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Red-legged Thrush,©David Sibley

25 Oct Resaca de la Palma, 10/25/14 [Dan Jones ]
24 Oct Open Gate @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary [Susan Schaezler ]
20 Oct Resaca de la Palma SP - Weekend Sightings [Sherry Wilson ]
20 Oct New Moth for McLennan County, Magusa divaricata [Ann Gordon ]
20 Oct Warbler Woods Butterflies [Susan Schaezler ]
19 Oct Austin Butterfly Forum meeting, October 27 [ABF Announce ]
18 Oct National Butterfly Center, 10/18/14 [Dan Jones ]
17 Oct Another Glazed Pellicia and a Gilbert's Flasher at NBC, Mission today [Reid Martin ]
16 Oct Glazed Pellicia at National Butterfly Center, 10/16/14 [Dan Jones ]
16 Oct Re: Fw: Santa Margarita Ranch [Joseph Kennedy ]
16 Oct Re: Fw: Santa Margarita Ranch ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
15 Oct Canyonlands Quaker flying again [Chuck Sexton ]
15 Oct Fw: Santa Margarita Ranch ["Alan Wormington" ]
15 Oct Fw: Santa Margarita Ranch [Alan Wormington ]
15 Oct Re: Santa Margarita Ranch [Berry Nall ]
15 Oct Santa Margarita Ranch [Keith Wolfe ]
15 Oct Monarchs clustering on Llano River [Monika Maeckle ]
15 Oct Recent RGV Activity [Mike Rickard ]
14 Oct Flying at Palo Alto NHP & Resaca de la Palma SP [Sherry Wilson ]
14 Oct Monarchs at Granger Lake [Chuck Sexton ]
13 Oct Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
13 Oct Re: San Antonio Butterfly Count on Oct 23 and 28!! [Tamela Baker ]
13 Oct San Antonio Butterfly Count on Oct 23 and 28!! [Patty Leslie Pasztor ]
12 Oct Tons of monarchs headwind s 30 mi w of Ardmore Okla [Brush Freeman ]
11 Oct 19th Annual Brazos Bend Butterfly Count, October 5, 2014 [Richard Jespersen ]
9 Oct Tarrant Co. skipper IDed - Brazilian [Chuck Sexton ]
9 Oct Re: Skipper ID needed in Tarrant County [Mike Rickard ]
9 Oct Skipper ID needed in Tarrant County [Chuck Sexton ]
8 Oct Fire Ants [Brush Freeman ]
8 Oct Re: Chisos Giant Skipper Pics [brian banker ]
7 Oct Re: photos of Chisos Giant Skippers [Tim Jones ]
7 Oct photos of Chisos Giant Skippers [Troy Hibbitts ]
7 Oct req. info on TX monarch projects [Mike Quinn ]
7 Oct Re: Starr County report, September 2014 [Mike Rickard ]
7 Oct Monarch Watch still looking for *native* milkweed seeds... [Mike Quinn ]
6 Oct Re: Chisos Giant-Skipper Pics [brian banker ]
6 Oct Re: Monarchs (~1000) nr. Dallas - Oct. 5 [Mike Quinn ]
6 Oct Re: Orange (Chisos) Giant Skppers - photos [Troy Hibbitts ]
6 Oct Fwd: Monarchs (~1000) nr. Dallas - Oct. 5 [Mike Quinn ]
5 Oct Re: Orange Giant Skippers, Emory Peak, Chisos Mts, 10/4/14 [brian banker ]
5 Oct Front brought in a few butterflies and a moth hatch [Brush Freeman ]
5 Oct Excellent Monarch Video From Dallas [Paul Cherubini ]
5 Oct Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
5 Oct Orange Giant Skippers, Emory Peak, Chisos Mts, 10/4/14 [Troy Hibbitts ]
5 Oct Starr County report, September 2014 [Berry Nall ]
28 Sep WWF & SXSW Eco to Host a Monarch Hackathon - Austin, Oct 5 [Mike Quinn ]
25 Sep W. TX [brian banker ]
25 Sep A book worth looking at [Joann Karges ]
24 Sep Re: TX-BUTTERFLY Digest - 21 Sep 2014 to 23 Sep 2014 (#2014-125) [Heidi Trudell ]
23 Sep Zero Butterflies [Brush Freeman ]
21 Sep Resaca de la Palma SP - Weekend Butterflies [Sherry Wilson ]
17 Sep Re: Monarch butterfly and ailanthus webworm [Paul Cherubini ]
17 Sep Re: Monarch butterfly and ailanthus webworm [Mitch Heindel ]
17 Sep Re: Monarch butterfly and ailanthus webworm [Paul Cherubini ]
16 Sep Monarch butterfly and ailanthus webworm [Tim Jones ]
16 Sep Monarch Nectaring on Frostweed Flowers - take two [Tim Jones ]
16 Sep Monarch Nectaring on Frostweed Flowers [Tim Jones ]
15 Sep is this Kisutam syllis (historic record)? [Reid Martin ]
15 Sep Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
14 Sep September 22 meeting, Austin Butterfly Forum [ABF Announce ]
11 Sep Leps at Monahans Sandhills State Park (Ward County) [Cathryn Hoyt ]
4 Sep An Impressive Monarch Migration Is On Its Way To Texas [Paul Cherubini ]
31 Aug National Butterfly Center, 8/31/14 [Dan Jones ]
26 Aug Re: Ruby-spotted Swallowtail in Falcon Heights [Mitch Heindel ]
26 Aug After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly [Tim Jones ]
24 Aug Ruby-spotted Swallowtail in Falcon Heights [Berry Nall ]
23 Aug Letter to Buchanans Native plants [Tim Jones ]
22 Aug (AP) Texas groups use oil spill dollars, in part, to buy 17,351-acre coastal property 75 mi. NE. of Corpus Christi... [Mike Quinn ]
21 Aug Re: guava skipper [Berry Nall ]
20 Aug guava skipper [Farm RGV Butterfly Farm ]
18 Aug Banded Heliconian at NBC, 8/18/14. [Mike Rickard ]
17 Aug Estero Butterfly Walk, 8/15/14 [Mike Rickard ]
14 Aug Austin Butterfly Forum meeting, August 25 [ABF Announce ]
11 Aug Tailed Cecropian at National Butterfly Center, 8/11/14 [Mike Rickard ]
7 Aug Lassaux's Sphinx Moth in Austin [Dan Hardy ]
7 Aug Re: 22 AOL subscribers were automatically deleted from the TX-BUTTERFLY [Tim Jones ]

Subject: Resaca de la Palma, 10/25/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:24:24 -0400
It was a great day for butterflies at Resaca de la Palma State Park in Cameron 
County. Good stuff included Curve-winged, Walker's and Blue Metalmarks, Guava 
Skipper, Erichson's White-Skipper and Two-barred Flasher. List and photos are 
on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/10/six-metalmarks-and-no-fatal-102514.html 



Dan Jones, Wesalco


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Subject: Open Gate @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
From: Susan Schaezler <susan AT SCHAEZLER.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:38:01 -0500
Open Gate  AT  Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary 

Lots of butterflies and dragonflies

We will have an Open Gate Saturday from 730 am till 130 pm. We have a group 
coming in at 230 pm, so we need the parking lot after then. Please sign in and 
leave a list of what you see. Please park efficiently and pay attention to the 
parking signs. 


Ladies Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary shirts have arrived, so we have unisex size 
and female size for $20 donation, with $6 shipping, if mailed. 


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

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: Resaca de la Palma SP - Weekend Sightings
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:01:55 -0500
Several vibrant Orange-barred Sulphurs were Sunday afternoon favorites.  A
young butterfly walk participant was excited to have a worn out Cloudless
Sulphur hitch a ride on her finger.  Snouts are everywhere!

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

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

​Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Large Orange Sulpur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Tailed Orange (Eurema proterpia)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exile)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
White-striped Longtail (Chioides catillus)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Turk's-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)​

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Subject: New Moth for McLennan County, Magusa divaricata
From: Ann Gordon <anngordon AT HOT.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:42:32 -0500
It has been a long time since I have had anything new to add to my photo
collection for the county.  On 10/19/14 a Magusa divaricata was at the
blacklight.   Photos can been seen at

 

http://annmgordon.com/Magusadivaricata.html

 

Ann Gordon

McLennan County

Harris Creek

West of Waco


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Subject: Warbler Woods Butterflies
From: Susan Schaezler <susan AT SCHAEZLER.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:52:58 -0500
Warbler Woods Butterflies

We have more butterflies than in the past 4 years and need butterfly observers. 
The Butterfly Garden is doing great with the love of the Lindheimer's Master 
Naturalists. The kids photo workshop yesterday, ended up with lots of butterfly 
images. 


To visit:
 http://www.warblerwoods.org/visitor-instructions.html

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
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Subject: Austin Butterfly Forum meeting, October 27
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:44:03 -0500
Hi everyone,



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



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

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



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



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



Increasing pressure on groundwater resources has prompted ecological
research aimed at understanding relationships between historical
biogeography, microbial processes, and ecosystem function. The amazing
diversity of groundwater organisms (primarily invertebrates) in the Edwards
Aquifer illustrates a complex history of colonization and long-term
persistence of ancient lineages. Recent research has illustrated
surprisingly complex food web structure and an intimate relationship
between biodiversity and hydrogeology. Despite nearly half a century of
acknowledgement, threats to this globally significant ecosystem continue to
increase, though recent conservation measures and potential opportunities
are encouraging.



Ben Hutchins received his B.S. in Biology from Western Kentucky University.
He received his M.S. in Biology from American University, Washington DC,
studying the phylogeography of groundwater invertebrates in the Shenandoah
Valley. After volunteering with the Peace Corps in Morocco, he moved to San
Marcos, TX, in 2009. He received a PhD in Aquatic Resources from Texas
State University in 2013, studying foodweb structure in the phreatic zone
of the Edwards Aquifer. Ben has briefly worked as a private consultant on
groundwater issues in the Eastern U.S. and is currently employed as an
invertebrate biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife.



Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



*Upcoming events:*



*Nov. 24, 2014, 7 PM meeting: Members Show and Tell*



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



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



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


Peg Wallace

ABF Publicity

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Subject: National Butterfly Center, 10/18/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:58:13 -0400
The Gilbert's Flasher was not seen today as of 1 PM when I left. But there was 
two Gazed Pellicias, Julia Heliconian, Red-bordered Pixie and a Purple-washed 
Skipper. Some photos and my list of 53 species are on my blog. 




http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/10/national-butterfly-center-101814.html 



Dan Jones, Wesalco


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Subject: Another Glazed Pellicia and a Gilbert's Flasher at NBC, Mission today
From: Reid Martin <upupa AT AIRMAIL.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:07:08 -0500
Dear All,
At the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Hidalgo county today there was a 
different Glazed Pellicia (in exactly the same spot as yesterday's bug!) plus a 
very worn and tattered Gilbert's Flasher. Both were on the crucita at the 
northern end of the main gardens, next to the small palapa. The flasher has a 
preference for dappled light or even shade and rarely sits in full sun for 
long. It was found in the early afternoon, went missing for along while, and 
reappeared c. 4.30pm (seen then by others). 

Cheers,
Martin
---
Martin Reid
San Antonio
www.martinreid.com






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Subject: Glazed Pellicia at National Butterfly Center, 10/16/14
From: Dan Jones <antshrike1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:12:24 -0400
Mike Rickard found a Glazed Pellicia today at the National Butterfly Center 
south of Mission. Other things reported (but not seen by me) included 
Two-barred Flasher and Malachite. A list of the 55 species I saw today and some 
photos are on my blog. 



http://rgvbutterflies.blogspot.com/2014/10/glazed-pellicia-at-nbc-101614.html


Dan Jones, Wesalco


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Subject: Re: Fw: Santa Margarita Ranch
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:25:04 -0500
And the remains of the old house on the west side of the property was
built back in the early days of the ranch if I remember the information
from the historical marker.
The porciones were granted in the mid 1700's including Laredo, San Ygnacio
etc and the lost city at the bottom of Falcon Lake.

There is a book about the history of the area "inherit the dust" ?? which
had a rather detailed description of how the grants were made and who got
them and why etc. And is also a family history of the earliest settlers. I
read a bunch of it on Google or one of the web libraries. The river made
the grants as access to water was paramount then as now.

The texas land office also has lots of old historical papers on ownership
and history of the properties.


On Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <
Fred_Collins AT hctx.net> wrote:

> In spite of the ranch being closed I doubt the family is interested in
> selling. It has belonged to them since about 1700 or earlier if I recall
> correctly. They still have the parchment Spanish land grant from the king
> of Spain. The land is a treasure beyond monetary value.
>
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
>
> Harris County Precinct 3
> Steve Radack Commissioner
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org]
> On Behalf Of Alan Wormington
> Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:06 PM
> To: TX-BUTTERFLY AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU
> Cc: texbirds AT freelists.org
> Subject: [texbirds] Fw: Santa Margarita Ranch
>
>
> During the past several years I made several visits to Santa Margarita
> Ranch.  Strangely, the woman who came out to collect the nominal fee told
> me that I was about the only birder to visit the place during that time!
> She always remembered me, since she thought it was odd that a Canadian
> would be making so many appearances.  And she thought I was truly insane
> the time that I went walking along the trails after sunset and into the
> night (hoping for Mottled Owl, of course!).
>
> It truly is a shame that this ranch is now closed, as it was one of my
> favourite birding locations in Texas.  Perhaps this might be a great
> opportunity for some conservation group and/or government agency to buy it
> up for permanent protection.
>
> Alan Wormington
> Leamington, Ontario
>
> xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>
>
> I spoke to the owner. He said the ranch is no longer open to the public.
> Concerns about smuggling and violence were the reason for the decision to
> close the ranch.
>
> Berry Nall
> leps.thenalls.net
>
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded Message ----------
> From: Keith Wolfe 
> To: TX-BUTTERFLY AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU
> Subject: Santa Margarita Ranch
> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:09:23 -0500
>
> Is LTC 79 Santa Margarita Ranch
> (
> 
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wildlife/wildlife-trails/coastal/lower/falcon-loop 

> )
> in west Starr County still open to the public?  This private property was
> excellent for birds and butterflies years ago, but the last two times I
> tried to visit, the gravel road down to the house, where you paid a nominal
> fee, and Rio Grande beyond was closed -- gate shut, chained, and locked.
> What's the latest, please?  Muchas gracias!
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Subject: Re: Fw: Santa Margarita Ranch
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:39:10 +0000
In spite of the ranch being closed I doubt the family is interested in selling. 
It has belonged to them since about 1700 or earlier if I recall correctly. They 
still have the parchment Spanish land grant from the king of Spain. The land is 
a treasure beyond monetary value. 



Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner



-----Original Message-----
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Behalf Of Alan Wormington 

Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:06 PM
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Subject: [texbirds] Fw: Santa Margarita Ranch


During the past several years I made several visits to Santa Margarita Ranch. 
Strangely, the woman who came out to collect the nominal fee told me that I was 
about the only birder to visit the place during that time! She always 
remembered me, since she thought it was odd that a Canadian would be making so 
many appearances. And she thought I was truly insane the time that I went 
walking along the trails after sunset and into the night (hoping for Mottled 
Owl, of course!). 


It truly is a shame that this ranch is now closed, as it was one of my 
favourite birding locations in Texas. Perhaps this might be a great opportunity 
for some conservation group and/or government agency to buy it up for permanent 
protection. 


Alan Wormington
Leamington, Ontario

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 
I spoke to the owner. He said the ranch is no longer open to the public.
Concerns about smuggling and violence were the reason for the decision to close 
the ranch. 


Berry Nall
leps.thenalls.net



---------- Forwarded Message ----------
From: Keith Wolfe 
To: TX-BUTTERFLY AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU
Subject: Santa Margarita Ranch
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:09:23 -0500

Is LTC 79 Santa Margarita Ranch

(http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wildlife/wildlife-trails/coastal/lower/falcon-loop) 

in west Starr County still open to the public? This private property was 
excellent for birds and butterflies years ago, but the last two times I tried 
to visit, the gravel road down to the house, where you paid a nominal fee, and 
Rio Grande beyond was closed -- gate shut, chained, and locked. 

What's the latest, please?  Muchas gracias!

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Subject: Canyonlands Quaker flying again
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:47:50 -0500
TX-Butterfliers,

Tis the flight season of the distinctive Canyonlands Quakers arriving at my 
porchlightand being documented by photographs. Ive had a total of 3 show up 
over the past 6 days and, true to my previous research, each one is a different 
individual, verifiable with close-up pics. Here is a link to the first 
individual which showed up Oct. 9: 


http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/918616

Chuck Sexton
Austin
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Subject: Fw: Santa Margarita Ranch
From: "Alan Wormington" <wormington AT juno.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:06:05 GMT
During the past several years I made several visits to Santa Margarita Ranch. 
Strangely, the woman who came out to collect the nominal fee told me that I was 
about the only birder to visit the place during that time! She always 
remembered me, since she thought it was odd that a Canadian would be making so 
many appearances. And she thought I was truly insane the time that I went 
walking along the trails after sunset and into the night (hoping for Mottled 
Owl, of course!). 


It truly is a shame that this ranch is now closed, as it was one of my 
favourite birding locations in Texas. Perhaps this might be a great opportunity 
for some conservation group and/or government agency to buy it up for permanent 
protection. 


Alan Wormington
Leamington, Ontario

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 
I spoke to the owner. He said the ranch is no longer open to the public.
Concerns about smuggling and violence were the reason for the decision to
close the ranch.

Berry Nall
leps.thenalls.net



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From: Keith Wolfe 
To: TX-BUTTERFLY AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU
Subject: Santa Margarita Ranch
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:09:23 -0500

Is LTC 79 Santa Margarita Ranch

(http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wildlife/wildlife-trails/coastal/lower/falcon-loop) 

in west Starr County still open to the public?  This private property was
excellent for birds and butterflies years ago, but the last two times I
tried to visit, the gravel road down to the house, where you paid a nominal
fee, and Rio Grande beyond was closed -- gate shut, chained, and locked. 
What's the latest, please?  Muchas gracias!

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Subject: Fw: Santa Margarita Ranch
From: Alan Wormington <wormington AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:06:05 GMT
During the past several years I made several visits to Santa Margarita Ranch. 
Strangely, the woman who came out to collect the nominal fee told me that I was 
about the only birder to visit the place during that time! She always 
remembered me, since she thought it was odd that a Canadian would be making so 
many appearances. And she thought I was truly insane the time that I went 
walking along the trails after sunset and into the night (hoping for Mottled 
Owl, of course!). 


It truly is a shame that this ranch is now closed, as it was one of my 
favourite birding locations in Texas. Perhaps this might be a great opportunity 
for some conservation group and/or government agency to buy it up for permanent 
protection. 


Alan Wormington
Leamington, Ontario

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 
I spoke to the owner. He said the ranch is no longer open to the public.
Concerns about smuggling and violence were the reason for the decision to
close the ranch.

Berry Nall
leps.thenalls.net



---------- Forwarded Message ----------
From: Keith Wolfe 
To: TX-BUTTERFLY AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU
Subject: Santa Margarita Ranch
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:09:23 -0500

Is LTC 79 Santa Margarita Ranch

(http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wildlife/wildlife-trails/coastal/lower/falcon-loop) 

in west Starr County still open to the public?  This private property was
excellent for birds and butterflies years ago, but the last two times I
tried to visit, the gravel road down to the house, where you paid a nominal
fee, and Rio Grande beyond was closed -- gate shut, chained, and locked. 
What's the latest, please?  Muchas gracias!

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Subject: Re: Santa Margarita Ranch
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:10:09 -0500
I spoke to the owner. He said the ranch is no longer open to the public.
Concerns about smuggling and violence were the reason for the decision to
close the ranch.

Berry Nall
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Subject: Santa Margarita Ranch
From: Keith Wolfe <bflyearlystages AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:09:23 -0500
Is LTC 79 Santa Margarita Ranch

(http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wildlife/wildlife-trails/coastal/lower/falcon-loop) 

in west Starr County still open to the public?  This private property was
excellent for birds and butterflies years ago, but the last two times I
tried to visit, the gravel road down to the house, where you paid a nominal
fee, and Rio Grande beyond was closed -- gate shut, chained, and locked. 
What's the latest, please?  Muchas gracias!

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Subject: Monarchs clustering on Llano River
From: Monika Maeckle <butterflybeat AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:58:27 -0500
Migrating Monarch Butterflies Stymied by Wind, Storms in Texas Hill Country 
http://wp.me/p2fP0i-2jx 


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

Austin, San Antonio, the Hill Country
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Subject: Recent RGV Activity
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:57:08 -0500
On October 13 our neighbors Jan and David Dauphin found a Manuel's Skipper
in their yard, and it moved back and forth between our two yards as we all
got photographs.  This species is easily confused with the Hammock Skipper,
which occurs here in small numbers most years, but is much rarer.  A Lifer
for all.  We are now seeing a sharp increase in species and individuals of
butterflies, with probably 70+ species reported around the RGV.  While
nothing else is unexpected for this time of year, the list includes
Falcate, Brown-banded, White-patched, Guava, and Two-barred Flasher
skippers, Definite Patches at Palo Alto, Walker's and Blue metalmarks at
Resaca de la Palma, Red-bordered Pixies, and a Malachite.  Lots to look at,
and crucita is beginning to bloom.

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

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Subject: Flying at Palo Alto NHP & Resaca de la Palma SP
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:28:28 -0500
   This morning I spent an hour or so at Palo Alto NHP.  Definite Patch was
the first butterfly I spotted, and they were numerous.  Along the garden
path there were also a few Theona Checkerspot and
​a nice ​
Red-bordered Metalmark
​​
​.  Nineteen different species in the area​
.

When I returned to Resaca de la Palma SP, it was to an explosion of
activity.  Walker's Metalmark is suddenly plentiful, as is Blue Metalmark.
A couple Guava Skippers were unexpected but nice (no guava growing in the
park).  In addition to the garden, the stretch of Flycatcher Trail between
the tram road and Hog Trail is now very active.

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

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

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Subject: Monarchs at Granger Lake
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:47:21 -0500
I'm looking at the largest group of Monarchs I've seen so far this Fall. 
Probably 300+ have been roosting in willows and ash trees on N shore at 
Friendship Park. They're getting up, foraging, and dispersing at the moment. No 
guess as to how many X000's are around the lake. 


Chuck Sexton
Austin

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:31:19 -0500
Now that October has arrived, Sunday butterfly walks are back to 1:30 PM.
You can sleep in on Sunday morning and still catch the walk.

Band-celled Sister was spotted by others (thank you!) but is not on my
list.  After the Sunday walk we all boarded the tram to see what we might
find elsewhere in the park.  Quite a few skippers were enjoying patches of
Runyon's Water Willow, but otherwise things were much livelier in the
garden.  A Brown-banded Skipper that was seen a short distance down South
Mexican Olive Trail Sunday morning was not relocated.  Mallow
Scrub-Haristreak and Red-bordered Metalmark were seen Saturday but not
Sunday.

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

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

​Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Clytie Ministreak (Ministrymon clytie)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exile)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
Brown-banded Skipper (Timochares ruptifasciatus)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Clouded Skipper ( Lerema accius)
Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Whirlabout Polites vibex)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)

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Subject: Re: San Antonio Butterfly Count on Oct 23 and 28!!
From: Tamela Baker <tamela AT PRISMNET.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:17:58 -0500
Thought you might like to know that the monarchs are enjoying the gayfeather
in our pasture near Walburg (about 20 miles NE of Georgetown).  About 40
acres of the pasture (rough estimate) are filled with gayfeather and there
are a number of monarchs flitting about among the flowers.   

 

Tami Baker

Walburg, Texas

 

From: Butterfly and Lepidoptery for the state of Texas
[mailto:TX-BUTTERFLY AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU] On Behalf Of Patty Leslie Pasztor
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 9:44 AM
To: TX-BUTTERFLY AT LISTSERV.UH.EDU
Subject: San Antonio Butterfly Count on Oct 23 and 28!!

 

Hello all,

It's that time of year for our two Fall Butterfly Surveys!  These are for
NABA (North American Butterfly Association).  If any of you'd like to help
lead or co-lead a team, we'd sure appreciate it,  Beginners welcome, too!  

Thursday, October 23 for the SAN ANTONIO count:  SA Botanical Garden,
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center and possibly one or two other spots depending
number of teams/ experts.  

and Tuesday, Oct. 28th for the SAN ANTONIO-NORTHWEST count:  Phil Hardberger
Park, Eisenhower Park, Crownridge Canyon Natural Area and Friedrich
Wilderness Park - again, depending on teams, etc..   

To participate, contact me at 210-837-0577 or pasztor AT ix.netcom.com or
agarita AT me.com.  There is a $3 fee / day to cover the cost of publishing the
data.  More details will follow after sign up.  Please include a contact #
in case of schedule/ meeting place changes.  Hope you join us for one or
both days! 

 

Patty Leslie Pasztor

San Antonio, Texas

210-837-0577

 
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Subject: San Antonio Butterfly Count on Oct 23 and 28!!
From: Patty Leslie Pasztor <pasztor AT IX.NETCOM.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:43:33 -0500
Hello all,

It's that time of year for our two Fall Butterfly Surveys! These are for NABA 
(North American Butterfly Association). If any of you'd like to help lead or 
co-lead a team, we'd sure appreciate it, Beginners welcome, too! 


Thursday, October 23 for the SAN ANTONIO count: SA Botanical Garden, Mitchell 
Lake Audubon Center and possibly one or two other spots depending number of 
teams/ experts. 


and Tuesday, Oct. 28th for the SAN ANTONIO-NORTHWEST count: Phil Hardberger 
Park, Eisenhower Park, Crownridge Canyon Natural Area and Friedrich Wilderness 
Park - again, depending on teams, etc.. 


To participate, contact me at 210-837-0577 or pasztor AT ix.netcom.com or 
agarita AT me.com. There is a $3 fee / day to cover the cost of publishing the 
data. More details will follow after sign up. Please include a contact # in 
case of schedule/ meeting place changes. Hope you join us for one or both days! 


Patty Leslie Pasztor
San Antonio, Texas
210-837-0577
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Subject: Tons of monarchs headwind s 30 mi w of Ardmore Okla
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:24:40 -0500
,,
Have seen around 250-300 already this AM.  Steady stream. Also Sprauges Pipits 

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Subject: 19th Annual Brazos Bend Butterfly Count, October 5, 2014
From: Richard Jespersen <richj AT CONSOLIDATED.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:35:23 -0500
It was a beautiful day for a walk in the park, with sunshine, mild temperatures 
and lots of flowers. The 46 observers far exceeded our previous high of 33. 
There was a good mix of experience, with 25 newcomers, several families with 
children (some repeating from past years), 14 Brazos Bend Volunteers, several 
Master Naturalists, and other enthusiasts. 


We divided into 8 parties and searched varied habitats within the park. 
Although butterflies were not as plentiful as we might have liked, 36 species 
had been recorded by lunch time. Several observers scouted other areas in the 
afternoon, finding 4 additional species. Carolina Satyr and Gulf Fritillary 
were most abundant by far, followed by large numbers of Tawny Emperors. 


As always, the youngsters proved to be good butterfly spotters. The most 
notable butterfly of the day was a Julia Heliconian spotted by young 
first-timer Wesley Brown, who had lingered behind his group to watch some deer. 
He pointed it out to the others, who helped him identify it in a field guide. 
Just one other Julia had been seen in the previous 18 years of the count. A 
Clouded Sulphur was seen for only the second time since we began counting in 
the fall. Also, despite low numbers for most species, 11 Silvery Checkerspots 
represented the largest number ever. One species notable for its absence was 
the Broad-winged Skipper, which was missed for the first time in 9 years of 
fall counts. 


SWALLOWTAILS
   1	Pipevine Swallowtail
   2	Black Swallowtail
   7	Giant Swallowtail
   1	Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

WHITES & SULPHURS
   1	Clouded Sulphur
 27	Cloudless Sulphur
 36	Little Yellow
   4	Sleepy Orange
   2	Dainty sulphur

HAIRSTREAKS
 10	Gray Hairstreak
   2	Red-banded Hairstreak
   9	Dusky-blue Groundstreak

BRUSH-FOOTED 
131	Gulf Fritillary
   1	Julia Heliconian
   4	Variegated Fritillary
  11	Silvery Checkerspot
 19	Phaon Crescent
   5	Pearl Crescent
   4	Painted Lady
 12	Common Buckeye

  7	Viceroy
   1	Goatweed Leafwing
 29	Hackberry Emperor
 62	Tawny Emperor
 26	Emperor species
   2	Gemmed Satyr
137	Carolina Satyr
   2	Satyr Species
   1	Monarch
   3	Queen

SKIPPERS
 37	White-striped Longtail
   3	Long-tailed Skipper
   1	Horaces Duskywing
   7	Common Checkered-skipper
   4	Tropical Checkered-skipper
 13	Checkered-skipper species
   2	Swarthy Skipper
 26	Clouded Skipper
   1	Southern Skipperling
   2	Fiery Skipper
   1	Southern Broken-Dash
   1	Sachem
   8	Dun Skipper
   9	Skipper species
   4	unknown butterfly
Total 678 individuals / 40 species

Observers were Steve Abbey, Michelle Acosta, Marie Asscherick, Wesley Brown, 
Leah Schlater-Brown, Amanda Carey, Chris Carey, Janet Clemenson, Susan Conaty, 
Chuck Duplant, Jerry Eppner, Marianne Feeney, Debbie Fewell, Kent Fewell, Bill 
Godley, Adam Hampton, Dana Harper, Linda Heinicke, Richard Hlinsky, Laura 
Hodges, Kiet Huynh, Rich Jespersen, Sandy Jespersen, Cassidy Johnson, Aaron 
Ladner, Julie Morgan Lock, Patricia Lock, Cassandra Lock, Karen McCormick, 
Candy McNamee, Gary Moore, Kathy Moore, Durand Nguyen, Kelly Shield, Clare 
Schoene, William Schoene, Robert Schwartz, Jenny Shuffield, James L. Smith, 
Denise Snyder, Jim Snyder, Pam Tatge, Barb Tucker, Noriko Utsuzawa, Barbara 
Willy and Rosie Zamora. Thank you all very much. 


The next count will be held on October 4, 2015.

Rich Jespersen, Compiler
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Subject: Tarrant Co. skipper IDed - Brazilian
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:43:33 -0500
Thanks to all the great observers on this list! There was unanimity for 
Brazilian Skipper. I always forget about that species because I see it so 
seldom here in Austin. No Calla lillies nearby! 


Chuck Sexton
Austin
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Subject: Re: Skipper ID needed in Tarrant County
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 08:25:25 -0500
It's a Brazilian Skipper.  Caterpillar host is cannas, so they range widely.
Mike Rickard

On Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 6:43 AM, Chuck Sexton 
wrote:

> TX-Butterfliers,
>
> Pictures of an intriguing skipper in the Arlington, TX, area were posted
> yesterday on iNaturalist:
>
> http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/914808
>
> If you can help with the ID, please do so on that website (you’ll need an
> iNaturalist account) or send to me or post here.
>
> Chuck Sexton
> Austin
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Subject: Skipper ID needed in Tarrant County
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 06:43:58 -0500
TX-Butterfliers,

Pictures of an intriguing skipper in the Arlington, TX, area were posted 
yesterday on iNaturalist: 


http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/914808

If you can help with the ID, please do so on that website (youll need an 
iNaturalist account) or send to me or post here. 


Chuck Sexton
Austin
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Subject: Fire Ants
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 08:27:25 -0500
.
Long gone here in Bastrop Co. are the fall evenings when insects once
literally swarmed around my porch lights....I get very few even at my black
light now.  This morning I did my usual two mile walk...Sphinx caterpillars
are trying to "migrate"  I say trying as all 4 I found on the walk were
writhing in pain, flipping back and forth in the caliche dust and getting
nowhere  All four covered in stinging red imported fire ants.  How the ants
have changed everything here.  Gawd I hate them.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Re: Chisos Giant Skipper Pics
From: brian banker <mormonmetalmark AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 06:38:18 +0000
Nice work, Troy! Two fine males. Fantastic! You are a lucky man. Prior to this 
I have only seen photos of specimens. I may never be able to collect the Chisos 
GS, but seeing some nice adults would be a good consolation prize, and even 
that is unlikely. 

Note how the orange spots on the FW are more or less distinct and separate. In 
true Orange GS (A. neumoegeni), they would form more of a continuous band and 
in some populations of it (i.e. the one near Marathon, scarcely 60 air miles 
away) the orange covers almost the whole wing.  

The A. neumoegeni complex is one of my favorite entities of butterfly, and one 
that in my opinion is very much worth the effort and labor. Nothing else is 
really anything like it. 


Brian

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Subject: Re: photos of Chisos Giant Skippers
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 21:37:45 -0500
Nice shots!
Tim
On Oct 7, 2014, at 7:17 PM, Troy Hibbitts  wrote:

> I processed and have posted photos of the Chisos Giant Skippers (Agathymus 
[neumoegeni] chisosensis) that I saw on the Emory Peak Trail in the high Chisos 
this past Saturday, and the images can be found here: 

> 
> http://www.thehibbitts.net/troy/photo/lepidoptera/chisos_giant_skipper.html
> 
> Troy Hibbitts
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Subject: photos of Chisos Giant Skippers
From: Troy Hibbitts <alterna2627 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:17:42 -0700
I processed and have posted photos of the Chisos Giant Skippers (Agathymus 
[neumoegeni] chisosensis) that I saw on the Emory Peak Trail in the high Chisos 
this past Saturday, and the images can be found here: 


http://www.thehibbitts.net/troy/photo/lepidoptera/chisos_giant_skipper.html

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Subject: req. info on TX monarch projects
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:47:10 -0500
Greetings,

Please let me know of any monarch/milkweed research or conservation
projects being conducted in Texas.

FWS is looking to potentially support such projects.

Thanks,

Mike Quinn, Austin
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Subject: Re: Starr County report, September 2014
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:15:37 -0500
Ginny and I finished the month with 67 species seen, all in Hidalgo Co.
Notables were 3 Ruby-spotted Swallowtails, a Violet-banded Skipper, Streaky
and Ocola Skippers, and several Pale-banded Crescents.

Mike Rickard
Mission, TX

On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 3:04 PM, Berry Nall  wrote:

> Hi,
> It was a slow month, despite good rains. Only at the end of the month,
> after some heavy showers, was there a  noticeable increase in butterflies.
> I found a half-dozen or more of the 33 species observed on the last wekend,
> including several Tiny Checkerspots and also Theonas. I've seen none of
> those since, but overall there is much more butterfly activity now.
> The list for September:
>
> Monthly sightings Report
> (Common Name, Scientific Name, Frequency)
> Pipevine Swallowtail, Battus philenor, *
> Giant Swallowtail, Papilio cresphontes, *
> Southern Dogface, Zerene cesonia, *
> Sleepy Orange, Abaeis nicippe, *
> Little Yellow, Pyrisitia lisa, *
> Dainty Sulphur, Nathalis iole, *
> Lyside Sulphur, Kricogonia lyside, *
> Large Orange Sulphur, Phoebis agarithe, *
> Gray Hairstreak, Strymon melinus, *
> Reakirt's Blue, Hemiargus isola, *
> Ceraunus Blue, Hemiargus ceraunus, *
> Western Pygmy-Blue, Brephidium exile, *
> Fatal Metalmark, Calephelis nemesis, *
> Queen, Danaus gilippus, *
> White Peacock, Anartia jatrophae, 1
> Red Admiral , Vanessa atalanta, *
> Tawny Emperor, Asterocampa clyton, *
> Hackberry Emperor, Asterocampa celtis, *
> Empress Leilia, Asterocampa leilia, *
> Snout, Libytheana carinenta, *
> Elada Checkerspot, Texola elada, *
> Tiny Checkerspot, Dymasia dymas, *
> Theona Checkerspot, Thessalia theona, *
> Vesta Crescent, Phyciodes vesta, *
> Bordered Patch, Chlosyne lacinia, 1
> Zebra Heliconian, Heliconius charithonia, 1
> Julia Heliconian, Dryas iulia, 2
> Texas Powdered_Skipper, Systasea pulverulenta, 1
> Common Checkered-Skipper, Pyrgus communis, *
> Desert Checkered-Skipper, Pyrgus oileus, *
> White-Patched Skipper , Chiomara georgina, 1
> Fiery Skipper, Hylephila phyleus, 1
> Celia's Roadside-Skipper, Amblyscirtes celia, 1
>
>
> Berry Nall
> Falcon Heights, Starr Co, TX
> leps.thenalls.net
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Subject: Monarch Watch still looking for *native* milkweed seeds...
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 11:21:38 -0500
Monarch Watch, (Univ. Kansas) is still looking for native milkweed seeds
for their "Bring Back The Monarchs" campaign.


http://monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/milkweed/seed-collecting-processing 


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Subject: Re: Chisos Giant-Skipper Pics
From: brian banker <mormonmetalmark AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:29:45 -0700
Troy,

I'd be delighted if you shared your pics of the Chisos GS with me over email...


Brian

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Subject: Re: Monarchs (~1000) nr. Dallas - Oct. 5
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:10:23 -0500
Kip Kiphart noted that multiple peak monarch sightings are currently being
reported to Journey North:

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/monarch_peak_fall2014.html

they will likely stay in place until the winds switch to the north:

http://hint.fm/wind/


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On Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 4:11 AM, Mike Quinn  wrote:

> monarchs on schedule:
>
> http://www.texasento.net/fall_peak.htm
>
> Mike Quinn, Austin
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Ryan McConnell 
> Date: Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 8:50 PM
> Subject: Re: Monarchs
> To: Mike Quinn 
>
>
> Observed on October 5 from 9 am until sundown.  SE portion of Eagle
> Mountain lake, NW Tarrant county.  40 acre area, restored pasture land with
> Gay Feather wildflowers, estimated 1,000 monarchs in field working flowers
> and stationary in stands of live oak trees.  Strong southwest wind 10-15
> mph, did not appear to be in migrating mood.
>
>
> Ryan
>
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Subject: Re: Orange (Chisos) Giant Skppers - photos
From: Troy Hibbitts <alterna2627 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 06:19:06 -0700
Yes, I was able to get a nice series of photos of two different (and very 
cooperative) individuals 


Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX

Great find, Troy. Would you have any pictures? Seeing adults of this 
giant-skipper would be an indescribable prize. 


I was at Chisos Basin with Carolyn Ohl a month ago and located several larval 
trap-doors in the Havard's Century Plants; obviously, I could not collect 
anything. The adults weren't out yet. Chisos Giant-Skipper is definitely one 
butterfly that I can only take in picture form! 


One note--this is actually a full species (Agathymus chisosensis) as per Dr. 
Grishin's recent bootstrap DNA analysis. The adults are fairly close to 
neumoegeni, and the trapdoors look basically the same as TX/NM neumoegeni 
trapdoors, but it is definitely a distinct entity. 



Brian

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Subject: Fwd: Monarchs (~1000) nr. Dallas - Oct. 5
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 04:11:26 -0500
monarchs on schedule:

http://www.texasento.net/fall_peak.htm

Mike Quinn, Austin

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From: Ryan McConnell 
Date: Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 8:50 PM
Subject: Re: Monarchs
To: Mike Quinn 


Observed on October 5 from 9 am until sundown.  SE portion of Eagle
Mountain lake, NW Tarrant county.  40 acre area, restored pasture land with
Gay Feather wildflowers, estimated 1,000 monarchs in field working flowers
and stationary in stands of live oak trees.  Strong southwest wind 10-15
mph, did not appear to be in migrating mood.


Ryan

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Subject: Re: Orange Giant Skippers, Emory Peak, Chisos Mts, 10/4/14
From: brian banker <mormonmetalmark AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:19:22 -0700
Great find, Troy. Would you have any pictures? Seeing adults of this 
giant-skipper would be an indescribable prize. 


I was at Chisos Basin with Carolyn Ohl a month ago and located several larval 
trap-doors in the Havard's Century Plants; obviously, I could not collect 
anything. The adults weren't out yet. Chisos Giant-Skipper is definitely one 
butterfly that I can only take in picture form! 


One note--this is actually a full species (Agathymus chisosensis) as per Dr. 
Grishin's recent bootstrap DNA analysis. The adults are fairly close to 
neumoegeni, and the trapdoors look basically the same as TX/NM neumoegeni 
trapdoors, but it is definitely a distinct entity. 



Brian

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Subject: Front brought in a few butterflies and a moth hatch
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:16:01 -0500
.
Worked cutting and burning brush most of the afternoon (it hurt)...This
property in Bastrop Co. has been completely devoid of butterflis except a
couple of Giant Swallowtails most of that last two months until this last
front....Today I noticed 6-8 Red Admirals ranging from well worn to fairly
fresh, a Tiger Swallowtail, 2 Hackberry Emp.s, 2 Queens, 1 Gulf Frit and 2
Monarchs....There were a handful of skippers I did not bother with but at
least one was a Checkered..Had almost 5/8" of rain with the front.
**********************************************************************
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120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
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Subject: Excellent Monarch Video From Dallas
From: Paul Cherubini <monarch AT SABER.NET>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 17:04:18 -0700
The migration reached Dallas recently and someone
named Matt I. shot this excellent 4 minute video of 
"way too many monarchs to count" nectaring in his yard, 
mostly on frostweed
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/sightings/query_result.html?record_id=1412530578

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.

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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Butterfly Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 17:27:23 -0500
With the sun out and plenty of blooms, we found a greater diversity today.
The single Walker's Metalmark may be the same one seen over the past few
days - but with a few more bites missing from its wings.  More
Orange-barred and Large Orange Sulphurs are flying.  There are also many
Carolina Satyrs - but not a single one along Ebony Trail.  Even with Coma
in full bloom throughout the park, we did not locate a single American
Snout.

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

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

​Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Southern Dogface (Colias cesonia)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exile)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Dorantes Longtail (Urbanus dorantes)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Turk's-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minimus)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)​

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Subject: Orange Giant Skippers, Emory Peak, Chisos Mts, 10/4/14
From: Troy Hibbitts <alterna2627 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 14:23:40 -0700
I did a walkabout of the High Chisos Saturday . . . with the plethora of 
wildflowers, was hoping for lots of butterflies, but only saw a handful of 
mostly common stuff . . . except I had 5-6 of Orange Giant Skippers (Agathymus 
neumoegeni) that perched on rocks along the trail about 2/3 of the way up the 
Emory Peak trail. I probably also had several others scattered about, but these 
were the only ones that I could confirm. 


Other leps seen:

Common/White Checkered Skipper
Gray Hairstreak
Arizona Sister
Black Swallowtail
Queen
Marine Blue
Bordered Patch
Theona Checkerspot
Vesta Cresent

Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX

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Subject: Starr County report, September 2014
From: Berry Nall <lb AT THENALLS.NET>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 15:04:12 -0500
Hi,
It was a slow month, despite good rains. Only at the end of the month, after 
some heavy showers, was there a noticeable increase in butterflies. I found a 
half-dozen or more of the 33 species observed on the last wekend, including 
several Tiny Checkerspots and also Theonas. I've seen none of those since, but 
overall there is much more butterfly activity now. 

The list for September: 

Monthly sightings Report
(Common Name, Scientific Name, Frequency)
Pipevine Swallowtail, Battus philenor, *
Giant Swallowtail, Papilio cresphontes, *
Southern Dogface, Zerene cesonia, *
Sleepy Orange, Abaeis nicippe, *
Little Yellow, Pyrisitia lisa, *
Dainty Sulphur, Nathalis iole, *
Lyside Sulphur, Kricogonia lyside, *
Large Orange Sulphur, Phoebis agarithe, *
Gray Hairstreak, Strymon melinus, *
Reakirt's Blue, Hemiargus isola, *
Ceraunus Blue, Hemiargus ceraunus, *
Western Pygmy-Blue, Brephidium exile, *
Fatal Metalmark, Calephelis nemesis, *
Queen, Danaus gilippus, *
White Peacock, Anartia jatrophae, 1
Red Admiral , Vanessa atalanta, *
Tawny Emperor, Asterocampa clyton, *
Hackberry Emperor, Asterocampa celtis, *
Empress Leilia, Asterocampa leilia, *
Snout, Libytheana carinenta, *
Elada Checkerspot, Texola elada, *
Tiny Checkerspot, Dymasia dymas, *
Theona Checkerspot, Thessalia theona, *
Vesta Crescent, Phyciodes vesta, *
Bordered Patch, Chlosyne lacinia, 1
Zebra Heliconian, Heliconius charithonia, 1
Julia Heliconian, Dryas iulia, 2
Texas Powdered_Skipper, Systasea pulverulenta, 1
Common Checkered-Skipper, Pyrgus communis, *
Desert Checkered-Skipper, Pyrgus oileus, *
White-Patched Skipper , Chiomara georgina, 1
Fiery Skipper, Hylephila phyleus, 1
Celia's Roadside-Skipper, Amblyscirtes celia, 1
 

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

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Subject: WWF & SXSW Eco to Host a Monarch Hackathon - Austin, Oct 5
From: Mike Quinn <entomike AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:26:42 -0500
FYI,

The SXSW Eco Hackathon Presented by World Wildlife Fund provides an
opportunity for environmentally-conscious hackers to help save the
beautiful and iconic monarch butterfly. Using data provided by Monarch
Joint Venture and others, SXSW Eco is challenging hackers to spend 24 hours
creating usable tools (websites or mobile apps) that will help the public
participate in monarch conservation.

Every hacker will receive a complimentary registration to SXSW Eco. This is
a great chance to meet other sustainability-minded hackers, build a
portfolio, team-build next to other industry leaders and have a fun time!
There will be food and drinks along with experts in wildlife conservation
and technology to guide the way. For more information please review the
Information Packet and Hackathon Rules and Terms for more detailed
information.

http://sxsweco.com/hackathon

Mike Quinn, Austin
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From: Sales Assistant 
Date: Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 4:54 PM
Subject: SXSW Eco Hackathon Benefit
To: Sales Assistant 


Hello,

I represent SXSW Eco, the annual sustainability conference by South By
Southwest, taking place this October 6-8. During the SXSW Eco Hackathon
Presented by World Wildlife Fund, we are asking for help to engage the
American public about how they can support the Monarch Butterfly
population.

This October, SXSW Eco and the World Wildlife Fund will be presenting a
hackathon benefiting the beautiful and iconic monarch butterflies. For
those with hacking skills this will be both a fun and wonderful learning
opportunity. Even if you're not a hacker there are still ways you can help.
We would love it if you could assist us in spreading awareness about the
event to your colleagues. Attached is brief packet detailing the Hackathon.
If you're an expert, we'd love to have you there to answer questions. If
you're a designer or developer, come build something! If you're a concerned
citizen, come tell us what projects would help you in your efforts.

Date: Sunday, October 5
Time: 10:00AM - 8:00PM
Palm Door on Sabine
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-- 
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Subject: W. TX
From: brian banker <mormonmetalmark AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:00:31 -0700
Heidi,

What butterflies have you actually seen in west Texas? I was in Brewster Co. a 
couple of weeks ago and aside from a few species, things were very mediocre, 
particularly in terms of strays/Mexican species. 



Brian

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Subject: A book worth looking at
From: Joann Karges <joakarges AT AOL.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:22:30 -0400
I have a number of books with nano-photography of insects, but this is one that 
I think everyone interested in entomology, professional or otherwise, should 
get: Art and Architecture of Insects, by David M. Phillips (ForeEdge, 
University Press of New England) 2014. It's electron microscopy of the whole 
insect so that one sees every hair, every scale on the exoskeleton. It covers 
examples of many orders. The text accompanying the micrographs is excellent 
too. 

Joann Karges


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Subject: Re: TX-BUTTERFLY Digest - 21 Sep 2014 to 23 Sep 2014 (#2014-125)
From: Heidi Trudell <h.trudell AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:36:13 -0500
Brush, they are ALL in WTX: Brewster Co is greener than Ireland at the moment. 

-h

Heidi Trudell 
Alpine, TX

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Every year in mid-late Sept. there are tons of leps in Port O'Connor...This
Sept there are ZERO despite plentiful flowering plants...What gives?
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
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Subject: Zero Butterflies
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:54:58 -0500
.
Every year in mid-late Sept. there are tons of leps in Port O'Connor...This
Sept there are ZERO despite plentiful flowering plants...What gives?
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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

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

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

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walks* Sunday:  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m..
*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
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*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
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​Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Southern Dogface (Colias euytheme)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exile)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Walker's Metalmark (Apodemia walkeri)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)​

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Subject: Re: Monarch butterfly and ailanthus webworm
From: Paul Cherubini <monarch AT SABER.NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:59:02 -0700
On Sep 17, 2014, at 1:36 PM, Mitch Heindel wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.

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

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

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

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

Mitch Heindel
Utopia Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Cherubini
El Dorado, Calif.

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

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

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

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

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

Tim Jones
Austin Texas

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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




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


I'd appreciate feedback, thanks!
Martin

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San Antonio
www.martinreid.com






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

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

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
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*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
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*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
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Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Cloudless Sulphur (Pheobis sennae)
Boisduval's Yellow (Eurema boisduvaliana) - one on Friday
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis)
Red-bordered Metalmark (Caria ino)
Blue Metalmark (Lasaia sula)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
Vesta Crescent (Phyciodes vesta)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa) - very few
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Mimosa Skipper (Cogia calchas)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eanthis tamemund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Turk's-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira)
Fawn-spotted Skipper (Cymaenes odilia)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Common Mellana (Quasimellana eulogius)
Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

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



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



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

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



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



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

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



Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



*Upcoming events:*



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



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



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



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



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


Peg Wallace

ABF Publicity

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

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

Pipevine Swallowtail (*Battus philenor*)

Black Swallowtail (*Papilio polyxenes*)

Checkered White (*Pontia protodice*)

Sleepy Orange (*Eurema nicippe*)

Dainty Sulphur (*Nathalis iole*)

Gray Hairstreak (*Strymon melinus*)

Reakirt’s Blue (*Hemiargus isola*)

Variegated Fritillary (*Euptoieta claudia*)

Painted Lady (*Vanessa cardui*)

Queen (*Danaus gilippus*)

American Snout (*Libytheana carinenta*)

Funereal Duskywing (*Erynnis funeralis*)

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

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

Some examples:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


Dan Jones, WEslaco


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

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

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

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

Mitch Heindel
Utopia
99.6 x 29.6  AT  1350'

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

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

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

August 26th, 2014

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


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

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

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


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

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


Sincerely,
Julia Jones


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

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


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

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

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

(hat tip to Brush Freemen)

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

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

Berry Nall
leps.thenalls.net

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Subject: guava skipper
From: Farm RGV Butterfly Farm <oneil.steve3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:26:15 -0500
phocides polybius,  I discovered larvae of the guava skipper feeding  
on eucalyptus.  red gum eucalyptus,  eucalyptus camalduensis.  I am  
raising several of them.  photo
Steve oneil

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Subject: Banded Heliconian at NBC, 8/18/14.
From: Mike Rickard <mikearickard AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:35:31 -0500
I found and photographed a Banded Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa) at the
National Butterfly Center today just before noon.  It was somewhat
tattered, and could have blown in on the high winds we've had lately.  It
was a life butterfly for me.  There are photos on Facebook on the NBC page
and the RGV Butterflies group page.

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

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

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

Mike Rickard
Volunteer, Estero Llano Grande SP

Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)

Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans)

Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)

Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)

Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

Julia's Skipper (Nastra julia)

Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

Whirlabout (Polites vibex)

Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)

Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

White Angled-Sulphur (Anteos clorinde)

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon bazochii)

Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)

Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

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

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Subject: Austin Butterfly Forum meeting, August 25
From: ABF Announce <abfannounce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:31:20 -0500
Hi everyone,



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



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

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



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



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



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

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

Val is a local naturalist specializing in the arthropods of the Austin
area, with interests in taxonomy and photography. She runs the Fauna
Project at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, leads insect discovery
walks, teaches entomology courses, provides insect/spider identifications,
gives talks to local organizations, and has published a pocket guide to "The
Butterflies of Central Texas." Website: http://www.austinbug.com/index.html




Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 7 pm; free.



*Upcoming events:*



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



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



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



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



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

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

Mike Rickard
Mission TX

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


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


We should look for the caterpillar again this year.


--Dan Hardy

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Subject: Re: 22 AOL subscribers were automatically deleted from the TX-BUTTERFLY
From: Tim Jones <deforest AT AUSTIN.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 10:47:15 -0500
My website host just notified me that there's a major botnet attack on his 
servers. AOL is a common vector for that sort of thing, FWIW. 

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

> We're not sure what's going on.
> 
> Hopefully David Sarkozi can find the answer...
> 
> Mike Quinn, Austin
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