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

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 »

4/3/2017      NABA Memorial Day Butterfly Count

The NABA Memorial Day Count will be held May 27-29, 2017 The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) needs your help to increase observations of Spring butterflies. The Memorial Day Count provides a fun and flexible way for you to add to the knowledge of butterflies and, if you are not already a NABA member, be rewarded with a FREE, one-year trial membership in NABA – a $35 value. It’s easy to participate! Simply observe butterflies – in your own backyard, in a local park, or anywhere you choose – individually, or in a group, for as much or as little time as you are able during the Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29, 2017), and then go to NABA’s Recent Sightings website and enter your report. read more »

3/22/2017      Guided butterfly walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Our guided butterfly walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum will start this year at the Visitor Center at 9 am on Saturday May 27 with Dr. Ron Rutowski and Saturday June 24 at 8:30 am with Marceline Vandewater. Dr. Ron Rutowski will lead again on July 22 and Aug 26 at 8:30 am, and Adriane Grimaldi on Sep 23 at 9 am, and Oct 21 at 9:30 am. These educational walks are included with regular daily admission of $12.50 for adults or $5 for ages 5-12. Children younger than age five will be admitted at no charge. read more »

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Upcoming Field Trips and Events

6/10/2017 6:30 AM - 2:30 PM Field trip: Colonel Devin Trail with Marceline VandeWaterThe Colonel Devin Trail about 14 miles Northeast of Payson.
7/29/2017 6:30 AM - 3:30 PM Field trip: East Clear Creek with Laura MillerEast Clear Creek
8/19/2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Moth Night at Boyce Thompson ArboretumBoyce Thompson Arboretum
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