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
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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.
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