Fort Davis and Big Bend

From May 6-10, 2015, three of us met for a couple of days butterflying for two days at Indian Lodge State Park in Fort Davis, Texas, followed by three more days in Big Bend National Park. From Indian Lodge in Davis Mountains State Park, we spent quite a bit of time at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens and the rest checking the area around the campgrounds in the park. From the Chisos Mountains Lodge, we focused our efforts along the road up Green Gulch leading to the Chisos Basin and several trails around the basin itself. Overall, we saw close to 50 species including three new ones for me, Texas Powdered-Skipper, Scarce Streaky-Skipper, and our trip, target Poling's Hairstreak.


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Big Bend
View

Cactus
Flower

Assassin
Beetles

Lizard


Whitetail
Deer


Whitetail
Deer

Gray
Fox

Gray
Fox

Gray
Fox

Lesser
Goldfinch

Cactus
Wren

Black-headed
Grosbeak

Say's
Phoebe

Say's
Phoebe

Greater
Roadrunner

Summer
Tanager

Summer
Tanager

Tufted
Titmouse

Western
Wood-Peewee

Butterflies


Swallowtails

Pipevine Swallowtail
(Battus philenor)

Pipevine Swallowtail
(Battus philenor)

Whites & Sulphurs

Checkered White
(Pontia protodice)

Mexican Yellow
(Eurema mexicana)

Mexican Yellow
(Eurema mexicana)

Mexican Yellow
(Eurema mexicana)

Sleepy Orange
(Abaeis nicippe)

Sleepy Orange
(Abaeis nicippe)

Hairstreaks & Blues

Great Purple Hairstreak
(Atlides halesus)

Great Purple Hairstreak
(Atlides halesus)

Great Purple Hairstreak
(Atlides halesus)

Poling's Hairstreak
(Satyrium polingi)

Poling's Hairstreak
(Satyrium polingi)

Poling's Hairstreak
(Satyrium polingi)

Poling's Hairstreak
(Satyrium polingi)

"Olive" Juniper Hairstreak
(Callophrys gryneus castalis)

"Olive" Juniper Hairstreak
(Callophrys gryneus castalis)

"Olive" Juniper Hairstreak
(Callophrys gryneus castalis)

"Olive" Juniper Hairstreak
(Callophrys gryneus castalis)

Gray Hairstreak
(Strymon melinus)

Gray Hairstreak
(Strymon melinus)

Gray Hairstreak
(Strymon melinus)

Gray Hairstreak
(Strymon melinus)

Gray Hairstreak
(Strymon melinus)

Gray Hairstreak
(Strymon melinus)

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
(Strymon istapa)

Marine Blue
(Leptotes marina)

Marine Blue
(Leptotes marina)

Marine Blue
(Leptotes marina)

Reakirt's Blue
(Echinargus isola)

Reakirt's Blue
(Echinargus isola)

Reakirt's Blue
(Echinargus isola)

Lupine Blue
(Plebejus lupini texanus)

Lupine Blue
(Plebejus lupini texanus)

Metalmarks

Palmer's Metalmark
(Apodemia palmeri)

Palmer's Metalmark
(Apodemia palmeri)

Palmer's Metalmark
(Apodemia palmeri)

Palmer's Metalmark
(Apodemia palmeri)

Palmer's Metalmark
(Apodemia palmeri)

Brushfoots

Queen
(Danaus gilippus)

Variegated Fritillary
(Euptoieta claudia)

Red-spotted Purple
(Limenitis arthemis)

Red-spotted Purple
(Limenitis arthemis)

Common Buckeye
(Junonia coenia)

Common Buckeye
(Junonia coenia)

"Dark" Tropical Buckeye
(Junonia evarete nigrosuffusa)

Theona Checkerspot
(Chlosyne theona)

Theona Checkerspot
(Chlosyne theona)

Theona Checkerspot
(Chlosyne theona)

Theona Checkerspot
(Chlosyne theona)

Theona Checkerspot
(Chlosyne theona)

Bordered Patch
(Chlosyne lacinia)

Bordered Patch
(Chlosyne lacinia)

Elada Checkerspot
(Texola elada)

Vesta Crescent
(Phyciodes graphica)

Vesta Crescent
(Phyciodes graphica)

Texan Crescent
(Anthanassa texana)

Texan Crescent
(Anthanassa texana)

Skippers

Northern Cloudywing
(Thorybes pylades albosuffusa)

Northern Cloudywing
(Thorybes pylades albosuffusa)

Northern Cloudywing
(Thorybes pylades pylades)

Northern Cloudywing
(Thorybes pylades pylades)

Acacia Skipper
(Cogia hippalus)

Acacia Skipper
(Cogia hippalus)

Golden-headed Scallopwing
(Staphylus ceos)

Mexican Sootywing
(Pholisora mejicana)

Mexican Sootywing
(Pholisora mejicana)

Texas Powdered-Skipper
(Systasea pulverulenta)

Texas Powdered-Skipper
(Systasea pulverulenta)

Texas Powdered-Skipper
(Systasea pulverulenta)

Texas Powdered-Skipper
(Systasea pulverulenta)

Common Streaky-Skipper
(Celotes nessus)

Scarce Streaky-Skipper
(Celotes limpia)

Common Checkered-Skipper
(Pyrgus communis)

Common Checkered-Skipper
(Pyrgus communis)

Orange Skipperling
(Copaeodes aurantiaca)

Orange Skipperling
(Copaeodes aurantiaca)

Orange Skipperling
(Copaeodes aurantiaca)

Orange Skipperling
(Copaeodes aurantiaca)

Nysa Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes nysa)

Nysa Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes nysa)

Dotted Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes eos)

Celia's Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes celia)

Eufala Skipper
(Lerodea eufala)

Eufala Skipper
(Lerodea eufala)

Eufala Skipper
(Lerodea eufala)