This past Saturday I was joined by Dick and Sherry Wilson and Chris Balboni at Santa Ana NWR for the NABA butterfly count. We had a very successful day finding 61 species including some pretty uncommon stuff. But Tipp Davenport found the best butterfly the next day, a Spot-celled Sister. The following afternoon I ran over and managed to find it in the brush west of the entrance kiosk as Tripp described. Four of these rare leps have been seen in the Valley this year and it was a lifer for me.
On the NABA count, this Erato Heliconian would normally drawn rave reviews but it was the fourth seen the year in the RGV and the fifth was seen the next day at Quinta Mazatlan.
There were six Ruddy Daggerwings and my first Many-banded Daggerwing of the year.
An amazing three species of green hairstreaks included Silver-banded Hairstreak, Tropical Greenstreak and this Telea Hairstreak.
I found the only Mimosa Skipper of the day way down on the tour road.
The morning started with this Gray Cracker in the butterfly garden.