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25 May Let's try that again... [David Campbell ]
25 May Catawba County Leps [David Campbell ]
25 May Granville County, NC, butterflies [Harry LeGrand ]
25 May Charleston Co., SC leps 24 May 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
24 May Gaston County [Stephanie ]
24 May Re: A very few Brunswick County NC leps [David Campbell ]
24 May Re: A very few Brunswick County NC leps ["J. Merrill Lynch" ]
24 May Re: A very few Brunswick County NC leps [Harry LeGrand ]
24 May A very few Brunswick County NC leps [Taylor Piephoff ]
24 May Mason Farm Biological Reserve butterflies today []
24 May Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC yesterday []
24 May Trip results from a lengthy butterfly expedition to the Carolinas [Harry LeGrand ]
23 May Wake Co., NC butterflies-Mitchell Mill State Natural Area-05/23/2015 [Mike Turner ]
23 May Appalachian Browns, Southern Broken-dash Winston-Salem [Gene Schepker ]
23 May Low Country Chapter CBS Roxbury Park trip report 23 May 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
23 May Butterflies SE Guilford Co NC 5/23/15 [Dennis Burnette ]
23 May Another trip list with zero skippers [Harry LeGrand ]
23 May Butterflies at the Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment 5/22/15 []
23 May Rare find []
22 May Archie Elledge Forsyth Co, Dinkins Bottom Yadkin Co.: Clouded Skipper, Hackberry Emperor [Gene Schepker ]
22 May James Is, SC leps 22 May 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
22 May Low Country Chap. Carolina Butterfly Society Walk 23 May [Dennis Forsythe ]
21 May Appalachian Azure plus FOY Silvery Checkerspot and Buckeye [Doug Allen ]
21 May Finally some butterflies [Ginger Kopka ]
21 May Lack of James Is, SC leps 21 May 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
20 May Lee County, NC Butterflies 5/18/15 [Dennis Burnette ]
20 May Blue Ridge Parkway [Richard Stickney ]
18 May Sumter National Forest, Enoree District []
20 May Re: Savannah NWR Rare and Broad-winged Skippers [Dennis Forsythe ]
19 May Re: Savannah NWR Rare and Broad-winged Skippers [Harry LeGrand ]
19 May Savannah NWR Rare and Broad-winged Skippers [Doug Allen ]
19 May Field Trip Report, Cedarock Park, Alamance Co., NC 5/16/15 [Dennis Burnette ]
19 May Rare Skippers at Santee Delta Reserve, Broad-winged Skipper Break-out [Gene Schepker ]
19 May Low Country Butterfly Walk 23 May [Dennis Forsythe ]
19 May A few Union County NC leps [drivesa3 AT aol.com ]
18 May Cowan's Ford, Mecklenburg County - 05/16/15 [TNT Sanders ]
18 May Mecklenburg Co leps - West Branch nature preserve ["Rob Van Epps" ]
18 May Fwd: Worth Mtn WMA York County SC [Jules Fraytet ]
17 May Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-05/17/2015 [Mike Turner ]
17 May Alleghany and Wilkes county, NC, butterflies -- May 16 [Harry LeGrand ]
17 May Laurens Co., SC leps 16 May 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
17 May Newberry Co., SC leps 16 May 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
16 May Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-05/16/2015 [Mike Turner ]
16 May FOY Great Spangled Fritillary [nottke1 ]
15 May A few Northampton County, NC, butterflies [Harry LeGrand ]
15 May Fwd: Madison County, May 13 [Gail Lankford ]
15 May Madison County, May 13 [Gail Lankford ]
15 May Wake Co., NC butterflies-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-05/15/2015 [Mike Turner ]
14 May Butterfly field trip Alamance Co, May 16, Sat [Dennis Burnette ]
14 May Question Mark(in the house!) Mecklenburg County,NC [Jules Fraytet ]
13 May Some Ashe County, NC, butterflies [Harry LeGrand ]
13 May Yard Eastern Pine Elfin, Red Banded Hairstreak Central Forsyth and Tanglewood Butterflies [Gene Schepker ]
13 May Re: Williamsburg Co., SC lepts 13 May 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
13 May Williamsburg Co., SC lepts 13 May 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
13 May Wake Co., NC butterflies-05/13/2015 [Mike Turner ]
12 May Mecklenburg county leps [Chris Talkington ]
12 May Reedy Creek Park [Chris Talkington ]
12 May Stokes County Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]
11 May PMSP FOY Little Wood Satyr, Harvester [Gene Schepker ]
10 May CBS Midlands Chapter trip []
9 May Fwd: Results so far ( for NC ) [Harry LeGrand ]
9 May Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-05/09/2015 [Mike Turner ]
8 May Some Catawba County Leps [David Campbell ]
8 May Forsyth Co Sootywings, Yadkin Co Silvery Checkerspots [Gene Schepker ]
8 May Wake Co., NC butterflies-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-05/08/2015 [Mike Turner ]
8 May Rockingham County Leps [Brian Bockhahn ]
8 May Stokes county leps [Brian Bockhahn ]
8 May Field trip cancelled [earle webster ]
8 May Seeking Red Admiral, Painted Lady, American Lady sightings ["Bitzer, Royce J [ENT]" ]
8 May Silvery Checkerspot at Pee Dee NWP [Gene Schepker ]
7 May Mottled Duskywings in Clay County, NC [Harry LeGrand ]
7 May A few NC Sandhills butterflies [Harry LeGrand ]
7 May PMSP follow-up, Surry County 5/6/15 [Gene Schepker ]
07 May PeeDee NWR Anson County NC [Jules Fraytet ]
6 May Pitt County, 6 May 2015 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
6 May Sandhills Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]

Subject: Let's try that again...
From: David Campbell <david.campbell.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 15:46:55 -0400
Hickory, Catawba County, NC. Bakers Mountain Park. ( with John Sutton). 

- 4 Zebra Swallowtail
All specimens were very small. 
Xeric monadnock, with lots of Asimina parviflora. 

David Campbell


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Catawba County Leps
From: David Campbell <david.campbell.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 15:42:34 -0400
Hickory, Catawba Cou 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Granville County, NC, butterflies
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 15:03:28 -0400
Today I visited the Picture Creek Preserve north of Butner in Granville
County, mostly for botanizing.  But, traditionally it has been a good place
for skippers, thanks to a very wide powerline with diverse flowers.
Skippers were, as expected, in short supply, but maybe it is a tad early
for larger numbers, as key nectar plants were not yet in bloom. The near
sole foodplant was Prunella (a native species, at least here). Here are my
totals, on a perfect, sunny day:

Spicebush Swallowtail  3
Eastern Tailed-Blue  2
Variegated Fritillary  3
Great Spangled Fritillary  6
MOURNING CLOAK  2   very fresh; new brood
Question Mark  1
Little Wood-Satyr  5
Southern Cloudywing  2
Northern Cloudywing  2
Swarthy Skipper  2  fresh
Tawny-edged Skipper   4  mainly in the wetter areas along jeep trails
Crossline Skipper   2   low count, but probably still early
Dusted Skipper  1  very worn

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: Charleston Co., SC leps 24 May 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 07:05:50 -0400
Hi All,

Yesterday afternoon with favorable weather, I drove Mill Branch (FS 211) Rd
to its junction with Palmer Bridge Rd. in the Charleston Co. section of the
Francis Marion NF.  Pickereweed and thistle were the main nectar sources.
I had:

Palamedes Swallowtail 40+
Cloudless Sulfur 1
Pearl Crescent 1
Georgia Satyr 1
Zarucco Duskywing 2
Clouded Skipper 2
Tawney-edged Skipper 1
Crossline Skipper 1
Whirlabout 1
Southern Broken-Dash 5
Delaware Skipper 6
Byssus Skipper 5
Yehl Skipper 7
Twin-Spot Skipper 60+

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: Gaston County
From: Stephanie <spuckett4 AT carolina.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 18:43:48 -0400
1 Banded hairstreak at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Gaston County today.

Jeff confirmed the ID for me as I wasn't sure.

Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy® Note 4.
Subject: Re: A very few Brunswick County NC leps
From: David Campbell <david.campbell.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 15:56:32 -0400
Lol. Well said, Merrill.

Speaking of which, I captured 2 Abbott's Sphinx moths in my banana bait trap in 
my Hickory backyard this weekend. Although not strictly nocturnal ( often 
crepuscular), I've never seen this species in Catawba County before. Both moths 
were released unharmed. You gotta love them bait traps... 


David Campbell
 

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 24, 2015, at 3:44 PM, "J. Merrill Lynch"  
wrote: 

> 
> You guys need to focus on the nocturnal leps and stop your moaning...
> 
> J. Merrill Lynch
> Conservation Biologist
> Echo Valley Farm
> Watauga County, NC
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On May 24, 2015, at 2:53 PM, Harry LeGrand  wrote:
>> 
>> Well, at least you got a goodie -- Oak Hairstreak, which we track at the NC 
Natural Heritage Program. But, you are correct -- it is terrible in the Coastal 
Plain. It says something when Gene Schepker can see more species and 
individuals in his Winston-Salem garden in a few minutes than most of us can in 
several hours in the Coastal Plain. Yesterday, I saw 1 butterfly every 18 
minutes in Sampson County. You saw 6 butterflies in 90 minutes = 1 per every 15 
minutes. Pretty close! 

>> 
>> Maybe Taylor and I should just stick to birds!
>> 
>> Harry LeGrand 
>> 
>>> On Sun, May 24, 2015 at 1:57 PM, Taylor Piephoff  wrote:
>>> I spent an hour and a half scouring blooming Chinquapin and some upland 
woods in Brunswick County NC today. I had a grand total of four species, very 
disappointing since the chinquapin was in full bloom and there was plenty of 
mud and puddles along the dirt roads. 

>>> Black Swallowtail 2
>>> Polygonia sp. 1
>>> Oak Hairstreak: 2
>>> Whirlabout 1
>>> 
>>> Taylor Piephoff
>>> Matthews, NC
>> 
Subject: Re: A very few Brunswick County NC leps
From: "J. Merrill Lynch" <jmerrilllynch AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 15:44:22 -0400
You guys need to focus on the nocturnal leps and stop your moaning...

J. Merrill Lynch
Conservation Biologist
Echo Valley Farm
Watauga County, NC
Sent from my iPhone

> On May 24, 2015, at 2:53 PM, Harry LeGrand  wrote:
> 
> Well, at least you got a goodie -- Oak Hairstreak, which we track at the NC 
Natural Heritage Program. But, you are correct -- it is terrible in the Coastal 
Plain. It says something when Gene Schepker can see more species and 
individuals in his Winston-Salem garden in a few minutes than most of us can in 
several hours in the Coastal Plain. Yesterday, I saw 1 butterfly every 18 
minutes in Sampson County. You saw 6 butterflies in 90 minutes = 1 per every 15 
minutes. Pretty close! 

> 
> Maybe Taylor and I should just stick to birds!
> 
> Harry LeGrand 
> 
>> On Sun, May 24, 2015 at 1:57 PM, Taylor Piephoff  wrote:
>> I spent an hour and a half scouring blooming Chinquapin and some upland 
woods in Brunswick County NC today. I had a grand total of four species, very 
disappointing since the chinquapin was in full bloom and there was plenty of 
mud and puddles along the dirt roads. 

>> Black Swallowtail 2
>> Polygonia sp. 1
>> Oak Hairstreak: 2
>> Whirlabout 1
>> 
>> Taylor Piephoff
>> Matthews, NC
> 
Subject: Re: A very few Brunswick County NC leps
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 14:53:25 -0400
Well, at least you got a goodie -- Oak Hairstreak, which we track at the NC
Natural Heritage Program. But, you are correct -- it is terrible in the
Coastal Plain. It says something when Gene Schepker can see more species
and individuals in his Winston-Salem garden in a few minutes than most of
us can in several hours in the Coastal Plain.  Yesterday, I saw 1 butterfly
every 18 minutes in Sampson County. You saw 6 butterflies in 90 minutes = 1
per every 15 minutes.  Pretty close!

Maybe Taylor and I should just stick to birds!

Harry LeGrand

On Sun, May 24, 2015 at 1:57 PM, Taylor Piephoff  wrote:

> I spent an hour and a half scouring blooming Chinquapin and some upland
> woods in Brunswick County NC today. I had a grand total of four species,
> very disappointing since the chinquapin was in full bloom and there was
> plenty of mud and puddles along the dirt roads.
> Black Swallowtail 2
> Polygonia sp. 1
> Oak Hairstreak: 2
> Whirlabout 1
>
> Taylor Piephoff
> Matthews, NC
Subject: A very few Brunswick County NC leps
From: Taylor Piephoff <piephofft AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 13:57:26 -0400
I spent an hour and a half scouring blooming Chinquapin and some upland woods 
in Brunswick County NC today. I had a grand total of four species, very 
disappointing since the chinquapin was in full bloom and there was plenty of 
mud and puddles along the dirt roads. 

Black Swallowtail 2
Polygonia sp. 1
Oak Hairstreak: 2
Whirlabout 1

Taylor Piephoff
Matthews, NC
Subject: Mason Farm Biological Reserve butterflies today
From: dorothypugh AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 13:54:43 -0400
Karl Gottschalk and I did a quick turn around Mason Farm today. I was able to 
photograph two butterflies, a checkered skipper and an American Lady. The 
checkered skipper was a surprise since I'm used to seeing them in the fall. 



http://www.dpughphoto.com/critters_may_2015.html


Dorothy Pugh
Durham, NC
Subject: Third Fork Creek Trail, Durham, NC yesterday
From: dorothypugh AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 13:46:39 -0400
Yesterday on a trail near my home I saw and photographed a Monarch caterpillar 
on the underside of a leaf of a few milkweed plants growing near the trail. I 
also saw and photographed a Question Mark adult. 



http://www.dpughphoto.com/critters_may_2015.html


Dorothy Pugh
Durham, NC
Subject: Trip results from a lengthy butterfly expedition to the Carolinas
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 13:27:52 -0400
Rick Cavasin, from Ontario, came down to "The South"  from May 7-18 to
search for, and photograph, potential lifers for him. He spent several days
each in NC and in SC. I added NC counties, and "SC", in parentheses. Much
of his field work in SC was in Aiken County (May 11-14). Rick was in
constant contact with Dennis Forsythe and me, and a few others, nearly
every day, sending along a few photos of good finds and some ones he had
trouble with (e.g., cloudywings, some grass skippers, etc.) Dennis and I
replied back to him with our ID's, and Rick has the corrected list, below.
You will see a handful of things still ID unknown -- mostly butterflies in
flight. I didn't edit out any of his comments after species, as you might
find them of interest. Yes, this is a very long e-mail, but better to not
split it up. (I did cut out stops in VA and other states farther north.)
For those of you on eButterfly, he has, or will, also post these results
there.  Of course, I have entered all of his NC records into the Excel file
for putting on the Butterflies of North Carolina website early in 2016,
including perhaps one or two new county records. Dennis I am sure will be
checking to see if any new SC county records have been made. I was very
excited about the 2 Reversed Roadside-Skippers (with great photos) from the
foothills in Polk County, NC.  Enjoy some "Memorial Day weekend" reading!

Harry LeGrand
---------------------------

*Rick Cavasin's butterfly observations in NC and SC:*

May 7 - Croatan NF - Catfish Lake and Little Road  3:40- 5:30  3km [Craven
County]
Palamedes SW - 20
Pearl Crescent - 15
Viceroy - 3
Southern Pearly-eye - 1
Little Wood Satyr - 10
Carolina Satyr - 3
Satyr sp. - 30

May 8 - Fort Macon  10:00 - 10:45  500m  [Carteret County]
Confused Cloudywing - 1
Crystal Skipper - 6
Unknown sk - 3

May 8 - Croatan NF - Millis Rd Savannah wpt6 11:40 - 12:20  100m  [Carteret]
Palamedes Sw - 10
Spring Azure - 1
Little Metalmark - 5
Pearl Crescent - 5
Little Wood Satyr - 1
Satyr sp. - 3

May 8 Croatan NF - Millis Rd Savannah wpt7 12:30 - 2:15  300m  [Carteret]
Southern Cloudywing - 3
Tawny Edged Skipper - 1
Palamedes SW - 30
Summer Azure - 1 fresh
Little Metalmark - 15 fresh
Pearl Crescent - 25
Little Wood Satyr - 1
Carolina Satyr - 2
Satyr sp - 20

May 8 Croatan NF - Millis Rd wpt 8 2:20 - 2:30 50m [Carteret]
Palamedes SW - 2
Little Metalmarks - 3

May 8 Croatan NF - Millis Rd wpt 9  2:35 - 3:00 100m  [Carteret]
Least Skipper - 1
Palamedes SW - 4
Summer Azure - 2
Little MetalMark - 2
Pearl Crescent - 20
Carolina Satyr - 2
Satyr sp. - 4

May 8 - 9 mile rd powerline cut (wpt10) 3:15-3:30  100m  [Carteret]
Dun Skipper -1
Palamedes SW - 2
Pearl Crescent - 3
Viceroy - 1

May 8 Island Drive Bridge Marshes - 5:00-6:00pm  200m  [Pender -- Topsail
Island]
Silver Spotted Skipper - 1
Salt Marsh Skipper - 7
Palamedes SW - 1
Red Banded HS - 1
Unidentified HS - 4 ( all were chasing each other high up on tree tops -
one was lower on a flowering tree and I was able
to ID it as a Red Banded )
Summer Azure  3 ( did not land )
Phaon Crescent - 1
Polygonia sp - 1 ( almost certain it was a dark for Question Mark, but I
didn't get a good look at it )
Viceroy - 1

May 9 - Green Swamp Main Trail to Savannah 10:25 - 11:30 4km  [Brunswick
County]
Confused CW - 5
Palamedes SW - 10
Gray HS - 1
Pearl Crescent - 1

May 9 - Green Swamp wpt 12  12:30-12:40  50m [Brunswick]
Palamedes SW - 4
Red Admiral - 1

May 9 - North Litchfield Powerline cut  2:45 - 3pm   100m  [SC]
Giant SW ?
Palamedes SW - 1

May 9 - Georgetown Marsh behind Motel - 3:50 - 4:30  200m
Broadwinged Skipper - 20
Clouded Skipper - 1 ( worn )

May 10 - James Island- Sol Legare Boat Lanch 12:20 - 1:00  100m
[Charleston County]
Salt Marsh Skipper - 3
Eastern Pygmy Blues - 5 ( photographed one male attempting to mate with a
female but getting rejected )
Common Buckeye - 1

May 10 - James Island- Folly Road and Oak Point Road - 1:20 - 1:50  20m
Oak HS - 10

May 10 - Francis Marion NF - Dog Swamp Road - 3:00 - 4:30  3km?
Southern Cloudywing - 1
Reversed Roadside Skipper - 1 ( a number of photos, dorsal and vental of a
very worn individual )
2 small dark and reasonably fresh skippers.  1 so-so photographed obtained
of one - based on size, possibly a Dusky Roadside Skipper.
1 medium sized brown skipper - did not get a good look at it
Palamedes Swallowtail - 6
Large Dark Swallowtail - 1 ( possibly Spicebush )
Little Metalmark - 1
Pearl Crescent - 6
Pearly Eye sp. - 1 ( Southern or Creole )
Carolina Satyr - 5
Little Wood Satyr - 3
Satyr sp. - 7

May 11 - Aiken - Henderson Heritage Preserve - 1km west of Mayfield Road
trailhead - 10:10 - 10:45 500m
Large Dark Swallowtail - 1
Summer Azure - 2
Common Buckeye -3

May 11 - Aiken -  Henderson Heritage Preserve - Mayfield Road trailhead - 10:50
- 11:45  2km?
Hoary Edge - 1 ( appeared to be a female, checking the vegetation and
appeared to oviposit )
Confused Cloudywing - 1
Zarucco Duskying - 1
Skipper sp. - 1
Spicebush Swallowtail - 1
Summer Azure - 3
Question Mark - 1
Red Admiral - 1
Common Buckeye - 1

May 11 -  Aiken - Henderson Heritage Preserve - Croft Mills Rd
trailhead -- 12:10
- 13:25
Hoary Edge - 1
Summer Azure - 2
Cloudless Sulphur - 1 ( flyby )
Common Buckeye - 2
Red-Spotted Purple - 1
Carolina Satyr - 1

May 11 -  Aiken - Hitchcock Woods - Laurens St entrance  - 14:20 - 17:00
 5km
Silver Spotted Skipper - 5
medium sized dark skipper - 1 ( did not get a good look )
Large Dark Swallowtail - 1
Cabbage White - 1
White sp - 1
Summer Azure - 7
American Snout - 4
Eastern Comma - 1  ( fresh dark form )
Polygonia sp. - 1
American Lady - 2
Common Buckeye - 2
Red-spotted Purple - 2
Hackberry Emperor - 5
unidentified medium-large nymphalid - 2
Carolina Satyr - 1
Satyr sp. - 2

May 11 -  Aiken - Hitchcock woods - Dibble Road entrance - 17:30 - 18:00
 1km
Common Buckeye - 1
Hackberry Emperor - 1

May 12 - Aiken Gopher Tortoise Preserve North - South side of Oak Ridge
Road wpt15 - 9:45 - 10:50 2km
Confused Cloudywing sp. - 1 ( medium confidence )
Spicebush Swallowtail - 3
Southern Dogface - 4
Hairstreak sp. - 1 ( was not able to approach, but based on later sightings
in the area, it was probably a Gray Hairstreak )
Variegated Fritillary - 3
Common Buckeye - 7

May 12 - Aiken Gopher Tortoise Preserve North - North side of Oak Ridge
Road - 10:50 - 11:15  500m
Black Swallowtail (?)  - 1  ( Flyby, can't be certain )
Gray Hairstreak - 2
Common Buckeye -2

May 12 - Aiken Gopher Tortoise Preserve North - Oak Ridge Road wpt16- 11:30
- 11:45  500m
Cloudless Sulphur - 1
Common Buckeye - 4

May 12 - Aiken Gopher Tortoise Preserve South - Long Cane Road
trailhead - 12:00
- 13:30 3km
Silver Spotted Skipper - 1
Palamedes Swallowtail - 1
Spicebush Swallowtail - 3
Sleepy Orange - 1
Gray HS - 1
Banded HS - 1
Eastern Tailed Blue - 1
Variegated Fritillary - 4
American Lady - 1
Common Buckeye - 15

May 12 - Ditch Pond - 14:00-15:20  3km
Spicebush Swallowtail - 2
Sleepy Orange - 1
Gray Hairstreak - 1 ( ovipositing on Oak )
Oak Hairstreak - 1
Hairstreak sp. - 2 ( flushed from high bush blueberry in wooded area but
was not able to approach for ID )
Variegated Fritillary - 5
American Lady - 6
Common Buckeye ~ 40

May 12 - Ditch along hwy 78 - wpt17 - 15:25 15:45
Cabbage White - 2
Cloudless Sulphur - 2
Sleepy Orange - 3
American Lady - 1

May 13 - Redcliffe Plantation State Park - 10:30-10:45  100m
Redcliffe Plantation State Park ( road verges had been mowed on the park
side of the road, so most butterflies were seen along the field edge on the
other side ):
Horace's Duskywing - 1
Variegated Fritillary - 3
Common Buckeye - 1

May 13 - Silver Bluffs Audubon Center - Butterfly Garden 11:10 - 11:15  100m
Southern Cloudywing - 1
Common Buckeye - 1

May 13 - Silver Bluffs Audubon Center - Dirt Road and Clearcut near Bridge
- 11:40 - 12:45  3km
Southern Cloudywing - 1
White Checkered Skipper - 1
Southern Broken-Dash - 1
Swallowtail sp - 1 ( probably Palamedes )
Eastern Tailed-Blue - 4
Variegated Fritillary - 2
American Lady - 4
Common Buckeye - 6
Red-Spotted Purple - 1
Tawny Emperor - 1
Unknown sp - 4 ( flybys for which I could not get even speculative IDs )


May 13 - Silver Bluffs Audobon Center - Pond area trails plus hedge at
parking area - 12:50-14:20 3.5km
Silver Spotted Skipper - 2
Southern Cloudywing - 1
Least Skipper - 1
Southern Broken-Dash - 1
Whirlabout ( female ) - 1
Palamedes Swallowtail - 2
Cabbage White - 1
Cloudless Sulphur - 1
Sleepy Orange - 2
White-M Hairstreak - 1
Hairstreak sp. - 4  ( probably more White-Ms, but they were zipping around
the Oaks and did not land anywhere close enough for observation )
American Snout - 1
American Lady - 2
Common Buckeye - 1
Viceroy - 1
Tawny Emperor - 1


May 13 - Corner of Westerbrook and Old Nail Roads- 14:50-15:00 10m
Horace's DW - 2
American Snout - 1


May 13 - Gum Swamp Road - wpt20 - 3:10-3:30  50m
Zebra Swallowtail - 1
American Snout - 7
Pearl Crescent - 2
Question Mark - 1
American Lady - 1
Common Buckeye - 1
Hackberry Emperor - 1
Carolina Satyr - 1

May 13 - Gum Swamp Road - wpt21 - 3:30 - 3:40 50m
Zebra Swallowtail - 2
Gray Hairstreak - 1
Eastern Tailed-Blue - 1

May 13 - Gum Swamp Road - wpt22 - 3:40 - 4:05 - 50m
White Checkered Skipper - 1
Broadwinged Skipper - 10
Dun Skipper - 2
Ocola Skipper - 1
Zebra Swallowtail - 1
Black Swallowtail - 1
Cloudless Sulphur - 1
Sleepy Orange - 3
Gray Hairstreak - 3
American Snout - 2
Common Buckeye - 3

May 13 - Gum Swamp Road - wpt23 - 4:05-4:20 - 50m
White Checkered Skipper - 1  ( worn female? )
Broadwinged Skipper - 1
Southern Broken Dash - 2 ( see sample photo - have I got that right? )
Fiery Skipper - 1
Zebra Swallowtail - 1
Gray Hairstreak - 1
Variegated Fritillary - 3
American Lady - 1
Common Buckeye - 5


May 13 - Gum Swamp Road - wpt24 - 4:20-5:05 - 50m
Zebra Swallowtail - 3
Sleepy Orange - 2
Eastern Tailed-Blue - 1
American Snout - 25
Question Mark - 3
Common Buckeye - 3
Hackberry Emperor ~ 10 ( including one aberrant individual )


May 13 - Gum Swamp Road - corner of Stewart Farm Road 5:05-5:20 50m
Horace's Duskywing - 1
Zebra Swallowtail - 3
Sleepy Orange - 2
Eastern Tailed-Blue - 1
American Snout - 3
Question Mark - 1
Red Spotted Purple - 1
Hackberry Emperor - 1
Tawny Emperor - 1

May 14 - Henderson Heritage Preserve - 1km west of Mayfield Road trailhead
- 10:10-11:30 how far?
Banded HS - 6
Oak HS - 3
Hairstreak sp. - 10
Variegated Fritillary - 1
American Lady - 1
Common Buckeye - 10


May 14 - Gum Swamp Road - wpt26 - 12:20-12:30  50m
Zebra Swallowtail - 3
Question Mark - 1
Red-Spotted Purple - 1
Hackberry Emperor - 1


May 14 - Gum Swamp Road - wpt27 12:45-13:00 50m
Silver Spotted Skipper - 1
Broadwinged Skipper - 1
Zebra Swallowtail - 1
Black Swallowtail - 1
Gray Hairstreak - 1
Variegated Fritillary - 1
Pearl Crescent - 1
Question Mark - 1
Common Buckeye - 1


May 14 - Gum Swamp Road - wpt28 13:00-13:05 50m
Fiery Skipper - 3
Sulphur sp. ( white female ) - 1
Gray Hairstreak - 1
Common Buckeye - 1

May 14 - Gum Swamp Road - wpt23 ( from previous day ) 13:05-13:30 50m
Dun Skipper - 1
Zebra Swallowtail - 10
American Snout - 2
Question Mark - 2
Eastern Comma - 2
Red Admiral - 1
Hackberry Emperor - 10

May 14 - Gum Swamp Road - wpt29 - 13:30 - 13:40 50m
Horace's DW - 3
Zebra SW - 1
American Snout - 1
Question Mark - 1
Red-Spotted Purple - 1
Hackberry Emperor - 10

May 14 - Gum Swamp Road - wpt30 - 13:40 - 13:45 10m
Black Swallowtail - 1
American Snout - 2
Hackberry Emperor - 2


May 14 -  Phinizy Swamp 14:40-16:55  4km
Silver Spotted Skipper - 3
Horace's DW - 1
Broadwinged Skipper - 9
Ocola Skipper ~ 15 ( difficult to tell which had and had not been counted )
Zebra Swallowtail - 7
Black Swallowtail - 3
Cloudless Sulphur - 1
American Snout - 1
Variegated Fritillary - 1
Pearl Crescent - 1
Question Mark - 3
American Lady - 1
Common Buckeye - 4
Red-spotted Purple - 1
Viceroy - 1
Hackberry Emperor - 1
Tawny Emperor - 3

May 15 Green River Game Lands - Bishop Branch Trail, off Big Hungry Road. 13:00
- 15:45 4km  [Polk County, NC]
Silver Spotted Skipper - 6
Northern Cloudywing - 5
Dreamy Duskywing - 1
Sleepy Duskywing - 1
Juvenal's Duskywing - 3
Wild Indigo Duskywing - 2 ( photographed one ovipositing on Crown Vetch
growing on the embankment )
Horace's DW - 2
Duskywing sp. - 10
Zabulon Skipper - 3 ( males only )
Dun Skipper - 2
Dusted Skipper - 1
Reversed Roadside Skipper - 2 ( see photos 4175 - 4177 is one individual ,
4248 is the other )
unidentified dark skippers - 2
Spicebush Swallowtail - 1
Tiger Swallowtail - 3 ( Eastern or Appalachian )
Cabbage White - 2
Sulphur sp. ( white female ) - 3
Orange Sulphur - 15
Red Banded HS - 5
Eastern Tailed-Blue - 5
Summer Azure - 5
Variegated Fritillary - 2
Great Spangled Fritillary - 2
Pearl Crescent - 3
American Lady - 2
Red Admiral - 1
Red-Spotted Purple - 2
Little Wood Satyr - 2
Carolina Satyr - 5

May 16 - Sandy Mush Game reserve at the Bear Creek access 11:20-13:20
2.5km  [Buncombe County]
Silver Spotted Skipper ~ 40 ( estimate )
Hoary Edge - 1
Northern Cloudywing - 2
Southern Cloudywing - 2
Dreamy Duskywing - 1
Sleepy Duskywing  - 2
Juvenal's Duskywing - 3
Duskywing Sp.  ~ 20
Sachem - 2
Dusted Skipper - 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 2
Tiger Swallowtail sp. - 3
Spicebush Swallowtail - 1
Eastern Tailed-Blue - 1
Summer Azure - 10
American Snout - 1
Great Spangled Fritillary - 2
Pearl Crescent - 10
Question Mark - 1
Red-Spotted Purple - 3
Little Wood Satyr - 2
Satyr sp. - 10

May 16 - Green River Game lands - Bluffs and Turkey Gut Trails - wpt35
16:30-18:45  4km  [Polk]
Silver Spotted Skipper - 4
Dreamy Duskywing - 1
Juvenal's Duskywing - 3
Duskywing sp - 5
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail  2
Orange Sulphur - 1
Red Banded Hairstreak - 1
Summer Azure - 1
Variegated Fritillary - 2
Great Spangled Fritillary - 1
Pearl Crescent - 2
Question Mark - 1
American Lady - 1
Common Buckeye - 1
Northern Pearly Eye - 3

May 17 - Blue Ridge Parkway East of Asheville,  Graveyard Fields trail -
12:45-15:20 7km  [Haywood County -- west of Asheville]
Cloudy or Duskywing sp. - 1
Orange Sulphur - 1
Summer Azure ~ 10

May 18 - Blue Ridge Parkway - visitor's center wpt37 - 10:50-11:05  100m
[Buncombe]
Juvenal's Duskywing - 1
medium orangish skipper sp - 2 ( did not give me a chance to ID  -
something  Fiery or Sachem-ish  I think )
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 2
Cabbage White - 1
Orange Sulphur - 2
Summer Azure - 1

May 18 -Blue Ridge Parkway - Overlook on the way to Craggy Gardens (
35.65319,-82.48514 ) wpt38 - 11:23 - 11:30 20m  [Buncombe]
Tiger Swallowtail sp. - 1
Orange Sulphur - 1
Silvery Checkerspot - 1
Red Spotted Purple - 1

May 18 -Blue Ridge Parkway -Craggy Garden Trail - wpt39 - 11:50-13:15
 2.5km  [Buncombe]
Sleepy Duskywing - 1 ( worn )
Juvenal's Duskywing - 2
Duskywing sp - 8
Tiger Swallowtail sp - 2
Large Dark Swallowtail - 1
White sp - 1
Orange Sulphur - 6
White M Hairstreak - 1
Summer Azure - 7
Pearl Crescent - 1
Red Admiral - 1
Mourning Cloak - 1 ( fresh )

May 18 -Blue Ridge Parkway -Craggy Pinnacle Trail - 13:20-14:05 1km
[Buncombe]
Sleepy DW - 1
Orange Sulphur - 1
Summer Azure - 1
American Lady - 1
Mourning Cloak - 1 ( fresh )

May 18 -Blue Ridge Parkway -Overlook on the way back down ( 35.65615, -
82.45623 ) wpt40 - 15:35-15:50  [Buncombe]
Duskywing sp - 1
Pipevine Swallowtail - 1
Tiger Swallowtail sp - 2
Silvery Checkerspot - 5
Pearl Crescent - 1
Question Mark - 1
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Mitchell Mill State Natural Area-05/23/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:36:18 -0400
Today I walked the Little River from Mitchell Mill Road to Zebulon Rd. and
back again. The weather was sunny and 76F. I saw 15 species today, a good
total for this year in the Triangle. The highlight was a rather fresh
Mourning Cloak and a Little Wood Satyr. My complete list is below. Good
butterflying.

Summer Azure   1 American Snout   2 Pearl Crescent   2 Question Mark   3
Mourning Cloak   1 American Lady   3 Red Admiral   3 Red-spotted Purple   1
Hackberry Emperor   1 Appalachian Brown   3 Carolina Satyr   2 Little
Wood-Satyr   1 Silver-spotted Skipper   8 Least Skipper   3 Zabulon Skipper
   2
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Appalachian Browns, Southern Broken-dash Winston-Salem
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 18:27:37 -0400
In my yard and nearby Salem Creek in central Forsyth Co, Winston-Salem:

Gray Hairstreak 1
Red-banded Hairstreak 1
American Snout 1
Orange Sulphur 2
Question Mark 4
E.Comma 1
2 anglewing sp.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
Spicebush Swallowtail 1
Cabbage White 5
*Appalachian Brown* 1 FOY
Common Buckeye 1
Pearl Crescent 1
Least Skipper 7
SIlver-spotted Skipper 3
Zabulon Skipper 7
*Southern Broken-dash 1* FOY
Sachem 1
Eastern Tailed-blue 2
Summer Azure 3
Carolina Satyr 3

The creek walk took 2 hours from 2:30-4:30 and produced the Browns, Satyrs,
and Least Skippers mostly.  All day gardening we found most of the others.

Gene Schepker (Lois Schneider)
Subject: Low Country Chapter CBS Roxbury Park trip report 23 May 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 17:05:16 -0400
Carolina Butterfly Society Low Country Chapter Trip Report


 Roxbury Park


 May 23, 2015


 This butterfly walk went from 9:30 until 12:30 under clear sky and warm
temperatures. Ken Carman and Dennis Forsythe were our trip leaders. In
attendance were: Tom Austin, Patricia Dennis,Brian Duncan, Daniela Duncan,
Sally Dupree, Robin Griffeth, Judith Kramer, Elaine Mathis, Kathy Mayer,
Kent MacDougal, Annie McIlhenny, Marion McKee, Irvin Pitts, Susan Tuppor,
Ray Ward



 Black Swallowtail 5 all fresh

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2

Gray Hairstreak 1

Common Buckeye 5

Pearl Crescent 1

Red-spotted Purple 1

Horace's Duskywing 11

Zarucco Duskywing 1

Fiery Skipper 1

Southern Broken-Dash 1 very worn

Salt Marsh Skipper 1



-- 
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: Butterflies SE Guilford Co NC 5/23/15
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 16:33:35 -0400
My wife and I were in southeastern Guilford County for a family function today, 
Saturday, 5/23/15. I saw 7 species of butterflies, most of which were along a 
dirt/gravel road: 


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
Azure sp 1
Cabbage White 11
Sleepy Orange 6
Orange Sulphur 4
Polygonia sp 1
Vanessa sp 1

Dennis E. Burnette
Greensboro, NC
deburnette AT triad.rr.com

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Another trip list with zero skippers
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 15:44:20 -0400
I'll join Dorothy Pugh with a second zero skipper trip list. I spent 2.75
hours walking sunny and sandy roads through the Pondberry Bay Preserve in
Sampson County, NC, today. I managed to see the following:

Spicebush Swallowtail  4
Palamedes Swallowtail 1
Variegated Fritillary  1
Common Buckeye  3

That is 9 butterflies in 165 minutes, or 1 butterfly every 18 minutes. And,
zero skippers every 165 minutes.

Ridiculous. This is May 23, and I still have not seen a grass skipper (yes,
I've seen a few SSS, Hoary Edge, a few cloudywings and duskywings), for
2015 in the Coastal Plain.These cold Marches (and late February) are simply
causing a major and continuing disaster. (NOTE:  I visited this preserve
often about 10-12 years ago, and it was never like this.)

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: Butterflies at the Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment 5/22/15
From: dorothypugh AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 11:31:51 -0400
Yesterday Karl Gottschalk and I did a quick turn through the Flat River 
Waterfowl Impoundment, in Durham County, and I got photos of several 
butterflies. I saw: 



1 Juniper Hairstreak
1 Zebra Swallowtail
1 Mourning Cloak
2 Viceroys
2 American Ladies
5+ Great Spangled Fritillaries
10+ Spring or Summer Azures
5+ Cabbage Whites


http://www.dpughphoto.com/critters_may_2015.html



Dorothy Pugh
Durham, NC
Subject: Rare find
From: <shawnlane07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 02:16:45 -0400 (EDT)
May 22 around 2 am caught a Eumorpha satellitia. Turned it in to BAMONA for
confirmation. Caught in Southport about a mile from the River mouth.
Brunswick Co. Shawn Lane 
P.palamedes are still heavy in flight in dense swampy areas. I see at least 7
per day since the azalea has stopped blooming
 I saw two female Cecropia in the second week of April and did not see any last
year in Southport.
50 + Luna in April
Io and Imperial appeared last week of the of the 17th
Several Polyphemus in April as well along with Promethia and Tulip Tree Silk
Moths.
 Sorry I have not had much time this spring to do any real counts.
Have a great day !  Shawn
Subject: Archie Elledge Forsyth Co, Dinkins Bottom Yadkin Co.: Clouded Skipper, Hackberry Emperor
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 21:41:38 -0400
Archie Elledge was slow.  It was dry, mowed down low, and sprayed in a lot
of places.  Along with the recent drought, I felt lucky to get anything
there.  From 12:30 - 1:30 under sunny and cool conditions, I found:

39 Cabbage Whites
1 Common Sootywing
1 Silver-spotted Skipper
3 Orange Sulphur
1 Least Skipper
2 Eastern Tailed-blue
1 Question Mark

From 2 - 4:00 at Dinkins Bottom in Yadkin County:

Eastern Tailed-blue 2
Least Skipper 1
*Clouded Skipper *1  FOY
Zabulon Skipper 12
Juvenal's Duskywing female worn and faded
Anglewing sp 14
    Eastern Comma 3
    Question Mark 7
Silver-spotted Skipper 8
Red Admiral 1
Red Spotted Purple 2
*Hackberry Emperor 1 *FOY
American Snout 3
Northern Cloudywing 1
Silvery Checkerspot 5
Pearl Crescent 1
Tiger Swallowtail 9
Summer Azure 9
Orange Sulphur 5
Cabbage White 2

The only butterflies I saw today actively nectaring were on a large
flowering Privet along the road. A female Zabulon Skipper was ovipositing
on a grass that I do not know.

Gene Schepker

The Hackberry Emperor and E. Tiger Swallowtails were muddiing it along the
Yadkin river!



:
Subject: James Is, SC leps 22 May 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:22:26 -0400
Hi All,

I spent a few minutes looking for butterflies on James Is, SC.  First at
Holy Cross cemetyery were butterflies were on blooming lantana.  I had:

Common Buckeye 2
Horace's Duskywing 4
Zarucco's Duskywing 1

I nest went to Ft. Johnson were miracle of miracles, the maintenance crew
had not mowed down the mats of Frog fruit.  I had:

Gray Hairstreak 1
Common Buckeye 2
Horace's Duskywing 3
Zarucco's Duskywing 1
Fiery Skipper 1
Ocola Skipper 1
Salt Marsh 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: Low Country Chap. Carolina Butterfly Society Walk 23 May
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 06:49:19 -0400
All,


Low Country Butterfly Walk
Sat, May 23, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Where
Roxbury Park, 4468 State Highway 174, Hollywood, SC 29449
Contact:  Dennis Forsythe

-- 
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: Appalachian Azure plus FOY Silvery Checkerspot and Buckeye
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 21:24:42 -0400
Went to Jones Gap SP this afternoon, Greenville County, low mountains-

1  E. Tiger Swallowtail     very low number!
1 dark Swallowtail or RS Purple flyby
3  Summer Azure
6 Appalachian Azure
4 Pearl Crescent
2 Silvery checkerspot  FOY
1 Buckeye  FOY
1 worn Juvenal's Duskywing

Saw two more E. Tiger Swallowtail, a  Cabbage White, and several Sulphurs
including Sleepy Orange while driving to/from park.

The Appalachian Azure were obviously larger, almost quarter size compared
to the Summer Azure which were closer to dime size- see pictures.  On two
previous visits in May, last year and a few years ago, there were many more
Appalachians than today, but I didn't bring dimes and quarters for size
reference.

This may be a Greenville County record for Appalachian and one of only
several SC records, but I'm convinced they are common here during their
brief flight period.  Black Cohosh is common in the vicinity.

See-
https://plus.google.com/photos/114446304105523815248/albums/6151495057951329761

Doug Allen   Inman, SC
https://sites.google.com/site/southcarolinauplandbutterflies/
Subject: Finally some butterflies
From: Ginger Kopka <gkopka1 AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 19:23:31 -0400
Greenville County, Sc. I found 15 American Lady caterpillars on a small patch 
of Rabbit Tobacco in my yard. Also 20 caterpillars on my False Nettle, 
Bohemeria. I believe some to be Question Mark and some Red Admiral. Will find 
out as they grow. Red Spotted Purple laying eggs in Serviceberry. Lots of 
Azures and Snout. 

No Eastern Tiger or Black Swallowtail. Nor Pipevine. 
Ginger Kopka

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Lack of James Is, SC leps 21 May 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 17:49:30 -0400
All,

Donna and I drove from our house to Sol Legare Is and back and saw 1 Salt
Marsh Skipper!

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: Lee County, NC Butterflies 5/18/15
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 20:16:59 -0400
I wouldnt bother to post a list of only four butterflies except that we
dont get many reports form Lee County, NC, and also the number of
butterflies is way down in the eastern part of NC. On Monday, May 18, I saw
a Cabbage White, an azure sp., a Red Admiral, and a Red-spotted Purple in
Sanford.
 
Dennis
-- 
Dennis Burnette
Greensboro, NC
Guilford County
deburnette AT triad.rr.com

Subject: Blue Ridge Parkway
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 18:15:16 +0000
Hi all,

Monday I went to check a site in Grayson County, VA, a couple of miles from the 
state line, where I saw Two-spotted Skippers last year. I think I was early 
(excuse to go back in a couple of weeks!) but I did see something very 
interesting - a fresh Gulf Fritillary! I found out they're not unheard of in 
the mountains, but in May? 


I was heading down to Doughton Park later but got chased off by a rainstorm, so 
I settled for a walk along the Yadkin River at Elkin to look for odes. I got a 
nice lep find instead, my first good look at a fresh Hayhurst's Scallopwing as 
well as a nice photo. If the map's right, it's a first record for Surry County. 


Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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Subject: Sumter National Forest, Enoree District
From: <kastners AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 14:58:32 +0000
On Sunday, May 17, Dave and I visited the Enoree District of the Sumter NF to 
look for the Dusted Skippers that Dennis Forsythe had found. We saw the 
following: 





Laurens County, OHV road

Question Mark   1

Eastern Comma   2

Anglewing species   3


Red-spotted Purple   1

Appalachian Brown   1

Satyr species   3

Northern Cloudywing   1




Newberry County, Cromer Road

Spicebush Swallowtail   1

Swallowtail sp.   4

Sleepy Orange   4

Cloudless Sulphur   3

Pearl Crescent   9

American Lady   5 (1 ovipositing, also many caterpillar silk nests on Cudweed)

Carolina Satyr   1

Little Wood-Satyr   1

Satyr species  3

Hoary Edge   3

Silver-spotted Skipper   1

Northern Cloudywing   9

Southern Cloudywing   9

Cloudywing species   3

Swarthy Skipper   2

Little Glassywing   1 (fresh)

Southern Broken-Dash   2

Zabulon Skipper   1

Dusted Skipper   7 (Lifer for both of us!)


We also have one more small skipper to identify.


Marty






Dave & Marty Kastner
Blythewood, SC
Richland County
Subject: Re: Savannah NWR Rare and Broad-winged Skippers
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 05:25:19 -0400
Doug,

Congratulations.  Nice finds.  You might come down for the Savannah NWR
NABA Count June 6th.

Dennis

On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 7:35 PM, Doug Allen  wrote:

> A photography trip (heron rookery, Savannah at night- things like that) to
> coastal SC, GA, and NE FL produced very few butterflies. The morning at
> Pinckney NWR produced 2 or 3 Duskywings that I haven't examined yet.  A
> morning at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm had one Giant Swallowtail
> flyby, the only swallowtail in 4 days, and 2  probable Great Southern White
> flybys.
>
> Very few butterflies were seen while hiking or driving I 26, I 95, US 17
> and many state and county roads- several yellows, a couple of Cabbage
> Whites, and a Crescent. This seems to be more evidence of what I've read on
> carolinaleps- few butterflies.  The previous Saturday while doing the
> Spartanburg Spring Bird Count, we also saw few butterflies with no Tiger
> Swallowtails at all.  Only Red Admirals and Red-spotted Purples were as
> common as previous years.
>
> The Sunday morning, May 17, Savannah NWR butterflies nectaring on
> Pickerelweed, about 8 Rare Skippers, I think, and six Broad-winged Skippers
> plus the Duskywing, just about doubled the butterflies seen the entire 4
> day trip.
>  May 17 is early for Broad-winged and Rare skippers.  Do I have them ID'd
> correctly? They are lifers!
>  It was good to see the Black-bellied Tree Ducks at Savannah NWR.
>
> The photos are here-
> 
https://plus.google.com/photos/114446304105523815248/albums/6150722084303695201 

>
> Doug Allen  Inman, SC
>



-- 
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: Savannah NWR Rare and Broad-winged Skippers
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 20:01:02 -0400
Rare, Rare, Rare, Broad-winged, Broad-winged, Zarucco DW.

May 17 isn't early for Broad-wingeds, and probably not for Rare, that far
south.

Harry LeGrand

On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 7:35 PM, Doug Allen  wrote:

> A photography trip (heron rookery, Savannah at night- things like that) to
> coastal SC, GA, and NE FL produced very few butterflies. The morning at
> Pinckney NWR produced 2 or 3 Duskywings that I haven't examined yet.  A
> morning at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm had one Giant Swallowtail
> flyby, the only swallowtail in 4 days, and 2  probable Great Southern White
> flybys.
>
> Very few butterflies were seen while hiking or driving I 26, I 95, US 17
> and many state and county roads- several yellows, a couple of Cabbage
> Whites, and a Crescent. This seems to be more evidence of what I've read on
> carolinaleps- few butterflies.  The previous Saturday while doing the
> Spartanburg Spring Bird Count, we also saw few butterflies with no Tiger
> Swallowtails at all.  Only Red Admirals and Red-spotted Purples were as
> common as previous years.
>
> The Sunday morning, May 17, Savannah NWR butterflies nectaring on
> Pickerelweed, about 8 Rare Skippers, I think, and six Broad-winged Skippers
> plus the Duskywing, just about doubled the butterflies seen the entire 4
> day trip.
>  May 17 is early for Broad-winged and Rare skippers.  Do I have them ID'd
> correctly? They are lifers!
>  It was good to see the Black-bellied Tree Ducks at Savannah NWR.
>
> The photos are here-
> 
https://plus.google.com/photos/114446304105523815248/albums/6150722084303695201 

>
> Doug Allen  Inman, SC
>
Subject: Savannah NWR Rare and Broad-winged Skippers
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 19:35:26 -0400
A photography trip (heron rookery, Savannah at night- things like that) to
coastal SC, GA, and NE FL produced very few butterflies. The morning at
Pinckney NWR produced 2 or 3 Duskywings that I haven't examined yet.  A
morning at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm had one Giant Swallowtail
flyby, the only swallowtail in 4 days, and 2  probable Great Southern White
flybys.

Very few butterflies were seen while hiking or driving I 26, I 95, US 17
and many state and county roads- several yellows, a couple of Cabbage
Whites, and a Crescent. This seems to be more evidence of what I've read on
carolinaleps- few butterflies.  The previous Saturday while doing the
Spartanburg Spring Bird Count, we also saw few butterflies with no Tiger
Swallowtails at all.  Only Red Admirals and Red-spotted Purples were as
common as previous years.

The Sunday morning, May 17, Savannah NWR butterflies nectaring on
Pickerelweed, about 8 Rare Skippers, I think, and six Broad-winged Skippers
plus the Duskywing, just about doubled the butterflies seen the entire 4
day trip.
 May 17 is early for Broad-winged and Rare skippers.  Do I have them ID'd
correctly? They are lifers!
 It was good to see the Black-bellied Tree Ducks at Savannah NWR.

The photos are here-
https://plus.google.com/photos/114446304105523815248/albums/6150722084303695201

Doug Allen  Inman, SC
Subject: Field Trip Report, Cedarock Park, Alamance Co., NC 5/16/15
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 13:15:11 -0400
Carolina butterfliers,

The Carolina Butterfly Society Triad Chapter hosted a butterfly field trip
in the hope that Triangle butterfliers would join us in Cedarock Park south
of Burlington in Alamance County, NC. The park is about half way in between
the Triad and the Triangle. In addition to several folks from the Triad, we
did have two people from the Triangle, as well as one from the Charlotte
area and one from Greenville, South Carolina.

It was a nearly perfect day for looking for butterflies. In our area the low
numbers of butterflies in 2014 seem to be repeating in 2015 so far, so we
didnt have high expectations. Consequently, when we ended the morning with
68 butterflies of 16 species, we were happy. We even saw a couple of grass
skippers, a group that has been scarce this year.
In addition to seeing a reasonable assortment of butterflies, we heard
several Wood Thrushes singing, saw an American Toad and heard Cricket Frogs,
encountered several species of dragonflies, and even spotted an Eastern
Garter Snake. All in all, it was a fun outing.
Below is out butterfly list for the day.

Dennis

Alamance County, NC, Cedarock Park, 5/16/15

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
Spicebush Swallowtail 1
[Unknown dark swallowtails 2]
Cabbage White 3
Orange Sulphur 2
Sleepy Orange 1
Azure sp 34 (oddly no Eastern Tailed-Blues)
American Snout 2
Silvery Checkerspot 2
Pearl Crescent 3
Red Admiral 1
Red-spotted Purple 5
Hackberry Emperor 1
Gemmed Satyr 2
Carolina Satyr 3
Northern Cloudywing 1
Zabulon Skipper 1
[Unidentified dark grass skipper 1]

Species 16; Individuals 68
Subject: Rare Skippers at Santee Delta Reserve, Broad-winged Skipper Break-out
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 10:27:35 -0400
On the 17th and 18th Lois and I visited the Santee Delta and found our
"lifer" Rare Skippers where the Low Country CBS folks saw them last year.
We arrived and started on Sunday at the nearby Coastal Nature Reserve.  All
the grass skippers were working Philadelphia Fleabane in the field near the
Boardwalk path.  I quit counting at 100 Broad Winged Skippers.  It was a
good tune-up for the "skipper season!"

Santee Coastal WMA 17th, 11:00 - 1:00 PM

Black Swallowtail 2
Pallamedes Swallowtail 3
Pipevine Swallowtail 1
Broad-winged Skipper 100+
Salt Marsh Skipper 50+
Fiery Skipper 9
Southern Broken-dash 3
Delaware Skipper 1
Zarucco Duskywing 3
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Common Buckeye 2
American Lady  2
Pearl Crescent 1
Azure sp. 1
Gray Hairstreak 1
We had a couple of unidentified skippers that are under digital review also.

We then met Dennis and Donna Forsythe at the Santee Delta Reserve
From 1:30 - 3:00 we found:

Rare Skipper 2
Broad-winged Skipper 7
Black Swallowtail 3
Common/white Checkered Skipper 1
Common Buckeye 3
Silver-spotted Skipper 3
Red Admiral 1

It was hot and sunny with a little wind at times.  Plenty of biting bugs
for all!

On the 18th, Monday, Lois and I returned to the Santee Coastal Reserve and
also added the Fishing Dock in back where again we had a large number of
Broad-winged and Salt Marsh Skippers working fleabane along the road,
9-11:30 AM.

American Lady 2
Gray Hairstreak 1
Zarucco Duskywing 4
Palamedes Swallowtail 9
Black Swallowtail 2
Pipevine Swallowtail 1
Spicebush Swallowtail 2

Broad-winged Skipper 60+  (at the Fishing Dock road)
Salt Marsh Skipper 40+
Ocola Skipper 2
Fiery Skipper 3
Least Skipper 1

We returned to the Santee Coastal Reserve Monday at 9:00 AM and worked in
the Fishing Dock road behind the office where we also had a lot of
Broad-winged and Salt Marsh Skippers again on Philadelphia Fleabane.

Zarucco Duskywing 4
Palamedes Swallowtail 9
Black Swallowtail 2
Pipevine Swallowtail 1
Spicebush Swallowtail 2
Broad-winged Skipper 60+
Salt Marsh Skipper 40+
Least Skipper 1
Ocola Skipper 2
Fiery Skipper 5

We returned to the Santee Delta Preserve nearby and from 1:30 to 1:00 found:

Rare Skipper 1
American Lady 1
Broad-winged Skipper 9
Palamedes Swallowtail 3


Gene Schepker
Subject: Low Country Butterfly Walk 23 May
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 07:46:11 -0400
Low Country Butterfly Walk
Sat, May 23, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Where
Roxbury Park, 4468 State Highway 174, Hollywood, SC 29449, United State
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: A few Union County NC leps
From: drivesa3 AT aol.com <drivesa3@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 03:03:21 GMT
  Walked for a few hours at Cane Creek Park this afternoon and saw a few 
season firsts and one personal first. Sunny and warm the whole time! Here's the 
list:Eastern Tiger SwallowtailCabbage WhiteClouded/Orange Sulphur (didn't get 
to see it airborne)Eastern Tailed BlueVariegated Fritillary (FOS)Pearl 
CrescentQuestion MarkCommon Buckeye 3Little Wood Satyr 4Carolina Satyr 6Silver 
Spotted Skipper 2 Southern Cloudywing (personal 1st)Fiery Skipper 3 (FOS) 

 George Andrews Indian Trail, NC


Sent from my LG G Pad 7.0 LTE, an AT&T 4G LTE tablet
Subject: Cowan's Ford, Mecklenburg County - 05/16/15
From: TNT Sanders <tsanders1993 AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 19:59:26 -0400
While checking Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes at Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge 
Rob Van Epps, Tammy Sanders and I had the following butterflies. These were all 
incidental sightings as butterflying was not our primary purpose. 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 1Cloudless Sulphur - 2Azure sp. - 2Pearl Crescent - 
3Question Mark - 2Eastern Comma - 2American Lady - 2Red Admiral - 1Hackberry 
Emperor - 1Carolina Satyr - 3Little Wood-Satyr - 2Silver-spotted Skipper - 
2Southern Cloudywing - 1Northern Cloudywing - 1Least Skipper - 1Zabulon Skipper 
- 5 

Tom SandersCharlotte, NC 		 	   		  
Subject: Mecklenburg Co leps - West Branch nature preserve
From: "Rob Van Epps" <rob.vanepps AT fin-risk.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 08:48:43 -0400
While leading a nature walk yesterday (5/17), I had the following
butterflies at West Branch Nature Preserve in Davidson, NC.  Good day for
butterflies.

 

Zebra Swallowtail - 4

Spicebush Swallowtail - 1

Azure sp. - 2

Pearl Crescent - 1

Question Mark - 2

Anglewing sp. - 3

American Lady - 2

Red Admiral - 3

Red-spotted Purple - 1

Hackberry Emperor - 1 

Variegated Fritillary - 1

Appalachian Brown - 2

Carolina Satyr - 3

Little Wood-Satyr - 1

Silver Spotted Skipper - 2

Zabulon Skipper - 4

 

 

Rob Van Epps

Davidson, NC

 

 
Subject: Fwd: Worth Mtn WMA York County SC
From: Jules Fraytet <jlfray AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 06:42:11 -0400
Visited Sunday 5/17 at 3 pm. High 80's Sunny and dry. Not much activity, 
even a paucity of other insect life,no odes. I recall last decade that 
Worth Mtn used to be a dependable sight for leps and odes. So much grass 
there now in the fields and little food sources. I might have more luck 
next time on a morning trip before it gets so hot.

1 Common Buckeye
1 Horace Duskywing
1 Cabbage White
1 Clouded Sulphur
1 Duskywing size fast individual that I could not get an ID on and maybe 
a Eastern Tailed Blue in distance that disappeared.

  Jules Fraytet Charlotte
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-05/17/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 18:33:53 -0400
There wasn't much butterfly activity today at the arboretum, but it was a
nice day; sunny and 86F. My complete list is below. Good butterflying.

Cabbage White 22 Orange Sulphur 4 Summer Azure   5 Variegated Fritillary
1 Pearl Crescent   1 American Lady   1 Common Buckeye   1 Silver-spotted
Skipper   7 Common Checkered-Skipper   3
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Alleghany and Wilkes county, NC, butterflies -- May 16
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 12:27:59 -0400
I indeed found out that if you spend some time along sunny dirt roads in
the western half of North Carolina, there are lots of butterflies! (That
isn't true for the eastern half now.)  I worked some areas at and around
Stone Mountain State Park, including a brief bit of time along the Blue
Ridge Parkway at Little Glade Millpond, yesterday. It helped to have a
spotter (Max Feldman) with me, as my eyesight is not the best for detecting
and following movements of the smaller species. Here is what I had in the
park -- first in Alleghany, second in Wilkes. Butterflies at Little Glade
Millpond, in Alleghany County, are indicated by LGM.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail  5, 13     2 at LGM
Spicebush Swallowtail  -, 3
Cabbage White  -, -              1 seen in a meadow in Alleghany
Eastern Tailed-Blue   1, -
Summer Azure  -, 2                       2 at LGM
Silvery Checkerspot  -, 10    colony along southern end of Stone Mountain
Road; but no Pearl Crescents all day!
Red Admiral   -, 2
Red-spotted Purple  -, 1
Question Mark  -, 1
Carolina Satyr  -, 2
Little Wood-Satyr  -, 5
Silver-spotted Skipper  3, 2
Northern Cloudywing  -, 1
Sleepy Duskywing  1, -        1 at LGM
Dreamy Duskywing  -, -        1 at LGM
Juvenal's Duskywing  -, 2    3 at LGM
Fiery Skipper  -, -              1 male at LGM; not numerous in the
mountains now
Sachem   -, -                      2 males at LGM
Zabulon Skipper  1, -
HOBOMOK SKIPPER  2, 1
Tawny-edged Skipper   -, -   1 very fresh male at LGM
Dun Skipper  -, 1

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: Laurens Co., SC leps 16 May 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 06:49:45 -0400
I spent around an hour mid-day at the Enoree ORV Trail in the Laurens Co.
section of the Enoree District, Sumter NF.  I had:

Clouded Sulfur 1 a known location
Cloudless Sulfur 2
Sleepy Orange 1
Summer Azure 2
American Snout 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: Newberry Co., SC leps 16 May 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 06:44:18 -0400
Hi All,

I spent from 1-3 PM yesterday on Cromer Rd in the Newberry Co. section of
the Enoree District, Sumter NF.  The main nectar plant was *Prunella *.

Question Mark 1
American Lady 1
Pearl Crescent 1
Red-spotted Purple 1 worn
Carolina/Intricrate Satyr 1
Hoary Edge 3
Southern Cloudywing 1
Northern Cloudywing 6
Horace's Duskywing 1
Swarthy Skipper 2  fresh
Clouded Skipper 1 fresh
DUSTED SKIPPER 5 fresh, late?
Common Roadside-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: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-05/16/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 19:41:10 -0400
Today I paddled around the lake and explored on foot the greenway and the
area below the dam. The weather was mostly sunny and 85F. I saw 12 species,
but nothing of note. The only nectaring I saw was the Lycaenids on Chinese
Privet (Ligustrum sinense). My complete list is below. Good butterflying.

E. Tiger Swallowtail 1 Cabbage White 7 Red-banded Hairstreak   1 Eastern
Tailed-Blue   1 Summer Azure   5 American Snout   1 Pearl Crescent   2
Question Mark   3 Red Admiral   5 Silver-spotted Skipper   7 Least Skipper
1 Zabulon Skipper   6
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: FOY Great Spangled Fritillary
From: nottke1 <nottke1 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 17:13:28 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
In northwest Forsyth County this afternoon I saw;

2  Pipevine Swallowtail
5  Zebra Swallowtail
1  Orange Sulphur
2  Sleepy Orange
1  Juniper Hairstreak
2  ETB
3  Azure
1  Snout
2  Great Spangled Fritillary   FOY 
1  Pearl Crescent
2  Common Buckeye
4  Red Spotted Purple
6  Silver Spotted Skipper
1  Common Sootywing
2  Zabulon Skipper

Jim Nottke
Pfafftown



Subject: A few Northampton County, NC, butterflies
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 20:05:47 -0400
I spent most of my field day in the forest, so very few things to report in
the Camassia Slopes area of Northampton County today (May 15). Here is all
I saw:

Summer Azure  2
Question Mark 1  new brood
Eastern Comma  1  new brood
Appalachian Brown  1  very fresh

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: Fwd: Madison County, May 13
From: Gail Lankford <whocooksforyou64 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 19:34:54 -0400
I sent by mistake. Here is the rest of the list for Madison county May 13.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Gail Lankford 
Date: Fri, May 15, 2015 at 7:21 PM
Subject: Madison County, May 13
To: carolinaleps AT duke.edu


Very dry, so nothing like past years. Only 31 vs. about 45 in recent years.

Zebra ST -  10+
Tiger ST - 20+
Spicebush ST - few
Cabbage White - few
Clouded Sulphur - several
Orange Sulphur - several
Cloudless Sulphur - 1
Little Yellow - 3
Gray HS - 1
Red-banded HS - 1
ETB - several
Summer Azure - many
A. Snout - 1
Silvery Checkerspot -  many
Pearl Crescent - many
Question Mark - 8
American Lady - 1
Red Admiral - 6
Red spotted Purple - many
C. Satyr  - few
Little Wood Satyr - 2
Monarch - 2
SSS - many
Hoary Edge - 2
No. Cloudywing - 8
Dreamy DW - 15+ all worn
Juvenal DW - 30+ most worn
Least Skipper - 6
Fiery Skipper - 1
Sachem - 2
Zabulon - 4

Gail Lankford
Subject: Madison County, May 13
From: Gail Lankford <whocooksforyou64 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 19:21:28 -0400
Very dry, so nothing like past years.

Zebra ST -  10+
Tiger ST - 20+
Spicebush ST - few
Cabbage White - few
Clouded Sulphur - several
Orange Sulphur - several
Cloudless Sulphur - 1
Little Yellow - 3
Gray HS - 1
Red-banded HS - 1
ETB - several
Summer Azure - many
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-05/15/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 18:50:34 -0400
I walked around here from 3:30-4:45pm. I walked about 1 mile and the
weather was partly cloudy and ~76F. My complete list is below. Good
butterflying.

Cabbage White 2 Orange Sulphur 2 Red-banded Hairstreak   1 Summer Azure   5
Pearl Crescent   1 Red Admiral   4 Silver-spotted Skipper   2
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Butterfly field trip Alamance Co, May 16, Sat
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 13:29:17 -0400
Reminder: 

Carolina Butterfly Society butterfly field trip to Cedarock Park, Alamance
Co., NC, May 16, Sat., 9:30. This event is sponsored by the CBS Triad
Chapter but open to all CBS members. Non-members and friends are welcome.

Cedarock Park is located south of I-40 at 4242 R. Dean Coleman Rd,
Burlington, NC,  336-570-6759,
http://www.alamance-nc.com/recreation/parks/cedarock-park-3/. Its about an
hour west of the Triangle and an hour east of the Triad. The park has
meadows, woodlands and creek side habitats. Its a great area for breeding
American Snouts and Silvery Checkerspots. Dress for warm weather and bring
plenty of water to drink.

This trip may be cancelled in the event of rain; check the Burlington, NC
forecast on the evening before the field trip. It is not required that you
register for the trip, but we would like to be able to get information to
you in the event that plans change. If you plan to attend, please send an
email to the contact person. This could save you and the leader the
unpleasant inconvenience of showing up at the park and finding no one there.

Contact: Dennis Burnette, deburnette AT triad.rr.com
Subject: Question Mark(in the house!) Mecklenburg County,NC
From: Jules Fraytet <jlfray AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 12:46:29 -0400
Jane sent me a text message photo of a Question Mark on a lighted lamp 
shade.  In trying to catch it with a glass to then release, it went up 
to a ceiling fan.
Opening a nearby door for while finally coxed the animal to leave for 
better,sunlit spaces(more chances for food at least)
Also have been seeing Question Marks (2)
and one  azure in the backyard this month.

Not much to report,but these days they all matter.

Jules Fraytet
Charlotte
Subject: Some Ashe County, NC, butterflies
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 22:17:00 -0400
Merrill Lynch joined me for two days of field work at Pond Mountain in the
northwestern corner of NC and Ashe County, as well. Weather was pretty
chilly on both days, at elevations mainly above 3800 feet, to about 4500
feet. We covered tracks thru northern hardwoods, but also dirt roads
through grassy meadows and grassy balds. Here the totals for May 12
(western portion of the mountain) and then May 13 (eastern and central):

Black Swallowtail  -, 2    males hilltopping over a plowed field!
Spicebush Swallowtail  2, 1
E. Tiger Swallowtail  2, 1
Cabbage White  -, -   one in Watauga County, at Valle Crucis park
Clouded Sulphur  6, 2
Orange Sulphur  -, 1    not on Pond Mountain
Summer (?) Azure  1, -  seen only in flight
Meadow Fritillary  3, 4
Pearl Crescent  12, 8
American Lady  -, 1
Juvenal's Duskywing  6, 20
Sleepy Duskywing  -, 2  one fresh, one worn


As you can see by the results, it is still early spring up there. We looked
hard for Grizzled Skipper, which ought to be there now, but came up empty;
maybe it is too high/cold up there for them. Also, it seems too early up
there for Silver-spotted Skippers and Dreamy Duskywings, as we still had
fresh Juvenal's and Sleepy duskywings.  (SSS and Dreamy were common up
there in late May 2014.) And, here it is May 13, and I STILL haven't see a
grass skipper in NC in 2015! Then again, I'm not afield all that much.
Maybe Friday!

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: Yard Eastern Pine Elfin, Red Banded Hairstreak Central Forsyth and Tanglewood Butterflies
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 20:34:05 -0400
While watering garden plants this morning ( AT 8:30) a Red-banded Hairstreak
landed on a wet Red Sails Lettuce head. It hangs around the prunings of the
twigs and leaves from  our Wax myrtles near the garden. We see this species
pretty often but it has been very slow in our garden for butterflies. I
would see it periodically for the next hour or so. About 9:45 in came an
Eastern Pine Elfin which landed in the wet straw mulch and became our 72nd
yard/garden species.

Yard List: Sunny, 70 degrees.
Red-banded Hairstreak 1
Eastern Pine Elfin 1
Cabbage White 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Azure sp. 1
Pearl Crescent 1

From 1:30 - 3:30  I hiked the BMX Trail at Tanglewood:

Red Admiral 2
American Snout 1
Variegated Fritillary 3
Pearl Crescent 13
Silvery Checkerspot 9
Sachem 8 (two females noted)
Zabulon Skipper 12 (one female included)
Least Skipper 2
Common Sootywing 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 11
Summer Azure 1 (+7 Azure sp.)
Question Mark 1
Carolina Satyr 3
Cabbage White 8
Orange Sulphur 5

There was no blossoming that I could see in the 3 meadows sowed down by
Audubon except 1 sq foot of Daisy Flea-bane and Blackberry blossoming along
the small creek. Almost all of the butterflies were found along the woods'
edge with some White Clover in the paths, Blackberry, and Honeysuckle
blossoms. One of the reasons that we finding few butterflies is that we are
really dry here.  We need a long soaking rain!

Gene Schepker
Subject: Re: Williamsburg Co., SC lepts 13 May 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 20:21:14 -0400
Hi All,

Donna and I spent the afternoon in Williamsburg Co., SC mainly at Wee Tee
State Forest.  We had the following: 1st Santee Road, 2nd Wee Tee State
Forest

1st. Cabbage White 1 county record
       Sleepy Orange 3
       Cloudless Sulfur   4

2nd  Cabbage White 1
       Cloudless Sulfur 1
        Sleepy Orange  1
        Summer Azure 3
        American Snout 50+
        Variegated Fritillary 1
        Red Admiral 4
        Question Mark 4
        Red-spotted Purple 2


  Regards,

Dennis



On Wed, May 13, 2015 at 8:15 PM, Dennis Forsythe 
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Donna and I spent the afternoon in Williamsburg Co., SC mainly at WeeTee
> State Forest.  We had the following: 1st Santee Road, 2nd Wee Tee State
> Forest
>
> 1st. Cabbage White 1 county record
>        Sleepy Orange 3
>
>
>
> --
> 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
>



-- 
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: Williamsburg Co., SC lepts 13 May 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 20:15:23 -0400
Hi All,

Donna and I spent the afternoon in Williamsburg Co., SC mainly at WeeTee
State Forest.  We had the following: 1st Santee Road, 2nd Wee Tee State
Forest

1st. Cabbage White 1 county record
       Sleepy Orange 3



-- 
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-05/13/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 17:41:07 -0400
I am fortunate that I work right next to Prairie Ridge Ecostation on Reedy
Creek Rd. where there is a lot of good habitat for leps and odes. When I
need a break I walk the grounds around the office and stick around for a
bit after work and make note of my sightings. Today, I saw my first Monarch
of the year there, and saw 10 species total in ~45 minutes. Chinese Privet
(Ligustrum sinense) was a popular nectar source the last two days. The list
below is from yesterday and today and is from the office grounds and not
PRE. Good butterflying.

5/12/2015 Red-banded Hairstreak   1 Summer Azure   1 Silver-spotted Skipper
   1 E. Tiger Swallowtail 1 Cabbage White 1 Zabulon Skipper 1 5/13/2015
Cabbage White 1 Orange Sulphur 1 Red-banded Hairstreak   1 Eastern
Tailed-Blue   1 Summer Azure   2 Variegated Fritillary   1 Pearl Crescent
1 American Lady   1 Monarch   1 Silver-spotted Skipper   1

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Mecklenburg county leps
From: Chris Talkington <destamona AT carolina.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 19:29:02 -0400
Butterflies from Reedy Creek Nature Preserve Charlotte NC today

Tiger Swallowtail 
Pipe vine Swallowtail 
Spice bush Swallowtail 
Red spotted Purple
Hackberry Emperor 
Tawney Emperor
Question Mark
Comma
Snout
Cabbage White
Zabulon Skipper
Juvenals Duskywing
Carolina Satyr
Gemmed Satyr
Little Wood Satyr
American Lady
Red Admiral 

Also had first Monarch Sunday at Latta Plantation near the Gar Creek Canoe 
access . 


Chris

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Reedy Creek Park
From: Chris Talkington <destamona AT carolina.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 18:30:01 -0400
Butterflies from Reedy Creek Nature Preserve Charlotte NC today

Tiger Swallowtail 
Pipe vine Swallowtail 
Spice bush Swallowtail 
Red spotted Purple
Hackberry Emperor 
Tawney Emperor
Question Mark
Comma
Snout
Cabbage White
Zabulon Skipper
Juvenals Duskywing
Carolina Satyr
Gemmed Satyr
Little Wood Satyr
American Lady
Red Admiral 

Also had my first Monarch of the year at Latta Plantation park near th Gar 
Creek access 


Chris

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Stokes County Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 16:36:31 +0000
Hi all,

Yesterday I spent several hours in Stokes County looking for leps and odes. I 
went to part of Hanging Rock State Park, seeing butterflies only along the Dan 
River, and to the grounds of YMCA Camp Hanes, where I had many of my first 
nature encounters for 7 summers over 40 years ago. Here's the list: 


Spicebush ST - 1 the only swallowtail!
Orange Sulphur - 1
Harvester - 1
Summer Azure - a dozen or so
Red-spotted Purple - 1
Red Admiral - 1
Silvery Checkerspot - 4 FOY
Carolina Satyr - lots
Silver-spotted Skipper - 2
Sachem - lots at Camp Hanes
Possible Pepper & Salt Skipper flyby

Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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Subject: PMSP FOY Little Wood Satyr, Harvester
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 17:05:08 -0400
At Pilot Mountain today at the summit, I saw:

Northern Cloudywing 6
Hoary Edge 5
Common Roadside Skipper 7
Sachem 1
Red-spotted Purple 5
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
Juvenal's Duskywing 2
Dreamy Duskywing 2

All the duskywings were ragged and worn, Temperatures were well into the
80s with a little wind at times.  (1 - 1:40 PM)

I went down to the river section and from 1:30 - 3:00 found:

Little Wood Satyr 1 FOY
Eastern tiger Swallowtail 1
Sachem 6
Harvester 1 (at creek crossing)
Least Skipper 1
Orange Sulphur 2
Cabbage White 1
Eastern Tailed-blue 4
Hoary Edge 1

The road to the river was shut down at the third river crossing.  The park
has done a lot of work on the creek channels.  It will be interesting to
see how it affects the butterfly count there this year!

Gene S
Subject: CBS Midlands Chapter trip
From: KASTNERS AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 14:41:58 -0400
 
 
Carolina Butterfly Society  Midlands Chapter Trip Report 
Manchester State  Forest 
5/9/15 

We debated about cancelling  this trip due to tropical storm Ana which was 
located off the SC coast with  bands of rain coming on shore.  We  decided 
to go ahead with the trip because the forecast for the area was partly  
cloudy.  We had a few sprinkles as  we were gathering, but no rain during our 
walk.  We had periods of clouds and sun.  In the end we saw 23 species so we 
were  glad that we did not cancel.  We did  not have a high number of 
individuals, but were pleased with the species list. In attendance were Bobbie 

McCutchen, Jean Prothro, Carl Ganser, Dennis Forsythe and Dave and Marty  
Kastner.  
Spicebush Swallowtail   3 
Swallowtail species   1 
Cabbage White   2 
Sleepy Orange   4 
Red-banded Hairstreak   1 
Gray Hairstreak   1 
Summer Azure   21   
Eastern Tailed-blue   3 
Variegated Fritillary   1 
Question Mark   8 (all fresh black “summer”  form) 
American Lady   2 
Red Admiral   3 
American Snout   1 
Common Buckeye   7 
Red-spotted Purple   8 
Hackberry Emperor   1 
Creole Pearly-eye   1 (not a county record, but a  good find) 
Carolina/Intricate Satyr   1 
Hoary Edge   1 
Silver-spotted Skipper   2 
Southern Cloudywing   1 
Duskywing species   4 
Hayhurst’s Scallopwing   1 (another good  find) 
Dun Skipper   2  
Four species of butterflies  were getting nutrients from a very decomposed 
snake carcass.  We could see all of the rib bones on the  snake.    
Marty  
Subject: Fwd: Results so far ( for NC )
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 May 2015 20:44:52 -0400
An e-mail sent from Rick Cavasin to me about some butterfly sightings from
coastal NC:

 I left the DC area yesterday ( May 7 ), but I didn't make it down to
Croatan until around 3:30 in the afternoon.  It was breezy at the Catfish
Lake power line cut, but the weather wasn't bad.  In the power line cut,
and around the surrounding roads, I had the following (some counts are
rough estimates - I have no idea how many of the Palamedes passed me
multiple times ):

Palamedes SW - 20
Pearl Crescent - 15
Viceroy - 3
Southern Pearly Eye - 1 ( no black on Antenna clubs )
Little Wood Satyr - 10
Carolina Satyr - 3
Satyr sp. - 30

Today ( May 8 ), I somehow managed to dodge the bad weather for the most
part.  It was misting for much of the time I was at Fort Macon, and I saw
no butterflies, but just as I was leaving, it looked like it was
brightening a bit, and I took a chance and checked the Dune trails.  I had
the following:

Crystal Skipper - 6
Confused Cloudywing (? ) - 1  ( white around eye, pale fringe on HW, small
white spots on wings, no white on Antennae )

When I got to the Millis Road area of Croatan, it was raining, but I could
see what looked like a break in the clouds
approaching, so I waited it out.  It cleared up nicely, and I spent a good
chunk of the day there.  I looked at a few
spots along Millis Road, all within that 2-mile section W of 9-mile road.
I saw mostly the same species all along it.
I'll be reporting for 3 different sites in eButterfly, but my main stop
probably summarizes things well enough:

Southern Cloudywing - 3
Tawny-edged Skipper - 1
Palamedes SW - 30
Azure sp - 1 ( pale chalky white, with faint markings.  Fresh )
Little Metalmark - 15 ( many photographed, including pair in copula )
Pearl Crescent - 25
Little Wood Satyr - 1
Carolina Satyr - 2
Satyr sp - 20

At one of the spots closer 9-mile Road, I had a Least Skipper.

I took a quick look at a power line cut along 9-mile Road between Millis
Road and the coast.  Aside from Palamedes
and crescents, I had a plain brown skipper that I could not get very close
to.  I'll have to review the 22nd approx
to see which one would be flying now.  Back home, I'd call it a Dun, but I
guess there are other candidates down here.

From there, I headed towards Holly Shelter, but it was late in the day, and
I ran into rain along the way.  I took a
chance and drove towards the coast at Topsail.

Under the Island Bridge, I had the following:

Silver Spotted Skipper - 1
Salt Marsh Skipper - 7
Palamedes SW - 1
Red Banded HS - 1
Unidentified HS - 4 ( all were chasing each other high up on tree tops -
one was lower on a flowering tree and I was able
to ID it as a Red Banded )
Azure sp. - 3 ( did not land )
Phaon Crescent - 1
Polygonia sp - 1 ( almost certain it was a dark for Question Mark, but I
didn't get a good look at it )
Viceroy - 1

I didn't have time for Holly Shelter today, and I don't know what the
weather was like there.  I was loath to leave
Croatan since the weather there was great.  Bird in the hand and all that.

Despite the weather, I can't complain about what I've seen so far -
especially all the Little Metalmarks.  I think the tally is 9 lifers so
far.

I'm overnighting in Burgaw, and I'm due to overnight tomorrow night in
Georgetown, SC.   I'll check the forecasts in
the morning.  I'd like to visit Holly Shelter and/or Green Swamp before I
leave the area, but if the weather here is bad, I may have to skip them.
The forecast for Georgetown is currently looking pretty good for tomorrow,
so I may be better off just driving straight down there and spending the
day in that area, rather than try to "chase the sun" in this area.

I'll let you know how it goes.  Thanks again.

Rick
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Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-05/09/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 May 2015 19:06:05 -0400
I walked around the arboretum from 1pm-4pm this afternoon. The weather was
mostly sunny to partly cloudy and ~80F. The highlight among my 10 species
was a Common Sootywing. My complete list is below. Good butterflying.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1 Cabbage White 15 Orange Sulphur 1 Gray
Hairstreak   1 Summer Azure   3 Variegated Fritillary   1 Pearl Crescent
7 Silver-spotted Skipper   4 Common Checkered-Skipper   6 Common Sootywing
2
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Some Catawba County Leps
From: David Campbell <david.campbell.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 20:00:53 -0400
NC, Catawba County, Hickory.  

1- Red Admiral, heavily worn. 
1- Question Mark
3- Nessus Sphinx

All taken at banana bait trap ( and subsequently released). 

David Campbell


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Forsyth Co Sootywings, Yadkin Co Silvery Checkerspots
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 19:01:23 -0400
I worked in the garden for about 4 hours this morning and saw no
butterflies.  After lunch I went to Archie Elledge and found:

Common Sootywing 3
American Lady 1
Pearl Crescent 2
Cabbage White 9
Sachem (males) 3

I drove across the river into Yadkin County to Dinkins Bottom and found:

Silvery Checkerspot 30+  (FOY)
Pearl Crescent 6
Orange Sulphur 2
Sleepy Orange 1
Zabulon Skipper 7 (including a hooked up male and female)
Least Skipper 1 (FOY)
Juvenal's Duskywing 1 *
Zebra Swallowtail 1
American Lady 1
American Snout 1
Question Mark 1
Eastern Comma 1  (plus 2 missed Anglewings)
Caroilina Satyr 3
Silver-spotted Skipper 2
Cabbage White 1

* The Juvenal's Duskywing male was extremely worn and had to be identified
by the two dots on the ventral hindwing leading edge.  This might be the
last one without going to the mountains around here.

I spent one hour at Archie Elledge and two hours at Dinkins Bottom.  It was
hot, sunny, and a little windy at times.  1:00 - 4:00 PM

Gene Schepker
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-05/08/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 18:22:11 -0400
Today I walked around the property from 3:30-4:40. The weather was mostly
sunny to partly cloudy and about 80F. My complete list is below. Good
butterflying.

Cabbage White 1 Orange Sulphur 1 Pearl Crescent   3 Red Admiral   1
Silver-spotted Skipper   1 Common Checkered-Skipper   1
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Rockingham County Leps
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 15:59:57 -0400
May 7 during spring bird count

6 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
3 Zebra Swallowtail
1 Orange Sulphur
1 Red Admiral
1 Question Mark
2 Red-spotted Purple
3 Pearl Crescent
1 American Lady
1 Harvester
2 Northern Cloudywing
1 Southern Cloudywing
1 Juvenals Duskywing
1 Zabulon Skipper
3 Silver-spotted Skipper
1 Hoary Edge

Ashy Clubtail
Lancet Clubtail
Blue Corporal
Black Saddlebags
Carolina Saddlebags
Swamp Darner
Springtime Darner
Blue Dasher
Edmunds Snaketail*

-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Stokes county leps
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 15:57:03 -0400
Like Harry and others I had to go west to get reportable numbers.  May 6
Stokes county during Hanging Rock Spring bird count I covered some new
park properties along the dan river, lower cascade creek and moores
spring.  Lots of good birds and leps, maybe enough that we could start a
butterfly count there that Gene and I had been contemplating...

8 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
1 Zebra Swallowtail
1 Spicebush swallowtail
1 Orange Sulphur
1 Red Admiral
1 Question Mark
7 Red-spotted Purple
3 Pearl Crescent
1 American Lady
1 Harvester (new park record)
8 Carolina Satyr
1 Zabulon Skipper
1 Juvenals Duskywing

Ashy Clubtail
Springtime Darner



-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Field trip cancelled
From: earle webster <erwebster1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 13:24:14 -0400
The field trip scheduled for tomorrow, May, 9 at Duke Gardens in Durham has
been cancelled. Sorry for late notice.
Bud Webster
Subject: Seeking Red Admiral, Painted Lady, American Lady sightings
From: "Bitzer, Royce J [ENT]" <mariposa AT iastate.edu>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 17:03:22 +0000
To CarolinaLeps List Members:

I am the director of the Vanessa Migration Project, a citizen science project 
that studies the seasonal distribution and migration of four Vanessa 
butterflies: 


Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)

We are seeking reports of

1.   First sightings of the year
2.   Noticeable directional migrations
3.   Presence and abundance at any time of the year

We are studying the distribution and migratory movements of Red Admirals and 
Painted Ladies and how these depend each year on the movements of air masses 
and frontal systems across the United States and southern Canada. 


We would very much appreciate reports from North and South Carolina to help us 
understand more about when and how these butterflies are active in or are 
migrating through your area. 


The Vanessa Migration Project is found on the Red Admiral and Painted Lady 
Research Site, http://vanessa.ent.iastate.edu. 


To sign up to report your sightings, click on "Login/Create Account" in the 
list of primary links on the left side of the page. This will take you to the 
"User account" page. Select the tab, "Create new account," and then follow the 
instructions there. Your username can be either your real name or a pseudonym. 
When you've filled in the three boxes, click "Create new account." You will be 
e-mailed a welcome message with a temporary password and will have the 
opportunity to log in to your account and to create a permanent password. 


For instructions on how to enter sightings, choose "Get Involved" in the list 
of primary links on the left side of our homepage. This will take you to 
another page, "How to report flight observations." This page tells you the 
details of using the observing form to report your observations. 


To actually enter your sightings after you've registered, log in. This will 
open a page with your username as the title. From the list on the left side, 
select "Flight Observation." This opens an observing form, "Create Flight 
Observation." Fill in the form and click the Save button at the bottom of the 
page. This will add your sighting to the database. Before it will appear on the 
map, I will need to select your sighting and add it to the map. I will check 
for new sightings at least once a day, and during busy periods, several times a 
day, to keep the map updated. 


In the notes, please enter the name of the location from which you observed. 
For evident directional migrations, an estimate of how frequently they are 
passing through (for example, 10 butterflies over 20 minutes) would also be 
helpful, as would notes on temperature and type and extent of cloud cover. 
Flight direction and wind speed and direction are entered with the 
corresponding widgets on the observing form, so if you've entered these data 
there, you don't need to repeat them in your notes. 


You can view the map of observations whether you are logged in or not. On the 
homepage, click "Map of Observations," select the species, parameters, and the 
time period in which you are interested, and then click Apply. 


Thank you for your interest,

Royce J. Bitzer
Department of Entomology/
USDA-ARS Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit
Room 10, Genetics Laboratory
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011
USA
mariposa AT iastate.edu
 
The Red Admiral and Painted Lady Research Site
http://vanessa.ent.iastate.edu
Territorial behavior, migration, and distribution of Vanessa butterflies
Subject: Silvery Checkerspot at Pee Dee NWP
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 08:23:32 -0400
Linda Long, a CBS memeber, sent me a photo of a Silvery Checkerspot at Pee
Dee that she took yesterday.  I haven't noticed any around here yet this
year.

Gene Schepker
Subject: Mottled Duskywings in Clay County, NC
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 May 2015 20:29:19 -0400
I was forwarded a message, with several nice photos, of TWO Mottled
Duskywings seen by Mary Ann Friedman in the Buck Creek area of Clay County,
on May 2,. Interestingly the two previous county records were also made in
this part of Clay County.

Harry LeGrand
Subject: A few NC Sandhills butterflies
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 May 2015 20:23:17 -0400
I worked some private tracts in the Sandhills in Richmond and Scotland
counties today. However, though the weather was decent, I was dealing with
plants and natural communities, so looking for butterflies was
time-limited. Here is what I had -- without regard to county:

Spicebush Swallowtail  5
Palamedes Swallowtail  2
Cabbage White  2
Summer Azure  3
Red-spotted Purple  1
American Lady 1
HOARY EDGE 1   (normally I wouldn't put the species in caps, but it has
been so crappy this year in this part of the state -- it was a nice find,
and my only skipper of the day.)

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: PMSP follow-up, Surry County 5/6/15
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 May 2015 08:56:32 -0400
I went up to Pilot Mountain again yesterday in hopes of getting a better
image of the mystery-bug (Duskywing) and failed to find it. I guess it will
remain a mystery for now.  Duskywing identification remains a huge
challenge!

Yesterday there was an emergence of Hoary Edges there (7) and more Northern
Cloudywings (5 altogether).  I could no longer find Brown Elfins, Juvenal
Duskywings were mostly gone with a few chewed-up males and 2 females
remaining.  Dreamy Duskywings were still plentiful!

At one "lek" location I watched for about 20 minutes while males of several
spreadwing species vied for the display territory;  Dreamy Duskywing, Hoary
Edge, Northern Cloudywing, tiny Common Roadside Skipper, and  frayed
Juvenal's Duskywing males all were trying to stake out a patch of Bristly
Locust and Black Huckleberries at the same time.  I pacticed recognizing
them in flight as they battled each other.

Hot and sunny, from 1 - 3:00 PM.
Gene Schepker
Subject: PeeDee NWR Anson County NC
From: Jules Fraytet <jlfray AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 07 May 2015 06:49:14 -0400
  On Sunday  5/3 While birding saw:

2 Red Admirals
1 Pearl Crescent
1 Zebra Swallowtail
1 Cloudless Sulphur

Jules Fraytet
Charlotte
Subject: Pitt County, 6 May 2015
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2015 20:59:15 +0000
Butterflies seen today (2015-05-06) in Pitt County:

Silver-spotted Skipper, 2
Cabbage White, 5
Summer Azure, 1 fresh summer form, Boyd Lee Park
American Snout, 1, Pitt County Arboretum, first of year
Red Admiral, 1

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Sandhills Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2015 19:54:14 +0000
Hi all,

I made another trip to the Sandhills Monday afternoon, spending most of my time 
at two Game Lands sites in Richmond County. Like everyone else, I saw few 
butterflies. The one notable find was a Hayhurst's Scallopwing, my first really 
good look at a fresh one. Others seen: 


Spicebush ST - 1
Summer Azure - 4
E. Tailed-blue - 2
Variegated Fritillary - 1 FOY
American Lady - 1
Red Admiral - 3
Pearl Crescent - 6
Carolina Satyr - a dozen or so
Silver-spotted Skipper - 5
S. Cloudywing - 1
Duskywings - 3 flyby
Least Skipper - 1 FOY

I stopped by Weymouth Woods later but they were just finishing a burn around 
the visitor center and I didn't see anything. 


Yesterday I visited Mt. Pilot. I must have just missed Gene & Jim (I got there 
at 2:30) and I had results similar to theirs. 


Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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