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3 Aug Re: Ruby-spotted Swallowtail - rare stray to Leander, Williamson Co., TX (just n. of Austin) - July 31 [Brush Freeman ]
3 Aug Ruby-spotted Swallowtail - rare stray to Leander, Williamson Co., TX (just n. of Austin) - July 31 [Mike Quinn ]
3 Aug Re: Least Flycatcher in Brooks County [Dan Jones ]
2 Aug Dallas Co: possible orange skipperling colony [Jason Cole ]
28 Jul magazine feature on UT insect photographer Alex Wild [Mike Quinn ]
28 Jul Zebra Heliconian larvae @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary/Guadalupe County [Susan Schaezler ]
27 Jul National Moth Week results - n.w. Austin [Chuck Sexton ]
26 Jul POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Assistant Curator, TAMUIC - Deadline: 15 August 2015 [Mike Quinn ]
26 Jul DALLAS CO: Northern broken dash, orange skipperling again [Jason Cole ]
25 Jul Zebra Helliconians flying @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary [Susan Schaezler ]
24 Jul Flying in Goliad County 7/24/15 [naturalist ]
20 Jul DALLAS CO- Texan crescent, tropical checkered skipper [Jason Cole ]
19 Jul National Butterfly Center, 7/19/14 [Dan Jones ]
17 Jul July and August 2015 Austin Butterfly Forum Meetings [ABF Announce ]
14 Jul Davis Mountains, 10–12 Jul [Roger Shaw ]
12 Jul Anyone know how to raise Sphinx moths? [Monika Maeckle ]
12 Jul Flying in Dallas co. [Jason Cole ]
10 Jul Crimson Patch [Brush Freeman ]
10 Jul Re: Evans' Skipper @ Santa Ana NWR 7/10/15/ Condolences [Javier ]
10 Jul Dun Skipper in Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
10 Jul Evans' Skipper @ Santa Ana NWR 7/10/15/ Condolences [Javier Gonzalez ]
9 Jul David Dauphin [Mike Rickard ]
2 Jul Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk, 6/26/15 [Mike Rickard ]
2 Jul Butterflies of June 2015 @ Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, Hidalgo Co. [Javier Gonzalez ]
1 Jul Broken Silverdrop at National Butterfly Center, 6/30/15 [Dan Jones ]
30 Jun "Spectacular Saturday" at the EWBC Blog Post [Javier Gonzalez ]
30 Jun flying in Falcon Heights - June report [Berry Nall ]
27 Jun Zebra Heliconian in Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
27 Jun Rosita Patch and Silver Emperor @ Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, Hidalgo Co. [Javier Gonzalez ]
25 Jun Red Rim at Santa Ana NWR, 6/25/15 [Dan Jones ]
25 Jun $300K grant funded for UTSA to study monarch butterfly [Mike Quinn ]
24 Jun Black Witches on the move [Roger Sanderson ]
23 Jun Bentsen & NBC [Mary Beth Stowe ]
22 Jun Yturria Brush Tract of NWR, Hidalgo Co. [Javier Gonzalez ]
22 Jun BWMs. Bastrop Co. [Brush Freeman ]
22 Jun Mexican Yellow North Texas [Roger Sanderson ]
22 Jun Dun Skipper in LRGV [Nick Grishin ]
21 Jun Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk, 6/19/15 [Mike Rickard ]
15 Jun Periodical Cicada calling in north Texas [Mike Quinn ]
12 Jun June 22, 2015 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting, Annual Butterfly Count, and Other Upcoming Meetings [ABF Announce ]
11 Jun Four-spotted Sailor, others: Falcon Heights [Berry Nall ]
11 Jun an essay with links [Nick Grishin ]
11 Jun Sisters And More At National Butterfly Center, 6/11/15 [Mike Rickard ]
10 Jun Two Fitzgaerner's Flats at Bentsen, 6/10/15 [Dan Jones ]
9 Jun Fritzgaertner's Flat [Mike Rickard ]
7 Jun Re: Del Rio Swallowtails [Eric Finkelstein ]
7 Jun Re: Del Rio Swallowtails [Eric Finkelstein ]
6 Jun Del Rio Swallowtails [Eric Finkelstein ]
6 Jun San Antonio NABA Butterfly Counts -- June 15 and 18 [Patty Leslie Pasztor ]
6 Jun Edinburg Scenic Wetlands Week Review, Hidalgo Co. [Javier Gonzalez ]
6 Jun Cassius Blue ovipositing on Carlowrightia parviflora ["David T. Dauphin" ]
5 Jun Falcon Dam Area, 6/4/15 [Dan Jones ]
4 Jun Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk [Mike Rickard ]
4 Jun Re: (no subject) [Steven Schafersman ]
4 Jun Re: (no subject) [Tim Jones ]
4 Jun Orange Skipperling in Mission, Hidalgo Co.…YARD BUTTERFLY #159 ["David T. Dauphin" ]
2 Jun National Butterfly Center, 6/2/15 [Dan Jones ]
2 Jun Mystery Metalmark @ Santa Ana [Mary Beth Stowe ]
1 Jun Glass-winged Skipper at Bentsen, 6/1/15 [Dan Jones ]
31 May Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk Correction [Sherry Wilson ]
31 May Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
28 May Erichson's White-Skipper, others: Falcon Heights area [Berry Nall ]
27 May Santa Ana Butterfly Walk, 5/27/15 [Mike Rickard ]
27 May National Butterfly Center, 5/27/15 [Dan Jones ]
26 May Yturria Brush NWR, 5/26/15 [Mike Rickard ]
26 May Re: Lerema accius v Lerema liris [Dan Jones ]
26 May Lerema accius v Lerema liris ["[Bill Dempwolf]" ]
26 May Species correction from Santa Ana NWR 5/25/15 [Javier Gonzalez ]
26 May Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk, May 22, 2015 [Mike Rickard ]
25 May Santa Ana NWR, Hidalgo County 5/25/15 [Javier Gonzalez ]
23 May Red-sided Swallowtail, Another Record [Mike Rickard ]
23 May Edinburg Scenic Wetlands Week Review, Hidalgo Co. [Javier Gonzalez ]
22 May Santa Ana NWR, 5/22/15 [Dan Jones ]
22 May Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk [Mike Rickard ]
19 May Red-sided Swallowtail at National Butterfly Center, 5/19/15 [Dan Jones ]
17 May National Butterfly Center May 16-17 [Mike Rickard ]

Subject: Re: Ruby-spotted Swallowtail - rare stray to Leander, Williamson Co., TX (just n. of Austin) - July 31
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 21:56:55 -0500
Freaking excellent!

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

On Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 9:53 PM, Mike Quinn  wrote:

> FYI,
>
> Beth Duncan got a few marginal shots via her cell phone camera... Way to
> go Beth!!
>
> Ruby-spotted Swallowtail - Papilio anchisiades
> http://bugguide.net/node/view/1114883
>
> Devine Lake Park, 1807 Waterfall Ave, Leander, Williamson County, Texas,
> July 31, 2015
>
> Per LepSoc Season Summary data, most strays to s. TX occur from Sept. to
> Nov. It hosts on var. citrus family trees.
>
>
> Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Ruby-spotted Swallowtail - rare stray to Leander, Williamson Co., TX (just n. of Austin) - July 31
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 21:53:27 -0500
FYI,

Beth Duncan got a few marginal shots via her cell phone camera... Way to go
Beth!!

Ruby-spotted Swallowtail - Papilio anchisiades
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1114883

Devine Lake Park, 1807 Waterfall Ave, Leander, Williamson County, Texas,
July 31, 2015

Per LepSoc Season Summary data, most strays to s. TX occur from Sept. to
Nov. It hosts on var. citrus family trees.


Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Re: Least Flycatcher in Brooks County
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:59:02 -0400
Least Flycatchers show up in the RGV in the latter part of July. I've already 
seen several this summer in the Valley. I've yet to see any other empids but 
they will be here soon. Rather than checking the books, eBird is a more timely 
source of information. Of course you can't go wrong with the TOS Handbook. 



Dan Jones, Weslaco 

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Subject: Dallas Co: possible orange skipperling colony
From: Jason Cole <Marioman12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 13:49:28 -0500
Today at norbuck park in Dallas I found yet another orange skipperling. It's my 
conclusion that they have colonized the area, at least for the time being. All 
3 individuals encountered were fresh, suggesting they had hatched nearby. I 
have never seen c. Aurantiaca in the Dallas area, and as of this past month I 
have seen 3 in the same location. Its been years since I've gone to norbuck, so 
I suppose things have changed. 


Jason Cole
Rockwall, TX

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Subject: magazine feature on UT insect photographer Alex Wild
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:56:21 -0500
Shutterbugs
Behind the camera with UT insect photographer Alex Wild
BY MELISSA GASKILL IN 40 ACRES,
SPECIAL ON JULY 1, 2015
http://alcalde.texasexes.org/2015/07/shutterbugs/



Mike Quinn, Austin

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Subject: Zebra Heliconian larvae @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary/Guadalupe County
From: Susan Schaezler <susan AT SCHAEZLER.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:47:34 -0500
Zebra Heliconian larvae  AT  Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary 


https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=393619244164381&id=282352781957695&substory_index=0 


Susan Schaezler
Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
WarblerWoods.org , 501(c)(3)
Cibolo/Schertz, Guadalupe County, GCBO Site Partner
Lone Star Land Steward Winner, Lifetime SAAS, TAS, TOS
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Subject: National Moth Week results - n.w. Austin
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:27:19 -0500
TX-Butterfliers—

I made an effort to keep track of the moths seen in my yard and coming to 
porchlights this past week for National Moth Week. I blacklighted two nights 
(Fri-Sat, July 24-25). Even though we had a wet May-June, July has been 
rainless so I shouldn’t have been surprised at the modest results. Diversity 
and numbers were quite low (about 65 spp) and several normally common species 
or genera were absent (see bottom of list). I found at least one new species 
for my yard (*) but medium to large moths were very sparse at the lights. 
Photos of several species can be found on iNaturalist.org among my observations 
(gcwarbler), although you’ll have to sift through all my leafhopper photos to 
find the moths. There are a few unidentified micros that I’ll have to ID 
later. Among these is a tiny micro, about 1.75mm long which is undoubtedly the 
smallest micromoth I’ve ever tried to photograph. I think I have enough 
detail to ID it later. 


Chuck Sexton
Austin, TX

* * * * *
Acrolophidae:
	Acrolophus sp., a few
	Amydria sp., a few
Coleophoridae:
	~Blastobasis glandulella - Acorn Moth, several (or similar)
	Mompha murtfeldtella, 1
Crambidae:
	Crambini sp. - several
	Dicymolomia julianalis - Julia’s Dicymolomia, 4
	Glaphyria sequistrialis - White-roped Glaphyria Moth, 3
	Hymenia perspectalis - Spotted Beet Webworm, 2
	Lineodes integra - Eggplant Leafroller Moth, a few nightly
	Ommatospila narcaeusalis, 1
	Petrophila jaliscalis - Jalisco Petrophila, common at creek, several at lights
	Urola nivea - Snowy Urola, 1
Erebidae:
	Bleptina caradrinalis - Bent-winged Owlet, 1
	Caenurgina erechtea - Forage Looper Moth, common at creek
	Hypena minualis - Sooty Bomolocha Moth, 4
	Hypoprepia fucosa - Painted Lichen Moth, 2
	Idia aemula - Common Idia, 1 probable
	Mocis texana - Texas Mocis, abundant at creekside
	*Tyrissa multilinea, 1.  Highlight of the week.
		http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1795964
Gelechiidae:
	Autosticha kyotensis - Kyoto Moth, few
	Gelechiid sp. - several unid.
	Symmetrischema striatella, 1
Geometridae:
	Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria - Blackberry Looper Moth, 1
	Cyclophora nanaria, several (the most common Geometrid)
	Erastria cruentaria - Thin-lined Erastria, several near creek
	Euacidalia nr sercearia, 3
	Eupithecia sp, few
	Hammaptera parinotata - Hammaptera Moth, 2
	Iridopsis defectaria - Brown-shaded Gray, 1
	Leptostales pannaria - Pannaria Wave Moth, 2
	Psamatodes abydata - Dot-line Angle, 1+ nightly
	Synchlora frondaria - Southern Emerald, 1
Gracillariidae:
	Acrocercrops n.sp., 2 (as yet undescribed)
Noctuidae:
	Acronicta sp, 1 small individual
	Amyna axis - Eight-spot Moth, a few
	Anicla infecta - Green Cutworm Moth, 2 or 3
	Bagisara nr repanda, 2
	Diastema tigris - Lantana Moth, 1
	Galgula partita - The Wedgling, 1
	Marimatha nigrofimbria - Black-bordered Lemon Moth, 1
	Rachiplusia ou - Gray Looper Moth, 1
	Tripudia quadrifera, 1
Pterophoridae:
	Pterophorid sp., 1.  Smallest I’m ever seen; WS 10mm
Pyralidae:
	unid. Pyralid, several
	Homoeosoma sp.?, few
Sphingidae:
	Dolba hyloeus - Pawpaw Sphinx, 2 (the most common sphinx at lights)
	Manduca sexta - Carolina Sphinx, 1 (the only large moth of the week)
Tortricidae:
	Clepsis peritana - Garden Tortrix, several
	Crocidosema plebejana - Cotton Tipworm Moth, 2
	Ecdytolopha mana, 1
	Endothenia hebesana - Verbena Bud Moth, 2
	Eumarozia malachitana, nightly in small numbers
	Paralobesia viteana - Grape Berry Moth, 1
	Sparganothoides lentiginosana - Lentiginos Moth, 1
	unid. Olethreutinae, 2 or 3

Conspicuous by their absence:
	Achyra rantalis - Garden Webworm Moth
	Digrammia spp.
	Hypena scabra - Green Cloverworm Moth
	Notodontidae
	Ogdoconta cinereola - Common Pinkband (common thru early July)
	Platynota spp.
	Spodoptera spp.
	Udea rubigalis - Celery Leaftier Moth
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Subject: POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Assistant Curator, TAMUIC - Deadline: 15 August 2015
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:03:05 -0500
Texas A&M is refilling Ed Riley's position at the A&M Insect Collection...

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Assistant Curator, Texas A&M University Insect Collection (TAMUIC)
The Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University seeks an Assistant
Curator (collection manager) for the Texas A&M University Insect
Collection. This is a full-time, base-budgeted, staff-level, position with
benefits located on the main campus of Texas A&M University in College
Station, Texas. The position reports to the faculty Curator of the
collection and is available 1 September 2015.

The TAMUIC is a land grant university-based collection of insects and
related arthropods specializing in the fauna of the south-central and
southwestern United States and the northern Neotropical region (especially
Mexico). The primary mission of the collection is to build and maintain a
comprehensive collection of insects and related arthropods from these
regions for research, reference and educational purposes. Containing
approximately 2.7 million curated specimens, the TAMUIC supports a diverse
range of activities in the TAMU Department of Entomology, Texas AgriLife
Research, and Texas AgriLife Extension; serves the worldwide entomological
community as a source of high-quality specimens for systematics research;
and provides a focal point for the activities of a dedicated group of
entomologists in Texas and adjacent states.

The position’s responsibilities include: management of the day-to-day
operations of the TAMUIC; recruitment, training, and supervision of
personnel to assist in carrying out collection operations; coordination
with and general supervision of the curatorial activities of the
departmental teaching collection manager; promotion of collection
development through collection-based research in arthropod faunistics and
systematics; and maintenance of the departmental arthropod identification
and information service.

General inquiries about the position may be sent to:
Mr. Robert Jensen
Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2475
E-mail: r-jensen AT tamu.edu

A complete description of the position and duties, and the portal through
which all applications must be received, can be found here:

https://greatjobs.tamu.edu –

search and apply for NOV 08731. Follow website directions for completing an
on-line application, and uploading and attaching cover letter, resume, etc.
Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their applications by 15
August 2015. Contact Robert (above) if you experience problems.

Please forward this announcement to qualified individuals you may know.

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This job details link may or may not be stable:


https://greatjobs.tamu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1437944065283 



Mike Quinn, Austin

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Subject: DALLAS CO: Northern broken dash, orange skipperling again
From: Jason Cole <marioman12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:41:48 -0500
Had fun at Norbuck park this morning where skippers were swarming like crazy. 
Hundreds of sachems, clouded skippers, and more. Among them, however, I found 
yet another orange skipperling (C. aurantiaca) and a northern broken dash (W. 
egeremet) 


Clouded skipper
Fiery Skipper
Sachem
Eufala skipper
delaware skipper-many (l. logan and l. lagus)
Northern Broken Dash
Orange Skipperling
Bell's roadside skipper-1
Northern cloudywing
Horace's Duskywing
Checkered skipper
Gray Hairstreak
Eastern Tailed Blue
Western Giant Swallowtail-1
Sleepy Orange sulphur
Little Yellow Sulphur
Cloudless Sulphur
Dainty Sulphur
Cabbage White
Monarch-2
Queen-2
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor
Gulf frit.
Common Buckeye
Pearl Crescent
Phaon Crescent

27sp. for a couple of hours in the texas summer ai'nt bad! Thanks for all that 
rain, mother nature. 


Jason Cole
Rockwall, TX

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Subject: Zebra Helliconians flying @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
From: Susan Schaezler <susan AT SCHAEZLER.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:22:59 -0500
Zebra Helliconians flying  AT  Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary 

Zebra Helliconians are flying with more frequency here, after the Passion 
Flowers in the wild. 


Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, 501(c)(3) 
Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS. Facebook,  AT SusanWarbler
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Subject: Flying in Goliad County 7/24/15
From: naturalist <naturalist AT RANCHWIRELESS.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:22:18 -0500
A few of the interesting butterflies seen flying in the white sandy soils fives 
miles west of Weesatche,Goliad County,Tx ,7/24/15... 


White-striped Longtail(Chioides albofasciatus)
Sickle-winged Skipper(Eantis tamenund)
False Duskywing(Gesta invisus) at least six
Horace’s Duskywing(Erynnis horatius)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak(Calycopis isobeon)
Gulf Fritillary(Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian(Heliconius charithonia) FOUR!!
Bordered Patch(Chlosyne lacinia) common
Pearl Crescent(Phyciodes tharos)
Common Mestra(Mestra amymone) very common this year!!

Lots of blooming wildflowers including:

Western Ruellia(Ruellia occidentalis)
Hairy Tubetongue(Siphonoglossa pilosella)
Bearded Swallow-wort(Cynanchum barbigerum) a great nectar plant
Skeleton Plant(Lygodesmia texana)
Noseburn(Tragia brevispica) the host plant of the Common Mestra
Coast Germander(Teucrium cubense)
Partridge Pea (Cassia fasciculata) abundant
Pussyfoot Prairie Clover(Dalea obovata) endemic to Texas
Hoary Milkpea(Galactia canescens)
Hoary Pea(Tephrosia lindheimeri) a real beauty
Narrowleaf Thryallis(Thryallis angustifolia)
Bracted Sida(Sida ciliaris)

Derek Muschalek
Yorktown,Tx



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Subject: DALLAS CO- Texan crescent, tropical checkered skipper
From: Jason Cole <marioman12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:12:44 -0500
Went looking around a bit this last weekend, and I found a worn Texan Crescent 
(A. texana) and a fresh male tropical checkered skipper (P. oileus). I also 
found the least skipper, A. numitor, along White Rock Lake's shore. 


Jason Cole
Rockwall, TX

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Subject: National Butterfly Center, 7/19/14
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:12:25 -0400
Good stuff today at the National Butterfly Center south of Mission included 
Silver Emperor, Two-barred Flasher, Brown-banded Skipper, Julia Heliconian and 
Malachite. Photos and list are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/07/national-butterfly-center-71915.html


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: July and August 2015 Austin Butterfly Forum Meetings
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:45:04 -0500
Hi everyone,

Here is the information for upcoming 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!


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 *July 27, 2015, 7 PM Meeting:* *Ant Identification*, *presented by Wizzie
Brown.*

Wizzie Brown is an Extension Program Specialist- IPM with Texas A&M
AgriLife Extension Service. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in
Entomology from The Ohio State University and a Master’s of Science in
Entomology from Texas A&M University. After leaving Texas A&M, Wizzie
worked in structural pest control before taking a job with Texas A&M
AgriLife Extension Service in Austin. Blog 

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 *Aug. 24, 2015, 7 PM Meeting: Stingers! An Intimate Look at Wasps*, *presented
by Valerie Bugh. *


 When it comes to diverse lifestyles in the animal kingdom, wasps provide
some of the most intriguing examples. From minute parasitoids that complete
their entire life cycle within the egg of another insect to large predators
that can tackle a tarantula, wasps are both captivating and disconcerting.
They are important biological controls of many pest insects, the social
species are among the most successful animals on Earth, and the fact that
some can sting makes them intimidating. We will explore the biology and
ecology of this fascinating group through colorful photographs of the
beasts and their behaviors.



Val Bugh 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." Website: Austin Bug Collection


        *Membership*

All of our normal events are open to the public, but you may want to become
a member of the Austin Butterfly Forum to help support us and our events.
We also treat members to some extra goodies, such as reduced admission to
special programs that have a fee and discounts on purchases made at
meetings. Membership is $20 annually per household, payable during meetings
or by mail to Doris Hill, ABF Treasurer, 1605 Broadmoor, Austin, TX 78723.

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Subject: Davis Mountains, 10–12 Jul
From: Roger Shaw <roger.w.shaw AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 10:04:12 -0500
I spent the Jul 10–12 weekend in the Davis Mountains, taking advantage of
the Nature Conservancy Preserve's Open Weekend. Found a nice array of
specialty leps in the Preserve, including:

Four-spotted Skipperling (Piruna polingii) at Tobe Spring, unexpectedly
attractive!
Orange-headed Roadside-Skippers (Amblysicrtes phylace), several along
Madera Creek
A probable Russet Skipperling (Piruna pirus) on Bridge Gap Rd.
Delaware Skippers along Madera Creek
Cassus Roadside-Skippers (Amblyscirtes cassus) at Tobe Spring, and other
high-elevation trails
Cyna Blue (Zizula cyna) on Bridge Gap Rd.


And for moths, I found:

Spragueia magnifica at Davis Mtns SP
Spragueia funeralis at Davis Mtns SP
Obelisk Dart (Euxoa obeliscoides) along Madera Creek in the Preserve
Hubbard's Silk Moth (Sphingicampa hubbardi) at Davis Mtns SP

I've posted photos of all of these on iNaturalist, and on the Facebook
TX-Butterfly group. Quite a few these were also new state or month records
on BugGuide, and were uploaded there as well.


Cheers,
...
Roger Shaw
Austin, TX
roger.w.shaw AT gmail.com

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Subject: Anyone know how to raise Sphinx moths?
From: Monika Maeckle <butterflybeat AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 14:15:32 -0500
Hello everyone,

WE are trying to raise some Sphinx moths for moth night and need guidance. 
Anybody have experience here? 


We have three caterpillars about to go cocoon on us. I think they are 
unpredictable in their eclosure. If you have insights, please share. 


Gracias.

Monika

PS If you’re in the hood, please join us for Moth Night, July 23, at the 
Alamo Brewery. It’s free and a fundraiser for the Friends of San Antonio 
Wildlife Areas. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1443735885948763/ 
 



Monika Maeckle
butterflybeat AT gmail.com
www.texasbutterflyranch.com
we love the whole life cycle





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Subject: Flying in Dallas co.
From: Jason Cole <Marioman12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 14:15:22 -0500
Went to norbuck and Harry moss parks this weekend and found a fresh orange 
skipperling (c. Aurantiaca) at norbuck and a summer azure (C. Neglecta) at 
Harry moss. I was hoping to capture some P. Rumiko but was unsuccessful. The 
other swallowtails were quite common, however. 


Giant swallowtail- 2
Black swallowtail
Tiger swallowtail
Pipevine swallowtail-abundant at moss
variegated frit
gulf frit
Question mark
Red spotted purple-1
Phaon crescent
Pearl crescent
Tawny emperor
Hackberry emperor
Common buckeye
Funeral dusky wing
Horace's dusky wing
Delaware skipper-2 (l. Logan)
Eufala skipper
Clouded skipper 
fiery skipper 
Sachem
orange skipperling-1
Cloudless sulphur 
orange sulphur
sleepy orange sulphur
little yellow sulphur
dainty sulphur
Cabbage white
Gray hairstreak
e. Tailed blue 
summer azure-1

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Subject: Crimson Patch
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:47:34 -0500
.
  Had one today Utley, Bastrop Co.   On July 4 we were at a residence in
western Williamson Co. where the owners reported one from a few days prior.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Re: Evans' Skipper @ Santa Ana NWR 7/10/15/ Condolences
From: Javier <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:32:48 -0500
I also had my FOY Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola) this afternoon at the 
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands on an other butterfly magnet, Common Buttonbush 
(Cephelanthus occidentalis). Others have reported Purple-washed Skipper 
(Panoquina lucas), so I guess Panoquins are on the wing in the LRGV. 


Good Butterflying,
Javi Gonzalez
San Juan, TX 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 10, 2015, at 1:56 PM, Javier Gonzalez  wrote:
> 
> 
> Hello Butterflyers,
> 
> I found a few Evans' Skippers (Panoquina fusina) on blooming Tenazas 
(Havardia pallens) down the tour road at Santa Ana NWR this morning. From what 
I've read, this is usually a fall occurring species. Lighting was poor and pics 
were tough to get, but did manage some that I've posted on the TX-Butterfly 
Facebook page. Also seen on Tenaza were Guava Skipper, Silver Emperor, Giant 
White, Long-tailed Skipper, and others. 

> 
> My condolences go out to Jan Dauphin for the loss of David. I've learned and 
continue to learn a whole lot through their website. I only met them as a 
couple a few times at the NBC and they were always so welcoming, nice, and 
happy to share a bit of their butterfly identification tricks and knowledge 
with me. Things that I always remember when I go out butterflying and will 
never forget. Thank you David for what you did for the RGV nature community and 
for all the inspiration. 

> 
> Javi Gonzalez
> San Juan, TX
> 
> 

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Subject: Dun Skipper in Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2015 16:54:43 -0500
Greetings All:

While nowhere near as awesome as the Zebra Longwing (Heliconian) I had in
my Lubbock yard a while back, a brilliant Dun Skipper at one of my
pincushion patches was a pleasant welcome home just a few minutes ago.
This is another first for my yard and I am hoping, given the yard's
response to an astonishing amount of rain (I have sunflowers fourteen feet
high), that I might get a few more.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock

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Subject: Evans' Skipper @ Santa Ana NWR 7/10/15/ Condolences
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:56:38 -0500
Hello Butterflyers,

I found a few *Evans' Skippers* (*Panoquina fusina*) on blooming Tenazas (
*Havardia pallens*) down the tour road at Santa Ana NWR this morning. From
what I've read, this is usually a fall occurring species. Lighting was poor
and pics were tough to get, but did manage some that I've posted on the
TX-Butterfly Facebook page. Also seen on Tenaza were *Guava Skipper*, *Silver
Emperor*, *Giant White*, *Long-tailed Skipper*, and others.

My condolences go out to Jan Dauphin for the loss of David. I've learned
and continue to learn a whole lot through their website. I only met them as
a couple a few times at the NBC and they were always so welcoming, nice,
and happy to share a bit of their butterfly identification tricks and
knowledge with me. Things that I always remember when I go out butterflying
and will never forget. Thank you David for what you did for the RGV nature
community and for all the inspiration.

Javi Gonzalez
San Juan, TX

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Subject: David Dauphin
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2015 20:40:00 -0500
It is with sadness I report the death of David Dauphin on July 8.  David
and his wife Jan have been our neighbors, friends, and above all fellow
nature enthusiasts.  The cause of death was Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary
Disease, and David had been on oxygen for some time.  However, he and Jan
remained active with their yard and added a number of new species,
including a US record, to the yard list, which now stands at 159.

David developed and maintained a superb website featuring extensive data
about Rio Grande Valley nature, economy, and other areas of interest to
visitors.  The showpiece of the website is Jan's excellent photos of
butterfly adults and life histories.  When we were house-hunting in the RGV
in 2008 we found this information very helpful, and we ultimately bought
the house behind theirs, since we were seeking a community that was open
to butterfly-friendly yards.  Over the years I'm sure we had many nice
butterflies stray from Jan and David's yard to ours, but I think we sent a
few back their way.  Good butterflying, David.

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Subject: Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk, 6/26/15
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:07:25 -0500
Tomorrow is Friday and time for the first July butterfly walk of the year
at Estero Llano Grande SP.  That also means it's time I reported on *last*
week's walk, June 26.

Ginny and I spent several hours looking for butterflies, even walking out
to check on the Pigmy Blue colony.  For a time in the morning we were
joined by park superintendent Javier.  Highlights of the day included a
Ruddy Daggerwing, Julia Heliconian, Silver Emperor laying eggs on Spiny
Hackberry, Potrillo Skipper, Brown-banded Skipper, and an abundance of
Mexican Bluewings.  Several Giant Whites were observed flying through.  The
total species count was 45.

They aren't predicting stormy weather tomorrow, and Ranger Yochum is
expected to rejoin us after being on vacation, so if you're in the
neighborhood around 10:30 AM, join us.

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

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Subject: Butterflies of June 2015 @ Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, Hidalgo Co.
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2015 13:19:05 -0500
Hello Butterflyers,

The month of June was an extremely wet one here at the Edinburg Scenic
Wetlands, and with the rains came the butterflies! We had a very fun month
of butterflying and I capped my personal list for the month at *75 species*!

*Highlights:*
Rubby-spotted Swallowtail
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreaks
Clytie Ministreaks
Julia Heliconian
*Rosita Patch (6/27/15)*
Silver Emperor
Guava Skipper
Two-barred Flasher

The wetlands will be closed from 7/3-5 in observance of 4th of July.
Regular hours resume on Monday 7/6.

During the Summer the park remains open till 8pm on Thursdays.

Hours of operation:
M:7am-5pm
Tue-Sat: 7am-6pm, except on Thursdays till 8pm
Sunday Closed

Naturalist Educator,
Javi Gonzalez

Here's the list for the month, come visit!

                            *Month of June:*
*                        75 Species*

      Pipevine Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Western Giant Swallowtail

*Ruby-spotted Swallowtail*

Checkered White

Great Southern White

Southern Dogface

Cloudless Sulphur

Large Orange Sulphur

Little Yellow

Mimosa Yellow

Sleepy Orange

Tailed Orange

Lyside Sulphur

Dainty Sulphur

Dusky-blue Groundstreak

Gray Hairstreak

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak

Clytie Ministreak

Western Pygmy-Blue

Cassius Blue

Ceraunus Blue

Reakirt's Blue

Fatal Metalmark

Red-bordered Pixie

Red-bordered Metalmark

American Snout

Gulf Fritillary

Julia Heliconian

Zebra Heliconian

Variegated Fritillary

Bordered Patch

Crimson Patch

*Rosita Patch *(6/27/15)

Elada Checkerspot

Texan Crescent

Pale-banded Crescent

Pearl Crescent

Phaon Crescent

Vesta Crescent

Red Admiral

Common Buckeye

White Peacock

Banded Peacock

Common Mestra

Tropical Leafwing

Tawny Emperor

*Silver Emperor*

Queen

Guava Skipper

Two-barred Flasher

Brown Longtail

Dorantes Longtail

Coyote Cloudywing

Texas Powdered-Skipper

Sickle-winged Skipper

Mournful Duskywing

White Checkered-Skipper

Tropical Checkered-Skipper

Laviana White-Skipper

Turk's-cap White-Skipper

Common Sootywing

Julia's Skipper

Fawn-spotted Skipper

Clouded Skipper

Southern Skipperling

Fiery Skipper

Whirlabout

Sachem

Southern Broken-Dash

Celia's Roadside-Skipper

Nysa Roadside-Skipper

Eufala Skipper

Brazilian Skipper

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Subject: Broken Silverdrop at National Butterfly Center, 6/30/15
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:56:31 -0400
A few days after a Broken Silverdrop was seen at a private residence near 
Bentsen State Park, Mike Rickard found a second on 6/29/30 at the nearby 
National Butterfly Center. It was still there the next morning for a brief 
sighting. Photos and list for the day are on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/06/broken-silverdrop-at-national-butterfly.html 



Dan Jones, Weslaco, TX

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Subject: "Spectacular Saturday" at the EWBC Blog Post
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:24:57 -0500
Added a couple of photos to my blog post about my very memorable
"Spectacular Saturday" at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands (Hidalgo Co.)  last
Saturday (6/27/15).


http://javisonthewing.blogspot.com/2015/06/spectacular-saturday-at-edinburg-scenic.html 


All of the butterflies i photographed were nectaring on Tenaza (*Havardia
pallens), a* beautiful legume tree that is a butterfly magnet when it
blooms in the LRGV after every good rain.

Thanks for looking,
Javi Gonzalez
San Juan, TX

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Subject: flying in Falcon Heights - June report
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:22:30 -0500
Hi, 
I recorded 68 species for the month; not a huge total but I hardly spent any 
time outside. Highlights were: 

Tailed Aguna, 2 (this past weekend)
Silver Emperor, 2 or more
Four-spotted Sailor, 2.
 
Today I enjoyed a couple of Polydamas Swallowtails in the yard - that is a 
rarity here. Regular appearances were made by Ruddy Hairstreaks, Two-barred 
Flashers, and Julia and Zebra Heliconians. 


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

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Subject: Zebra Heliconian in Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 18:31:06 -0500
Greetings All:

Noting that my backyard Black-chinned Hummingbird has been in a frenzy of
late, I put in a short and successful effort to find where she was
nesting.  One mama hummingbird attending a nest with two - possibly three -
bills poking up (I didn't want to disturb them just to get a better view).

While peering into the depths of the jungle my backyard has become this
incredibly wet year, I was startled when a Zebra Heliconian flew out of the
densest patch of sunflowers, briefly hit my biggest patch of lantanas and
disappeared.  I ran into the house, grabbed my camera, and spent twenty
minutes trying to relocate the beast - with no luck.

I will keep trying this evening.

This is one of my favorite butterflies and is a definite first for my
urban/suburban Lubbock yard!

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock

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Subject: Rosita Patch and Silver Emperor @ Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, Hidalgo Co.
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:11:07 -0500
Hello Butterflyers!

The blooming Tenaza trees brought a couple of great butterflies today
(6/27/15) to the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, Edinburg, Hidalgo County.

A female *Silver Emperor* (*Doxocopa laure*) (was seen this morning on the
Tenaza trees in the parking lot.

https://flic.kr/p/vhaJBD
https://flic.kr/p/uk1jTX

Best butterfly was a rare stray *Rosita Patch *(*Chlosyne rosita*) high up
on the Tenaza in the central gardens.

https://flic.kr/p/uZgbem
https://flic.kr/p/uZgryC

Diversity sure spiked this week!
Other nice butterflies include:

Clytie Ministreak (*Ministrymon clytie*) (first I've seen in the park this
season)
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak (*Strymon bazochii*)
Two-barred Flasher (*Astraptes fulgerator*)
Guava Skipper (*Phocides polybius*)
Banded Peacock (*Anartia fatima*)
Dorantes Longtail (*Urbanus dorantes*)
Coyote Cloudywing (*Achalarus toxeus*)
Pale-banded Crescent (*Phyciodes tulcis*)
Julia Heliconian (*Dryas iulia*)
Red-bordered Metalmark (*Caria ino*)

Happy butterflying to all,
Naturalist Educator
Javi Gonzalez

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Subject: Red Rim at Santa Ana NWR, 6/25/15
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:27:55 -0400
Saw my first Red Rim of the year today at Santa Ana NWR. Other stuff included 
an ovipositing Silver Emperor, Malachite, four Banded Peacocks, and Clytie 
Ministreaks. List and photos are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/06/santa-ana-nwr-62515.html



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Subject: $300K grant funded for UTSA to study monarch butterfly
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:31:30 -0500
June 23, 2015
Texas Comptroller Announces Partnership With
The University of Texas at San Antonio to Study Monarch Butterfly

*(AUSTIN)* — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today announced funding for a
$300,000 research proposal by The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
to study the monarch butterfly. The research will address key questions
about the monarch butterfly in Texas and fill important data gaps in
determining its need for protection as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(FWS) considers whether to place the butterfly on the federal endangered
species list.


The research will support the development of voluntary best management
practices by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and other
program partners through a collaborative stakeholder process. Research and
related outreach activities will be coordinated with many program partners,
including TPWD, Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, San Antonio River Authority
and the U.S. Forest Service.

full press release here:
http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXCOMPT/bulletins/10b3430



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

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Subject: Black Witches on the move
From: Roger Sanderson <rsanderson AT TEXASDISCOVERYGARDENS.ORG>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:44:10 +0000
We had a black witch in our greenhouse yesterday and one of our volunteers who 
lives a distance from here had one in his garage as well. Perhaps this will be 
a big year for them! Roger 


Roger Sanderson
Director of Horticulture
Texas Discovery Gardens
                     at Fair Park

3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dallas, Texas 75210
P.O. Box 152537
Dallas, Texas 75315
P (214) 428-7476 ext. 210
F (214) 428-5338

RSanderson AT TexasDiscoveryGardens.org 

Visit Texas Discovery Gardens, where 
children and adults discover and learn to sustain the natural world. 




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Subject: Bentsen & NBC
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe AT MIRIAMEAGLEMON.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:40:05 -0500
Hi, all!

 

Decided to look for bugs today, seeing as so many good ones were around;
dipped on the super rare ones (I was really hoping that Cream-tipped
Swampdamsel would show up), but there WERE some highlights, at least for me,
including lots of Banded Peacocks at both places, Powdered Skipper at the
National Butterfly Center (NBC), Malachite (same place), Ruby-spotted
Swallowtail that wouldn't stop to save his life (same place), and a possible
Two-barred Flasher, but he didn't stop long enough to let me get a look.
Other not-so-rare butters that I haven't seen in awhile included Common
Sootywing and Crimson Patch.  Pictures forthcoming.

 

Full list:

 

Giant Swallowtail

Ruby-spotted Swallowtail

Great Southern White

Large Orange Sulphur

Lyside Sulphur

Little Yellow

Sleepy Orange

Gray Hairstreak

Mallow Scrub Hairstreak

Dusky-blue Groundstreak

Gulf Fritillary

Zebra Heliconian

Bordered Patch

Crimson Patch

Texan Crescent

Vesta Crescent

Phaon Crescent

Common Buckeye

White Peacock

Banded Peacock

Common Mestra

Malachite

Tropical Leafwing

Tawny Emperor

Queen

Soldier

Brown Longtail

Texas Powdered Skipper

Tropical Checkered Skipper

Laviana White Skipper

Common Sootywing

Fawn-spotted Skipper

Clouded Skipper

Southern Broken Dash

Common Mellana

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

www.miriameaglemon.com

 

 


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Subject: Yturria Brush Tract of NWR, Hidalgo Co.
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:30:04 -0500
Hello Butterfliers,

Had some nice butterflies this cloudy morning at Yturria Brush.

Nice ones included:

Golden-headed Scallopwing
Clytie Ministreak
Coyote Cloudywing
Nysa Roadside-Skipper

I started a new blog and details and photos can be seen here:
http://javisonthewing.blogspot.com/2015/06/yturria-brush-6-22-15.html

Happy Butterflying,
Javi Gonzalez
San Juan, TX

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Subject: BWMs. Bastrop Co.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:40:00 -0500
.
Getting more than normal Black Witches this June. Had 3 on bait last night
and a few others flying around in the early AMs


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120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: Mexican Yellow North Texas
From: Roger Sanderson <rsanderson AT TEXASDISCOVERYGARDENS.ORG>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:30:52 +0000
I don't know how common Mexican Yellows are in North Texas (Dallas area), but 
one was ovipositing on Prairie Acacia today here at Texas Discovery Gardens. 


Roger Sanderson
Director of Horticulture
Texas Discovery Gardens
                     at Fair Park

3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dallas, Texas 75210
P.O. Box 152537
Dallas, Texas 75315
P (214) 428-7476 ext. 210
F (214) 428-5338

RSanderson AT TexasDiscoveryGardens.org 

Visit Texas Discovery Gardens, where 
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Subject: Dun Skipper in LRGV
From: Nick Grishin <grishin AT CHOP.SWMED.EDU>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:08:00 -0500
Has anyone seen Dun Skipper *Euphyes vestris* in Starr-Hidalgo-Cameron 
counties recently? Thanks, n

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Subject: Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk, 6/19/15
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 21:19:46 -0500
Once again the park was quiet, with visitors and staff both scarce for our
butterfly walk at Estero Llano Grande SP.  Showers were scattered around,
and would ultimately lead to some serious flash flooding in the
McAllen-Edinburg area.  However, Ginny and I had a fine morning, followed
by lunch on the grounds of nearby Frontera Audubon.  We found about 40
species of butterflies. with all groups well-represented.  Mexican
Bluewings remain common, and there were Pale-banded Crescents, the usual
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak, a very nice Banded Peacock, and Mimosa Yellows.
Missing again were Potrillo Skippers.

The Friday walk is actually a butterfly/dragonfly walk, and highlighting
the day was the finding of several Cream-tipped Swamp Damsels around the
Green Jay thicket.  This apparently represents a new park record.  It
certainly was exciting for us.

Butterfly/Dragonfly walks continue next Friday, rain permitting, at 10 AM.

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

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Subject: Periodical Cicada calling in north Texas
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:34:09 -0500
Last week, Tim Brys of the Dallas Zoo Insectarium brought to my attention
that a Periodical Cicada is currently calling in Fannin Co. in north Texas.

Doing some research over the weekend, I put together the following
information:

Notes on Texas Periodical Cicadas
http://texasento.net/Periodical_Cicadas.html

And I had always thought that Periodical Cicadas were nearly mythical
beasts here in Texas....

Apparently they are Cassin's 17-year Cicada
http://bugguide.net/node/view/57940

Other sightings can be reported here:
http://www.magicicada.org/report/report.php

Thanks,

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

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Subject: June 22, 2015 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting, Annual Butterfly Count, and Other Upcoming Meetings
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:54:49 -0500
Hi everyone,



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



The Austin Butterfly Forum meets at the Zilker Botanical Garden Center
 at 7:00 pm on the
4th Monday of every month except for December. Most meetings are free and
open to the public. Each meeting features an educational program, but we
like to socialize a bit beforehand. Sometimes members will bring
caterpillars or collections for display, and sometimes we have special
opportunities such as plant giveaways. The meetings are also a good place
to hear special announcements and learn about new events.  Everyone
interested in butterflies and other invertebrates is welcome! Please come
join us!


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*June 22, 2015, 7 PM Meeting*: *Sand Flies in the Southern United States:
Vectors of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis*, *presented by Stavana Strutz. *



Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a newly emerging human disease in the southern
United States, especially Texas. It has expanded its geographical range
over 560 km in the last 4 decades. The vectors of this pathogen are sand
flies - small insects that feed on a variety of animals, with 8 species
found in Texas. This talk will review the known natural history of sand
flies, their biodiversity, and their identification.

Stavana Strutz is a PhD candidate in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
program in the Integrative Biology department at the University of Texas at
Austin. She is studying the geographical emergence of cutaneous
leishmaniasis in the southern United States by implementing a variety of
integrative methods and techniques. She employs morphological and molecular
identification methods, and computational modeling techniques to understand
the parasite in terms of its various hosts (humans, companion animals,
rodents, other mammals, and sand flies). She conducts field work across the
state of Texas from the Rio Grande to Caddo Lake. She has received numerous
grants from the UT Integrative Biology department and Texas EcoLab program.
She has been an organizer of Science Under the Stars, co-host of the
student radio show “They Blinded Me with Science,” and a speaker at
numerous outreach events and conferences. She is also a graduate student
representative in student government at the University of Texas and
represents more than 11,000 graduate students.
 ------------------------------



*June 27, 2015:* *Annual Butterfly Count*



Meet at 8 am in the Zilker Botanical Garden parking lot (there is usually a
parking fee here). We will count butterflies at Zilker Botanical Garden,
the Barton Creek Greenbelt and St. Edward’s Park. All skill levels are
welcome, even beginners. We stop around noon for lunch. We usually go until
about 3:00 pm, depending on the weather, but you are welcome to leave at
any point. Bring close-focusing binoculars and cameras if you have them. Be
prepared for heat, mosquitoes and chiggers! For more information, contact
Dan Hardy at dhh787 AT yahoo.com
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*July 27, 2015, 7 PM Meeting:* *Ant Identification*, *presented by Wizzie
Brown.*



Wizzie Brown is an Extension Program Specialist- IPM with Texas A&M
AgriLife Extension Service. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in
Entomology from The Ohio State University and a Master’s of Science in
Entomology from Texas A&M University. After leaving Texas A&M, Wizzie
worked in structural pest control before taking a job with Texas A&M
AgriLife Extension Service in Austin. Blog 


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*Aug. 24, 2015, 7 PM Meeting: Stingers! An Intimate Look at Wasps*, *presented
by Valerie Bugh. *



When it comes to diverse lifestyles in the animal kingdom, wasps provide
some of the most intriguing examples. From minute parasitoids that complete
their entire life cycle within the egg of another insect to large predators
that can tackle a tarantula, wasps are both captivating and disconcerting.
They are important biological controls of many pest insects, the social
species are among the most successful animals on Earth, and the fact that
some can sting makes them intimidating. We will explore the biology and
ecology of this fascinating group through colorful photographs of the
beasts and their behaviors.

Val Bugh 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." Website: Austin Bug Collection






        *Membership*

All of our normal events are open to the public, but you may want to become
a member of the Austin Butterfly Forum to help support us and our events.
We also treat members to some extra goodies, such as reduced admission to
special programs that have a fee and discounts on purchases made at
meetings. Membership is $20 annually per household, payable during meetings
or by mail to Doris Hill, ABF Treasurer, 1605 Broadmoor, Austin, TX 78723.

For more information, please visit our website: austinbutterflies.org

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Subject: Four-spotted Sailor, others: Falcon Heights
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:59:27 -0500
Hi,
Yesterday evening I found a Four-spotted Sailor in the yard; today a 
Curve-winged Metalmark and a Ruddy Hairstreak. The Sailor and Metalmark are not 
yard records but they are both firsts for me in the yard! 


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

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Subject: an essay with links
From: Nick Grishin <grishin AT CHOP.SWMED.EDU>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:29:40 -0500
Friends:

I came across a very nicely reasoned and eloquently written essay filled 
with smartly and carefully selected links to all sorts of relevant and 
instructive materials (websites, powerpoint presentations, etc.) and 
papers. Every phrase in blue letters will lead you somewhere you want to 
be. I found this format to be very classy and learned a few things. I'm 
sure you will too. Enjoy!

https://theconversation.com/why-we-still-collect-butterflies-41485

n

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Subject: Sisters And More At National Butterfly Center, 6/11/15
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:03:11 -0500
It was an imperial day at the National Butterfly Center today, as staff and
visitors logged a Spot-celled Sister (Adelpha basiloides), Band-celled
Sister (Adelpha fessonia), several each of Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure)
and Pavon Emperor (Doxocopa pavon), plus abundant Tawny Emperors
(Asterocampa clyton), a Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis), and an
Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia).  Spot-celled Sisters are rather
scarce, with only a dozen or so records.

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX

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Subject: Two Fitzgaerner's Flats at Bentsen, 6/10/15
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:27:04 -0400
Saw two Fitzgaetner's Flats today at Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park and 
Ruddy Daggerwing, Pavon and Silver Emperors, Falcate Skipper and a Ruby Spotted 
Swallowtail at the nearby National Butterfly Center. Photos and list are on my 
blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/06/fitzgaertners-flat-at-bentsen-national.html 



Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Fritzgaertner's Flat
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2015 18:22:20 -0500
Late this afternoon I photographed a Fritzgaertner's Flat (Celaenorrhinus
fritzgaertneri) at Bentsen SP in Mission.  It was sitting on the wall of
the restrooms alcove opposite the Visitor Center.  This skipper often flies
near dusk, and roosts in dark areas during the day.  Over the years some
other nice skippers have sought this very same alcove at Bentsen.  This is
a Lifer for me, as I've only seen Stallings' Flat (Celeanorrhinus
stallingsi) prior to today.

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX

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Subject: Re: Del Rio Swallowtails
From: Eric Finkelstein <idria AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2015 13:24:22 -0500
We got better Pink-spotted swallowtail photos this morning and posted them to 
the same folder: http://1drv.ms/1cEcCa1 



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Subject: Re: Del Rio Swallowtails
From: Eric Finkelstein <idria AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2015 06:55:51 -0500
I've received two reliable IDs confirming my original guess- Pink-spotted 
swallowtail, Papilio pharnaces. Since it may be the second US record, I'd 
appreciate any correction or clarification. 


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Subject: Del Rio Swallowtails
From: Eric Finkelstein <idria AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 22:23:28 -0500
I found two swallowtails today on a Bauhinia in my yard in south Del Rio, Val 
Verde County. The first three photos I assume are a yellowish Ruby-spotted 
swallowtail, P. anchisiades; the other photos are a swallowtail I can’t 
confidently ID. The Ruby-spotted isn’t new to Del Rio, I had one in my yard 
in October 2004. 


I’d appreciate help in identifying the unknown swallowtail, and correcting 
the Ruby-spotted ID if necessary. Sorry for the poor quality of the photos. 


The photos are located here:  http://1drv.ms/1cEcCa1

Eric Finkelstein
Del Rio Texas

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Subject: San Antonio NABA Butterfly Counts -- June 15 and 18
From: Patty Leslie Pasztor <pasztor AT IX.NETCOM.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 21:12:44 -0500
Hello all,

It's that time of year again for our San Antonio June Butterfly Counts! We have 
two. Those dates are: 


Monday, June 15th for the SAN ANTONIO count: This count includes the SA 
Botanical Gardens, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center and Alpine Drive (a brushy 
hillside near the SA Zoo). If we have a few extra leaders, we might be able to 
hit another spot such as Salado Creek. Most will meet at the Botanical Gardens 
at 8:45 AM. 



AND Thursday, June 18th for the SAN ANTONIO-NORTHWEST count: Phil Hardberger 
Park, Eisenhower Park, Crownridge Canyon Natural Area and Friedrich Wilderness 
Park. We'll meet at Phil Hardberger Park (West) off NW Military at 8:45. Some 
may meet at Friedrich Park. 


These are surveys conducted for NABA (North American Butterfly Association) and 
occur all over the US, as well as Canada and Mexico. These "4th of July" counts 
take place in June or July. 


I sure hope you'll join us for one or both -- or part of a day! No experience 
necessary. 

  
Sign up at agarita AT me.com or 210-837-0577 and I'll email more details as I have 
them. Feel free to call if you have questions. There is a $3 fee/ day to cover 
the cost of publishing results (your name will be included :). Please include a 
contact # when you sign up, in case there are changes. We'd also love to have 
some of you help as a leader or co-leader! 


Thanks,
Patty Pasztor
San Antonio, TX 

P.S. For more info, visit: http://naba.org/. Click on 4th of July Count, then 
Count Maps to zoom in to see our count circles! 


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Subject: Edinburg Scenic Wetlands Week Review, Hidalgo Co.
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 17:31:09 -0500
Hello Butterflyers,

Capping off another great week of butterflying in the Edinburg Scenic
Wetlands gardens.
A lot of sweating this week yielded 53 species! It was the best week so far
this season! Not too shabby for our little island of habitat away from the
Rio Grande River wildlife corridor. Highlights included the first* Lantana
Scrub-Hairstreak *and *Texas Powdered-Skipper *I've seen in the park, *Julia
Heliconian, Zebra Heliconian, Crimson Patch, Guava Skippers,
Two-barred Flashers, Turk's-cap White-Skippers, Brazilian Skipper, and a
Dorantes Longtail.*


Full List: (sorry, no scientific names, writing in a rush)

Pipevine Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Western Giant Swallowtail
Great Southern White
Southern Dogface
Cloudless Sulphur
Large Orange Sulphur
Little Yellow
Lyside Sulphur
Dainty Sulphur
Dusky-blue Groundstreak
Gray Hairstreak
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak
Western Pygmy-Blue
Cassius Blue
Fatal Metalmark
Rounded Metalmark
Red-bordered Metalmark
American Snout
Gulf Fritillary
Julia Heliconian
Zebra Heliconian
Bordered Patch
Crimson Patch
Texan Crescent
Pale-banded Crescent (fizzled out mid-week)
Pearl Crescent
Phaon Crescent
Vesta Crescent
Red Admiral
Tawny Emperor
Queen
Guava Skipper
Brown Longtail
Dorantes Longtail
Texas Powdered-Skipper
Sickle-winged Skipper
Mournful Duskywing
White Checkered-Skipper
Tropical Checkered-Skipper
Laviana White-Skipper
Turk's-cap White-Skipper
Julia's Skipper
Fawn-spotted Skipper
Clouded Skipper
Southern Skipperling
Fiery Skipper
Whirlabout
Southern Broken-Dash
Celia's Roadside-Skipper
Eufala Skipper
Brazilian Skipper

Diversity certainly increased this week and we'll see what surprises next
week has in store.
Bring a hat, lunch, and your camera and enjoy the gardens!

Hours:
Sunday-Closed
Monday- 7am-5pm
Tue-Sat 7am-6pm, Thursdays we close at 8pm in the summer.

Good butterflying to all,
Naturalist Educator
Javi Gonzalez

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Subject: Cassius Blue ovipositing on Carlowrightia parviflora
From: "David T. Dauphin" <dauphins AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 15:40:00 -0500
Today we had two separate female Cassius Blues-Leptotes cassius ovipositing at 
the same time on two separate Smallflower Wrightworts-Carlowrightia parviflora 
(Acanthaceae). I have seen them use White Plumbago-Plumbago scandens 
(Plumbaginaceae) and Least Snoutbean-Rynchosia minima (Fabaceae) and a few 
other Fabaceae, but never on Carlowrightia. Has anyone else seen Cassius Blues 
using C. parviflora for a host plant? 


Jan Dauphin
Mission, TX
For Valley wildlife watching info, go to
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Subject: Falcon Dam Area, 6/4/15
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2015 19:52:22 -0400
Good butterflies seen in Falcon State Park and Falcon Heights in Starr county 
on 6/4/15 included Ornythion and Ruby-spotted Swallowtails, Coyote Cloudywing, 
Zilpa and Dorantes Longtails and Two-barred Flasher. Photos and list on my 
blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/06/falcon-dam-area-6415.html


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 20:21:45 -0500
First, I want to remind everyone that the Estero butterfly walk moves to
summer hours tomorrow, 10:30 AM - 12 Noon.  While it's not been that hot
just yet, those days will come, and the morning hours will be better for
people and butterflies.

On last week's walk, we had a couple of visitors, Mark and Kent, both
originally from Houston and both attending my high school (though a few
years after me).  We recorded 40 species for the day, nothing too
remarkable, but some were Lifers for our guests.  Notable were Lantana
Scrub-Hairstreaks, a Horace's Duskywing high in a blooming Japanese
Ligustrum, and a Potrillo Skipper patrolling the Green Jay Trail.
Otherwise, it was rather routine, but there have been some good bugs on the
wing around the RGV this week and maybe some will be at Estero, so come out
and join us in the cool, cool, cool of the morning!

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

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Subject: Re: (no subject)
From: Steven Schafersman <sschafersman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 16:11:36 -0500
Joann, try adding TX-BUTTERFLY AT listserv.uh.edu and
dmarc-request AT listserv.uh.edu to the friends section your email address
book.

On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 3:14 PM, Joann Karges <
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>  I have not been able to access these emails because AOL has censored
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>
> Surely other AOL members have had this problem, but it sounds as though
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From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 15:38:31 -0500
Hi Joann,

Good luck with this. I have not sent anything lately. I guess AOL, which is hit 
with spammers and malware a lot, sees URL links as potentially suspicious. You 
might want to bite the bullet and get another email address you can pick up 
such mail with, interesting as that may be. 


Tim

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suspicious attachments. 

> I notified AOL asking them to correct this (after month of trying to do it 
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messages do not contain anything suspicious or harmful. 

>  
> Surely other AOL members have had this problem, but it sounds as though each 
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Subject: Orange Skipperling in Mission, Hidalgo Co.…YARD BUTTERFLY #159
From: "David T. Dauphin" <dauphins AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 12:45:39 -0500
I just photographed an Orange Skipperling- Copaeodes aurantiaca in our yard, 
here in Mission, Hidalgo Co. This is yard butterfly #159! We have seen only 4 
other Orange Skipperlings in the LRGV in the past 12 years. A photo of this 
butterfly can be seen at http://www.thedauphins.net/rgv_newest_photos.html . 


Jan Dauphin
Mission, TX
For Valley wildlife watching info, go to
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Subject: National Butterfly Center, 6/2/15
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 20:38:22 -0400
Good stuff today at the National Butterfly Center south of Mission included two 
Falcate Skippers, Curve-winged Metalmark, Silver Emperor, Julia Heliconian and 
Brown-banded Skipper. Photos and list on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/06/national-butterfly-center-6215.html


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Mystery Metalmark @ Santa Ana
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe AT MIRIAMEAGLEMON.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 18:36:55 -0500
Hi, all!

 

I'd love some feedback on a metalmark I shot at Santa Ana this morning; at
first glance I thought it was a female Red-bordered, but when looking at the
pictures, the shape is that of a fatal-type, but with very strong rusty
edges!  Could it be a Rawson's?

 

Here's the link, and scroll down to the bottom for the pics.

 

http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2015%20Field%20Trips/June/Mini%20Big
%20Morning.html

 

.or here:

 

http://tinyurl.com/oncvt7x

 

Thanks!  MB

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

miriameaglemon.com

 


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Subject: Glass-winged Skipper at Bentsen, 6/1/15
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 20:46:04 -0400
The Glassy-winged Skipper was easily found at noon today at Bentsen-Rio Grande 
Valley State Park in the white lantana on the south side of the rest rooms. 
Other good bugs included Ruddy Hairstreak, Brown-banded Skipper, Banded 
Peacock, Two-barred Flasher, Zilpa Longtail and a Malachite. Photos and list 
are on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/06/glassy-winged-skipper-at-bentsen-6115.html 



Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk Correction
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 May 2015 15:54:33 -0500
Oops.  Left Reakirt's Blue (Hemiargus isola) off the Sunday Butterfly
Walk list.  This is the first one we've seen in a while, too.
-- 
 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: Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 May 2015 15:35:30 -0500
May brought just over ten inches of rain to the park, leaving some very
impressive puddles and a few flooded trails.  The Sunday morning downpour
is what brought us over the ten-inches mark, yet by afternoon the clouds
were thinning and butterflies popped out everywhere.  In fact this turned
out to be a five-metalmark afternoon, with Red-bordered, Rounded, Fatal,
Walker's and Blue Metalmark all in good numbers.

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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Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Carolina (South Texas) Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
White-striped Longtail (Chioides catillus)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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Subject: Erichson's White-Skipper, others: Falcon Heights area
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2015 20:20:14 -0500
Two days ago I saw an Erichson's White-Skipper. Today I saw a Polydamas 
Swallowtail. Other recent sightings include Ruddy Hairstreaks, Crimson Patches, 
and Two-barred Flashers. 

Crimson Patches here, as far as I can tell, lay their eggs exclusively on Flame 
Acanthus or Carlowrightia parviflora. The larvae often disperse in the final 
instars; in the past I have found them on [only] other Acanthaceae such as 
Shrimp plants and Mexican Shrimp plants (both Justicia sp.). Several weeks ago, 
I found 2 caterpillars on Cowpen Daisy. I collected one to rear; it ate the 
leaves for several days, pupated, and a normal, full-sized adult emerged. Quite 
a surprise! 


Berry Nall
Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
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Subject: Santa Ana Butterfly Walk, 5/27/15
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 21:35:42 -0500
This morning's butterfly walk at Santa Ana NWR promised to be hot and
humid, and it was, but it was greatly livened up by the presence of Susan
from California, on her first visit to the RGV, and friend Chris Warren
from Frontera Audubon.  We saw nearly 50 species, and with Chris' help we
were able to find numerous Lifers for Susan, which is always a delight.
See the complete list below.

Thanks, Chris, for your help.  Butterfly walks are Wednesday's from 10 AM
to noon.

Mike Rickard
FWS Volunteer

Guava Skipper  (Phocides polybius)

Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)

Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)

Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)

White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)

Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)

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

Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)

Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minima)

Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes trebius)

Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

Mimosa Yellow (Pyrisitia nise)

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)

Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)

Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon bazochii)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)

Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)

Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)

Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Common Mestra (Mestra amymone)

White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

Crimson Patch (Chlosyne janais)

Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)

Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Hermes Satyr (Hermeuptychia hermes)

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Subject: National Butterfly Center, 5/27/15
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 22:09:32 -0400
After a boring day yesterday at the National Butterfly Center, things were much 
livelier today. Good stuff included Silver Emperor, Ornythion and Ruby-spotted 
Swallowtails, Banded Peacock, Giant White and an ovipositing Mexican Bluewing. 
Photos and list are on my blog. 



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Subject: Yturria Brush NWR, 5/26/15
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 20:42:49 -0500
I ran out to Yturria Brush NWR this afternoon, something I do frequently
since it's only 15 minutes from our house in Mission.  I spent about an
hour wandering the short nature trail near the highway.  I
found only 30-odd species, the usual suspects, but the trail was lush and
blooming.  Key species, representative of the habitat, were several each of
Two-barred Flasher, Texas Powdered Skipper, Streaky Skipper, Lantana
Scrub-Hairstreak, Theona and Elada Checkerspots, Bordered Patch, and a
Banded Peacock(!).

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX

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Subject: Re: Lerema accius v Lerema liris
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 21:26:39 -0400
Many of the Clouded Skippers (Lerema accius) are very orange right now. Liris 
Skipper is pretty rare in the RGV. I have never seen one. I put some photos of 
recent Clouded Skippers on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/05/clouded-skippers-from-may-2015.html


Dan Jones, Weslaco






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Subject: Lerema accius v Lerema liris
From: "[Bill Dempwolf]" <bdempwolf AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 17:53:26 -0500
I could use some help understanding the difference between L. accius and L. 
liris. I recently visited the Rio Grande Valley, and found some skippers that 
don't look exactly like the L. accius I'm used to finding. I suspect they are 
L. accius, but I'm puzzled. While I can find some images of the two species, 
the only description I've found is that in Scott. 


I suspect these are just atypical (to me) L. accius, but I'd like to take this 
opportunity to learn. 


I was in the valley only on Saturday the 23rd. I hope the amount and diversity 
of butterflies is an indication of this fall season! 



Bill Dempwolf

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Subject: Species correction from Santa Ana NWR 5/25/15
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 13:43:47 -0500
Looking through my guides and doing some additional research, I feel
confident that what I thought was a White-angled Sulphur at Santa Ana NWR
yesterday (5/25/15) was a Yellow-angled Sulphur. It was yellow/green in
flight rather than white on the inside and when it briefly perched I
noticed with my bins the obvious spots, only the upper vein on the hindwing
seemed prominent, and the upper end of the thorax towards the head was a
tan color.

Too bad I couldn't get a photo (I need to get a better camera!) since this
was the best butterfly of the day and a lifer for me. I feel pretty good
about this correction.


Best of butterflying,
-Javi Gonzalez
San Juan, Hidalgo Co.

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Subject: Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk, May 22, 2015
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 12:04:44 -0500
The predicted rains went elsewhere after a few small showers Friday, and
Ginny & I were able to spend some time on the butterfly walk.  It was very
hot and humid though.  Staff were all busy and there were no visitors, so
we roamed around on our own.  We found 30 species - not all that great a
number, but some nice surprises.  Best were a FOY Cyna Blue and a Banded
Peacock, the latter having been seen in several locations recently.  The
remaining species were pretty much routine for Estero - Potrillo Skipper,
Mexican Bluewing, and some Great Southern Whites.  There were also several
Saucy Beauty day-flying moths.

They are predicting a chance of rain again for Friday afternoon, but I will
be there for the last afternoon butterfly walk, before we shift to morning
hours for  the summer.

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX

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Subject: Santa Ana NWR, Hidalgo County 5/25/15
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 20:06:17 -0500
Hello Butterflyers,

Woke up early to finish up my chores with hopes of getting out on the Santa
Ana NWR trails by noon to catch prime time butterfly action. I struggled a
bit, but managed to get out there around 12:45pm which was right on time
for the butterflies.

Ended up going on a long expedition, lots and lots to look at! I started by
crossing the dike by the visitors center to check out the blooming Frog
Fruit which was covered by a variety of little butterflies and saw the
first fresh *White Peacock* of the day, a species I hadn't seen this
season.

From the dike I walked to the tour road and headed south. Lots of thistle
still in bloom, it's really a cool sight! On the first trail that turns
east towards the Pintail Lakes I saw two fresh *Texas Powdered-Skippers*.
Back on the tour road a *Julia Heliconian* flew towards me, circled around
me, then continued down the trail.

I walked the tour road for a good while and just a bit past the towers
a *White-angled
Sulphur* flew by me and perched under a leaf, giving me a brief, but good
look.

I finally turned off the tour road and walked the Bobcat Trail with plans
to make the full circle through Jaguarundi trail. Along the way on Bobcat
were some big blooming Crucitas that had some nice butterflies, including
some *Common Mellanas*.

Lots of blooming asters, vervain, and horsemint all down Jaguarundi Trail
going north from Bobcat Trail. A nice worn, but not torn, *Banded Peacock*
flew right by me and briefly stopped on vervain to give me a look! I was
happy to see one, it had been a few years for me.

Continuing north on Jaguarundi, I found a *Two-barred Flasher *just north
of where there's a split towards Cattail Lakes. Not too far ahead was
a *Potrillo
Skipper*!

I finally got to the end of Jaguarundi Trail and took the small boardwalk
to get on Chachalaca Trail and back towards the parking lot. I saw a couple
of nice butterflies on the way out including a* Zebra Heliconian* and
another *Mexican Bluewing* (one of three I saw on the hike).

I had a lot of fun and got a tan in the process, I didn't really feel the
miles all that much because I was well entertained with all that was
flying!

I saw 50 species on the hike! Here's the list (copy pasted from
e-butterfly):


3 Clouded Skipper
2 Fiery Skipper
4 Whirlabout
2 Black Swallowtail
15 Giant Swallowtail
1 Checkered White
35 Great Southern White
4 Cloudless Sulphur
5 Little Yellow
4 Gray Hairstreak
5 Reakirt's Blue
45 American Snout
6 Gulf Fritillary
22 Pearl Crescent
1 American Lady
3 Red Admiral
3 Tawny Emperor
7 Celia's Roadside-Skipper
2 Two-barred Flasher
1 Potrillo Skipper
1 White-striped Longtail
5 Mimosa Skipper
5 Fawn-spotted Skipper
170 Laviana White-Skipper
3 Eufala Skipper
3 Julia's Skipper
6 White Checkered-Skipper
12 Tropical Checkered-Skipper
2 Common Mellana
2 Texas Powdered-Skipper
1 Brown-banded Skipper
2 Brown Longtail
12 Dusky-blue Groundstreak
5 Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
2 Banded Peacock
6 White Peacock
7 Texan Crescent
6 Bordered Patch
3 Queen
1 Julia
3 Zebra Longwing
3 Carolina Satyr
4 Common Mestra
3 Mexican Bluewing
3 Vesta Crescent
20 Phaon Crescent
1 White Angled-Sulphur
200 Lyside Sulphur
4 Large Orange Sulphur
2 Red-bordered Metalmark

It's an awesome time to visit the refuge!

Best of butterflying,
Javi Gonzalez

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Subject: Red-sided Swallowtail, Another Record
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 21:06:20 -0500
Today at the National Butterfly Center Dan Jones and I believed we saw a
male Red-sided Swallowtail (Mimoides phaon) alight briefly on some flowers,
but it departed quickly.  Later, running from an approaching strong storm I
flushed a male, the blue-green hindwing markings clearly visible, from its
roost along a wooded trail. I was able to get a couple of quick ventral
photos after it resettled, then the storm put an end to my activities.
This would make a 3rd US record, to go with the female Dan reported on the
19th.  Total species recorded at the NBC today exceeded 70, with highlights
including FOY Glazed Pellicia (Pellicia arina) and Silver Emperor (Doxocopa
laure), several Ruddy Daggerwings (Marpesia petreus), Banded Peacocks
(Anartia fatima), an Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion), a Zilpa
Longtail (Chiodes zilpa), and a Malachite (Siproeta stelenes).

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

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Subject: Edinburg Scenic Wetlands Week Review, Hidalgo Co.
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 17:20:27 -0500
Hello Butterflyers!

It was a fun week for butterflying at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands! These
recent rains have made the butterflies and flowers pop and I was able to
observe 48 species in the work week (5/19-5/23)! The trails are trim, so
it's been easy and enjoyable for walking and photography. Come by and enjoy
the gardens!

Highlights:

-A nice hatch of *Pale-banded Crescents *were a nice way to start the week!
First for the year for me and for the park. They were easy to find anywhere
on the gardens all week.

-Fresh *Brown-banded Skippers* were seen occasionally.

-A fresh *Guava Skipper* was nectaring on the flowers from Button Bushes
that grow on the edge of the Dragonfly Pond.

-Lots of *Great Southern Whites *and a single *Giant White*.

-A *White-striped Longtail *was seen on the wing flying across the field
across the street from the parking lot

-A couple of *Zebra Heliconians*

-A few fresh *Elada Checkerspots *and a nice fresh* Two-barred Flasher
*today were
a great way to cap the week's list!

Here's the list:

Black Swallowtail
Western Giant Swallowtail
Checkered White
Giant White
Great Southern White
Cloudless Sulphur
Large Orange Sulphur
Little Yellow
Lyside Sulphur
Dainty Sulphur
Dusky-blue Groundstreak
Gray Hairstreak
Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
Western Pygmy-blue
Reakirt's Blue
Fatal Metalmark
Red-bordered Metalmark
Gulf Fritillary
Zebra Heliconian
Bordered Patch
Elada Checkerspot
Pale-banded Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Phaon Crescent
Vesta Crescent
Red Admiral
Common Buckeye
Tawny Emperor
Queen
Guava Skipper
White-striped Longtail
Two-barred Flasher
Brown Longtail
Brown-banded Skipper
White Checkered-Skipper
Tropical Checkered-Skipper
Laviana White-Skipper
Turk's-cap White-Skipper
Julia's Skipper
Fawn-spotted Skipper
Clouded Skipper
Southern Skipperling
Fiery Skipper
Whirlabout
Southern Broken-Dash
Sachem
Celia's Roadside-Skipper
Eufala Skipper

It'll be interesting to see what shows up next week!

Best of Spring/Summer Butterflying,
-Naturalist Educator
Javi Gonzalez

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Subject: Santa Ana NWR, 5/22/15
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 20:29:47 -0400
Butterflies were nectaring like crazy at Santa Ana NWR on blooming thistle, 
crucita, soapberry and frog fruit. Best of my 46 species were Violet-banded 
Skipper, Ruddy Daggerwing, Two-barred Flasher and Banded Peacock. Photos and 
list are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/05/santa-ana-nwr-52215.html


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 09:49:02 -0500
Last Friday's butterfly walk at Estero was rather brief.  Two women brought
their small children and we spent some time in the flower garden behind the
VC, sheltered from the 30 MPH and gusting winds.  They departed happy with
their discoveries of (mostly) snails and damselflies, and as the weather
folks were predicting 100% rain by 2 PM, we quickly followed, arriving home
just ahead of a nice storm hitting the Mission area.  We saw perhaps a
dozen species of butterflies.

Today we try again.  There's a flood watch all day, but we'll plan on being
in Weslaco by 1:30 PM.  Maybe when we move the butterfly walks to morning
hours starting in June, the rain will continue to hold off until late
afternoon.  We do want the rain to continue, all summer, just not so much
at one time.

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

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Subject: Red-sided Swallowtail at National Butterfly Center, 5/19/15
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 21:00:13 -0400
This afternoon I found a Red-sided or Variable Swallowtail (Mimoides phaon) at 
the National Butterfly Center south of Mission. Also seen among the 52 species 
were Ruby-spotted Swallowtail, Boisduval's Yellow, Giant White, Banded Peacock, 
Julia Heliconian, Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak, Guava Skipper, Crimson Patch and 
Two-barred Flasher. Photos and list are on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/05/red-sided-swallowtail-at-national.html 



Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: National Butterfly Center May 16-17
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 20:56:57 -0500
Among the 50+ species I saw this weekend at the National Butterfly Center
were the following:

Antigonus erosus (Dusted Spurwing) - female, 3rd US sighting?
Electrostrymon hugon (Ruddy Hairstreak) - on soapberry blossoms
Eueides isabella (Isabella's Heliconian) - fresh speciment
Dynamine postverta (Four-spotted Sailor) - female

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX

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