted 33 Curved-Wing Metalmarks on a 
brief visit, including many males (not seen at other sites in the LRGV). 

Frontera had a fresh Lantana Scrub Hairstreak and a worn Red Crescent 
Hairstreak just to the right on the path by the building entrance. 

Joan Hill

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Subject: Strophius Hairstreak in Mission, Hidalgo Co. yard, today
From: "David T. Dauphin" <dauphins AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 18:13:48 -0600
Weather was the pits, today, with strong winds and mostly overcast skies. We 
did have a Strophius Hairstreak-Allosmatia strophius in our Mission, Hidalgo 
Co, yard 

David Dauphin
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Subject: Santa Anna Butterflies
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirleyywilkerson AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 12:06:12 -0800
Mimosa Yellow
very worn Portrillo Skipper just before the cemetery entrance
Texas Powdered-skipper


Shirley and Dan Wilkerson
Bryan, TX

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Subject: Strophius, more flying in Falcon Heights
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 19:43:05 -0600
I was going to post a disappointing October report of only 54 species found. 
But the butterflies have taken a dramatic swing upward recently. In the last 2 
days, I have already exceeded my count for the month of October. Today I was 
delighted to find 7 species of hairstreak on my Gochnatias: Strophius, 
Red-crescent, Lacey's, Lantana, Clytie, Mallow, and Gray. That's more species 
and probably more individuals than I've seen during the entire year. 

Pix of the Strophius and the Lacey's (with wings open) are posted on my recent 
sightings page, http://leps.thenalls.net/content.php?ref=recent.htm 


Berry Nall
Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
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Subject: A "knock-out" Olive-clouded Skipper in our Mission yard.
From: "David T. Dauphin" <dauphins AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:32:51 -0500
Got a neat photo of a pristine Olive-clouded Skipper in the yard today. To see 
a photo, go to http://www.thedauphins.net/rgv_newest_photos.html , and pan down 
to the 10th photo. 

Jan Dauphin
Mission, TX
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Subject: Butterflies of the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center, Hidalgo Co. RGV
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:01:12 -0500
Butterflies currently fill the air here at the EWBC. All the Crucitas are
in bloom, as well as many other nectar plants.
Come by and visit!

Naturalist Educator,
Javi Gonzalez

Here's a list we managed to put together from the last couple of days.

49 species:

Giant-Swallowtail                   *Papilio cresphontes*
Checkered White                    *Pieris protodice*
Southern Dogface                  * Colias cesonia*
Cloudless Sulphur                   *Phoebis sennae*
Large Orange Sulphur             *Phoebis agarithe*
Little Yellow                          *Eurema lisa*
Tailed Orange                        *Eurema proterpia*
Lyside Sulphur                       *Kricogonia lyside*
Dainty Sulphur                       *Nathailis iole*
Gray Hairstreak                     *Strymon melinus*
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak        *Strymon columella*
Clytie Ministreak                   *Ministrymon clytie*
Western Pygmy-Blue             *Brephidium exile*
Cassius Blue                          *Leptotes cassius*
Ceranus Blue                         *Hemiargus ceranus*
Marine Blue                           *Leptotes marina*
Fatal Metalmark                    *Celephelis nemesis*
Red-bordered Pixie                *Melanis pixie*
Rounded Metalmark               *Celephelis nilus*
Red-bordered Metalmark       *Caria ino*
American Snout                     *Libytheana rinenta*
Gulf Fritillary                        *Agraulis vanilla*
Zebra Heliconian                   *Heliconius charitonius*
Bordered Patch                     *Chlosyne lacinia*
Pearl Crescent                      *Phyciodes tharos*
Phaon Crescent                     *Phychiodes phaon*
Vesta Crescent                      *Phyciodes vesta*
Painted Lady                         *Vanessa cardui*
Red Admiral                          *Junonia coenia*
White Peacock                      *Anartia jatrophae*
Tawny Emperor                     *Asterocampa clyton*
Monarch                               *Danaus plecxippus*
Queen                                  *Danaus gilippus*
Soldier                                 *Danaus eresimus*
Guava Skipper                      *Phocides polbius*
Brown Longtail                     *Urbanus procne*
Sickle-winged Skipper           *Eantis temenund*
Mournful Duskywing              *Erynnis tristis*
White Checkered-Skipper      *Pyrgus albescens*
Tropical Checkered-Skipper   *Pyrgus oileus*
Laviana White-skipper           *Heliopetes laviana*
Turk's-cap White-Skipper       *Heliopetes macaira*
Common Sootywing               *Pholisora catullus*
Fawn-spotted Skipper            *Clymaenes odilia*
Clouded Skipper                    *Lerema accius*
Southern Skipperling             *Copaeodes minima*
Fiery Skipper                        *Hylephila phyleus*
Whirlabout                           *Polites vibex*
Sachem                                *Atalopedes campestris*

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Subject: Re: Green Flasher-Astraptes Talus (NEW U.S. RECORD) yard butterfly #157
From: James K Adams <jadams AT DALTONSTATE.EDU>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:43:12 +0000
David,


 That IS great! I don't know that I ever saw one even in Mexico, when I used to 
go there on a regular basis. 



James K. Adams
Professor of Biology, Dalton State College
706-272-4427; 678-767-5938
visit the Georgia Lepidoptera website at
       http://www.daltonstate.edu/galeps
________________________________
From: Butterfly and Lepidoptery for the state of Texas 
 on behalf of Jim Sinclair 
 

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Subject: Re: Green Flasher-Astraptes Talus (NEW U.S. RECORD) yard butterfly 
#157 


Congratulations!  Great discovery!

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 4:08 PM, David T. Dauphin 
> wrote: 

Jan found and some friends got to see a Green Flasher - Astraptes talus, in our 
Mission, Hidalgo Co., yard. This is yard butterfly #157! Better yet, it is a 
NEW U.S. RECORD! 


Photos of this butterfly can be seen at 
http://www.thedauphins.net/rgv_newest_photos.html . 


David Dauphin
Mission, TX
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Subject: Tropical Greenstreak in our Mission, Hidalgo Co. yard….#158
From: "David T. Dauphin" <dauphins AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:11:57 -0500
Jan and others photographed a Tropical Greenstreak-Cyanophrys herodotus LAYING 
EGGS in our yard, today. This is a new yard butterfly for us, #158! Keep it up, 
Jan! 


David Dauphin
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Subject: Laguna Atascosa & Estero
From: Joan Hill <jhill003 AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:34:48 -0500
Laguna Atascosa: butterflies scant compared to elsewhere but a few nice finds
Two-Barred Flasher - nectaring at Mexican Olives near Visitors Center
Metalmarks - a dozen+ red-bordered and one blue - in the Potato Tree at left 
end of walkway to Office. A nice Great Purple Hairstreak also in this tree. 


Estero: the parking lot area continues to be a hot spot. A half hour visit 
there yielded: 

Continuing Two Barred Flasher under the Ebony trees in NW corner
Two White Striped Longtails, One Dorantes Longtail
Tailed Orange
Evans Skipper

Guava Skippers near Visitors Center. Curved-wing Metalmarak not seen today.

Joan Hill

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Subject: Re: Green Flasher-Astraptes Talus (NEW U.S. RECORD) yard butterfly #157
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:36:07 -0500
Congratulations!  Great discovery!

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 4:08 PM, David T. Dauphin 
wrote:

> Jan found and some friends got to see a Green Flasher - Astraptes talus,
> in our Mission, Hidalgo Co., yard.  This is yard butterfly #157!  Better
> yet, it is a NEW U.S. RECORD!
>
> Photos of this butterfly can be seen at
> http://www.thedauphins.net/rgv_newest_photos.html  .
>
> David Dauphin
> Mission, TX
> For Valley wildlife watching info, go to
> http://www.thedauphins.net
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Subject: Green Flasher-Astraptes Talus (NEW U.S. RECORD) yard butterfly #157
From: "David T. Dauphin" <dauphins AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:08:04 -0500
Jan found and some friends got to see a Green Flasher - Astraptes talus, in our 
Mission, Hidalgo Co., yard. This is yard butterfly #157! Better yet, it is a 
NEW U.S. RECORD! 


Photos of this butterfly can be seen at 
http://www.thedauphins.net/rgv_newest_photos.html . 


David Dauphin
Mission, TX
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Subject: Texas Plant Conservation Conference next week Nov 5-8 - Austin
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:00:43 -0500
Still time to register...

The Texas Plant Conservation Conference is a professional level meeting
including keynotes, concurrent sessions, workshops, posters, and symposia
designed to serve scientists, land managers, state and federal agencies,
local governments, and other professionals with an interest in plant
conservation in Texas.

The Texas Plant Conservation Conference will be held November 5-8, 2014 at
the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. This year's
conference is co-hosted by the Wildflower Center, the US Fish and WIldlife
Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

http://www.wildflower.org/conservation_tpcc/


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

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Subject: Estero & Edinburg
From: Joan Hill <jhill003 AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:36:11 -0500
Inspite  of overcast skies, there were good bugs at both places.
Estero highlights:
Curved Wing Metalmark (possibly a first for this park. Found by Bryan Reynolds 
of OK. End of road through tropical zone, in tree by group of mailboxes on 
right side.) 

Potrillo Skipper (along sidewalk to office)
Two Barred Flasher (miint condition) in parking lot area
Guava Skipper (also in parking area)
Lots of Silver Banded Hairstreaks on top of Baloonflower arbor with one Dusky 
Blue Groundsteak. 

Mournful Duskywings - 3

Edinburg highlights. (The gardens here are in great condition):
Tailed Orange (4) 
Pair of mating Giant Swallowtails - first time I have ever seen these sitting 
still, plus gender difference clearly evident. 

Loads of red-bordered metalmarks 
Funereal Duskywing

Joan Hill
Columbia CT

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