Butterflies at Frontera Audubon…Afterall, It’s Almost September

A Note from Mike Rickard:

Ginny and I joined John Thaxter at Frontera Audubon for his Friday morning
nature walk, and then after a lunch break joined the afternoon butterfly walk at
Estero Llano Grande SP, led by John Yochum.  We had a great time, with Mary Beth
Stowe turning up, along with the ubiquitous Tom Pendleton.  The most notable
butterfly was a Malachite at Frontera, a FOY sighting for most of us.  Frontera
also had a good number of Pale-banded Crescents.  At Estero there was a Yellow
Angled-sulphur and a Long-tailed Skipper roosting along the Green Jay trail.  We
found 50+ species at the two locations, and a complete list is below.

White-striped Longtail (Chioides albofasciatus) F
Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus) F
Brown Longtail (Urbanus procne)
Potrillo Skipper (Cabares potrillo) E
Mazans Scallopwing (Staphylus mazans) E
Brown-banded Skipper (Timochares ruptifasciata)
White-patched Skipper (Chiomara georgina)
Sickle-winged Skipper (Eantis tamenund)
White Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)
Turk’s-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira)
Laviana White-Skipper (Heliopetes laviana)
Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minima)
Celia’s Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Whirlabout (Polites vibex)
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Tailed Orange (Pyrisitia proterpia)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Mimosa Yellow (Pyrisitia nise)
Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)
Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)
Yellow Angled-Sulphur (Anteos maerula) E
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Great Southern White (Ascia monuste)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon istapa)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Fatal Metalmark (Calephelis nemesis)
Rounded Metalmark (Calephelis perditalis) F
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Soldier (Danaus eresimus) E
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Mexican Fritillary (Euptoieta hegesia)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Mexican Bluewing (Myscelia ethusa)
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis) E
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
Malachite (Siproeta stelenes) F
Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)
Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada)
Pale-banded Crescent (Anthanassa tulcis) F
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Tropical Leafwing (Anaea aidea)
Hermes Satyr (Hermeuptychia hermes)

Note from Cindy:

Beginning this Friday and through September and October, Mike Rickard will be leading the 10 a.m. Guided Walks.  We are lucky to have such a knowledgeable, interesting guide…come on out and have a glass of oj and hit the trails with Mike and his able spotter, Ginny.  Guided Walks are free to members; $3 to everyone else.

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