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From: Kenneth Davenport <kdavenport93306...> [SoWestLep] <SoWestLep-noreply...>
Subject: [SoWestLep] Northern and Bate's Crescents

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Everyone: Back in the mid-to late 1990's James Scott wrote a series of arti=
cles re-evaluating and revising the Crescent butterflies. I was intrigued b=
y the Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta or selenis) and the Bates Crescen=
t (especially Phyciodes batesii anasazi) because the latter actually occurs=
somewhere in the Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona locality, one of my favorite pl=
aces to look for butterflies.=C2=A0 So in 1999, I was torn between going to=
Oak Creek Canyon to look for this newly described more orange than black B=
ate's Crescent (the typical eastern subspecies is very blackish) that Scott=
gave the common name Canyon Crescent to.=C2=A0 But I had never been to Col=
orado so that adventure trumped a plan to find a single new species that th=
e chances for failure were very high'=C2=A0=C2=A0 So in early August 1999 m=
y son Kevin and I were bound for Colorado and not to Oak Creek Canyon. Whil=
e on Interstate 70 eastward bound in Utah I saw wet spots off the road that=
looked like high potential spots to collect Great Spangled Fritillaries (S=
peyeria cybele letona) and exited off the Interstate at a rest stop off ram=
p then followed a frontage road back west to that area of interest.=C2=A0 W=
hat I found there shocked the daylights out of me.=C2=A0 Bate's Crescents (=
anasazi) were all over the road shoulders and flowers flying with Colorado =
Hairstreaks (ssp. citima), Arachne Checkerspots (Poladryas arachne) and a l=
ot of other unexpected treasures.=C2=A0 Most of the anasazi were worn, only=
a few were in good condition.=C2=A0 But wow!=C2=A0=C2=A0 Yesterday, I was =
going through my collection and I came across my box with Northern and Bate=
s Crescents. As many of you know, those two species can be difficult to ide=
ntify, anasazi tends to be more two toned in coloration above and tends to =
have a more prominent crescent spot on the hindwing below.=C2=A0 A couple d=
ays before I had re-read Michael Fisher's Colorado publication dealing with=
Nymphalidae dealing with crescents including those two species and I inten=
ded to go through each individual of cocyta and anasazi to make sure I had =
correct indentifications. That was an enjoyable task and I did find 4 butte=
rflies in the cocyta/selenis series (I don't object to Glassberg's choice t=
o call these selenis instead of cocyta because the drawings of cocyta are u=
nsatisfactory in my opinion). Three were actually anasazi and the other was=
a Phyciodes tharos orantain from the Flat Rock, Colorado area, a butterfly=
I did not recognize as different in 2001 when I was there and likely not y=
et described.=C2=A0=C2=A0 Anyway, since 1999, I have made 4 trips to Utah a=
nd Colorado and collected both Northern Crescents and Bate's Crescents many=
times at many different localities. Subequent trips to that Utah Rest Stop=
and vicinity make that one of the greatest collecting spots I have every s=
een: Chryxus Arctic, Edith's Checkerspot, Queen Alexandra Sulphur, Riding's=
Satyr, Two-Tailed Swallowtail, Margined White (pallidissima), Canyon Green=
Hairstreak=C2=A0 (Callophrys affinis)
and others.=C2=A0 I've only seen one Great Spangled Fritillary there and my=
son caught that.
=C2=A0=C2=A0 Other classic localities I've found for Bate's Crescent (anasa=
zi) includes Glenwood Canyon along Grizzly Creek, Colorado (another incredi=
ble Rest Stop place for butterflies!) which in season is loaded with Great =
Spangled Fritillaries (letona and several other fritillaries including aphr=
odite byblis and egleis secreta and Colorado Hairstreaks which I found will=
fly well in light rains there!.=C2=A0 Other places for anasazi included th=
e Blue River drainage east of Silverthorne. In Utah, I've taken both Northe=
rn and anasazi in Bear Canyon which also had the Pale Crescent (Phyciodes p=
allida).=C2=A0=C2=A0 These crescents are difficult to ID...yesterday I look=
at each individual on upper and lower sides and yes, there were some indiv=
iduals I had to make a best guess on.=C2=A0 My first two Northern Crescents=
were taken in New Mexico in mountains east of Taos.=C2=A0 I have also foun=
d Northern Crescents since at Grizzly Creek- Glenwood Canyon , Blue River E=
of Silverthorne and Boulder Creek in Colorado and in the Mt. Nebo/Bear Cre=
ek area and Cedar Canyon E of Cedar City in Utah.=C2=A0 I think everything =
I took at the Interstate Rest Stop was anasazi.=C2=A0 I've never seen eithe=
r species in Arizona yet.=C2=A0Best Wishes, Ken Davenport kdavenport93306@y=
ahoo.com or <flutterflies93306...> For more information: http://www.tils=
-ttr.org TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" =C2=A9 =
1999
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i_3_16_0_ym19_1_1511620341216_2738"><span id=3D"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_151162034=
1216_4486">Everyone: Back in the mid-to late 1990's James Scott wrote a ser=
ies of articles re-evaluating and revising the Crescent butterflies. I was =
intrigued by the Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta or selenis) and the Ba=
tes Crescent (especially Phyciodes batesii anasazi) because the latter actu=
ally occurs somewhere in the Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona locality, one of my =
favorite places to look for butterflies.&nbsp; So in 1999, I was torn betwe=
en going to Oak Creek Canyon to look for this newly described more orange t=
han black Bate's Crescent (the typical eastern subspecies is very blackish)=
that Scott gave the common name Canyon Crescent to.&nbsp; But I had never =
been to Colorado so that adventure trumped a plan to find a single new spec=
ies that the chances for failure were very high'</span></div><div id=3D"yui=
_3_16_0_ym19_1_1511620341216_4699" dir=3D"ltr"><span id=3D"yui_3_16_0_ym19_=
1_1511620341216_4486">&nbsp;&nbsp; So in early August 1999 my son Kevin and=
I were bound for Colorado and not to Oak Creek Canyon. While on Interstate=
70 eastward bound in Utah I saw wet spots off the road that looked like hi=
gh potential spots to collect Great Spangled Fritillaries (Speyeria cybele =
letona) and exited off the Interstate at a rest stop off ramp then followed=
a frontage road back west to that area of interest.&nbsp; What I found the=
re shocked the daylights out of me.&nbsp; Bate's Crescents (anasazi) were a=
ll over the road shoulders and flowers flying with Colorado Hairstreaks (ss=
p. citima), Arachne Checkerspots (Poladryas arachne) and a lot of other une=
xpected treasures.&nbsp; Most of the anasazi were worn, only a few were in =
good condition.&nbsp; But wow!</span></div><div dir=3D"ltr" id=3D"yui_3_16_=
0_ym19_1_1511620341216_4937"><span id=3D"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1511620341216_44=
86">&nbsp;&nbsp; Yesterday, I was going through my collection and I came ac=
ross my box with Northern and Bates Crescents. As many of you know, those t=
wo species can be difficult to identify, anasazi tends to be more two toned=
in coloration above and tends to have a more prominent crescent spot on th=
e hindwing below.&nbsp; A couple days before I had re-read Michael Fisher's=
Colorado publication dealing with Nymphalidae dealing with crescents inclu=
ding those two species and I intended to go through each individual of cocy=
ta and anasazi to make sure I had correct indentifications. That was an enj=
oyable task and I did find 4 butterflies in the cocyta/selenis series (I do=
n't object to Glassberg's choice to call these selenis instead of cocyta be=
cause the drawings of cocyta are unsatisfactory in my opinion). Three were =
actually anasazi and the other was a Phyciodes tharos orantain from the Fla=
t Rock, Colorado area, a butterfly I did not recognize as different in 2001=
when I was there and likely not yet described.</span></div><div dir=3D"ltr=
" id=3D"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1511620341216_5104"><span id=3D"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1=
_1511620341216_4486">&nbsp;&nbsp; Anyway, since 1999, I have made 4 trips t=
o Utah and Colorado and collected both Northern Crescents and Bate's Cresce=
nts many times at many different localities. Subequent trips to that Utah R=
est Stop and vicinity make that one of the greatest collecting spots I have=
every seen: Chryxus Arctic, Edith's Checkerspot, Queen Alexandra Sulphur, =
Riding's Satyr, Two-Tailed Swallowtail, Margined White (pallidissima), Cany=
on Green Hairstreak&nbsp; (Callophrys affinis)<br></span></div><div dir=3D"=
ltr" id=3D"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1511620341216_5226"><span id=3D"yui_3_16_0_ym1=
9_1_1511620341216_4486">and others.&nbsp; I've only seen one Great Spangled=
Fritillary there and my son caught that.<br></span></div><div dir=3D"ltr" =
id=3D"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1511620341216_5256"><span id=3D"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1=
511620341216_4486">&nbsp;&nbsp; Other classic localities I've found for Bat=
e's Crescent (anasazi) includes Glenwood Canyon along Grizzly Creek, Colora=
do (another incredible Rest Stop place for butterflies!) which in season is=
loaded with Great Spangled Fritillaries (letona and several other fritilla=
ries including aphrodite byblis and egleis secreta and Colorado Hairstreaks=
which I found will fly well in light rains there!.&nbsp; Other places for =
anasazi included the Blue River drainage east of Silverthorne. In Utah, I'v=
e taken both Northern and anasazi in Bear Canyon which also had the Pale Cr=
escent (Phyciodes pallida).</span></div><div dir=3D"ltr" id=3D"yui_3_16_0_y=
m19_1_1511620341216_5427"><span id=3D"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1511620341216_4486"=
>&nbsp;&nbsp; These crescents are difficult to ID...yesterday I look at eac=
h individual on upper and lower sides and yes, there were some individuals =
I had to make a best guess on.&nbsp; My first two Northern Crescents were t=
aken in New Mexico in mountains east of Taos.&nbsp; I have also found North=
ern Crescents since at Grizzly Creek- Glenwood Canyon , Blue River E of Sil=
verthorne and Boulder Creek in Colorado and in the Mt. Nebo/Bear Creek area=
and Cedar Canyon E of Cedar City in Utah.&nbsp; I think everything I took =
at the Interstate Rest Stop was anasazi.&nbsp; I've never seen either speci=
es in Arizona yet.</span></div><div id=3D"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1511620341216_2=
737">&nbsp;</div><div class=3D"signature" id=3D"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_151162034=
1216_2736">Best Wishes, Ken Davenport <kdavenport93306...> or flutterf=
<lies93306...> For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org TILS Motto:=
"We can not protect that which we do not know" =C2=A9 1999</div></div>



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