A Day At Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum in bloom
Actually, several different days. Each of these galleries contain pictures taken on just single day outings at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park (BTA) located in Arizona near the town of Superior. From my home in North Scottsdale, it is a rather long one hour and twenty minute drive to get there, but it's always worthwhile, as you'll see from these photographs. During the peak season from August to early October, capturing pictures is almost like being in a butterfly pavilion.

It is open year round, but the hours vary so check their website if you're planning on going. The admission price is currently $10.

I John Matthewsstarted this in September of 2006 when I received an email from John Matthews (a butterfly video photographer and at that time a complete stranger) who had found my butterfly pages. In that email he said there were "a lot of butterflies there right now." I had no idea what he meant by "a lot" but you can see from that first gallery it was practically an understatement! John became an instant friend and we would meet up at Boyce Thompson, the Desert Botanical Garden, and at the Central Arizona Butterfly Association meetings and outings.


The Galleries

BTA Butterflies & Bugs - Sept. 22, 2006

It's still very hot in September so why would I drive all the way to BTA?  On this particular day I went there because a complete stranger, John Matthews, wrote me an email introducing himself saying their were "a lot" of butterflies.

BTA Butterflies & Bugs - Sept. 29, 2006

One clear indication that it was great at BTA is going back just one week later!

BTA Butterflies & Moths - Aug. 11, 2007

The stars of the day were the Sphinx Moths (aka Hummingbird Moths)  like you see here at the left.

BTA Butterflies& Bugs - Sept. 1, 2007

The stars of the day were the Sphinx Moths (aka Hummingbird Moths)  like you see here at the left.

BTA Butterflies & Bugs - Sept. 16, 2007

The star of this day was a Praying Mantis waiting in ambush for unsuspecting Pipevine Swallowtails.

BTA Butterflies & Bugs - Sept. 27, 2008

The stars of the day were the Sphinx Moths (aka Hummingbird Moths)  like you see here at the left.

The BTA Grounds

No bugs!  Just pictures showcasing the beautiful grounds of Boyce Thompson Arboretum during the spring blooming season taken on April 2, 2005.