Note: Denise Gibbs is a champion of butterfly conservation and the force behind our new Monarch Way Station at Page Springs Fish Hatchery, She is also a friend of our chapter. She has provided us with a butterfly and dragonfly list which parallels our own bird walk check lists. It is published here to illustrate how diverse a site can be for butterflies just as our check lists show diversity with bird species.
8:15-8:45am Sedona Wetlands (loop trail around lagoons)
Most butterflies were nectaring on the 3 species of Baccharis bushes Two-tailed swallowtail- 1 Cabbage white-16 Orange sulphur- 13 Great purple hairstreak- 2 American Snout- 5 Variegated fritillary- 21 Painted lady- 3
Monarch- 1 (last breeding generation; not a migrant)
Queen- 139 !!
9-9:45am Bubbling Ponds
Additional butterfly species seen along loop trail around ponds:
Southern dogface- 1
Cloudless sulphur- 3
Sleepy orange- 2
Western Pygmy blue- 1
Bordered patch- 1
Fiery skipper- 1
Common dragonfly species: