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Updated on Saturday, December 3 at 11:49 PM EST
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Bay-breasted Warbler,©Barry Kent Mackay

2 Dec Estero Butterfly Walk Friday Dec 2, 2016 [Rick Snider ]
2 Dec Common Mestra unusually common from Rio Grande to Red River [Mike Quinn ]
28 Nov Yellow-tipped Flasher - Falcon Heights [Berry Nall ]
28 Nov Heliopetes alana, New US Record [Mike Rickard ]
28 Nov Local transmission of Zika reported in Brownsville - Nov 28 [Mike Quinn ]
25 Nov Exciting Estero Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
26 Nov Perching Saliana at Estero Llano Grande St. Park, 11/26/16 [Dan Jones ]
23 Nov Re: Buckeye ID, Starr Co. 11/5/16 [Charlie Sassine ]
21 Nov Re: Buckeye ID, Starr Co. 11/5/16 [Berry Nall ]
21 Nov Tropical Leafwings - Austin, TX [James Giroux ]
21 Nov Still flying in Hockley County - Yesterday [Anthony Hewetson ]
21 Nov Nature Conservancy Preserves Sawtooth Mountain, a West Texas Landmark [Mike Quinn ]
19 Nov Buckeye ID, Starr Co. 11/5/16 [Rich Kostecke ]
19 Nov Panoquina ID [Mitch Heindel ]
18 Nov Mimosa Yellow - Brazos County [Shirley Wilkerson ]
18 Nov Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk [Rick Snider ]
18 Nov Re: Unidentified skippers from south Texas and Hill Country [James Giroux ]
18 Nov Western Pygmy-blue at Hagerman NWR [Laurie Sheppard ]
18 Nov Quintana Beach Butterflies [Robert Anderson ]
18 Nov West Nile three times more deadly than previously thought... [Mike Quinn ]
17 Nov Unidentified skippers from south Texas and Hill Country [Rich Kostecke ]
17 Nov Lots of butterflies at Lake Georgetown [Chuck Sexton ]
16 Nov Re: Mimosa Yellow - Austin [Rich Kostecke ]
16 Nov Laviana White-skipper at Hagerman NWR [Laurie Sheppard ]
15 Nov November 28, 2016 Austin Butterfly Forum Members' Show and Tell [ABF Announce ]
15 Nov Re: flying (and crawling) in Falcon Heights [Mitch Heindel ]
15 Nov backyard butterlies [Theresa Bayoud ]
14 Nov Re: Unfamiliar small butterfy [Jeff Pippen ]
14 Nov Re: Unfamiliar small butterfy [Mike Rickard ]
14 Nov Re: Unfamiliar small butterfy [Monika Maeckle ]
14 Nov Unfamiliar small butterfy [Elizabeth Moon ]
14 Nov Mimosa Yellow - Austin [James Giroux ]
14 Nov flying (and crawling) in Falcon Heights [Berry Nall ]
13 Nov Re: Interesting moth - need ID [Tim Jones ]
13 Nov Re: Interesting moth - need ID [Chuck Sexton ]
12 Nov Interesting moth - need ID [Tim Jones ]
12 Nov Monarch migration along Quintana beach [Robert Anderson ]
11 Nov Tailed Orange in Grayson County [Laurie Sheppard ]
8 Nov Common Mestras abundant [Jimmy Jackson ]
7 Nov Re: Four-spotted Sailor at Santa Ana - Correction Blue-eyed Sailor [Rich Kostecke ]
7 Nov Four-spotted Sailor at Santa Ana [Rich Kostecke ]
6 Nov A pretty amazing day in Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
6 Nov White-tipped Black Moth numbers in Dallas - "nothing short of spectacular" [Mike Quinn ]
6 Nov White-tipped Black Moth numbers in Dallas - "nothing short of spectacular" [Mike Quinn ]
4 Nov Late report: Nysa Roadside-Skippers at Yturria [Shirley Wilkerson ]
3 Nov Bastrop County update [Ron Martin ]
3 Nov Re: possible Clavipes Sphinx moth at Estero? [John Yochum ]
2 Nov Re: possible Clavipes Sphinx moth at Estero? [Mike Rickard ]
1 Nov East-Mexican White-Skipper (10/28/16) Brushline Rd. (Hidalgo Co.) [Rex Stanford ]
1 Nov possible Clavipes Sphinx moth at Estero? [Shirley Wilkerson ]
1 Nov Mimosa Skippers/near Progreso [Shirley Wilkerson ]
31 Oct Re: Common Mestras and Sandburs [Brush Freeman ]
1 Nov Common Mestras and Sandburs [Dan Hardy ]
31 Oct Choice TX Monarch Nectar Plant - Simsia calva (Asteraceae) [Mike Quinn ]
31 Oct Five new Grayson County butterfly records [Laurie Sheppard ]
30 Oct JoAnn Williams Merritt (1928-2016) - Midland [Mike Quinn ]
29 Oct Danaid pupa on milkweed vine - Central Texas - Oct. 27 [Mike Quinn ]
28 Oct Not Boisduval's Yellow [James Giroux ]
28 Oct White Peacock at Quintana bird sanctuary [Robert Anderson ]
27 Oct Re: Boisduval's Yellow - Austin [Brush Freeman ]
27 Oct Boisduval's Yellow - Austin [James Giroux ]
26 Oct Re: White-tipped Black Moth [Shirley Wilkerson ]
25 Oct Re: White-tipped Black Moth [Mike Quinn ]
25 Oct Flying @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, Guadalupe County [Susan Schaezler ]
25 Oct Re: More Austin surprises [Chuck Sexton ]
24 Oct More Austin surprises [James Giroux ]
24 Oct White-tipped Black Moth [Robert Anderson ]
24 Oct Re: Charles Bordelon [Mitch Heindel ]
23 Oct Re: Abundant Milkweed Emerging from a North TX Burn Site - Oct 18 [Robert Benson ]
23 Oct Smithville update [Ron Martin ]
23 Oct Abundant Milkweed Emerging from a North TX Burn Site - Oct 18 [Mike Quinn ]
23 Oct Daggerwing. Hays Co. [Brush Freeman ]
23 Oct Butterfly Bonanza - Hornsby Bend - Austin, TX [James Giroux ]
22 Oct Butterflies at McKinney Roughs Nature Park between Bastrop and Austin [Robert B Anderson ]
21 Oct Utley, Bastrop Co. butterflies [Brush Freeman ]
21 Oct Re: Butterflies around Austin [Rich Kostecke ]

Subject: Estero Butterfly Walk Friday Dec 2, 2016
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:33:37 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Friday Dec 2, 2016



The weather was calm and 80, but mainly cloudy. 10 of us participated. 56
species were seen during the day.

Highlights were the Band-celled Sister on the bait log in the morning. The
Zebra and Julia Heliconians and Pixies continue. It is nice to have
Potrillo Skippers on our list again.



Black Swallowtail  Papilio polyxenes
Giant Swallowtail  Papilio cresphontes
Checkered White  Pontia protodice
Orange Sulphur  Colias eurytheme
Southern Dogface  Colias cesonia
Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae
Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe
Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside
Mexican Yellow  Eurema mexicana
Tailed Orange  Eurema proterpia
Little Yellow  Eurema lisa
Sleepy Orange  Eurema nicippe
Dainty Sulphur  Nathalis iole
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon bazochii
Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius
Ceraunus Blue  Hemiargus ceraunus
Fatal Metalmark  Calephelis nemesis
Rounded Metalmark  Calephelis perditalis
Red-bordered Pixie  Melanis pixe
American Snout  Libytheana carinenta
Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae
Julia Heliconian  Dryas iulia
Zebra Heliconian  Heliconius charithonia
Texan Crescent  Phyciodes texana
Pale-banded Crescent  Phyciodes tulcis
Vesta Crescent  Phyciodes vesta
Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
Common Buckeye  Junonia coenia
White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae
Band-celled Sister  Adelpha fessonia
Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa
Common Mestra  Mestra amymone
Tropical Leafwing  Anaea aidea
Tawny Emperor  Asterocampa clyton
Queen  Danaus gilippus
Soldier  Danaus eresimus
White-striped Longtail  Chioides catillus
Long-tailed Skipper  Urbanus proteus
Dorantes Longtail  Urbanus dorantes
Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne
Potrillo Skipper  Cabares potrillo
Mazans Scallopwing  Staphylus mazans
White-patched Skipper  Chiomara asychis
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
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala
Brazilian Skipper  Calpodes ethlius
Ocola Skipper  Panoquina ocola

Rick Snider - Host Volunteer

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Subject: Common Mestra unusually common from Rio Grande to Red River
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:04:46 -0600
Per Dale Clark's Butterflies of Dallas County, the previous Mestra outbreak
was in 2007.

I spent some time today fleshing out the BugGuide Mestra page:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/31884

Hope this helps,

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Yellow-tipped Flasher - Falcon Heights
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:56:24 -0600
Hi,
Sunday evening in Falcon Heights I found a Yellow-tipped Flasher, Astraptes 
anaphus. To my surprise, it was quite a bit larger than a Two-barred Flasher. 
It's no competition for today's Heliopetes, but still a neat skipper. 


Berry Nall
Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
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Subject: Heliopetes alana, New US Record
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:36:35 -0600
This morning I found and photographed Heliopetes alana at the National
Butterfly Center in Mission, TX.  It shortly flew away and was not found
for a while but eventually relocated and photographed by local and visiting
butterfly watchers as well as NBC staff.  This is the first record of this
species in the United States but the species is common in neighboring
Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, with records within 100 miles
of the US border.

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

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Subject: Local transmission of Zika reported in Brownsville - Nov 28
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:44:23 -0600
long article on the WaPo website...

==============================

Zika surfaces in Texas, likely to be first local transmission

By Lena H. Sun - November 28 at 4:06 PM
Washington Post

Texas health authorities said Monday that a Brownsville woman is infected
with Zika, a case that could make the south Texas city the second place in
the continental United States where the mosquito-borne virus is spreading
locally.

Laboratory testing confirmed that the 43-year-old patient, who is not
pregnant, had been infected. State and local health authorities said she
reported no recent travel to any location with ongoing Zika transmission
and no other risk factors.



"We have not identified more than an isolated circumstance" in Texas, CDC
Director Tom Frieden said in an interview.

full text:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/11/28/zika-surfaces-in-texas-likely-to-be-first-local-transmission/ 

or: http://wapo.st/2fFrTcm

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Mike Quinn, Austin

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Subject: Exciting Estero Butterfly Walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:03:52 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Friday Nov 25, 2016



The weather was calm, warm and mostly cloudy. 15 of us participated.

Shortly after starting, a few people left the walk, heading to NBC when a
Spot-celled Sister was found there. We continued enjoying a Brown-banded
Skipper, Red-bordered Pixie, and Zebra and Julia Heliconians during the
first half of the walk. But then we came upon a skipper, nectaring on
bougainvillia, that nobody recognized. Photos were taken before it flew. We
tentatively identified it as a Perching Saliana, Saliana espari, a Mexican
species,  and a possible new US record. Very exciting. We put the word out
and others came, but we could not find it again.

We only covered half of our normal walk locations and tallied 30 species.



Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus philenor
Southern Dogface  Colias cesonia
Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae
Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe
Tailed Orange  Eurema proterpia
Little Yellow  Eurema lisa
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa
Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius
Red-bordered Pixie  Melanis pixe
Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae
Julia Heliconian  Dryas iulia
Zebra Heliconian  Heliconius charithonia
Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
Common Buckeye  Junonia coenia
Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa
Common Mestra  Mestra amymone
Tawny Emperor  Asterocampa clyton
Monarch  Danaus plexippus
Queen  Danaus gilippus
Guava Skipper  Phocides polybius
Dorantes Longtail  Urbanus dorantes
Sickle-winged Skipper  Achlyodes thraso
Brown-banded Skipper  Timochares ruptifasciatus
Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus
Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana
Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius
Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala

Rick Snider - Host Volunteer

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Subject: Perching Saliana at Estero Llano Grande St. Park, 11/26/16
From: Dan Jones <00000067bd2937ce-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 22:36:33 -0500
A Peching Saliana (Saliana esperi) was found yesterday afternoon during the 
Friday butterfly walk in the tropical zone at Estero Llano Grande State Park. 
This first US record for any member of the genus Saliana was enjoyed by many 
this morning. Photos are on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2016/11/perching-saliana-at-estero-llano-grande_26.html 



Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Re: Buckeye ID, Starr Co. 11/5/16
From: Charlie Sassine <0000010334c77fc4-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:41:04 -0500
Tropical - Junonia evarete.  genoveva is more like coenia dorsally.  



-----Original Message-----
From: Rich Kostecke 
To: TX-BUTTERFLY 
Sent: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 2:44 pm
Subject: Buckeye ID, Starr Co. 11/5/16


Hi,


On 11/5/16, I photographed a buckeye at Rancho Lomitas in Starr Co. (just north 
of Rio Grande City). The buckeye looks pretty good for Mangrove to my eyes 
, but 
I also know that there is lots of variation in Common Buckeye phenotypes. This 
particular buckeye doesn’t strike me as Tropical, so the leaves either an odd 
Common or Mangrove. I would appreciate any thoughts on this butterfly. Thanks, 



Rich Kostecke
Austin, TX 
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Subject: Re: Buckeye ID, Starr Co. 11/5/16
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:08:15 -0600
Hi,
I would not consider this a Mangrove Buckeye. Admittedly, I have not seen that 
species, and based on pictures alone, I doubt I could distinguish Mangrove from 
Tropical. But a Mangrove Buckeye would have to have strayed a long way from its 
regular habitat, while Tropical Buckeyes show up regularly in Starr County. And 
the individual you photographed is consistent with some I have photographed 
(see my signature). From a more reliable source, here is a link to a photo on 
the BOA website that shows a similarly-marked individual being courted by a 
darker specimen: 



http://butterfliesofamerica.com/imagehtmls/Nymphalidae/Junonia_evarete-E_Mex._seg-courtship_MEXICO_OAXACA_Dist._Juchitan_road_to_Sta._Ma._Chimalapa_nr._Lazaro_Cardenas_100m._22_July_2011_JK_1_i.htm 


By the way, BOA - which I believe is the best authority on such things - says 
that Tropical Buckeyes are *Junonia evarete*, while Mangrove Buckeyes are 
*Junonia genoveva*. The scientific names are reversed in at least the Kaufman 
and Swift Field guides. This makes it the one case I know of where the common 
name is a better identifier than the scientific name! 


Berry Nall
Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
leps.thenalls.net
Tropical Buckeye: http://leps.thenalls.net/speciesnum.php?lep=92

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Subject: Tropical Leafwings - Austin, TX
From: James Giroux <jamesagiroux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:41:44 -0600
Yesterday, I put out some rotten fruit out in the back yard - hoping to attract 
a few butterflies before the end of the year. I was not expecting anything new 
or unusual, but at lunchtime today, I looked out and saw a Tropical Leafwing. I 
went out with my camera, and there were four individuals. Photos of the four 
individuals and their variability are shown here: 


http://jamesagiroux.com/TropicalLeafwing.html

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Subject: Still flying in Hockley County - Yesterday
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:06:29 -0600
Greetings All:

I tallied the following while covering about 75 miles of road, over the
course of six hours, in Hockley County yesterday.  Even though our first
freeze was rather late this year (the 19th), it is pretty unusual to have
this diversity of butterflies still bouncing about in my region this late
in the year.  For those unfamiliar with my part of Texas, Hockley County is
the first county west of Lubbock County.

2 Common Checkered Skippers
2 Checkered Whites
11 Orange Sulphurs
1 Southern Dogface
10 Sleep Oranges
13 Dainty Sulphurs
2 Gray Hairstreaks
3 Western Pygmy Blues
2 American Snouts
2 Monarchs
1 Variegated Fritillary
2 Phaon Crescents
1 Pearl Crescent
2 Common Buckeyes
7 Red Admirals
5 Painted Ladies
1 Goatweed Leafwing

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock

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Subject: Nature Conservancy Preserves Sawtooth Mountain, a West Texas Landmark
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:27:09 -0600
This West Texas mountain is preserved forever
Brendan Gibbons - San Antonio Express-News
Friday, November 18, 2016

A rugged and scenic mountain in West Texas is protected forever.

The Nature Conservancy announced Friday it has bought 2,500 acres in
conservation easements that will protect Sawtooth Mountain in the Davis
Mountains. The deal cost $1.5 million, with most of the money coming from a
global private equity firm.

“Sawtooth is an iconic part of the Texas landscape,” Laura Huffman, the
conservancy’s Texas director, said in a statement. “The beauty of this deal
is that we have kept private land in private ownership, while safeguarding
significant habitat and a vista that is enjoyed by millions.”

Through conservation easements and outright ownership, The Nature
Conservancy has protected more than 100,000 acres in the Davis Mountains.

full text (plus photos):

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/This-West-Texas-mountain-is-preserved-forever-10624430.php 

or: http://bit.ly/2eYTHgx

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The Nature Conservancy Preserves a West Texas Landmark
$1.2 million donation led by Warburg Pincus ensures iconic Sawtooth
Mountain will remain in its natural state

FORT DAVIS, Texas, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nature Conservancy
announced today that one of the most scenic vistas in Texas will stay that
way forever.  Over the course of the last four years, the Conservancy has
worked closely with a private landowner and funders to establish a pair of
conservation easements on Sawtooth Mountain, located in the Davis Mountains
of West Texas.

The two easements protect more than 2,500 acres in this important region.
The landowner donated a large portion of these easements so the Conservancy
was able to purchase them for $1.5 million, nearly a million dollars under
the appraised value.

Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm, and its portfolio companies
Brigham Resources, Kosmos Energy, Laredo Petroleum and Zenith Energy, are
together providing $1.2 million in funding.

Standing tall and solitary, Sawtooth Mountain is a landmark on the Scenic
Loop, the famous 75-mile stretch of road between Highways 166 and 118,
where the Chihuahuan Desert meets the sky islands of the Davis Mountains.

[Google map showing Scenic Loop of ST Hwys 166 and 118:
https://goo.gl/maps/JDqBgEH1dB52]

full press release

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-nature-conservancy-preserves-a-west-texas-landmark-300366150.html 

or: http://prn.to/2gaXAyF

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Subject: Buckeye ID, Starr Co. 11/5/16
From: Rich Kostecke <rkostecke AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:44:32 -0600
Hi,

On 11/5/16, I photographed a buckeye at Rancho Lomitas in Starr Co. (just north 
of Rio Grande City). The buckeye looks pretty good for Mangrove to my eyes 
>, 
but I also know that there is lots of variation in Common Buckeye phenotypes. 
This particular buckeye doesn’t strike me as Tropical, so the leaves either 
an odd Common or Mangrove. I would appreciate any thoughts on this butterfly. 
Thanks, 


Rich Kostecke
Austin, TX 
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Subject: Panoquina ID
From: Mitch Heindel <mitch AT UTOPIANATURE.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 16:04:28 -0800
Hi all,

I was wondering if I could have some help on this
Panoquina please?  I am not well-versed in limits
between ocola and lucas.  At the link below the first
five Pano pix are the beast in question.  It did
not allow close approach and disappeared quickly
upon my intrusion.  The white on VHW seems far
more well defined than any ocola I have seen.
But again have limited experience.  The dot effect
seems clear on the right wing.  The pin prick type
white dot on left wing also seems lucas to me.  Can
it be told from these poor images if this is lucas
or ocola?  Thanks for any help in advance.

http://www.utopianature.com/MISCASST.html

Mitch Heindel
Utopia

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Subject: Mimosa Yellow - Brazos County
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:39:05 -0600
Yesterday, I finally got the Mimosa Yellow (3 or 4) in my butterfly garden,
along with Julia Heliconian.  The Julia returned this morning before the
front hit.  And still had a Tailed Orange.

Mimosa photos here:

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

Shirley Wilkerson
Brazos County, Kurten

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Subject: Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk
From: Rick Snider <ricksnid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:03:36 -0600
Estero Llano Grande State Park Butterfly Walk, Friday Nov 18, 2016



The weather was very nice, calm, warm and sunny. 12 of us participated and
a total of 47 species were recorded for the day.

Butterflies present during the week were also seen by participants on the
walk: Polydamas Swallowtail, Guava Skipper, Zebra and Julia Heliconians,
and Red-bordered Pixie.



Pipevine Swallowtail  Battus philenor
Polydamas Swallowtail  Battus polydamas
Giant Swallowtail  Papilio cresphontes
Southern Dogface  Colias cesonia
Cloudless Sulphur  Phoebis sennae
Large Orange Sulphur  Phoebis agarithe
Lyside Sulphur  Kricogonia lyside
Tailed Orange  Eurema proterpia
Little Yellow  Eurema lisa
Gray Hairstreak  Strymon melinus
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon istapa
Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak  Strymon bazochii
Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius
Fatal Metalmark  Calephelis nemesis
Rounded Metalmark  Calephelis perditalis
Red-bordered Pixie  Melanis pixe
Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae
Julia Heliconian  Dryas iulia
Zebra Heliconian  Heliconius charithonia
Bordered Patch  Chlosyne lacinia
Phaon Crescent  Phyciodes phaon
Pearl Crescent  Phyciodes tharos
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta
White Peacock  Anartia jatrophae
Mexican Bluewing  Myscelia ethusa
Common Mestra  Mestra amymone
Tawny Emperor  Asterocampa clyton
Monarch  Danaus plexippus
Queen  Danaus gilippus
Guava Skipper  Phocides polybius
Dorantes Longtail  Urbanus dorantes
Brown Longtail  Urbanus procne
Mazans Scallopwing  Staphylus mazans
Sickle-winged Skipper  Achlyodes thraso
White-patched Skipper  Chiomara asychis
Tropical Checkered-Skipper  Pyrgus oileus
Laviana White-Skipper  Heliopetes laviana
Julia's Skipper  Nastra julia
Fawn-spotted Skipper  Cymaenes odilia
Clouded Skipper  Lerema accius
Fiery Skipper  Hylephila phyleus
Whirlabout  Polites vibex
Southern Broken-Dash  Wallengrenia otho
Eufala Skipper  Lerodea eufala
Olive-clouded Skipper  Lerodea dysaules
Brazilian Skipper  Calpodes ethlius
Ocola Skipper  Panoquina ocola

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Subject: Re: Unidentified skippers from south Texas and Hill Country
From: James Giroux <jamesagiroux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:29:41 -0600
Suggestions for ID:

#1 Julia's Skipper
#2 Unknown
#3 Julia's Skipper
#4 Julia's Skipper
#5 Whirlabout (Falfurious Rest Area)

Here are a few Julia's Skipper samples for comparison. The last two were 
verified by Mike Rickard. 

http://jamesagiroux.com/JuliasSkipper.html

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Subject: Western Pygmy-blue at Hagerman NWR
From: Laurie Sheppard <lshepstew AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:16:26 -0600
A sighting of Western Pygmy-blue at Hagerman NWR on 11/15/16 brings the
number of Grayson County record butterfles seen in the past 40 days to
nine!!  It's certainly been a great fall for butterflies.

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Subject: Quintana Beach Butterflies
From: Robert Anderson <randerson66 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:42:39 -0600
I went to Quintana Beach on Tuesday November 15 to see if the monarch migration 
was there. At that time the wind had been out of the north for 5 straight days 
and monarchs were still going down the beach from east to west at about the 
same rate of 60-100 per hour. 


I also observed extremely high concentrations of butterflies on the beach 
wildflowers, mainly camphor daisy and beach morning glory. There were many 
thousands of common butterflies: little and cloudless sulphurs, pearl and phaon 
crescents, brazilian, long-tailed and ocola skippers, common buckeyes, gulf 
fritillaries and ceraunus blues. The highest concentration of all was 
white-tipped black moths. I could also identify some of these species flying 
out over the water when I went out about 100 feet into the gulf. 


This experience was so much fun I went back the next day. The wind had shifted 
to be out of the south overnight and everything was completely different. There 
were no monarchs going by and only a handful of butterflies and white-tpped 
black moths on the wildflowers. I assume that 5 days of north winds had blown 
most of the butterflies and moths from the surrounding areas down to the beach 
and the shift of the wind to the south resulted in them dispersing back into 
the surrounding areas. This is the most dramatic change in butterfly numbers I 
have ever seen. 


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Subject: West Nile three times more deadly than previously thought...
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:34:17 -0600
Researchers say West Nile is three times more deadly than previously thought
Mike Hixenbaugh - Houston Chronicle
November 14, 2016


http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Researchers-say-West-Nile-is-three-times-more-10614092.php 


Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine had begun to notice an unsettling
trend. For years, they had been studying a group of more than 4,000 Texas
patients who'd become ill with West Nile virus.

The vast majority of them, about 94 percent, had survived the illness,
which causes only mild or no symptoms in most people.

But then, as months and years rolled by, they were surprised to find many
patients became ill again - some with kidney problems - and died.

"These weren't just 80- or 90-year-old people," said Dr. Kristy Murray, an
associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor's National School of Tropical
Medicine. "They were in their 50s, 60s, sometimes even their 40s. And we
were really concerned."

The researchers began to wonder: Was it possible West Nile is far more
serious than anyone realized?

The answer, they announced Monday, is yes.



Murray and her colleagues looked at 4,144 West Nile infections in Texas
between 2002 and 2012, finding that 286 of the patients died within 90
days. After searching the remaining patients' names in a registry of deaths
maintained by the state health department, they found that another 268 had
died months or years later.

In those cases, according to a review of death certificates, renal failure
was a leading cause, confirming Murray's previous research that suggested
the virus continues to replicate in a patient's kidneys after symptoms have
passed, causing long-term harm.

According to the new study, West Nile survivors are 11 times more likely to
die of kidney disease compared to the general population.

full text:

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Researchers-say-West-Nile-is-three-times-more-10614092.php 

or: http://bit.ly/2g3AWs9

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Subject: Unidentified skippers from south Texas and Hill Country
From: Rich Kostecke <rkostecke AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:23:19 -0600
Hi everyone,

Maybe you can help me tag some IDs on some skippers that I have been struggling 
with. I have ID suspicions on a few of them, but would like to get some 
additional confirmation. Anyway, there are 5 photos 
>. Three are 
from south Texas, Brooks and Hidalgo counties. Two are of the same skipper on a 
salvia at the Presidio de San Saba in Menard County. The south Texas photos 
were taken over a span from August to November; whereas the Menard County 
photos were taken earlier this week. 


Any insight or suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks!

Rich Kostecke
Austin, TX
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Subject: Lots of butterflies at Lake Georgetown
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:53:28 -0600
On Wednesday (16th), with record breaking heat (86F), I got an early start on a 
hike from the Tejas Camp at Lake Georgetown (Williamson Co.), purportedly to 
look for a Common Merganser. Birding was OK, but by mid-morning, it was clear 
that butterflying would be much more productive. Floral resources were quite 
limited but the diversity was good for mid-November and the invasion of Common 
Mestras was just off the charts. I counted Mestras on my 2-mile return hike and 
tallied 361 without much searching. Since those were just the ones easily seen 
from the trail, the actual number in the area was likely two to several times 
that number. There were 5X as many Mestras as *all other butterflies combined*. 
Many were resting or “nectaring” on Johnson Grass seed clusters; others 
were dancing or clustered around the last remnant green patches of Giant 
Ragweed for unknown reasons (sap?). This is an unprecedented year for the 
species here; my neighbors and non-butterflying friends are asking me about 
those “white and orange” butterflies all over the place. We have one more 
day of warmth (today) before Fall weather reportedly comes back in. 


Here’s an overall list with estimated numbers; I didn’t pay much attention 
to skippers: 


Checkered White - 1
Orange Sulphur - 3
Tailed Orange - 1
Little Yellow - 18
Sleepy Orange - 1 (low)
Dainty Sulphur - 8
Gray Hairstreak - 1
Ceraunus Blue - 1
Reakirt’s Blue - 1?
American Snout - 10
Variegated Fritillary - 2 (low)
Phaon Crescent - 8
Question Mark - 2
Lady sp. - 2
Red Admiral - 3
Com. Buckeye - 6+
Common Mestra - 360+
Goatweed Leafwing - 2
(Emperors missing)
Monarch - 1
Queen - 2
Com./White Checkered-Skipper - ph
Checkered-Skipper sp. - 6

Chuck Sexton
Austin, TX
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Subject: Re: Mimosa Yellow - Austin
From: Rich Kostecke <rkostecke AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:29:38 -0600
We had 1-2 Mimosa Yellows at Hornsby Bend (Travis Co.) on Nov. 12th as well. 
Lots of other stuff there too (Tailed Oranges, Julia and Zebra heliconias, 
Laviana White-skippers, etc.). 


Rich Kostecke
Austin, TX


> On Nov 14, 2016, at 4:56 PM, James Giroux  wrote:
> 
> Butterfly activity is still good in the Austin area. A trip to the Ladybird 
Johnson Wildflower Center turned up a Mimosa Yellow on Saturday. 
http://jamesagiroux.com/MimosaYellow.html Other highlights were: Orange-barred 
Sulphur http://jamesagiroux.com/Orange-barredSulphur.html Tailed Orange Julia 
Heliconian Brazilian Skipper 4 (all around the Turk's Cap in the Children's 
area) Texas Powdered-Skipper Laviana White-Skipper Dorantes Longtail James 
Giroux Austin, TX 

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Subject: Laviana White-skipper at Hagerman NWR
From: Laurie Sheppard <lshepstew AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 07:27:37 -0600
Yesterday I saw and photographed a Laviana White-skipper that has strayed
north to Hagerman NWR in Sherman, TX.  Many Southern Dogface were also
present in the butterfly garden, as well as at least three Ceraunus Blue, a
Reakirt's Blue, a possible Ocola Skipper, and large numbers of local
butterflies.

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Subject: November 28, 2016 Austin Butterfly Forum Members' Show and Tell
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:27:31 -0600
 *Austin Butterfly Forum Members’ Show and Tell  *
*November 28, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.*

*Zilker Botanical Garden Center *
This fall has been an exceptional season for butterflies in Austin and
surrounding communities. Last year the club hosted a trip to the Texas
Butterfly Festival in late October and this year Rio Grande Valley
butterflies came to us. Many species not normally seen this far north
strayed into our territory to the delight of local butterfly enthusiasts.  No
doubt, Austin Butterfly Forum members will have photos to share and
interesting stories to tell. Please join us to share your butterfly
encounters and eat pizza provided by the club.

*This meeting is free and open to the public.*

Members will have 5-10 minutes to show their favorite photos of the year or
to tell about a trip or butterfly experience. Each presenter is responsible
for bringing their flash drive, memory card or disk with photos. A
projector and laptop will be available. Members planning to participate
should contact Dan Hardy  prior to the meeting:
dhh787 AT yahoo.com

If you are not currently a member, consider joining us for calendar year
2017. For more information, please visit our website: austinbutterflies.org.

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Subject: Re: flying (and crawling) in Falcon Heights
From: Mitch Heindel <mitch AT UTOPIANATURE.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:16:17 -0800
On 2016-11-14 04:32, Berry Nall wrote:

> There are Banded Patch caterpillars on my Carlowrightia. I showed them
> to some visitors, and it sparked an interesting discusion: do you
> count a species as a lifer if you've seen the caterpillar but not the
> adult?
> Pictures of the Definite Patch, and also a Banded Patch from a month
> back, are on my "Recent Sightings" page:
> http://leps.thenalls.net/content.php?ref=recent.htm
> 
> Berry Nall
> Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
> leps.thenalls.net

Hi all,

Great photos of the Definite and Banded Patches Berry!  I have looked
hard for those two here at Utopia and had no love or luck in 13 years.

As for a "lifer" the key I always thought was that it was alive,
and you saw it in person, in your life.  For an insect, what stage it
is at should not be an issue.  If you find a Cattle Heart plastered to
your radiator grill it is not countable for you personal life list.
It can however count as a specimen record however.

Better if we knew how long prior your grill was checked, and say that
you weren't just in Veracruz.  A dead animal can be a record for the
books and science, but not for the life list.  Those I thought had to
be seen alive, in life (in person).  A juvenile or immature beast is
just as countable as an adult.  Certainly at least on some butterfly
counts I know cats are counted.  They just aren't flying adults and
I think usually recorded as 'cats'.

regards,
Mitch
Utopia

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Subject: backyard butterlies
From: Theresa Bayoud <0000010026b89d16-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 02:04:57 +0000
I photographed 37 species of butterflies and 7 species of moths in the last 
three weeks in the backyard.  Most of the species occurred on most of the 
days throughout the 3-week period.  They were nectering on Blue Mist flower 
for the most part. The Blue Mist is just about gone.  Here's the 
list: Little YellowSleepy OrangeTailed OrangeCloudless SulphurSouthern 
DogfaceBrazilian SkipperClouded SkipperDun SkipperFiery SkipperSachemSouthern 

SkipperlingSickle-wingedSkipperTropical Checkered-skipperCommon 
Checkered-skipperMonarchSoldierQueen 

Julia Heliconian
Zebra Longwing
White-striped Longtail
Funereal Duskywing
Gulf Fritillary
Variegated Fritillary
Common Buckeye
Mallow Scrub-hairstreak
Dusky-blue Groundstreak
Gray Hairstreak
Ceraunus BluePearl CrescentTexan CrescentQuestion MarkPainted LadyCommon 
MestraBordered PatchAmerican Snout 

Metalmark sp
Eastern Giant Swallowtail
carmenta armasataailanthus
webworm
corn earworm
Southern Beet webworm
Scythris
White-tipped Black
Yellow-collared Scape  
Theresa Bayoud 
Austin, Texas 


"Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a 
distant journey into the unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the 
fetters of Habit, the leaden weight of Routine, the cloak of many Cares and the 
slavery of Home, one feels once more happy." 

- Sir Richard Burton, 1872, Zanzabar; City, Island, and Coast

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Subject: Re: Unfamiliar small butterfy
From: Jeff Pippen <jeffpippen9 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:42:15 -0500
Nice Common Mestra, Elizabeth!
--
Jeffrey S. Pippen
Durham, NC 
http://www.jeffpippen.com/

> On Nov 14, 2016, at 6:39 PM, Elizabeth Moon  wrote:
> 
> This afternoon I noticed a number of small, pale (but with patterned orange 
hindwings) butterflies moving rapidly about the yard grass (a mix of species) 
as a cloud bank dimmed the sun. 

> 
> Because of the warmth and the plants still flowering, we've had more 
butterflies later in the year than usual, but I don't think I've seen this 
particular one before. Despite its rapid wingbeats and very brief pauses, most 
of the pictures I took are "interesting blurs" but I did get two fairly clear 
ones, one that shows the dorsal wing pattern and the other the ventral. 

> 
> The images are online at http://e-moon60.livejournal.com/507732.html Would 
like help with ID. The butterfly book with the large images is in hiding, and 
the images in the other butterfly field guide are so tiny I can't easily see 
them (aging eyes. 

> 
> Elizabeth Moon
> 
> Northern WIlliamson County
> 
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Subject: Re: Unfamiliar small butterfy
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:42:47 -0600
Elizabeth,
This is a Common Mestra (Mestra amymone).  There have been very good
numbers of these in much of Texas recently.

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

On Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 5:39 PM, Elizabeth Moon 
wrote:

> This afternoon I noticed a number of small, pale (but with patterned
> orange hindwings)  butterflies moving rapidly about the yard grass (a mix
> of species) as a cloud bank dimmed the sun.
>
> Because of the warmth and the plants still flowering, we've had more
> butterflies later in the year than usual, but I don't think I've seen this
> particular one before.  Despite its rapid wingbeats and very brief pauses,
> most of the pictures I took are "interesting blurs" but I did get two
> fairly clear ones, one that shows the dorsal wing pattern and the other the
> ventral.
>
> The images are online at http://e-moon60.livejournal.com/507732.html
>  Would like help with ID.  The butterfly book with the large images is in
> hiding, and the images in the other butterfly field guide are so tiny I
> can't easily see them (aging eyes.
>
> Elizabeth Moon
>
> Northern WIlliamson County
>
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Subject: Re: Unfamiliar small butterfy
From: Monika Maeckle <butterflybeat AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:42:39 -0600
Common mestra butterfly.  So lovely!

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




> On Nov 14, 2016, at 5:39 PM, Elizabeth Moon  wrote:
> 
> This afternoon I noticed a number of small, pale (but with patterned orange 
hindwings) butterflies moving rapidly about the yard grass (a mix of species) 
as a cloud bank dimmed the sun. 

> 
> Because of the warmth and the plants still flowering, we've had more 
butterflies later in the year than usual, but I don't think I've seen this 
particular one before. Despite its rapid wingbeats and very brief pauses, most 
of the pictures I took are "interesting blurs" but I did get two fairly clear 
ones, one that shows the dorsal wing pattern and the other the ventral. 

> 
> The images are online at http://e-moon60.livejournal.com/507732.html Would 
like help with ID. The butterfly book with the large images is in hiding, and 
the images in the other butterfly field guide are so tiny I can't easily see 
them (aging eyes. 

> 
> Elizabeth Moon
> 
> Northern WIlliamson County
> 
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Subject: Unfamiliar small butterfy
From: Elizabeth Moon <emoon1 AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:39:01 -0600
This afternoon I noticed a number of small, pale (but with patterned 
orange hindwings)  butterflies moving rapidly about the yard grass (a 
mix of species) as a cloud bank dimmed the sun.

Because of the warmth and the plants still flowering, we've had more 
butterflies later in the year than usual, but I don't think I've seen 
this particular one before.  Despite its rapid wingbeats and very brief 
pauses, most of the pictures I took are "interesting blurs" but I did 
get two fairly clear ones, one that shows the dorsal wing pattern and 
the other the ventral.

The images are online at http://e-moon60.livejournal.com/507732.html   
Would like help with ID.  The butterfly book with the large images is in 
hiding, and the images in the other butterfly field guide are so tiny I 
can't easily see them (aging eyes.

Elizabeth Moon

Northern WIlliamson County


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Subject: Mimosa Yellow - Austin
From: James Giroux <jamesagiroux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:56:03 -0600
Butterfly activity is still good in the Austin area. A trip to the Ladybird 
Johnson Wildflower Center turned up a Mimosa Yellow on Saturday. 


http://jamesagiroux.com/MimosaYellow.html

Other highlights were:
Orange-barred Sulphur    http://jamesagiroux.com/Orange-barredSulphur.html
Tailed Orange
Julia Heliconian
Brazilian Skipper 4 (all around the Turk's Cap in the Children's area)
Texas Powdered-Skipper 
Laviana White-Skipper
Dorantes Longtail

James Giroux
Austin, TX

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Subject: flying (and crawling) in Falcon Heights
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:32:33 -0600
Despite cool and cloudy weather, there were a lot of butterflies on the wing 
over the weekend. The Chomonque in the yard is finally blooming, and it brought 
in Definite Patch and Great Purple Hairstreak on Saturday. I'm told a Strophius 
Hairstreak was seen here on Friday. 

There are Banded Patch caterpillars on my Carlowrightia. I showed them to some 
visitors, and it sparked an interesting discusion: do you count a species as a 
lifer if you've seen the caterpillar but not the adult? 

Pictures of the Definite Patch, and also a Banded Patch from a month back, are 
on my "Recent Sightings" page: 

http://leps.thenalls.net/content.php?ref=recent.htm

Berry Nall
Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
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Subject: Re: Interesting moth - need ID
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 15:29:59 -0600
Thanks for helping with this! All are in agreement. It’s a common little moth 

often found at porch lights that appeared on a rosemary flower where I was 
photographing butterflies yesterday.

Caught a Dogface on the wing.
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1BB3557_W.jpg 
 

http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1BB3548_W.jpg 
 


Common Mestra 11-12-16 Plethora of Mestras out here.
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1BB3504_W.jpg 
 

http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1BB3529_W.jpg
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1BB3542-3W.jpg 
 


Tailed Orange 11-12-16
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1BB3515_W.jpg 
 


Checkered Skippers 11-13-16
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1BB3620_W.jpg 
 


Julia (just lifting off) 11-13-16
http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1BB3632_W.jpg

Er… can you tell what kind of Checkered Skippers these are?
Tim


On Nov 12, 2016, at 11:09 PM, larvalbug  wrote:
crambidae: Diacme elealis.
Valerie Bugh

> On Nov 13, 2016, at 7:19 AM, Mary Ludwick  wrote:
> Perhaps you can find the ID here
> http://bugguide.net/node/view/21675 

On Nov 13, 2016, at 7:20 AM, Chuck Sexton  wrote:
Tim, 
That moth is the Paler Diacme Moth, Diacme elealis (Crambidae, Pyraustine). It 
is often common at porchlights and sometimes visits flowers by day. 

Chuck Sexton
Austin

> 
> On Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 11:05 PM, Tim Jones > wrote: 

> Hello,
> 
> I need an ID for this little moth nectaring on Rosemary flowers if you 
please. 

> Photo taken near Wimberley, Hays County, Tx on November 12, 2016
> 
> http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1BB3576_W.jpg 
 

> 
> Tim Jones 
> Wimberley


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Subject: Re: Interesting moth - need ID
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 07:20:57 -0600
Tim, 

That moth is the Paler Diacme Moth, Diacme elealis (Crambidae, Pyraustine). It 
is often common at porchlights and sometimes visits flowers by day. 


Chuck Sexton
Austin
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Subject: Interesting moth - need ID
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 23:05:09 -0600
Hello,

I need an ID for this little moth nectaring on Rosemary flowers if you please. 
Photo taken near Wimberley, Hays County, Tx on November 12, 2016

http://earthlightimagery.com/storage/_1BB3576_W.jpg 
 


Tim Jones 
Wimberley
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Subject: Monarch migration along Quintana beach
From: Robert Anderson <randerson66 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:58:05 -0600
I spent Friday afternoon on the beach near Quintana (Freeport) Texas. All 
afternoon there was a steady stream of monarch butterflies going by at a rate 
of about 1 or 2 per minute flying from east to west down the beach. When I went 
into the water there were even some going by 30 to 40 feet out over the water 
pushed out by a northeast wind of 5-7 miles per hour. 


There were many white-tipped black moths, common butterflies and 2 large orange 
butterflies on the wildflowers in the beach dunes. 


A very worn white peacock was also still (two weeks after I first saw it) at 
the Quintana bird sanctuary this time on the grass directly in front of the 
parking area. 


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Subject: Tailed Orange in Grayson County
From: Laurie Sheppard <lshepstew AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:14:38 -0600
The butterfly garden at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge continues to
provide new county records.  A Tailed Orange was seen and photographed on
11/10/2016.

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Subject: Common Mestras abundant
From: Jimmy Jackson <greenjay43 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2016 07:28:41 -0600
This has been a remarkable fall for mestras here in Bee County. In addition to 
their abundance, I noticed they were clustered in the grassy areas. So, I 
started taking photos to see what they were doing and it appears they were 
either nectaring or laying eggs on the grass seeds. The grass is Brownseed 
Paspalum , Paspalum plieatulum michx. Why the high numbers ? Are they nectaring 
or laying eggs ?? 


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Subject: Re: Four-spotted Sailor at Santa Ana - Correction Blue-eyed Sailor
From: Rich Kostecke <rkostecke AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2016 18:25:55 -0600
Sorry about the mis-ID - it is a Blue-eyed Sailor. I knew that, but for some 
reason I have Four-spotted stuck in my tired head. 


Rich

> On Nov 7, 2016, at 1:12 PM, Rich Kostecke  wrote:
> 
> About mid-day on 11/6, I photographed a Four-spotted Sailor 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kostecke/30843724285/in/dateposted-public/ 
 at 
Santa Ana NWR. It was near the canopy tower on the wildlife drive. It was just 
north of the parking area in an island of habitat in the median strip of the 
wildlife drive. 

> 
> I saw some other good butterflies last week while I was guiding for the Rio 
Grande Valley Birding Festival including species like Jalapus Cloudywing 
(Rancho Lomitas, Starr Co.), etc. Hopefully I can find some time soon to post 
some of those highlights as well as my photos. 

> 
> Rich
> 
> Richard Kostecke, Ph.D.
> The Nature Conservancy
> 318 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701
> Email: rkost73 AT yahoo.com  or rkostecke AT tnc.org 
 


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Subject: Four-spotted Sailor at Santa Ana
From: Rich Kostecke <rkostecke AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2016 19:12:59 +0000
About mid-day on 11/6, I photographed a Four-spotted Sailor 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kostecke/30843724285/in/dateposted-public/ at 
Santa Ana NWR.  It was near the canopy tower on the wildlife drive.  It was 
just north of the parking area in an island of habitat in the median strip of 
the wildlife drive. 

I saw some other good butterflies last week while I was guiding for the Rio 
Grande Valley Birding Festival including species like Jalapus Cloudywing 
(Rancho Lomitas, Starr Co.), etc.  Hopefully I can find some time soon to post 
some of those highlights as well as my photos. 

Rich
Richard Kostecke, Ph.D.
The Nature Conservancy
318 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 
78701Email: rkost73 AT yahoo.com or rkostecke AT tnc.org 


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Subject: A pretty amazing day in Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2016 16:49:27 -0600
Greetings All:

While we are nowhere close to a record date for a late first freeze in
Lubbock (that currently sits at 23 November - in 2003) it is weird that it
hasn't even flirted with freezing yet.

Many of my lantanas are preparing for another bloom cycle (the latest that
has ever occurred), there are still sunflowers coming up and into
bloom/seed in good numbers (I usually have a straggler or two at this point
but not a whole freaking crop), and my blue salvia, red salvia, and
turk's-cap are still going strong.  And there are some true wildflowers
still going: henbit, dandelions, and some very late purslanes.

Consequently, I was surprised but not amazed, at a double digit day for
butterfly species in my yard - during the few hours the sun came out
between morning showers and afternoon showers.

Peak counts for the period:

2 Common Checkered Skippers
1 Common Sootywings
2 Sachems
1 Eufala Skipper
2 Cabbage Whites
8 Southern Dogfaces (a record number for my yard, by the by)
1 Cloudless Sulphur
1 Dainty Sulphur
3 Monarchs
1 Queen (cleverly nectaring at a freshly cleaned/filled hummingbird feeder)
1 Gulf Fritillary
1 Variegated Fritllary
1 Phaon Crescent
1 Red Admiral
2 Painted Ladies
1 American Lady

I don't think I have ever had sixteen species in my yard this late in the
year and, who knows, there may be a few more sunbursts before darkness sets
in.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock

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Subject: White-tipped Black Moth numbers in Dallas - "nothing short of spectacular"
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2016 13:38:08 -0600
White-tipped Black Moths are on a real tear this fall...
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society (Butterflies and Moths) - November 2
To say there has been an explosion of White-tipped Black Moths (Melanchroia
chephise) into north Texas would be a huge understatement. A little over
ten years ago this species was an unusual find in our area but has been a
regular visitor at this time of year since. The numbers we are seeing now
are nothing short of spectacular.
Video:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.facebook.com_202233936525781_videos_1188032224612609_-3Fpnref-3Dstory&d=CwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=tVAKMFPe3UCcsMWUFXo0FeX0xe1JUAj77B74DAI3DKI&m=qN7i_dqWmQuzZaPbWm8Od8fv93FHePG03VdBjgMn0zw&s=z46BUDnCqIyucgWQmBQf53-9kBmoNMu2emyTNwmcGPA&e= 


strays to MO and AR also reported this yr: - BugGuide

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__bugguide.net_node_view_6736_data&d=CwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=tVAKMFPe3UCcsMWUFXo0FeX0xe1JUAj77B74DAI3DKI&m=qN7i_dqWmQuzZaPbWm8Od8fv93FHePG03VdBjgMn0zw&s=PiJBjXRROqQCxbuKQITlENZyLHrY3ynsKNcKcEbDs8s&e= 


and perhaps the northern-most ever record was reported last month from WI:

white-tipped black moth - Melanchroia chephise
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
October 18, 2016

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__bugguide.net_node_view_1305646&d=CwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=tVAKMFPe3UCcsMWUFXo0FeX0xe1JUAj77B74DAI3DKI&m=qN7i_dqWmQuzZaPbWm8Od8fv93FHePG03VdBjgMn0zw&s=wnGXpHbLLY2wtuG5GsPM8dSooymO5n2ZLuTXIIyw1tQ&e= 


Moth Photographers Group - photos, map, monthly records

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu_species.php-3Fhodges-3D6616&d=CwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=tVAKMFPe3UCcsMWUFXo0FeX0xe1JUAj77B74DAI3DKI&m=qN7i_dqWmQuzZaPbWm8Od8fv93FHePG03VdBjgMn0zw&s=5aiFgnm7Sg-T2C_URXa_e0-zmIyvCG1yGYxGdnq_hEw&e= 


The White-tipped Black Moth  in Oklahoma - 2007, the previous outbreak year

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.oklanature.com_jfisher_oklahoma-2Dwtbm.pdf&d=CwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=tVAKMFPe3UCcsMWUFXo0FeX0xe1JUAj77B74DAI3DKI&m=qN7i_dqWmQuzZaPbWm8Od8fv93FHePG03VdBjgMn0zw&s=yNL30z24Zbz5KECm3MJIOm_eAsYrNv466c_DDknQoWM&e= 


Texas Entomology - map of general distribution in TX, plus list of other
stray records.

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__texasento.net_Melanchroia.htm&d=CwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=tVAKMFPe3UCcsMWUFXo0FeX0xe1JUAj77B74DAI3DKI&m=qN7i_dqWmQuzZaPbWm8Od8fv93FHePG03VdBjgMn0zw&s=wErM0PCdGzH0IPBWpBJuh87BHUSaNzqayQU9bN44cjM&e= 


interestingly, there doesn't appear to be any uptick in activity in Florda:

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__bugguide.net_adv-5Fsearch_bgsearch.php-3Ftaxon-3D6736-26location-5B-5D-3DFL&d=CwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=tVAKMFPe3UCcsMWUFXo0FeX0xe1JUAj77B74DAI3DKI&m=qN7i_dqWmQuzZaPbWm8Od8fv93FHePG03VdBjgMn0zw&s=DnE9yQipsrdcctFrTAnVDx5EQHR3fc37_DxV0E1J2Tc&e= 


most host records from Euphobiaceae

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Texas Entomology

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__texasento.net&d=CwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=tVAKMFPe3UCcsMWUFXo0FeX0xe1JUAj77B74DAI3DKI&m=qN7i_dqWmQuzZaPbWm8Od8fv93FHePG03VdBjgMn0zw&s=QjwGm-WY5x9T5uHdtnKG3QY9wTGSen4KV5TS-tgLEFQ&e= 
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Subject: White-tipped Black Moth numbers in Dallas - "nothing short of spectacular"
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2016 13:38:08 -0600
White-tipped Black Moths are on a real tear this fall...
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society (Butterflies and Moths) - November 2
To say there has been an explosion of White-tipped Black Moths (Melanchroia
chephise) into north Texas would be a huge understatement. A little over
ten years ago this species was an unusual find in our area but has been a
regular visitor at this time of year since. The numbers we are seeing now
are nothing short of spectacular.
Video:
https://www.facebook.com/202233936525781/videos/1188032224612609/?pnref=story

strays to MO and AR also reported this yr: - BugGuide
http://bugguide.net/node/view/6736/data

and perhaps the northern-most ever record was reported last month from WI:

white-tipped black moth - Melanchroia chephise
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
October 18, 2016
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1305646

Moth Photographers Group - photos, map, monthly records
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=6616

The White-tipped Black Moth  in Oklahoma - 2007, the previous outbreak year
http://www.oklanature.com/jfisher/oklahoma-wtbm.pdf

Texas Entomology - map of general distribution in TX, plus list of other
stray records.
http://texasento.net/Melanchroia.htm

interestingly, there doesn't appear to be any uptick in activity in Florda:
http://bugguide.net/adv_search/bgsearch.php?taxon=6736&location[]=FL

most host records from Euphobiaceae

Mike Quinn, Austin
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http://texasento.net

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Subject: Late report: Nysa Roadside-Skippers at Yturria
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2016 15:40:52 -0500
Don't know if it is raining in south Texas or not, but had two Nysa
Roadside-Skippers Wednesday at Yturria Brush Tract.  They were very worn,
so I had to get help id'ing them before posting.    Photos here:

  http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/southtexasbutterfliesoct-nov2016#page-0

Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan

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Subject: Bastrop County update
From: Ron Martin <rcarbonmart AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2016 21:50:36 -0500
 

An update report of butterfly activity 29 October - 3 November 2016 in my
yard on Whitehead Street, Smithville, TX, Bastrop County.  The following
butterflies are new to the yard list this season that began 9 October and
were found primarily on crucita.  These crucitas are almost past but there
is another garden on Bishop Street in prime.

 

New since last list.

 

1 Southern Dogface

5 Dusky-blue Groundstreak

1 Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

2 Whirlabout

 

A cumulative list  of 55 species (53 yard; 2 nearby) for 9 Oct - 3 November
follows.  The number of sightings is the maximum seen at one time and X = 10
or more.  Some of these have increased from prior reports.

 

X Pipevine Swallowtail

5 Giant Swallowtail

2 Great Southern White

1 Southern Dogface

1 Orange Sulphur

X Cloudless Sulphur

1 Orange Sulphur

1 Orange-barred Sulphur (outside yard, 300 m down Whitehead Street.)

2 Large Orange Sulphur

x Tailed Orange

1 Little Yellow

1 Sleepy Orange

1 Dainty Sulphur

1 Great Purple Hairstreak  (City Hall, Main street)

5 Dusky-blue Groundstreak

1 Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak

2 Gray Hairstreak

1 Eastern Tailed-Blue

1 Ceraunus Blue

2 American Snout

X Gulf Fritillary

4 Julia Heliconian

2 Zebra Heliconian

4 Bordered Patch

1 Phaon Crescent

2 Pearl Crescent

2 Common Buckeye

1 Question Mark

1 American Lady

x Common Mestra

1 Hackberry Emperor

1 Tawny Emperor

1 Carolina Satyr

X Monarch

X Queen

6 Soldier

1 White-striped Longtail

2 Long-tailed Skipper

6 Sickle-winged Skipper

1 Horace's Duskywing

1 Funereal Duskywing

1 Common/White Checkered-Skipper

1 Tropical Checkered-Skipper

1 Laviana White-Skipper

4 Julia's Skipper

X Clouded Skipper

1 Southern Skipperling

X Fiery Skipper

4 Sachem

2 Southern Broken-Dash

2 Dun Skipper

1 Celia's Roadside-Skipper

4 Eufala Skipper

2 Brazilian Skipper

X Ocola Skipper

 

Ron Martin

Smithville, Bastrop County

50 miles east of Austin


 

 


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Subject: Re: possible Clavipes Sphinx moth at Estero?
From: John Yochum <John.Yochum AT TPWD.TEXAS.GOV>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2016 16:46:33 +0000
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Subject: Re: possible Clavipes Sphinx moth at Estero?

Shirley, Clavipes is correct, based on the forewing spots. It's been fairly 
common at times this fall. 


Mike Rickard
Mission

On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 9:28 PM, Shirley Wilkerson 
> wrote: 

I believe this is Clavipes Sphinx moth, and not Titan, found at Estero Llano 
Grande today. 


Help please?

http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/southtexasbutterfliesoct-nov2016#page-0


Thanks,
Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan

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Subject: Re: possible Clavipes Sphinx moth at Estero?
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2016 07:31:21 -0500
Shirley, Clavipes is correct, based on the forewing spots.  It's been
fairly common at times this fall.

Mike Rickard
Mission

On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 9:28 PM, Shirley Wilkerson <
shirley.wilkerson AT gmail.com> wrote:

> I believe this is Clavipes Sphinx moth, and not Titan,  found at Estero
> Llano Grande today.
>
> Help please?
>
> http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/southtexasbutterfliesoct-nov2016#page-0
>
>
> Thanks,
> Shirley Wilkerson
> Bryan
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Subject: East-Mexican White-Skipper (10/28/16) Brushline Rd. (Hidalgo Co.)
From: Rex Stanford <calidris.bairdii AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2016 22:25:05 -0500
This past Friday (10/28/16) in the bluish or white asters (probably
Wireweed, Symphyotrichum subulatum; aka S. divaricatum or Aster subulatus)
on the east side of Brushline Rd. between FM490 and TX186 (Hidalgo Co.), my
wife (Birgit) and I found and I photographed an EAST-MEXICAN WHITE-SKIPPER
(Heliopetes sublinea), a very rare stray from Mexico. It was found a short
distance north of the low area along Brushline Road that until recently was
wet and populated by Yellow Lotus—dead remnants of which are still present.
This (former) Yellow Lotus area lies in one of the lowest sections along
this stretch of road. This very surprising rarity was thus found in a
relatively northern section of Brushline Road as it runs between FM490 and
TX186. The aforementioned aster species and a few other flowering species
were attracting very large numbers of butterflies, probably because at this
dry time few other flowering areas were available.

I apologize for the lateness of this posting, but when we spotted this
skipper we were unsure of its species identity but thought it most likely
to be either a Laviana or an Erichson’s White-Skipper (H. laviana or an H.
domicella, respectively), but, given our somewhat distant view of the
creature, the complexity of the visual information that one would have to
gather and assimilate for definitive judgment, and a lack of certainty that
it was either of those species, I decided to “Take pictures first and ask
questions later!” Arriving home, before seeing my photo on the computer, I
assumed this butterfly was very likely to have been either the Laviana
(common) or the Erichson’s White-Skipper (uncommon), so I was not overly
eager to study the photo. We were very familiar with the former species,
which is very common here, and we had seen the latter (and photographed it
well) once. For those reasons and because I was busy with other matters, I
waited until Sunday to study the photo. Having seen it then on the computer
monitor, I quickly realized that it was the very rare East-Mexican
White-Skipper. Two slender, finger-like, somewhat point-tipped, white marks
in the midst of a brown line in the sub-apical area on the top side of the
forewing are an easy-to-see feature that easily discriminates this species
from the ID-competitor species.

I regret not having a web site on which to place the photo of this
butterfly, thereby allowing others to enjoy it and learn about its
features. The presence of this creature in this area brings to mind the
possibility that one or more others of its kind might be in the area. The
circumstances that brought this one might possibly have brought others, so
one or more might still be somewhere in the general area. It therefore
would seem a good idea for those whose interest in that species has been
sparked by this report to study up on (or review) the discriminative
features of this species and thereby be ready to recognize it if it should
be encountered. Unless, though, there is some rain, the flowers along
Brushline Road may soon be gone.

Wishing everyone the best of butterflying in this very propitious time of
year,
Rex Stanford (Weslaco, TX).

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Subject: possible Clavipes Sphinx moth at Estero?
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2016 21:28:48 -0500
I believe this is Clavipes Sphinx moth, and not Titan,  found at Estero
Llano Grande today.

Help please?

http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/southtexasbutterfliesoct-nov2016#page-0


Thanks,
Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan

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Subject: Mimosa Skippers/near Progreso
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2016 10:40:02 -0500
We found many of these yesterday (Mon) around 4 pm on Rio Rico Rd.,j ust
after the caliche Rd that goes off to left along a dike, in the corner of
the two roads on crucita

Shirley and Dan Wilkerson- Bryan
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Subject: Re: Common Mestras and Sandburs
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:28:56 -0500
Well I have heard of this for Sandburs so looked it up thinking it might
apply to butterflies too.

http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/sandburr.asp

On Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 9:19 PM, Dan Hardy <
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>
> At Hornsby Bend east of Austin I found numerous Common Mestras in several
> small areas on the trail.   At first I thought there was foodplant nearby,
> but I couldn’t find any Tragia.   Then I thought it must be a courtship,
> but there was no pursuit.    Then I noticed that they were all perched on
> Sandburs (Cenchrus spp).    They were probing with their proboscis into the
> hard, spiny grass seeds.  They seemed to be going into the floral parts,
> which seemed dried up.  There were no scale insects or any visible moisture.
>
> I’ve seen Mestras probe other grass, too.   Has anyone seen this?   Could
> they have been males trying to obtain a chemical?    Could there be some
> nutrition in there?
>
> Common Mestras and Sandburs. 
>
> Common Mestras and Sandburs.
> 7 new photos · Album by Dan Hardy
> 
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Subject: Common Mestras and Sandburs
From: Dan Hardy <0000006668f8be48-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2016 02:19:53 +0000
At Hornsby Bend east of Austin I found numerous CommonMestras in several small 
areas on the trail.  At first I thought there was foodplant nearby, but I 
couldn’t find anyTragia.   Then I thought it must be acourtship, but there 
was no pursuit.    Then I noticed that they were all perched onSandburs 
(Cenchrus spp).    They were probingwith their proboscis into the hard, 
spiny grass seeds.  They seemed to be going into the floral parts,which seemed 
dried up.  There were noscale insects or any visible moisture. 

I’ve seen Mestras probe other grass, too.   Has anyone seen this?   Could 
they have been males trying to obtaina chemical?    Could there be 
somenutrition in there? 

Common Mestras and Sandburs.

  
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Subject: Choice TX Monarch Nectar Plant - Simsia calva (Asteraceae)
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:07:41 -0500
after 3 weeks of monarch surveys across much of TX west of I-35 I only saw
a few instances of monarchs actually nectaring.

One notable monarch nectar observation was on a Bush sunflower (Simsia
calva, Asteraceae) betw. Ozona and Comstock in west TX

photos of monarch, Gulf fritillaries, so. dogface, and Am. lady all
nectaring on S. calva.
https://goo.gl/photos/58zfMDFTmXfrsfrm8

it would seem that Simsia calva has similar xeric, nectar production and
ornamental qualities as the following natives also within the Heliantheae
tribe (Asteraceae family), but it's my impression that they are better
known and more widely available within the nursery trade than Simsia calva.

Simsia calva is most similar to Zexmania with its long bloom period, its
ability to work in a smaller space than what goldeneye requires and it also
lacks the aggressive characteristics of Maximilian sunflowers.

Helianthus maximiliani - Maximilian sunflower
Viguiera stenoloba - Skeleton-leaf Goldeneye
Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida - Zexmenia

Simsia calva - USDA Plants Database - Range: west, central and south TX
http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=SICA7

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database - Bloom period:
May-Nov
https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SICA7

something to add to your yard wishlist if it isn't already there...

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Five new Grayson County butterfly records
From: Laurie Sheppard <lshepstew AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:43:53 -0500
Five new county record butterflies have been added to
www.butterfliesandmoths.org during the month of October.  All were found at
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Also added was a White-tipped Black
moth, which is abundant as of the end of the month.

The five butterflies added are:
Mallow Scrub-hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)
Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)
Dorantes Longtail (Urbanus dorantes)

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Subject: JoAnn Williams Merritt (1928-2016) - Midland
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2016 18:15:58 -0500
I happened to be looking for contact info for the senior author of NABA's
west TX butterfly plant list and sadly I found Joann's obituary. I never
had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Merritt, but her obituary indicates she was
a most amazing individual.

JoAnn Williams Merritt - Obituary
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mrt/obituary.aspx?pid=180493807



[JoAnn] never strayed far from her favored city whose people and landscape
held her fascination. As a teenager, she joined the Girl Guides, a club for
outdoor enthusiasts, and attended Midland High School where she was captain
of their first women's volleyball team in 1944. She married Donald Gordon
Merritt in 1947 after he returned from serving in the war and together they
raised four children, employing tricks she learned as a self-proclaimed
child of the Depression to keep everyone fed, clothed, and happy. In the
arid plains of the Permian Basin, Joan found daily beauty in every plant,
animal, insect, and rock that to her seemed so obvious and overwhelming she
would spend most of her life showing others how to find it. Generations of
school children were taught about Texas horned lizards and monarch
butterflies, and as a member of the Midland Naturalists, nary a bird could
migrate across town without getting her official count. She has been
previously nominated for Texas school volunteer of the year, recognized by
Keep Midland Beautiful for a lifetime achievement award in 2009, and
honored with a namesake pavilion by the I-20 Wildlife Preserve in 2013.

see also:

Midland Co. (W TX) Butterfly Plant List
Joann Merritt, Frances Williams, and Don Hunter with assistance from Burr
Williams
http://www.naba.org/ftp/mico.pdf

Facebook posts suggest the correct spelling of her name which I substituted
above.
http://bit.ly/2f75G7e

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I only hope my obit is half as interesting...

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Subject: Danaid pupa on milkweed vine - Central Texas - Oct. 27
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2016 16:05:57 -0500
found a dead (diseased/parasitized?) danaid pupa on a milkweed vine
(Cynanchum racemosum) in Uvalde Co.

https://goo.gl/photos/KsnWSCA1BE4JJ84H6

found monarch, queen and solider adults all in the immediate vicinity...

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Subject: Not Boisduval's Yellow
From: James Giroux <jamesagiroux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:52:45 -0500
I made a bad call yesterday with the Boisduval's. It turns out that I had a 
summer-form Tailed Orange which fooled me. All the Tailed Oranges I had seen 
(40+) over the last several days had been winter-form. The one I saw yesterday 
was very different, with no distinctive underside wing markings and a 
sqaured-off hind wing. I incorrectly thought this must be Boisduval's. 


See photos #4 and #5 here:
http://jamesagiroux.com/TailedOrange.html

James Giroux
Austin, TX

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Subject: White Peacock at Quintana bird sanctuary
From: Robert Anderson <randerson66 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:37:06 -0500
There was a White Peacock at the Quintana bird sanctuary today. It was landing 
repeatedly in the road and the sides of the road directly behind the sanctuary. 

It was still there after several hours. 

There were also several Brazilian Skippers many Great Southern Whites, and a 
Long-tailed Skipper along with more common butterflies. 


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Subject: Re: Boisduval's Yellow - Austin
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:55:11 -0500
.
I don't know how wide your "Austin" circle extends, but would be curious to
know that....We had a Texas Powdered Skipper in extreme north Cedar Park at
the Leander city limits on the 25th..The are locally somewhat common in
Bastrop Co. and we have Velvet-leaf Mallow aplenty...
.We have a near totally native plant yard with lots blooming now.  I need
to pay more attention but am lousy with dull skippers.

On Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 2:44 PM, James Giroux 
wrote:

> Add Boisduval's Yellow to the fall 2016 list for Austin. Found today at
> the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin nectaring on Pyramid Bush
> (dime-sized purple flower) in the main plot garden.
>
> Other noteworthy:
> Turks's Cap White-Skipper
> Laviana White-Skipper
> Texas Powdered-Skipper
> Julia's Skipper
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Subject: Boisduval's Yellow - Austin
From: James Giroux <jamesagiroux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:44:25 -0500
Add Boisduval's Yellow to the fall 2016 list for Austin. Found today at the 
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin nectaring on Pyramid Bush 
(dime-sized purple flower) in the main plot garden. 


Other noteworthy:
Turks's Cap White-Skipper
Laviana White-Skipper
Texas Powdered-Skipper
Julia's Skipper

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Subject: Re: White-tipped Black Moth
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:54:20 -0500
Very common in Bryan-College Station as well.

Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan

On Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 11:30 PM, Mike Quinn  wrote:

> I hear they're currently abundant at Mad Island down the coast from
> Houston...
> On Oct 24, 2016 4:19 PM, "Robert Anderson"  wrote:
>
>> The White-tipped Black Moth, Melanchroia Chephise, is very common in
>> Houston now. This day-flying moth nectars on various flowers and could
>> easily be mistaken for a weird butterfly. It is common in Memorial Park and
>> along the banks of Buffalo Bayou. I have also seen it several other places
>> in Houston. It has very narrow black wings with white tips and an orange
>> head.
>>
>> Robert Anderson
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Subject: Re: White-tipped Black Moth
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:30:03 -0500
I hear they're currently abundant at Mad Island down the coast from
Houston...
On Oct 24, 2016 4:19 PM, "Robert Anderson"  wrote:

> The White-tipped Black Moth, Melanchroia Chephise, is very common in
> Houston now. This day-flying moth nectars on various flowers and could
> easily be mistaken for a weird butterfly. It is common in Memorial Park and
> along the banks of Buffalo Bayou. I have also seen it several other places
> in Houston. It has very narrow black wings with white tips and an orange
> head.
>
> Robert Anderson
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Subject: Flying @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, Guadalupe County
From: Susan Schaezler <susan AT SCHAEZLER.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:30:59 -0500
Flying  AT  Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, Guadalupe County
Butterflies 102416-102516
Monarch
Queen 
Lady
Giant Swallowtail
Pipeline Swallowtail 
Laviana White-Skipper
Dorantes Longtail
Fiery Skipper
Common Mestra 
Texan Crescent
Bordered Patch
Gulf Fritillary
Metalmark 
Horaces Duskywing
American Snout
Hackberry Emperor 
Tailed Orange
Sleepy Orange
Orange Sulfur
Great Orange Sulfur
Southern Dogface
Dusky-blue Groundstreak
Metalmark
Variegated Fritillary
Julia Heliconian
White-striped Longtail
Common Checkered Skipper
Celia's Roadside Skipper
Questionmark
Cloudless Sulfur

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS

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Subject: Re: More Austin surprises
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:26:43 -0500
James, et al.

A general pattern I have heard about which can result in these spectacular 
years for butterflies and moths is when there has been an extended drought 
followed by sudden widespread rains. Apparently what happens is that not only 
do the leps take a nosedive during the drought but so do their many parasites 
and predators. When the rains return, within weeks or a few months, the leps 
(which may have been lurking in egg or chrysalis stages) burst forth and 
repopulate, often decimating their fresh food supplies *before* the predator 
and parasite populations can bring them back into check. Eventually, the latter 
populations catch up and things return to “normal”, whatever that is. 


This is a very typical pattern which we see periodically with the Snouts, 
resulting in flights of millions of them after they have defoliated spiny 
hackberry in South Texas and northern Mexico. This year it also happened, at 
least locally, with Dot-lined Angles (Psamatodes abydata; Geometridae) on 
huisache. I suspect the unusual abundance and added records of a great many of 
the “uncommon” species that we are seeing northward have an origin in this 
general phenomenon, although the details may differ from species to species. 


The list of uncommon southern moths showing up in Austin and elsewhere is as 
impressive this Fall as the butterflies! 


Chuck Sexton
Austin, TX
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Subject: More Austin surprises
From: James Giroux <jamesagiroux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:29:13 -0500
The butterflies in Central Texas continue to amaze. This afternoon I had a 
Turk's-cap White-Skipper in my front yard. Before this weekend I had never seen 
Laviana or Turk's-cap in Austin. In the last 3 days I have had both in my yard. 


I would be interested in hearing news from the valley. Are you seeing large 
numbers or unusual species this fall? 


Does anyone have a theory for why quantity and diversity of species is so great 
this fall? Wet summer, dry fall perhaps? 


Photos from the last 3 days:

http://jamesagiroux.com/ZilpaLongtail.html
http://jamesagiroux.com/Turks-capWhite-Skipper.html
http://jamesagiroux.com/Sickle-wingedSkipper.html
http://jamesagiroux.com/JuliaHeliconian.html
http://jamesagiroux.com/TailedOrange.html

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Subject: White-tipped Black Moth
From: Robert Anderson <randerson66 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:19:28 -0500
The White-tipped Black Moth, Melanchroia Chephise, is very common in Houston 
now. This day-flying moth nectars on various flowers and could easily be 
mistaken for a weird butterfly. It is common in Memorial Park and along the 
banks of Buffalo Bayou. I have also seen it several other places in Houston. It 
has very narrow black wings with white tips and an orange head. 


Robert Anderson

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Subject: Re: Charles Bordelon
From: Mitch Heindel <mitch AT UTOPIANATURE.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:03:11 -0700
Hi all,

Thanks Mike for posting this, sad as it is.  I just wanted to
say that Charles Bordelon could not have been more helpful,
nicer, more of a gentleman and scholar to me, a no-name neophyte
in Texas leps.  I started 'bugging' him shortly after arriving
in Utopia with ID questions and photos and for a decade plus
he could not have been more patient helping a newbie get it.
He will be missed...   His and Ed Knudson's LRGV illustrated
butterfly checklist is invaluable to me here.

best regards all,
Mitch Heindel
Utopia, Texas
www.utopianature.com

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> Charles Bordelon died peacefully at home in Beaumont on Sunday, Sept
> 25th.
> 
> Charles William Bordelon Jr. - Obituary
> 
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/beaumontenterprise/obituary.aspx?pid=181695719 

> Charles Bordelon was at the center of the study of Texas
> Lepidoterology for most of his life. He served as the LepSoc Season
> Summary Coordinator for Texas for decades. Charles was also an active
> member of the Southern Lepidopterists' Society.
> 
> Other than the many specimens that Charles collected, his most
> enduring entomological legacy may be the regional Lepidoptera
> checklists that Charles coauthored and self published with his best
> friend, Ed Knudson.
> 
> Here's a list of Charles' publications that I'm aware of. He will be
> missed. RIP.

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Subject: Re: Abundant Milkweed Emerging from a North TX Burn Site - Oct 18
From: Robert Benson <benson.farm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:34:11 -0500
Mike and others,


I found your observation of the milkweed in the burned area very
interesting.  It fits with what I have seen here in south Texas just north
of Beeville.  In late summer, I mowed the ten-acre pasture near our house
after some good rains that perked up the plants, including the grasses.  By
September, my wife and I noticed three species of milkweed growing in the
mown area (A. emoryi, A. oenotheroides, and one A. viridis.)  A. emoryi and
A. oentheroides were in about equal numbers, and as mentioned, only one A.
viridis.  Total count was 46 over about a four-acre plot.


I drove stakes next to all the plants and marked them with surveyor’s tape.
Since I wanted to take photos of the different species,  I cleared the
grass and weeds down to the bare ground surrounding some of the plants out
to about two feet in radius (to make a better photograph).  Then the KR
Bluestem started growing up overtaking the pasture, sucking moisture, and
over shading the forbs.  Every day or two, I walked around and looked at the
milkweed.  As the grass encroached on the plants, they began to die.  The
ones that had been cleared fared better, but began to suffer as the grass
filled in around them.  At this date, most of the plants are gone, and most
were gone before the expected monarch migration peek.  Of course, this is
anecdotal evidence at this point.  They could have died for other reasons,
but I began to think about burning the pasture next year to see if that
would help.  The logistics and liability may prevent me from actually
burning, but your observation adds evidence that it might work.


Robert Benson

On Sun, Oct 23, 2016 at 6:15 PM, Mike Quinn  wrote:

> Greetings,
>
> I've driven about a 1000 miles of TX Hwys the last two weeks betw. Dallas
> and Lubbock south to Ft Stockton and Austin. One piece of roadside real
> estate in particular caught my eye. It was a small burn site in Bosque Co.
> two counties south of Ft Worth. Some two dozen Green Milkweed (Asclepias
> viridis) plants were thriving on this site, see photos at link below.
>
> Abundant Milkweed Emerging from a North TX Burn Site - Photos
> https://goo.gl/photos/fXU6hHH9i141bZ8v8
>
> Despite its name, Bosque Co. is almost entirely within the Blackland
> Prairie Ecoregion, but there was nothing to my eye suggesting that the
> surrounding area was remotely close to its original prairie state, in fact
> KR Bluestem and Johnsongrass were common in the highway ROW.
>
> Anyway, getting to my point, The "Native Milkweed Plant Propagation
> Impediment" might not be such an impediment if people in Texas used fire to
> regenerate their land with some regularity. If one spends any amount of
> time with prairie enthusiasts in the Upper Midwest, one hears constant
> conversations about the seasonality, frequency and many other aspects of
> using fire to regenerate their sacred prairie remnants, but in Texas I
> don't hear those same conversations nearly as much.
>
> This accidental(?) burn site in Bosque Co. suggests that a burn can work
> wonders for milkweed regeneration even in a seemingly nondescript habitat,
> at least within the Blackland Prairie Ecoregion. One other advantage to the
> seemingly easy milkweed propagation through fire is that the plants that
> come up would be *highly* adapted to the onsite local conditions vs.
> bringing in seeds or plants from offsite.
>
> One question that I have is whether or not milkweed is a fire adapted
> plant? I don't believe I've heard or read about it being in that category,
> though I understand that milkweed generally doesn't do well with a lot of
> competition from other plants and fire is certainly a mechanism to reduce
> competition. Could it also be that fire is a missing mechanism in the
> notoriously difficult propagation of native milkweeds?
>
> Thoughts?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Smithville update
From: Ron Martin <rcarbonmart AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:39:13 -0500
The following is an update of a previous report (9-17 Oct 2016) of
butterflies in Bastrop County, Smithville, Whitehead Street.

 

Virtually all of the butterflies in the first report have been sighted in
the new period (18-23 October 2016).  New sightings not previously reported
are:

 

1 Great Southern White

1 Great Purple Hairstreak  (City Hall, Main street)

1 Ceraunus Blue

1 Laviana White-Skipper

1 Julia's Skipper

1 Southern Skipperling

4 Sachem

1 Celia's Roadside-skipper

 

Ron Martin

Whitehead Street

Smithville

Bastrop County, 50 miles east of Austin

 


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Subject: Abundant Milkweed Emerging from a North TX Burn Site - Oct 18
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:15:55 -0500
Greetings,

I've driven about a 1000 miles of TX Hwys the last two weeks betw. Dallas
and Lubbock south to Ft Stockton and Austin. One piece of roadside real
estate in particular caught my eye. It was a small burn site in Bosque Co.
two counties south of Ft Worth. Some two dozen Green Milkweed (Asclepias
viridis) plants were thriving on this site, see photos at link below.

Abundant Milkweed Emerging from a North TX Burn Site - Photos
https://goo.gl/photos/fXU6hHH9i141bZ8v8

Despite its name, Bosque Co. is almost entirely within the Blackland
Prairie Ecoregion, but there was nothing to my eye suggesting that the
surrounding area was remotely close to its original prairie state, in fact
KR Bluestem and Johnsongrass were common in the highway ROW.

Anyway, getting to my point, The "Native Milkweed Plant Propagation
Impediment" might not be such an impediment if people in Texas used fire to
regenerate their land with some regularity. If one spends any amount of
time with prairie enthusiasts in the Upper Midwest, one hears constant
conversations about the seasonality, frequency and many other aspects of
using fire to regenerate their sacred prairie remnants, but in Texas I
don't hear those same conversations nearly as much.

This accidental(?) burn site in Bosque Co. suggests that a burn can work
wonders for milkweed regeneration even in a seemingly nondescript habitat,
at least within the Blackland Prairie Ecoregion. One other advantage to the
seemingly easy milkweed propagation through fire is that the plants that
come up would be *highly* adapted to the onsite local conditions vs.
bringing in seeds or plants from offsite.

One question that I have is whether or not milkweed is a fire adapted
plant? I don't believe I've heard or read about it being in that category,
though I understand that milkweed generally doesn't do well with a lot of
competition from other plants and fire is certainly a mechanism to reduce
competition. Could it also be that fire is a missing mechanism in the
notoriously difficult propagation of native milkweeds?

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Daggerwing. Hays Co.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:26:03 -0500
...
Posted on a FB forum by a lady in NE Hays Co.


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155337219395410&set=gm.1762525494023596&type=3&theater 



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Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
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Subject: Butterfly Bonanza - Hornsby Bend - Austin, TX
From: James Giroux <jamesagiroux AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:18:01 -0500
Eric Isley told me I needed to go check out a stand of Cowpen Daisys at Hornsby 
Bend in Austin, and I'm glad I did. 


I counted at least 37 species, and there were probably 1000 butterflies, all in 
an area the size of a large living room. The big highlight was a Zilpa 
Longtail. If you are in the Austin area, and are still making plans for today I 
highly recommend it. You will find the spot at the north side of pond 3 - 
follow the River trail. If you don't know where that is, Google Hornsby Bend, 
go to the web site, and find the map. 


Other highlights:

Tailed Orange 10
Julia Heliconian  8
Zebra Heliconian 1
Broad-winged Skipper 2
Ocola Skipper 1
Laviana White-Skipper 2
Zilpa Longtail 1
Long-tailed Skipper 1
White-striped Longtail 15
Sickle-winged Skipper 8
Hayhurst's Scallopwing 3

James Giroux
Austin, TX

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Subject: Butterflies at McKinney Roughs Nature Park between Bastrop and Austin
From: Robert B Anderson <randerson66 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:23:25 -0500
Here are the highlights of the butterflies

1. Common Mestra - thousands 
2. Tailed Orange - hundreds  - winter form
3. Zebra Heliconian 
4. Julia Heliconian
5. Large Orange Sulphur - several
6. Bordered Patch
7. Laviana White-Skipper
8. White-Striped Longtail - many
9. Ceraunus Blue

There were many other more common butterflies in abundance: Queen, Monarch, 
Common Buckeye, Pipe-Vine and Giant Swallowtail, Gulf and Variegated Fritilary, 
Snout, Question Mark, Goatweed Leafwing, Little and Cloudless Sulphurs, various 
common skippers,etc. 


There were a total of 34 species and most were in abundance. I have never seen 
anything like this at this park. You can see most of these in the gardens 
surrounding the center with minimal walking, but to see the incredible 
abundance of the Common Mestras and Tailed Oranges you should hike some of the 
trails. 


Robert Anderson 

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Subject: Utley, Bastrop Co. butterflies
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:57:17 -0500
..
An hour on our our property produced tons of butterflies....just the high
liters...a lot of skippers, I did not try for.

Zebra Longwings 5
Julia's 4
Gulf Frits 25+
Cloudless Sulphurs  8
Crimson Patch 1.  Several other Chlosyne types
Tailed Oranges 10-11. More than I have ever had before
Mestras. 40+
Comma 1
Queens 6-71
Giant Swallowtail 1
White-striped Skipper 2
Monarchs 2 on frost weed. Several flyovers
Leaf wings 2 on sap. 8

More I did not attempt to ID while working without bins



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Subject: Re: Butterflies around Austin
From: Rich Kostecke <rkostecke AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:56:47 -0500
I agree with Dan, the butterflying around Austin has been really good. On 
October 16th, I had the species listed below at Hornsby Bend. Highlights 
included Orange-barred Sulphur (I have seen several in my NW Austin 
neighborhood since), Tailed Oranges, continuing good numbers of mestra, what I 
thought was a really good count of Julia Heliconian, good numbers of 
White-striped Longtails, a few Sickle-winged Skippers, and a Laviana 
White-skipper. 



Pipevine Swallowtail	3
Giant Swallowtail	2
Southern Dogface	1
Cloudless Sulphur	3
Orange-barred Sulphur	1
Large Orange Sulphur	2
Tailed Orange	5
Great Purple Hairstreak	2
Gray Hairstreak	1
Dusky-blueGroundstreak	6
Rawson's Metalmark	3
American Snout	78
Gulf Fritillary	5
Julia Heliconian	11
Bordered Patch	9
Pearl Crescent	13
Red Admiral	2
Common Buckeye	1
Common Mestra	58
Goatweed Leafwing	1
Hackberry Emperor	1
Tawny Emperor	24
Monarch	1
Queen	7
White-striped Longtail	10
Sickle-winged Skipper	2
Checkered-skipper Sp.	5
Laviana White-Skipper	1
Clouded Skipper	32
Fiery Skipper	1
Southern Broken-Dash	1
Sachem	1
Celia's Roadside-Skipper	2
Eufala Skipper	1


Rich Kostecke, Austin, TX


> On Oct 17, 2016, at 12:47 PM, Dan Hardy 
<0000006668f8be48-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU> wrote: 

> 
> So far this is the best fall for butterflies I've seen in years. Zilker 
Botanical Garden, Lady Wildflower Center and the Barton Greenbelt have lots to 
see. Lady Bird's gardens are loaded with butterflies. If you can sort through 
all the Queens, there have been Soldier, Tailed Orange, Sickle-winged Skipper, 
all three Checkered-Skippers, and both Laviana and Turk's Cap White-Skippers. 

> 
> A walk yesterday in my patch of woods in the greenbelt turned up 5 Tailed 
Orange, which is unprecedented in my experience in Austin. Noseburn plants had 
Mestra caterpillars. 

> 
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