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1st Annual National Butterfly Center-Bentsen RGV State Park Seasonal Count

The first National Butterfly Center-Bentsen RGV State Park seasonal count was held on October 25, 2008 in Mission, Texas. Temperature 63-88 degrees. Wind ESE 5-10 mph. 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Overcast from 8-12 in the morning, Partly cloudy in the afternoon.

Highlights were: White Angled-Sulphur, Marius Hairstreak, Cyanophrys Greenstreak, Banded Peacock, Band-Celled Sister, Mexican Bluewing, Red Rim, Malachite, Ruddy Daggerwing, Pavon Emperor, Silver Emperor, Gold-Spotted Aguna, Two-Barred Flasher and Texas Powdered -Skipper.

35 Participants: Gil Quintanilla (coordinator) , Karen Quintanilla, Alberto Quintanilla, Berry Nall, David Dauphin, Jan Dauphin, David Hanson, William T. Pendleton , Joshua Rose, Javier de Leon, Mike Rickard, Terry Fuller, Cynthia A. Traylor, Ron Campbell, Tad Finnell, Rey Escobedo, Ray Forest, Linda Forest, Charles Melton, Greg Arthur, Noah Arthur, Jane Rowley, Margaret Coon, Flor Vela, Daniel Sanchez, Danny Sanchez, Sammy Sanchez, Carlton Collier, Kelly Walkes, Ben Basham, Steve Moore, Barbara Volkle, Abbie Sasser, Ford Sasser, Emily Sasser.

News Coverage and video provided by Richard Moore, Richard Moore Outdoors.

Total Species: 114

  1. Pipevine Swallowtail (11)
  2. Black Swallowtail (1)
  3. Giant Swallowtail (36)
  4. Checkered White (5)
  5. Great Southern White (78)
  6. Giant White (2)
  7. Orange Sulphur (20)
  8. Southern Dogface (28)
  9. White-Angled Sulphur (2)
  10. Cloudless Sulphur (11)
  11. Large Orange Sulphur (30)
  12. Lyside Sulphur (21)
  13. Tailed Orange (2)
  14. Little Yellow (35)
  15. Mimosa Yellow (4)
  16. Sleepy Orange (4)
  17. Dainty Sulphur (6)
  18. Great Purple Hairstreak (8)
  19. Marius Hairstreak (3)
  20. Silver-Banded Hairstreak (1)
  21. Cyanophrys Greenstreak (1)
  22. Red-Crescent Scrub-Hairstreak (1)
  23. Gray Hairstreak (20)
  24. Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (31)
  25. Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak (7)
  26. Dusky-Blue Groundstreak (29)
  27. Clytie Ministreak (1)
  28. Western Pygmy Blue (9)
  29. Cassius Blue (1)
  30. Ceraunus Blue (9)
  31. Reakirt's Blue (1)
  32. Fatal Metalmark (17)
  33. Rounded Metalmark (6)
  34. Red-Bordered Metalmark (13)
  35. Red-Bordered Pixie (2)
  36. American Snout (250)
  37. Gulf Fritillary (44)
  38. Julia Heliconia (10)
  39. Zebra Heliconian (45)
  40. Variegated Fritillary (11)
  41. Mexican Fritillary (6)
  42. Theona Checkerspot (13)
  43. Bordered Patch (297)
  44. Crimson Patch (11)
  45. Elada Checkerspot (2)
  46. Texan Crescent (5)
  47. Pale-Banded Crescent (13)
  48. Vesta Crescent (17)
  49. Phaon Crescent (82)
  50. Pearl Crescent (7)
  51. American Lady (7)
  52. Painted Ladty (39)
  53. Red Admiral (10)
  54. Common Buckeye (10)
  55. Tropical Buckeye (17)
  56. White Peacock (142)
  57. Banded Peacock (53)
  58. Band-Celled Sister (1)
  59. Mexican Bluewing (15)
  60. Common Mestra (43)
  61. Red Rim (1)
  62. Malachite (39)
  63. Ruddy Daggerwing (1)
  64. Tropical Leafwing (23)
  65. Hackberry Emperor (12)
  66. Empress Leilia (24)
  67. Tawny Emperor (325)
  68. Pavon Emperor (3)
  69. Silver Emperor (4)
  70. Carolina Satyr (33)
  71. Monarch (18)
  72. Queen (325)
  73. Soldier (65)
  74. Guava Skipper (1)
  75. White-Striped Longtail (25)
  76. Zilpa Longtail (10)
  77. Gold-Spotted Aguna (2)
  78. Longtailed Skipper (32)
  79. Dorantes Longtail (79)
  80. Brown Longtail (139)
  81. Two-Barred Flasher (3)
  82. Coyote Cloudywing (2)
  83. Potrillo Skipper (2)
  84. Texas Powdered-Skipper (1)
  85. Sickle-Winged Skipper (98)
  86. Brown-Banded Skipper (10)
  87. White-Patched Skipper (16)
  88. Horace's Duskywing (2)
  89. Mournful Duskywing (4)
  90. Funereal Duskywing (7)
  91. Common/White Checkered-Skipper (25)
  92. Tropical Checkered-Skipper (18)
  93. Desert Checkered-Skipper (1)
  94. Laviana White-Skipper (26)
  95. Turk's-cap White-Skipper (6)
  96. East-Mexican White-Skipper (1)
  97. Common Sootywing (1)
  98. Julia's Skipper (2)
  99. Fawn-spotted Skipper (11)
  100. Clouded Skipper (234)
  101. Southern Skipperling (10)
  102. Fiery Skipper (331)
  103. Whirlabout (15)
  104. Southern Broken-Dash (15)
  105. Sachem (18)
  106. Common Mellana (15)
  107. Celia’s Roadside (7) 
  108. Eufala Skipper (69)
  109. Violet-Clouded Skipper (3)
  110. Brazilian Skipper (19)
  111. Ocola Skipper (26)
  112. Purple-Washed Skipper (12)
  113. Evan's Skipper (2)
  114. Violet-banded Skipper (3)

Immatures:

1. Polydamus Swallowtail Caterpillar (1)
2. Bordered Patch Caterpillar (297)
3. Marius Caterpillar (1)
4. Monarch Caterpillar (1)
5. Guava Skipper Caterpillar (1)
6. Tropical Leafwing Caterpillar (2)
7. Crimson Patch Caterpillar (2)


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