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Lecontes Thrasher,©Dan Lane

23 Nov American Lady sightings 22 Nov 2014, coastal NC [Jeff Pippen ]
19 Nov Monarch Article in NY Times [nottke1 ]
18 Nov Late discovery ["Charles Cameron" ]
17 Nov Savannah NWP, Palatka, Broad-winged Skippers 11/12/14 [Gene Schepker ]
16 Nov American Ladys ["Loretta" ]
14 Nov Last butterflies of the season? And a few butterflies from Italy... [Doug Allen ]
13 Nov Caw Caw Environmental Center, Charleston Co., SC leps 12 Nov 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
12 Nov Durham, NC butterflies 12 Nov 2014 [Jeff Pippen ]
12 Nov Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-11/12/2014 [Mike Turner ]
12 Nov Butterflies [Ginger Kopka ]
12 Nov Last butterflies of the season? [Dennis Burnette ]
11 Nov Wake Co. butterflies-Anderson Point Park-11/11/2014 [Mike Turner ]
10 Nov Wake Co., NC butterflies-Mid Pines Rd.-11/10/2014 [Mike Turner ]
10 Nov Carolina Sandhills NWR [Jules Fraytet ]
9 Nov James Is. SC butterflies 9 Nov 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
9 Nov Sandy Mush Game lands. Buncombe county 9th November [Doug Johnston ]
07 Nov Greensboro Arboretum Butterflies [Dennis Burnette ]
6 Nov Charleston Co., SC leps 5 Nov. 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
6 Nov Re: 2014 NC Rare Animal List temporarily down for a correction [Harry LeGrand ]
6 Nov Re: 2014 NC Rare Animal List temporarily down for a correction [Harry LeGrand ]
6 Nov Charlotte Butterfly Highway project [Angelique Hjarding ]
5 Nov 2014 NC Rare Animal List temporarily down for a correction [Harry LeGrand ]
5 Nov 2014 NC Rare Animal List temporarily down for a correction [Harry LeGrand ]
5 Nov Wake Co. butterflies-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-11/05/14 [Mike Turner ]
4 Nov Wake Co. butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-11/04/2014 [Mike Turner ]
4 Nov Butterflies today. [Ginger Kopka ]
3 Nov Wake Co., NC butterflies-Mid-Pines Rd.-11/03/2014 [Mike Turner ]
2 Nov NABA Butterfly counts in the Carolinas [Harry LeGrand ]
1 Nov Lancaster Co., SC leps 31 Oct 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
1 Nov Fairfield Co., SC leps 31 Oct 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
30 Oct Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-10/30/2014 [Mike Turner ]
29 Oct Monarchs today ["Loretta" ]
29 Oct Re: Northwestern Surry Co. Checkered White [Harry LeGrand ]
29 Oct Re: Northwestern Surry Co. Checkered White ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
29 Oct Greensboro, NC Arboretum Butterflies [Dennis Burnette ]
29 Oct Butterfly Highway Project - Charlotte, NC [Angelique Hjarding ]
28 Oct today's butterflies ["Loretta" ]
28 Oct Re: Northwestern Surry Co. Checkered White [Gene Schepker ]
28 Oct Mecklenburg Co., NC Leps [Kevin Metcalf ]
28 Oct Monarch [Ginger Kopka ]
28 Oct Northwestern Surry Co. Checkered White [Gene Schepker ]
28 Oct Wake Co., NC butterflies-Durant Nature Park-10/28/2014 [Mike Turner ]
28 Oct Orangeburg Co., SC leps 28 Oct 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
28 Oct Ashe/Watauga County foray [Richard Stickney ]
28 Oct Watauga county Polygonias [Brian Bockhahn ]
28 Oct dare county leps [Brian Bockhahn ]
28 Oct Dare county monarchs [Brian Bockhahn ]
28 Oct Archie Elledge Butterflies, Forsyth County NC [Gene Schepker ]
27 Oct today in the garden ["Loretta" ]
27 Oct Re: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Anderson Point Park-10/27/2014 [Harry LeGrand ]
27 Oct Re: possible male Peck's Skipper in Piedmont, SC [Harry LeGrand ]
27 Oct Wake Co., NC butterflies-Anderson Point Park-10/27/2014 [Mike Turner ]
27 Oct Re: possible male Peck's Skipper in Piedmont, SC [Doug Allen ]
27 Oct Re: possible male Peck's Skipper in Piedmont, SC ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
27 Oct possible male Peck's Skipper in Piedmont, SC [Doug Allen ]
26 Oct Mecklenburg Butterflies Sunday [Kevin Metcalf ]
26 Oct Forsyth County, Winston-Salem [Gene Schepker ]
26 Oct Re: Monarch 10/25 and 26,2014 Brunswick Beaches [Harry LeGrand ]
26 Oct Monarch 10/25 and 26,2014 Brunswick Beaches []
26 Oct James Is, SC leps Oct 25, 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
26 Oct Re: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Yates Mill County Park-10/26/2014 [Mike Turner ]
26 Oct Wake Co., NC butterflies-Yates Mill County Park-10/26/2014 [Mike Turner ]
26 Oct Monarch ["Loretta" ]
25 Oct Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-10/25/2014 [Mike Turner ]
25 Oct Ft. Moultrie, SC leps 25 Oct 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
25 Oct Forsyth County Monarchs [nottke1 ]
25 Oct Pitt County, 25 October 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
25 Oct Colleton Co., SC leps 24 Oct 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
24 Oct Chemoreceptors & migration ["Loretta" ]
23 Oct Dare county monarchs [Bb ]
23 Oct SE Coastal Monarch Flight [John Ennis ]
23 Oct James Is, SC Zebra Longwing [Dennis Forsythe ]
22 Oct Monarch Caterpillars [Ginger Kopka ]
22 Oct Ft Moultrie NM, SC leps Oct. 22, 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
22 Oct Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-10/22/2014 [Mike Turner ]
22 Oct Gray Comma location [Richard Stickney ]

Subject: American Lady sightings 22 Nov 2014, coastal NC
From: Jeff Pippen <jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:24:46 -0500
Butterfliers,

Yesterday (11/22/2014) I found an American Lady in a yard in New Bern (Craven 
Co.), NC, and two American Ladies on dandelions in the grass at the Minnesott 
Ferry terminal in Pamlico Co., NC. Butterfly season may be over in the 
piedmont, but it’s hanging on by a thread along the coast! 


Scroll down for a photo of the Craven Co. lady:
http://www.jeffpippen.com/butterflies/americanlady.htm

Good Butterflying,
Jeff
--
Jeffrey S. Pippen
Durham, NC
http://www.jeffpippen.com/
Subject: Monarch Article in NY Times
From: nottke1 <nottke1 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:31:19 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
For the few of you who have not seen it, the article about Monarchs in 
yesterday's Science Times can be found at 


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/science/monarchs-may-be-loved-to-death.html?emc=eta1&_r=0 


Jim Nottke
Subject: Late discovery
From: "Charles Cameron" <ccamer AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:27:09 -0500
Greensboro, Tuesday November 18, 9:00 AM, 27 degrees

The tropical milkweed has been looking quite pitiful with our recent below 
freezing temperatures so I decided to cut it back and put out for today's 
yard waste collection.  Some of the more fibrous plants were looking better 
than the smaller more tender ones.  As I was cutting the plants up to bag I 
discovered a 5th instar monarch caterpillar.  Pretty rugged fellow in my 
mind.  Well, I brought it in from the cold and I wonder now what.

Charles Cameron
Greensboro, NC
c-cameron AT triad.rr.com
ccamer AT triad.rr.com
Subject: Savannah NWP, Palatka, Broad-winged Skippers 11/12/14
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:52:08 -0500
On our return from a November Florida butterfly trip, Sven Halling and I
stopped by the Savannah NWP wildlife drive and found the following:

Long-tailed Skipper 1
Dorantes Long-tailed 1
Tropical Checkered Skipper 4
Ocola 14
Fiery Skipper 1
Broad-winged Skipper 4
Palatka 1
Common Buckeye 1
Gulf Fritillary 11
Zebra Heliconian 10
Cloudless Sulphur 4
Orange Sulphur 1
Little Yellow 1
Red-banded Hairsreak 1

We butterflied from about 12:00 - 2:00 under mostly sunny conditions and
little wind. Tjere was very little blossoms and most butterflies were found
on sparse patches of Biden.

Gene Schepker (and Sven Halling)
Subject: American Ladys
From: "Loretta" <butterflies_bg AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:20:17 -0500
At 54 degrees today, cold, cloudy and breezy, during a brief sunny spell - I 
saw what I believed to be a worn, very faded American Lady that has been around 
for several days. At the same time a freshly eclosed American Lady lit on 
several leaves, always turning her back toward the sun. Friday night, our 
temperatures were 25 degrees, so this one survived the low temperatures. 


Not much in the perennial patch for nectar at this point except a few salvias 
that also survived the 25 degree night. 


Loretta Lutman,
Asheboro, NC
Subject: Last butterflies of the season? And a few butterflies from Italy...
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:03:11 -0500
Here on Windmill Hill, Spartanburg County, we had unseasonably warm weather
earlier this week with many Sachem, Fiery Skipper, and Clouded Skipper plus
a few American Lady, Sleepy Orange, and Buckeye.  Also at least one each of
 Orange Sulphur, Cloudless Sulphur, and Cabbage White. Over half our
flowers are still blooming despite a light frost that killed all the nearby
Kudzu and other half hardy vegetation while we were in Italy.

A three mile walk through a overgrown fields on Wednesday produced over 20
Buckeye plus a few more of the above.
Today with temperatures rising from 32 degrees to 47, we saw 2 Buckeye on
our walk and no butterflies at the Windmill Hill gardens.  Temperatures are
supposed to be mid-twenties next two nights so probably only our
chrysanthemum pacifica will survive, which in past years has been a magnet
for the few butterflies that survive into December.

The few Italian butterflies seen- they seldom have flowers in their
gardens!- were seen November 9 at the Florence Giardino Torrigiani.  I have
not tried to identify the ones I don't recognize.  See-
https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/

More on the Florence trip here-  http://roadscholarflorence.blogspot.com/

Doug Allen
Subject: Caw Caw Environmental Center, Charleston Co., SC leps 12 Nov 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:49:35 -0500
All,

Donna and I went along to Caw Caw Environmental Center near Ravenel, SC
 with Matt Campbell's Vertebrate Biology Class yesterday from 1-3 PM.  We
saw the following:

Cloudless Sulfur 5
Sleepy Orange 1
Gulf Fritillary 2
Common Buckeye 2
unid. larger butterflies 3

Dennis

-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Durham, NC butterflies 12 Nov 2014
From: Jeff Pippen <jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:05:14 -0500
Butterfliers,

Indeed, likely the last butterflies of the season were seen across much of 
North Carolina today, and my yard did not disappoint! Quite a surprise was a 
Pipevine Swallowtail, nectaring on Buddleja this morning. Then this afternoon, 
a tail-less Long-tailed Skipper showed up on the butterfly bush! Long-tailed 
Skippers are fairly rare in Durham County, so this was a great finale to the 
season. 


Bottom Row
http://www.jeffpippen.com/butterflies/longtailedskipper.htm

Today’s sightings:
Pipevine Swallowtail, 1
Cabbage White, 2
Common Buckeye, 1
Long-tailed Skipper, 1
Ocola Skipper, 1
Fiery Skipper, 4

Good Butterflying!
Jeff

--
Jeffrey S. Pippen
Durham, NC
http://www.jeffpippen.com/
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-11/12/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:35:00 -0500
I took advantage of the sun and warm weather to get in a full day of
butterflying. It was sunny here in Raleigh all day and the high temp was
about 75F. Here in Wake Co. we have had two days of freezing temps this
month according to wunderground.com, though I don't think it got that cold
where I live. The arboretum still has a good supply of nectar sources
available, unlike Dennis Burnette's report from the Greensboro Arboretum.
All of these factors contributed to a great day of butterflying here, with
20 species seen. The highlights were good looks at a Clouded Sulphur, 2
Little Yellows seen together, a Red-spotted Purple (very late for Wake
Co.), a very faded Red Admiral, and 25 Fiery Skippers. All the ladys seen
were very faded and tattered. A few weeks ago I had 20 species here and
commented that it would probably be my last such day for 2014. With the
arctic cold front coming in over the next couple of days, I feel sure this
IS my last 20 species day for the year. My complete list is below. Good
butterflying.

  Black Swallowtail 1 caterpillar on Parsley  Cabbage White 13  Clouded
Sulphur 1  Orange Sulphur 8  Cloudless Sulphur 6  Little Yellow 2  Sleepy
Orange 1  Red-banded Hairstreak   2  Variegated Fritillary   2  Pearl
Crescent   1  American Lady   6  Painted Lady   2  Red Admiral   1  Common
Buckeye   17  Red-spotted Purple   1  Monarch   2  Com. Checkered-Skipper
10  Clouded Skipper   5  Fiery Skipper   25  Ocola Skipper 13
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Butterflies
From: Ginger Kopka <gkopka1 AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:19:01 -0500
Today in Simpsonville, SC, I had 2 Cloudless Sulphurs, one Sleepy Orange, one 
Clouded Skipper and several Firey Skippers. 

Ginger Kopka,
Simpsonville, SC. 

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Last butterflies of the season?
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:20:07 -0500
Today, Wednesday, Nov. 12, it was remarkably mild in Greensboro, NC. It was
sunny and dry with a light breeze and a high temperature of about 71
degrees. We have had one freeze with temperature dipping into the upper 20s
briefly, but otherwise the last several weeks have been above freezing. I
thought it might be a good idea to see if there are any butterflies left in
the Greensboro Arboretum. The answer is yes.
 
I spent a short amount of time, probably 45 minutes or less, because there
were few nectar sources in bloom. I searched all that I could find and came
up with two Fiery Skippers and one Ocola Skipper. Are these the last
³summer² butterflies of the season in Guilford County? Probably. The
long-range weather forecast is for freezing early morning temperatures in
the next 8 out of 10 days.
 
Dennis
-- 
Dennis E. Burnette
7 Brownstone Lane
Greensboro, NC 27410
(336) 299-4342
deburnette AT triad.rr.com

Subject: Wake Co. butterflies-Anderson Point Park-11/11/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:05:20 -0500
Today at Anderson Point Park I had the following. Good butterflying.

  Sleepy Orange 1  Red-banded Hairstreak   1  Eastern Tailed-Blue   2  Pearl
Crescent   8  American Lady   1  Common Buckeye   8  Carolina Satyr   1  Common
Checkered-Skipper   3  Clouded Skipper   2  Fiery Skipper   21  Ocola
Skipper 2
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Mid Pines Rd.-11/10/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:27:45 -0500
Today at Mid-Pines Rd. next to Yates Mill Co. Park I saw the following
under sunny skies and temps about 65F. Good butterflying.

  Checkered White 1
 Clouded Sulphur 1
 Orange Sulphur 8 incl. 1 white form  Variegated Fritillary   12
 Pearl Crescent   6
 Question Mark   1
 American Lady   1
 Common Buckeye   12
 Common Checkered-Skipper   1
 Fiery Skipper   2
 Ocola Skipper 1

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Carolina Sandhills NWR
From: Jules Fraytet <jlfray AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:38:40 -0500
Temps high 60's  partly cloudy Sunday 11/9

1 Pearl Crescent  flying among remaining asters still blooming along Day 
use Road

2 Varigated Fritillaries  flying around Oxpen lakes area.

Jules Fraytet/Ben Gregory
Charlotte,NC
Subject: James Is. SC butterflies 9 Nov 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 16:03:33 -0500
Hi All,

Donna and I walked around or Eastwood Neighborhood and drove through Holy
Cross cemetery this afternoon and saw the following:

Cloudless Sulfur 1
Gulf Fritillary 7
Long-tailed skipper 4
Ocola Skipper 1

Dennis


-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Sandy Mush Game lands. Buncombe county 9th November
From: Doug Johnston <wellsteadwest AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:39:17 -0500
A frosty start to what was primarily a birdy trip warmed up to around 60 by 
noon. A late Common checkered skipper was joined by a Clouded sulphur, a 
“white” sulphur (thought it was a Cabbage white at first) and a Var. 
fritillary. 


Nice to still have leps around

Doug Johnston
Subject: Greensboro Arboretum Butterflies
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2014 09:00:24 -0500
The overnight temperature dropped a couple of degrees below freezing last
Sunday night, so I went to the Greensboro Arboretum on Monday, November 3,
to see what butterflies still might be active. There were several skippers
working the remaining flowers, but they paused only briefly before
³skipping² to other flowers. I suspect that there wasn¹t much nectar
available. I even saw one trying to get nectar from a rose, something I
rarely see. Here¹s my list from about a half hour in the garden under a cool
but sunny sky:
 
Cabbage White 1
Sachem 3
Fiery Skipper 2
Clouded Skipper 1
Unknown ³skipping² skippers 4 or 5
-- 
Dennis E. Burnette
7 Brownstone Lane
Greensboro, NC 27410
(336) 299-4342
deburnette AT triad.rr.com


Subject: Charleston Co., SC leps 5 Nov. 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 20:01:17 -0500
Hi All,

Donna and I went with Matt Campbell's Vert Zoo Class to Charleston Town
Landing State Park from 12-3 PM yesterday and to our surprise we had some
butterflies.

Cloudless Sulfur 1
Gulf Fritillary 5
ZEBRA LONGWING 3
White Checkered-Skipper 1
Fiery Skipper 1

Dennis




-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: 2014 NC Rare Animal List temporarily down for a correction
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 14:07:41 -0500
The 2014 Rare Animal List has been edited/corrected, and is back online now:

http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/nhp/nhp-publications#rare-plant-and-animal-list

Sorry for the delay.

Harry LeGrand
NC Natural Heritage Program

On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 6:51 PM, Harry LeGrand  wrote:

> Folks:
>
> The NC Natural Heritage Program took the PDF of the animal list off our
> website this afternoon when someone notified us of a correction that was
> needed.. So, we are in the process of making this correction.
> So, currently it says "Rare Animal List (available soon)". (It was online
> for 1-2 hours early this afternoon).  The corrected rare animal list should
> be back up and revised tomorrow morning, at least by midday.
>
> Harry LeGrand
>
Subject: Re: 2014 NC Rare Animal List temporarily down for a correction
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 14:07:41 -0500
The 2014 Rare Animal List has been edited/corrected, and is back online now:

http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/nhp/nhp-publications#rare-plant-and-animal-list

Sorry for the delay.

Harry LeGrand
NC Natural Heritage Program

On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 6:51 PM, Harry LeGrand  wrote:

> Folks:
>
> The NC Natural Heritage Program took the PDF of the animal list off our
> website this afternoon when someone notified us of a correction that was
> needed.. So, we are in the process of making this correction.
> So, currently it says "Rare Animal List (available soon)". (It was online
> for 1-2 hours early this afternoon).  The corrected rare animal list should
> be back up and revised tomorrow morning, at least by midday.
>
> Harry LeGrand
>
Subject: Charlotte Butterfly Highway project
From: Angelique Hjarding <ahjardin AT uncc.edu>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 12:55:46 -0500
Thank you so much to those of you who contacted me to participate in the 
Butterfly Highway project! I am really excited about getting this project 
underway. I had one person contact me by phone and Verizon kindly ate the 
voicemail. Could you please email me or try giving me a ring again? 


Sorry to send this out to the whole list but I wasn’t sure what else to do and 
I didn’t want anything to think I was ignoring their call :) 


Thanks!
Angel


Angelique Hjarding | PhD Student
Charlotte Action Research Project (CHARP)
UNC Charlotte | Department of Geography and Earth Sciences
9201 University City Blvd |Charlotte, NC 28223
mobile: 704-718-0928
Skype: Hjarding
http://charp.uncc.edu
ahjardin AT uncc.edu
Subject: 2014 NC Rare Animal List temporarily down for a correction
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 18:51:29 -0500
Folks:

The NC Natural Heritage Program took the PDF of the animal list off our
website this afternoon when someone notified us of a correction that was
needed.. So, we are in the process of making this correction.
So, currently it says "Rare Animal List (available soon)". (It was online
for 1-2 hours early this afternoon).  The corrected rare animal list should
be back up and revised tomorrow morning, at least by midday.

Harry LeGrand
Subject: 2014 NC Rare Animal List temporarily down for a correction
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 18:51:29 -0500
Folks:

The NC Natural Heritage Program took the PDF of the animal list off our
website this afternoon when someone notified us of a correction that was
needed.. So, we are in the process of making this correction.
So, currently it says "Rare Animal List (available soon)". (It was online
for 1-2 hours early this afternoon).  The corrected rare animal list should
be back up and revised tomorrow morning, at least by midday.

Harry LeGrand
Subject: Wake Co. butterflies-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-11/05/14
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 17:41:39 -0500
It appears the butterflying activity is cooling along with the
temperatures. It was cloudy and 65F at Prairie Ridge today. My list is
below.

  Orange Sulphur 3  Pearl Crescent   3  Common Buckeye   3  Common
Checkered-Skipper   1  Clouded Skipper   2  Fiery Skipper   3  Ocola Skipper
1
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Wake Co. butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-11/04/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:30:00 -0500
Weather partly cloudy and about 65F. I saw 16 species today, nothing of
note, but it is nice seeing fresh Red Admirals. Eighteen Fiery Skippers is
a low count for me at the arboretum this year, as well as 7 Ocolas. Good
butterflying.

  Black Swallowtail 1 caterpillar on Parsley, Petroselinum crispum  Cabbage
White 13  Orange Sulphur 5  Cloudless Sulphur 1  Red-banded Hairstreak
  1  Variegated
Fritillary   1  American Lady   4  Painted Lady   2  Red Admiral   2  Common
Buckeye   4  Monarch   2  Silver-spotted Skipper   1  Common
Checkered-Skipper   13  Clouded Skipper   4  Fiery Skipper   18  Ocola
Skipper 7
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Butterflies today.
From: Ginger Kopka <gkopka1 AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:02:09 -0500
Here in Simpsonville, my Sheffield Pink Chrysanthemum is in full bloom. 
The butterflies love to nectar on it. Lots of Fiery Skippers, Ocola Skipper, 
Cloudless Sulphur, Variegated Fritillary and one I not seen in a few years, 
here: Common Checkered Skipper or Checkered White Skipper. (Cannot be sure). 

Ginger Kopka
Simpsonville, SC

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Mid-Pines Rd.-11/03/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 19:03:54 -0500
Today I walked up and down Mid-Pines Rd. for three hours looking for birds
and butterflies. Not many nectar sources available, just hairy white aster,
Symphyotrichum pilosum. The highlights were 3 Clouded Sulphurs that gave me
good looks as they perched on the ground about 6 feet away, and 1 Checkered
White (my third this year, all here and Yates Mill). Pics of the Checkered
White can be seen here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/61962421 AT N05/. Good
butterflying.

  Checkered White 1  Clouded Sulphur 3  Orange Sulphur 10  Sleepy
Orange 2  Variegated
Fritillary   7  Pearl Crescent   2  Question Mark/E. Comma 1  American Lady
   2  Common Buckeye   15  Common Checkered-Skipper   2  Clouded
Skipper   1  Fiery
Skipper   7
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: NABA Butterfly counts in the Carolinas
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 13:11:43 -0500
I am ready to start reviewing the butterfly counts submitted to NABA (North
American Butterfly Association) for 2014.  Sadly, there are still just the
two SC counts, and sadly only 8 NC counts were submitted, the lowest number
that I can ever remember. Several NC counts were taken and results were
reported over carolinaleps listserve, but they have never been submitted.

Here are the counts that have been submitted to NABA, for which I have the
totals ready for review (hopefully all correct):

*North Carolina*:
Durham
Forsyth County
North Buncombe County
Pettigrew State Park
Rockingham County
Southern Lake Norman
Transylvania County
Wake County

*South Carolina:*
Francis Marion National Forest
Hobcaw Barony

Let me know if there are counts that are missing (i.e., haven't been
entered online). Hopefully, it isn't too late to get them in. (NABA
publishes a count report book each year.)

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: Lancaster Co., SC leps 31 Oct 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:40:12 -0400
Hi All,

I spent about 30 mi around the lake at Andrew Jackson State Park, Lancaster
Co., SC yesterday.  I had avery  few butterflies mostly on white asters.

Pearl Crescent 1
Fiery Skipper 15
Ocola Skipper 1

Dennis


-- 
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South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Fairfield Co., SC leps 31 Oct 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 09:17:19 -0400
I had a few butterflies yesterday near the junc. of I-77 (exit 41)and Old
River Road, Fairfield Co., SC.

Cabbage White 1 vey fresh
Gulf Fritillary 2
American Lady 1
Common Buckeye 3
White/Common Checkered-Skipper 1
Clouded Skipper 2

Dennis

-- 
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South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
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Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-10/30/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:57:24 -0400
I saw 20 species today at the arboretum, a good almost-November total,
perhaps one of my last 20 species days this year. Highlights were 35 Ocola
Skippers, my highest total of 2014; a late but fresh male Black
Swallowtail; and a late-ish Red-spotted Purple. My complete list is below.
Good butterflying.

  Black Swallowtail 1 male  Cabbage White 21
 Orange Sulphur 3
 Cloudless Sulphur 1
 Sleepy Orange 6
 Red-banded Hairstreak   3
 Eastern Tailed-Blue   2
 Variegated Fritillary   1
 Pearl Crescent   1
 American Lady   8
 Painted Lady   2
 Common Buckeye   14
 Red-spotted Purple   1
 Monarch   5
 Silver-spotted Skipper   3
 Com. Check.-Skipper   18
 Clouded Skipper   2
 Fiery Skipper   35
 Sachem   2 1 each male & female  Ocola Skipper 35


-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Monarchs today
From: "Loretta" <butterflies_bg AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:45:33 -0400
Two stragglers in the garden today.  Again, freshly eclosed.

Loretta Lutman,
Asheboro, NC
Subject: Re: Northwestern Surry Co. Checkered White
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:31:59 -0400
I probably saw that info from Ron years ago -- sadly, he passed away a few
years ago -- and forgot about it. Thanks, Alex, for re-posting it, and I'll
quote this material and attribute it to Gatrelle, in the next version of
the butterflies of North Carolina. In fact, while I'm thinking about it,
I'll go ahead and copy this quote tonight and paste it into the White
Checkered-Skipper (albescens) account on the website, so that folks can
see these when they go online. I'll copy Burns' measurements, and quote
him, as well.

So, folks, if you have some photos of checkered-skippers, see what the
undersides look like, and if a male (slimmer abdomen, usually brighter blue
on the body and wing bases than on a female), take a look at the ground
color.

As I have said before, rather than tossing out everyone's checkered-skipper
sightings in NC, I have been adding them to the database/website as Common
Checkered-Skippers, for now.

Harry LeGrand


On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 10:39 PM, Gene Schepker 
wrote:

> Thanks, Alex.  Actually the title of the report was for the Checkered
> White, *Pontia protodice,* female which I considered a good find (a
> statistical prejudice)!  But this is a good argument for using the
> taxonomic names to avoid confusion.
>
> We actually saw a few Common Checkered Skippers (I guess possibly White
> Checkered Skippers) today also and I noted their sexes.  I think I know how
> to sex *P. communis *and *P. albescens *skippers if they look the same,
> but I must have missed Gatrelle's tips on how the species differ.   Usually
> If I am in the mountains, I call them Common Checkered. If on the coast of
> SC, I call them White Checkered Skippers.  In the Sandhills of SC I call
> them just Checkered Skippers!  It would be comforting to be able to know
> how to tell them apart.
>
> Thanks for the information.   I'll try to check them out more carefully in
> the future and see if I can tell the difference.  There are those who say
> that you cannot tell the Common Checkered from the White.  As a skipper
> student, I love this kind of information and I'm sure a lot of us on
> Carolinaleps find this interesting!
>
> Gene Schepker
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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>
> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM, Alex Grkovich 
> wrote:
>
>> Of course, you all saw this post / comments from Ron Gatrelle through
>> Jeff on distinguishing males of Common and White Checkered Skippers:
>>
>> >>>The Checkered Skippers were actually pretty easy to tell apart just by
>> appearance.  Have been vouchering these for the last couple years they
>> seem
>> to be pretty "typical" here in the Carolinas.  Communis being noticeably
>> larger and much darker on the underside of the hindwings.   The markings
>> on
>> the underside of albescens looks washed out in comparison.  Also the
>> ground
>> color above in communis is darker - kind of blackish gray, while in
>> albescens it is more a brown gray.   This is all for males.<<<
>>
>> This comment also came from Charles Bordelon later on the same subject:
>>
>> >>>I'd just add that males of P. albescens also have the same basic
>> pattern as P. philetas dorsally. <<<
>>
>> I do plan to test these on Pyrgus that I hve from TX, AZ etc.
>>
>> Alex
>>
>>
>>
>>  ------------------------------
>>  *From:* Gene Schepker 
>> *To:* Carolinaleps 
>> *Sent:* Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:54 PM
>> *Subject:* Northwestern Surry Co. Checkered White
>>
>> Sven Halling and I worked the River Road in northwestern Surry Co. today
>> from 1:00 - 3:00 and found the following:
>>
>>
>> Variegated Fritillary 12
>> Pearl Crescent 22
>> Eastern Tailed Blue 2
>> Orange Sulphur 3
>> Clouded Sulphur 8
>> Orange Sulphur 3
>> Cabbage White 9
>> Checkered White 1 (female)
>> Sachem 6
>> Fiery Skipper 5
>> Ocola Skipper 3
>> Common Checkered Skipper 4
>> Silver-spotted Skipper 1
>> Clouded Skipper 1
>> Common Buckeye 3
>> American Lady 2
>> Monarch 1
>>
>> The only blossoms that we found butterflies using were Asters and
>> second-growth Ironweed. It was windy and around 80 degrees.
>>
>> Gene Schepker (and Sven Halling)
>>
>>
>>
>
Subject: Re: Northwestern Surry Co. Checkered White
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:47:51 +0000
It would be great if we could distinguish them in the field With regards to 
size, Burns, in 


http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/41154427#page/64/mode/1up

gives the following measurements of a forewing:

albescens: 12.0 to 14.9 mm (mean: 13.72 mm)
communis: 13.2 to 15.6 mm (mean: 14.58 mm)

I doubt if this difference would be noticeable in the field.

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC



On Oct 28, 2014, at 10:39 PM, Gene Schepker wrote:

Thanks, Alex. Actually the title of the report was for the Checkered White, 
Pontia protodice, female which I considered a good find (a statistical 
prejudice)! But this is a good argument for using the taxonomic names to avoid 
confusion. 


We actually saw a few Common Checkered Skippers (I guess possibly White 
Checkered Skippers) today also and I noted their sexes. I think I know how to 
sex P. communis and P. albescens skippers if they look the same, but I must 
have missed Gatrelle's tips on how the species differ. Usually If I am in the 
mountains, I call them Common Checkered. If on the coast of SC, I call them 
White Checkered Skippers. In the Sandhills of SC I call them just Checkered 
Skippers! It would be comforting to be able to know how to tell them apart. 


Thanks for the information. I'll try to check them out more carefully in the 
future and see if I can tell the difference. There are those who say that you 
cannot tell the Common Checkered from the White. As a skipper student, I love 
this kind of information and I'm sure a lot of us on Carolinaleps find this 
interesting! 


Gene Schepker



On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM, Alex Grkovich 
> wrote: 

Of course, you all saw this post / comments from Ron Gatrelle through Jeff on 
distinguishing males of Common and White Checkered Skippers: 


>>>The Checkered Skippers were actually pretty easy to tell apart just by
appearance.  Have been vouchering these for the last couple years they seem
to be pretty "typical" here in the Carolinas.  Communis being noticeably
larger and much darker on the underside of the hindwings.   The markings on
the underside of albescens looks washed out in comparison.  Also the ground
color above in communis is darker - kind of blackish gray, while in
albescens it is more a brown gray.   This is all for males.<<<

This comment also came from Charles Bordelon later on the same subject:

>>>I'd just add that males of P. albescens also have the same basic pattern as 
P. philetas dorsally. <<< 


I do plan to test these on Pyrgus that I hve from TX, AZ etc.

Alex



________________________________
From: Gene Schepker >
To: Carolinaleps >
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:54 PM
Subject: Northwestern Surry Co. Checkered White

Sven Halling and I worked the River Road in northwestern Surry Co. today from 
1:00 - 3:00 and found the following: 



Variegated Fritillary 12
Pearl Crescent 22
Eastern Tailed Blue 2
Orange Sulphur 3
Clouded Sulphur 8
Orange Sulphur 3
Cabbage White 9
Checkered White 1 (female)
Sachem 6
Fiery Skipper 5
Ocola Skipper 3
Common Checkered Skipper 4
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Clouded Skipper 1
Common Buckeye 3
American Lady 2
Monarch 1

The only blossoms that we found butterflies using were Asters and second-growth 
Ironweed. It was windy and around 80 degrees. 


Gene Schepker (and Sven Halling)



Subject: Greensboro, NC Arboretum Butterflies
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:59:09 -0400
Lynn and I spent an hour or so in the Greensboro (North Carolina) Arboretum
yesterday, 10/27/14. There was a lot of butterfly activity, especially for
late October. Much of it was around one butterfly bush, although there were
others in bloom nearby as well as bedding plants. I assume that our dry
weather has dried up a lot of the nectar. In addition to the butterflies,
there was a Wheelbug, Arilus cristatus, that had caught a skipper that
looked like it might have been a Sachem.
 
Here is our list for the afternoon:
 
Orange Sulphur 1
Sleepy Orange 1
Cabbage White 2
Painted lady 6
American Lady 2
Monarch 6
Fiery Skipper 2
Sachem 3
Ocola Skipper 3
Several ³skipping² skippers that went unidentified.
 
Dennis
Subject: Butterfly Highway Project - Charlotte, NC
From: Angelique Hjarding <ahjardin AT uncc.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:41:19 +0100
Hi all,

I am a PhD student at UNC Charlotte and am working on a project to increase 
participation in butterfly monitoring in underserved urban neighborhoods in 
Charlotte. The project I have created is called the Butterfly Highway and 
through this I hope to lay the groundwork for a community based monitoring and 
urban habitat restoration project. I am reaching out to this list as I am in 
need of local butterfly experts to help neighborhood residents identify 
butterflies. I will need help creating a local identification guide for 
residents to use as well as people to go on monitoring walks in the 
neighborhoods. If you are in the area and would like to be a part of the 
project or would just like to find out more please get in touch. I am currently 
at a conference in Sweden presenting on this work so email is the best way to 
contact me until I return to Charlotte on Monday. 


Thanks in advance for your interest in my project!
Angel

Angelique Hjarding | PhD Student
The Butterfly Highway Project
www.butterflyhighway.org
UNC Charlotte | Department of Geography and Earth Sciences
9201 University City Blvd |Charlotte, NC 28223
mobile: 704-718-0928
Skype: Hjarding
ahjardin AT uncc.edu
Subject: today's butterflies
From: "Loretta" <butterflies_bg AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:51:15 -0400
Today in the garden: A Monarch in the morning, as well as 5 American Ladies, 
and one variegated Fritillary, plus the various and sundry skippers. About 6 
pm, another Monarch. All were nectaring on Mexican sunflower, except one 
American Lady. 


Loretta Lutman
Asheboro, NC
Subject: Re: Northwestern Surry Co. Checkered White
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:39:57 -0400
Thanks, Alex.  Actually the title of the report was for the Checkered
White, *Pontia protodice,* female which I considered a good find (a
statistical prejudice)!  But this is a good argument for using the
taxonomic names to avoid confusion.

We actually saw a few Common Checkered Skippers (I guess possibly White
Checkered Skippers) today also and I noted their sexes.  I think I know how
to sex *P. communis *and *P. albescens *skippers if they look the same, but
I must have missed Gatrelle's tips on how the species differ.   Usually If
I am in the mountains, I call them Common Checkered. If on the coast of SC,
I call them White Checkered Skippers.  In the Sandhills of SC I call them
just Checkered Skippers!  It would be comforting to be able to know how to
tell them apart.

Thanks for the information.   I'll try to check them out more carefully in
the future and see if I can tell the difference.  There are those who say
that you cannot tell the Common Checkered from the White.  As a skipper
student, I love this kind of information and I'm sure a lot of us on
Carolinaleps find this interesting!

Gene Schepker




























On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM, Alex Grkovich 
wrote:

> Of course, you all saw this post / comments from Ron Gatrelle through Jeff
> on distinguishing males of Common and White Checkered Skippers:
>
> >>>The Checkered Skippers were actually pretty easy to tell apart just by
> appearance.  Have been vouchering these for the last couple years they seem
> to be pretty "typical" here in the Carolinas.  Communis being noticeably
> larger and much darker on the underside of the hindwings.   The markings on
> the underside of albescens looks washed out in comparison.  Also the ground
> color above in communis is darker - kind of blackish gray, while in
> albescens it is more a brown gray.   This is all for males.<<<
>
> This comment also came from Charles Bordelon later on the same subject:
>
> >>>I'd just add that males of P. albescens also have the same basic
> pattern as P. philetas dorsally. <<<
>
> I do plan to test these on Pyrgus that I hve from TX, AZ etc.
>
> Alex
>
>
>
>  ------------------------------
>  *From:* Gene Schepker 
> *To:* Carolinaleps 
> *Sent:* Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:54 PM
> *Subject:* Northwestern Surry Co. Checkered White
>
> Sven Halling and I worked the River Road in northwestern Surry Co. today
> from 1:00 - 3:00 and found the following:
>
>
> Variegated Fritillary 12
> Pearl Crescent 22
> Eastern Tailed Blue 2
> Orange Sulphur 3
> Clouded Sulphur 8
> Orange Sulphur 3
> Cabbage White 9
> Checkered White 1 (female)
> Sachem 6
> Fiery Skipper 5
> Ocola Skipper 3
> Common Checkered Skipper 4
> Silver-spotted Skipper 1
> Clouded Skipper 1
> Common Buckeye 3
> American Lady 2
> Monarch 1
>
> The only blossoms that we found butterflies using were Asters and
> second-growth Ironweed. It was windy and around 80 degrees.
>
> Gene Schepker (and Sven Halling)
>
>
>
Subject: Mecklenburg Co., NC Leps
From: Kevin Metcalf <skermetcalf AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:22:40 -0400
Some incidental butterflies at McDowell Nature Preserve today: 

Cloudless Sulphur			3
Orange Sulphur			5
Clouded Sulphur			1
Sleepy Orange			1
Common Buckeye			15
Variegated Fritillary			3
Gulf Fritillary				1
American Lady			1
Monarch					1
Common Checkered-Skipper	3
Fiery Skipper				2
Southern Skipperling		1

Kevin Metcalf
Huntersville, NC
Subject: Monarch
From: Ginger Kopka <gkopka1 AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:10:43 -0400
Had a female Monarch nectaring on Miss Huff Lantana this evening. 
Now have 7 Monarch caterpillars to raise. (Not from this Monarch)
Ginger Kopka
Simpsonville, SC. 

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Northwestern Surry Co. Checkered White
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:54:53 -0400
Sven Halling and I worked the River Road in northwestern Surry Co. today
from 1:00 - 3:00 and found the following:


Variegated Fritillary 12
Pearl Crescent 22
Eastern Tailed Blue 2
Orange Sulphur 3
Clouded Sulphur 8
Orange Sulphur 3
Cabbage White 9
Checkered White 1 (female)
Sachem 6
Fiery Skipper 5
Ocola Skipper 3
Common Checkered Skipper 4
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Clouded Skipper 1
Common Buckeye 3
American Lady 2
Monarch 1

The only blossoms that we found butterflies using were Asters and
second-growth Ironweed. It was windy and around 80 degrees.

Gene Schepker (and Sven Halling)
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Durant Nature Park-10/28/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:36:46 -0400
The highlights today were a Little Yellow and my first Mourning Cloak since
April. Good butterflying.

  Little Yellow 1  Sleepy Orange 2  Variegated Fritillary   1  Question
Mark/E. Comma 2  Mourning Cloak   1  American Lady   1  Red Admiral
1  Clouded
Skipper   1  Least Skipper   2  Fiery Skipper   3  Ocola Skipper 2
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Orangeburg Co., SC leps 28 Oct 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:00:27 -0400
Hi All,

I had the following butterflies along Po Chance Road of Hy 15, Orangeburg
Co., SC today.

Cabbage Butterfly 6
Cloudless Sulfur 7
Sleepy Orange 1
Little Yellow 1
Gulf Fritillary 1
Variegated Fritillary 1
Monarch 1
Long-tailed Skipper 1
White Checkered-Skipper 6

Dennis

-- 
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South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Ashe/Watauga County foray
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:33:24 +0000
Hi all,

As Brian noted, we both went up to look for Gray Commas. I just left here too 
late and didn't get up there till 3:00 or so. I did set out some baits along NC 
194 and went up Rich Mountain Road (and found Brian's site - no luck) but I had 
to be back here last night. So, I only got to check my baits an hour or so 
after setting them this time. Next spring I will plan a two-day trip (perhaps 
with some of you all) and try again! 


Unless I see something really extraordinary, this closes the book on a year 
that was good for number of species if not individuals. I saw at least 96 of 
our species in the Carolinas and another 8 elsewhere, including seven and a 
half lifers (the half being the female Diana). Most notable misses were Striped 
Hairstreak, American Copper, Little Metalmark, Georgia Satyr, Clouded Sulphur, 
N. Broken-Dash, and Byssus Skipper. 


Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
www.flickr.com/photos/rstickney

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Subject: Watauga county Polygonias
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:38:05 -0400
Took yesterday Oct 27 good weather window to drag my weary butt to the
mountains to try for Gray Comma.  The only tip I had was "any gravel road
in Ashe county" so after a little research on the butterflies of NC website
I selected 1. gravel road, 2. above 4,000 feet, 3. northern hardwood/cove
forest and 4. with a east facing aspect so I could start earlier in the
warm sun.

I selected a gravel road near snake mountain in Watauga with hopes to work
it and also snake mountain, but the latter now sports a gate.  I placed out
six brown bananas along the gravel road from my freezer, my wife will have
to wait on the banana bread as butterflies have priority this year!

I arrived at 10am and after seeing a couple pierids down low, around 1130
am under warm sunny skies I was driving the gravel road past the gap and
saw a Polygonia flying out of a tree on the road edge.  I thought it was a
falling leaf at first, it's flight was ridiculously slow, like a Zebra
Longwing or like it was on puppet stings!!!  It danced out into the road as
I went from 5 to 0 mph.  It came down in front of the hood of my vehicle
and I could see a brightish orange dorsal surface, bright like a Deleware
Skipper almost!!!!  It flew back and forth over the hood and then right
over the windshield and I could see a blackish ventral surface!!!!!!!  I
backed up to follow it and then just got out of the car in a hurry to give
chase with a butterfly net, but as I about strangled myself with my seat
belt getting out I lost sight and could not relocate it.  I had one banana
left so put it right there and would continue to check it and all roadside
bait for the rest of the day.4200-4400 feet.

I made a quick run into ashe county and Elk knob state park but not much
doing there, so returned to my bait.  All day the flies loved the bait, but
only had one eastern comma at the bait.

Cell service did not allow Richard Stickney and I to meet up, but he set up
more bait last night and is working the area today, hope he gets a photo!

Meager list, 10am - 4pm Watauga county

1 clouded sulphur
3 cabbage white
1 cloudless sulphur
1 pearl crescent
1 eastern comma
1 gray comma
3 polygonia sp


-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: dare county leps
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:17:27 -0400
From week of Oct 20-25, Dare county, nc

1 clouded sulphur
3 cabbage white
12 cloudless sulphur
1 little yellow (jockeys ridge sp)
3 sleepy orange
1 gray hairstreak
1 variegated fritillary
1 eastern comma
10 american lady
4 painted lady
3 red admiral
25 common buckeye
1000 monarch
1 zaruccos duskywing (worn jockeys ridge)
1 fiery skipper
1 sachem
8 ocola skipper
13 salt marsh skipper

Alas, no Aarons for the big year, hoped they were running late....

-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Dare county monarchs
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:12:26 -0400
As expcected Fri 10/24 and Sat 10/25 under warm sunny skies we tagged about
25 each day exhausting my supply of tags each day.  The daily total of
monarchs each day was about 300.  On 10/24 we had two recoveries of
monarchs tagged on 10/23.  On 10/25 we had one recovery of a monarch tagged
on 10/24.  As I noted before there were many skinny abdomens so a lot of
nectaring going on!  By Saturday abdomens were looking bigger.

So tagged a total of 92 at the coast last week, most I've tagged out there
because of the earlier timing of the birding festival this year.  If it's
early again next year I'll make more of an effort to tag more and hopefully
get a few recoveries from points north.

Hope SC gets a few of these...

BB

-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Archie Elledge Butterflies, Forsyth County NC
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:54:27 -0400
Sven Halling and I found these at AE from 1:15 - 3:00 yesterday, the 27th:

Fiery Skipper 4
Sachem 14
Least Skipper 3
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Common Checkered Skipper 1
Clouded Skipper 1
Common Buckeye 6
Cabbage White 4
Clouded Sulphur 1
Orange Sulphur 4
Pearl Crescent 11
Monarch 6

Gene Schepker (and Sven Halling) under sunny, warm conditions,
Subject: today in the garden
From: "Loretta" <butterflies_bg AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:42:18 -0400
This afternoon, we saw a Pipevine swallowtail, and a female Monarch, a bit 
larger than the one that came through yesterday. Both butterflies appeared 
freshly eclosed. 


Loretta Lutman
Asheboro, NC
Subject: Re: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Anderson Point Park-10/27/2014
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:47:31 -0400
That tiny little planting of nectar plants inside the traffic circle
yielded the Wake County butterfly count its first ever Great Spangled
Fritillary, which I even managed to photograph with my iPhone this past
August.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 7:02 PM, Mike Turner  wrote:

> From 11:45 to 3:45 today I visited the park, mostly hoping to scour the
> plantings in the traffic circle for my first Long-tailed Skipper of the
> year, but no luck. I did see a Gulf Fritillary among my 15 species, the
> second adult I have seen this year. The weather was sunny and 75F. My
> complete list is below. Good butterflying.
>
>    Sleepy Orange 3  Eastern Tailed-Blue 4  Gulf Fritillary 1  Variegated
> Fritillary 4  Pearl Crescent 13  American Lady 13  Painted Lady 3  Common
> Buckeye 15  Monarch 3  Common Checkered-Skipper 6  Clouded Skipper 1  Least
> Skipper 2  Fiery Skipper 18  Sachem 1  Ocola Skipper 6
>
> --
> Mike Turner
> Raleigh, NC
>
Subject: Re: possible male Peck's Skipper in Piedmont, SC
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:43:25 -0400
I agree with Salman -- very worn male Sachem. The lantana hints at Sachem
to start with!

Harry LeGrand

On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM, Doug Allen  wrote:

> Thanks Salman,  Think you're right.  Do others agree?
>
> Jeff Pippen has many pics of male Sachems showing lots of variation
> including two that look a little like it, especially Durham, 20 Aug.. There
> are also other internet pics that show Peck's  ventral yellow blotches
> merged.  For me, the lack of white eye ring and very dark, lower ventral
> rear wing made me question Sachem.  Plus, its been seen in the adjoining nC
> county to north.
>
> Doug
>
> On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM, Abdulali, Salman 
> wrote:
>
>>  I would guess an extremely worn male Sachem.
>>
>>  Salman
>>
>>  On Oct 27, 2014, at 4:59 PM, Doug Allen wrote:
>>
>> Will someone confirm this please?I was going through last years's UNIDs
>> and came across this skipper that looks like a male Peck's despite the
>> merged yellow.  If so, it which would be a Spartanburg County record and
>> 2nd recorded for SC.
>>
>>  Also- a pretty cool photo of a female Orange Sulphur in flight
>>
>>  https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/
>>
>>  We have had no Monarchs here now for almost a week, but the coastal
>> Monarch migration I'm reading about on carolinaleps is impressive.
>>
>>  Here on hill seeing lots of Sachem and Fiery's today, a couple Ocola,
>> several Am. Ladys, and a frssh Pipevine Swallowtail.  There are still quite
>> a few Sleepy Orange ans a few Orange and Cloudless Sulphur in nearby fields.
>>
>>  Doug Allen Inman, SC
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Anderson Point Park-10/27/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:02:09 -0400
From 11:45 to 3:45 today I visited the park, mostly hoping to scour the
plantings in the traffic circle for my first Long-tailed Skipper of the
year, but no luck. I did see a Gulf Fritillary among my 15 species, the
second adult I have seen this year. The weather was sunny and 75F. My
complete list is below. Good butterflying.

  Sleepy Orange 3  Eastern Tailed-Blue 4  Gulf Fritillary 1  Variegated
Fritillary 4  Pearl Crescent 13  American Lady 13  Painted Lady 3  Common
Buckeye 15  Monarch 3  Common Checkered-Skipper 6  Clouded Skipper 1  Least
Skipper 2  Fiery Skipper 18  Sachem 1  Ocola Skipper 6

-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Re: possible male Peck's Skipper in Piedmont, SC
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:36:19 -0400
Thanks Salman,  Think you're right.  Do others agree?

Jeff Pippen has many pics of male Sachems showing lots of variation
including two that look a little like it, especially Durham, 20 Aug.. There
are also other internet pics that show Peck's  ventral yellow blotches
merged.  For me, the lack of white eye ring and very dark, lower ventral
rear wing made me question Sachem.  Plus, its been seen in the adjoining nC
county to north.

Doug

On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM, Abdulali, Salman  wrote:

>  I would guess an extremely worn male Sachem.
>
>  Salman
>
>  On Oct 27, 2014, at 4:59 PM, Doug Allen wrote:
>
> Will someone confirm this please?I was going through last years's UNIDs
> and came across this skipper that looks like a male Peck's despite the
> merged yellow.  If so, it which would be a Spartanburg County record and
> 2nd recorded for SC.
>
>  Also- a pretty cool photo of a female Orange Sulphur in flight
>
>  https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/
>
>  We have had no Monarchs here now for almost a week, but the coastal
> Monarch migration I'm reading about on carolinaleps is impressive.
>
>  Here on hill seeing lots of Sachem and Fiery's today, a couple Ocola,
> several Am. Ladys, and a frssh Pipevine Swallowtail.  There are still quite
> a few Sleepy Orange ans a few Orange and Cloudless Sulphur in nearby fields.
>
>  Doug Allen Inman, SC
>
>
>
>
Subject: Re: possible male Peck's Skipper in Piedmont, SC
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:06:22 +0000
I would guess an extremely worn male Sachem.

Salman

On Oct 27, 2014, at 4:59 PM, Doug Allen wrote:

Will someone confirm this please?I was going through last years's UNIDs and 
came across this skipper that looks like a male Peck's despite the merged 
yellow. If so, it which would be a Spartanburg County record and 2nd recorded 
for SC. 


Also- a pretty cool photo of a female Orange Sulphur in flight

https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/

We have had no Monarchs here now for almost a week, but the coastal Monarch 
migration I'm reading about on carolinaleps is impressive. 


Here on hill seeing lots of Sachem and Fiery's today, a couple Ocola, several 
Am. Ladys, and a frssh Pipevine Swallowtail. There are still quite a few Sleepy 
Orange ans a few Orange and Cloudless Sulphur in nearby fields. 


Doug Allen Inman, SC


Subject: possible male Peck's Skipper in Piedmont, SC
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:59:30 -0400
Will someone confirm this please?I was going through last years's UNIDs and
came across this skipper that looks like a male Peck's despite the merged
yellow.  If so, it which would be a Spartanburg County record and 2nd
recorded for SC.

Also- a pretty cool photo of a female Orange Sulphur in flight

https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/

We have had no Monarchs here now for almost a week, but the coastal Monarch
migration I'm reading about on carolinaleps is impressive.

Here on hill seeing lots of Sachem and Fiery's today, a couple Ocola,
several Am. Ladys, and a frssh Pipevine Swallowtail.  There are still quite
a few Sleepy Orange ans a few Orange and Cloudless Sulphur in nearby fields.

Doug Allen Inman, SC
Subject: Mecklenburg Butterflies Sunday
From: Kevin Metcalf <skermetcalf AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:08:54 -0400
While birding, also noted a few species of butterflies out in northern 
Mecklenburg County today. 


Cloudless Sulphur
Sleepy Orange
Eastern Tailed-Blue
American Lady
Common Buckeye
Mourning Cloak
Gulf Fritillary (fresh, perfect)
Monarch
Common Checkered-Skipper
Fiery Skipper
Sachem
Ocola Skipper

Kevin Metcalf
Huntersville, NC

Subject: Forsyth County, Winston-Salem
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:23:23 -0400
Saturday and Sunday with warm temperatures brought nice visitors as the
season winds down.  In our yard while gardening:

*Saturday*
Red Admiral 1
Painted Lady 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Common Checkered Skipper 1
Red Banded Hairstreak 1
Sachem 3
Clouded Skipper 3
Ocola Skipper 1
Cloudless Sulphur 1

*Sunday*
Painted Lady 1
American Lady 1
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Eastern Comma 1 (very fresh)
Cabbage White 1
Red-banded Hairstreak 1
Common Checkered Skipper 1
Red-banded Hairstreak 1
Clouded Skipper 1
Sachem 2
Ocola Skipper 1

Gene Schepker
Subject: Re: Monarch 10/25 and 26,2014 Brunswick Beaches
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:18:29 -0400
Yes -- Great Purple Hairstreak (called Great Blue Hairsteak by some folks).

Harry LeGrand

On Sun, Oct 26, 2014 at 9:08 PM,  wrote:

> Saturday and Sunday October 25 and 26 at Brunswick county beaches. Saturday
> winds light from the west, NW at 5 to 8 knots, sunny and mild, Sunday winds
> from the south steady at 10 knots sunny and mild.
>  Count for both days.
>  Monarchs 100+
>  Buckeye 200+
>  Gulf Frit. 12
>  A.Painted Lady 25
>  Cloudless Sulphur 50+
>  Lots of Misc Skippers
>  Red Admiral 2
>  1 Very Large Hairstreak Dark Blue on the Dorsal and some irredescent
> spotting
> on the ventral with a orange abdomin.
>
>  I have not looked this butterfly up but perhaps some of you will
> recognize the
> description.
>  All were feeding on Golden Rod.
>  I physically caught 100+ Monarchs and inspected for tags but found none. I
> found perhaps 15 Monarchs that were broken the other were in good shape and
> some looked freshly hatched. I wish I had gotten some tags from someone as
> I
> have never tagged any Monarch. There were at least 100 that sailed thru the
> golden rod and never landed I did not see any tags on those either but
> some I
> could not get close enough to to see. I honestly did not expect to find so
> many
> as it has been more than 20 years since I have tried to find any but luck
> was
> with me.
>  Thanks.
>  Shawn Lane
>
Subject: Monarch 10/25 and 26,2014 Brunswick Beaches
From: <shawnlane07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:08:44 -0400 (EDT)
Saturday and Sunday October 25 and 26 at Brunswick county beaches. Saturday
winds light from the west, NW at 5 to 8 knots, sunny and mild, Sunday winds
from the south steady at 10 knots sunny and mild.
 Count for both days.
 Monarchs 100+
 Buckeye 200+
 Gulf Frit. 12
 A.Painted Lady 25
 Cloudless Sulphur 50+
 Lots of Misc Skippers
 Red Admiral 2
 1 Very Large Hairstreak Dark Blue on the Dorsal and some irredescent spotting
on the ventral with a orange abdomin.

 I have not looked this butterfly up but perhaps some of you will recognize the
description.
 All were feeding on Golden Rod.
 I physically caught 100+ Monarchs and inspected for tags but found none. I
found perhaps 15 Monarchs that were broken the other were in good shape and
some looked freshly hatched. I wish I had gotten some tags from someone as I
have never tagged any Monarch. There were at least 100 that sailed thru the
golden rod and never landed I did not see any tags on those either but some I
could not get close enough to to see. I honestly did not expect to find so many
as it has been more than 20 years since I have tried to find any but luck was
with me.
 Thanks.
 Shawn Lane
Subject: James Is, SC leps Oct 25, 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:27:37 -0400
Hi All,

I had a Red Admiral on the dirt road in our Eastwood Neighborhood on James
Is, Charleston Co., SC.  around 4 PM this evening.

Dennis

-- 
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South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
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Subject: Re: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Yates Mill County Park-10/26/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:34:33 -0400
Oops. Add 4 Ocola Skippers to this list. Mike Turner

On Sun, Oct 26, 2014 at 6:33 PM, Mike Turner  wrote:

> I walked the Creekside and Millpond Trails and explored the open areas.
> The weather was sunny and about 75F. The best butterfly of the day was a
> Clouded Sulphur. I didn't get to see this individual perched like the one I
> saw 10/10 in southeastern Wake Co., but it did flutter leisurely at my feet
> and nearby so that I could see it was pale lemon-yellow above and below
> with no orange (eliminating Sleepy Orange and Orange Sulphur) and had sharp
> black wind edges (eliminating a small pale Cloudless Sulphur). My complete
> list is below. Good butterflying.
>
>    Cabbage White 2  Clouded Sulphur 1  Sleepy Orange 2  Eastern
> Tailed-Blue 1 Variegated Fritillary 2 Pearl Crescent 5 Question Mark 1 
American 

> Lady 1  Common Buckeye 4  Monarch 1  Least Skipper 2  Fiery Skipper 9
> Mike Turner
> Raleigh, NC
>



-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Yates Mill County Park-10/26/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:33:44 -0400
I walked the Creekside and Millpond Trails and explored the open areas. The
weather was sunny and about 75F. The best butterfly of the day was a
Clouded Sulphur. I didn't get to see this individual perched like the one I
saw 10/10 in southeastern Wake Co., but it did flutter leisurely at my feet
and nearby so that I could see it was pale lemon-yellow above and below
with no orange (eliminating Sleepy Orange and Orange Sulphur) and had sharp
black wind edges (eliminating a small pale Cloudless Sulphur). My complete
list is below. Good butterflying.

  Cabbage White 2  Clouded Sulphur 1  Sleepy Orange 2  Eastern
Tailed-Blue 1  Variegated
Fritillary 2  Pearl Crescent 5  Question Mark 1  American Lady 1  Common
Buckeye 4  Monarch 1  Least Skipper 2  Fiery Skipper 9
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Monarch
From: "Loretta" <butterflies_bg AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:23:26 -0400
Today, a single Monarch came into the garden, nectaring on Mexican sunflower. 
It was a small female, and very fresh looking. She didn't tarry, and wasn't 
here long 


Loretta Lutman,
Asheboro, NC.
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-10/25/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:47:03 -0400
From 12-4:30pm this afternoon I walked around the arboretum looking for
butterflies. The weather was sunny and about 75F. The highlights among my
18 species were an arboretum-rare Red Admiral and an Eastern Comma, the
first anglewing I have ever seen here. My complete list is below. Good
butterflying.

  Cabbage White 15  Orange Sulphur 2  Cloudless Sulphur 15  Sleepy
Orange 8  Red-banded
Hairstreak 4  Eastern Tailed-Blue 2  Pearl Crescent 5  Eastern Comma 1
 American
Lady 10  Painted Lady 3  Red Admiral 1  Common Buckeye 13  Monarch 4
Silver-spotted
Skipper 2  Common Checkered-Skipper 15  Clouded Skipper 3  Fiery
Skipper 45  Ocola
Skipper 24
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Ft. Moultrie, SC leps 25 Oct 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:44:25 -0400
Hi All,

Donna and I spent from 1:45 until 2:30 PM today at Fr. Moultrie NM,
Sullivan's Is, SC.  It was 72 f, light west wind and clear.  We walked
about 1/3 of the front of the fort.  We had:

Black Swallowtail 1 very fresh
Orange Sulfur 1
Cloudless Sulfur 40+
Little Yellow 4
Red-banded Hairstreak 1
Ceraunus Blue 4
Gulf Fritillary 25+
American Lady 1
Common Buckeye 30+
Phaon Crescent 4
Monarch 120+
Long-tailed Skipper 8
checkered-skipper sp. 1 could not tell if Tropical or White as it flew too
far away
Clouded Skipper 1
Fiery Skipper 4
Eufala Skipper 1
Ocola Skipper 4

Dennis

-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Forsyth County Monarchs
From: nottke1 <nottke1 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:05:30 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Had 21 Monarchs go through the yard today between 3:00 and 4:15. A few stopped 
to nectar on Fall asters, but most just flew through heading SSW. 


Also had Common Checkered Skippers, Cloudless Sulphurs, and one Sleepy Orange.

Jim Nottke
Subject: Pitt County, 25 October 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:17:32 +0000
Butterflies seen today, 2014-10-25, in Pitt County:

Common Checkered-Skipper, 1
Ocola Skipper, 20
Fiery Skipper, 20

Sleepy Orange, 5
Cloudless Sulphur, 2
Cabbage White, 2

Monarch, 1
Gulf Fritillary, 1, Pitt County Arboretum
Variegated Fritillary, 2
American Lady, 5
Painted Lady, 5
Eastern Comma, 1, River Park North, FOY #56 and new late date for Pitt
Common Buckeye, 5
Pearl Crescent, 2

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Colleton Co., SC leps 24 Oct 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:51:15 -0400
Hi All,

I spent a couple hours mid-day yesterday at Bear Is WMA and when the
temperatures gotr above 70 f, I had a couple of butterflies.

Cloudless SUlfur 10
Little Yellow 1
Gulf Fritillary 8
Common Buckeye 5

Dennis

-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Chemoreceptors & migration
From: "Loretta" <butterflies_bg AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:09:26 -0400

In reference to Brian Bochahn's reply of Sunday Oct, 19, about monarchs 
'remembering' where nectaring sites are:

In 2006, and again in 2012,  when we had a mass migration, enough to make 
the entire patch of Mexican sunflowers appear to be in motion, there were 
several avenues in which they came down into the garden.  Some came up the 
road and through a pass, some came farther up the road and came in from the 
southwest side of the garden.  Others flew over, and dropped into the 
garden, while others continued to fly over.  But flying in the same 'stream' 
as the  Monarchs, were also dragon flies and hummingbirds.

Loretta Lutman,
Asheboro, NC

Just returned from trip, thus late reply. 
Subject: Dare county monarchs
From: Bb <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:15:46 -0400
Todays trip to pelican island near oregon inlet nc, was wrought with strong 
winds and 58 degree temps. But the sun and abundance of seaside goldenrod on 
the leeward aide of the island provided big numbers of monarchs, easy catches 
too, we ended up tagging 42 exhausting the supply of tags i rationed for the 
day! Several participants on this wings over water birding festival trip were 
able to catch one or more monarchs. I don't facebook but they did post some 
pics and always we get a lot of good pr on this trip, even tagging a few back 
at the docks as several commercial fisherman watched in awe! 


Back on the mainland i tagged a quick 5 at jockeys ridge state park. most 
flying west here. a little yellow and a dusywing here along with more common 
ones. 


Next year ill have to buy more tags, could have easily tripled my numbers, 
actually a three or four hundred a day would be possible as long as its sunny 
and clear!!!! 


Another trip tomorrow and one sat morning, with only 50 tags left we can only 
do that much damage!! 


Brian Bockhahn
Durham NC
Subject: SE Coastal Monarch Flight
From: John Ennis <jxennis AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:24:20 -0400
I arrived at Federal Point, Ft Fisher this morning a little after sunrise...it 
was 48 degrees and a little windy...I quickly found that 100+ Monarchs had 
camped out last night in the area's cedars and wax myrtles...there were at 
least 20 more over the road that passed me on my way back to the 
aquarium...120+ is a conservative estimate... 


My next stop was Ft Caswell where I observed single Monarchs floating over the 
huge lawn area while I searched for birds...dozens more Monarchs but many may 
have been counted on the other side of the inlet...amazing sight especially 
with good numbers of buckeyes and Gulf Frits. 


Total observation time was about 3 hours...would love to hear how many Monarchs 
others had at other coastal locations and time periods... 


Photo posted to Carolina Leps Facebook page...

John Ennis
Leland, NC
Sent from my iPad
Subject: James Is, SC Zebra Longwing
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:53:30 -0400
Hi All,

This afternoon I had a Zebra Longwing flying around Plantation Pharmacy,
James Is, SC.  This is the 1st one I have seen in Charleston Co. this year.

Dennis

-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Monarch Caterpillars
From: Ginger Kopka <gkopka1 AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:16:35 -0400
Today, in my Simpsonville, SC garden, I found two second instar Monarch 
caterpillars. Big surprise for me. Checked the other 12 Tropical Milkweed 
plants, but only found these two on a potted plant. 

Ginger Kopka

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Ft Moultrie NM, SC leps Oct. 22, 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:34:54 -0400
Hi All,

Donna and I spent from 1-3 PM today with Matt Campbells Biology Class at
Ft. Moultrie NM, Sullivans Is, SC.  It was clear with temps of 63 f and 10
mph NNW winds.  We had the following most in the front of the fort agong
the water.:

dark swallowtail sp. (Palamedes ?)
Cloudless Sulfur 10
Little Yellow 1
Red-banded Hairstreak 1
Ceraunus Blue 2
Gulf Fritillary 25
Painted Lady 1
Common Buckeye 15
Phaon Crescent 3
Monarch   100+      along the shore they were passing at the rate of 15/min
Long-tailed Skipper 3
Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1 male
Fiery Skipper 2

Dennis


-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-10/22/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:57:43 -0400
From 12:30-4pm I paddled around the lake and walked along the greenway. The
weather was partly cloudy, windy, and 65F. Wee list below.

  Sleepy Orange 2  Red-banded Hairstreak 1  Variegated Fritillary 2  Pearl
Crescent 4  American Lady 1  Common Buckeye 5  Monarch 2  Common
Checkered-Skipper 3  Clouded Skipper 1  Fiery Skipper 28  Sachem 2  Ocola
Skipper 7
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Gray Comma location
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:47:22 +0000
Hi all,

I'm thinking about going up to Ashe County this weekend and wanted to get in 
touch with David Campbell, who trapped some Gray Commas last year. What I had 
in mind was for someone to set traps one evening and for me to come up the next 
day. Can anyone help? 


Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
www.flickr.com/photos/rstickney

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