Central Arizona Butterfly Association

Phoenix Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

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The mission of CAzBA is to promote the enjoyment of recreational butterflying by providing educational, research, and recreational opportunities to schools and the public throughout central Arizona.

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Meetings and Events

Meetings are held mostly in the winter, and outdoor fieldtrips during the rest of the year. Depending on the temperatures, we will go to higher elevation areas to stay comfortable. Check our events schedule for details

Butterflying Locations

Click here for information on where to look for butterflies in Central Arizona


Click here for a checklist of butterflies of Arizona
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Recent news

4/15/2015      Fundraiser for the ASU Insect Collection starting today!

Starting today, and during the coming month, our insect collection group is running an ASU Pitchfunder Campaign designed specifically to deal with a large and valuable donation we've received 3 months ago (45k specimens), mainly of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera (though a good amount of local bees and aculeate wasps too), and to enhance our SCAN portal with images of 350 butterfly species occurring in Arizona. Please consider supporting this campaign, and/or consider spreading the word. It's a new approach for us, and one that might yield insights for other. -Dr. Nico Franz read more »

3/21/2015      Fieldtrip report Mazatzal Mountains: Round Valley and Sunflower Valley by Ron Rutowski

On 21 March 2015, 13 participants explored areas along the Beeline Hwy for early spring flyers. Because of the warm weather, there were many butterflies around. A total of 32 species were seen: Two-tailed Swallowtail, Pipevine Swallowtail, Dainty Sulphur, Sleepy Orange, Orange Sulphur, Southern Dogface, Mexican Sulphur, Checkered White, Sara Orangetip, Zela Metalmark, Fatal Metalmark, Juniper Hairstreak, Marine Blue, Spring Azure, Reakirt’s Blue, Acmon Blue, California Patch, Variable Checkerspot, Sagebrush Checkerspot, Tiny Checkerspot, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Common Buckeye, Mourning Cloak, Variegated Fritillary, Queen, American Snout, Checkered Skipper, Northern White Skipper, Funereal Duskywing, Meridian Duskywing, Fiery Skipper. read more »

2/17/2015      Xami Hairstreak at BTA

Hola, CAZBA amigos we have a xami hairstreak here at BTA once again. BTA staffer Terry Stone got this picture Monday Feb. 16 around 3:00 at the west side of "the catwalk," the narrow and chain-link-fenced section of trail just east of the suspension bridge. He said it was on a tiny, spiky palo verde just as the path narrows and you enter the "catwalk" section of trail. ~pw read more »

2/7/2015      Conserving the Monarch Butterfly

Much of a monarch butterfly’s (Danaus plexippus) life is spent migrating between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada-a journey that for some individuals can cover over 3,000 miles. However, this journey has become more dangerous and less successful for many because of deforestation, illegal logging, increased development, agricultural expansion, livestock raising, forest fires, and other threats to their migratory paths and summer and overwintering habitats. Since 1995, the Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico Program has made a continuing commitment to support the conservation of monarch butterflies. read more »

2/7/2015      Monarch butterfly count rises as conservationists warn of extinction

A tally of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico rose to 56. 5 million this year from a record low of 34 million last year but conservationists said on Tuesday the increase was too slight to reduce the threat of extinction facing the insect. read more »

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Upcoming Events

5/16/2015 6:30 AM - 2:30 PM Field trip: Colonel Devin Trail with Marceline VandeWaterThe Colonel Devin Trail about 14 miles Northeast of Payson.
6/27/2015 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM NOTE DATE CHANGE!! Tour Butterfly Wonderland with Adriane Grimaldi 
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