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Updated on Sunday, September 21 at 05:21 PM EST
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21 Sep Resaca de la Palma SP - Weekend Butterflies [Sherry Wilson ]
17 Sep Re: Monarch butterfly and ailanthus webworm [Paul Cherubini ]
17 Sep Re: Monarch butterfly and ailanthus webworm [Mitch Heindel ]
17 Sep Re: Monarch butterfly and ailanthus webworm [Paul Cherubini ]
16 Sep Monarch butterfly and ailanthus webworm [Tim Jones ]
16 Sep Monarch Nectaring on Frostweed Flowers - take two [Tim Jones ]
16 Sep Monarch Nectaring on Frostweed Flowers [Tim Jones ]
15 Sep is this Kisutam syllis (historic record)? [Reid Martin ]
15 Sep Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
14 Sep September 22 meeting, Austin Butterfly Forum [ABF Announce ]
11 Sep Leps at Monahans Sandhills State Park (Ward County) [Cathryn Hoyt ]
4 Sep An Impressive Monarch Migration Is On Its Way To Texas [Paul Cherubini ]
31 Aug National Butterfly Center, 8/31/14 [Dan Jones ]
26 Aug Re: Ruby-spotted Swallowtail in Falcon Heights [Mitch Heindel ]
26 Aug After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly [Tim Jones ]
24 Aug Ruby-spotted Swallowtail in Falcon Heights [Berry Nall ]
23 Aug Letter to Buchanans Native plants [Tim Jones ]
22 Aug (AP) Texas groups use oil spill dollars, in part, to buy 17,351-acre coastal property 75 mi. NE. of Corpus Christi... [Mike Quinn ]
21 Aug Re: guava skipper [Berry Nall ]
20 Aug guava skipper [Farm RGV Butterfly Farm ]
18 Aug Banded Heliconian at NBC, 8/18/14. [Mike Rickard ]
17 Aug Estero Butterfly Walk, 8/15/14 [Mike Rickard ]
14 Aug Austin Butterfly Forum meeting, August 25 [ABF Announce ]
11 Aug Tailed Cecropian at National Butterfly Center, 8/11/14 [Mike Rickard ]
7 Aug Lassaux's Sphinx Moth in Austin [Dan Hardy ]
7 Aug Re: 22 AOL subscribers were automatically deleted from the TX-BUTTERFLY [Tim Jones ]
7 Aug 22 AOL subscribers were automatically deleted from the TX-BUTTERFLY [Mike Quinn ]
6 Aug What [Rick Snider ]
5 Aug Hidalgo County Butterflies, July 2014 [Mike Rickard ]
3 Aug National Butterfly Center, 8/3/14 [Dan Jones ]
3 Aug Resaca de la Palma SP - Flying 7/28/14 - 8/3/14 [Sherry Wilson ]
2 Aug Re: Inactivity... [John Yochum ]
2 Aug Nayone know this big moth is [Brush Freeman ]
1 Aug Re: Inactivity... [Dan Jones ]
1 Aug Re: Zebra Heliconian on Salado Creek in San Antonio [Jim Miller ]
1 Aug Re: Zebra Heliconian on Salado Creek in San Antonio [Brush Freeman ]
1 Aug Zebra Heliconian on Salado Creek in San Antonio [Patty Leslie Pasztor ]
1 Aug Kenney County, Brackettville [Terry Hibbitts ]
1 Aug Re: Inactivity... [Berry Nall ]
1 Aug Inactivity... [brian banker ]
24 Jul Alex Wild formally accepts insect curator position at UT, Austin [Mike Quinn ]
21 Jul Four more new moths for McLennan County [Ann Gordon ]
20 Jul National Butterfly Center, 7/20/14 [Dan Jones ]
20 Jul Resaca de la Palma SP - Walker's Metalmark, Brown-banded Skipper [Sherry Wilson ]
20 Jul QUERY TX-BUTTERFLY [Anthony Hewetson ]
20 Jul Good butterflies from Kent County yesterday [Anthony Hewetson ]
18 Jul Texas health officials report five cases of chikungunya (not locally acquired) [Mike Quinn ]
17 Jul Submitting butterfly records and eButterfly. [Dan Jones ]
17 Jul Two new moths for McLennan County and my website [Ann Gordon ]
16 Jul Resaca de la Palma SP - July 16 Butterflies [Sherry Wilson ]
16 Jul Re: Something consuming chinaberry?! [Mitch Heindel ]
16 Jul Re: Something consuming chinaberry?! [Brush Freeman ]
16 Jul Something consuming chinaberry?! [Chuck Sexton ]
15 Jul gorgeous rare cenTex bug so. of San Angelo [Mike Quinn ]
14 Jul Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting, July 28 [ABF Announce ]
14 Jul Center Point NABA Count [Tom Collins ]
12 Jul Sarita Tropical Buckeye colony [Graham Floyd ]
7 Jul Resaca de la Palma SP - Butterflies Seen 6/30/14 - 7/6/14 [Sherry Wilson ]
4 Jul Re: Queen sighting [Joanne Pospisil ]
4 Jul Queen sighting [Mary Ludwick ]
4 Jul Yturria Brush, 7/4/14 [Dan Jones ]
30 Jun Resaca de la Palma SP - Flying last Week - New Time for Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
27 Jun National Butterfly Center, 6/27/14 [Dan Jones ]
19 Jun tremendous new e. N. Amer. beetle book [Mike Quinn ]
17 Jun Love Creek NABA - 61 species [Tom Collins ]
17 Jun National Butterfly Center, 6/17/14 [Dan Jones ]
16 Jun Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterflies [Sherry Wilson ]
15 Jun Re: Love Creek NABA - unusual butterfly photos [Susan Schaezler ]
15 Jun Black Witch [Brush Freeman ]
15 Jun Kerrville NABA Results - 42 species [Tom Collins ]
15 Jun Love Creek NABA - unusual butterfly photos [Tom Collins ]
12 Jun Fwd: Light colored Lepidopts and Odonates [Graham Floyd ]
12 Jun Light colored Lepidopts and Odonates [Mitch Heindel ]
11 Jun Black Light @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary [Susan Schaezler ]
9 Jun Austin Butterfly Forum June 23 meeting [ABF Announce ]
8 Jun Resaca de la Palma SP - Two-Barred Flasher, Falcate Skipper [Sherry Wilson ]

Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Weekend Butterflies
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:54:35 -0500
Walker's Metalmark, Long-tailed Skipper, Orange-barred Sulphur, Large
Orange Sulphur, Southern Dogface and Western Pygmy-Blue were additions to
the garden list this week.  The single Walker's, Saturday afternoon, was
very fresh but not found again this morning.

The resaca has ample water, plants are lush and vibrant with new growth,
Anacua is blooming.  Puddles abound, including one that is persistent over
the tram road near Coyote trail.  Long sleeves and plenty of insect
repellent will make your visit more enjoyable.

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

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

​Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Southern Dogface (Colias euytheme)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exile)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
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: Re: Monarch butterfly and ailanthus webworm
From: Paul Cherubini <monarch AT SABER.NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:59:02 -0700
On Sep 17, 2014, at 1:36 PM, Mitch Heindel wrote:

> So the front of "the BIG PUSH", which is the start of the high part of
> the bell curve, is in Kansas.  Where is the absolute front of the bell
> curve now?  Not "the BIG PUSH" but the actual leading edge of the bell curve.
> We know it tails off hundreds of miles and well over a month behind
> "the BIG PUSH".  How far in front of the BIG PUSH is the leading edge of
> ANY migrant Monarch now?  Surely their migration is not a half a bell curve.

I'm not sure what you mean.  What I mean by southernmost 
leading edge of the "big push" is the southernmost area in the USA
where sightings of "fall roosts" are being reported.  In other words,
sightings of hundreds of migrant monarchs in reproductive diapause
suddenly arriving in an area.

Typically, around Sept. 15 each year the southernmost leading 
edge of the "big push" is located in western or central Kansas 
as is evident this year as well:
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/monarch_roosts_fall2014.html

Then around Sept. 22 the southernmost leading 
edge of the "big push" is usually located in western Oklahoma.

Here's an animation of fall roost reports in 2011 that shows
the general trend:

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/galleries/2011/monarch_animation_fall2011_roosts.html 


Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.

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Subject: Re: Monarch butterfly and ailanthus webworm
From: Mitch Heindel <mitch AT UTOPIANATURE.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:36:24 -0700
On 2014-09-17 05:54, Paul Cherubini wrote:

> The leading edge of the big push of southward bound diapausing migrants
> is currently located in northern Kansas:

So the front of "the BIG PUSH", which is the start of the high part of
the bell curve, is in Kansas.  Where is the absolute front of the bell
curve now?  Not "the BIG PUSH" but the actual leading edge of the bell 
curve.
We know it tails off hundreds of miles and well over a month behind
"the BIG PUSH".  How far in front of the BIG PUSH is the leading edge of
ANY migrant Monarch now?  Surely their migration is not a half a bell 
curve.

We have had three cold fronts make it to central Texas so far this year.
After going as usual all summer with no Monarch sightings (save an odd
one hanging up to roost in August) I have had three Monarchs in the last
three days.  All three were desperately nectaring.  Two were worn pale.
Two of the three departed after tanking up, bearing about 220 degrees,
that is, southwest.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia Texas

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Subject: Re: Monarch butterfly and ailanthus webworm
From: Paul Cherubini <monarch AT SABER.NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:54:10 -0700
On Sep 16, 2014, at 9:21 PM, Tim Jones wrote:

> Another view of the monarch (its better side) along with an ailanthus webworm 
moth nectaring on frostweed flowers. 

> It's just amazing how this tiny part of the great annular migration struggles 
on with a broken wing. It's surfing down 

> the fronts passing through Texas these last few days. This one is fos for the 
patch of frostweed flowers we planted. 

> http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4957eli_W.jpg

That''s most likely a middle aged reproductive male that won't be 
interested in making the journey to the overwintering sites in 
central Mexico.  He's likely spending his time patrolling
patches of flowers and milkweed looking and/or waiting for
females.

Only monarchs in reproductive diapause are interested 
in seeking the refrigerator like climates found at 10,600 feet 
in central Mexico. Some of the newly emerged monarchs now 
in the Texas hill country may be diapausers as are the vast
majority of migrant monarchs now in the northern States
that are headed for Texas.   The leading edge of the
big push of southward bound diapausing migrants is 
currently located in northern Kansas:
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1410875239

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.

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Subject: Monarch butterfly and ailanthus webworm
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:21:15 -0500
Another view of the monarch (its better side) along with an ailanthus webworm 
moth nectaring on frostweed flowers. 

It's just amazing how this tiny part of the great annular migration struggles 
on with a broken wing. It's surfing down 

the fronts passing through Texas these last few days. This one is fos for the 
patch of frostweed flowers we planted. 

http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4957eli_W.jpg
September 16, 2014
Wimberley, Hays County, Texas

I saw one other today on the frostweeds along the Blanco River. Two today.

Tim Jones
Austin Texas

On Sep 16, 2014, at 7:12 PM, Tim Jones  wrote:

> Well worn male monarch nectaring on frostweed flowers. He's survived a few 
bird strikes on the journey south to Mexico. 

> http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4959_WL.jpg
> Waterstone, Wimberley, Hays County, Texas
> September 16, 2014
> Tim
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Subject: Monarch Nectaring on Frostweed Flowers - take two
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:12:30 -0500
Well worn male monarch nectaring on frostweed flowers. He's survived a few bird 
strikes on the journey south to Mexico. 

http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_LXZ4959_WL.jpg
Waterstone, Wimberley, Hays County, Texas
September 16, 2014
Tim
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Subject: Monarch Nectaring on Frostweed Flowers
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:25:39 -0500
Well worn male monarch nectaring on frostweed flowers. He's survived a few bird 
strikes on the journey south to Mexico. 


Waterstone, Wimberley, Hays County, Texas
September 16, 2014
Tim
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Subject: is this Kisutam syllis (historic record)?
From: Reid Martin <upupa AT AIRMAIL.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:15:06 -0500
Dear All,

While browsing through some photo files from 2010 I came across images of the 
following bug from NBC on December 02, 2010. There is a long and unresolved 
story about events there on December 01 and 02 regarding a possible Sky-blue 
Groundstreak (now in the genus Kisutam) syllis. On Dec 1st a lot of time was 
expended by a number of us on an individual that from below looked like 
Ruddy/Muted Hairstreak (as does syllis to a large degree) - but which at least 
2 or 3 of us thought we had glimpsed some blue above when it flew. There were 
at least other 3 Ruddy/Muted (the default is Ruddy) types also present in the 
same small area. 


I sent pics of this candidate syllis from Dec 1st to a few experts, and there 
was no conclusion about whether those pics showed any blue color above. 


On the afternoon of Dec 02, there was another candidate syllis at the same spot 
- but from the extent of wear on the HW it was not the same individual as the 
day before. I don't recall much about this event other than I got someone to 
try to get it to fly as I shot pics of it. I have 4 pics of it sitting with 
wings closed, and one of it in flight - see pic below. 


I feel that there is clearly blue on the HW in the flight shot. Also note that 
from below it was/is slightly grayer than the Ruddy types. Unless I am missing 
something (and I probably am), this seems to be a syllis...?: 




http://www.martinreid.com/Butterfly%20website/Image%20files/hairstreaksp05a20101202NBC.jpg 


I'd appreciate feedback, thanks!
Martin

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San Antonio
www.martinreid.com






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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:27:59 -0500
Given the drizzly start to a morning that ended with a strong downpour, it
was nice to find twenty species during the couple hours of lighter clouds.
Mimosa Skippers are abundant.  Zebra Heliconian are still easy to find
along the Ebony Boardwalk.  Crucillo is blooming, with abundant white
blossoms, at the start of the boardwalk.  This is a good place to check for
Red-bordered Metalmark.  For Blue Metalmark, the garden is more reliable.

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

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

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Cloudless Sulphur (Pheobis sennae)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana) - one on Friday
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa) - very few
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eanthis tamemund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Turk's-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

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Subject: September 22 meeting, Austin Butterfly Forum
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:29:35 -0500
Hi everyone,



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



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

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



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



*Sept. 22, 2014, 7 PM meeting: Butterflying in a Suburban Yard,* presented
by Jeff Taylor.

Jeff, a long-time club member, has spent many years cultivating a yard
friendly to butterflies. He will share his knowledge on nectar plants,
caterpillar food plants and backyard photography.



Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



*Upcoming events:*



Oct. 27, 2014, 7 PM meeting: *120 Years of Biological Exploration in Texas
Groundwater *, presented by Ben Hutchins.



Nov. 24, 2014, 7 PM meeting: TBA.



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



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



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


Peg Wallace

ABF Publicity

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Subject: Leps at Monahans Sandhills State Park (Ward County)
From: Cathryn Hoyt <cawhoyt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:29:11 -0500
I spent the day looking for butterflies at Monahans Sandhills State Park
yesterday (10Sept2014). Both diversity and numbers seemed pretty low, but
I'm not sure what "normal" should be out there.

Perhaps the most interesting lep was a Clavipes sphinx moth (Aellopus
clavipes) that showed up around 6 in the evening. I've posted a picture of
it on the TX-Butterfly Facebook page.

Pipevine Swallowtail (*Battus philenor*)

Black Swallowtail (*Papilio polyxenes*)

Checkered White (*Pontia protodice*)

Sleepy Orange (*Eurema nicippe*)

Dainty Sulphur (*Nathalis iole*)

Gray Hairstreak (*Strymon melinus*)

Reakirt’s Blue (*Hemiargus isola*)

Variegated Fritillary (*Euptoieta claudia*)

Painted Lady (*Vanessa cardui*)

Queen (*Danaus gilippus*)

American Snout (*Libytheana carinenta*)

Funereal Duskywing (*Erynnis funeralis*)

Common/White Checkered Skipper (*Pyrgus* sp.)

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Subject: An Impressive Monarch Migration Is On Its Way To Texas
From: Paul Cherubini <monarch AT SABER.NET>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 23:50:04 -0700
Journey North reports suggest the GMO farmlands of southern and
western Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas have a good abundance 
of monarchs right now and so that means west-central Texas should 
experience a migration comparable in size to the 2011 migration when
towns like Ozona, Sonora, Del Rio, San Angelo, Eden, Abilene, etc. were
flooded with monarchs.

Some examples:

20 monarchs streaming across the highway in 30 seconds 
west of Minneapolis:
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1409894921

40 monarchs seen while driving and then 160 more in a 
clover/alfalfa field northwest of Minneapolis
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1409889377

450 monarchs clustered at Minnesota Lake, MN - a little town in 
the heart of the corn and soybean monocultures northwest of 
Albert Lea:
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1409884542

1,000 monarchs "estimated over the weekend on our farm" in 
western Minnesota:
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1409697118

400 monarchs gathered in trees in the small farm town of South 
Shore, South Dakota:
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1409843658

A monarch gathering on a rural farm in North Dakota was 
reported on a Fargo, North Dakota TV news station:
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1409211685

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.
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Subject: National Butterfly Center, 8/31/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:33:52 -0400
After a good rain, the National Butterfly Center south of Mission is looking 
green. Not too much activity today but I did see a Silver-banded Hairstreak. 
Photos and list are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/08/national-butterfly-center-83114.html


Dan Jones, WEslaco


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Subject: Re: Ruby-spotted Swallowtail in Falcon Heights
From: Mitch Heindel <mitch AT UTOPIANATURE.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:30:37 -0700
Hi Berry,

What a bunch of great stuff!  We got nuthin' up here.
Send something fancy up thisaway, could ya please?
I have 50 species for the month, and it is every bit
100% vanila.  There are a dozen or two of y'all that could
guess which 50.  It is the 50 statistically most likely.
Don't even have a Zebra for the month.  A few Mestra,
some Streaky Skippers, but overall individual numbers low.

We are seeing an uptick in Large Orange Sulphur, Snout, and
Orange Skipperling numbers so maybe there will be a decent
movement into the area this fall....  We did have a 4-6" rain
event Aug. 18-19, so should have some flowers through fall.
The Frostweed is just starting, Frogfruit has been best lately,
Wooly Ironweed been OK too, Buttonbush if you can find one at
water's edge still going.

The only odd thing was a Monarch on Aug. 16.  They are present
here as spring and fall migrants, but that seems it as far as
I can tell.  I just don't see them in summer.  It hung up in
a hackberry nearish some hung-up Queens, but when I returned with
camera it was gone.  Was around a few minutes anyway.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia
99.6 x 29.6  AT  1350'

On 2014-08-24 19:59, Berry Nall wrote:
> Hi,
> Yesterday I saw a Ruby-spotted Swallowtail (most likely - I didn't get
> a good look - but it had pink spots and white on the forewings). A
> worn Ornythion Swallowtail also came by, and returned today. Today I
> saw a Pale-banded Crescent, and earlier in the week a Malachite
> visited for a couple of days. I'm only up to 30 species for the month,
> but quality is better than quantity!
> 
> Berry Nall
> Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
> leps.thenalls.net

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Subject: After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:23:56 -0500
After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/3418/after-90-percent-decline-federal-protection-sought-for-monarch-butterfly# 

August 26th, 2014

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Subject: Ruby-spotted Swallowtail in Falcon Heights
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:59:03 -0500
Hi,
Yesterday I saw a Ruby-spotted Swallowtail (most likely - I didn't get a good 
look - but it had pink spots and white on the forewings). A worn Ornythion 
Swallowtail also came by, and returned today. Today I saw a Pale-banded 
Crescent, and earlier in the week a Malachite visited for a couple of days. I'm 
only up to 30 species for the month, but quality is better than quantity! 


Berry Nall
Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
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Subject: Letter to Buchanans Native plants
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:58:22 -0500
Hello,

My daughter has taken it upon herself to do her part to help the monarch 
butterfly. She sent me a copy of the following letter to a nursery that sells 
milkweeds. It's a cautionary note for sure. 


Dear Donna Buchanan, 
To start, I have loved your nursery from the moment I stepped in it, but today, 
I AM BEYOND UPSET ...I purchased a milkweed plant from you on Thursday and was 
clear I was going to put Monarch caterpillars on the plant when I returned 
home. Your staff informed me that the plants were in quarantine but not to 
worry because your growers DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT USE PESTICIDES. Well, each 
of the 9 caterpillars I placed on the plant, have one by one, died. After the 
first caterpillar died, I immediately took all the cat's off the plant and put 
them in separate jars. They each have subsequently had loose green bowels and 
died. HOWEVER, the 4 caterpillars I did not put on the plant I purchased from 
you on Thursday made j's yesterday in their jars and are now beautiful green 
chrysalis'. 

It is idiotic and evil for your growers to use pesticides on BUTTERFLY HOST 
PLANTS. Why in the world would you let a customer buy a host plant that you 
think has been treated? After i watched these little guys hatch, grow, molt and 
then watch them gasp for breath and bleed out.....Horrendous! PLEASE STOP 
BUYING TREATED MILKWEED......FOR OUR MONARCH BUTTERFLIES! I know this is not 
the 1st time this has happened, but it SHOULD BE THE LAST! 


Sincerely,
Julia Jones


If you could use Antelope Horn milkweeds I'll start saving seeds. They're wild 
all over this 150 acres or so in Hays County and I water the plants I can find 
so they'll seed. Even so I'm not sure the monarchs were disposed to use them 
this year at all in these parts. The local hairstreaks and skippers that use 
them were abundant. 

 
I suspect the chemical corporations running agriculture are about to wipe out 
the food chain in much of the Great Plains states. With the EPA about to 
unleash powerful new pesticides like 2,4-D on the new super weeds GMOs created 
we're going to need all the backyard habitat we can get for the monarch 
migration to survive. 


I don't know the name of the nursery alluded to above. It's in Houston. 

Tim Jones
Austin,Texas
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Subject: (AP) Texas groups use oil spill dollars, in part, to buy 17,351-acre coastal property 75 mi. NE. of Corpus Christi...
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:29:47 -0500
good news!

Ecologists team up to buy Texas bayside ranch
August 21, 2014
http://news.yahoo.com/ecologists-team-buy-texas-bayside-163914387.html

(hat tip to Brush Freemen)

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Re: guava skipper
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:18:27 -0500
A picture of the caterpillar Steve found may be seen on my 'Recent' page:
http://leps.thenalls.net/content.php?ref=recent.htm

I checked the HOSTS database, and there are two reports of Guava Skippers
using Eucalyptus (different species) in Brazil, but this is certainly the
first I've heard of it happening in the Rio Grande Valley.

Berry Nall
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Subject: guava skipper
From: Farm RGV Butterfly Farm <oneil.steve3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:26:15 -0500
phocides polybius,  I discovered larvae of the guava skipper feeding  
on eucalyptus.  red gum eucalyptus,  eucalyptus camalduensis.  I am  
raising several of them.  photo
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Subject: Banded Heliconian at NBC, 8/18/14.
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:35:31 -0500
I found and photographed a Banded Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa) at the
National Butterfly Center today just before noon.  It was somewhat
tattered, and could have blown in on the high winds we've had lately.  It
was a life butterfly for me.  There are photos on Facebook on the NBC page
and the RGV Butterflies group page.

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk, 8/15/14
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:43:45 -0500
Friday's butterfly walk at Estero Llano Grande SP took place under the
conditions prevalent in recent weeks - that is to say, hot!  There was a
nice breeze, however, and vegetation was quite nice due to a good shower 2
days before.  While only 28 species of butterflies were observed, I was
joined by new interpretive naturalist Lorena, who was interested in
everything that flew, so we had a delightful time.  The star butterflies
were a Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak and a close fly-by from a White
Angled-Sulphur.

Butterfly walks continue through August at 10:30 AM.  Keep alert for
possible time changes thereafter.

Mike Rickard
Volunteer, Estero Llano Grande SP

Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)

Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)

Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)

Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)

Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia)

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

White Angled-Sulphur (Anteos clorinde)

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon bazochii)

Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)

Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

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Subject: Austin Butterfly Forum meeting, August 25
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:31:20 -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!



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



One of the most effective ways to learn more about the world around us is
to keep a journal. By recording what we see, our observational skills
improve, we gather more information, remember it better, and understand our
place in the environment a little bit more. The traditional tools of the
past (watching, listening, taking notes, drawing, telling stories) are
still relevant today, but our kit has been expanded by computers, email,
the internet and digital photography.

From the practice of watching nature to the sharing of information, this
presentation will explore various aspects of studying our surroundings,
with special emphasis on using a digital camera to record the minute
details of what we discover.

Val 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: http://www.austinbug.com/index.html




Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



*Upcoming events:*



Sept. 29, 2014, 7 PM meeting: *TBA*



Oct. 27, 2014, 7 PM meeting: *120 Years of Biological Exploration in Texas
Groundwater *, presented by Ben Hutchins.



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



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



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

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Subject: Tailed Cecropian at National Butterfly Center, 8/11/14
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:38:28 -0500
Louie Rivera of the National Butterfly Center called this morning to report
a Tailed Cecropian (Historis acheronta) visiting a bait log in the gardens.
 We were able to get there in 20 minutes and get some nice photos before it
flew up into a tree, where it was still resting when we left about noon.
Thanks, Louie.

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

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Subject: Lassaux's Sphinx Moth in Austin
From: Dan Hardy <dhh787 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 10:03:04 -0700
Last night I had Lassaux's Sphinx Moth, Erinnyis lassauxi, at my black light. 
This is the first time I've seen one in 2 years.  


In 2012 we had an invasion of this moth in Austin.  Its caterpillars feed on 
Milkweed and they were found all over Austin. 


We should look for the caterpillar again this year.


--Dan Hardy

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From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
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My website host just notified me that there's a major botnet attack on his 
servers. AOL is a common vector for that sort of thing, FWIW. 

Tim
On Aug 7, 2014, at 8:36 AM, Mike Quinn  wrote:

> We're not sure what's going on.
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We're not sure what's going on.

Hopefully David Sarkozi can find the answer...

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:57:35 -0700

i've left you a PM
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Subject: Hidalgo County Butterflies, July 2014
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:55:06 -0500
The following 100+ species were seen/photographed by me at various Hidalgo
Co. sites during July.  As always, I was not the original finder for all
species.  Special thanks to John Rosford for alerting us to the
White-crescent Longtail in his yard.

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX

Guava Skipper  (Phocides polybius)

Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)

Dorantes Longtail (Urbanus dorantes)

Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)

Two-barred Flasher (Astraptes fulgerator)

Coyote Cloudywing (Achalarus toxeus)

White-crescent Longtail (Codatractus alcaeus)

Potrillo Skipper (Cabares potrillo)

Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)

Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)

Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)

Brown-banded Skipper (Timochares ruptifasciata)

White-patched Skipper (Chiomara georgina)

Texas Powdered Skipper (Systasea pulverulenta)

Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis)

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)

Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)

White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)

Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)

Desert Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus philetas)

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

Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)

Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minima)

Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)

Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

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)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion)

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

Mimosa Yellow (Pyrisitia nise)

Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)

Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)

Yellow Angled-Sulphur (Anteos maerula)

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)

Statira Sulphur (Aphrissa statira)

Florida White (Glutophrissa drusilla)

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)

Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)

Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)

Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

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)

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)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Soldier (Danaus eresimus)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia)

Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)

Erato Heliconian (Heliconius erato)

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

Mexican Fritillary (Euptoieta hegesia)

Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure)

Red Rim (Biblis hyperia)

Common Mestra (Mestra amymone)

Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)

Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus)

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

Banded Peacock (Anartia fatima)

Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)

Crimson Patch (Chlosyne janais)

Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona)

Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)

Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada)

Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana)

Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes graphica)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Tropical Leafwing (Anaea aidea)

Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)

Hermes Satyr (Hermeuptychia hermes)

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Subject: National Butterfly Center, 8/3/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 19:06:35 -0400
As promised here's a report from the National Butterfly Center south of 
Mission. Triple digit temps for the past ten days have sure knocked down the 
butterfly numbers. A White Angled-Sulphur was noteworthy but otherwise not much 
was going on. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/08/national-butterfly-center-8314.html


Dan Jones, Weslaco


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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Flying 7/28/14 - 8/3/14
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 13:25:37 -0500
Band-celled Sister is present in excellent numbers, especially on Ebony
Trail and the first stretch of the tram road.  Mexican Bluewing, Zebra
Heliconian, Julia Heliconian and Boisduval's Yellow are often easiest to
see along the Ebony Trail boardwalk.

The south resaca (at Hunter's Lane) is dry and full of Balloon Vine.  This
is the only area where we have seen Silver-banded Hairstreak.  Near the low
spot in the tram road Balloon Vine is also doing well and that area is
worth checking.

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

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

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
White-striped Longtail (Chlioides catillus)
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)
Turk's-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

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Subject: Re: Inactivity...
From: John Yochum <John.Yochum AT TPWD.TEXAS.GOV>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 19:08:54 +0000
Estero has a Butterfly Walk every Friday at 10:30am, so I guess unless we have 
some extreme rarity, we don't think of posting to the list. Well, that's going 
to be my official explanation . Since this subject has been raised 
however, I'm sending the list from our last three Butterfly Walks (July 11, 
18,25). Numbers are kept when possible but when there are a lot of people, or 
children, sometimes we just keep a species list without a numerical count 
(denoted by an "x," especially in the case of Western Pygmy-Blues when there 
are just too many to count). Every day for a long time has been near 100 
degrees!: 


Giant Swallowtail 1,0,1
Cloudless Sulphur 0,0,2
Large Orange Sulphur 0,x,2
Lyside Sulphur 1,x,2
Little Yellow 2,x,2
Silver-banded Hairstreak 1,0,0
Gray Hairstreak	0,0,1
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1,x,5
Dusky-blue Groundstreak 1,0,0
Clytie Ministreak 2,x,7
Western Pygmy-Blue x,x,x
Cassius Blue 1,0,0
Cyna Blue 0,0,4 (has been a pretty constant flier this summer)
Ceraunus Blue 0,x,0
Fatal Metalmark 3,x,1
Rounded Metalmark 2,0,0
Red-bordered Metalmark 1,x,3
American Snout 0,0,1
Gulf Fritillary 0,0,2
Zebra Heliconian 5,x,1
Bordered Patch 1,x,0
Texan Crescent	 7,x,1
Vesta Crescent	1,0,0
Phaon Crescent 0,x,1
Pearl Crescent	0,x,3
White Peacock	3,x,1
Mexican Bluewing 5,x,5
Tawny Emperor 2,x,4
Queen	0,0,2
Brown Longtail	10,x,4
Mazan's Scallopwing 2,x,2
Sickle-winged Skipper 1,0,0
Mournful Duskywing 0,x,2
White Checkered-Skipper 1,x,0
Tropical Checkered-Skipper 29,x,32
Laviana White-Skipper	5,x,16
Julia's Skipper	1,x,1
Fawn-spotted Skipper 0,x,4
Clouded Skipper 78,x,16 a very cloud day really brings them out
Double-dotted Skipper	0,1,0
Southern Skipperling 3,x,3
Fiery Skipper 1,0,2
Whirlabout 3,x,6
Southern Broken-Dash	2,x,0
Celia's Roadside-Skipper 7,x,0 ditto on cloudy days
Eufala Skipper 2,x,3

John Yochum
Park Naturalist
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Weslaco TX 
956-565-3919

Every Saturday: Guided Bird Walk at 8:30 
Every Sunday: Bird Walk 8:30, Tram Tour 2pm
Every Wednesday: Bicycle ride 9am-11am Bring your bike!  
Every Friday: Butterfly/Dragonfly Walk 10:30am
Night Hikes (every full and new moon, July 10, 25)   8pm-10pm
Join us on Facebook!

The Park Visitors' Center is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in the summertime 
but the grounds are open with a self-pay station on the entry sidewalk. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Butterfly and Lepidoptery for the state of Texas 
[mailto:TX-BUTTERFLY AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU] On Behalf Of brian banker 

Sent: Friday, August 01, 2014 2:11 PM
To: TX-BUTTERFLY AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU
Subject: Inactivity...

So... what's with the recent dearth of reports? Yeah it's a drought year but 
stuff is flying, surely. 


I know Dan Jones has been dealing with his skin cancer and all, but what about 
the other regulars? Pastor Berry? The Dauphins? Cynthia Traylor? 


Any sightings of...

--Eurema daira?
--any Anaea?
--Euptoieta hegesia?
--Myscelia ethusa?
--Mestra amymone?
--Eunica monima?
--Papilio ornythion?
--P. anchisiades?
--Chlorostrymon simaethis?
--Ministrymon clytie?
--any Chioides?
--Timochares ruptifasciata?
--any Urbanus?


Brian Banker

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Subject: Nayone know this big moth is
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 00:03:50 -0500
 Utley Bastrop Co, Aug 1,  Not Oak-borer...New for here,  Flew off
into darkness before I could do under-wings

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Subject: Re: Inactivity...
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 22:59:33 -0400
Yes I've been doing some chemo therapy for actinic keratosis (precursor to some 
skin carcinomas) and have had a lot of work done on the house these these past 
three weeks so I haven't been out. But my face is looking pretty good so I'm 
going to get out this weekend. Another reason for the inactivity (besides the 
heat) is our butterfly listserve is suffering from Facebook competition just 
like Texbirds is. So a couple of other sources for Texas lep news is Rio Grande 
Butterflies https://www.facebook.com/groups/269176076541487/ and TX-Butterfly 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/466993416645148/ Everyone loves Facebook cuz 
it's so mindless and easy but it's sure screwing up the listserves. Give me an 
archivable listserve anyday. 



Dan Jones, Weslaco


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Subject: Re: Zebra Heliconian on Salado Creek in San Antonio
From: Jim Miller <icephotog AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:21:18 -0500
Patty & Brush -

I had a couple last summer at Medina River Natural Area here in San
Antonio.  Haven't seen one this year, but haven't been looking very
hard, either.

- jim

On Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM, Brush Freeman  wrote:
> Patty...They have appeared in Bastrop Co. and far eastern Travis Co. as
> well...The passionflower is going crazy this year after 3-4 years, It is
> swamping Bastrop S. P. in riparian areas (Alum Creek) loads of Gulf Frits
> too.
>
> **********************************************************************
> Brush Freeman
> 503-551-5150 Cell
> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>
>
> On Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM, Patty Leslie Pasztor 
> wrote:
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I spotted a Zebra Heliconian yesterday on the Salado Creek trail off of
>> Austin Hwy.  It has been several years since I've seen one in San Antonio!
>>
>> Patty Leslie Pasztor
>> San Antonio, TX
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Subject: Re: Zebra Heliconian on Salado Creek in San Antonio
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:06:14 -0500
Patty...They have appeared in Bastrop Co. and far eastern Travis Co. as
well...The passionflower is going crazy this year after 3-4 years, It is
swamping Bastrop S. P. in riparian areas (Alum Creek) loads of Gulf Frits
too.

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


On Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM, Patty Leslie Pasztor 
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I spotted a Zebra Heliconian yesterday on the Salado Creek trail off of
> Austin Hwy.  It has been several years since I've seen one in San Antonio!
>
> Patty Leslie Pasztor
> San Antonio, TX
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Subject: Zebra Heliconian on Salado Creek in San Antonio
From: Patty Leslie Pasztor <pasztor AT IX.NETCOM.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:58:49 -0500
Hi all,

I spotted a Zebra Heliconian yesterday on the Salado Creek trail off of Austin 
Hwy. It has been several years since I've seen one in San Antonio! 


Patty Leslie Pasztor
San Antonio, TX  
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Subject: Kenney County, Brackettville
From: Terry Hibbitts <thibb AT SWTEXAS.NET>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:22:21 -0500
Visited my son's house in Brackettville. Lots of butterflies and a pretty
good variety. Aug 1, 2014  11:30 - 2:30 pm. He is getting a good variety of
plants.  I think that is the main reason his numbers are increasing. A few
photographs are posted on TX-Butterfly facebook page.

Black Swallowtail, Sleepy Orange, Little Yellow, Lyside Sulphur, Gray
Hairstreak, Mallow Hairstreak, Western Pygmy-blue, Ceraunus Blue, Fatal
Metalmark, Gulf Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary, Vesta Crescent, Phaon
Crescent, Tiny Checkerspot, Elada Checkerspot, Bordered Patch, Theona
Checkerspot, Question Mark, Queen, Common/White Checkered Skipper, and
Common Sootywing.

Terry Hibbitts

Camp Wood

www.thehibbitts.net  

 


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Subject: Re: Inactivity...
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:40:13 -0500
I have not been out in the field seeking butterflies for some time, but I
can describe what's going on at my house...

The following butterflies were seen today:

Eufala Skipper, L. eufala-2
Celia's Roadside Skipper, A. celia -3
Common Checkered-Skipper, P. albescens/communis - 1
Large Orange Sulphur, P. agarithe - half dozen
Pipevine Swallowtail, B. philenor - half dozen
Snout, L. carnenta - half dozen

Of all the species you asked about, throughout July I recorded one Urbanus
(dorantes), one Ainea (aidea). 

Significant cloud cover kept today's temperatures down to a balmy 102F, the
coolest it has been in almost 2 weeks. Most of that period was characterized
by strong dry winds which shriveled much of flora in the area. 

Butterfly numbers are extremely low, both in diversity and total numbers
flying. Prospects of significant rain are even lower. So don't be too
surprised if the inactivity continues for some time to come!
Berry Nall
leps.thenalls.net

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Subject: Inactivity...
From: brian banker <mormonmetalmark AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 12:11:16 -0700
So... what's with the recent dearth of reports? Yeah it's a drought year but 
stuff is flying, surely. 


I know Dan Jones has been dealing with his skin cancer and all, but what about 
the other regulars? Pastor Berry? The Dauphins? Cynthia Traylor? 


Any sightings of...

--Eurema daira?
--any Anaea?
--Euptoieta hegesia?
--Myscelia ethusa?
--Mestra amymone?
--Eunica monima?
--Papilio ornythion?
--P. anchisiades?
--Chlorostrymon simaethis?
--Ministrymon clytie?
--any Chioides?
--Timochares ruptifasciata?
--any Urbanus?


Brian Banker

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

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

post to his facebook page:


 Alex Wild 
8 mins 
· Urbana,
IL  ·


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


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

Big news!

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

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

, 

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

See you in Texas!


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

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

 

8588       Panopoda carneicosta   on 7/20/14

 

                http://annmgordon.com/Panopodacarneicosta.html

 

5625       Omphalocera cariosa      on 7/21/14

 

                http://annmgordon.com/Omphaloceracariosa.html

 

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

 

7861       Eumorpha achemon        on 7/17/14

 

                http://annmgordon.com/Eumorphaachemon.html

 

8764       Argyrostrotis anilis            on 6/1/14

 

                http://annmgordon.com/Argyrostrotisanilis.html

 

Ann Gordon

McLennan County

Harris Creek

West of Waco

 


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



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


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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

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

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

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walks* Sunday:  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m..
*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
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Subject: QUERY TX-BUTTERFLY
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:33:18 -0500

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

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

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

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

8 Outis Skippers
1 Funereal Duskywing

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

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

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

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

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

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock

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

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

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



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


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

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

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



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



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



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



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


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Ann Gordon

McLennan County

Harris Creek

West of Waco


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

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

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

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

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside) - becoming less common
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycois isobeon)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie) - becoming more common
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Julia Heliconian (Heliconius iulia)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa) - none found on Bobcat, common on Ebony
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma) - a single
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
White-striped Longtail (Chioides catillus)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas) - all very fresh
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Turk's-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira) - garden
Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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

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

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

Mitch Heindel
Utopia

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

Chuck Sexton
Austin

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

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

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



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



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


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



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



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



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



Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm.; free.




*Upcoming events: *



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

Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For questions please contact me.

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

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


Graham Floyd,
San Antonio, TX

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

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

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

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

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

 

           Joanne Pospisil

Garden Ideas & Design

     Carrollton, Texas

     gardenideas AT tx.rr.com

              214-502-4536

 

  Look for Me in the Garden

 

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

 

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


ludwickm AT hotmail.com
Dallas, Texas

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

:(


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



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


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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

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

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

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

Paperback: $35.00

limited preview - Google

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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


Dan Jones, Wesalco

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike


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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Collins
Center Point, Texas

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

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

Graham Floyd,
San Antonio, TX

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From: Mitch Heindel 
Date: Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 8:22 AM
Subject: Light colored Lepidopts and Odonates
To: TX-BUTTERFLY AT listserv.uh.edu


Light colored leps and odes changing distribution.

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

Mitch Heindel
Utopia
www.utopianature.com

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

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

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

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



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



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



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


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



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



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



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



Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm.; free.




*Upcoming events: *



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

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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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


Peg Wallace

ABF Publicity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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