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Siberian and White-naped Cranes,©BirdQuest

23 Aug new life history, flying Falcon Heights [Berry Nall ]
20 Aug Butterfly Article [Mary Beth Stowe ]
13 Aug National Butterfly Center, Mission [Mary Beth Stowe ]
12 Aug Texas Firefly starter ID page [Mike Quinn ]
11 Aug Mesquite Cut Worm outbreak roughly from Waco to Abilene [Mike Quinn ]
10 Aug August 22, 2016 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting: 'Pollination' presented by Valerie Bugh [ABF Announce ]
8 Aug Comanche County Butterflies 8-2-2016 [Shirley Wilkerson ]
28 Jul Rio Brazos NABA Count [Shirley Wilkerson ]
28 Jul Brazos County - North American Butterfly Count results - July 16 [Shirley Wilkerson ]
28 Jul Butterflies Kurten 7-26-16 [Shirley Wilkerson ]
28 Jul Fwd: Brazos County Butterfly Count results [Shirley Wilkerson ]
27 Jul Brazos County Butterfly Count results [Shirley Wilkerson ]
26 Jul Re: Celia's Roadside-Skipper? [Shirley Wilkerson ]
26 Jul Re: Celia's Roadside-Skipper? [Nick Grishin ]
26 Jul Re: Celia's Roadside-Skipper? more photos [Shirley Wilkerson ]
26 Jul Celia's Roadside-Skipper? [Shirley Wilkerson ]
19 Jul NABA Butterfly count, Santa Ana NWR, 7/16/16 [Dan Jones ]
16 Jul Weslaco Butterfly Count - Estero Llano Portion [Mary Beth Stowe ]
16 Jul Two-barred Flasher [Eric Finkelstein ]
14 Jul July 25, 2016 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting [ABF Announce ]
13 Jul Austin Butterfly Count results [Shirley Wilkerson ]
9 Jul Erato Heliconian Still at Bentsen [Mary Beth Stowe ]
8 Jul Help collecting Pieris rapae from Texas [Sean Ryan ]
6 Jul RGV 4th of July Butterfly Counts [Javier de Leon ]
6 Jul Two Erato Heliconians at Bentsen, 7/5/16 [Dan Jones ]
5 Jul White M in Kurten, Brazos County [Shirley Wilkerson ]
5 Jul LRGV Butterfly Checklist [Mary Beth Stowe ]
3 Jul Bentsen and the National Butterfly Center [Mary Beth Stowe ]
1 Jul Re: ID confirmation-Mimosa Yellow in Kurten? [Shirley Wilkerson ]
30 Jun Re: Mimosa Yellows [Mike Rickard ]
30 Jun Re: Mimosa Yellows [Berry Nall ]
30 Jun ID confirmation-Mimosa Yellow in Kurten? [Shirley Wilkerson ]
29 Jun Re: RFI-Tropical Buckeye ID [Nick Grishin ]
29 Jun RFI-Tropical Buckeye ID [Joseph Miller ]
27 Jun Blue-eyed Sailor at Santa Ana NWR, 6/27/16 [Dan Jones ]
15 Jun Austin Butterfly Forum Annual Butterfly Count on Saturday, June 25, 2016 and Monthly Meeting on Monday, June 27, 2016 [ABF Announce ]
6 Jun Dark Kite-Swallowtail at Old Hildalgo Pumphouse, 6/5/16 [Dan Jones ]
31 May Santa Ana NWR, 5/31/16 [Dan Jones ]
26 May Resaca de la Palma, 5/26/16 [Dan Jones ]
20 May last 12 months were the 2nd wettest May-April period since 1895 for TX [Mike Quinn ]
17 May Edinburg Scenic Wetlands Tuesday Butterfly Walk 5/17/16 [Javier Gonzalez ]
14 May Crimson Patch egg laying frenzy at NBC, 5/12/16 [Dan Jones ]
11 May May 23, 2016 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting [ABF Announce ]
29 Apr Elm Sawfly larvae common in Austin but locally? *Abundant* in Denton Co. [Mike Quinn ]
28 Apr Butterfly Walks at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands [Javier Gonzalez ]
14 Apr Seabrooke Leckie's Speaking, Walking and Blacklighting ABF Events - April 23-26 [Mike Quinn ]
13 Apr AUSTIN BUTTERFLY FORUM APRIL 25 MEETING AND MAY 7 WORKSHOP [ABF Announce ]
8 Apr Banded Patch at National Butterfly Center, 4/8/16 [Dan Jones ]
8 Apr US Record Skipper in Bentsen SP [Mike Rickard ]
8 Apr Plebeian Sphinx Moth? [Shirley Wilkerson ]
6 Apr Re: interesting blog/paper on the *rapid* rise of citizen science related publications... ["Robert J. \"Bob\" Nuelle, Jr." ]
5 Apr interesting blog/paper on the *rapid* rise of citizen science related publications... [Mike Quinn ]
16 Mar Fwd: AUSTIN BUTTERFLY FORUM MEETINGS AND PROGRAMS IN MARCH AND APRIL [ABF Announce ]
6 Mar Duskywing Question [Anthony Hewetson ]
4 Mar 2016 Entoblitz will be in Medina Co. (CenTex) - April 22-24 [Mike Quinn ]
2 Mar National Butterfly Center, 3/2/16 [Dan Jones ]
27 Feb Estero Butterfly Walk, Fri Feb 26, 2016 [Rick Snider ]
21 Feb Flying in Hockley County [Anthony Hewetson ]
20 Feb Falcate Orangetips - Comanche, TX [Shirley Wilkerson ]
19 Feb Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk, Fri Feb 19, 2016 [Rick Snider ]
17 Feb CORRECTED AUSTIN BUTTERFLY FORUM FEBRUARY 22, 2016 PROGRAM [ABF Announce ]
15 Feb CHANGE TO AUSTIN BUTTERFLY FORUM PROGRAM ON FEBRUARY 22, 2016 [ABF Announce ]
14 Feb February 22, 2016 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting [ABF Announce ]
12 Feb Estero Butterfly Walk Friday Feb 12, 2016 [Rick Snider ]
5 Feb Estero Butterfly Walk Fri Feb 5, 2016 [Rick Snider ]
5 Feb Butterflies at Nat. Butterfly Center Jan 30th [Shirley Wilkerson ]
5 Feb Four cases of Zika in Nuevo León - Feb 4 [Mike Quinn ]
4 Feb Re: Consumer Reports rates mosquito repellents... [Tim Jones ]
4 Feb Consumer Reports rates mosquito repellents... [Mike Quinn ]
31 Jan Query [Brush Freeman ]
31 Jan Cyna Blue at National Butterfly Center [Shirley Wilkerson ]
31 Jan Cyna Blue at NBC Saturday [Shirley Wilkerson ]
29 Jan Butterfly Walk Fri Jan 29, 2016 [Rick Snider ]
22 Jan Estero Butterfly Walk Jan 22, 2016 [Rick Snider ]
17 Jan January 25, 2016 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting and Presentation [ABF Announce ]
15 Jan Estero Butterfly Walk Jan 15, 2016 [Rick Snider ]

Subject: new life history, flying Falcon Heights
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:12:55 -0500
Hi,
Here's the link to a life history of Tailed Aguna (Aguna metophis). This is 
from last summer; haven't seen any recently. 


http://leps.thenalls.net/content2.php?ref=Species/Eudaminae/metophis/life/metophis_life.php 

 
We had a bit of rain a week ago. Since then in Falcon Heights I have seen 
multiple individiuals of: 

Gray Cracker (very worn here; one in good shape on a tree of Roma High School's 
campus) 

Pale Leafwing (very worn)
Dingy Purplewing
Mexican Bluewing
 
Best,
Berry Nall
Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
leps.thenalls.net

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Subject: Butterfly Article
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe AT MIRIAMEAGLEMON.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:06:18 -0500
Hi, all!

 

I was asked to write an article on finding butterflies in the LRGV; you can
see it on our Alamo Inn blog (click on "Blog" after going to the link
below):

 

http://alamoinnbnb.com/

 

Enjoy!

 

Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

www.miriameaglemon.com

 

 

 


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Subject: National Butterfly Center, Mission
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe AT MIRIAMEAGLEMON.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2016 18:51:36 -0500
Hi, all!

 

Sending this to both listserves, as I had a wonderful morning enjoying both
birds and butterflies at the national Butterfly Center in Mission!
Highlight birds include Wild Turkeys and a female Yellow Warbler, and lep
highlights include Many-banded Daggerwing, Zilpa Longtail, Dingy Purplewing,
and Tropical Buckeye.  Blow-by-blow with pictures can be seen on our Alamo
Inn blog (click on "blog" after you go to the link below):

 

http://alamoinnbnb.com/

 

Enjoy!  MB

 

Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

www.miriameaglemon.com

 

 

 

 


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Subject: Texas Firefly starter ID page
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:24:53 -0500
The Austin Butterfly Forum recently hosted a firefly presentation given by
expert Ben Pfeiffer that was nearly standing-room only.

Since then I've been on a bit of a firefly kick and have compiled many of
the firefly photos I've shot over the past seven years, plus a few new
specimen pix from the UT insect collection, into a starter Texas ID page:

Lampyridae of Texas Photographs
http://texasento.net/TXLampyridae.html

Hope this helps,

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

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Subject: Mesquite Cut Worm outbreak roughly from Waco to Abilene
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:26:32 -0500
Mesquite Cut Worms - AgriLife Extension
http://bosque.agrilife.org/2016/07/22/mesquite-cut-worms/

Melipotis indomita (Walker) - Moth Photographers Group
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=8600

larval images - BugGuide
http://bugguide.net/node/view/272460/bgimage
http://bugguide.net/node/view/548137/bgimage

BugGuide info page
http://bugguide.net/node/view/92670


Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: August 22, 2016 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting: 'Pollination' presented by Valerie Bugh
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:54:32 -0500
*Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting*


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



*Pollination*

*presented by Valerie Bugh*


*Monday, August 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Zilker Botanical Garden Center*



The movement of pollen from stamen to stigma is a major issue for plants,
and they cannot easily do it themselves. While bees are the first resource
that comes to mind when pollination is mentioned, no ecosystem is simple;
complexity demands multiple solutions to every problem. We will look at the
various animals that interact with plants in this process, and discuss the
expenditures, risks and compensations.

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

Website: Austin Bug Collection 

*Membership*

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



For information about upcoming programs, please visit our website:
austinbutterflies.org.

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Subject: Comanche County Butterflies 8-2-2016
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:40:45 -0500
Gustine, TX

Great Purple Hairstreak 1
Ceraunus Blue 4
Reakirt's Blue 10+
Gray Hairstreak 2
Clouded Skipper 6
Fiery Skipper 4
Eufala 4
Buckeye 2
Giant Swallowtail 1
Hackberry Emperor 6
Dainty Sulphur 2
Little Yellow 2 (in Comanche, 20+)
Queen 1
Common Mestra 1
Pearl Crescent 2
Hayhurst Scallopwing 2
Orange Skipperling 1
Com/White Checkered-skipper 1
Desert Checkered-skipper 2

Shirley Wilkerson
Gustine, TX

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Subject: Rio Brazos NABA Count
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:52:03 -0500
 Okay, I heard that all three showed up.   The only post showing on my
computer with count results was a garbled one.  Cyber world . . . what a
mystery!!

Shirley

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Subject: Brazos County - North American Butterfly Count results - July 16
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:02:08 -0500
Well, this will be my 3rd attempt for the Brazos County Butterfly Count
results:  (maybe it garbled because of copying the list from another
email)

The Rio Brazos Audubon Society held its North American Butterfly count on
July 16th this year.  Sixteen individuals participated.  The area included
a 6 mile radius centered in Lick Creek Park, College Station.  We missed 8
species that we had last year, but also spotted 8 that we did not have last
year, finishing the day with a respectable total of 30 species, and 202
individual butterflies.

*Pipevine Swallowtail*                    2

Giant Swallowtail                         1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail            4

*Cloudless Sulphur*                       5

*Little Yellow*                                57

Sleepy Orange                            1

Dainty Sulphur                             1

Gray Hairstreak                           3

Red-banded Hairstreak               2

Ceraunus Blue                            3

Reakirt's Blue                              1

American Snout                           1

Gulf Fritillary                                 9

Silvery Checkerspot                     4

Phaon Crescent                           2

Pearl Crescent                             8

American Lady                             1

Common Buckeye                        4

Hackberry Emperor                      3

Tawny Emperor                            5

Carolina Satyr                               1

Monarch                                        2

Queen                                           2

Horace's Duskywing                     7

Common Checkered-Skipper     28

Tropical Checkered-Skipper         7

Clouded Skipper                         13

Least Skipper                               1

Southern Skipperling                    8

*Fiery Skipper*                               11


Shirley Wilkerson

Rio Brazos Audubon Society

Brazos County

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Subject: Butterflies Kurten 7-26-16
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:52:35 -0500
Here is a list of butterflies in Kurten two days ago, 7/26.  Today, I added
Brazilian Skipper which I have not seen in Brazos County in several years.
Maybe others here have.  It came to our large yellow squash bloom, looking
for Cannas, no doubt!!

Gulf Fritillary 6
Variegated Fritillary 1
Queen 7
Monarch 1
Clouded Sulphur 2
Little Yellow 2
Fiery Skipper 8
Clouded Skipper 15
Eufala Skipper 4
Dun Skippe 4r
Southern Skipperling 1
Sachem 2
Ocola 2
Celia's Roadside-Skippe 1r
American Lady 1
Horace's Duskywing 2
Buckeye 1
Pearl Crescent 1
Gray Hairstreak 2
Hackberry Emperor 1
Tropical Checkered-skipper 2

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Subject: Fwd: Brazos County Butterfly Count results
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:46:05 -0500
I sent this yesterday, but it did not go through.  2nd try.  If duplicates
today, sorry.

The Rio Brazos Audubon Society held its North American Butterfly count on
July 16th this year. Sixteen individuals participated.  The area included a
6 mile radius centered in Lick Creek Park, College Station.  We missed 8
species that we had last year, but also spotted 8 that we did not have last
year, finishing the day with a respectable total of 30 species, and 202
individuals.


Our list:

   - Pipevine Swallowtail                    2
   - Giant Swallowtail                         1
   - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail            4
   - Cloudless Sulphur                       5
   - Little Yellow                                57
   - Sleepy Orange                            1
   - Dainty Sulphur                             1
   - Gray Hairstreak                           3
   - Red-banded Hairstreak               2
   - Ceraunus Blue                            3
   - Reakirt's Blue                              1
   - American Snout                           1
   - Gulf Fritillary                                 9
   - Silvery Checkerspot                     4
   - Phaon Crescent                           2
   - Pearl Crescent                             8
   - American Lady                             1
   - Common Buckeye                        4
   - Hackberry Emperor                      3
   - Tawny Emperor                            5
   - Carolina Satyr                               1
   - Monarch                                        2
   - Queen                                           2
   - Horace's Duskywing                     7
   - Common Checkered-Skipper     28
   - Tropical Checkered-Skipper         7
   - Clouded Skipper                         13
   - Least Skipper                               1
   - Southern Skipperling                    8
   - Fiery Skipper                               11

          Shirley Wilkerson
          Brazos County

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Subject: Brazos County Butterfly Count results
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:22:16 -0500
The Rio Brazos Audubon Society held its North American Butterfly count on
July 16th this year. Sixteen individuals participated.  The area included a
6 mile radius centered in Lick Creek Park, College Station.  We missed 8
species that we had last year, but also spotted 8 that we did not have last
year, finishing the day with a respectable total of 30 species, and 202
individuals.


Our list:

   - Pipevine Swallowtail                    2
   - Giant Swallowtail                         1
   - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail            4
   - Cloudless Sulphur                       5
   - Little Yellow                                57
   - Sleepy Orange                            1
   - Dainty Sulphur                             1
   - Gray Hairstreak                           3
   - Red-banded Hairstreak               2
   - Ceraunus Blue                            3
   - Reakirt's Blue                              1
   - American Snout                           1
   - Gulf Fritillary                                 9
   - Silvery Checkerspot                     4
   - Phaon Crescent                           2
   - Pearl Crescent                             8
   - American Lady                             1
   - Common Buckeye                        4
   - Hackberry Emperor                      3
   - Tawny Emperor                            5
   - Carolina Satyr                               1
   - Monarch                                        2
   - Queen                                           2
   - Horace's Duskywing                     7
   - Common Checkered-Skipper     28
   - Tropical Checkered-Skipper         7
   - Clouded Skipper                         13
   - Least Skipper                               1
   - Southern Skipperling                    8
   - Fiery Skipper                               11

          Shirley Wilkerson
          Brazos County

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Subject: Re: Celia's Roadside-Skipper?
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:23:41 -0500
Thanks Nick.

Shirley

On Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 2:06 PM, Nick Grishin 
wrote:

> Yes, it is celia. The forewing "mark" is due to some scale loss. n
>
> On Tue, 26 Jul 2016, Shirley Wilkerson wrote:
>
> Beginning here,
>> http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/recentimages#photo-5942293/T800600
>>
>> I have posted 3 photos of what I think is a Celia's Roadside-Skipper, most
>> common roadside-skipper in my area.
>>
>> But, I am wondering, are the two marks I have circled in black in the
>> first
>> photo consistent with Celia'a Roadside-Skipper?  The hindwing mark circled
>> is a flat horizontal mark, which I don't usually see on Celia's.  The
>> forewing mark circled, I never see on Celia's.  Is that just an aberration
>> on this particular skipper?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Shirley Wilkerson
>> Kurten, TX
>> Brazos County
>>
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Subject: Re: Celia's Roadside-Skipper?
From: Nick Grishin <grishin AT CHOP.SWMED.EDU>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:06:15 -0500
Yes, it is celia. The forewing "mark" is due to some scale loss. n

On Tue, 
26 Jul 2016, Shirley Wilkerson wrote:

> Beginning here,
> http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/recentimages#photo-5942293/T800600
>
> I have posted 3 photos of what I think is a Celia's Roadside-Skipper, most
> common roadside-skipper in my area.
>
> But, I am wondering, are the two marks I have circled in black in the first
> photo consistent with Celia'a Roadside-Skipper?  The hindwing mark circled
> is a flat horizontal mark, which I don't usually see on Celia's.  The
> forewing mark circled, I never see on Celia's.  Is that just an aberration
> on this particular skipper?
>
> Thanks,
> Shirley Wilkerson
> Kurten, TX
> Brazos County
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Subject: Re: Celia's Roadside-Skipper? more photos
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:34:20 -0500
I just uploaded 4 more photos, past those original 3 photos that I believe
are the same roadside-skipper, including this time, dorsal views.  Use the
same link as before.  This one was in a different spot, several yards and
later in the morning, but has the same torn forewing.  This one does not
have the white markings on the forewing as the first 3 photos do, but
photos were taken from the other side of the skipper.   I really think it
is the same skipper.

Shirley Wilkerson
Kurten, TX

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Subject: Celia's Roadside-Skipper?
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:12:37 -0500
Beginning here,
http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/recentimages#photo-5942293/T800600

I have posted 3 photos of what I think is a Celia's Roadside-Skipper, most
common roadside-skipper in my area.

But, I am wondering, are the two marks I have circled in black in the first
photo consistent with Celia'a Roadside-Skipper?  The hindwing mark circled
is a flat horizontal mark, which I don't usually see on Celia's.  The
forewing mark circled, I never see on Celia's.  Is that just an aberration
on this particular skipper?

Thanks,
Shirley Wilkerson
Kurten, TX
Brazos County

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Subject: NABA Butterfly count, Santa Ana NWR, 7/16/16
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:44:34 -0400
This past Saturday Dick and Sherry Wilson, Chris Balboni and I counted 
butterflies at Santa Ana NWR for the annual NABA count. We tallied 61 species 
including Erato Heliconian, Tropical Green Streak, Telea Hairstreak, 
Many-banded and Ruddy Daggerwings, Band-celled Sister, Banded Peacock, East 
Mexican White-Skipper and Brown-banded Skipper. The following day Tripp 
Davenport found a Spot-celled Sister while looking for the above. Photos and 
list are on my blog. 



 
http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2016/07/naba-butterfly-count-at-santa-ana-nwr.html 



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Subject: Weslaco Butterfly Count - Estero Llano Portion
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe AT MIRIAMEAGLEMON.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 15:11:14 -0500
Hi, all!

 

Nothing out of the ordinary (and the flowers are drying up as well), but had
some pretty butters nonetheless:  summary and pictures are on our Alamo Inn
blog:

 

http://alamoinn1.blogspot.com/2016/07/weslaco-butterfly-count.html

 

Enjoy!

 

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Subject: Two-barred Flasher
From: Eric Finkelstein <idria AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:56:55 -0500
I just saw a Two-barred flasher at my residence in Del Rio. I previously had 
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Subject: July 25, 2016 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:55:23 -0500
*Glowing, Glowing, Gone! Fireflies of Texas*

*Presented by Ben Pfeiffer*
*Monday, July 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.*
*Zilker Botanical Garden Center*
------------------------------


Ben Pfieffer will discuss the types of fireflies (Lampyridae) in Texas, why
they flash, and how they use light to communicate to potential mates. He
will show how to identify Texas species and will discuss their distribution
across the state. Pointers will be given on how to create a good backyard
habitat for fireflies. Ben will address specific threats to fireflies and
discuss why they are disappearing in many areas of Texas.

Ben got his start with fireflies in 2009 after hearing about their
disappearance in parts of the United States. He is Founder of Firefly.org
, a conservation and educational non-profit,
created to educate the public on how to help keep fireflies from
disappearing. His website has grown in popularity and is currently the
internet’s most visited website about fireflies. Ben is researching Texas
firefly species, working on understanding Lampyridae distribution across
the state, threats to their habitat and survival, and educating people on
how to protect fireflies in their area.  He studied biology at Texas State
University and is a certified Master Naturalist. Ben is a native Texan and
has spent most of his life working to understand Texas ecology and unique
diversity.

For more information about Austin Butterfly Forum, please visit our
website: www.austinbutterflies.org

*Membership*

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



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Subject: Austin Butterfly Count results
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:14:49 -0500
Does anyone have a list of the results of this count?

Thanks,
Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan

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Subject: Erato Heliconian Still at Bentsen
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe AT MIRIAMEAGLEMON.COM>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 18:30:54 -0500
Hi, all!

 

Had another wonderful morning at Bentsen and the NBC; highlights include the
continuing Erato Heliconian and Clench's Greenstreak at Bentsen, plus
two-barred Flasher, Band-celled Sister, Lantana Scrub Hairstreak, and Glazed
Pellicia at the NBC.  Trip report and photos are on our Alamo Inn blog here:

 

http://alamoinn1.blogspot.com/2016/07/more-butterflying-at-bentsen-and-beyon
d.html

 

Enjoy!  MB

 

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Subject: Help collecting Pieris rapae from Texas
From: Sean Ryan <ecophylic AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 14:49:20 -0400
Hello,

I am looking for help in collecting *Pieris rapae* samples from across the
world. I have been doing trying to achieve this partly through a citizen
science project -Pieris Project (pierisproject.org) that enlists the help
of the public to collect this butterfly, but so far haven't had much luck
getting specimens from Texas. My hope was that those on this listserv might
know of where to find populations in Texas and/or even collect a few.

The specimens don't need to be put in alcohol, just put in individual
envelopes (with date and location info). I am trying to get 10-20 from each
location, but will also take whatever people collect.

Feel free to email me at pierisproject AT gmail.com if you have any questions
about my research or sample preservation protocol.

Sean Ryan

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Subject: RGV 4th of July Butterfly Counts
From: Javier de Leon <grampuhjoe AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 10:43:56 -0500
Hey everyone,

The NABA 4th of July Butterfly Count for the RGV will take place on July
17th this year. We will only be doing the Mission, TX count circle this
year unless someone would like to help coordinate the Santa Ana count on
7/16. This summer count occurs all over the country around July 4th and the
RGV counts are usually held during the third week of July.

This count can be exciting as we never know what will be found, but it is
also an endurance test since temperatures are usually over 100F in the
afternoon. The counting starts at 8am and most folks call it a day by noon
with a few of us counting through some of the afternoon. There is a fee of
$3 payable to NABA for participating in this count.

If you are interested in counting this year, please send me a note to
javierdeleon6 AT gmail.com

Happy butterflying,

Javier de Leon
McAllen, TX

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Subject: Two Erato Heliconians at Bentsen, 7/5/16
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 11:09:30 -0400
An Erato Heliconian has been present at Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park 
for the past three days and was joined by a second yesterday. Other good 
butterflies at Bentsen included Rosita Patch, Banded Peacock, Tele Hairstreak, 
Clench's/Tropcial Greenstreak and two Ruddy Daggerwings. The National Butterfly 
Center hosted two Gray Crackers, Silver Emperor, Band-celled Sister, Rosita 
Patch and Glazed Pellicia. Photos and list are on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2016/07/amazing-day-at-bentsen-and-nbc-7516.html 



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Subject: White M in Kurten, Brazos County
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 23:15:09 -0500
Discovered deep in my woods today was a White M Hairstreak!  I have only
seen one once before, many years ago, here in Kurten also.    A few other
good butterflies are out and about in the last week or so -- had a Tailed
Orange here, a Mallow Scrub-hairstreak here, and a Mexican Yellow at our
farm in Comanche.  All photos can be seen here:

http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/recentimages#page-0

Had a decent variety in the early spring, then butterflies dropped off to
practically 3 species per day, until recently. Now picking up to about
10-12 species per day, with one or two species arriving, and one or two not
being seen again.

Shirley Wilkerson
Kurten

butterflies in the last week:

Queen - 3
Monarch - 1
Pipevine Swallowtail - 1  only recently began to show up
Giant Swallowtail - 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail  - 1
Eufala Skipper - 1
Tropical Checkered-skipper - 2
Common/White Checkered-skipper - 1
Fiery Skipper - 6
Horace's Duskywing - 3
Dainty Sulphur - 10+
Little Yellow - 4
Silvery Checkerspot - 1 today for the first time this year, usually very
prevelant
Pearl Crescent - 2
Clouded Sulphur - 4
Dun Skipper - 1
Variegated Fritillary - 2
Gulf Fritillary - 4
Buckeye - 2
Tawny Emperor - 4
Hackberry Emperor - 4
Goatweed Leafwing - 4
Gray Hairstreak - 2
Am Snout - 2
Gemmed Satyr - 1
Duskyblue Groundstreak - 1
Clouded  Skipper - 2  only recently began to show up
Funereal Duskywing - 1   that one may have been prior to this week

In other parts of the county,

Orange Skipperling
Ceraunus Blue

Shirley Wilkerson
Kurten, Brazos County

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Subject: LRGV Butterfly Checklist
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe AT MIRIAMEAGLEMON.COM>
Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 09:58:09 -0500
Hi, all!

 

I've completed a draft of a butterfly checklist for the LRGV, mainly for our
guests, but we want to be thorough and include everything's that's actually
been recorded.  Thanks to input from several folks, I think we have a pretty
complete list; I'd like to bounce it off anyone who would be interested in
providing feedback (I'd contact those I know personally, but realized I
don't have your e-mail addresses).  The status definitions are lifted from
our bird list but can apply to leps as well, I think, and the status codes
I've given to each species are based not only on the NABA list's
recommendations but my own personal experience (which doesn't come close to
most of you, I know, but I'm trying to present realistic expectations).
Please let me know if you'd like to take a look and I'll send you the Excel
file!

 

Thanks so much,

 

MB

 

Mary Beth Stowe

Administrative Assistant/Birding Guide

Alamo Inn B&B Gear & Tours

Alamo, TX

  http://alamoinnbnb.com/index.html

Blog:   
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Subject: Bentsen and the National Butterfly Center
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe AT MIRIAMEAGLEMON.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2016 17:35:33 -0500
Hi, all!

 

It had been awhile since I went on a concentrated butterfly hunt, so decided
to do that Saturday (the 2nd), and had a handful of nice things, including
Zilpa Longtail, Rosita Patch, Glazed Pellicia, Banded Peacock, and
Band-celled Sister.  Had over 50 species in total.  A full write-up with
pictures is on the Alamo Inn B&B blog:

 

http://alamoinn1.blogspot.com/2016/07/butterfly-hunt.html

 

Enjoy!  MB

 

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Subject: Re: ID confirmation-Mimosa Yellow in Kurten?
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 10:40:18 -0500
Thanks everyone.

In the last 3 days or so, a Tailed Orange, summer form, and a Mallow
Scrub-hairstreak have shown up here in Kurten.  At our farm in Comanche, I
had a Mexican Yellow on the 22nd.  (all of these photos follow the 3 I
posted of the presumed Mimosa, now Little Yellow)  So, I thought, with all
of these southern butterflies pushing northward, I really thought this was
a Mimosa.  But, I will acquiesce, and keep looking!!!!  I see there are
some records for Mimosa north of Oklahoma.

Thanks again for your time.

Shirley in Kurten

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Subject: Re: Mimosa Yellows
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:54:34 -0500
I agree with Berry's diagnosis, and would add that on Shirley's 3rd photo,
showing the outline of dark markings above, those markings are too
extensive for Mimosa Yellows.

On Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 6:40 PM, Berry Nall  wrote:

> Philip and Shirley,
>
> The accepted way of distinguishing Little and Mimosa Yellows is to look at
> the hind wing where it meets the body (just above the legs). If there are
> two small black dots, it is Little Yellow; if none, Mimosa. According to
> the rule, Philip's is Little Yellow.
>
> Shirley's butterfly is more problematic, having one spot only. (Since the
> mark appears on both sides of the butterfly, I think it must be a spot and
> not damage.)  If you look at the trailing edge of the forewing, you will
> see that the fringe is reddish-brown. I have observed this color frequently
> on Little Yellow, and never on Mimosa Yellow. Therefore, although I cannot
> be absolutely certain, I would tend to think this butterfly is also a
> Little Yellow.
>
> http://butterfliesofamerica.com/pyrisitia_nise_nelphe_live1.htm
> http://butterfliesofamerica.com/pyrisitia_l_lisa_live1.htm
>
>
> Berry Nall
> Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
> leps.thenalls.net
>
>
>
>
> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
> From: pwd AT rice.edu
> To: lb AT thenalls.net
> Date: 3:26:39 PM, 06.30.2016
> Subject: Mimosa Yellows
> ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
>
>
>
> Shirley's post about Mimosa Yellows in Brazos County sent me back to one I
> thought I had seen in 2007 in Houston County
> >>(similar latitude):
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>http://www.philipwdavis.com/txbutterflymimosayellow.html
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>This is certainly out of the normal range, and I was never quite
> convinced that what I had seen was a Mimosa
> >>Yellow.
> >>
> >>
> >>Best,
> >>Philip Davis
> >>Lovelady,
> >>Houston, County
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
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Subject: Re: Mimosa Yellows
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:40:55 -0500
Philip and Shirley,
The accepted way of distinguishing Little and Mimosa Yellows is to look at the 
hind wing where it meets the body (just above the legs). If there are two small 
black dots, it is Little Yellow; if none, Mimosa. According to the rule, 
Philip's is Little Yellow. 

Shirley's butterfly is more problematic, having one spot only. (Since the mark 
appears on both sides of the butterfly, I think it must be a spot and not 
damage.) If you look at the trailing edge of the forewing, you will see that 
the fringe is reddish-brown. I have observed this color frequently on Little 
Yellow, and never on Mimosa Yellow. Therefore, although I cannot be absolutely 
certain, I would tend to think this butterfly is also a Little Yellow. 

http://butterfliesofamerica.com/pyrisitia_nise_nelphe_live1.htm
http://butterfliesofamerica.com/pyrisitia_l_lisa_live1.htm

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

 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
From: pwd AT rice.edu
To: lb AT thenalls.net
Date: 3:26:39 PM, 06.30.2016
Subject: Mimosa Yellows
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~



Shirley's post about Mimosa Yellows in Brazos County sent me back to one I 
thought I had seen in 2007 in Houston County 

>>(similar latitude):
>> 
>>
>> 
>>http://www.philipwdavis.com/txbutterflymimosayellow.html
>> 
>>
>>
>>This is certainly out of the normal range, and I was never quite convinced 
that what I had seen was a Mimosa 

>>Yellow.
>>
>>
>>Best,
>>Philip Davis
>>Lovelady, 
>>Houston, County
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
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Subject: ID confirmation-Mimosa Yellow in Kurten?
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:15:53 -0500
I would like confirmation of this Mimosa Yellow found today in my new
butterfly garden here in Kurten, TX.

first 3 photos:

http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/recentimages#page-0

Thanks,
Shirley
Kurten (Bryan) TX

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Subject: Re: RFI-Tropical Buckeye ID
From: Nick Grishin <grishin AT CHOP.SWMED.EDU>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:42:43 -0500
I'm happy that I know the answer. It is *coenia*. This wing pattern 
variation even received a "form" name "rubrosuffusa", from Kansas:
http://www.butterfliesofamerica.com/L/ih/junonia0007_i.htm
Have fun! n

On Wed, 29 Jun 2016, Joseph Miller wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Not exactly a Texas leps post here, but I am looking for opinions on the ID
> of a interesting buckeye found in central Kansas yesterday, (photos here
> .) It
> does seem to show many of the characteristics of the *evarete *subspecies
> of Tropical, but since that species has never been recorded in Kansas,
> (that I'm aware of, at least), I'd like to have people with more experience
> with the species weigh in on the ID.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Joseph Miller
> Nickerson, Kansas
> Reno County Birdmen 
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Subject: RFI-Tropical Buckeye ID
From: Joseph Miller <josephlowellmiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:25:35 -0500
Hi all,

Not exactly a Texas leps post here, but I am looking for opinions on the ID
of a interesting buckeye found in central Kansas yesterday, (photos here
.) It
does seem to show many of the characteristics of the *evarete *subspecies
of Tropical, but since that species has never been recorded in Kansas,
(that I'm aware of, at least), I'd like to have people with more experience
with the species weigh in on the ID.

Thanks!

Joseph Miller
Nickerson, Kansas
Reno County Birdmen 

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Subject: Blue-eyed Sailor at Santa Ana NWR, 6/27/16
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:53:38 -0400
Good stuff at Santa Ana NWR today included Blue-eyed Sailor on the sidewalk by 
the old manager's residence area, East-Mexican White-Skipper, Ruddy Daggerwing 
and three Banded Peacocks. Photos and list are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2016/06/santa-ana-nwr-62716.html


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Subject: Austin Butterfly Forum Annual Butterfly Count on Saturday, June 25, 2016 and Monthly Meeting on Monday, June 27, 2016
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:53:10 -0500
*Austin Butterfly Forum’s Annual Butterfly Count*

*8:00 a.m., Saturday, June 25, 2016 Zilker Botanical Garden Center Parking
Lot*
------------------------------


The Austin Butterfly Forum’s Annual Butterfly Count will be held Saturday,
June 25, 2016 beginning at 8:00 a.m.

To participate, please meet at Zilker Botanical Garden Center parking lot*
(2220 Barton Springs Road).  *Everyone is welcome, including all skill
levels.* We count within a 15 mile diameter circle centered at Mount
Bonnell. In addition to Zilker, and we visit many of the best
butterfly-friendly locales around town, including the Barton Creek
Greenbelt and St. Edward's Park. We work as a single group and, although
our primary focus will be butterflies, we are also interested in moths and
other insects.

This is the butterfly equivalent of the Audubon Christmas Bird count. The
results are submitted to the North American Butterfly Association (NABA).

Long pants, hat, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent are recommended.
Bring close focusing binoculars if you have them. Be prepared to walk
through wet areas and brush. The count typically lasts until mid-afternoon,
although you may leave at any time. We will break for lunch at a local
restaurant between stops.

If it rains Saturday, we may re-schedule to the following day. For more
information contact Dan Hardy . (512.656.5848).


**There is a nominal fee to park at Zilker*

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


*Call the SWAT Team*
*How to Manage Mosquitoes in the Urban Environment*

*Presented by Todd Jackson*
*Monday, June 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.*
*Zilker Botanical Garden Center*

Every year around this time a few citizens reach out to the Surface Water
Team of the Watershed Protection Department because they think that droves
of mosquitoes are emerging from the neighborhood creek or pond. City
environmental scientists have found that this has not yet been true and
that the real story is much more insidious.  Please join Todd Jackson and
The Austin Butterfly Forum on Monday evening, June 27, to learn the
details of this story and recommendations that are being made on how best
to manage the real threat posed by the mosquitoes that live among us.

Todd Jackson studied biology at University of North Texas where he
investigated the use of insects as biological indicators to evaluate land
management practices over time. Specifically, he examined the changes in
grasshopper (Orthoptera: Acrididae) species assemblages on grazed versus
non-grazed grasslands at Camp Bowie in central Texas.

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Subject: Dark Kite-Swallowtail at Old Hildalgo Pumphouse, 6/5/16
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016 14:56:41 -0400
Tripp Davenport found a Dark Kite-Swallowtail yesterday at the Old Hidalgo 
Pumpuse gardens. Earlier in the day we found several Hoary Skippers along with 
Ornythion Swallowtail, Giant White and Guava Skipper at the Santa Ana NWR 
gardens. List and photos are on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2016/06/dark-kite-swallowtail-at-old-hidalgo.html 



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Subject: Santa Ana NWR, 5/31/16
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2016 21:14:31 -0400
Good stuff seen the past four days at Santa Ana NWR include Hoary Skipper, 
East-Mexican White-Skipper, Banded Peacock, Two-barred Flasher and Brown-banded 
Skipper. Also seen but not by me were Orange-crescent Groundstreak and Ruddy 
Hairstreak. Photos and list are on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2016/05/hoary-skipper-at-santa-ana-nwr-5-31-16.html 



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Subject: Resaca de la Palma, 5/26/16
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 22:10:50 -0400
Lots of good stuff this morning at Resaca de La Palma State Park in Cameron 
County. Butterflies included Falcate Skipper, Band-celled Sister, Boisduval's 
Yellow, Mimosa Skipper and Mexican Bluewing. Photos and list are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2016/05/resasca-de-la-palma-52616.html


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Subject: last 12 months were the 2nd wettest May-April period since 1895 for TX
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 22:04:53 -0500
NWS San Antonio reports:

May 2015 to April 2016 was the 2nd wettest May-April period since 1895 for
TX; record wettest for OK, IL, NE, & SD!

https://twitter.com/NWSSanAntonio/status/733832804962697218

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Subject: Edinburg Scenic Wetlands Tuesday Butterfly Walk 5/17/16
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 12:19:27 -0500
Hello all,

We got some much needed rain this past weekend down here in the Rio Grande
Valley, so this morning's butterfly walk was pretty steamy, but the partly
cloudy conditions helped just a little bit.

Lots of flowers are currently in bloom in the park including; Wild Petunia,
Crucita, Widelia, and the Button Bushes along the dragonfly pond, which
tend to attract some nice butterflies.

We found 36 species during the walk. *Great Southern Whites* were in good
numbers all over the gardens as well as *Lyside Sulphurs*. A few *Zebra
Heliconians* were patrolling some trails. A *Crimson Patch *was observed
ovipositing on Carlowrightia parviflora. A fresh *Guava Skipper* was
enjoying the Buttonbush flowers. Fresh *Turk's-cap White-Skippers* were
easy to find since there's plenty of their host plant in the park. A good
number of *Cyna Blues* were in the new butterfly garden beds across the
street from the parking lot, which were a nice surprise!

We lacked hairstreaks surprisingly.

Butterfly Walks will go through most of the summer and with the recent
rains we should start seeing an increase in diversity in the coming weeks.
Join us!

Tuesday Butterfly Walk
10:00am-11:30am

Admission:
$3 Adults
$2 Seniors/Students
Kids 5yrs and below enter free.

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & WBC
714 S Raul Longoria Rd, Edinburg, TX 78542  (Hidalgo co.)
(956)381-9922

Hope to see you this season,
Javi Gonzalez
Naturalist Educator

Here's the full list from this morning.

36 Species:

Giant Swallowtail
Checkered White
Great Southern White
Cloudless Sulphur
Large Orange Sulphur
Little Yellow
Lyside Sulphur
Dainty Sulphur
Dusky-blue Groundstreak
Cassius Blue
Cyna Blue
Reakirt's Blue
Fatal Metalmark
Red-bordered Metalmark
American Snout
Gulf Fritillary
Zebra Heliconian
Crimson Patch
Pearl Crescent
Phaon Crescent
Vesta Crescent
White Peacock
Monarch
Queen
Guava Skipper
Brown Longtail
White Checkered-Skipper
Tropical Checkered-Skipper
Laviana White-Skipper
Turk's-cap White-Skipper
Fawn-spotted Skipper
Clouded Skipper
Fiery Skipper
Whirlabout
Celia's Roadside-Skipper
Eufala Skipper

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Subject: Crimson Patch egg laying frenzy at NBC, 5/12/16
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 13:34:32 -0400
A couple of days ago I encountered a number of Crimson Patches ovipositing at 
the National Butterfly Center. Here are some photos on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2016/05/crimson-patch-eggathon-orgy-at-nbc-51216.html 



Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: May 23, 2016 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 19:55:22 -0500
*Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting*



*Coevolution of Plants and the Pollinating Beetles of Texas **Presented by
Mike Quinn*

*Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Zilker Botanical Garden Center*

Mike Quinn will discuss the evolution of plants and the association of
flower shapes to insect pollination while focusing on beetles which
represent the greatest diversity among all pollinators.

Former Austin Butterfly Forum President Mike Quinn earned degrees in
Entomology and Wildlife from Texas A&M University. He has worked on
ornithological, botanical and entomological projects for local, state and
federal agencies and was the first statewide invertebrate biologist for
Texas Parks and Wildlife. He is currently photographing the beetles of Texas
.



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TX 78723.

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Subject: Elm Sawfly larvae common in Austin but locally? *Abundant* in Denton Co.
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:27:04 -0500
walking a mile up upstream from Barton Springs Pool, we saw a half dozen
elm sawfly larvae last weekend in Austin.

But Linda reports "Hundreds of them at base of these 2 trees that have
peeling bark. Leaves appear to be small but mostly eaten so hard to tell!
Denton County."


https://www.facebook.com/entomike/posts/10208045949738036?comment_id=10208046443510380¬if_t=feed_comment¬if_id=1461968042800603 

shorter: http://bit.ly/21kcFwa


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=752746304862272&set=p.752746304862272&type=3&theater 

shorter: http://bit.ly/23ePItG

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Elm Sawfly - Cimbex americana - BugGuide Page
http://bugguide.net/node/view/37878

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Subject: Butterfly Walks at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:45:14 -0500
Hello butterflyers,

Butterfly walks are coming back to the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands (Edinburg,
Hidalgo co.) beginning next week (5/3)! Walks will go on every Tuesday from
10:00am-11:30am through the summer.

The EWBC gardens are looking good for the opening walk next week with a
nice variety of nectar plants starting to bloom! Butterfly diversity is on
the rise as well!

The EWBC gardens and trails (3.5 acres) are easy to get around in with very
little walking involved. In the garden you'll find a great diversity of
native host and nectar plants that attract a growing diversity of butterfly
species. This is a great place to get some inspiration if you plan to build
a butterfly garden at your home. We lend binoculars (with a valid driver's
license) that focus close enough to get good looks at the butterflies we'll
encounter.

Butterfly Walks are free with paid admission to the park: $3 adults and $2
seniors and students.

We are excited about the walks and we're looking forward to seeing what we
find in the gardens this Spring/Summer.

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & WBC (956)381-9922
Edinburg, Hidalgo county
Naturalist Educator
Javi Gonzalez

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Subject: Seabrooke Leckie's Speaking, Walking and Blacklighting ABF Events - April 23-26
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:43:42 -0500
The Austin Butterfly Forum is pleased to welcome Seabrooke Leckie to Austin
(from Perth, Ontario) for a series of events including her speaking to our
group on her experiences with the creation of the Peterson Field Guide to
Moths of Northeastern North America, from idea to contract to publication.
She will also offer numerous moth identification tips she learned through
experience.

*Behind the Scenes of the Peterson Moth Guides* by Seabrooke Leckie - Apr.
25, 2016, ABF meeting at Zilker Botanical Gardens, 2220 Barton Springs Rd.
http://austinbutterflies.org/calendar.html

*Saturday* -  23 APR

evening blacklighting at Austin Nature & Science Center, at 7:30 -9:30 pm
(park under the MoPac overpass at 2389 Stratford Drive)
this event will be open everyone for free.
bring a flashlight

The following events free and open to ABF members.
non-members can attend Seabrooke's Monday night program for $10 (or join
ABF for $20 per household and attend all activities!)

*Sunday *-  24 APR

morning walk at Austin Nature & Science Center starting at 9 am (park under
the MoPac overpass at 2389 Stratford Drive)
lunch at The Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd
afternoon walk at Brackenridge Field Lab (BFL) 2907 Lake Austin Blvd and/or
tour of the UT insect Collection 3001 Lake Austin Blvd
dinner at Maudie's Tex-Mex Restaurant - 2608 W 7th St, Austin, TX (walking
distance from BFL)
evening blacklight at BFL - Bring a flashlight. We hope to set up lights
near the BFL classrooms and another set down by the river.  (BFL activities
also open to BFL/UT Volunteers)

*Monday *-  25 APR

morning walk at Barton Creek Greenbelt, (Barton Springs Pool trail head)
starting at 9 am.
lunch at Chuy's Tex-Mex 1728 Barton Springs Rd (or Green Mesquite BBQ 1400
Barton Springs Rd)
afternoon walk at Barton Creek Greenbelt (Hwy 360 entrance)
evening ABF Program at Zilker: Behind the Scenes of the Peterson Moth
Guides. Doors open ~6:30 pm. http://austinbutterflies.org/calendar.html

*Tuesday *-  26 APR

morning walk at LBJWC, meet in the central courtyard at 9 am (LBJWC
entrance fees apply)
+Note, Seabrooke will have to leave at 11 am to catch her plane


Thanks,

Mike Quinn, vice president
Austin Butterfly Forum
entomike AT gmail.com
512-577-0250 - cell (call or text)
(I'll be on the road all next week, but you should be able to reach me
primarily via my cell number)

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Subject: AUSTIN BUTTERFLY FORUM APRIL 25 MEETING AND MAY 7 WORKSHOP
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:37:17 -0500
*Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting*



*Behind the Scenes of the Peterson Moth Guides *

*by Seabrooke Leckie *

*Monday, April 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.*


How many field guides do you own?  Have you ever wondered what goes into
making one? Seabrooke Leckie will share her experiences with the creation
of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America, from
idea to contract to publication, and compare the unique challenges
presented by the follow-up guide to moths of the southeast. She'll also
offer tips, drawn from lessons learned while working on the books, on how
to improve your expertise on moth identification
(or any other group).

Seabrooke Leckie is a freelance biologist and writer, co-author of the
Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America. She lives in
eastern Ontario, Canada, at a country house where she can enjoy nature just
by stepping into her backyard. Her current undertakings include a new
Peterson moth guide for the southeast (target release date: late 2017),
pursuing publication of her novels and a toddler. This program is free for
Austin Butterfly Forum members, but there is a *$10 admission for
non-members**.*



*How to Know and Grow Austin Butterflies Workshop*

*Zilker Botanical Garden Center*


*Saturday, May 7, 2016 10 am to 4 pm*

Learning to identify common butterflies of our area is only one aspect of
the Austin Butterfly Forum’s Annual Butterfly Workshop, held from 10:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Zilker Botanical Garden Center.
Topics will cover caterpillar food plants, how to raise caterpillars, watch
metamorphosis at home, and strategies for caterpillar survival and
identification, as well as books and resources about this rapidly growing
hobby. The workshop will include a light lunch and a walk to identify
butterflies in the Zilker Botanical Garden. Participants will be given
plants to take home to begin attracting butterflies to their own gardens.

To register, please contact Jeff Taylor at 512-255-0368 or
kscjtaylor AT prodigy.net .

Fee for the workshop is *$35.00* with a *light lunch provided*.

*Membership*

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events. We also treat members to some extra goodies, such as reduced
admission to special programs that have a fee and discounts on purchases
made at meetings. Membership is $20 annually per household, payable during
meetings or by mail to Doris Hill, ABF Treasurer, 1605 Broadmoor, Austin,
TX 78723.



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Subject: Banded Patch at National Butterfly Center, 4/8/16
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 21:49:03 -0400
A Banded Patch was among 57 species of butterflies seen today at the National 
Butterfly Center. Photos and list are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2016/04/banded-patch-at-nbc-4816.html


Dan Jones, Weslaco, TX

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Subject: US Record Skipper in Bentsen SP
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 10:32:20 -0500
A Nikko Skipper (Niconiades nikko) was found by John Rosford on 4/06/16,
near the Visitor Center of Bentsen SP in Mission.  John was shooting video
at the time and was able to get 90 seconds of the skipper before it flew.
Subsequent searching that day and on 4/07/16 have failed to relocate it.
Nikko is a familiar skipper in NE Mexico and southward.

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX

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Subject: Plebeian Sphinx Moth?
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 00:34:04 -0500
Is this correct?  Kurten TX 4-7-16

http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/moths#page-0

Thanks,
Shirley Wilkerson
Kurten, TX

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Subject: Re: interesting blog/paper on the *rapid* rise of citizen science related publications...
From: "Robert J. \"Bob\" Nuelle, Jr." <bob.nuelle.jr AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2016 10:05:49 -0500
We have been in this movement for a while now. Professionally mentored Citizen 
Science is extremely important. This is the future - along with crowd funding 
for scientific research - Investigate thsi site http://www.experiment.com 

Our successful project: 
(https://experiment.com/projects/how-has-a-hemileuca-moth-evolved-to-live-in-a-unique-coastal-texas-ecosystem) 


About Citizen Science:
I speak from my own personal experience because, even though my son Robert and 
I are now Research Associates at Sam Houston State University, our 11 year 
research project into the coastal population of Hemileuca in Texas and our 
research efforts since December 2005 were initially conducted independent of 
our recent appointment at SHSU. The association with SHSU helped us to finish 
the project, and that is the mentoring part that is so important. 


We have actually published 2 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals and 
these papers have been well received. In order for Citizen Science to be 
valuable there must be oversight and assistance provided from credentialed 
individual or mentors. We had the assistance of several amazing professionals 
(Dr. Will Godwin, Dr., Richard Peigler, among many - see our acknowledgements 
in teh linked published articles.) Citizen Science social media inspired 
mega-projects like iNaturalist (http://www.inaturalist.org) will be the way 
that science expands in the face of a scarcity of funds and de-emphasis on 
funding natural history collections. 


We believe that our contributions have enormous value and we continue to 
tirelessly work on active research. We are working to help preserve and build 
Natural History collections, however, we can. The future looks bright for those 
of us in science -- building a strong mentoring relationship with intelligent 
people (Dr. Peigler at Incarnate Word, Dr. Godwin & Jerry Cook at SHSU - John 
Karges at TNC and of course Ben Hutchins, Cliff Shackleford, Jason Singhurst et 
al at TPWD) leads to research opportunities - access to research areas and if 
the individuals are committed and well mentored - valuable science. But IT MUST 
BE PUBLISHED in a peer reviewed journal and enter the mainstream according to 
the accepted and time honored processes established by Academics. 


Our latest Efforts:

Biogeography of a disjunct population of Hemileuca peigleri (Lepidoptera: 
Saturniidae) in the coastal bend of Texas 

http://www.entomoljournal.com/archives/2016/vol4issue1/PartH/4-1-27.pdf

Practical advice on the rearing of Saturniid caterpillars with notes on 
specimen preservation and parasitoid research 

http://www.entomoljournal.com/vol3Issue4/pdf/3-1-49.1.pdf

iNaturalist Projects

Davis Mountains - Mount Livermore (Long Term Distributional Study - 203 Species 
observed) 

http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/livermore-ranch

Powderhorn Ranch Conservation Area (Long Term Distributional Study- 90 Species 
observed) 

http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/powderhorn-ranch-conservation-project

Sincerely,

Robert J./ "Bob" Nuelle, Jr. AICEZS
Research Associate Sam Houston State Natural History Collections
Curator East Texas Natural History Collection

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Subject: interesting blog/paper on the *rapid* rise of citizen science related publications...
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 09:12:09 -0500
*Examining new trends in citizen science*
February 2, 2016 by Jennifer Grigg, Plos Blogs
[image: Examining new trends in citizen science]
Figure showing the growth of published peer reviewed articles on citizen
science, from 1997 to 2014. Figure from Follet and Strezov, PLOS ONE.


In total, 1127 unique articles were reviewed, from these 239 were excluded
for not being directly related to citizen science (as above).

Follet and Strezov reported that the first citizen science article was
published in 1997. In the years following, few articles were published
until 2007 during which 6 papers were presented at the Ecological Society
of America Meeting. After this, the number of peer-reviewed citizen science
articles increased substantially.

The most widely published topic where citizen science contributed to the
project was biology, with 72% of articles falling into this category.
Biology-related citizen science articles also experienced a rapid growth in
the number of publications, at a faster rate than all other scientific
fields. The most common objectives among the biology-related articles was
to assess the diversity and distribution of species, in particular birds.

The findings of Follet and Strezov's study is supported by the results of a
recent meta-analysis published in *PLOS ONE*, which identified biology,
conservation and ecology as the primary fields utilising citizen science.
The study also reported the highest scientific output is generated in the
fields of ornithology, astronomy, meteorology and microbiology.

A caveat of publishing research generated in part from citizen scientists
is that many of these volunteers received no formal training, bringing the
quality and reliability of the data into question. However, these issues
can be addressed. Researchers can design standardised monitoring protocols
to identify unreliable data, or prevent the collection of poor quality
data, by using tools such as data entry forms with automated error checking
capabilities. In their study Follet and Strezov found that an increasing
number of publications were centred on addressing the methodologies and
validation techniques researchers can use to detect errors in data and
reduce the occurrence of these errors and eliminate bias.

Overall, the study reported the number of citizen science publications are
increasing. But, according to another recent study
 reviewing
the contributions of citizen science projects, only 12% of bio-diversity
related citizen science projects contributed data that resulted in
peer-reviewed scientific articles. So as it seems, there is still room to
increase the acceptance of citizen science.

*What does the future hold for citizen science?*

Citizen science is becoming ever more popular and is rapidly enabling
non-experts to contribute to the growing field of scientific knowledge. One
of the major benefits of citizen science is that it allows researchers to
utilise resources to analyse large volumes of data quickly, often with
lower financial cost. Furthermore, data can be collected from a wider
demographic of participants over a much larger spatial scale that
researchers would not necessarily have the time or resources to monitor
otherwise.

The growing role of citizen scientists in research is now being recognised
around the globe. In 2015 professional citizen science organisations were
created in Europe, Australia and the United States, and the first Citizen
Science Association Conference was held, with another one is planned for
February 2017. In the US the Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act of 2015
was introduced to encourage the use of citizen science within the federal
government. As technology develops and more people have access to the
resources available over the internet, this increases opportunities to
engage wider audiences in a diverse range of projects. Based on current
trends, this should mean that more of the journal articles published in
2016 will celebrate the contribution of the citizen scientists around the
world.
full text: http://phys.org/news/2016-02-trends-citizen-science.html#jCp

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Ria Follett. Vladimir Strezovl. 2015. An Analysis of Citizen Science Based
Research: Usage and Publication Patterns, *PLOS ONE*. DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0143687


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Subject: Fwd: AUSTIN BUTTERFLY FORUM MEETINGS AND PROGRAMS IN MARCH AND APRIL
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:48:38 -0500
*AUSTIN BUTTERFLY FORUM MEETING*

*MONDAY, MARCH 28, 7 PM – ZILKER BOTANICAL GARDEN CENTER*


**** **HOW TO GROW NATIVE MILKWEED FOR MONARCH BUTTERFLIES by BARBARA
KELLER-WILLY*

*[image: Inline image 1]*

*Monarch Butterfly on native Swamp Milkweed* *(photo by Val Bugh)*


A former corporate continuous improvement executive with Siemens
Corporation, Barbara Keller-Willy, is now Founder and Director of a Fort
Bend County non-profit, Monarch Gateway. Monarch Gateway seeks to create
contiguous pollinator habitat across the coastal and central flyways of
Texas. She is a lead partner with the Field Museum in Chicago and US Fish
and Wildlife in the creation of a multi-city Urban Monarch Conservation
Plan, President-elect of the land conservancy, "Native Prairies Association
of Texas", and serves in various roles in other community service
organizations.  A certified Texas Master Naturalist with Fort Bend's
Coastal Prairie Texas Master Naturalist chapter, she has long been a
champion of our dwindling coastal prairie habitat and its inhabitants.
Willy is caretaker and owner of a blackland prairie family homestead in
Milam County. She is also committed to educating the children of our
communities because they will be the future caretakers of our land.

Her interest in native prairie restoration led her on an eight-year quest
to develop a propagation method for the finicky native milkweeds of Texas.
Last year Willy donated 7000 native milkweed plants to pollinator projects
across Texas. More than two years ago, in her role as Founder and Director
of Monarch Gateway, she began working with cities in Fort Bend County to
create an Urban Pollinator/Monarch Conservation Model with the hope of
expanding along the central and coastal flyways and other communities in
Texas. City employees from surrounding municipalities, especially Sugar
Land, helped develop a plan that would deliver meaningful results and be
sustainable long-term.

**** This program is free for Austin Butterfly Forum members, but there is
a $5 admission fee for non-member*



*UPCOMING BUTTERFLY FORUM MEETINGS AND OTHER EVENTS*


*APRIL 22-24, 2016: THE TEXAS POLLINATOR POW-WOW *

The Texas Pollinator Pow-Wow, a pollinator conservation conference for
Texas and beyond, will be held at the Museum of Texas Tech University, in
Lubbock, Texas, and the Tahoka Lake Pasture. For more information regarding
speakers, fees, etc., please see the Pollinator Pow-Wow 2016 website at
www.texaspollinatorpowwow.org

*APRIL 25, 2016: AUSTIN BUTTERFLY FORUM MEETING AND PROGRAM*

***** BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE PETERSON MOTH GUIDES by SEABROOKE LECKIE *

*[image: Inline image 2]*


How many field guides do you own? Have you ever wondered what goes into
making one?  Seabrooke Leckie will share her experiences with the creation
of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America, from
idea to contract to publication, and will compare the unique challenges
presented by the follow-up guide to moths of the southeast.  She'll also
offer tips drawn from lessons learned while working on the books and on how
to improve your expertise on moth identification (or any other group).



Seabrooke Leckie is a freelance biologist and writer and co-author of the
Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America. She lives in
eastern Ontario, Canada, at a country house where she can enjoy nature just
by stepping into her backyard. Her current undertakings include finishing a
new Peterson moth guide for the southeast (target release date: late 2017),
pursuing publication of her novels, and keeping up with a toddler.

***** This special program is free for Austin Butterfly Forum members, but
there is a $10 admission fee for non-members.*

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

*MEMBERSHIP*

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

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

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Subject: Duskywing Question
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2016 16:56:51 -0600
Greetings All:

I photographed a duskywing at Sundown City Park, Hockley County, early this
afternoon and am at a bit of a loss regarding an identification.  Most
duskywings flying this early in my area are Sleepy Duskywings which this is
not.  It most resembles, to my eye, Rocky Mountain Duskywing - which would
be both out of range and early.

If anybody wants to take a whack at this identification, e-mail me at
fattonybirds AT gmail.com and I will send my best photograph.

Thanks, in advance, for any help.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock

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Subject: 2016 Entoblitz will be in Medina Co. (CenTex) - April 22-24
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2016 14:10:46 -0600
This year's Texas Ento-Blitz will be held just w. of San Antonio, TX (nr.
Hondo, Medina Co.) - April 22nd-24th

Entoblitz 2016 Planning Page
http://entoblitz.tamu.edu/2016/index.php

Eagle Bluff Ranch is a private piece of land in Medina County owned by Dr.
William Calvert who has graciously allowed us to collect invertebrates on
it.

There are 2 cabins on the property with the main one (see map below) acting
as our central meeting location. This cabin and the one by the river are
also where we suggest people camp (outside the cabins only).

Entoblitz 2016 - one page PDF flyer
http://entoblitz.tamu.edu/2016/2016%20Flyer.pdf

Lodging: primitive camping on-site (two toilets) – bring your own tents or
book a hotel reservation in near-by Hondo or Bandera (suggestions on
website)

Supplies and food: you’re on your own except for Sat. night dinner and Sun.
morning breakfast – included for a fee (TBD). Campfires can be made and
please bring out what you bring in.

RSVP:

We need to know who is going and how many to expect, so please RSVP by
e-mailing Derek A. Woller (asilid AT gmail.com) with:

1) Full names of all in your party
2) Affiliation (if applicable: e.g. TAMU)
3) If you’re interested in the planned dinner/breakfast (not a full
commitment, just gauging interest to
    decide pricing)

Organizers:

-The Texas A&M University Insect Collection (TAMUIC): Ed Riley
-TAMU Entomology Graduate Student Organization (EGSO): Derek A. Woller
-TAMU Undergraduate Entomology Student Organization (UESO): Shelby
Kilpatrick and Ryan Selking


Texas Entoblitz Homepage
http://entoblitz.tamu.edu/

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Mike Quinn, Austin

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Subject: National Butterfly Center, 3/2/16
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2016 22:54:55 -0500
Lots of butterflies at the National Butterfly Center today including Banded 
Peacock, two Glazed Pellicias and at least three Double-dotted Skippers. Photos 
and list are on my blog. 
http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2016/03/national-butterfly-center-3216.html 



Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk, Fri Feb 26, 2016
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2016 14:09:40 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Feb 26, 2016

In the low 70s, mostly sun, and calm, very nice weather for butterflies.

14 participants started and saw a total of 46 species just before and
during the walk.

Mimosa Yellow was found for the first time this winter.

Thanks to Mike Rickard, Ginny Musgrave, and Dave Elder who helped locate,
identify, and show butterflies to participants.

Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus philenor
Giant Swallowtail  Papilio cresphontes
Great Southern White  Ascia monuste
Southern Dogface  Colias cesonia
Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae
Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside
Little Yellow  Eurema lisa
Mimosa Yellow  Eurema nise
Silver-banded Hairstreak  Chlorostrymon simaethis
Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa
Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon
Clytie Ministreak  Ministrymon clytie
Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius
Reakirt's Blue  Hemiargus isola
Rounded Metalmark  Calephelis perditalis
Red-bordered Metalmark  Caria ino
American Snout  Libytheana carinenta
Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae
Bordered Patch  Chlosyne lacinia
Texan Crescent  Phyciodes texana
Vesta Crescent  Phyciodes vesta
Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon
American Lady  Vanessa virginiensis
White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae
Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa
Hermes Satyr  Hermeuptychia hermes
Monarch  Danaus plexippus
Queen  Danaus gilippus
White-striped Longtail  Chioides catillus
Long-tailed Skipper  Urbanus proteus
Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne
Mournful Duskywing  Erynnis tristis
Funereal Duskywing  Erynnis funeralis
White Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus albescens
Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus
Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana
Turk's-cap White-Skipper  Heliopetes macaira
Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia
Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia
Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius
Southern Skipperling  Copaeodes minimus
Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus
Whirlabout  Polites vibex
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala
Ocola Skipper  Panoquina ocola

Rick Snider - Host Volunteer
Butterfly walks are Fridays at 1:30
Plant walks are Thursdays at 10AM.

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Subject: Flying in Hockley County
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Feb 2016 12:59:01 -0600
Greetings All:

With incredibly warm weather we are seeing a fair amount of early blooming
wildlfowers and attendant butterflies.

I am not super with wildflowers but blooming wildflowers I saw in Hockley
County yesterday included Henbit (a mint), Wild Geranium, Dandelion, a
mustard with small yellow flowers, a mustard with small white flowers, and
some pincushion flower at an abandoned homestead.  Abandoned lilacs at
homesteads appear to be one, maybe two, weeks from blooming.

Butterflies seen in Hockley County yesterday - with about 75 miles of road
covered - included almost a dozen Checkered Whites, more than a dozen
Orange Sulphurs, more than a dozen Dainty Sulphurs, two Reakirt's Blues,
one very worn Variegated Fritillary, and one very fresh American Lady.
This is quite a lot of butterfly activity for so early in the year.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock

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Subject: Falcate Orangetips - Comanche, TX
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2016 22:52:09 -0600
They were flying all over our farm in Comanche, TX today.

also:

Sleepy Orange
Orange Sulphur
American Lady
Common/White Checkered-Skipper
Black Swallowtail
Red Admiral


Shirley Wilkerson

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Subject: Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk, Fri Feb 19, 2016
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2016 18:52:22 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Feb 19, 2016

80 degrees, sun, and fairly strong wind from the south that made it
difficult at times to get looks and photos of butterflies on mistflowers
waving in the wind.

12 participants found 40 species just before and during the walk, the
highest species count so far for this winter.

Highlights were Silver-banded Hairstreak, White-patched Skipper, and Ocola
Skipper.

We did not find the Guava Skipper, Black Swallowtail, Olive-clouded
Skipper, Mournful Duskywing, and Texan Crescent seen in the past week.

Thanks to Mike Rickard, Ginny Musgrave, and Dave Elder who helped locate,
identify, and show butterflies to participants.

Giant Swallowtail  Papilio cresphontes
Great Southern White  Ascia monuste
Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae
Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe
Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside
Silver-banded Hairstreak  Chlorostrymon simaethis
Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa
Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon
Clytie Ministreak  Ministrymon clytie
Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius
Fatal Metalmark  Calephelis nemesis
Rounded Metalmark  Calephelis perditalis
Red-bordered Metalmark  Caria ino
American Snout  Libytheana carinenta
Vesta Crescent  Phyciodes vesta
Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon
Pearl Crescent  Phyciodes tharos
Question Mark  Polygonia interrogationis
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae
Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa
Hermes Satyr  Hermeuptychia hermes
Queen  Danaus gilippus
Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne
White-patched Skipper  Chiomara asychis
Funereal Duskywing  Erynnis funeralis
White Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus albescens
Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus
Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana
Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia
Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia
Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius
Southern Skipperling  Copaeodes minimus
Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus
Whirlabout  Polites vibex
Southern Broken-Dash  Wallengrenia otho
Sachem  Atalopedes campestris
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala
Ocola Skipper  Panoquina ocola

Rick Snider - Host Volunteer
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Plant walks are Thursdays at 10AM.

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Subject: CORRECTED AUSTIN BUTTERFLY FORUM FEBRUARY 22, 2016 PROGRAM
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:15:30 -0600
*Corrected Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting Program*



*Monday, February 22, 2016 7 PM – Zilker Botanical Garden Center*




*Giant Skippers:  Fascinating Butterflies - presented by Bill Dempwolf *
Texas is in the middle of the world-wide range for Giant Skippers, which
range from Costa Rica in the south to North Dakota in the north.  Bill
Dempwolf will discuss the fascinating life of Giant Skippers.  Mounted
specimens and yucca roots with immatures forming tents will be available
for examination.

Bill Dempwolf is an engineer by education and an enthusiastic amateur
lepidopterist.  He first became interested in butterflies as a youth, due
to his father's interest.  School and starting a career interfered with
butterflies until about 10 years ago.  Over the past 10 years Bill has
taken many butterfly trips, including to Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and
Kentucky, as well as yearly trips to the Rio Grande Valley.

Thank you for continuing to help us to get the word out.



*The Austin Butterfly Forum meets at **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!



*Membership*

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


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

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TX-BUTTERFLY archives: 
Subject: CHANGE TO AUSTIN BUTTERFLY FORUM PROGRAM ON FEBRUARY 22, 2016
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2016 20:43:29 -0600
There has been a change to the program on February 22, 2016.  We hope to
get the specific details to you as soon as possible.  If you haven't
publicized the event, please wait until we have provided you with the
correct information.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your assistance in
this matter.

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Subject: February 22, 2016 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2016 18:21:24 -0600
*Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting*



*Monday, February 22, 7 PM – Zilker Botanical Garden Center*



*Coevolution of Plants and the Pollinating Beetles of Texas* - *Presented
by Mike Quinn*



Mike Quinn will discuss the evolution of plants and the association of
flower shapes to insect pollination while focusing on beetles which
represent the greatest diversity among all pollinators.

Former Austin Butterfly Forum President Mike Quinn earned degrees in
Entomology and Wildlife from Texas A&M University. He has worked on
ornithological, botanical and entomological projects for local, state and
federal agencies and was the first statewide invertebrate biologist for
Texas Parks and Wildlife. He is currently photographing the beetles of
Texas.

Thank you for continuing to help us to get the word out.



*The Austin Butterfly Forum meets at **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!



*Membership*

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



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

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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk Friday Feb 12, 2016
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:59:40 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Feb 12, 2016

80 degrees, full sun, and light breeze from the south, perfect. 22
participants found 34 species just before and during the walk.

A lucky few found a Guava Skipper in the parking lot on azureum just before
the walk. Other highlights were Silver-banded Hairstreak, White-patched
Skipper, and a Mexican Bluewing opening and closing its wings on a tree
trunk far away from the bait station.

Thanks to those who took photos that helped greatly with some
identifications. Thanks also to Mike Rickard, Ginny Musgrave, and Dave
Elder who helped locate, identify, and show butterflies to participants.

Southern Dogface  Colias cesonia
Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae
Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe
Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside
Little Yellow  Eurema lisa
Silver-banded Hairstreak  Chlorostrymon simaethis
Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa
Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon
Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius
American Snout  Libytheana carinenta
Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae
Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae
Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa
Hermes Satyr  Hermeuptychia hermes
Queen  Danaus gilippus
Guava Skipper  Phocides polybius
Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne
White-patched Skipper  Chiomara asychis
Funereal Duskywing  Erynnis funeralis
White Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus albescens
Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus
Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana
Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia
Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia
Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius
Southern Skipperling  Copaeodes minimus
Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus
Whirlabout  Polites vibex
Southern Broken-Dash  Wallengrenia otho
Sachem  Atalopedes campestris
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala

Rick Snider - Host Volunteer
Butterfly walks are Fridays at 1:30
Plant walks are Thursdays at 10AM.

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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk Fri Feb 5, 2016
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 20:31:21 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Feb 5, 2016

The temperature was in the 60s with total cloud and 10 mph SE wind. 6 of us
braved the non butterfly friendly weather and headed out to see what we
could find. We were surprised to see 13 species.

There were 17 Red Admirals on the butterfly food around noon just before
the heavy cloud rolled in. During the walk the food also attracted a
Question Mark and Mexican Bluewing.

Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon
Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius
Question Mark  Polygonia interrogationis
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa
Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus
Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana
Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia
Southern Skipperling  Copaeodes minimus
Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus
Whirlabout  Polites vibex
Southern Broken-Dash  Wallengrenia otho
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala

Rick Snider - Host Volunteer
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Plant walks are Thursdays at 10AM.

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TX-BUTTERFLY archives: 
Subject: Butterflies at Nat. Butterfly Center Jan 30th
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:46:23 -0600
Other butterflies (other than the Cyna Blue) seen at the NBC on Jan 30th
 can be seen here  (saw about 22 species and photographed about 20):

http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/januarylrgvbutterflies2016#page-0

Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan, TX

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TX-BUTTERFLY archives: 
Subject: Four cases of Zika in Nuevo León - Feb 4
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:02:43 -0600
Cuatro casos de zika en Nuevo León, confirman autoridades
04 / Febrero / 2016

El Secretario de Salud en Nuevo León, Manuel de la O Cavazos, confirmó
cuatro casos de zika en la entidad, pero dijo que durante la temporada de
calor, que ya se aproxima, el número de pacientes podría dispararse.

The Secretary of Health in Nuevo Leon, Manuel de la O Cavazos confirmed
four cases of Zika in the state, but said that during the hot season, which
is approaching, the number of patients could skyrocket.

full:

http://www.imagen.com.mx/cuatro-casos-de-zika-en-nuevo-leon-confirman-autoridades 


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Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Re: Consumer Reports rates mosquito repellents...
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 19:03:52 -0600
Perhaps we should be broadcasting Mosquito Dunks in populated areas for awhile.
http://www.planetnatural.com/product/mosquito-dunks/ 
 


Looks like Texas is in for another drought. 



> On Feb 4, 2016, at 5:53 PM, Mike Quinn  wrote:
> 
> Consumer Reports is releasing free to the public its exclusive test results 
and Ratings of mosquito repellents—including those that will protect you best 
against Aedes mosquitoes, the type that carry Zika. 

> 
> Discussion and test results:
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> 
http://www.consumerreports.org/insect-repellents/mosquito-repellents-that-best-protect-against-zika 
 

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> or: http://bit.ly/1R7AWmz 
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> One Page PDF of Test Results
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http://www.consumerreports.org/content/dam/cro/news_articles/health/Consumer-Reports-Insect-Repellent-Ratings-February-2016.pdf 
 

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Subject: Consumer Reports rates mosquito repellents...
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:53:40 -0600
Consumer Reports is releasing free to the public its exclusive test results
and Ratings of mosquito repellents—including those that will protect you
best against Aedes mosquitoes, the type that carry Zika.

Discussion and test results:


http://www.consumerreports.org/insect-repellents/mosquito-repellents-that-best-protect-against-zika 


or: http://bit.ly/1R7AWmz

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One Page PDF of Test Results


http://www.consumerreports.org/content/dam/cro/news_articles/health/Consumer-Reports-Insect-Repellent-Ratings-February-2016.pdf 


or: http://bit.ly/1NT3YQd

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Subject: Query
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:22:22 -0600
.
.Did this forum die on the vine or am I just somehow disengaged?

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Independent consulting.
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120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: Cyna Blue at National Butterfly Center
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:43:03 -0600
Here is a photo of one from yesterday afternoon at the NBC in south Texas.

Shirley Wilkerson
visiting the LRGV

http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/recentimages#photo-5733189/T1200800

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Subject: Cyna Blue at NBC Saturday
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:33:43 -0600
Had one yesterday (sort if in the middle of the gardens) nearest the
river.  Will post a photo shortly.

Shirley Wilkerson
Visiting McAllen

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Subject: Butterfly Walk Fri Jan 29, 2016
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 19:05:58 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Jan 29, 2016

The weather was great, temperature in the mid 70s with almost full sun and
light wind from the SE.  21 participated, with many experienced butterfly
enthusiasts. We recorded 33 species during the 2 h walk.

Highlights were: Turk's Cap White Skipper and Red-bordered Metalmark both
firsts for our winter outings, several Silver-banded Hairstreaks, a
Soldier, and a Mexican Bluewing at the butterfly station.

Thanks to Mike and Ginny and Jan for their assistance with finding new
species and helping with identifications.

Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe
Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside
Little Yellow  Eurema lisa
Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis iole
Silver-banded Hairstreak  Chlorostrymon simaethis
Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon bazochii
Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon
Clytie Ministreak  Ministrymon clytie
Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius
Fatal Metalmark  Calephelis nemesis
Rounded Metalmark  Calephelis perditalis
Red-bordered Metalmark  Caria ino
American Snout  Libytheana carinenta
Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae
Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae
Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa
Queen  Danaus gilippus
Soldier  Danaus eresimus
Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne
Sickle-winged Skipper  Achlyodes thraso
White-patched Skipper  Chiomara asychis
Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus
Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana
Turk's-cap White-Skipper  Heliopetes macaira
Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia
Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia
Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius
Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala

Rick Snider - Host Volunteer
Butterfly walks are Fridays at 1:30
Plant walks are Thursdays at 10AM.

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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk Jan 22, 2016
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:23:22 -0600
 Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Jan 22, 2016

The temperature was in the high 60s with full sun and medium wind from the
NW.  15 of us participated. Even with the cooler temperature 30 species
were reported including those seen before the hike.

There were more butterflies on the wing than in the previous two walks.
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak and Silver-banded Hairstreaks were highights.

The group stopped to admire two male Roseate Skimmer dragonflies.
Thanks to Mike and Ginny for their assistance with identifications.

Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus philenor
Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae
Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe
Little Yellow  Eurema lisa
Silver-banded Hairstreak  Chlorostrymon simaethis
Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon bazochii
Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon
Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius
Reakirt's Blue  Hemiargus isola
Fatal Metalmark  Calephelis nemesis
Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae
Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae
Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa
Hermes Satyr  Hermeuptychia hermes
Queen  Danaus gilippus
Soldier  Danaus eresimus
Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne
White-patched Skipper  Chiomara asychis
Funereal Duskywing  Erynnis funeralis
White Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus albescens
Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus
Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana
Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia
Southern Skipperling  Copaeodes minimus
Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala

Rick Snider - Host Volunteer
Butterfly walks are Fridays at 1:30
Plant walks are Thursdays at 10AM.

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Subject: January 25, 2016 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting and Presentation
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 18:27:04 -0600
Greetings and Happy 2016,



Following is the information for the January 25, 2016 meeting of the Austin
Butterfly Forum.  Thank you for continuing to help us spread the word.



*The Austin Butterfly Forum meets at **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!



*Monday, January 25, 7 PM – Zilker Botanical Garden Center*



*Butterfly Farming: Following a Dream (or living a nightmare):*  *a
somewhat lighthearted look at the joys and frustrations of day-to-day
operations of a butterfly farm**.  Presented by Dale Clark*

Feeding thousands of hungry mouths every day is not for the fainthearted.  But,
despite the sometimes seemingly overwhelming odds of hunger, disease,
drought and/or floods, the life of a butterfly farmer can occasionally
unearth some interesting facts about the lives of the native butterflies
and moths flying around Texas.
Fascinated by butterflies and moths since he was a child, Dale Clark turned
a lifelong passion into a livelihood. In 1995 he quit his full-time ‘real
job’ and created Butterflies Unlimited, a butterfly farm south of Dallas,
Texas.  Here he began raising Texas native butterflies to sell to live
butterfly exhibits at zoos across the country, offering more than 50
species. That same year, he co-founded the Dallas County Lepidopterists’
Society.  It is a local organization which allows people of the Dallas-Fort
Worth area who share an interest in butterflies and moths to have an
opportunity to meet and go on monthly field trips. And, as if wrangling
thousands of caterpillars on ‘the ranch’ wasn’t enough, Dale became the
editor of The News of the Lepidopterists' Society.  Established in 1947,
The News is the international magazine of one of the oldest organizations
devoted to the study of butterflies and moths.

*Austin Butterfly Forum Membership*

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

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






*Austin Butterfly Forum Membership*

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

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

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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk Jan 15, 2016
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:22:12 -0600
 Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Jan 15, 201

Perfect weather, hot and sunny with a slight breeze.  16 of us participated
and a total of 26 species were seen during the day.

The Orange-barred Sulphur and Silver-banded Hairstreak were highlights.
Mexican Bluewings were still flying in the afternoon. The last butterfly
seen, after the hike was over, was a Long-tailed Skipper.
Thanks to Mike, Ginny, and Jan for their excellent assistance.

Southern Dogface  Colias cesonia
Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae
Orange-barred Sulphur  Phoebis philea
Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe
Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside
Little Yellow  Eurema lisa
Silver-banded Hairstreak  Chlorostrymon simaethis
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa
Clytie Ministreak  Ministrymon clytie
Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius
Fatal Metalmark  Calephelis nemesis
American Snout  Libytheana carinenta
Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa
Hermes Satyr  Hermeuptychia hermes
Queen  Danaus gilippus
Soldier  Danaus eresimus
Long-tailed Skipper  Urbanus proteus
Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne
Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus
Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana
Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia
Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius
Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala

Rick Snider - Host Volunteer
Butterfly walks are Fridays at 1:30
Plant walks are Thursdays at 10AM.

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