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25 Apr Papilio palamedes [Wayne Whaley ]
25 Apr Sumter Co., SC leps 24 April 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
24 Apr Re: Chatham & Harnett Leps & Odes [Harry LeGrand ]
24 Apr Giant Swallowtail [Cary Paynter ]
24 Apr Chatham & Harnett Leps & Odes [Richard Stickney ]
24 Apr Some April butterflies in Buncombe county [Doug Johnston ]
24 Apr Butterfly Field Trips In and Near Triangle, NC [Dennis Burnette ]
24 Apr Wake county leps [Brian B ]
23 Apr Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-04/23/2015 [Mike Turner ]
23 Apr Re: Frosted Elfins in Gates County, NC ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
22 Apr Buncombe County leps [Gail Lankford ]
21 Apr Frosted Elfins in Gates County, NC [Harry LeGrand ]
21 Apr A very few butterflies in Granville County, NC [Harry LeGrand ]
21 Apr Pine Elfin in Pfafftown, Forsyth County [Gene Schepker ]
21 Apr Reedy Creek , Harvester [Chris Talkington ]
21 Apr Rachel Carson Reserve this morning ["John Fussell" ]
21 Apr Mecklenburg Co. Leps - 4/20/15 ["Lampel, Lenny L." ]
21 Apr Wake Co., NC butterflies-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-04/21/2015 [Mike Turner ]
20 Apr Zebra Swallowtail, Forsyth Co. Butterflies [Gene Schepker ]
19 Apr Holly Shelter Gamelands butterflies [Paulette Haywood Ogard ]
18 Apr Re: Pitt County, 18 April 2015 [Harry LeGrand ]
18 Apr Pitt County, 18 April 2015 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
18 Apr Berkeley Co., SC leps April 18, 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
18 Apr Polk County [David Campbell ]
18 Apr the duskywing plus Eastern Pine Elfin and Pepper and Salt Skipper pics [Doug Allen ]
18 Apr Article on Tropical Milkweed in Your Home Garden [Dennis Burnette ]
17 Apr COWPENS BATTLEFIELD CHEROKEE COUNTY [Doug Allen ]
16 Apr CBS SC Mt Field Trip Results [Dennis Forsythe ]
15 Apr Re: Harnett & Chatham County butterflies [Harry LeGrand ]
15 Apr Harnett & Chatham County butterflies [Richard Stickney ]
14 Apr A few Robeson County, NC, butterflies [Harry LeGrand ]
14 Apr Henry's Elfin hosts [Paulette Haywood Ogard ]
14 Apr A (very) few Mecklenburg County leps [drivesa3 AT aol.com ]
13 Apr Person Co., NC butterflies-04/13/2015 [Mike Turner ]
13 Apr Forsyth Co Butterflies 4/12 and 4/13 [Gene Schepker ]
13 Apr Frosted Elfin timing [Paulette Haywood Ogard ]
13 Apr Re: SSS [drivesa3 AT aol.com ]
12 Apr SSS [Ginger Kopka ]
12 Apr Polk County [David Campbell ]
12 Apr Pitt County, 12 April 2015 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
12 Apr Wake county leps from bio blitz workshop [Brian Bockhahn ]
12 Apr Central Forsyth County Butterflies 4/11 [Gene Schepker ]
11 Apr Wake Co., NC butterflies-Yates Mill Co. Park-04/11/2015 [Mike Turner ]
11 Apr Mecklenburg Butterflies [TNT Sanders ]
11 Apr Pitt County, 11 April 2015 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
10 Apr western NC butterflies-4/6 through 4/9/2015 [Mike Turner ]
10 Apr Durham, NC b'flies today (4-11-15) [Jeff Pippen ]
10 Apr Elfin Trifecta [David Campbell ]
10 Apr Re: Pine Elfin [Harry LeGrand ]
10 Apr Pine Elfin [Chris Talkington ]
10 Apr Union County, NC Leps [drivesa3 AT aol.com ]
9 Apr 04/09/15 Dinkins Bottoms, Yadkin County , NC. [Sven Halling ]
9 Apr Re: Various sightings [drivesa3 AT aol.com ]
9 Apr Moore County Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]
9 Apr West Forsyth County Butterflies [nottke1 ]
9 Apr Palamedes Swallowtail on james IS, SC April 9, 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
9 Apr Megathymus yuccae [David Campbell ]
9 Apr Re: Various sightings [Harry LeGrand ]
9 Apr Various sightings [drivesa3 AT aol.com ]
9 Apr Giant Swallowtail on James Is, SC [Dennis Forsythe ]
8 Apr Fresh Tigers, Faded Lady PMSP [Gene Schepker ]
8 Apr Wake Co. Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]
8 Apr CBS Midlands Chapter Trip Report []
6 Apr Yadkin Co. Dinkins Bottom [Gene Schepker ]
6 Apr South Brunswick Leps []
6 Apr Pitt County, 6 April 2015 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
5 Apr Re: Zebra location [Harry LeGrand ]
5 Apr 2014 season summary ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
4 Apr Brown Elfins at Occoneechee [Richard Stickney ]
4 Apr Fwd: Pitt County, early April 2015 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
3 Apr Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-04/03/15 [Mike Turner ]
3 Apr butterflies today ["Loretta" ]
3 Apr FOY: Eastern-tailed Blue, Red Admiral, Gemmed Satyr, [Doug Allen ]
03 Apr Zebra location []
03 Apr FOY []
3 Apr Pitt County, early April 2015 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]

Subject: Papilio palamedes
From: Wayne Whaley <WWhaley AT uvu.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:42:27 +0000
Hi Carolina leps members:
I am in need of from 5 to 10 early stages (eggs preferably but 1st or 2nd 
instars OK) of Papilio palamedes for a host plant study. I have several large 
potted plants of both Swamp Bay (Persea palustris) and Red Bay (Persea 
borbonia) growing in our campus greenhouse. We also have several large plants 
of Avacado ( Persea americana). I know that this species is relatively common 
in your area so I am hoping that someone can assist me. I have a current APHIS 
permit for interstate transfer of this species which I will provide to those 
who assist. Please contact me ASAP if you can help. 

Thank you,
Wayne

Wayne H. Whaley, Ph.D.
(Professor of Zoology)
College of Science & Health
Department of Biology
Utah Valley University
Orem, UT  84058
USA

Office: (801) 863-8607
Dept.: (801) 863-8511
Prof. page: http://www.uvu.edu/profpages/profiles/show/user_id/4782
Research web: http://research.uvu.edu/whaley/
Subject: Sumter Co., SC leps 24 April 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:59:33 -0400
Hi All,

I spent from 1045 until !:00 PM yesterday driving dirt roads in the
Manchester SF, Sumter Co., SC  I mainly drove St. Marks Episcopal Church
Road and the road between there and St Augustine Episcopal Church.  Some
butterflies were on blooming lupine and others on dirt roads.

I had the following:
E. Tiger Swallowtail 1
Black Swallowtail 2
Dark Swallowtail sp.
Azure sp. 10+
Variegated Fritillary 2
Common Buckeye
Painted Lady 1 early?
Red-spotted Purple 5
Hackberry Emperor 1
Hoary Edge 1
Northern Cloudywing 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: Re: Chatham & Harnett Leps & Odes
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:30:55 -0400
Too bad about the lack of Cobweb Skippers. I guess I need to be the first
to say this:

"If at first you don't succeed at finding good butterflies at other folks'
hotspots, you'll have to find them at a new spot that you find."  I can't
blame other folks for going to spots that I, Jeff Pippen, Will Cook, Paul
Hart, and others have previously discovered, but at some point those places
are going to dry up for the targets of interest, and you will have to poke
around for them at new places. It happens to all of us; I can't find a
Hickory Hairstreak or a Cofaqui Giant-Skipper at places where others have
found them. Doesn't mean they are gone there, any more than Cobweb Skippers
are "gone" from Raven Rock State Park's north side.  I likely will have to
stumble on them at some new place.

FYI -- I did a query on the species -- I have seen Cobweb Skippers at 13
different sites, in 10 counties. Dates fall from April 9 to May 3 in the
Piedmont and Coastal Plain. Thus, they are out there, and they aren't done
yet!

Harry LeGrand

On Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 2:56 PM, Richard Stickney 
wrote:

>  Hi all,
>
>
>
> Earlier this week I tried again for Cobweb Skippers. I worked Buckhorn
> Road again on Monday before the rain and saw very little – a few Horace’s
> DW, an American Lady and several Pearl Crescents. I did get my FOY Gemmed
> Satyr and several Carolina Satyrs. On Wednesday I hit the Raven Rock
> powerline ROW again. A small brown grass skipper got my hopes up but turned
> out to be a Carolina Roadside-skipper. Others seen:
>
>
>
> E. Tiger ST – 1
>
> E. Tailed-blue – 2
>
> Anglewing – 1 flyby
>
> Pearl Crescent – a couple dozen
>
> Carolina/Intricate Satyr - same
>
> Duskywings – abundant, most appeared to be Horace’s
>
> Silver-spotted Skipper – 1
>
> No Henry’s Elfins, only a week after seeing fresh ones
>
>
>
> Interesting ode observation: I got there around 3:30 to find dozens if not
> hundreds of Swamp Darners filling the air. 45 minutes later, not a one was
> flying. At both locations I saw some nice clubtails and have put up a
> couple of photos.
>
>
>
> Richard Stickney
>
> NC Museum of Life & Science
>
> www.flickr.com/photos/rstickney
>
>
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>
Subject: Giant Swallowtail
From: Cary Paynter <dmpaynter AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:06:51 -0400
Giant Swallowtail nectaring on Phlox pilosa in the garden today.

Cary Paynter
Wilmington


Subject: Chatham & Harnett Leps & Odes
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:56:48 +0000
Hi all,

Earlier this week I tried again for Cobweb Skippers. I worked Buckhorn Road 
again on Monday before the rain and saw very little - a few Horace's DW, an 
American Lady and several Pearl Crescents. I did get my FOY Gemmed Satyr and 
several Carolina Satyrs. On Wednesday I hit the Raven Rock powerline ROW again. 
A small brown grass skipper got my hopes up but turned out to be a Carolina 
Roadside-skipper. Others seen: 


E. Tiger ST - 1
E. Tailed-blue - 2
Anglewing - 1 flyby
Pearl Crescent - a couple dozen
Carolina/Intricate Satyr - same
Duskywings - abundant, most appeared to be Horace's
Silver-spotted Skipper - 1
No Henry's Elfins, only a week after seeing fresh ones

Interesting ode observation: I got there around 3:30 to find dozens if not 
hundreds of Swamp Darners filling the air. 45 minutes later, not a one was 
flying. At both locations I saw some nice clubtails and have put up a couple of 
photos. 


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

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Subject: Some April butterflies in Buncombe county
From: Doug Johnston <wellsteadwest AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:48:06 -0400
Apologies for this clumping of observations from the previous weeks, but we had 
some prolonged-stay friends with us for quite while. Although they loved to get 
out in the woods, they didnt enjoy the meandering, dawdling, back tracking 
kind of walks that are necessary for anyone interested in finding as many 
insects as possible. 


Below are some sightings (with first seen dates) from April. All are from 
Buncombe county . 


Doug


Pipevine swallowtail - 21st - Local patch
Zebra swallowtail - 9th - game lands
Eastern tiger swallowtail - 9th - Game lands
Appalachian tiger swallowtail - 21st - one only so far. Settled on some 
Carolina vetch (a good blooming of this plant this past few weeks), next to 
some Easter tigers. The difference was marked - larger, paler and also had 
ventral fore wing spots squashed together. 

Spicebush swallowtail - 9th - Game lands
Cabbage white - Not frequent, but most days
Falcate orangetip - Still a few seen (today 24th)
Clouded sulphur -  common on local hay field
Orange sulphur - ditto
Harvester - 22nd - local patch
Henrys elfin -9th -  a new one for the game lands
Red banded hairstreak - 22nd - local patch
ETB - 18th - some quite large, sim. size to Silvery blue
Spring azure - all azures seen well were Springs except for one presumed Summer 
seen on the 18th, ID was based on Springs having a dingy grey ventral 

Summer azure - 18th - A large fresh azure showing clean white ventral
Silvery blue - 21st - worn. Game lands in the usual places
Meadow fritillary - up to 18 in local meadow, one in game lands
Pearl crescent - 16th - several locations, some were worn, so I must have 
missed the first batch 

Eastern comma - 18th - local patch
Mourning cloak - 9th - game lands
American lady - 22nd - local patch
Red admiral - 9th - game lands
Gemmed satyr - 12th - NC Arboretum
Silver spotted skipper - 18th
Dreamy duskywing - 21st - game lands 
Sleepy duskywing - 21st - game lands
Juvenals duskywing - 9th - seems to be the default DW in the county. common
Wild indigo DW - 21st - Game lands. 
Sachem - 24th
Common roadside skipper - 20th -  A new one for the patch



Subject: Butterfly Field Trips In and Near Triangle, NC
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:39:25 -0400
Carolina butterfliers,
 
As you no doubt are aware, currently there is no Carolina Butterfly Society
(CBS) chapter in the Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and
surrounding area) of North Carolina. There is, however, what we might think
of as critical mass of CBS members in this area that could support a
chapter. With that in mind, several of us local North Carolinians on the CBS
board (including one member from the Triangle) met in Hillsborough a couple
of weeks ago to plan some butterfly field trips for the Triangle. We hope
these outings will provide the seeds for starting a local chapter. To help,
members of the Triad Chapter (Greensboro, High Point and Winton-Salem) are
cosponsoring these butterfly walks and many of us will be participants.

Here is our calendar of outings in or near the Triangle for May:

May 9, Sat., 9:30-noon Butterfly filed trip to the world famous Sarah P.
Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708. Direction are on the
website, http://gardens.duke.edu/   We will meet
just outside the lower parking lot at the main entrance. Much of the garden
is in the sun, so bring sunscreen and/or wear appropriate clothing such as
long sleeves, long pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sturdy walking shoes.
Bring water, binoculars and a field guide. Note that the garden is
particularly this time of year so youll probably want a camera. Contact:
Bud Webster 
 
May 16, Sat., 9:30  Butterfly field trip in Cedarock Park, 4242 R Dean
Coleman Rd, Burlington, NC, Alamance Co. 336-570-6759,
http://www.alamance-nc.com/recreation/parks/cedarock-park-3/
 . Meadows,
woodlands and creek side habitats. Great area for breeding American Snouts
and Silvery Checkerspots. Leader: Dennis Burnette 
 
We also are planning a full weekend of field trip on Saturday, June 13, and
Sunday, June 14, to Yates Mill Historic Park, Lake Wheeler, and other sites.
This is being sponsored by the CBS board and all CBS members in both states
are invited. More information will be coming on that.

Do you have other sites you think we should plan to visit in the Triangle
this summer? Email me your ideas and Ill pass along them along to our
committee.

We hope to see you on these outings!
 
Dennis
-- 
Dennis E. Burnette
Greensboro, NC
deburnette AT triad.rr.com
Subject: Wake county leps
From: Brian B <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:32:48 -0400
During windy but sunny day yesterday during falls lake spring bird count

1 e tiger swallowtail
2 e tailed blue
3 gemmed satyr
18 carolina satyr
1 silver spotted skipper
2 wild indigo duskywing
9 juvenals duskywing
1 flyby skipper maybe carolina roadisde as it was the same site as i saw one 
last year, low weakish flight. 


Brian Bockhahn 
Durham NC
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-04/23/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:08:50 -0400
Today I paddled around the lake and explored the greenway and the open
areas below the dam. The weather was sunny and 65F. My complete list is
below. Good butterflying.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3 Eastern Tailed-Blue   1 Pearl Crescent   6
Question Mark   1 Mourning Cloak   1 American Lady   1 Red Admiral   1
Red-spotted Purple   2 Carolina Satyr   1 Silver-spotted Skipper   7
Zabulon Skipper   1
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Re: Frosted Elfins in Gates County, NC
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:07:34 +0000
Butterflies of America has Frosted Elfins from Virginia in subspecies irus

http://butterfliesofamerica.com/L/callophrys_i_irus.htm

and Frosteds from southeastern NC in subspecies arsace

http://butterfliesofamerica.com/L/callophrys_irus_arsace.htm

I don't know how they are supposed to differ, but would be curious to know 
which subspecies the Gates County population belongs to. 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC

On Apr 21, 2015, at 7:26 PM, Harry LeGrand wrote:

Larry Lynch just sent me an e-mail and several photos regarding a very 
important record. He saw 6-8 Frosted Elfins at a site in Gates County, NC, this 
past Saturday. He had seen sundial lupine (Lupinus perennis) at the site last 
year, after the blooming period, and made a note to check the site this spring 
for the elfin. This is the first "modern" record in NC for the northern 40% of 
the Coastal Plain! There is an old record from Gates County, the only county in 
this part of the state with a record for Frosted Elfin. 


One or two of his photos will be uploaded onto the Butterflies of North 
Carolina website shortly. 


Harry LeGrand
Subject: Buncombe County leps
From: Gail Lankford <whocooksforyou64 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:22:13 -0400
After being gone over 3 weeks, I walked our cove yesterday afternoon.

Summer Azure - 1
Spring Azure - 2
Falcate O-T - 1
ETB- 3
Pearl Crescent - 1
Question Mark - 1
SSS - 5
Juvenal DW - 50+
Dreamy DW - 10+
Sleepy DW - 2

Gail Lankford
Subject: Frosted Elfins in Gates County, NC
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:26:44 -0400
Larry Lynch just sent me an e-mail and several photos regarding a very
important record. He saw 6-8 Frosted Elfins at a site in Gates County, NC,
this past Saturday. He had seen sundial lupine (*Lupinus perennis*) at the
site last year, after the blooming period, and made a note to check the
site this spring for the elfin. This is the first "modern" record in NC for
the northern 40% of the Coastal Plain! There is an old record from Gates
County, the only county in this part of the state with a record for Frosted
Elfin.

One or two of his photos will be uploaded onto the Butterflies of North
Carolina website shortly.

Harry LeGrand
Subject: A very few butterflies in Granville County, NC
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:14:38 -0400
I spent 3 hours in the field just north of Camp Butner in Granville County,
today, under sunny and mild conditions. Sadly for butterflies, my work was
inside a hardwood forest, so I saw very little. Here is what I saw:

Falcate Orangetip  1 female
Pearl Crescent 2
Carolina Satyr  2
Juvenal's Duskywing   5

Also a few Common Baskettails, a Fence Lizard, and a Rat Snake. Sadly, no
Timber Rattlesnakes, but we looked hard, as they are in this area.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: Pine Elfin in Pfafftown, Forsyth County
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:12:14 -0400
From 1:00 - 2:00 nearly 70 degrees I found:

Eastern Pine Elfin 1
Juvenal's Duskywing 1 (ultra small male)
Falcate Orange-tip 2 (males)
Silver-spotted Skipper 5
Orange Sulphur 2
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Eastern Tailed-blue 4
Summer Azure 1


It was chilly and windy. I noticed no butterflies in Winston-Salem today!

Gene Schepker
Subject: Reedy Creek , Harvester
From: Chris Talkington <destamona AT carolina.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:39:40 -0400
Nice Harvester at Reedy Creek Nature Center , Mecklenburg County . In parking 
lot behind nature center . 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Rachel Carson Reserve this morning
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:42:54 -0400
This morning, I did a few minutes of lepping during and after my shorebird 
survey at the Rachel Carson Reserve, S of Beaufort, NC.

Observations included 12 "Crystal Skippers" (in about 10 minutes), 3 Juniper 
Hairstreaks, and 8 Phaon Crescents.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Mecklenburg Co. Leps - 4/20/15
From: "Lampel, Lenny L." <Lenny.Lampel AT mecklenburgcountync.gov>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:31:16 +0000
A few Leps spotted yesterday in overcast conditions (between periods of rain) 
at Stevens Creek Nature Preserve, Matthews/Mint Hill (Mecklenburg County). 
Future public access is planned for this site: 


Butterflies:

Spicebush Swallowtail - 2
Pearl Crescent  - 1
Carolina Satyr - 1
Gemmed Satyr  - 1
Silver-spotted Skipper -2


Moths:

Snowberry Clearwing - 1
Luna Moth (freshly eclosed) -1



Lenny Lampel
Natural Resources Coordinator
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
Conservation Science Office
9001 Plaza Road Extension
Charlotte, NC 28215
Office: 704-432-1390
Mobile: 980-722-2095
Fax: 704-432-1420

Lenny.Lampel AT MecklenburgCountyNC.gov 

Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-04/21/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:33:53 -0400
I spent ~15 minutes there earlier this morning and saw 1 Spicebush
Swallowtail and 1 Cabbage White. The weather was sunny and ~60F. Good
butterflyinh.

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Zebra Swallowtail, Forsyth Co. Butterflies
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:59:48 -0400
In between showers, thunder storms and hail, I found in Pfafftown:

Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Eastern Tailed-blue 1
Orange Sulphur 9  (in a heavy stand of vetch in field along the road)

In my yard and garden:

Zebra Swallowtail (Foy in county)
Juvenal's Duskywing 3
Orange Sulphur 1
Question Mark 1

Waiting for weather to improve,
Gene Schepker
Subject: Holly Shelter Gamelands butterflies
From: Paulette Haywood Ogard <habitatdesigns AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:37:52 -0400
After a rainy start, the weather turned around and Sara Bright and I had a 
glorious afternoon in Holly Shelter Gamelands on Saturday, April 18. Here is 
our list: 

Palamedes Swallowtail 50+
Spicebush Swallowtail 6
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
Sleepy Orange 1
Eastern tailed Blue 1
Red banded Hairstreak 2
Frosted Elfin 4 (ovipositing on Baptisia tinctoria)
Pearl Crescent 30
These butteries were seen on one section of road merely .1 mile long. The Dwarf 
Azaleas (R. atlanticum) were in full bloom and their fragrance filled the air. 
The swallowtails were mesmerized by them. It was an ethereal sight. 

--Paulette Ogard
--

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Pitt County, 18 April 2015
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:34:01 -0400
Looks like a female Ashy Clubtail to me, with the help of Paulson's book
and photos on the Odonates of NC website. Lancet is a bit sharper or
blacker (more contrasty), and more slender than this. Lancet is the more
common of the two in your area, but still, this doesn't say "Lancet" to me.

Harry LeGrand

On Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 6:36 PM, Abdulali, Salman  wrote:

> The sun emerged this afternoon, and a few butterflies with it (Pitt
> County, 2015-04-18):
>
> Silver-spotted Skipper, 4
> Common Checkered-Skipper, 3
> Red-banded Hairstreak, 1, first of year
> American Lady, 3, first of year
> Red Admiral, 1, first of year
>
> Nessus Sphinx Moth, 1
>
> plus several sulphurs/whites, a blue, and possibly a  grass skipper which
> remain unidentified.
>
> Also, I need help with a dragonfly id. Here are 2 photos taken a week ago
> at River Park North. Probably either a Lancet or an Ashy Clubtail, but
> which one?
>
> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1f9lof6f0wow6rh/AABj7gyCoRzRNE7J7Z_tQLs8a?dl=0
>
> Salman Abdulali
> Greenville, NC
Subject: Pitt County, 18 April 2015
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:36:37 +0000
The sun emerged this afternoon, and a few butterflies with it (Pitt County, 
2015-04-18): 


Silver-spotted Skipper, 4
Common Checkered-Skipper, 3
Red-banded Hairstreak, 1, first of year
American Lady, 3, first of year
Red Admiral, 1, first of year

Nessus Sphinx Moth, 1

plus several sulphurs/whites, a blue, and possibly a grass skipper which remain 
unidentified. 


Also, I need help with a dragonfly id. Here are 2 photos taken a week ago at 
River Park North. Probably either a Lancet or an Ashy Clubtail, but which one? 


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1f9lof6f0wow6rh/AABj7gyCoRzRNE7J7Z_tQLs8a?dl=0

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Berkeley Co., SC leps April 18, 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:24:45 -0400
Hi All,

Today while leading field trips for the 3rd Annual Citadel Biology Alumni
Gathering at Longwood Plantation, Berkeley Co., SC under cloudy skies I had
the following:

Palamedes Swallowtail 1
Summer Azure violacea form 1
Question Mark 1
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 1
Southern Pearly-eye 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: Polk County
From: David Campbell <david.campbell.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:15:23 -0400
Today in Tryon, Polk County, North Carolina...Childers Tract, North Pacolet 
Valley. 


3- West Virginia White

Rich forest with an abundance of Cardamine concatenata. In the piedmont 
physiographic province. 


David Campbell




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Subject: the duskywing plus Eastern Pine Elfin and Pepper and Salt Skipper pics
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:26:22 -0400
Sorry about the google site that I used for the Duskywing last night.
Google defaults to private showing and makes it difficult to notice that.
Dennis Forsythe ID'd the Duskywing as a Juvenal's, as you'd expect this
time of year, but without the ventral field mark I wasn't sure.  Cherokee
was the only remaining SC county that had no report of this species.

I just added photographs of the Eastern Pine Elfin and Pepper and Salt
Skipper, taken recently, to the *Butterflies of Upstate South Carolina*-

https://sites.google.com/site/southcarolinauplandbutterflies/

Doug Allen
Subject: Article on Tropical Milkweed in Your Home Garden
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:26:53 -0400
Many of us have heard the controversy about planting tropical milkweed in
the garden in the last few months. A lot of information...and
misinformation...has been flying around.  Here is a well written article
that sets out why we have little to worry about in the Carolinas as long as
we live in areas where the leaves and stems die down to the ground each
year.
 
> 
http://nababutterfly.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Tropical-Milkwee 

> d.pdf


Dennis
-- 
Dennis Burnette
Greensboro, NC
deburnette AT triad.rr.com
Subject: COWPENS BATTLEFIELD CHEROKEE COUNTY
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:32:00 -0400
Spent 90 minutes in Cherokee County.  Dennis Forsythe led 4 excellent field
trips in Upstate SC this past weekend and left a little early Sunday to see
if he could find a Juvenal's Duskywing in Cherokee County, one of two SC
counties where they haven't been sighted.
They were abundant in Pickens County Saturday and Sunday.
Unsuccessful late Sunday afternoon at Cowpens,, Dennis emailed me to have a
go at it since I live only 30 minutes from Cherokee County.
Today when the sun started to break through, I drove over there.  With
occasional sun, I found a FOY Gray Hairstreak, an Am. Lady, a spring Azure,
and 2 Sleepy Orange from the gravel/dirt battlefield  trails.  Then I drove
to the nature trail, but it was now cloudy.  After 30 minutes,
butterflyless, I was ready to give up.  I decided to walk just a little
further, and there it was!  It kept landing on the ground so no chance to
photograph the underside field marks. I'm not expert of confident enough to
call it a female Juvenal's or a female Horace's.  Do we have a new county
record for the Juvenal's or not?

Doug Allen  Inman, SC

https://plus.google.com/photos/114446304105523815248/albums/6138828973763944337
Subject: CBS SC Mt Field Trip Results
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:25:00 -0400
 *South Carolina Mountain Weekend*

*April 11-12, 2015*


 The Carolina Butterfly Society's South Carolina Mountain Weekend was a
success with extremely favorable weather and a congenial group. The only
disappointment was, the same one experienced by the Midlands Chapter on
their field trip to Chesterfield County the previous week, a lack of early
season butterflies.


 On Saturday, April 11,we covered Sassafras Mountain, Pickens County in the
mourning, a very crowded Caesar's Head State Park in the early afternoon
and Ooleney State Park briefly in the late afternoon The later two parks
are in Greenville County. Dennis Forsythe was our trip leader. In
attendance were Doug Allen, Carl Ganser, Dave and Marty Kastner, Jeff
Kline, Paul Seibert and Sherry Robertson.


 *Sassafras Mountain and road*

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4

Spring Azure 4

Azure species 3

Gemmed Satyr 1

Satyr species 1

Silver-spotted Skipper 1

Juvenal's Duskywing approx. 98



 *Caesar’s Head SP*

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3

Falcate Orangetip 1

Cloudless Sulphur 1

Spring Azure 1

Azure species 2

Pearl Crescent 1

Juvenal's Duskywing 6


 *Ooleney SP*

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3

Falcate Orangetip 1

Cloudless Sulphur 4

Eastern Tailed-Blue 2

Carolina Satyr 1

Juvenal's Duskywing 10


 On Sunday, April 12, we spent the morning exploring the Peach Orchard
Angler's Access and The Nature Conservancy's Nine Times Preserve in the
afternoon. Both locations are in Pickens County. Dennis Forsythe was our
trip leader for the Peach Orchard and Jeff Click was our trip leader for
the Nine Times Preserve. In attendance were Doug Allen, Jeff Click, Jean
Fontaine, Carl Ganser, Dave and Marty Kastner, and Jeff Kline.


 *Peach Orchard Angler Access*

Pipevine Swallowtail 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4

West Virginia White 2

Red-banded Hairstreak 1

Hairstreak species 1

Spring Azure 4

Azure species 4

Red Admiral 1

Gemmed Satyr 1

Carolina/Intricate Satyr 1

Juvenal’s Duskywing approx. 52

Horace’s Duskywing 1

Duskywing species 1

Silver-spotted Skipper 3


 *Nine Times Preserve*

Pipevine Swallowtail 1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 12

Spicebush Swallowtail 1

Swallowtail species 1

West Virginia White 3 (one female ovipositing on Cut Leaf Toothworth
(*Cardamine
concatenata*) Egg found)

Pearl Crescent 1

Question Mark 1

Red-spotted Purple 1

Carolina/Intricate Satyr 1

Silver-spotted Skipper 4

Juvenal’s Duskywing approx. 165

*Pepper and Salt Skipper 1*


 Marty Kastner and 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: Re: Harnett & Chatham County butterflies
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:02:06 -0400
A while back, the NC Natural Heritage Program tracked this species, and
then as records accumulated, we moved it to the Watch List. But, with the
severe cold weather of the last 3 Feb/March periods, some early season
butterflies have taken a hit. Looks like Cobweb Skipper is one of those. In
addition, the formerly ubiquitous Juvenal's Duskywing is hardly ubiquitous
now, though it can still be locally abundant. That one has also taken a
major hit.

I'll wait and see how the spring unfolds, but it looks like NHP will
probably put Cobweb Skipper back on the State Significantly Rare list and
start tracking again.

At least Richard is trying the right place and habitat -- wide upland
powerline cuts are indeed to best places to look for it in the Piedmont. Of
course, most I have worked don't have them (e.g., the powerline on the east
side of Big Lake at Umstead State Park), and all that I have walked in
border counties in Granville (such as Picture Creek north of Butner),
Person, and Caswell.


Sadly, most of the next 5-6 days are expected to be gloomy, cloudy, rainy,
etc.  Richard -- were the bird's-foot violets in bloom in the powerline?
The Cobweb Skippers liked to nectar on them!

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 2:18 PM, Richard Stickney 
wrote:

>  Hi all,
>
>
>
> On Sunday and Monday I did two forays to Raven Rock State Park, mostly the
> north side powerline cut where Cobweb Skippers have been seen. After 5
> years I still haven’t found one, but it’s still a fun place to find leps
> and odes. The big find this time was Henry’s Elfins, 15 the first day (late
> afternoon) and 13 the second day (early afternoon). Most were seen
> puddling. Others seen (4/12 then 4/13):
>
> E. Tiger Swallowtail – 0, 1 FOY
>
> Spicebush ST – 0, 1 FOY
>
> Sleepy Orange – 1, 0
>
> Juniper Hairstreak – 0, 1 FOY
>
> Summer Azure – 1, 0
>
> E. Tailed-blue – 1, 2
>
> Pearl Crescent – 1, 1
>
> Silver-spotted Skipper – 1, 1
>
> Duskywings – abundant, most appeared to be Horace’s but a few Juvenal’s
>
>
>
> On Monday late afternoon, as it got cloudier, I checked out Buckhorn Road
> of NC 42 at Corinth. (There are 2 roads by that name, so I’m specifying.)
> This goes through game lands down to the river. I saw my FOY 3 Zebra
> Swallowtails and FOY 2 American Ladies as I checked out a powerline cut
> that also looked good for Cobweb Skippers. I’ll make one more survey down
> there in the next week or so.
>
>
>
>
>
> Richard Stickney
>
> NC Museum of Life & Science
>
> www.flickr.com/photos/rstickney
>
>
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Subject: Harnett & Chatham County butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:18:24 +0000
Hi all,

On Sunday and Monday I did two forays to Raven Rock State Park, mostly the 
north side powerline cut where Cobweb Skippers have been seen. After 5 years I 
still haven't found one, but it's still a fun place to find leps and odes. The 
big find this time was Henry's Elfins, 15 the first day (late afternoon) and 13 
the second day (early afternoon). Most were seen puddling. Others seen (4/12 
then 4/13): 

E. Tiger Swallowtail - 0, 1 FOY
Spicebush ST - 0, 1 FOY
Sleepy Orange - 1, 0
Juniper Hairstreak - 0, 1 FOY
Summer Azure - 1, 0
E. Tailed-blue - 1, 2
Pearl Crescent - 1, 1
Silver-spotted Skipper - 1, 1
Duskywings - abundant, most appeared to be Horace's but a few Juvenal's

On Monday late afternoon, as it got cloudier, I checked out Buckhorn Road of NC 
42 at Corinth. (There are 2 roads by that name, so I'm specifying.) This goes 
through game lands down to the river. I saw my FOY 3 Zebra Swallowtails and FOY 
2 American Ladies as I checked out a powerline cut that also looked good for 
Cobweb Skippers. I'll make one more survey down there in the next week or so. 



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

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Subject: A few Robeson County, NC, butterflies
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:10:29 -0400
I visited a private tract next to Lumber River State Park in eastern
Robeson County today, for acquisition purposes. Despite cloudy skies, rain
held off, and temps were warm enough (mid to upper 70s) that butterflies
were flying in decent numbers. However, nearly all were Palamedes
Swallowtails. The size and behavior of these early spring individuals, as
compared with the larger summer brood, was shocking. These guys flew quite
rapidly, almost frenetically, like Black Swallowtails or Pipevine
Swallowtails, and not the slow, wafting flight so characteristic of the
ones in summer and fall. Here is my list (for April 14):

Zebra Swallowtail  1    a nice surprise
Black Swallowtail 2
Spicebush Swallowtail 2
E. Tiger Swallowtail 1
Palamedes Swallowtail 45
Pearl Crescent 1  (the ONLY non swallowtail among true butterflies!)
Silver-spotted Skipper  5
Juvenal's Duskywing  1
ZARUCCO DUSKYWNG  1  female; nectaring on Vaccinium tenellum
dark skippers, presumably duskywings  (non-SSS)  5

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

P.S,  I saw 6 species of dragonflies, including large numbers (20+) of
Painted Skimmers, plus one Harlequin Darner. There weren't any notable
birds, but we did see a gray-phase Eastern Fox Squirrel, a scarce species
in Robeson County.
Subject: Henry's Elfin hosts
From: Paulette Haywood Ogard <habitatdesigns AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:51:45 +0000
















Last week I was fortunate enough to observe a Henrys Elfin
ovipositing on Carolina Buckthorn (Frangula
caroliniana) here in central Alabama. Depending on the locale, redbud, hollies,
and blueberries are also larval foods. Has anyone seen Henrys Elfins laying
eggs or found caterpillars on any of these or other plants? Thanks!

--Paulette Ogard 



Paulette Haywood Ogard/co-author, Butterflies of Alabama: Glimpses into Their 
Lives/ Birmingham, Alabama 


 		 	   		  
Subject: A (very) few Mecklenburg County leps
From: drivesa3 AT aol.com <drivesa3@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:33:51 GMT





  Overcast skies didn't help, but along 6-mile Creek Greenway I did 
manage:Pearl Crescent (first of the year)Colias sp.Falcate Orangetip (finally, 
a male!) 

 I was birding mostly and it was very slow too, but I did get 
this:https://www.flickr.com/photos/95580865 AT N07/17138315611/ George 
Andrews Indian Tail, NC 

Sent from my LG G3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

Subject: Person Co., NC butterflies-04/13/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:49:47 -0400
Today I worked in a few streams and saw some butterflies during the day.
Totals from each site are below. Good butterflying.

Deep Creek  AT  SR 1734 (Smith Rd.)
E. Tiger Swallowtail 1
Orange Sulphur 1

North Flat River  AT  SR 1715 (Helena Moriah Rd.)
E. Tiger Swalllwtail 3
E. Tailed-Blue 3

South Flat River  AT  NC 157 (Hurdle Mills Rd.)
Falcate Orangetip 1

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Forsyth Co Butterflies 4/12 and 4/13
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:51:50 -0400
Sunday 4/12 Central Forsyth
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Summer Azure 1
Cloudless Sulphur 1 (FOY in NC)
Sleepy Orange 1

Monday 4/13 yard and garden, Central Forsyth 9;00 - 9:30, sunny and cool
Eastern Tailed-blue 1
Juniper Hairstreak 1
Hairstreak sp. 1

I joined Sven Halling at Tanglewood (Southeastern Forsyth) from 12:00 -
2:00 under cloudy skies, Monday 4/13

Falcate Orange
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Eastern Comma 1 (FOY)
Easter Tailed-blue 2
Azure 1
Sleepy Orange 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 3
Cabbage White 1

The sun never came out in two hours and we gave it up after it started
sprinkling!
Gene Schepker (and Sven Halling)
Subject: Frosted Elfin timing
From: Paulette Haywood Ogard <habitatdesigns AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:23:14 +0000
















Trying to schedule a trip to Holly Shelter Gamelands in hopes
of seeing and photographing fresh Frosted Elfins. Has anybody checked there for 
them yet this 

year?  Thanks!



Paulette Haywood Ogard/co-author, Butterflies of Alabama: Glimpses into Their 
Lives/ Birmingham, Alabama 


 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: SSS
From: drivesa3 AT aol.com <drivesa3@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:08:09 GMT





 Saw my first of season Union County, NC SSS as well. Wouldn't have seen it had 
it not been frequently leaving its high perch to chase a Common Baskettail 
dragonfly that cruised the area! Had a pair of Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, too. 

 George Andrews Indian Trail, NC

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------ Original message------From: Ginger KopkaDate: Sun, Apr 12, 2015 18:37To: 
carolinaleps AT duke.edu;Subject:SSS 

Fresh Silver Spotted Skipper, tiger Swallowtail and Eastern Tailed Blue today 
in Greenville Co, Sc. Ginger KopkaSent from my iPad 
Subject: SSS
From: Ginger Kopka <gkopka1 AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 18:37:15 -0400
Fresh Silver Spotted Skipper, tiger Swallowtail and Eastern Tailed Blue today 
in Greenville Co, Sc. 

Ginger Kopka

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Polk County
From: David Campbell <david.campbell.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:37:26 -0400
Columbus, Polk County, North Carolina...

1- Fresh- looking Harvester perched on mature Beech tree in bottomland forest 
with many large Beech present. 


With Dennis Herman and Jack
Campbell

-David Campbell
 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Pitt County, 12 April 2015
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:29:59 +0000
Butterflies seen today (2015-04-12) in Pitt County:

Silver-spotted Skipper, 1, Pitt County Arboretum
Common Checkered-Skipper, 2, Boyd Lee Park
Orange Sulphur, 1, Boyd Lee Park, first identifiable sulphur of the year
Cabbage White, 2
Eastern Tailed-Blue, 1, Boyd Lee Park, first of year

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Wake county leps from bio blitz workshop
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 13:48:10 -0400
Helped John C and the WakeNature preserve group with the insect portion of
a bio blitz training on Friday April 10.  More techniques than a blitz, we
used aerial nets, sweep nets, beat sheets and litter sifting to find our
bugs.  Tallied some leps and more, and clearly I like spiders too...

LEPIDOPTERA

2 Pipevine Swallowtail
2 Zebra Swallowtail
1 E. Tiger Swallowtail
3 Falcate Orangetip
1 Sleepy Orange
1 Eastern Tailed-blue
1 Pearl Crescent
1 anglewing sp
1 Juvenal's Duskywing

Fall Cankerworm
Tulip Tree Beauty
E. Tent Caterpillar
Canadian Melanophila
Diamondback Moth
Maple Twig Borer Moth Proteotarus aesculana
Common Gray Moth

ODONATA

Swamp Darner
Lancet Clubtail
Twin-spotted Spiketail
Stream Cruiser
Blue Corporal
Blue Dasher
Common Whitetail
Fragile Forktail

COLEOPTERA

Soldier Beetle Atalantycha bilineata
a click beetle Limonius quercinus
Red-necked False Blister Beetle Asclera ruficollis
a Scarab Anomala undulate
Bumblebee Flower Beetle Euphoria inda
20 spotted Lady Beetle Pysllobora vigintimaculata
small green leaf beetle Lebia viridis
Ant like long horned beetle Euderces pini

HEMIPTERA

Four-spotted Clover Leafhopper Agalia quadripunctata
Zeae Sharpshooter Draeculacephala zeae
Buffalo Treehopper Stictocephala diceros
Black-faced Leafhopper Graminella nigrifrons
Green Stink Bug
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
a stilt leg bug Jalysus spinosus (2ND NRID RECORD)

HYMENOPTERA
Spring Beauty Andrena Andrena erigeniae
Eastern Carpenter Bee Xylocopa virgnica
Northern Paper Wasp Polistes fuscatus
small green carpenter bee Ceratina strenua (1st NRID and possibly 1st NC
record)
Black carpenter ant
Red carpenter ant
Acrobat ant

DIPTERA
Hover Bee Fly Bombylius major
Common House Fly

ORTHOPTERA
Black-sided Grouse Locust Tettigidea lateralis
Tetrix arenosa

MANTODEA
Carolina Mantid egg case

PSOCIDAE
Barklice Teliapsocus conterminous (1st for NRID)

MYRIAPOD
Giant American Millipede
Peach-pit Millipede Aepheloria tigana

ARACHNIDS
Conical Trashline Orbweaver Cyclosa conica
Bowl and Doily Spider Frontinella communis
Lance Wolf Spider Schizocosa avida
Brush-legged Wolf Spider Schizocosa crassipes
Magnolia Green Jumper Lyssomanes viridis
Green Lynx Spider Peucetia viridans
Striped Lynx Spider Oxyopes salticus
Bronze Jumper Eris militaris
a jumping spider Hentzia mitrata (only recorded from 3 state parks)
Peppered Jumper Pelegrina galathea
Flat Jumper Platycryptus undatus
Venusta Orchard Orbweaver Leucauge venusta
Common House Spider Achaearanea tepidariorum
Leafy Cobweb Spider Theridion frondeum
Northern Crab Spider Mecaphesa asperatus
a crab spider Synema parvulum
a pirate spider Mimetus puritanus (4th NRID record)
a running crab spider Philodromus praelustris (2nd NRID record)
a ghost spider Wolfila albens (1st NRID record)

-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Central Forsyth County Butterflies 4/11
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:46:42 -0400
Yesterday, while working in the yard, garden, and walking the neighborhood
we had:


Silver-spotted Skipper (1 Foy here)
Sleepy Orange 1
Orange Sulphur 2 (very fresh, nectaring on Ground Ivy)
Summer Azure 1
Falcate Orange-tip 5 (female seemed to be ovipositing on a cress plant but
we could
                                  not find eggs)
Cabbage White 1

Sunny and very dry!
Gene Schepker (and Lois Schneider)
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Yates Mill Co. Park-04/11/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:30:35 -0400
Today I walked the Creekside and Mill Pond Trails. The weather was sunny
and in the mid-70's. The highlight among my 7 species were 2 Carolina
Roadside-Skippers at the loop at the end of the Creekside Trail where is a
lot of Arundinaria and Microstegium. The only nectaring was the
roadside-skipper on Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia var. sororia). My
complete list is below. Good butterflying.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1 Cabbage White 2 Falcate Orangetip 1 Sleepy
Orange 1 Red Admiral   1 Juvenal's/Horace's Duskywing 1 Carolina
Roadside-Skipper   2
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Mecklenburg Butterflies
From: TNT Sanders <tsanders1993 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 17:38:09 -0400
While birding in Mecklenburg County this morning a group of us had the 
following butterflies. 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 1Falcate Orangetip - 2Azure sp. - 2American Snout - 
1Question Mark - 1Polygonia sp. - 2Red Admiral - 1Gemmed Satyr - 1Juvenal's 
Duskywing - 2 

Tom SandersCharlotte, NC


 		 	   		  
Subject: Pitt County, 11 April 2015
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 21:06:49 +0000
3 identifiable butterfies seen today (Pitt County, 2015-04-11), including two 
first-of-year skippers: 


Silver-spotted Skipper, 1, Pitt County Arboretum
Common Checkered-Skipper, 1, River Park North
Cabbage White, 1, Pitt County Arboretum

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: western NC butterflies-4/6 through 4/9/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:54:51 -0400
I worked in various mountain counties this week and saw a few butterflies
during the work days. I didn't have binoculars so I couldn't ID the azures
to species level, so I just listed them all as Celastrina sp. I presume
that all the tiger swallowtails I saw were Eastern (glaucus) as opposed to
Appalachian (appalachiensis) due to the latters later emergence, but if I
presume wrong please correct me. The duskywing I listed as Juvenal's could
have been a Horace's (I didn't see the underside), but it was rather worn
so I called it a Juvenal's. All sightings were at elevations ranging from
1900' to 2400'. My list by date and county is below. Good butterflying.

4/8/2015; Madison Co. at the Forks of The Ivy (where Little Ivy Creek flows
into Ivy Creek)
Falcate Orangetip 3
Orange Sulphur 1
E. Tiger Swallowtail 1
Cabbage White 2

4/8/2015; Haywood Co. at the Ferguson Bridge over the Pigeon River
Falcate Orangetip 1
Celastrina sp. 1
Cabbage White 1

4/9/2015; Transylvania Co. at the French Broad River in Rosman, NC
E. Tiger Swallowtail 9
Cabbage White 2
Orange Sulphur 1
Celastrina sp. 5
Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Durham, NC b'flies today (4-11-15)
From: Jeff Pippen <jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:21:19 -0400
Butterfliers,

I led a 90 minute lunchtime butterfly hike for the Ellerbee Creek Watershed 
Association in Durham, NC today. Skies were mostly cloudy but the sun poked 
through a bit and temps were near 80. Here’s what we saw. 


Zebra Swallowtail, 2
Sleepy Orange, 1
Falcate Orangetip, 4
elfin sp., 2, dogfighting for a couple of minutes 20 feet up in loblolly pine
Eastern Tailed-Blue, 15
Pearl Crescent, 1
anglewing sp., 1
Juvenal’s Duskywing, 6
duskywing sp. 3, non-perching fly-bys

Have a great weekend!

Jeff
--
Jeffrey S. Pippen
Durham, NC
http://www.jeffpippen.com/
Subject: Elfin Trifecta
From: David Campbell <david.campbell.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:21:03 -0400
Yesterday, April 9 in Hickory, Catawba County, Geitner Park:

3 Pine Elfins, along dirt path amongst White Pine.

1 Henry's Elfin perched on Blueberry plants in a large thicket of Blueberries 
(Vaccinium pallidum) along woodland path. 


1 Brown Elfin, nectaring on Cypress Spurge in a powerline ROW. 

Top that! ;)

David Campbell

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Pine Elfin
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:19:22 -0400
Mecklenburg County, NC. Remember folks to give a state, and preferably a
county, for your observations.
(I enter them in the Excel file that I send to Tom Howard at the end of the
year; county is an essential data piece.)

Nice record -- it's been such a slow spring in the Carolinas that few
goodies have been reported; I consider this a goodie, as it is
unpredictable where it shows up --i.e., no stake-out places for it.

Harry LeGrand
Raliegh

On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 9:41 AM, Chris Talkington  wrote:

> Pine Elfin this morning at Reedy Creek NP , Chris
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
Subject: Pine Elfin
From: Chris Talkington <destamona AT carolina.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:41:14 -0400
Pine Elfin this morning at Reedy Creek NP , Chris 

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Subject: Union County, NC Leps
From: drivesa3 AT aol.com <drivesa3@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 02:02:18 GMT





  At Cane Crrek Park from 2 until 4 this afternoon, found:Juvenal's Duskywing 
- 4Red-banded Hairstreak (my first)Gemmed Satyr - 2Eastern Tiger 
SwallowtailColias - 1 along powerline cut 

 I was distracted by a fair amount of bird and ode activity. Warblers were 
mostly Yellow-rumped but worth sorting through. 

 George Andrews Indian Trail, NC
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Subject: 04/09/15 Dinkins Bottoms, Yadkin County , NC.
From: Sven Halling <shalling AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 20:28:39 -0400 (EDT)
Mostly sunny weather, 80 F and muggy. Butterflied  between 03.30-05.00

Zebra Swallowtail		4
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail	3
Cabbage White			2
Falcate Orangetip		13
Orange Sulphur			5
Sleepy Orange			6
Juniper Hairstreak		3
Summer Azure			4
Pearl Crescent			1
Red Admiral			1
Silver-spotted Skipper		2
Juvenal’s Duskywing		2


Sven Halling
Lewisville, NC
Subject: Re: Various sightings
From: drivesa3 AT aol.com <drivesa3@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 23:09:32 GMT





  Thanks, Harry! I can certainly accept that, especially after looking through 
many online pics of both species. Now, to find a male.... 

 George
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------ Original message------From: Harry LeGrandDate: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 12:18To: 
drivesa3 AT aol.com;Cc: Carolinaleps;Subject:Re: Various sightings 

George:
Have never seen a Falcate Orangetip?  I think you probably did yesterday. I 
would suggest that most or all of your Cabbage Whites "surprisingly deep in the 
forest" were female Falcate Orangetips. It is hard to get Falcate Orangetips to 
stop on a flower, and most female just keep on flying. Males are normally 
obvious in flight by the orange on the tip of the wing, but females would look 
like a slightly small Cabbage White in flight. And, I would not expect a 
Cabbage White, much less 6, to be deep inside a forest in the Uwharries, as 
that sounds like perfect habitat for Falcate Orangetips. 

Harry LeGrand
On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 11:45 AM, drivesa3 AT aol.com  wrote:
 I took a 12-mile hike in the Uwharrie Mountains yesterday (Uwharrie/Dutchman's 
Creek loop) and saw the following:Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (drifting around 
Carolina Jessamine)Gemmed Satyr - 2  (dry, wooded ridge)Juvenal's Duskywing - 
abundant (fewer than the total steps I took, but just as pointless trying to 
count!)Cabbage White - 6 (separate sightings but all surprisingly deep in the 
forest)Orange Sulphur - 4 (along powerline cut)Azure - 5 This was a 6-hour 
hike that took 7 hours due in large part to careful observation of the 
Duskywings! Still looking for my first ever Falcate Orangetip. 

 On Monday, visited the McDowell Prairie Rstoration in Mecklenburg County and 
found:Juvenal's Duskywing - 12Eastern Tailed Blue - 6 (w/pics)Eastern Tiger 
Swallowtail 

 On a 45-minute walk at Cane Creek Park (Union County, NC), I saw:Juvenal's 
Duskywing - 10 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Azure - 5 

 Red-fringed Emerald (mistook the reflection of its target tree on my 
windshield for the real thing?) 

George AndrewsIndian Trail, NC
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Subject: Moore County Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 20:55:26 +0000
Hi all,

Yesterday afternoon I made a trip to Weymouth Woods and Lake Aberdeen. First 
for Weymouth Woods: 

Azures - several of varying sizes, perhaps including Holly Azure
Buckeye - 1 FOY
Juvenal's Duskywing - 1
Sleepy Duskywing - 1
Flyby Duskywings - several

Later on I went over to Lake Aberdeen to look for Hessel's Hairstreaks. It was 
late on a warm afternoon and plenty of flowers were about, but I failed to find 
any. I saw a Pearl Crescent (FOY), Silver-spotted Skipper (FOY) and a couple of 
azures and that was it. Not much of a day overall compared to what I usually 
find down there. 


Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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Subject: West Forsyth County Butterflies
From: nottke1 <nottke1 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 15:36:04 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Between 11am and 3pm today on my farm under sunny skies, I saw several firsts 
for the year. 

Full list;

1  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
4  Falcate Orangetip, 3 male, 1 female, first female of the year.
3  Sleepy Orange
2  Juniper Hairstreak
1  Eastern Pine Elfin   FOY, on apple blossom
9  Azure
1  Eastern Tailed BLue    FOY 
1  Questionmark   on birch sap
2  American Snout   FOY  ovipositing on Hackberry
1  Silver Spotted Skipper   FOY  on redbud

Jim Nottke
Pfafftown
Subject: Palamedes Swallowtail on james IS, SC April 9, 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 11:31:43 -0400
Hi All,

I have had a female Palamedes Swallowtail laying eggs in a Red Bay in my
yard this morning.

Dennis

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South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
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843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
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Subject: Megathymus yuccae
From: David Campbell <david.campbell.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 12:46:15 -0400
Tuesday- 2 adults, Bakers Mountain, Catawba County.

Wednesday- 1 adult, Westminster, Rutherford County.

Freshly deposited ovae on leaves of Yucca filamentosa at both sites. 

David Campbell 



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Subject: Re: Various sightings
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 12:18:03 -0400
George:

Have never seen a Falcate Orangetip?  I think you probably did yesterday. I
would suggest that most or all of your Cabbage Whites "surprisingly deep in
the forest" were female Falcate Orangetips. It is hard to get Falcate
Orangetips to stop on a flower, and most female just keep on flying. Males
are normally obvious in flight by the orange on the tip of the wing, but
females would look like a slightly small Cabbage White in flight. And, I
would not expect a Cabbage White, much less 6, to be deep inside a forest
in the Uwharries, as that sounds like perfect habitat for Falcate
Orangetips.

Harry LeGrand

On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 11:45 AM, drivesa3 AT aol.com  wrote:

>  I took a 12-mile hike in the Uwharrie Mountains yesterday
> (Uwharrie/Dutchman's Creek loop) and saw the following:
>
> Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (drifting around Carolina Jessamine)
>
> Gemmed Satyr - 2  (dry, wooded ridge)
>
> Juvenal's Duskywing - abundant (fewer than the total steps I took, but
> just as pointless trying to count!)
>
> Cabbage White - 6 (separate sightings but all surprisingly deep in the
> forest)
>
> Orange Sulphur - 4 (along powerline cut)
>
> Azure - 5
>
>  This was a 6-hour hike that took 7 hours due in large part to careful
> observation of the Duskywings! Still looking for my first ever Falcate
> Orangetip.
>
>
>  On Monday, visited the McDowell Prairie Rstoration in Mecklenburg County
> and found:
>
> Juvenal's Duskywing - 12
>
> Eastern Tailed Blue - 6 (w/pics)
>
> Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
>
>
>  On a 45-minute walk at Cane Creek Park (Union County, NC), I saw:
>
> Juvenal's Duskywing - 10
>
>  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
>
>  Azure - 5
>
>
>  Red-fringed Emerald (mistook the reflection of its target tree on my
> windshield for the real thing?)
>
>
> George Andrews
>
> Indian Trail, NC
>
>
>
> Sent from my LG G3, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
>
Subject: Various sightings
From: drivesa3 AT aol.com <drivesa3@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 15:45:04 GMT





 I took a 12-mile hike in the Uwharrie Mountains yesterday (Uwharrie/Dutchman's 
Creek loop) and saw the following:Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (drifting around 
Carolina Jessamine)Gemmed Satyr - 2  (dry, wooded ridge)Juvenal's Duskywing - 
abundant (fewer than the total steps I took, but just as pointless trying to 
count!)Cabbage White - 6 (separate sightings but all surprisingly deep in the 
forest)Orange Sulphur - 4 (along powerline cut)Azure - 5 This was a 6-hour 
hike that took 7 hours due in large part to careful observation of the 
Duskywings! Still looking for my first ever Falcate Orangetip. 

 On Monday, visited the McDowell Prairie Rstoration in Mecklenburg County and 
found:Juvenal's Duskywing - 12Eastern Tailed Blue - 6 (w/pics)Eastern Tiger 
Swallowtail 

 On a 45-minute walk at Cane Creek Park (Union County, NC), I saw:Juvenal's 
Duskywing - 10 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Azure - 5 

 Red-fringed Emerald (mistook the reflection of its target tree on my 
windshield for the real thing?) 

George AndrewsIndian Trail, NC
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Subject: Giant Swallowtail on James Is, SC
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 08:03:42 -0400
Hi All,

On 8 April 2015 we had a Giant Swallowtail in our yard on James Is, SC.
Also for the last 3 days we have had a Question Mark hanging aour our
hackberry tree.

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: Fresh Tigers, Faded Lady PMSP
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:03:04 -0400
From 1:30 - 3:00 on Pilot Mountain summit I found:

American Lady 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
Juvenal Duskywing 23 (all males by behavior and digital review)
Falcate Orange-tip 7 (all males)
Azure sp. 1
Colias sp. 1

Black Huckleberry started showing its red leaf buds, Ash-leafed
Golden-banner is up, and bristly locust is beginning to put on leaves.
Mostly Sunny with occasional overcast, 75 degrees.  The lawn dandelions
were the only blossoms I noticed today.

Gene Schepker
Subject: Wake Co. Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:53:25 +0000
Hi all,

I went over to eastern Wake County on Sunday, to Temple Flat Rock and the 
nearby Rolesville outcrops. Here's the BF list: 

Black Swallowtail - 1 FOY
Falcate Orange Tip - 3 all at Rolesville
Azure - 1
Duskywing - 1 flyby
Sleepy Orange - 1 FOY

It was a good day for odes - lots of Blue Corporals and Lancet Clubtails, 
several Stream Cruisers, a Springtime Darner and my first Twin-spotted 
Spiketail (got some nice pix, too). 



Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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Subject: CBS Midlands Chapter Trip Report
From: <kastners AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 13:19:35 +0000
Carolina Butterfly Society Midlands Chapter Trip Report

Cheraw State Park &

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

4/4/15

 

The morning at Cheraw State Park was cloudy and cool with sun breaking through. 
The afternoon at Carolina Sandhills NWR was sunnier with gusts of wind at times 
that kept it feeling slightly cool. Temperatures reached the high 60’s. 
Dennis Forsythe was out trip leader. In attendance were Jerry and Pat Bright 
and grandson Cody, Jeff Kline, Chris and Cheryl Talkington (Cheryl PM only) and 
Dave and Marty Kastner. The first number below is from Cheraw SP and the second 
from Carolina Sandhills NWR. 


 

 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail   2, 1

Spicebush Swallowtail   0, 1

Sleepy Orange   0, 1

Cloudless Sulphur   1, 0

Great Purple Hairstreak   1, 0

Henry’s Elfin   4, 0

Brown Elfin   0, 1

Elfin species   2, 0

Spring Azure   1,   unknown 

Summer Azure   0,   unknown 

Azure species   18, approx. 40 

Eastern Tailed-blue   2, 2

Common Buckeye   0, 2

Juvenal’s Duskywing   7, approx. 60 

Sleepy Duskywing   0, 2

Duskywing species   3, unknown    

Silver-spotted Skipper   0, 1

 

At Carolina Sandhills NWR we found a large, very muddy area with a small stream 
running through it. Duskywings and Azures were flying and landing everywhere. 
It was impossible to count them. It was only through digital photos that we 
discovered the Sleepy Duskywings. We don’t know how many more of them there 
were, but we did see others that looked like the ones in the photos. 


 

Marty  






Dave & Marty Kastner
Blythewood, SC
Richland County
Subject: Yadkin Co. Dinkins Bottom
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2015 17:09:40 -0400
I walked from 2:00 -3:00 along a farm road and found:

Sleepy Orange 7
Falcate Orange-tip 9
Mourning Cloak 1
Juvenal's Duskywing 3
Question Mark 2
Colias sp. 1
Summer Azure 1

A little windy with alternating sunshine and overcast, 70 degrees.

Gene Schepker
Subject: South Brunswick Leps
From: <shawnlane07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2015 16:00:16 -0400 (EDT)
04/06/15 Midway road

Cutting some survey line, mild and sunny mid 70's windy, 10 to 15 knots.

7 sleepy orange
1 Black swallowtail
2 Tiger S.T. 1 badly worn at least a week old.
10 cloudless sulphur
2 painted lady

Shawn Lane
Subject: Pitt County, 6 April 2015
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2015 19:13:41 +0000
M. S. Ravi and I saw a few butterflies today (Pitt County, 2015-04-06):

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, 1 (not seen by me)
Falcate Orange Tip, 1 male
Cabbage White, 2
HARVESTER, 1
Mourning Cloak, 1 (not seen by me)

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Re: Zebra location
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 13:04:08 -0400
You also forgot to say who you are. When I enter butterfly records in the
Excel file, I'd like a name other than "Piedmont Gardener".

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

On Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 6:08 PM,  wrote:

> Sorry. Forgot to say I'm in NE Chatham county.
>
> --
> Blogging at http://piedmontgardener.com
>
>
Subject: 2014 season summary
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 00:58:23 +0000
The 2014 season summary from the Lepidopterists' Society has 3 butterfly 
records from North Carolina: 


Hoary Edge, Concord, Cabarrus County, 2014-06-12, reported by Darryl Willis
Juvenal's Duskywing, Concord, Cabarrus County, 2014-04-20, reported by Darryl 
Willis 

DION SKIPPER, Concord, Cabarrus County, 2014-06-14, reported by Darryl Willis

See page 195 of the News of the Lepidopterists' Society, Volume 57 (2015), 
Supplement 1: 


http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/nls/2010s/2015/2015_v57_s1.pdf

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Brown Elfins at Occoneechee
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 15:50:36 +0000
Hi all,

After work yesterday I went looking for Brown Elfins at Occoneechee Mtn. 
(Orange Co.) and found 7, mostly nectaring on the first blueberry flowers. I 
also saw two Duskywings fly by, plus a couple of azures. 


Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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Subject: Fwd: Pitt County, early April 2015
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 15:19:54 +0000
There are excellent illustrations of azures on page 5 of the following paper:

Pavulaan & Wright (2005), Celastrina serotina (Lycaenidae: Polyommatinae): a 
new butterfly species from the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, 
Taxonomic Report 6-6 


http://lepsurvey.carolinanature.com/ttr/ttr-6-6.pdf

Based on these illustrations I believe the azure photos linked to my previous 
email are of a female spring-form Celastrina neglecta (Summer Azure). 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Abdulali, Salman" 
Date: April 3, 2015 5:54:30 PM EDT
To: "carolinaleps AT duke.edu" 
Subject: Pitt County, early April 2015

A few butterflies seen today (Pitt County, 2015-04-03) in warm but very windy 
weather. 


Falcate Orange Tip, 2 males, Boyd Lee Park
Cabbage White, 5
Colias sulphur, 1 in flight, no orange visible

I did not see any azures today, but on April 1st, I saw 3 at Boyd Lee Park. I 
managed to get a dorsal view of one. Here are photos of both sides of this 
individual: 


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sfg5egecl0fsxqf/AACnIkn2Jqwgrmi_gBLIhIDVa?dl=0

The broad black border shows that it is a female. It is hard to find dorsal 
photos of spring time Summer or Holly Azure females for comparison. 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-04/03/15
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 22:28:51 -0400
Today at Lake Raleigh was partly cloudy and 82F. Good butterflying.

E. Tiger Swallowtail 1
E. Tailed-Blue 1
E. Comma/Question Mark 1
Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: butterflies today
From: "Loretta" <butterflies_bg AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 22:22:54 -0400
This afternoon nectaring on a double flowering cherry was two Pipevine 
swallowtails, one male Tiger swallowtail, and one male black swallowtail. 


Loretta Lutman
Asheboro, NC
Subject: FOY: Eastern-tailed Blue, Red Admiral, Gemmed Satyr,
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 19:20:55 -0400
The Eastern-tailed Blue was in southern Spartanburg County, the Gemmed
Satyr in nearby Union County, and the Red Admiral near my house in northern
Spartanburg County.

Oddly I had no Red Admirals in the Carolinas last year despite 84 species
in SC and an additional 4 in NC, so I was very pleased to see a Red Admiral
by my house today.

I've seen quite a few Duskywings this past week and want to study my photos
and see if I can identify them.  The ones I looked at from a few days ago
seemed to have field marks of both the Juvenal's (which are always common
early spring) and Horace's.

Doug Allen

Windmill Hill, SC
Subject: Zebra location
From: gardener AT mindspring.com
Date: Fri, 03 Apr 2015 18:08:27 -0400
Sorry. Forgot to say I'm in NE Chatham county.

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Subject: FOY
From: gardener AT mindspring.com
Date: Fri, 03 Apr 2015 18:06:58 -0400
Spotted a fresh Zebra Swallowtail nectaring on some henbit in my front 
yard. I have a sizable patch of /Asimina triloba /along the creek in my 
back yard, so I'm hoping I'll see more.

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Subject: Pitt County, early April 2015
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 21:54:30 +0000
A few butterflies seen today (Pitt County, 2015-04-03) in warm but very windy 
weather. 


Falcate Orange Tip, 2 males, Boyd Lee Park
Cabbage White, 5
Colias sulphur, 1 in flight, no orange visible

I did not see any azures today, but on April 1st, I saw 3 at Boyd Lee Park. I 
managed to get a dorsal view of one. Here are photos of both sides of this 
individual: 


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sfg5egecl0fsxqf/AACnIkn2Jqwgrmi_gBLIhIDVa?dl=0

The broad black border shows that it is a female. It is hard to find dorsal 
photos of spring time Summer or Holly Azure females for comparison. 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC