July 18, 2021
By Steve Cary
Before the Loops, here are some announcements and general info:
Sugarite Canyon State Park has its annual Bodacious Butterfly Festival this weekend, July 24-25. Guided butterfly walks will be offered both days. Steve “Butterfly Guy” Cary guides in New Mexico on Saturday, while Mark “Radeaux” Yaeger guides across the Colorado state line in Dorothey Lake Wildlife Management Area on Sunday. Come and see all the cool butterflies Sugarite has to offer!
Butterflies of New Mexico, the on-line encyclopedia of New Mexico butterflies graciously hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), welcomes a new photographer to its esteemed ranks. Bob Friedrichs, who may have had a birding life before discovering butterflies, has two of his excellent images posted under Uhler’s Arctic.
Remember to post all of your western Monarch sightings to Journey North (photo not essential – they trust you), BAMONA, or Southwest Monarch Study. Western Monarch scientists really need your data!
New Mexico is all over the map, if you will, when it comes to butterflies, at least for the time being. Some places remain crunchy and dry. Christopher Rustay reported on July 5 that along a 3/4 mile outing in normally lush Hondo Canyon, Sandia Mountains, he saw only five individual butterflies representing three species — that’s pretty terrible. At the other extreme, Hira Walker reported that on July 11 in the Jemez Mountains she had “an amazing day along Rio Cebolla … so many flowers in bloom, butterflies everywhere. So many species of butterflies, moths, and grasshoppers, hard to count them all.” Personally, I can vouch that the high country around Ruidoso and Cloudcroft have lots of butterflies, as they normally do. Still other places, mostly in southern and eastern New Mexico, have had destructive amounts of rain, hail and flood. Judy Yellon in Las Cruces indicated that recent intense storms caused a lot of damage to flowers and, evidently, butterflies in much of Doña Ana County.Read more Closing Loops