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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 08:43:41 -0700
From: Peter DeGennaro <degennap...>
Subject: [SoWestLeps] San Francisco Peaks

With my sister visiting from back East, we headed up to northern
Arizona from 6/16-6/19. The trip was mainly for sightseeing purposes,
but I was able to get some time in at the San Francisco Peaks. Western
Green Hairstreak and Arctic Blue were targets in particular.

We spent a couple of hours in a small meadow at about 9,000' near the
AZ Snowbowl access road. One 4x4 ft area was really hopping with two
Western Pine Elfins, Western Green, and Thicket Hairstreaks on blue
flag iris with the biggest surprise on fleabane below - a
Silver-banded Hairstreak, the first Coconino County record. I can't
seem to get away from this species! Greg Greene had one nearby a few
days later so folks in southern Utah and even SW Colorado should be on
the lookout.

Some photos:

The Silver-banded (C. simaethis): http://flic.kr/p/2jfpHmL

Western Green Hairstreak (C. affinis): http://flic.kr/p/2jf4rta

Arctic Blue (A. glandon) ventral: http://flic.kr/p/2jfsUZ6

Dorsal: http://flic.kr/p/2jfsV1U

Full list from the meadow:

Western TIger Swallowtail 3
Checkered White 2
Orange Sulphur 3
Dainty Sulphur 1
Silver-banded Hairstreak 1
Western Green Hairstreak 1
Western Pine Elfin 2
Thicket Hairstreak 1
Gray Hairstreak 3
Marine Blue 2
Reakirt's Blue 1
Echo Azure 6
Silvery Blue 4
Melissa Blue 1
Greenish Blue 7
Lupine/Acmon Blue 4
Arctic Blue 3
Mylitta Crescent 2
California Tortoiseshell 7
Mourning Cloak 3
American Lady 1
Common Buckeye 3
Weidemeyer's Admiral 1
Northern Cloudywing 12
Persius? Duskywing 2
Common Checkered-Skipper 1
Garita Skipperling 4

I assume Boisduval's Blue was also flying but I didn't confirm any.

The only new species at the nearby Snowbowl was an Alberta Arctic, but
I did not spend much time there. Also many Arctic Blues in the fields
below the ski lift.

Had a few different species during a brief stop at the Oak Creek
Canyon overlook on 6/16 including Siva Juniper Hairstreak, Zela
Metalmark, Variegated Fritillary and Russet Skipperling.

I checked a couple of stands of blooming soapberry in Sedona but
couldn't turn up any hairstreaks besides Gray and Leda.

Peter DeGennaro
Oro Valley, AZ

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