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23 May Red-sided Swallowtail, Another Record [Mike Rickard ]
23 May Edinburg Scenic Wetlands Week Review, Hidalgo Co. [Javier Gonzalez ]
22 May Santa Ana NWR, 5/22/15 [Dan Jones ]
22 May Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk [Mike Rickard ]
19 May Red-sided Swallowtail at National Butterfly Center, 5/19/15 [Dan Jones ]
17 May National Butterfly Center May 16-17 [Mike Rickard ]
17 May Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
17 May Re: Red-spotted Hairstreak - Falcon Heights [Nick Grishin ]
17 May Red-spotted Hairstreak - Falcon Heights [Berry Nall ]
17 May Love Creek NABA - June 3 [Tom Collins ]
10 May Estero Llano Grande SP Butterfly Walk, May 8, 2015 [Mike Rickard ]
10 May Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
10 May Guide to the Pentatomidae of Texas [Mike Quinn ]
9 May Medina butterflies [Graham Floyd ]
8 May Eastern Tailed-Blue at National Butterfly Center, 5/8/15 [Dan Jones ]
3 May Estero Llano Grande SP Butterfly Walk, May 1, 2015 [Mike Rickard ]
3 May Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
30 Apr Estero Llano Grande SP Butterfly Walk, April 24, 2015 [Mike Rickard ]
30 Apr Re: Glassberg casts doubt on fear of tropical milkweed... [Paul Cherubini ]
26 Apr Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
25 Apr Hayes Co. 4-25 [Jason Cole ]
24 Apr Chestnut Crescent at National Butterfly Center, 4/24/15 [Dan Jones ]
23 Apr Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk, April 17 2015 [Mike Rickard ]
22 Apr Fwd: Just One Week Until Alex Wild's Webinar! [Mike Quinn ]
21 Apr LIFER ALERT; Yucca Giant Skipper in Wilson County,Tx 4/21/15 [naturalist ]
21 Apr Christmas Mountains, Terlingua Ranch photos - Entoblitz 2015 [Mike Quinn ]
19 Apr Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
19 Apr LBJ Grasslands 4/18 [Jason Cole ]
16 Apr April 27, 2015 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting and May 2nd Butterfly Workshop [ABF Announce ]
15 Apr Re: Aberrant Pipevine Swallowtail [Mike Rickard ]
14 Apr West Texas, 4/6-7/15 [Dan Jones ]
13 Apr Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
10 Apr Estero Butterfly Walk Fri April 10, 2015 [Rick Snider ]
9 Apr RGV Butterflies, Jan-Mar 2015 [Mike Rickard ]
8 Apr Butterflies of the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands [Javier Gonzalez ]
6 Apr Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"? [Tim Jones ]
5 Apr Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
5 Apr Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"? [Paul Cherubini ]
5 Apr Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"? [Brush Freeman ]
5 Apr Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"? [Joanne Pospisil ]
5 Apr Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"? [Tim Jones ]
4 Apr FWS reference to the I-35 corridor and monarchs [Mike Quinn ]
4 Apr Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"? [Paul Cherubini ]
4 Apr Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"? [Mike Quinn ]
4 Apr Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"? [Mike Quinn ]
3 Apr Estero Butterfly Walk, Apr 3, 2015 [Rick Snider ]
3 Apr Re: anyone have any info on "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"? [Brush Freeman ]
3 Apr anyone have any info on "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"? [Mike Quinn ]
3 Apr Fwd: Glassberg casts doubt on fear of tropical milkweed... [Mike Quinn ]
30 Mar Re: Thanks for the first of the season monarch reports from s. TX [Mitch Heindel ]
29 Mar flying in Falcon Heights [Berry Nall ]
30 Mar Thanks for the first of the season monarch reports from s. TX [Mike Quinn ]
29 Mar Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk and weekly sightings [Sherry Wilson ]
1 Apr Re: Glassberg casts doubt on fear of tropical milkweed... [Paul Cherubini ]
1 Apr Glassberg casts doubt on fear of tropical milkweed... [Mike Quinn ]
7 Mar Life Cycle of a Guava Skipper has been published ["David T. Dauphin" ]
7 Mar First of Spring Falcate Orangetip [Willie Sekula ]
28 Feb Thanks for Junonia help [Anne Toal ]
27 Feb Differences between two junonia [Anne Toal ]
21 Feb Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
15 Feb Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
14 Feb Violet-banded Skipper at Resaca de la Palma [Mike Rickard ]
13 Feb Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
13 Feb Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting, February 23, 2015 [ABF Announce ]
8 Feb Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
6 Feb Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
5 Feb Monsanto Crops Pushing Monarch Butterfly to 'Verge of Extinction' [Tim Jones ]
2 Feb Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
30 Jan Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
27 Jan Texas Pollinator PowWow @ Austin (LBJWC) - February 28, $25 [Mike Quinn ]
27 Jan monarch overwintering population in Mexico up slightly from last year's record low [Mike Quinn ]
26 Jan Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk & More [Sherry Wilson ]
23 Jan Estero butterfly walk Fri Jan 23, 2015 [Rick Snider ]
19 Jan 2014 Butterflies [Mike Rickard ]
18 Jan Austin Butterfly Forum meeting, January 26 [ABF Announce ]
18 Jan Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]

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

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

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

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

Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

-A couple of *Zebra Heliconians*

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

Here's the list:

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

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

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

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



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


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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

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

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

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




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



Dan Jones, Weslaco

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

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

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 20:32:19 -0500
Band-celled Sister (two of them) were busy along the Ebony Boardwalk this
afternoon.  Friday, on a different walk, a single Band-celled Sister was
near the start of Ebony Trail.  Two fresh Mimosa Skippers were in the
garden.  A single White Peacock was near the water feature.  Despite the
cloud cover it was a very lively day.

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

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

​Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea) - Friday only
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Carolina (South Texas) Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)​

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Subject: Re: Red-spotted Hairstreak - Falcon Heights
From: Nick Grishin <grishin AT CHOP.SWMED.EDU>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 18:16:19 -0500
Yes Berry, it is echion, female. Most distinctive are a wavy submarginal 
line near forewing apex and a red discal band "{" instead of spots.
Would be most useful to collect a specimen, n

On Sun, 17 May 2015, Berry Nall wrote:

> Hi, Yesterday I was able to photograph what I believe to be a 
> Red-spotted Hairstreak, Tmolus echion. At first I thought it was a 
> Clytie Ministreak, but it behaved very differently: instead of appearing 
> whitish while flying off rapidly in erratic circles, it appeared dark 
> gray as it flew in short, slow hops. A picture may be seen on my recents 
> page: http://leps.thenalls.net/content.php?ref=recent.htm
>
> Berry Nall
> Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
> leps.thenalls.net
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Subject: Red-spotted Hairstreak - Falcon Heights
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 17:36:21 -0500
Hi,
Yesterday I was able to photograph what I believe to be a Red-spotted 
Hairstreak, Tmolus echion. At first I thought it was a Clytie Ministreak, but 
it behaved very differently: instead of appearing whitish while flying off 
rapidly in erratic circles, it appeared dark gray as it flew in short, slow 
hops. 

A picture may be seen on my recents page: 
http://leps.thenalls.net/content.php?ref=recent.htm 


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

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Subject: Love Creek NABA - June 3
From: Tom Collins <towhee AT HCTC.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 17:10:09 -0500
The Great Love Creek NABA Count will be June 3. This is a really great count as 
we have access to over 2000 acres of TNC property and several large ranches in 
the circle all with creeks and springs. Last year we totaled 61 species. The 
registration fee is covered by a generous TNC Volunteer and breakfast is 
covered by another volunteer. We meet 8am at the Core Coffee Shop in Medina 
Texas on Highway 16. 6-8 teams will depart at 8:30 and wrap up at the Apple 
Store around 2pm for lunch and count down. 


Contact Rebecca Flack (rflack AT tnc.org) to sign-up. 

Check out the bottom of the Love Creek Web Site for the Nature Checklist PDF.


http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/texas/placesweprotect/love-creek-preserve.xml 


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Subject: Estero Llano Grande SP Butterfly Walk, May 8, 2015
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 16:14:34 -0500
Friday started with a bang, as while loading the camera gear into the trunk
I flushed a Four-spotted Sailor (Dynamine postverta) from a bush beside the
driveway.  Some 20-odd photos later, I headed for Weslaco.  At Estero,
under hot and very breezy conditions, numbers of butterfly species were
down 25% from the previous week, with only 30 species being found.  Most of
those were in good numbers, so my eyes were kept busy, plus I had the
excellent company of Ranger John Yochum.  The best find of the day was not
a butterfly, but a Three-striped Dasher on the Green Jay Trail.  It is,
after all, a butterfly/dragonfly walk, and we've been seeing more species
of odes each week.

We've got a week of rain, some heavy, forecast, but hopefully the rain will
stop and the butterflies fly by next Friday, at 1:30 PM.  Friday June 5 the
butterfly walk shifts to summer hours to beat the heat, and will start at
10 30 AM.

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX

Two-barred Flasher (Astraptes fulgerator)

Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)

Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)

Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)

Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)

Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes trebius)

Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)

Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)

Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana)

Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes graphica)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Hermes Satyr (Hermeuptychia hermes)

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 14:58:21 -0500
Band-celled Sister, a single fresh individual, turned up this afternoon
near the start of Ebony Trail.  This is the same area where a single
individual was seen the last week of March.  Given the strong winds, we
found more species than expected.  Boisduval's Yellow was the most abundant
sulphur.

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

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

​Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice0
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Carolina (South Texas) Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)​
​Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
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)
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Subject: Guide to the Pentatomidae of Texas
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 09:40:38 -0500
There's many times more spp. in Texas so this is something of an intro
guide to TX stink bugs, mostly what I shot in between beetle photos...

Guide to the Pentatomidae of Texas
http://texasento.net/TX_Pentatomidae.html

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

PS: It's linked on my homepage.

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Subject: Medina butterflies
From: Graham Floyd <spcgraham.floyd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 9 May 2015 19:52:57 -0500
There is a place well known for butterflies in Medina, TX. Can anyone supply 
the pertinents for this location? Visiting tomorrow with my dad from New 
Mexico. 


Graham Floyd,
Fort Walton Beach, FL

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Subject: Eastern Tailed-Blue at National Butterfly Center, 5/8/15
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 20:19:27 -0400
Among the 48 species of Butterflies I saw today at the National Butterfly 
Center south of Mission was the first Eastern Tailed-Blue I've ever seen in the 
Rio Grande Valley. Other stuff included a Zilpa Longtail, Julia Heliconian, 
Giant White and Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak. Photos and list are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/05/eastern-tailed-blue-at-nbc-5815.html

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Subject: Estero Llano Grande SP Butterfly Walk, May 1, 2015
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 May 2015 21:09:16 -0500
We had a nice May Day butterfly walk at Estero Llano Grande, with beautiful
weather and lots of butterflies.  We did fail to see a number of regularly
found species, such as Mazans Scallopwing, and others, but that made sense
because we also missed seeing some regular people.  There were no visitors,
and some of the staff was off pursuing birds, and others were elsewhere due
to a power problem that closed the Visitor Center.  So Ginny and I
persevered and wandered into areas far from the usual walk routine.
Passing by a kidneywood in bloom out in the grasslands, we first noted a
number of hairstreaks and crescents, then discovered a Definite Patch!
This butterfly is more normally found in Cameron and Willacy counties, and
may be a park record.  Ranger Yochum will have to check on that.  We found
42 species on the day, plus a few dragonflies, and saw our first Wilson's
Phalaropes to boot.

Next butterfly walk is Friday the 8th at 1:30 PM.  It'd be nice to have
some company while exploring Estero.

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX

Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis)

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)

Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)

White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)

Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)

Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)

Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minima)

Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes trebius)

Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)

Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)

Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)

Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)

Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon bazochii)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)

Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)

Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Definite Patch (Chlosyne definita)

Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)

Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada)

Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana)

Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes graphica)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 May 2015 16:20:38 -0500
Mexican Bluewing
​ was showier today and one even ventured into the garden.  Most species
were in good numbers, with the exception of the metalmarks.  As the
afternoon progressed it became more overcast and windy, but the sun was out
earlier and a light wind kept mosquitoes down but not the butterflies.

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

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

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Southern Dogface (Phoebis sennae)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)
Caronina (South Texas) Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis temenund)
Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephilia phyleus)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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Subject: Estero Llano Grande SP Butterfly Walk, April 24, 2015
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 20:40:54 -0500
Well, it's that day again.  The day before Friday, time to post *last*
Friday's butterfly walk results at Estero Llano Grande SP, so you can plan
to come to *tomorrow's* walk (1:30 PM).  Last Friday we had the usual very
warm humid sort of fog in the sky weather.  The sun didn't appear until the
walk was nearly over.  We were joined by Ranger Yochum and visitors Eileen
and Glenn from New Jersey.  They have spent years in retirement traveling
the world and have 7000+ life birds!!  I hope they weren't disappointed by
the 32 butterfly species we found (plus a couple of White-patched Skipper
caterpillars).  Despite the few species, many were common and so there was
much to see.

Later that evening Eileen and Glenn joined us around the blacklight we set
up at the absent Sniders' pad for some mothing.  Due to the possible severe
weather forecast Ginny kept an eye on the radar via laptop, and as a big
storm approached Mission we had to decide whether to beat it for home
before the storm hit, or just stay at Estero and take shelter on the deck
if it rained.  Luckily, we opted to pack up and head for the house.  We got
home about 15 minutes before the rain arrived, but the bulk of the weather
was just south of us.  It hit Santa Ana NWR with estimated 70 mph winds and
continued on into the southwest side of Weslaco.  It produced many downed
trees, power outtages, home and business damages, etc, but I don't believe
there were any serious injuries.  But I'm really glad we weren't sheltering
on the deck when it arrived.

The weather has been astonishingly cool and sunny this week, with influxes
of Florida and Giant Whites, and other niceties, so we'll look for some hot
butterflies at Estero  tomorrow.  Come out and help us.

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX


Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)

Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)

Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)

Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)

Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia)

Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes trebius)

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)

Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)

Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)

Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana)

Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes graphica)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

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Subject: Re: Glassberg casts doubt on fear of tropical milkweed...
From: Paul Cherubini <monarch AT SABER.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:23:01 -0700
During the past 10 days there have been multiple sighting reports on Journey 
North of brightly colored young monarchs appearing in the central USA such 
as these:
Virginia: 
https://www.learner.org/jnorth/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1430236899
https://www.learner.org/jnorth/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1429566644
North Carolina: 
https://www.learner.org/jnorth/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1429833712 

Tennesee:
https://www.learner.org/jnorth/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1429666337 


So that means these butterflies had to have grown up in the southern 
States or in Mexico on tropical milkweed and then migrated north, thus 
helping to repopulate the central States. Also means that a policy of cutting 
tropical milkweed down to near the ground during the winter would reduce 
the production of new generation spring migrants that help repopulate the 
central States. especially if that policy was extended into the lowlands of 
northeastern Mexico. The policy would also force pregnant female fall 
migrants to lay eggs on the cut stems of tropical milkweed which in turn 
would cause most of the subsequent caterpillars to die of starvation.

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.
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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:21:40 -0500
Zilpa Longtail was by far the most interesting discovery this afternoon.
Everything else was pretty much expected, but still lovely to watch with so
many plants in bloom.

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

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

​Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Zilpa Longtail (Chioides zilpa)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)​

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Subject: Hayes Co. 4-25
From: Jason Cole <marioman12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:16:53 -0500
Went down to Austin in hopes of finding streckeri, H. viridis and others. While 
I left somewhat disappointed(no streckeri), it wasn't entirely bad. 


H. viridis(Green Skipper)~25
E. vestris(dun skipper)
C. outis(Outis skipper)-3
P. philetas(desert checkered skipper)
B. exilis(western pygmy blue)
E. isola(reakirt's blue)
S. melinus(gray hairstreak)
C. gryneus(juniper hairstreak)
Painted lady
American Lady
Red admiral
American Snout
Question Mark
Goatweed Leafwing
Phaon crescent
Orange Sulphur
Sleepy orange sulphur
Little yellow sulphur
dainty sulphur
Cloudless sulphur
checkered white
Black swallowtail
Pipevine swallowtail


-Jason Cole

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Subject: Chestnut Crescent at National Butterfly Center, 4/24/15
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:04:02 -0400
Saw 44 species today at the National Butterfly Center south of Mission. Best 
was my second ever Chestnut Crescent (Phyciodes argentea) and four Florida 
Whites. Photos and list are on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/04/chestnut-crescent-at-national-butterfly.html 



Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Estero Llano Grande Butterfly Walk, April 17 2015
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:35:02 -0500
Last Friday Ginny and I led our first Estero butterfly walk of the year, in
the wake of our departed friends Rick & May Snider, who have returned to
their Canadian home for the summer.  Since we'll be leading another walk
tomorrow, it occurred to me that I should post the results from last week!
I shall try to be less forgetful in the future.

We had mostly overcast skies, and lots of humidity, although the sun did
appear near the end of the walk.  We were joined by Jeff from Michigan and
Diane from Arizona, and also had the company of the inimitable Ranger John
Yochum.  We had a great time, and the park was lush due to the continuing
rains, but we saw only 31 species of butterflies.  Many of those were
rather common, though, so we always had something to look at.  Best find
was a Potrillo Skipper back in a secluded area laying eggs.  We saw only
one Mexican Bluewing.

Butterfly walks are at 1:30 PM Fridays, and we try to finish up by 4 PM.
Ginny and I will look forward to seeing some of you tomorrow.
Mike Rickard
Mission TX

Potrillo Skipper (Cabares potrillo)

Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)

Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)

Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)

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

Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)

Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes trebius)

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)

Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)

Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)

Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)

Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana)

Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes graphica)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

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Subject: Fwd: Just One Week Until Alex Wild's Webinar!
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:46:15 -0500
I registered and apparently, it's free and open to all... Mike

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Subject: LIFER ALERT; Yucca Giant Skipper in Wilson County,Tx 4/21/15
From: naturalist <naturalist AT RANCHWIRELESS.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:33:17 -0500
At 5:00pm I saw my lifer Yucca Giant Skipper at my brother’s property near La 
Vernia in Wilson County,Tx. photo available upon request. There is a big stand 
of blooming Cat Gut(Tephrosia virginica) 

along the state hwy. This is the southwestern most location for this plant in 
the USA. photo available upon request. 


Cheers,
Derek Muschalek
Yorktown,tx

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Subject: Christmas Mountains, Terlingua Ranch photos - Entoblitz 2015
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:59:03 -0500
I trust all Entoblitzers had a great time in Brewster County last weekend!

Quinn's Photos:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/108896707105682448113/albums/6140080455135718897 


TAMU Entoblitz Info:
http://entoblitz.tamu.edu/

Terlingua Ranch Lodge
www.terlinguaranch.com/

Christmas Mountains (skeletal website)
http://www.tsus.edu/news/christmas-mountains.html

On September 15, 2011, the Texas General Land Office announced the transfer
of the 9,269-acre Christmas Mountains property to The Texas State
University System. The large tract of land in Brewster County, just north
of Big Bend National Park, will serve as Texas' largest open-air classroom,
allowing students and faculty from the university system's eight component
institutions to study the property's wildlife, flora, rock formations and
other unique attributes.

More Christmas Mtns info here:
Texas State University System Accepts Christmas Mountains
News Release - September 15, 2011
http://www.tsus.edu/news/news-releases/release-091511.html

Mike Quinn, Austin
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http://texasento.net

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:56:07 -0500
Clytie Ministreak, Red-bordered Metalmark, and Mexican Bluewing were the
best finds of the afternoon.  Boisduval's Yellow was out in higher numbers,
especially on the first stretch of Bobcat Trail.  There may have actually
been more Pearl than Phaon Crescents.  All the Lyside Sulphurs we've seen
in the last couple weeks have had the 'thumb' mark pattern or been more
heavily marked than we usually see.

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

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

​Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Common Buckeye (Jononia coenia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Carolina (South Texas) Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)
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Subject: LBJ Grasslands 4/18
From: Jason Cole <marioman12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:05:12 -0500
Had a good day yesterday at the LBJ grasslands. The season is a bit early so I 
found a pretty different set of species than I thought I would. 


L. eufala 
A. campestris
H. metea- many still fresh 
A. vialis
T. pylades
E. funeralis
E. horatius
E. juvenalis
A. lyciades
S. melinus
C. gryneus
P. polixenes
P. glaucus
P. cresophantes
B. philenor
Z. cesonia
C. eurytheme
N. iole
A. midea
P. protodice
V. virginensis
V. atlanta
V. cardui
N. antiopa
C. gorgone
P. phaon
P. tharos
M. cymela
28 sp

Thanks,
Jason Cole

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Subject: April 27, 2015 Austin Butterfly Forum Meeting and May 2nd Butterfly Workshop
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:23:49 -0500
Hi everyone,



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



The Austin Butterfly Forum meets at the Zilker Botanical Garden Center
 at 7:00 pm on the 4th Monday of every month
except for December. Most meetings are free and open to the public. *There
will be no meeting on Monday, May 25, 2015, due to the Memorial Day
holiday.*

Each meeting features an educational program, but we like to socialize a
bit beforehand. Sometimes members will bring caterpillars or collections
for display, and sometimes we have special opportunities such as plant
giveaways. The meetings are also a good place to hear special announcements
and learn about new events.  Everyone interested in butterflies and other
invertebrates is welcome! Please come join us!


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*Apr. 27, 2015, 7 PM Meeting -* *Disturbance, succession, forest cover, and
bee communities: from resources to landscapes **Presented by Robinson Sudan*


"This talk will basically be the results of some data I just finished
analyzing and then some context as those results relate to bee ecology and
the broader questions of landscape ecology that I'm interested in." –
Robinson Sudan

Robinson Sudan is the SW Regional Biologist for the Pollinator Partnership
(P2) and is based in Austin, Texas. He is also completing an MS in
Conservation Biology at the University of New Orleans where he has been
conducting research for P2 for over three years. His research background is
in bee community dynamics and landscape ecology; however, as Regional
Biologist he is also responsible for helping to develop outreach and
education programs, meeting and coordinating with stakeholders, and seeking
out opportunities for collaborative research. Robinson is committed to
expanding P2's role in scientific research and consulting as well as
connecting the public to the science behind pollinator conservation. A
native Texan, Robinson has lived in Austin for over ten years and hopes to
build conservation awareness throughout the state.
 ------------------------------

*May 2, 2015, 10 AM to 4 PM Workshop:* *How to Know and Grow Austin
Butterflies*

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 2 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.

*                                 Membership*

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

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

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Subject: Re: Aberrant Pipevine Swallowtail
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:46:42 -0500
One striking aberration deserves another.  American Lady today at Santa Ana
NWR, if the link works.


https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202585069146348.1073741847.1785281533&type=1&l=18da6ef39c 


Mike Rickard
Mission TX

On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 11:24 PM, Dan Hardy <
0000006668f8be48-dmarc-request AT listserv.uh.edu> wrote:

> At the recent Zilker Garden Festival Alex Clarke visited the Austin
> Butterfly Forum's table and showed us these photos from her yard.
>
> Picasa Web Albums - Dan - Aberrant Pipe...
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> Picasa Web Albums - Dan - Aberrant Pipe...
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> Photos by Dan, Mar 22, 2015 - Photos by Alex Clarke. Austin, Texas.
> View on picasa...
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> Has anyone see this before?   Is this caused by damage in the pupa?
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Subject: West Texas, 4/6-7/15
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:05:35 -0400
I made a quick trip out to the Big Bend area of Texas last week and finally got 
around to updating my blog. Interesting butterflies on 4/6 on Pinto Canyon Road 
in Presidio County included a southwestern Bordered Patch, Acacia Skipper and 
Arizona Powdered Skipper. On 4/7 I walked the lower Pine Canyon Trail to the 
pour off and saw two Sandia Hairstreaks, Golden Banded-Skipper, Sleepy and 
Rocky Mountain Duskywings and Mexican Yellows. A Chisos Skipperling was on the 
wet rocks below the pour off. A half mile down the road from the trailhead was 
a Big Bend Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon solitario) which was later IDed by Chris 
Durden and Martin Reid. Quite a surprise! Photos and list are on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/04/lower-pine-canyon-big-bend-np-4715.html 


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Subject: Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:40:12 -0500
Both summer and winter forms of Clytie Ministreak were seen during the
butterfly walk Sunday.  Dainty Sulphur is also around in both forms.  There
are still good numbers of Walker's Metalmarks.  The best place to look is
any Biden's Tick that is getting good sun.  Lyside Sulphur and Boisduval's
Yellow were fairly easy to find.  Other sulphurs were in very low numbers.

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

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

​Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)
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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk Fri April 10, 2015
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:49:27 -0500
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk Friday Apr 10, 2015

It was hot, cloudy bright, with little breeze and the predicted rainfall
didn't happen. 35 species were tallied for the walk, including: Two
Brown-banded Skippers, a Great-Southern White, Mexican Bluewing and Common
Mellana.

Thanks to Mike Rickard and Ginny Musgrave for helping to spot the
butterflies.


Black Swallowtail  Papilio polyxenes
Giant Swallowtail  Papilio cresphontes
Great Southern White  Ascia monuste
Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe
Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside
Little Yellow  Eurema lisa
Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa
Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon
Red-bordered Metalmark  Caria ino
Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae
Vesta Crescent  Phyciodes vesta
Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon
Pearl Crescent  Phyciodes tharos
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa
Tawny Emperor  Asterocampa clyton
Monarch  Danaus plexippus
Queen  Danaus gilippus
White-striped Longtail  Chioides catillus
Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne
Mazans Scallopwing  Staphylus mazans
Sickle-winged Skipper  Achlyodes thraso
Brown-banded Skipper  Timochares ruptifasciatus
Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus
Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana
Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia
Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia
Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius
Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus
Whirlabout  Polites vibex
Southern Broken-Dash  Wallengrenia otho
Common Mellana  Quasimellana eulogius
Celia's Roadside-Skipper  Amblyscirtes celia
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala


Rick Snider - Host Volunteer
Butterfly walks at Estero are Fridays, please call ahead for the start time.

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Subject: RGV Butterflies, Jan-Mar 2015
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 21:12:56 -0500
For the first quarter of 2015 in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, weather was
mostly cloudy and wet with quite a few cold days, though freeze-free.  Of
the 90 days, weather confined my field time to 58 days, and a number of
those were limited both time and species-wise due to the weather.  Having
said all that, I was able to photograph 100 species, and see a couple of
others that escaped the camera.  Additionally, a number of other species
were reported, such as Two-barred Flasher, Potrillo Skipper, Gold-headed
Scallopwing, Violet-patched Skipper, Orange-barred Sulphur, White
Angled-Sulphur, White Scrub-Hairstreak, Cyna Blue, Pale-banded Crescent,
and Mexican Fritillary.  Below are listed the species I photographed plus
the Julia Heliconian and Hoary Skipper that I wasn't quick enough for.
Notable species were a Violet-banded Skipper, normally a fall species, at
Resaca de la Palma SP on Valentine's Day; Chestnut Crescent and Blue-eyed
Sailor at Santa Ana NWR; and numbers of Texas Powdered Skipper, Streaky
Skipper, and Nysa Roadside Skipper at Yturria Brush NWR.

Mike Rickard, Mission TX.

Guava Skipper  (Phocides polybius)

White-striped Longtail (Chioides albofasciatus)

Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)

Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)

Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)

Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)

Salt-bush Sootywing (Pholisora alpheus)

Brown-banded Skipper (Timochares ruptifasciata)

White-patched Skipper (Chiomara georgina)

Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis)

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)

Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)

Hoary Skipper (Carrhenes canescens)

Texas Powdered Skipper (Systasea pulverulenta)

Common Streaky Skipper (Celotes nessus)

White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)

Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)

Desert Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus philetas)

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

Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)

East-Mexican White-Skipper (Heliopetes sublinea)

Erichson's White-Skipper (Heliopyrgus domicella)

Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minima)

Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

Nysa Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes nysa)

Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia)

Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes trebius)

Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

Pale-rayed Skipper (Vidius perigenes)

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)

Violet-banded Skipper (Nyctelius nyctelius)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Ruby-spotted Swallowtail (Papilio anchisiades)

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)

Mexican Yellow (Eurema mexicana)

Tailed Orange (Pyrisitia proterpia)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

Mimosa Yellow (Pyrisitia nise)

Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)

Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)

Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)

Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon bazochii)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)

Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)

Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius)

Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)

Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)

Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)

Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)

Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)

Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)

Red-bordered Pixie (Melanis pixe)

Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri)

Curve-winged Metalmark (Emesis emesia)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Soldier (Danaus eresimus)

Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia)

Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)

Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Blue-eyed Sailor (Dynamine dyonis)

Common Mestra (Mestra amymone)

Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

Crimson Patch (Chlosyne janais)

Definite Patch (Chlosyne definita)

Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona)

Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)

Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada)

Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana)

Chestnut Crescent (Anthanassa argentea)

Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes graphica)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Tropical Leafwing (Anaea aidea)

Hermes Satyr (Hermeuptychia hermes)

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Subject: Butterflies of the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 15:20:58 -0500
Hello all,

I've been keeping an eye on the butterflies along the gardens the last
couple of weeks here at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding
Center (Hidalgo Co.) while I attend to my daily work duties. Lots of
flowers are blooming now and the butterfly diversity is increasing!

Here's a list of what's flying (I'm sure I've missed a good amount):

-Giant Swallowtail
-Orange Sulphur
-White Angled-Sulphur (seen flying)
-Large Orange Sulphur
-Little Yellow
-Dainty Sulphur
-Dusky-blue Groundsteak (big recent hatch of these)
-Gray Hairstreak
-Cassius Blue
-Red-bordered Metalmark
-Bordered Patch
-Phaon Crescent
-Painted Lady
-Red Admiral
-Tawny Emperor
-Monarch (saw a few late March, but haven't seen any in the last couple of
weeks)
-Queen
-Guava Skipper
-Brown Longtail
-White Checkered-Skipper
-Tropical Checkered-Skipper
-Turk's Cap White-Skipper
-Fawn-spotted Skipper
-Clouded Skipper
-Fiery Skipper
-Whirlabout
-Southern Broken-Dash
-Celia's Roadside Skipper
-Eufala Skipper

I will try to keep a close eye for anything new and hopefully get another
checklist together in the near future. Enjoy the Spring time!

Naturalist Educator
-Javi Gonzalez

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Subject: Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:33:59 -0500
Hi Joanne,

Nicest thing a stranger's ever said to me. Thank you for the compliment! 

We have a conservation easement on 150 acres of land in central Texas. Doing 
what we can to bring it back from overgrazing for the previous one hundred and 
fifty years or so. Old stone walls dividing the pasture land were built around 
1847. As they've gone to ruin they've become places where oak and persimmon 
trees have rooted in and look like they've been there forever. 


Hopefully our butterfly gardens will help the locals and the monarch migration 
as well. 


Nice to hear from you. We're praying for rain.

Tim


On Apr 5, 2015, at 10:50 AM, Joanne Pospisil  wrote:

> Wow! I wish there was a way we could implement this! You make me proud to be 
a Texan, Tim! 

> 
>        Joanne Pospisil
> Look for me in the Garden
>   Garden Ideas & Design
>      Carrollton, Texas
>           214-502-4536 
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>         Sent from my iPad
> 
> On Apr 5, 2015, at 10:22 AM, Tim Jones  wrote:
> 
>> Hi Mike,
>> 
>> That was a tough one. Glad they got a handle on it. Who want's to be 
scraping dead butterflies off the windshield? Thank you for pointing out what 
should be obvious to anyone that drives a car - the idea to intentionally 
establish a butterfly corridor along a highway is a horrible idea. Something 
thought up by someone in the car wash industry, no doubt. 

>> 
>> Butterfly corridors need to be established along the fence lines AWAY from 
highways - un-mowed and un-cultivated pastural corridors through re-established 
prairie habitat. 

>> 
>> As a preface let me say that white-tailed deer are a menace to vegetation in 
our part of the world, second only to goats. (I can't even keep lily pads in a 
pond!) 

>> 
>> Part of a wildlife management plan used for an agricultural tax exemption in 
Texas involves removing old barbed and net wire fences so migratory wildlife 
can pass through, as well as ease the hazards to fawns. 

>> 
>> For a butterfly corridor, consider an old interior fence line once used to 
divide a pasture. One can take a little more than one fourth of a net wire 
fence at each of the fence line and turn it back to form a narrow corridor 
about six to eight feet wide that's half as long as the original fence. One can 
seed the interior of the narrow plot to where the deer can't get to the flowers 
and they don't want to jump in because it's confining. 

>> 
>> We have so many deer I've set up an experiment using tall, parallel fences 
spaced about ten feet apart where we have boxed in a narrow plot about a 
hundred feet long so the deer can't get in and forage forbs. This is a tall 2x4 
fence we salvaged from an old garden. (If/when anything comes up I'll send 
photos.) 

>> 
>> I have seen a few monarchs coming through Wimberley area. One was as pale as 
a glass of iced tea. 

>> 
>> Education of ranchers would help a lot. They're very quick to burn off 
anything that doesn't look like grass in their quest for more lbs of beef. A 
flowered berm enclosed in a doubled up fence row like I'm talking about could 
well serve as an erosion control feature. Thus you will have removed some 
fence, done erosion control, provided supplemental forage and provided habitat 
in one fell swoop. 

>> 
>> Tim Jones
>> Wimberley, Texas
>> 
>> On Apr 4, 2015, at 8:29 PM, Mike Quinn  wrote:
>> 
>>> The McKenna et al. (2001) paper is being brought up on facebook as a reason 
*not* to implement monarch corridors adjacent to hwys... 

>>> 
>>> ABSTRACT. We conducted this study to investigate the magnitude of roadway 
mortality of Lepidoptera in central Illinois.  Based on these data, the 
number of Lepidoptera killed along roadways for the entire state of Illinois 
during one week was estimated at more than 20,000,000 individuals. The number 
of monarch butterflies killed may have exceeded 500,000 individuals. 

>>> 
>>> McKenna D.D., McKenna K.M., Malcolm S.B., & M.R. Berenbaum. 2001. 
Implications of roadway mortality for populations of Lepidoptera in 
east-central Illinois. Journal of the Lepidopterist's Society 55(2): 63-68. 

>>> 
http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/jls/2000s/2001/2001-55(2)63-McKenna.pdf 

>>> 
>>> Mike
>>> 
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> From: Mike Quinn 
>>> Date: Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 5:53 PM
>>> Subject: anyone have any info on "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
>>> To: TXBL 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 'The planned I-35 monarch corridor' is mentioned in the following article:
>>> 
>>> THE QUIET REVOLUTION TURNING ROADSIDES INTO NATURE RESERVES
>>> BRANDON KEIM - WIRED, SCIENCE - 04.02.15
>>> http://www.wired.com/2015/04/roadside-utility-corridor-habitat/
>>> 
>>> Note, the photo appears to be of Enchanted Rock SP, n. of Fredericksburg, 
TX which is two counties over from I-35. The photo may or may not have anything 
to do with the I-35 monarch corridor. 

>>> 
>>> Any info much appreciated.
>>> 
>>> Thanks,
>>> 
>>> Mike Quinn, Austin
>>> ________________
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Subject: Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 17:06:18 -0500
Favorite sightings today - Clytie Ministreak and Great Southern White.
There were quite a few Walker's, Blue and Red-bordered Metalmarks, plenty
of skippers, but very few sulphurs.  At least five Mexican Bluewing were
relatively cooperative on Ebony Trail (bring the insect repellant).

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

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

​Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Reakirt's Blue (Hemiargus isola)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta0
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma) - south side of the park only
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Guava Skipper (Phocides polybius) - earlier in the week only
White-striped Longtail (Chioides catillus)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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Subject: Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
From: Paul Cherubini <monarch AT SABER.NET>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 09:33:05 -0700
Remember back in the 1990s some monarch
conservationists thought the milkweed plants that grew WITHIN the 
corn and soybean crop fields were unproductive monarch 
breeding habitats because they were presumed to be contaminated 
with pesticides.

Then in the early 2000s studies determined the opposite was
true - that monarch caterpillar abundance was up to 4 times
greater on milkweed plants that were located WITHIN midwestern
corn and soybean crop fields, presumably because populations 
of monarch egg and caterpillar predators and parasites were 
substantially lower within the fields.

Now in 2015, history may be repeating itself as some monarch 
conservationists appear to assume mortality from impacts with 
cars is high without taking into account the possibility that this 
mortality might be low or moderate and more that offset by 
other factors such as lower populations of monarch egg 
and caterpillar predators and parasites.

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.

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Subject: Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 11:01:59 -0500
Has anyone really mulled this April Fool's masterpiece over?

**********************************************************************
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On Sun, Apr 5, 2015 at 10:50 AM, Joanne Pospisil 
wrote:

> Wow!  I wish there was a way we could implement this!  You make me proud
> to be a Texan, Tim!
>
>        Joanne Pospisil
> Look for me in the Garden
>   Garden Ideas & Design
>      Carrollton, Texas
>           214-502-4536
>     gardenideas AT tx.rr.com
>         Sent from my iPad
>
> On Apr 5, 2015, at 10:22 AM, Tim Jones  wrote:
>
> Hi Mike,
>
> That was a tough one. Glad they got a handle on it. Who want's to be
> scraping dead butterflies off the windshield? Thank you for pointing out
> what should be obvious to anyone that drives a car - the idea to
> intentionally establish a butterfly corridor along a highway is a horrible
> idea. Something thought up by someone in the car wash industry, no doubt.
>
> Butterfly corridors need to be established along the fence lines AWAY from
> highways - un-mowed and un-cultivated pastural corridors through
> re-established prairie habitat.
>
> As a preface let me say that white-tailed deer are a menace to vegetation
> in our part of the world, second only to goats. (I can't even keep lily
> pads in a pond!)
>
> Part of a wildlife management plan used for an agricultural tax exemption
> in Texas involves removing old barbed and net wire fences so migratory
> wildlife can pass through, as well as ease the hazards to fawns.
>
> For a butterfly corridor, consider an old interior fence line once used to
> divide a pasture. One can take a little more than one fourth of a net wire
> fence at each of the fence line and turn it back to form a narrow corridor
> about six to eight feet wide that's half as long as the original fence. One
> can seed the interior of the narrow plot to where the deer can't get to the
> flowers and they don't want to jump in because it's confining.
>
> We have so many deer I've set up an experiment using tall, parallel fences
> spaced about ten feet apart where we have boxed in a narrow plot about a
> hundred feet long so the deer can't get in and forage forbs. This is a tall
> 2x4 fence we salvaged from an old garden. (If/when anything comes up I'll
> send photos.)
>
> I have seen a few monarchs coming through Wimberley area. One was as pale
> as a glass of iced tea.
>
> Education of ranchers would help a lot. They're very quick to burn off
> anything that doesn't look like grass in their quest for more lbs of beef.
> A flowered berm enclosed in a doubled up fence row like I'm talking about
> could well serve as an erosion control feature. Thus you will have removed
> some fence, done erosion control, provided supplemental forage and provided
> habitat in one fell swoop.
>
> Tim Jones
> Wimberley, Texas
>
> On Apr 4, 2015, at 8:29 PM, Mike Quinn  wrote:
>
> The McKenna et al. (2001) paper is being brought up on facebook as a
> reason *not* to implement monarch corridors adjacent to hwys...
>
> ABSTRACT. We conducted this study to investigate the magnitude of roadway
> mortality of Lepidoptera in central Illinois.  Based on these data,
> the number of Lepidoptera killed along roadways for the entire state of
> Illinois during one week was estimated at more than 20,000,000 individuals.
> The number of monarch butterflies killed may have exceeded 500,000
> individuals.
>
> McKenna D.D., McKenna K.M., Malcolm S.B., & M.R. Berenbaum. 2001.
> Implications of roadway mortality for populations of Lepidoptera in
> east-central Illinois. Journal of the Lepidopterist's Society 55(2): 63-68.
>
> http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/jls/2000s/2001/2001-55(2)63-McKenna.pdf
>
> Mike
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Mike Quinn 
> Date: Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 5:53 PM
> Subject: anyone have any info on "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
> To: TXBL 
>
>
> 'The planned I-35 monarch corridor' is mentioned in the following article:
>
> THE QUIET REVOLUTION TURNING ROADSIDES INTO NATURE RESERVES
> BRANDON KEIM - WIRED, SCIENCE - 04.02.15
> http://www.wired.com/2015/04/roadside-utility-corridor-habitat/
>
> Note, the photo appears to be of Enchanted Rock SP, n. of Fredericksburg,
> TX which is two counties over from I-35. The photo may or may not have
> anything to do with the I-35 monarch corridor.
>
> Any info much appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Mike Quinn, Austin
> ________________
> Texas Entomology
> http://texasento.net
>
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Subject: Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
From: Joanne Pospisil <gardenideas AT TX.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 10:50:15 -0500
Wow! I wish there was a way we could implement this! You make me proud to be a 
Texan, Tim! 


       Joanne Pospisil
Look for me in the Garden
  Garden Ideas & Design
     Carrollton, Texas
          214-502-4536 
    gardenideas AT tx.rr.com
        Sent from my iPad

> On Apr 5, 2015, at 10:22 AM, Tim Jones  wrote:
> 
> Hi Mike,
> 
> That was a tough one. Glad they got a handle on it. Who want's to be scraping 
dead butterflies off the windshield? Thank you for pointing out what should be 
obvious to anyone that drives a car - the idea to intentionally establish a 
butterfly corridor along a highway is a horrible idea. Something thought up by 
someone in the car wash industry, no doubt. 

> 
> Butterfly corridors need to be established along the fence lines AWAY from 
highways - un-mowed and un-cultivated pastural corridors through re-established 
prairie habitat. 

> 
> As a preface let me say that white-tailed deer are a menace to vegetation in 
our part of the world, second only to goats. (I can't even keep lily pads in a 
pond!) 

> 
> Part of a wildlife management plan used for an agricultural tax exemption in 
Texas involves removing old barbed and net wire fences so migratory wildlife 
can pass through, as well as ease the hazards to fawns. 

> 
> For a butterfly corridor, consider an old interior fence line once used to 
divide a pasture. One can take a little more than one fourth of a net wire 
fence at each of the fence line and turn it back to form a narrow corridor 
about six to eight feet wide that's half as long as the original fence. One can 
seed the interior of the narrow plot to where the deer can't get to the flowers 
and they don't want to jump in because it's confining. 

> 
> We have so many deer I've set up an experiment using tall, parallel fences 
spaced about ten feet apart where we have boxed in a narrow plot about a 
hundred feet long so the deer can't get in and forage forbs. This is a tall 2x4 
fence we salvaged from an old garden. (If/when anything comes up I'll send 
photos.) 

> 
> I have seen a few monarchs coming through Wimberley area. One was as pale as 
a glass of iced tea. 

> 
> Education of ranchers would help a lot. They're very quick to burn off 
anything that doesn't look like grass in their quest for more lbs of beef. A 
flowered berm enclosed in a doubled up fence row like I'm talking about could 
well serve as an erosion control feature. Thus you will have removed some 
fence, done erosion control, provided supplemental forage and provided habitat 
in one fell swoop. 

> 
> Tim Jones
> Wimberley, Texas
> 
>> On Apr 4, 2015, at 8:29 PM, Mike Quinn  wrote:
>> 
>> The McKenna et al. (2001) paper is being brought up on facebook as a reason 
*not* to implement monarch corridors adjacent to hwys... 

>> 
>> ABSTRACT. We conducted this study to investigate the magnitude of roadway 
mortality of Lepidoptera in central Illinois.  Based on these data, the 
number of Lepidoptera killed along roadways for the entire state of Illinois 
during one week was estimated at more than 20,000,000 individuals. The number 
of monarch butterflies killed may have exceeded 500,000 individuals. 

>> 
>> McKenna D.D., McKenna K.M., Malcolm S.B., & M.R. Berenbaum. 2001. 
Implications of roadway mortality for populations of Lepidoptera in 
east-central Illinois. Journal of the Lepidopterist's Society 55(2): 63-68. 

>> 
http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/jls/2000s/2001/2001-55(2)63-McKenna.pdf 

>> 
>> Mike
>> 
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Mike Quinn 
>> Date: Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 5:53 PM
>> Subject: anyone have any info on "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
>> To: TXBL 
>> 
>> 
>> 'The planned I-35 monarch corridor' is mentioned in the following article:
>> 
>> THE QUIET REVOLUTION TURNING ROADSIDES INTO NATURE RESERVES
>> BRANDON KEIM - WIRED, SCIENCE - 04.02.15
>> http://www.wired.com/2015/04/roadside-utility-corridor-habitat/
>> 
>> Note, the photo appears to be of Enchanted Rock SP, n. of Fredericksburg, TX 
which is two counties over from I-35. The photo may or may not have anything to 
do with the I-35 monarch corridor. 

>> 
>> Any info much appreciated.
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> 
>> Mike Quinn, Austin
>> ________________
>> Texas Entomology
>> http://texasento.net
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Subject: Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 10:22:22 -0500
Hi Mike,

That was a tough one. Glad they got a handle on it. Who want's to be scraping 
dead butterflies off the windshield? Thank you for pointing out what should be 
obvious to anyone that drives a car - the idea to intentionally establish a 
butterfly corridor along a highway is a horrible idea. Something thought up by 
someone in the car wash industry, no doubt. 


Butterfly corridors need to be established along the fence lines AWAY from 
highways - un-mowed and un-cultivated pastural corridors through re-established 
prairie habitat. 


As a preface let me say that white-tailed deer are a menace to vegetation in 
our part of the world, second only to goats. (I can't even keep lily pads in a 
pond!) 


Part of a wildlife management plan used for an agricultural tax exemption in 
Texas involves removing old barbed and net wire fences so migratory wildlife 
can pass through, as well as ease the hazards to fawns. 


For a butterfly corridor, consider an old interior fence line once used to 
divide a pasture. One can take a little more than one fourth of a net wire 
fence at each of the fence line and turn it back to form a narrow corridor 
about six to eight feet wide that's half as long as the original fence. One can 
seed the interior of the narrow plot to where the deer can't get to the flowers 
and they don't want to jump in because it's confining. 


We have so many deer I've set up an experiment using tall, parallel fences 
spaced about ten feet apart where we have boxed in a narrow plot about a 
hundred feet long so the deer can't get in and forage forbs. This is a tall 2x4 
fence we salvaged from an old garden. (If/when anything comes up I'll send 
photos.) 


I have seen a few monarchs coming through Wimberley area. One was as pale as a 
glass of iced tea. 


Education of ranchers would help a lot. They're very quick to burn off anything 
that doesn't look like grass in their quest for more lbs of beef. A flowered 
berm enclosed in a doubled up fence row like I'm talking about could well serve 
as an erosion control feature. Thus you will have removed some fence, done 
erosion control, provided supplemental forage and provided habitat in one fell 
swoop. 


Tim Jones
Wimberley, Texas

On Apr 4, 2015, at 8:29 PM, Mike Quinn  wrote:

> The McKenna et al. (2001) paper is being brought up on facebook as a reason 
*not* to implement monarch corridors adjacent to hwys... 

> 
> ABSTRACT. We conducted this study to investigate the magnitude of roadway 
mortality of Lepidoptera in central Illinois.  Based on these data, the 
number of Lepidoptera killed along roadways for the entire state of Illinois 
during one week was estimated at more than 20,000,000 individuals. The number 
of monarch butterflies killed may have exceeded 500,000 individuals. 

> 
> McKenna D.D., McKenna K.M., Malcolm S.B., & M.R. Berenbaum. 2001. 
Implications of roadway mortality for populations of Lepidoptera in 
east-central Illinois. Journal of the Lepidopterist's Society 55(2): 63-68. 

> http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/jls/2000s/2001/2001-55(2)63-McKenna.pdf
> 
> Mike
> 
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Mike Quinn 
> Date: Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 5:53 PM
> Subject: anyone have any info on "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
> To: TXBL 
> 
> 
> 'The planned I-35 monarch corridor' is mentioned in the following article:
> 
> THE QUIET REVOLUTION TURNING ROADSIDES INTO NATURE RESERVES
> BRANDON KEIM - WIRED, SCIENCE - 04.02.15
> http://www.wired.com/2015/04/roadside-utility-corridor-habitat/
> 
> Note, the photo appears to be of Enchanted Rock SP, n. of Fredericksburg, TX 
which is two counties over from I-35. The photo may or may not have anything to 
do with the I-35 monarch corridor. 

> 
> Any info much appreciated.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Mike Quinn, Austin
> ________________
> Texas Entomology
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Subject: FWS reference to the I-35 corridor and monarchs
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 23:56:12 -0500
Press Release
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Teams with Conservation Partners to Launch
Campaign to Save Beleaguered Monarch Butterfly, Engage Millions of Americans

February 9, 2015



"From California to the Corn Belt, the Service will also fund numerous
conservation projects totaling $2 million this year to restore and enhance
more than 200,000 acres of habitat for monarchs while also supporting over
750 schoolyard habitats and pollinator gardens. Many of the projects will
focus on the I-35 corridor from Texas to Minnesota, areas that provide
important spring and summer breeding habitats in the eastern population’s
central flyway."

full text:
http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ID=6F984BBC-D85B-FEE8-4C58EF75037F8B59

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

so it appears that the phrase, "I-35 monarch corridor" is just something
coined by Wired (http://wrd.cm/1GVaQgO), and not a narrowly-defined
corridor along the lines of the I-35 R-O-W...


Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
From: Paul Cherubini <monarch AT SABER.NET>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 19:45:49 -0700
I am an ardent supporter of protecting and expanding milkweed 
patches that grow along roadsides because I have witnessed
first hand how good monarch reproduction is on those milkweeds.

Here are several short videos Ive shot of newly emerged
monarchs, nectaring monarchs, monarch chrysalids and 
caterpillars as well as honeybees and hairstreak butterflies 
Ive seen along Sierra Nevada foothill roadways in California 
with fast moving traffic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zS2jtcABI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwz9TBX3RwY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0KESfAlghg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLgBYvUFSiM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5zVL9pr93A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpQOx_tMEo0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgK9K4m2Ugc

Ive also shot still photos of monarch caterpillars on I-35 
road bank milkweeds in Oklahoma just north of Oklahoma
City in late September.  

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.

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Subject: Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:15:42 -0500
related migrant butterfly mortality study from India:

Santhosh, S. and S. Basavarajappa. 2014. Road Mortality of Migrant
Butterflies [Nymphalidae: Danaiane] at National Highway-209 in
Chamarajanagar District of Karnataka, India. Indian Journal of Applied
Research 4(9) 553-557.

http://www.theglobaljournals.com/ijar/file.php?val=September_2014_1409575874__166.pdf 


Mike

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Date: Sat, Apr 4, 2015 at 8:22 PM
Subject: Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
To: Dplex 


The McKenna et al. (2001) paper is being brought up on facebook as a reason
*not* to implement monarch corridors adjacent to hwys...

McKenna D.D., McKenna K.M., Malcolm S.B., & M.R. Berenbaum. 2001.
Implications of roadway mortality for populations of Lepidoptera in
east-central Illinois. Journal of the Lepidopterist's Society 55(2): 63-68.

http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/jls/2000s/2001/2001-55(2)63-McKenna.pdf

ABSTRACT. We conducted this study to investigate the magnitude of roadway
mortality of Lepidoptera in central Illinois.  Based on these data,
the number of Lepidoptera killed along roadways for the entire state of
Illinois during one week was estimated at more than 20,000,000 individuals.
The number of monarch butterflies killed may have exceeded 500,000
individuals.

Mike

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Subject: anyone have any info on "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
To: Dplex 


'The planned I-35 monarch corridor' is mentioned in the following article:

THE QUIET REVOLUTION TURNING ROADSIDES INTO NATURE RESERVES
BRANDON KEIM - WIRED, SCIENCE - 04.02.15
http://www.wired.com/2015/04/roadside-utility-corridor-habitat/

Note, the photo appears to be of Enchanted Rock SP, n. of Fredericksburg,
TX which is two counties over from I-35. The photo may or may not have
anything to do with the I-35 monarch corridor.

Any info much appreciated.

Thanks,

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Re: "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 20:29:30 -0500
The McKenna et al. (2001) paper is being brought up on facebook as a reason
*not* to implement monarch corridors adjacent to hwys...

ABSTRACT. We conducted this study to investigate the magnitude of roadway
mortality of Lepidoptera in central Illinois.  Based on these data,
the number of Lepidoptera killed along roadways for the entire state of
Illinois during one week was estimated at more than 20,000,000 individuals.
The number of monarch butterflies killed may have exceeded 500,000
individuals.

McKenna D.D., McKenna K.M., Malcolm S.B., & M.R. Berenbaum. 2001.
Implications of roadway mortality for populations of Lepidoptera in
east-central Illinois. Journal of the Lepidopterist's Society 55(2): 63-68.
http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/jls/2000s/2001/2001-55(2)63-McKenna.pdf

Mike

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Subject: anyone have any info on "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
To: TXBL 


'The planned I-35 monarch corridor' is mentioned in the following article:

THE QUIET REVOLUTION TURNING ROADSIDES INTO NATURE RESERVES
BRANDON KEIM - WIRED, SCIENCE - 04.02.15
http://www.wired.com/2015/04/roadside-utility-corridor-habitat/

Note, the photo appears to be of Enchanted Rock SP, n. of Fredericksburg,
TX which is two counties over from I-35. The photo may or may not have
anything to do with the I-35 monarch corridor.

Any info much appreciated.

Thanks,

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk, Apr 3, 2015
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 19:44:22 -0500
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk Friday Apr 3, 2015

It was hot, sunny, and windy. We found 37 species, almost all on the hike,
a few before. The big surprise was the Hammock Skipper on Crucita back of
the visitor center. Other highlights were the Guava Skipper seen by Ginny
and Mike in the vicinity of the bait log, and Two-Barred Flashers seen just
before the hike began.

We have lots of blooms, our Lantanas are lush, and lots of Tamaulipa azurea
is still fresh.

In the week prior Great Southern White, Olive-clouded Skipper, and Empress
Leilia were spotted.

Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus philenor
Black Swallowtail  Papilio polyxenes
Giant Swallowtail  Papilio cresphontes
Checkered White  Pontia protodice
Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe
Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside
Little Yellow  Eurema lisa
Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa
Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon
American Snout  Libytheana carinenta
Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae
Bordered Patch  Chlosyne lacinia
Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
Tawny Emperor  Asterocampa clyton
Hermes Satyr  Hermeuptychia hermes
Queen  Danaus gilippus
Guava Skipper  Phocides polybius
Hammock SkipperPolygonus leo
White-striped Longtail  Chioides catillus
Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne
Two-barred Flasher  Astraptes fulgerator
Mazans Scallopwing  Staphylus mazans
Sickle-winged Skipper  Achlyodes thraso
White Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus albescens
Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus
Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana
Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia
Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia
Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius
Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus
Whirlabout  Polites vibex
Southern Broken-Dash  Wallengrenia otho
Sachem  Atalopedes campestris
Celia's Roadside-Skipper  Amblyscirtes celia
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala

Rick Snider - Host Volunteer
Butterfly walks at Estero are Fridays at 1:30PM.
Tuesday plant walks continue at 10AM.

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Subject: Re: anyone have any info on "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 18:20:43 -0500
Have had two on Rusty Blackhaw in Utley...about 4 days ago.

On Friday, April 3, 2015, Mike Quinn  wrote:

> 'The planned I-35 monarch corridor' is mentioned in the following article:
>
> THE QUIET REVOLUTION TURNING ROADSIDES INTO NATURE RESERVES
> BRANDON KEIM - WIRED, SCIENCE - 04.02.15
> http://www.wired.com/2015/04/roadside-utility-corridor-habitat/
>
> Note, the photo appears to be of Enchanted Rock SP, n. of Fredericksburg,
> TX which is two counties over from I-35. The photo may or may not have
> anything to do with the I-35 monarch corridor.
>
> Any info much appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Mike Quinn, Austin
> ________________
> Texas Entomology
> http://texasento.net
>
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Subject: anyone have any info on "The planned I-35 monarch corridor"?
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 17:53:15 -0500
'The planned I-35 monarch corridor' is mentioned in the following article:

THE QUIET REVOLUTION TURNING ROADSIDES INTO NATURE RESERVES
BRANDON KEIM - WIRED, SCIENCE - 04.02.15
http://www.wired.com/2015/04/roadside-utility-corridor-habitat/

Note, the photo appears to be of Enchanted Rock SP, n. of Fredericksburg,
TX which is two counties over from I-35. The photo may or may not have
anything to do with the I-35 monarch corridor.

Any info much appreciated.

Thanks,

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Fwd: Glassberg casts doubt on fear of tropical milkweed...
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 13:41:16 -0500
Thanks to Paul Addington, of Austin, for posting the link to Glassberg's
article:

*Tropical milkweed and the injurious effects of well-meaning people* by
Jeffrey Glassberg

http://nababutterfly.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Tropical-Milkweed.pdf 


Here are working links to two URL's sited in the article that I was not
able to cut-and-paste into my browser:

Maeckle, 2015.

http://texasbutterflyranch.com/2015/02/16/q-a-dr-lincoln-brower-talks-ethics-endangered-species-milkweed-and-monarchs/ 


Monarch Joint Venture. 2015.

http://monarchjointventure.org/news-events/news/2015-population-update-and-estimating-the-number-of-overwintering-monarchs 


Mike

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Date: Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 2:21 PM
Subject: Glassberg casts doubt on fear of tropical milkweed...
To: TXBL , AustinButterflies <
austinbutterflies AT yahoogroups.com>, Dplex 


In the current issue of American Butterflies, Glassberg cites data
suggesting that OE infection rates are not strongly correlated with
tropical milkweed nor with non-migratory monarch populations.

Glassberg, J. 2015. Tropical milkweed and the injurious effects of
well-meaning people. American Butterflies, 22(4): 4-10.



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Subject: Re: Thanks for the first of the season monarch reports from s. TX
From: Mitch Heindel <mitch AT UTOPIANATURE.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:02:31 -0700
Hi all,

Just had my first of year Monarch (a big worn pale female)
in front yard about 2:45 p.m. Monday March 30.  Only one
year in prior 10 was a later first of year date than this
years' arrival.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia
99x29  AT  1350'

On 2015-03-30 09:39, Mike Quinn wrote:
> I haven't seen any here locally in c. TX yet, but apparently a few
> have already been spotted up on the Red River:
> 
> Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: flying in Falcon Heights
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:58:52 -0500
Hi,
It's been slow, but I saw 2-3 Monarchs today, all apparently headed east or 
north-east. Also a worn White angled-Sulphur. 

Berry Nall

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Subject: Thanks for the first of the season monarch reports from s. TX
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:39:33 -0500
I haven't seen any here locally in c. TX yet, but apparently a few have
already been spotted up on the Red River:

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/monarch_spring2015.html

Here's the link to the sighting data reported to Journey North:

https://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/Sightings_All.html

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Resaca de la Palma State Park - Sunday Butterfly Walk and weekly sightings
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:26:32 -0500
This lovely sunny, blustery day brought our first Monarch of the season.
There are a few Mimosa Skippers in the garden now.  Everyone out for the
walk was able to see both Walker's and Blue Metalmark.  I'm pretty sure a
Band-celled Sister zipped past me a couple days ago on the last stretch of
the tram road.  This is the only one I have seen in a while.​

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

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

​Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Reakirt's Blue (Hemiargus isola)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)​
​American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)
Carolina (South Texas) Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)​
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Guava Skipper (Phocides polybius)
White-striped Longtail (Chioides catillus)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Turk's-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira)
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)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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Subject: Re: Glassberg casts doubt on fear of tropical milkweed...
From: Paul Cherubini <monarch AT SABER.NET>
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2015 12:41:15 -0700
The fall monarch migrations in southeastern Australia and on 
the north and south islands of New Zealand are in full swing right 
now and their migrant monarchs look lively and vigorous
http://www.imagegainer.com/images/PaulCherubini/ivynz.jpg
(photo taken at Christchurch, New Zealand within the past
5 days) despite the fact that they breed exclusively on evergreen 
tropical milkweeds (Gomphocarpus physocarpa & fruticosa):

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.

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Subject: Glassberg casts doubt on fear of tropical milkweed...
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:21:05 -0500
In the current issue of American Butterflies, Glassberg cites data
suggesting that OE infection rates are not strongly correlated with
tropical milkweed nor with non-migratory monarch populations.

Glassberg, J. 2015. Tropical milkweed and the injurious effects of
well-meaning people. American Butterflies, 22(4): 4-10.

Also, if you note, the current northernmost eastern monarchs, ne TX and
coastal SC, both emigrated out of areas of relatively high densities of
tropical milkweed, namely the upper coast of TX and the FL peninsula which
suggests tropical milkweed isn't a "trap" for migratory monarchs. (Not to
mention the monarchs currently crossing the Rio Grande having passed
through the region where tropical milkweed is native.)

Spring 2015 Monarch Migration Map - Journey North
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/monarch_spring2015.html

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Life Cycle of a Guava Skipper has been published
From: "David T. Dauphin" <dauphins AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:35:43 -0600
Jan has just completed a photo essay on the Life Cycle of a Guava Skipper 
-Phocides polybius lilea. It is quite long, but is probably the most detailed 
of any Guava Skipper life cycle ever published. To view this study, go to 
http://www.thedauphins.net/id123.html . 


David Dauphin
Mission, TX
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Subject: First of Spring Falcate Orangetip
From: Willie Sekula <wsekula AT COPPER.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:59:38 -0600
I saw my FOS Falacate Orangetip a while ago near Fashing in Atascosa County.

Willie Sekula
Falls City

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Subject: Thanks for Junonia help
From: Anne Toal <bwp AT GTOAL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:22:03 -0600
Thanks to everyone who responded to my question about the photo of what
seems to be universally-agreed is a Junonia coenia. I originally recalled
having taken it at South Padre Island, but checking the geotag on the
picture, it appears to have been shot in Edinburg. My only defense is it
was 2007 and the details have dimmed with the passage of time :-)

I have corrected the listing on my Flickr page and will be working with
Wikimedia to get that one taken care of.

Anne Toal
Edinburg

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Subject: Differences between two junonia
From: Anne Toal <bwp AT GTOAL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:37:35 -0600
One of my butterfly photos got picked up by Wikipedia. The description
reads "Description said *Junonia evarete*, but it looks more like *Junonia
coenia*."

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tropical_buckeye_(Junonia_evarete).jpg

I shot this picture near the South Padre Island Convention Center, and I
remember that day thinking that the white marks were less vivid than the
Buckeyes we have in the Upper Valley, so it would be evarete rather than
coenia. However this Wikimedia page has me second-guessing myself. Could
someone please advise which one it is?

Thanks,
Anne Toal
Edinburg

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



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



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



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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX

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



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



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



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



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

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

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



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



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



Each meeting features an educational program, but we like to socialize a
bit beforehand. Sometimes members will bring caterpillars or collections
for display, and sometimes we have special opportunities such as plant
giveaways. The meetings are also a good place to hear special announcements
and learn about new events.  Everyone interested in butterflies and other
invertebrates is welcome! Please come join us!



Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



*FEBRUARY 23, 2015, 7 PM *

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



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

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



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


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

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



Instructor: Valerie Bugh



Course #63; Limit 20.

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

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


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

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



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



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



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



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

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

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

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

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



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



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



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



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



Rick Snider - Host Volunteer

Butterfly walks at Estero are Fridays at 1:30.

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

Tim

Monsanto Crops Pushing Monarch Butterfly to 'Verge of Extinction'

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

Thursday, February 05, 2015
byCommon Dreams

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

byDeirdre Fulton, staff writer

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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



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



Little Yellow  Eurema lisa

Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis iole

Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa

Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon

Western Pygmy-Blue  Brephidium exile

American Snout  Libytheana carinenta

Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon

Painted Lady  Vanessa cardui

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

Queen  Danaus gilippus

White-patched Skipper  Chiomara asychis

White Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus albescens

Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus

Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana

Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia

Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia

Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus

Sachem  Atalopedes campestris

Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala



Rick Snider - Host volunteer

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

Information

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

We also found a few Ramburs Forktail damselflies.



Checkered White  Pontia protodice

Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae

Dusky-blue Groundstreak  Calycopis isobeon

Vesta Crescent  Phyciodes vesta

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta

White Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus albescens

Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus

Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana

Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia

Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius

Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus



Rick Snider - Host volunteer

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

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

Guava Skipper  (Phocides polybius)

Manuel's Skipper (Polygonus savigny)

White-striped Longtail (Chioides albofasciatus)

Zilpa Longtail (Chioides zilpa)

White-crescent Longtail (Codatractus alcaeus)

Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)

Dorantes Longtail (Urbanus dorantes)

Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)

Two-barred Flasher (Astraptes fulgerator)

Green Flasher (Astraptes talus)

Coyote Cloudywing (Achalarus toxeus)

Potrillo Skipper (Cabares potrillo)

Falcate Skipper (Spathilepia clonius)

Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)

Glazed Pelicia (Pelicia arina)

Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)

Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)

Saltbush Sootywing (Pholisora alpheus)

Brown-banded Skipper (Timochares ruptifasciata)

Common Bluevent (Anastrus sempiternis)

White-patched Skipper (Chiomara georgina)

Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)

Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis)

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)

Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)

Hoary Skipper (Carrhenes canescens)

Texas Powdered Skipper (Systasea pulverulenta)

Streaky Skipper (Celotes nessus)

White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)

Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)

Desert Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus philetas)

Erichson's White-Skipper (Heliopyrgus domicella)

East-Mexican White-Skipper (Heliopetes sublinea)

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

Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)

Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minima)

Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)

Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)

Purple-washed Skipper (Panoquina lucas)

Hecebolus Skipper (Panoquina hecebolus)

Evans' Skipper (Panoquina evansi)

Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)

Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

Nysa Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes nysa)

Pale-rayed Skipper (Vidius perigenes)

Violet-patched Skipper (Monca crispinus)

Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia)

Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes trebius)

Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

Olive-clouded Skipper (Lerodea arabus)

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Liris Skipper (Lerema liris)

Double-dotted Skipper (Decinea percosius)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)

Violet-banded Skipper (Nyctelius nyctelius)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion)

Ruby-spotted Swallowtail (Papilio anchisiades

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)

Mexican Yellow (Eurema mexicana)

Tailed Orange (Pyrisitia proterpia)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

Mimosa Yellow (Pyrisitia nise)

Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)

White Angled-Sulphur (Anteos clorinde)

Yellow Angled-Sulphur (Anteos maerula)

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)

Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)

Statira Sulphur (Aphrissa statira)

Florida White (Glutophrissa drusilla)

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)

Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)

Giant White (Ganyra josephina)

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)

Marius Hairstreak (Rekoa marius)

Silver-banded Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis)

Telea Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon telea)

Tropical Greenstreak (Cyanophrys herodotus)

Clench's Greenstreak (Cyanophrys miserabilis)

Xami Hairstreak (Callophrys xami)

Strophius Hairstreak (Allosmaitia strophius)

Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Red-crescent Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon rufofusca)

White Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon albata)

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon bazochii)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)

Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)

Vicroy Ministreak (Ministrymon jane-vicroy)

Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius)

Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)

Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)

Cyna Blue (Zizula cyna)

Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)

Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)

Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)

Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)

Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)

Red-bordered Pixie (Melanis pixe)

Curve-winged Metalmark (Emesis emesia)

Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri)

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Soldier (Danaus eresimus)

Band-celled Sister (Adelpha fessonia)

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

Mexican Silverspot (Dione moneta)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Julia Heliconian (Dryas iulia)

Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)

Banded-orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa)

Erato Heliconian (Heliconius erato)

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

Mexican Fritillary (Euptoieta hegesia)

Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)

Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Pavon Emperor (Doxocopa pavon)

Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure)

Red Rim (Biblis hyperia)

Common Mestra (Mestra amymone)

Florida Purplewing (Eunica tatila)

Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)

Four-spotted Sailor (Dynamine postverta)

Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus)

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)

Banded Peacock (Anartia fatima)

Malachite (Siproeta stelenes)

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

Tropical Buckeye (Junonia evarete)

Mangrove Buckeye (Junonia genoveva)

Crimson Patch (Chlosyne janais)

Definite Patch (Chlosyne definita)

Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona)

Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)

Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada)

Pale-banded Crescent (Anthanassa tulcis)

Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana)

Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes graphica)

Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Tropical Leafwing (Anaea aidea)

Goatweed Leafwing (Anaea andria)

Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)

Hermes Satyr (Hermeuptychia hermes)

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



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



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


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

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

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



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


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


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


Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



*Upcoming events:*



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



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

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



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



Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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