White Mountains Butterfly Trip 2014

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For the third time in three years, our group of intrepid butterfliers spent a full week this time in the White Mountains of Arizona and a few days around Sierra Vista with our amazing leader, Jim Brock. On the way to meeting the group near Safford AZ, my friend Rebecca and I stopped at Rockhound State Park and Spring Canyon State Park near Deming NM, and on the way home had a fantastic variety during a lunch stop at Paseo del Rio Campground near Truth or Consequences NM. Based in Eagar AZ the first few days allowed us to hit several good butterfly spots at Mt. Graham, Alpine AZ, along Hwy. 191 south of Alpine, and Green's Peak Road and nearby spots. Later, we drove via Hwy. 180 through New Mexico, stopping near the state line and driving in to Mogollon, before heading to Sierra Vista AZ, where we'd check out Carr and Ramsey Canyons, a couple of spots near Patagonia including Harshaw Creek, and a few others.

Due to Jim's knowledge of where to go for particular species and incredible identification skills, we'd end up with a trip total of more than 100 species, including 20 'lifers' for my list that is now up to 364 species since October 2010, along with 3 localized subspecies. The trip would prove to be a workshop for Roadside-Skippers, and we'd get 11 of the 13 species we might expect there at this time of year.

This page has pictures of people, flora and fauna seen along the way. Butterflies are on pages: 2 (Swallowtails, Whites and Sulphurs, and Gossamerwings), 3 (Metalmarks and Brushfoots), and 4 (Skippers).

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People & Places

Most of the group
at Harshaw Creek

The Hilltop
Flora

Strawberry Cactus

Prickly Poppy

Toadstool
Bugs

Grasshopper

Bees and Passion Flower

Calligraphy Beetle
Odonates

Flame Skimmer
(Libellula saturata)

Flame Skimmer
(Libellula saturata)

Damselfly

Damselfly
Moths

Silk Moth
(Hyalophora columbia)

Moth

Moth

Moth

White-lined Sphinx Moth
(Hyles lineata)
Birds

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Red-tailed Hawk

Cactus Wren

Yellow-breasted Chat
Herps

Short-Horned Lizard
(Phrynosoma hernandezi)

Short-Horned Lizard
(Phrynosoma hernandezi)

Toad

Lizard

Lizard

Lizard

Lizard

Yarrow's Spiny Lizard
(Sceloporus jarrovii)

Lizard

Skink
(Plestiodon sp.)
Mammals

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer
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