MEXICO - from Monarchs in Michoacan to Grey Whales in Baja California

A trip organised by Mike Williams of the West Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation (UK) in January 2009

 

MEXICO, January 2009, from Monarchs in Michoacan to Grey Whales in Baja California, an itinerary devised by Mike Williams and led by Eric Miranda

Valle de Bravo, a small village between Mexico city and the Monarch sites, 9 January

Agraulis vanillae
Agraulis vanillae

Gulf Fritillary, Valle de Bravo, 9 January

Agraulis vanillae
Agraulis vanillae

Gulf Fritillary, Valle de Bravo

Eurema proterpia
Eurema proterpia

Tailed Orange, Valle de Bravo, 9 January

Anartia fatima
Anartia fatima

Banded Peacock, Valle de Bravo, 9 January

Heliconius charithonia
Heliconius charithonia

Zebra Heliconian, Valle de Bravo

Pyrhus oileus
Pyrhus oileus

Tropical Checkered Skipper, Valle de Bravo

Hemiargus isola
Hemiargus isola

Reakirt's Blue, Rancho los Cedros, 10 January

Hemiargus isola
Hemiargus isola

Reakirt's Blue, Rancho los Cedros

Cabins, shops and cafes at Sierra de Chinqua, 11 January

Danaus plexippus
Danaus plexippus

Monarch

Danaus plexippus
Danaus plexippus

Monarch

Danaus plexippus
Danaus plexippus

Monarchs, Sierra de Chinqua, 11 January

Danaus plexippus
Danaus plexippus

Monarchs, Sierra de Chinqua, 11 January

Danaus plexippus
Danaus plexippus

Monarchs, Sierra de Chinqua, showing some movement during an otherwise cool and breezy day, 11 January

Transit to El Rosario, 12 January

Transit to El Rosario, 12 January

Prickly pears at Rancho la Mesa, Lago Patzcuaro, 13 January

Nathalis iole
Nathalis iole

Dainty Sulphur, Rancho la Meza, 13 January

Nathalis iole
Nathalis iole

Dainty Sulphur, Rancho la Meza

Theclopsis mycon
Theclopsis mycon

Burnt-chocolate Hairstreak, Arroyo Frio, near Tacambaro,14 January

Theclopsis mycon
Theclopsis mycon

Burnt-chocolate Hairstreak, Arroyo Frio

Phyciodes ardys
Phyciodes ardys

Ardent Crescent, Arroyo Frio

Phyciodes ardys
Phyciodes ardys

Ardent Crescent, Arroyo Frio

Everes comyntas
Everes comyntas

Eastern Tailed Blue, Arroyo Frio

Smyrna blomfildia
Smyrna blomfildia

Blomfild's Beauty, Arroyo Frio

Temenis laothoe
Temenis laothoe

Orange Banner, Arroyo Frio

Pyrrhogyra neaerea
Pyrrhogyra neaerea

Leading Red-wing, Arroyo Frio

Marpesia petreus
Marpesia petreus

Ruddy Daggerwing, Arroyo Frio

Marpesia petreus
Marpesia petreus

Ruddy Daggerwing, Arroyo Frio

Eurema nise
Eurema nise

Mimosa Yellow, Arroyo Frio

Urbanus pronus
Urbanus pronus

Pronus Longtail, Arroyo Frio

Urbanus pronus
Urbanus pronus

Pronus Longtail

Nisoniades rubescens
Nisoniades rubescens

Purplish-black Skipper, Arroyo Frio

Spathilepia clonius
Spathilepia clonius

Falcate Skipper, Arroyo Frio

Papilio garamas
Papilio garamas

Magnificent Swallowtail, Uruapan National Park, 16 January

Uruapan National Park, 16 January

Vettius onaca
Vettius onaca

Black-spotted Fantastic Skipper, Uruapan National Park, 16 January

Phyciodes drusilla
Phyciodes drusilla

Orange-patched Crescent, Uruapan NP, 16 January

Uruapan National Park, 16 January

Tzaratacua waterfalls, 16 January

Paricutin, 17 January

Old tree at Lago Camecuaro, transit day en route to Guadalajara, 17 January

Texola elada
Texola elada

Elada Checkerspot, Lagouna de Chapala, 17 January

Texola elada
Texola elada

Elada Checkerspot, Lagouna de Chapala

Pyrgus communis communis
Pyrgus communis communis

Common Chequered Skipper, 17 January

Hemiargus ceraunus
Hemiargus ceraunus

Ceraunus Blue, Laguna le Chapala, towards Guadalajara, 17 January

Espiritu Santu, 18 January

Ganyra howarthii
Ganyra howarthii

Howarth's White, Espiritu Santu terminal, La Paz, 18 January

Zerene cesonia
Zerene cesonia

Southern Dogface, Espiritu Santu terminal, La Paz, 18 January