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17th Annual Santa Ana NWR/Weslaco 2006 Butterfly Count

***Count was accompanied in the morning and afternoon by NBC news crew that was working on the Snout Invsaion of 2006 story. Counts participants were interviewed by correspondent John Larson and field producer Al Henkel.  NBC crew rigged camera to front of their vehicle and drove through the Santa Ana NWR chasing after tens of thousands of American Snouts as they traversed the park road. News anchor, Brian Williams and NBC Nightly News aired the snout segment on August 3, 2006.***

The Santa Ana NWR-Weslaco NABA annual count was done on July 30, 2006. Temperature 77-99 degrees. Wind 10-20 miles SE. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Mostly sunny. 

Observations:  Conditions hot and dry.  Santa Ana NWR main headquarters garden is in transition and is being replanted. Gardens at old manager’s residence and cemetery dry with very few blooms.  Estero Llano Grande State Park had low butterfly activity but many new trails and gardens that are sure to attract many butterflies this coming fall.   Butterfly activity at Frontera Audubon and Weslaco Hedge were fair. American Snouts were abundant, but numbers were considerably lower than those found in the Mission area the day before.

 

Visited Santa Ana NWR,  Estero Llano Grande Birding Center, Frontera Audubon, Weslaco Duranta Hedge

Participants: Gil Quintanilla, Jan & Dave Dauphin, Jim Booker, Townsend Booker, Jennifer Owen, Crystal Salinas, Deirdre McDonald, Dave Carlson, Javier de Leon, Joshua S. Rose, Derek A. Muschalek, Richard Lehman, Willie Sekula, Ellie Thompson.

***Special Thanks to staff members, James Booker, Josh Rose, and Jennifer Owen of the Bentsen RGV World Birding Center for participating in the count and arranging the NBC news coverage.***

1.  Giant Swallowtail (17)
2.  Southern Dogface (2)
3.  Cloudless Sulphur (12)
4.  Large Orange Sulphur (75)
5.  Lyside Sulphur (5) 
6.  Little Yellow (12)
7.. Dainty Sulphur (1)
8.  Gray Hairstreak (5)
9.  Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (11)
10. Clytie Ministreak (3)
11. Western Pygmy-Blue (2)
12. Ceraunus Blue (21)
13. Cassius Blue (1)
14. Fatal Metalmark (2)
15. Rounded Metalmark (28)
16. Red-bordered Metalmark (5)
17. American Snout (100,000+)
18. Gulf Fritillary (18)
19. Zebra Heliconian (1)
20. Mexican Fritillary (5)
21. Bordered Patch (2)
22. Crimson Patch (3) Caterpillar (1)
23. Phaon Crescent (27)
24 Vesta Crescent (3)
25. Pearl Crescent (1)
26. Question Mark (1)
27. White Peacock (16)
28. Mexican Bluewing (4)
29. Common Mestra (3)
30. Tawny Emperor (6)
31. Carolina Satyr (12)
32. Gemmed Satyr (1)
33. Queen (75)
34. Soldier (15)
35. Guava Skipper (1)
36. Brown Longtail (18)
37. Sickle-winged Skipper (7)
38. Brown-banded Skipper (2)
39. White/Common Checkered-Skipper (12)
40. Tropical Checkered-Skipper (19)
41. Laviana White-Skipper (4)
42. Turk's-cap White-Skipper (7)
43. Julia’s Skipper (1)
44. Fawn-spotted (6)
45. Clouded Skipper (65)
46. Southern Skipperling (4)
47. Fiery Skipper (17)
48. Whirlabout (13)
49. Southern Broken-Dash (4)
50. Sachem (2)
51. Celia’s Roadside-Skipper (3) 
52. Eufala Skipper (40)
53. Brazilian Skipper (2)

 

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