This section was begun in mid-July 2007 when we moved to Tucson, Arizona from
Maryland. Many of the butterflies on these pages were photographed around our
which I've planted with both nectar and host plants. Most of those are in large
pots and will eventually be transplanted to a butterfly garden on our land in
Cochise County. Even with this modest assortment I've had 36 species visit the
yard which is adjacent to Tucson Mountain Park in the Sonoran Desert. I've even
raised three species of butterflies -- Giant Swallowtail, Queen and Ceraunus Blue.
Watching a butterfly develop from egg to adult is one of the most rewarding
aspects of this hobby. As we explore the state, I hope to add many more photos
to this website.
The colored areas on the
map represent those counties where I have seen or photographed butterflies.
Click on the map for county names.
The other two sections include a species list comprised of Arizona
butterflies seen or photographed. If you are looking for a particular species,
start here. If you want to look at thumbnails photos, go to the "fast browse
plates". The photos are organized in taxonomic order. Clicking on the name in
the "species list" or on a thumbnail in the "fast browse plates" will
bring up more photos if available. Click on either of the links below:
fast browse plates
The following references were consulted for information on range, flight and
Butterflies of Arizona, A Photographic Guide by Bob Stewart,
Priscilla Brodkin & Hank Brodkin
Butterflies of North America by Jim P. Brock & Kenn Kaufman
Butterflies Through Binoculars, The West by Jeffrey Glassberg
Since I am fairly new to western butterflies it's possible that there are some
errors on these pages. I welcome any corrections, comments or suggestions.
Arlene Ripley -- 10/24/07