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

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Recent news

6/20/2017      Field trip report: Col. Devin Trail by Marceline VandeWater

On June 10th, an eager group of 10 participants hiked the Col. Devin Trail for about 3/4 mile, checking out the butterflies mud puddling at the seeps, and nectar plants like Butterfly Milkweed, Buckbrush, Elk Weed and Arizona Thistle. Together we found 42 species of butterflies, with Orange-headed Roadside-Skipper and Long Dash being the best bugs. Species list: Western Tiger Swallowtail, Two-tailed Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Southern Dogface, Mexican Yellow, Sleepy Orange, Queen-Alexandra’s Sulphur, Dainty Sulphur, Western Green (Bramble) Hairstreak, Gray Hairstreak, Western Pine Elfin, Marine Blue, Reakirt’s Blue, Spring “Echo” Azure, Acmon Blue, Nais Metalmark (pictured), Zela Metalmark, Variegated Fritillary, Northwestern (Atlantis) Fritillary, Mylitta Crescent, Painted Lady, Common Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Weidemeyer’s Admiral, Arizona Sister, Mourning Cloak, Canyonland Satyr, Silver-spotted Skipper, Golden-banded Skipper, Northern Cloudywing, Funereal Duskywing, Meridian Duskywing, Rocky Mountain Duskywing, Afranius Duskywing, Common Checkered-Skipper, Four-spotted Skipperling, Taxiles Skipper, Tawny-edged Skipper, Deva Skipper, Bronze Roadside-Skipper, Orange-headed Roadside-Skipper, Long Dash. Species we didn’t see last Saturday, but were seen a few days earlier when scouting, were: Thicket Hairstreak, Western Tailed-Blue, Northern Crescent and Satyr Comma. Thanks everyone for a sharp eye, or a helping hand at the steep places! Marceline VandeWater read more »

6/12/2017      Butterflies of Arizona poster now available

After publishing my first 4 arthropod posters, I have been asked for a butterfly poster more times than I can remember. But there is so much good stuff out on Butterflies ... I was a little intimidated. Now I think I have put together a collection that does justice to the unique diversity of Arizona and at the same time looks beautiful. Many thanks to Ken Kertell, who allowed me to use a number of his excellent photos! My new poster, 'Butterflies of Arizona', will come with a numbered template and corresponding species list. The size is 18 in by 24 in, is printed on heavy, semi-gloss art paper. It's actually real art print quality (not poster quality), and will not fade! Cost: $25 plus shipping Margarethe Brummermann read more »

4/22/2017      Field trip report: Rackensack Wash by Janet Witzeman

Fourteen of us enjoyed a beautiful morning. We spent some productive time in the first one-half mile of the upstream portion of the wash where there was water. Farther up the wash and the major side canyon were dry, so we spent the remainder of the morning in the downstream portion of the wash. We finished the morning at Sears Kay Ruin, where we added four species to the list during the hike up to the Ruin. We recorded a total of 34 species for the morning. Fun was the discovery of Arizona Sister, usually found at a higher elevation, and Mexican Yellow. A larg gray skipper sitting in the shade gave us only a short glimpse before disappearing… considering the time of year and habitat, it must have been a Sheep Skipper. Species recorded: Pipevine Swallowtail, Two-tailed Swallowtail, Checkered White, Sleepy Orange, Orange Sulphur, Southern Dogface, Dainty Sulphur, Mexican Yellow, Gray Hairstreak (Sears Kay), Marine Blue, Ceraunus Blue, Spring “Echo” Azure, Acmon Blue, W. Pygmy Blue, Mormon Metalmark (Sears Kay), American Snout, Elada Checkerspot, Variable Checkerspot, Sagebrush Checkerspot, California Patch (Sears Kay), Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Empress Leilia, Arizona Sister, Mourning Cloak, Common Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Monarch, Queen, Funereal Duskywing (Sears Kay), Sheep Skipper, Northern White-Skipper, Common Checkered-Skipper, Orange Skipperling. Four species were found on the scouting trip the day before that were not seen on the field trip: Giant Swallowtail, Reakirt’s Blue, Variegated Fritillary, and Bordered Patch. read more »

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Upcoming Field Trips and Events

7/29/2017 6:30 AM - 3:30 PM Field trip: East Clear Creek with Laura Miller and Ariel M.East Clear Creek
8/19/2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Moth Night at Boyce Thompson ArboretumBoyce Thompson Arboretum
8/26/2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Visiting Butterfly Wonderland at a reduced price 
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