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16 Apr Moore Co. and Triangle Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]
16 Apr Carteret county more skippers [Brian Bockhahn ]
15 Apr Frosted Elfin, Yucca Giant [Derb Carter ]
14 Apr Berkeley Co, SC leps 13 April 2013 [Dennis Forsythe ]
14 Apr A few Mecklenburg County NC butterflies []
14 Apr Wake CO., NC butterflies-Lake Crabtree Co. Park-04/14/2014 [Mike Turner ]
14 Apr Bladen and carteret county [Bb ]
14 Apr more cabarrus county records ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
14 Apr Re: Hessel's Hairstreak [Harry LeGrand ]
14 Apr Re: Hessel's Hairstreak [Will Cook ]
14 Apr Re: Hessel's Hairstreak [Irvin Pitts ]
14 Apr Wake Co., NC butterflies-04/12/2014 [Mike Turner ]
14 Apr FOY Black Swallowtail ovipositing [Gene Schepker ]
14 Apr Re: Hessel's Hairstreak [Harry LeGrand ]
14 Apr Hessel's Hairstreak [Derb Carter ]
13 Apr Pitt County, 13 April 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
13 Apr Sandy Mush Game Lands Bear creek access Buncombe county 13th April [Doug Johnston ]
13 Apr Madison County April 11 - 30 species ["Gail Lankford" ]
12 Apr Pitt (and Beaufort) County, 12 April 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
12 Apr Megathymus yuccae in Rutherford County [David Campbell ]
12 Apr Brown Elfin and Harvester Haywood Co, Pepper and Salt Skipper in Madison Co. [Gene Schepker ]
12 Apr Three Elfin Day Madison County, Duskywings Galore [Gene Schepker ]
12 Apr Doughton Park butterflies, Wilkes County, NC [Harry LeGrand ]
12 Apr Brunswick Butterflies [John Ennis ]
11 Apr A few Franklin County, NC, butterflies [Harry LeGrand ]
11 Apr FOY- Silver-spotted Skipper and Eastern-tailed Blue [Doug Allen ]
11 Apr Re: Giant Swallowtail on James Is, SC [Dennis Forsythe ]
11 Apr Giant Swallowtail on James Is, SC [Dennis Forsythe ]
11 Apr Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Crabtree County Park-04/11/2014 [Mike Turner ]
11 Apr Pitt County, 11 April 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
11 Apr Occoneechee Mtn. Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]
9 Apr Brunswick Co. []
9 Apr HIarvester Salem Lake Forsyth Co. [Gene Schepker ]
9 Apr Franklin County, NC, butterflies [Harry LeGrand ]
9 Apr Durham Co., NC butterflies-Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment-04/09/2014 [Mike Turner ]
9 Apr Azures, an Or. Sulphur, Juvenal's in Forsyth [Gene Schepker ]
08 Apr CBS Triad Chapter Field Trip, Gibson Park, High Point, 4/20/14 [Dennis Burnette ]
7 Apr Re: help Re: Year of the Lepidoptera bandanas now available [Bb ]
8 Apr cabbarus county records ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
7 Apr help Re: Year of the Lepidoptera bandanas now available ["Mathis" ]
7 Apr Re: Holly Azure Images/Confirmation Needed [Harry LeGrand ]
7 Apr Year of the Lepidoptera bandanas now available [Brian Bockhahn ]
7 Apr Holly Azure Images/Confirmation Needed [John Ennis ]
7 Apr Clarendon CO, SC leps 4 April 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
6 Apr Wake Co., NC butterflies-Mid Pines Rd.-04/06/2014 [Mike Turner ]
6 Apr Brown Elfin at Oconeechee Mountain (photo) []
5 Apr 40 Acre Rock and Carolina Sandhills, SC [TNT Sanders ]
5 Apr Pitt County, 5 April 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
5 Apr Union County NC Leps [drivesa3 AT aol.com ]
4 Apr Female Falcate Orange-tips, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Yadkin County [Gene Schepker ]
4 Apr Wake Co., NC butterflies this week [Mike Turner ]
4 Apr Orange county leps [Bb ]
4 Apr Pitt County, 4 April 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
4 Apr Wake county leps [Bb ]
3 Apr April 3 Buncombe Co. ["Gail Lankford" ]
3 Apr early April in Pitt ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
3 Apr Announcing: Lake James State Park Bioblitz! - May 13th-14th []
3 Apr Francis Marion Forest []
3 Apr Dorchester Co, SC leps 2 April 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
3 Apr Yucca Giant-Skipper in Jasper Co., SC [Dennis Forsythe ]
2 Apr Olympia Marble in Alleghany County [David Campbell ]
2 Apr Madison county April 2 ["Gail Lankford" ]
2 Apr FOY Juvenal's Duskywing, Sleepy Oranges Forsyth Co [Gene Schepker ]
2 Apr Barnwell Co, SC leps 31 March 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
1 Apr Leps at Ev-henwood Nature Preserve, Brunswick Cty., NC [Bruce Smithson ]
1 Apr Saturday's Leps [John Ennis ]
1 Apr March records for butterflies in NC [Harry LeGrand ]
1 Apr Eastern Tiger Swallowtails at PMSP Surry County [Gene Schepker ]
1 Apr Spring butterflies, Orange Co., NC 4/1/2014 [Jeff Pippen ]
1 Apr Wake County-April 1 [earle webster ]
01 Apr Guilford Co., NC Butterflies 4/1 [Dennis Burnette ]
1 Apr Yep, 2nd eclosure ["Charles Cameron" ]
1 Apr Few unreported butterflies []
1 Apr Union County (NC) leps [drivesa3 AT aol.com ]
1 Apr Re: Wake Co. Butterflies [Harry LeGrand ]
1 Apr Wake Co. Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]

Subject: Moore Co. and Triangle Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:41:32 +0000
Hi all,

I had a pretty good weekend in the Piedmont and Sandhills. On Sunday I visited 
Weymouth Woods and had the following: 

E. Tiger ST - 2
Henry's Elfin - 3
Brown Elfin - 1
Azures - several, some might have been Holly Azures (lifer if so) as they were 
around hollies and species is found in Moore 

Silver-spotted Skipper - 1 FOY
Juvenal's Duskywing - quite common, didn't see any definitely ID'd other 
species 

Also, a lifer dragonfly - Mantled Baskettail

I also went over to Lake Aberdeen to look for Hessel's Hairstreaks late that 
day. Very little was flowering, and I saw only a couple of fairly certain ones 
flying around the tops of the white cedars. The only other species were my FOY 
Pearl Crescent and a few Azures. 


On Monday I worked locally. At a powerline cut in north Durham Co. I found:
E. Tiger ST - 3
Falcate Orange Tip -2
Sleepy Orange - 2
E. Tailed-Blue - 2 FOY
Summer Azure - 2
Pearl Crescent - 1

Orange Co. Eno SP at Few's Ford:
E. Tiger ST - 3
Harvester - 2 males playing territorial tag
Juvenal's Duskywing - 2
Plus another new dragonfly - Springtime Darner

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













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Subject: Carteret county more skippers
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:20:30 -0400
Randy Newman and I led a group of 10 folks finding another 20 or so Crystal
skippers yesterday in between rain storms.  Most fresh males, one fresh
female.  The only other butterfly was a single Juniper Hairstreak.  some
cool micro moths and spiders too.


-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Frosted Elfin, Yucca Giant
From: Derb Carter <derbc AT selcnc.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:42:18 +0000
Today I had 34 (careful count) Frosted Elfins and one Yucca Giant-Skipper at 
known sites in Holly Shelter, Pender County NC. I looked hard for Dusky 
Roadside but no luck. 


Derb Carter
Chapel Hill NC

Subject: Berkeley Co, SC leps 13 April 2013
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:15:02 -0400
Hi All,

Donna and I spent yesterday afternoon in the Berkeley Co , SC section of
The Francis Marion NF. We covered: Hoover, Brick Church and French Quarter
Creek roads.  We had the following:

Palamedes Swallowtail 40+
Sleepy Orange 1
Eastern Tailed Blue 1
Red Admiral 1
Common Buckeye 1
Pearl Crescent  30+
Red-spotted Purple 2
Carolina/Intricagte Satyr 2
Southern Cloudywing 2
Juvenal's Duskywing 1
Sleepy Duskywing 1
Zarucco Duskywing 1
duskywing sp. 15+
Fiery Skipper 1

Dennis

-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: A few Mecklenburg County NC butterflies
From: piephofft AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:45:43 -0400 (EDT)
Friom 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM I walked around the Harrisburg Road Sports Complex in 
eastern Mecklenburg County. Overcast most of the day but the sun came out about 
the time I arrived. 


Eastern tiger swallowtail  2
Cabbage white                 2
HARVESTER                   1  good site for this species  

Azure sp                            9
Variegated fritillary           1
Pearl crescent                   2
Carolina satyr                   1
Gemmed satyr                  3
Juvenal's duskywing         1  female


Taylor Piephoff 
Charlotte, NC 
PiephoffT AT aol.com 
Subject: Wake CO., NC butterflies-Lake Crabtree Co. Park-04/14/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:33:49 -0400
I saw three butterflies of two species today at Lake Crabtree; 1 Juniper
Hairstreak (on Eastern Red Cedar) and 2 Pearl Crescents. Weather was partly
cloudy and 75F. Good butterflying.
-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Bladen and carteret county
From: Bb <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:53:06 -0400
Spent the morning around jones lake, bladen county

2 spicebush sw (foy)
1 e tiger sw
10 palamedes sw
2 hessels hairstreak (finally after several missed attempts. Had both together 
on nectar, got photos! 930-945 still there at 1145.) 

25 azure sp (hoped for a holly, caught several for photos)
1 american lady (foy)
1 silver spotted skipper (foy)
1 yucca giant skipper (745 am flyby on bbs type stops for county bird lists!)

Fort macon state park, randy found for me:
5 crystal skipper (foy and lifer!!!!  1 recently hatched and still wet)
4 juniper hairstreak (foy)



Brian Bockhahn
Durham NC
Subject: more cabarrus county records
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:27:31 +0000
"New" county records for Cabarrus county from

http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/nls/2010s/2013/2013_v55_s1.pdf

See page 134.

Yehl Skipper (Concord, 2012-05-10)
Harvester (Concord, 2012-06-06)
Striped Hairstreak (Concord, 2012-05-12, 2012-06-04)
Eastern Pine Elfin (Concord, 2012-05-10, 2012-05-15)
Red-banded Hairstreak (Concord, 2012-08-20, 2012-09-22)

All reported by "DW2" = Darryl Willis (see page 126)

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Re: Hessel's Hairstreak
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:07:55 -0400
Yep -- Symplocos is the best plant to look for Hessel's and elfins
(especially Henry's). It is may be the best nectar plant in spring, along
with things like Chickasaw plum; better than redbuds. Though it is the sole
hostplant (as far as we know) for King's Hairstreak, of course the plant is
long finished blooming by the time the King's emerge around June 1.

Harry LeGrand


On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:38 AM, Will Cook  wrote:

> Congrats, Derb - that's an amazing count of Hessel's!
>
> Yes, sweet leaf = horse sugar = Symplocos tinctoria. It should be
> flowering in the Coastal Plain for at least the next week or so. Here's my
> page on it with more info:
>
> http://www.carolinanature.com/trees/syti.html
>
> Will
>
>
>
> On 4/14/2014 10:46 AM, Irvin Pitts wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>> Am I correct in assuming sweet leaf is the same as what I call horse
>> sugar - Symplocos tinctoria? Thanks.
>>
>> Irvin Pitts
>>
>> ---- Derb Carter  wrote:
>>
>>> Yesterday afternoon I had 18 Hessel's Hairstreaks on sweet leaf blooms
>>> on a logging road along Juniper Creek in Brunswick County, NC.
>>>
>>> Derb Carter
>>> Chapel Hill NC
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
> --
> Will Cook - Durham, NC
> http://www.carolinanature.com/
>
Subject: Re: Hessel's Hairstreak
From: Will Cook <cwcook AT duke.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:38:30 -0400
Congrats, Derb - that's an amazing count of Hessel's!

Yes, sweet leaf = horse sugar = Symplocos tinctoria. It should be 
flowering in the Coastal Plain for at least the next week or so. Here's 
my page on it with more info:

http://www.carolinanature.com/trees/syti.html

Will


On 4/14/2014 10:46 AM, Irvin Pitts wrote:
> Hi,
> Am I correct in assuming sweet leaf is the same as what I call horse sugar - 
Symplocos tinctoria? Thanks. 

>
> Irvin Pitts
>
> ---- Derb Carter  wrote:
>> Yesterday afternoon I had 18 Hessel's Hairstreaks on sweet leaf blooms on a 
logging road along Juniper Creek in Brunswick County, NC. 

>>
>> Derb Carter
>> Chapel Hill NC
>>
>>
>

-- 
Will Cook - Durham, NC
http://www.carolinanature.com/
Subject: Re: Hessel's Hairstreak
From: Irvin Pitts <pittsjam AT windstream.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 9:46:07 -0500
Hi,
Am I correct in assuming sweet leaf is the same as what I call horse sugar - 
Symplocos tinctoria? Thanks. 

 
Irvin Pitts

---- Derb Carter  wrote: 
> Yesterday afternoon I had 18 Hessel's Hairstreaks on sweet leaf blooms on a 
logging road along Juniper Creek in Brunswick County, NC. 

> 
> Derb Carter
> Chapel Hill NC
> 
> 
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-04/12/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:55:17 -0400
On Saturday I paddled around a Wake County property near Zebulon (not yet
open to the public) and saw a few butterflies. Weather was sunny and 80F.
My list is below. Good butterflying.

 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail   3  Cabbage White   2  Falcate Orangetip
2  Eastern
Tailed-Blue   2

-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: FOY Black Swallowtail ovipositing
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:50:52 -0400
On a fairly meager butterfly day in the yard and garden on Saturday, the
12th, we had a Black Swallowtail ovipositing on Bronze Fennel.  Only other
butterflies were a Cabbage White, Anglewing sp., and a Summer Azure. She
left 31 eggs which we brought in for rearing.  We left three eggs on a Rue
plant outside.

Gene Schepker
Subject: Re: Hessel's Hairstreak
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:34:54 -0400
According to the 21st approximation of Butterflies of North Carolina, the
previous state high count was "just" 12. Also, the three previous high
counts were for the second brood -- July and August.

Harry LeGrand


On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 8:27 AM, Derb Carter  wrote:

> Yesterday afternoon I had 18 Hessel's Hairstreaks on sweet leaf blooms on
> a logging road along Juniper Creek in Brunswick County, NC.
>
> Derb Carter
> Chapel Hill NC
>
>
>
Subject: Hessel's Hairstreak
From: Derb Carter <derbc AT selcnc.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:27:25 +0000
Yesterday afternoon I had 18 Hessel's Hairstreaks on sweet leaf blooms on a 
logging road along Juniper Creek in Brunswick County, NC. 


Derb Carter
Chapel Hill NC

Subject: Pitt County, 13 April 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:56:13 +0000
Imre Patyi and I went to the Otter Creek Natural Area near Falkland today (Pitt 
County, 2014-04-13). Butterflies were few but exciting: 


Zebra Swallowtail, 2, fills in an open dot on the county map
Falcate Orangetip, 1 female
Harvester, 3, first spring records for Pitt
Silver-spotted Skipper, 1, first of year

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Sandy Mush Game Lands Bear creek access Buncombe county 13th April
From: Doug Johnston <wellsteadwest AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:51:13 -0400
I was able to make it out to the game lands this morning for the first time in 
a month. Temperature started off in the 50s , then warmed into the mid 70s. 

Plenty of flowering plants including Carolina vetch, which is probably why I 
had a good haul of Silveries. 

Only one dragonfly, but no ID

Doug Johnston

E tiger ST - 3   These were the tigers which settled for me
tiger ST spp - 6 Not sure when the Appalachians start to appear, but Im 
guessing that these were also Easterns by size 

Spicebush ST - 1
dark swallowtails - 3
Falcate orangetip - 9
Clouded sulphur - 2
White M hairstreak - 2 looked fresh, although these were found in the same 
location that I had one on the 11th March 

Spring azure - 5  ID based on dinghy grey ground color of ventral
Summer azure - 2  these two both had whiter ventral
azure spp - 20 As the day warmed up, the azures were loath to settle
Silvery blue - 8 mostly in two small areas around Carolina vetch, azures were 
nectarine on the vetch also 

Pearl crescent - 3
E comma - 2
Silver spotted skipper - 1
Juvenals DW - 9
Dreamy DW - 1
duskywing spp - 9
Subject: Madison County April 11 - 30 species
From: "Gail Lankford" <whocooksforyou AT skyrunner.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:03:12 -0400
Those who joined Sven and Gene for this outing were Ruth Young, Janie Owens, 
Sue Perry, and myself. 

Janie and Sue left at 2:30 and unfortunately missed all the Elfins. Ruth and I 
missed the Brown Elfin, which they found about 5:15. Think only Sven saw and 
photographed the Pine Elfin. I never saw the Common Roadside Skippers either, 
but they were photographed also, and common here in spring. 

I am adding to Gene’s posted list: 1 Sleepy Orange, 2 Gemmed Satyr, and 1 
Clouded Skipper. 


I list Summer and Spring Azures separately, thus my 30 species count. I could 
quibble over some of Gene’s numbers, as I only saw 1 confirmed Dreamy DW, and 
maybe 10 Spring Azures, but he and Sven spent lots of time prone on the ground 
photographing, so they should be more accurate than me. All the Olympia Marbles 
were seen in the late afternoon, which seems to be typical. Nothing new found 
this spring so far, comparing to last 3 springs. 

Gail Lankford
Subject: Pitt (and Beaufort) County, 12 April 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:19:37 +0000
M S Ravi and I saw the following butterflies today (2014-04-12).

Pitt County:

Black Swallowtail, 1 male, fresh, Pitt County Arboretum
Orange Sulphur, at least 1 among several Colias sulphurs
Cabbage White, 5
Falcate Orange Tip, 10+
Gray Hairstreak, 1
Eastern Tailed-Blue, 1
Question Mark, 1, Pitt County Arboretum

Beaufort  County (Chicod Creek, just over the county border):

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, 1
Falcate Orange Tip, 1

No azures, duskywings, or, elfins seen today.

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Megathymus yuccae in Rutherford County
From: David Campbell <david.campbell.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:51:55 -0400
Today in the town of Westminster, in Rutherford County, I observed one adult of 
Megathymus yuccae on the wing, and several larval tents also. 


David Campbell


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Brown Elfin and Harvester Haywood Co, Pepper and Salt Skipper in Madison Co.
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:26:10 -0400
Sven Halling and I went to Pigeon River and Harmon Den and saw the
following from 12 - 3:30 on Thursday, 10th:

Juvenal's Duskywing 41
Sleepy Duskywing 3
Dreamy Duskywing 2
Azure species 48
Mourning Cloak 1
Brown Elfin 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 26
Pipevine Swallowtail 3
Spicebush Swallowtail 1
West Viginia White 4
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Eastern Comma 1

We started at 12:30 with the temperature under 60 degrees and it warmed up
gradually to the higher 60s.  We then went over the mountain and down into
Madison County where we found the following from 4:30 - 6:30.

Azures 100+
Silver Spotted Skipper 2
Question Mark 1
Juvenal Duskywing 100+
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail  38
Falcate Orange-tip 15
Zebra Swallowtail 3
Pearl Crescent 1
Olympia Marble 1
Clouded Sulphur 3
Pipevine Swallowtail 3
Eastern Tailed-blue 2
Silvery Blue 2
West Virginia White 7
Dreamy Duskywing 7
Gemmed Satyr 2
Mourning Cloak 3
Spicebush Swallowtail 2
Cabbage White 1
Eastern Comma 1
Salt and Pepper Skipper 1

The Salt and Pepper Skipper was worn and we saw it in bad light around
6:30.  We identified it Friday on Gail's walk Friday.  Sven and I have a
lot of photos to look at and may have to change some of the numbers later.

I also failed to inclued two Gemmed Satyrs on Fridays walk with Gail.

Good Butterflying,
Gene Schepker
Subject: Three Elfin Day Madison County, Duskywings Galore
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:48:26 -0400
Thanks to Gail Lankford for leading 5 of us on a Madison Co. hunt Friday,
the 11th. For those who haven't witnessed the breakout of Duskywings along
dirt roads in the mountains it will seem like incredible numbers.  We
counted over 50 in about 20 feet on a damp area on the road once.  The
numbers on the Sleepy and Dreamy Duskywings may have to be adjusted after
going over a large number of photos from yesterday.

Juvenal Duskywing  200+
Sleepy Duskywings  50+
Dreamy Duskywings 20+
Eastern Tailed-blue  4
Silvery Blue  6
Azure 50 (at least 20 Spring Azures)
Eastern Comma 12
Question Mark 2
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail  25+
Pipevine Swallowtail 6
Spicebush Swallowtail 2
Zebra Swallowtail 3
Silver-spotted Skipper 6
Mourning Cloak 4
Common Roadside Skipper 2
Pepper and Salt Skipper 2
Henry's Elfin 3
Brown Elfin 1
Eastern Pine Elfin 1
Olympia Marble 3
West Virginia White 5
Falcate Orange-tip 30+
Cabbage White 2
Pearl Crescent 1
Clouded Sulphur 8
Orange Sulphur 6

There were many species that we couldn't get close enough to identify,
anglewings colias, etc. The weather was pleasant, sunny and warm. Six of
us  started at 11:00 and finished around 6:00 and covered about 2 miles of
road. Several of us had many "FOY" species.  The Pepper and Salts were
lifers for me and Sven Halling.

Good Butterfly hunting!
Gene Schepker
Subject: Doughton Park butterflies, Wilkes County, NC
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:10:32 -0400
Beth Brinson sent me this nice list of butterflies yesterday and has given
me an OK to pass along to carolinaleps. One White-M Hairstreak is a rare
enough find, but two ... !
 -------------------------------
Yesterday (4-10) I had a couple of very fresh White-M Hairstreaks at the
southern end of Doughton Park along Basin Creek in Wilkes County.

E. Tiger Swallowtail--8
Falcate Orangetip--5
White-M Hairstreak--2
Summer Azure--12
Question Mark--2
Mourning Cloak--1
Juvenal's Duskywing--10

Beth Brinson
Subject: Brunswick Butterflies
From: John Ennis <jxennis AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:47:53 -0400
Many leps along the dirt roads in B County yesterday AM...including Mourning 
Cloak, Cabbage White, Pearl Crescent, Zebra Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger 
Swallowtail, Palamedes Swallowtail, a satyr photographed but have yet to ID, 
and a few polygonia SP... 


John Ennis
Leland, NC
Sent from my iPad
Subject: A few Franklin County, NC, butterflies
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:31:40 -0400
It is still very slow in Franklin County, and today (April 11) was
absolutely perfect weather for butterflies. Though I was inside forests for
most of my 5 hours today, I still walked some sunny jeep tracks, near
Shocco Creek. The very meager list:

E. Tiger Swallowtail  1
Falcate Orangetip  2
azure sp. 1   male, in flight only
Mourning Cloak  1   quite worn, but my first of the year

I strongly believe that Juvenal's Duskywings took a major hit over much of
eastern NC last year (numbers were down), and haven't recovered --
drought?. I've seen one all spring. Up until last year, I considered this
species to be "abundant", but they are a far cry from that so far in 2014.
We'll see what the next few weeks bring. Also, I have yet to see a single
butterfly on the many blooming redbuds I've looked at on my last two trips.
JDW's usually are common when this tree is in bloom, and often one can see
5 or more on one tree. I always have to be a bit careful in my yearly
comparisons, for the simple reason that I am always working new sites;
maybe these Franklin County sites always "suck" for Juvenal's and
butterflies on redbud!

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: FOY- Silver-spotted Skipper and Eastern-tailed Blue
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:34:10 -0400
All Windmill Hill, SC-
Yesterday -
12 E. Tiger Swallowtail  (all males)
1 Black Swallowtail
I Clouded or Orange Sulphur
1 Orange Falcate
1 Spring Azure
1 Silver-spotted Skipper
3 Juvenal's  Duskywing

Today, same except also 1 dark phase female Tiger
1 Eastern-tailed Blue
4 Silver-spotted Skipper

I just got back from Rio Grande Valley.  Pictures of fairly rare Two-barred
Flasher, Band-celled Sister, Crimson Patch and more common species here-
https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/

I'm still working on the grass skippers and not even sure of the one or two
I already uploaded so, as usual, corrections and comments appreciated.

Doug Allen   Windmill Hill, SC
Subject: Re: Giant Swallowtail on James Is, SC
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:01:18 -0400
and just now I had a female Spicebush Swallowtail in the back yard.


On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM, Dennis Forsythe
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> For the 2nd day in a row we have a Giant Swallowtail in our yard in
> Eastwood Subdiv., James IS, 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
>



-- 
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: Giant Swallowtail on James Is, SC
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:56:47 -0400
Hi All,

For the 2nd day in a row we have a Giant Swallowtail in our yard in
Eastwood Subdiv., James IS, 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: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Crabtree County Park-04/11/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:50:51 -0400
Today, under sunny skies and temps about 80F I saw the following
butterflies. Good butterflying.

  Cabbage White 1  Orange Sulphur 1  Eastern Tailed-Blue 2  Question
Mark 1  Eastern
Comma 1  Silver-spotted Skipper 1
-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Pitt County, 11 April 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:44:36 +0000
I saw my first American Lady of the year today at Boyd Lee Park (Pitt County, 
2014-04-11). It looked very small. 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Occoneechee Mtn. Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:29:33 +0000
Hi all,

I spent an hour and a half on Occoneechee Mountain (Orange Co.) yesterday 
afternoon, mostly around the Brown Elfin Knob trail. Brown Elfins are hard to 
count, but I found at least a dozen and got some nice nectaring photos on 
blueberry flowers. Others seen: 


E. Tiger ST - 4 FOY
Black ST - 1 FOY
Summer Azure - 3
Henry's Elfin - 2 one really fresh one that wouldn't sit for a good photo
E. Comma - 3
Juvenal's Duskywing - 5 FOY

A couple of days ago, we found a gorgeous freshly emerged Luna Moth at the 
Museum, with the cocoon right below her. I'll put up some photos later today. 


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


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Subject: Brunswick Co.
From: <shawnlane07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 22:45:18 -0400 (EDT)
Today I saw a Gulf Fritilary on the soar. Walking by a shallow ditch I saw 2
female and 1 male Common Sootywing. about a 30 minute walk around 2pm slight
wind, 68'F, Sunny. Sooty wings seemed to prefer the Danylions.
Subject: HIarvester Salem Lake Forsyth Co.
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:49:59 -0400
Phil Dickinson sent me photos of a Harvester, and a Question Mark on the
path around Salem lake. Here is his list:

Azures several
Mourning Cloak 1
Question Mark 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2

Gene Schepker (relaying Phil's list)
Subject: Franklin County, NC, butterflies
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:38:29 -0400
Today (April 9) I walked a conservation easement along Sandy Creek and saw
a rare butterfly, in the middle of an upland hardwood stand. It was small
and fluttery, and I assumed it was a Pearl Crescent. Nope!!  I also walked
a phone line clearing at the DeHart Botanical Gardens along US 401 near
Royal, on the way home. Vegetation-wise, it is still very early spring --
little has leafed out, though redbuds are in bloom (but no butterflies on
them). Here is my list:

E. Tiger Swallowtail  3  DeHart Gardens
Cabbage White 1  Gardens
Falcate Orangetip  5  all males; Gardens
HARVESTER  1   near Sandy Creek; medium wear; perched on dead leaves
Spring Azure  1  fresh male; deep blue above, and I mistook it for a male
E. Tailed-Blue  Gardens
Eastern Comma  1  Sandy Creek (I've seen many more of them than Q. Marks
this spring)
Juvenal's Duskywing  1  Gardens   where are they this spring? Just late, I
hope

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: Durham Co., NC butterflies-Flat River Waterfowl Impoundment-04/09/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:57:30 -0400
I walked the roads around the impoundments from 1-5pm, about 5 miles total.
Nine species of butterflies, my highest total so far in 2014, but mostly 1
or 2 of each species. I didn't see any nectaring, though there were a lot
of things flowering. My complete list is below. Good butterflying.

  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2  Falcate Orangetip 1  Orange Sulphur 10  Sleepy
Orange 3  Eastern Tailed-Blue 1  Summer Azure 1  Pearl Crescent 1  Question
Mark 1  Juvenal's Duskywing 8

-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Azures, an Or. Sulphur, Juvenal's in Forsyth
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:50:08 -0400
Sven Halling and I went to three places in central Forsyth Co yesterday.
Azures seemed to be everywhere!

Reynolda Park  (two hours while birding)
Summer Azure  30+
Orange Sulphur 1
Falcate Orange-tip 1

Salem Creek (Ebert Rd 2 hours)
Summer azures 26 (1 pair hooked-up)
Anglewing Species 1
Juvenal's Duskywing 1
Cabbage White 2
Falcate Orange-tip 3

Gene Schepker (and Sven Halling)


Miller Park
Summer Azure 2

The weather was fairly cool for butterflies at Miller Park but warmed up
into the 60s later
Subject: CBS Triad Chapter Field Trip, Gibson Park, High Point, 4/20/14
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:42:28 -0400
Butterfliers,
 
Spring is here, butterflies are beginning to emerge, and its time to get
out in the field and have some fun! The Triad Chapter of Carolina Butterfly
Society will have our second scheduled butterfly walk of the new season on
Sunday, April 20, at 2:00 in Gibson Park, High Point, NC. We will look for
Falcate Orangetips, Zebra Swallowtails, and spring wildflowers. Our leader
will be Gregg Morris. Guests and older children are welcome, but no pets,
please.
 
We will meet near the restrooms at the end of the drive in Gibson Park, 207
West Wendover Ave., High Point, NC 27265, (336) 454-0259. We'll follow the
same route as in past butterfly walks at this site on a well-marked trail
through the woods and along a portion of the paved Bicentennial Greenway.
This will be an easy walk; well be stopping frequently to look at
butterflies and wildflowers. The total round-trip walk will be about two
miles. For information about the park, go to the following web site:
http://gibson.guilfordparks.com/
 
Mid April weather is somewhat unpredictable. With that in mind, well keep a
close eye on the weather forecast just before the date in case it looks like
the weather wont be conducive for butterflying. Chances are good, though,
that well have a nice afternoon. It would be wise to wear a hat, sunscreen,
and comfortable walking shoes. Water is available at the rest rooms in
Gibson Park, but it wouldn't hurt to bring a bottle for the walk. Binoculars
and a butterfly field guide will be handy but are not necessary. Photography
is encouraged.
 
Directions:
 
From Winston-Salem: Go east on I-40. Take Exit 210, the NC 68 exit, and go
south away from the airport toward High Point. Turn left onto W. Wendover
Ave. Go east about a mile and watch on the right for the Gibson Park sign.
Turn right into Gibson Park, and go all the way to the end of the drive.
Park near the restrooms. The trip from downtown W-S takes about a half hour.
 
From Greensboro: Take W. Wendover Ave. (Exit 214 on I-40) southwest toward
High Point about 4 miles. The entrance to Gibson Park will be on the left.
Turn into Gibson Park, and go all the way to the end of the drive. Park near
the restrooms.
 
Hope to see you on Sunday, April 20, at 2:00.
 
Dennis
-- 
Dennis E. Burnette
7 Brownstone Lane
Greensboro, NC 27410
(336) 299-4342
deburnette AT triad.rr.com
Subject: Re: help Re: Year of the Lepidoptera bandanas now available
From: Bb <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 22:00:21 -0400
The moth symposium is listed as a teacher workshop, so it can be found through 
our educators search link http://www.ncparks.gov/Education/training.php 


Either way you have to email to sign up. Our general park programs are 
scheduled for anyone just to show up at the scheduled times. 


And all our workshops and programs are free. 

Happy lepping!

Brian Bockhahn
Durham NC

On Apr 7, 2014, at 8:35 PM, "Mathis"  wrote:

> I went to Brian’s link to ncparks. Maybe I’m impatient, but I can’t 
find the info on the July 22-24 moth event. Help. 

>  
> Cecelia Mathis
> Sparta, NC
>  
> From: Brian Bockhahn
> Sent: Monday, April 07, 2014 7:34 PM
> To: carolinaleps
> Subject: Year of the Lepidoptera bandanas now available
>  
> Stop by your nearest state park or visit the on line store to pick up your 
limited edition 2014 NC State Parks "Year of the Lepidoptera" bandana! 

>  
> http://www.ncparkstore.com/butterflybandana2014.html
>  
> Or attend one of our Lepidoptera programs or 
events:http://ncparks.gov/Education/year_of_the_lepidoptera.php 

>  
> There will be a few bandanas available as door prizes along with the rare 
moths of NC poster at our July 22-24 National Moth Week Symposium at Haw River 
State Park north of Greensboro, NC. Contact me if you're interested in any of 
the day or nighttime workshops! 

>  
> July 22 - caterpillar ID workshop
> July 22 & 23 - Moth evening ID
> July 23 - Moth Seminar Symposium
> July 24 - sweep netting safari
> 
> -- 
> Brian Bockhahn
> birdranger248 AT gmail.com
>  
Subject: cabbarus county records
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 01:54:11 +0000
Many records from Cabbarus County in

http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/nls/2010s/2012/2012_v54_s1.pdf

See page 138.

NEW county records include

Common Checkered Skipper (2011-05-20, 2011-08-24)
Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper (2011-05-19, 2011-05-23)
Little Yellow (2011-07-04, 2011-09-16)
American Copper (2011-04-20, 2011-10-24)
Northern Pearly-eye (2011-04-11, 2011-10-10)
Viceroy (2011-07-04, 2011-09-10)
Painted Lady (2011-04-22, 2011-09-16)
Mourning Cloak (2011-04-20, 2011-09-16)

All reported by DW2 = Darryl Willis.

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: help Re: Year of the Lepidoptera bandanas now available
From: "Mathis" <weer AT skybest.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:35:36 -0400
I went to Brian’s link to ncparks. Maybe I’m impatient, but I can’t find 
the info on the July 22-24 moth event. Help. 


Cecelia Mathis
Sparta, NC

From: Brian Bockhahn 
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2014 7:34 PM
To: carolinaleps 
Subject: Year of the Lepidoptera bandanas now available

Stop by your nearest state park or visit the on line store to pick up your 
limited edition 2014 NC State Parks "Year of the Lepidoptera" bandana! 


http://www.ncparkstore.com/butterflybandana2014.html

Or attend one of our Lepidoptera programs or 
events:http://ncparks.gov/Education/year_of_the_lepidoptera.php 


There will be a few bandanas available as door prizes along with the rare moths 
of NC poster at our July 22-24 National Moth Week Symposium at Haw River State 
Park north of Greensboro, NC. Contact me if you're interested in any of the day 
or nighttime workshops! 


July 22 - caterpillar ID workshop
July 22 & 23 - Moth evening ID
July 23 - Moth Seminar Symposium
July 24 - sweep netting safari

-- 

Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Re: Holly Azure Images/Confirmation Needed
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:26:08 -0400
I won't comment on field marks, but about behavior. I have witnessed a
number of occasions in the central and lower Coastal Plain in late March or
early April where "swarms" of several dozen azures are together puddling or
on damp roads. These usually are in swampy or pocosin-like habitats, such
as in Dismal Swamp or the Bladen Lakes State Forest, probably where a lot
of evergreen hollies are found. I think by association, etc., these are
Holly Azure (C. idella). I don't think Summer Azures (C. neglecta) really
swarm/flock in the Coastal Plain at any season, and maybe also in the
eastern Piedmont. They can be common, but as one or two here and there in
my experience. This, however, if different in the mountains, where azures,
of whatever name, do indeed occur in swarms of several dozen on damp
ground, such as a wet road.

As for true Spring Azure (C. ladon), I'm beginning to think that they are
quite scarce now over most of the Piedmont -- getting squeezed out by
Summer Azure, or maybe they were always scarce and we were calling Summer
Azures as Spring Azures. There are tons of flowering dogwoods (the Spring
Azure hostplant) all over the Piedmont, so I don't think in NC we can link
a "decline" -- if there is one -- of Spring Azure with Cornus florida.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh


On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 2:24 PM, John Ennis  wrote:

> http://thebusinessbirder.com/CoastalCarolinaLeps/HollyAzure.pdf
>
> A Holly Azure comes in for a landing on wet sand on Funston Road,
> Brunswick County Saturday...I read the emails from 2011 re ID of Holly vs.
> Summer Azure and looked at Jeff's website plus guides I have before
> settling on Holly...American Holly and a branch were nearby, where at least
> 20 of these azures were mudpuddliing...
>
> Please confirm...thanx...
>
> John Ennis
> Leland, NC
> Sent from my iPad
>
Subject: Year of the Lepidoptera bandanas now available
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 19:34:26 -0400
Stop by your nearest state park or visit the on line store to pick up your
limited edition 2014 NC State Parks "Year of the Lepidoptera" bandana!

http://www.ncparkstore.com/butterflybandana2014.html

Or attend one of our Lepidoptera programs or events:
http://ncparks.gov/Education/year_of_the_lepidoptera.php

There will be a few bandanas available as door prizes along with the rare
moths of NC poster at our July 22-24 National Moth Week Symposium at Haw
River State Park north of Greensboro, NC.  Contact me if you're interested
in any of the day or nighttime workshops!

July 22 - caterpillar ID workshop
July 22 & 23 - Moth evening ID
July 23 - Moth Seminar Symposium
July 24 - sweep netting safari

-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Holly Azure Images/Confirmation Needed
From: John Ennis <jxennis AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:24:45 -0400
http://thebusinessbirder.com/CoastalCarolinaLeps/HollyAzure.pdf

A Holly Azure comes in for a landing on wet sand on Funston Road, Brunswick 
County Saturday...I read the emails from 2011 re ID of Holly vs. Summer Azure 
and looked at Jeff's website plus guides I have before settling on 
Holly...American Holly and a branch were nearby, where at least 20 of these 
azures were mudpuddliing... 


Please confirm...thanx...

John Ennis
Leland, NC
Sent from my iPad
Subject: Clarendon CO, SC leps 4 April 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 08:03:41 -0400
Hi All,

I spent about an hour in mid-afternoon at the Pine IS Unit, Santee NWR,
Clarendon Co., SC on 4 April 2014.

I had the following:
Cloudless Sulfur -1
Sleepy Orange - 2
Falcate Orangetip - 1 female
Carolina/Intricate Satyr - 1
Silver-spotted Skipper -1
Juvenal's Duskywing -6
duskywing sp - 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-Mid Pines Rd.-04/06/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 18:02:19 -0400
I walked down Mid-Pines Rd. today. All I saw were 3 Orange Sulphurs. The
weather was cloudy and 60F. Good butterflying.

-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Brown Elfin at Oconeechee Mountain (photo)
From: dorothypugh AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 17:44:07 -0400 (EDT)
In response to Brown Elfin reports, Karl Gottschalk and I went to the 
Oconeechee Mountain Natural Area today and saw a Brown Elfin (on the Brown 
Elfin Knob Trail), which I photographed. 



We also saw 3 Spring Azures and 2 Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and 2 Blue 
Corporal dragonflies. 



http://www.dpughphoto.com/critters_april_2014.html


Dorothy Pugh
Durham, NC






Subject: 40 Acre Rock and Carolina Sandhills, SC
From: TNT Sanders <tsanders1993 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 20:23:18 -0400
Tammy and I did some "naturing" in South Carolina today, ending up with 13 
butterfly species. 

40 Acre Rock
Spicebush SwallowtailEastern Tiger SwallowtailFalcate OrangetipHenry's 
ElfinWhite M HairstreakSpring AzurePolygonia sp.Juvenal's Duskywing 

Carolina Sandhills NWR
Zebra SwallowtailEastern Tiger SwallowtailFalcate OrangetipCloudless 
SulphurColias sp. (not sure if Clouded or Orange Sulphur)Sleepy OrangeSpring 
AzureSleepy DuskywingJuvenal's Duskywing 

Tom SandersCharlotte, NC







 		 	   		  
Subject: Pitt County, 5 April 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 18:26:25 +0000
A few butterflies seen today (2014-04-05) in the Greenville area, with 
temperatures around 70 F. 


Cabbage White, 6
Falcate Orangetip, 3 males, Boyd Lee Park
Colias sulphurs, 3
Azure, 1
Eastern Tailed-Blue, 1, first of year, Boyd Lee Park
Polygonia species, 1

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Union County NC Leps
From: drivesa3 AT aol.com <drivesa3@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 01:19:31 GMT
 Windy day; with whitecaps on the lake, had FOY American Lady battle the wind 
before landing at my feet! Also; 

Eastern Pine Elfin (county first record)
Pearl Crescent (FOY)
2 Eastern Tiger Swallowtails
Cabbage White (numerous)
Cloudless Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Black Swallowtail (Wednesday, FOY)
 Will post accounts and available pics on e-Butterfly.

 George Andrews
 Indian Trail, NC

PS Dunno how long a Bl Swallowtail can fly circuits before perching, but I now 
know how long I can watch! 
Subject: Female Falcate Orange-tips, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Yadkin County
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 20:30:09 -0400
Three of us went to Dinkin's Bottom in Yadkin County and saw the following
in about three hours of walking around.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Falcate Orange-tip 25+ (including two females)
Summer Azures 20 +
Eastern Comma 1 (1 of 5  anglewing sp)
Cabbage White 3
Sleepy Orange 1
Colias sp. 3

Gene Schepker, Ann Newsome, Sven Halling
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies this week
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 17:18:30 -0400
On Tuesday, 4/2, at Lake Crabtree Co. Park, I saw my FOY Summer Azure. The
same day, on Wake County property near Wendell, I saw 1 Juvenal's Duskywing
and
2 Sleepy Orange's.

Today, at Lake Raleigh, I saw 1 very worn Question Mark and 4 Falcate
Orangetips. Good butterflying.

-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Orange county leps
From: Bb <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:22:03 -0400
Made a quick stop at occoneechee state natural area this afternoon. 

4 brown elfin (two pairs in courtship flight)
1 henrys elfin
8 juvenals duskywing
1 e tiger swallowtail
2 azure sp
2 falcate orangetip

3 blue corporal

Brings my nc butterfly year list to 12 sp, keep em coming!

Brian Bockhahn
Durham NC
Subject: Pitt County, 4 April 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:58:48 +0000
I saw my first Mourning Cloak of the year today (2014-04-04) at the Pitt County 
Arboretum. Also seen were 2 Cabbage Whites, and an unidentifited Polygonia. 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Wake county leps
From: Bb <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:53:29 -0400
I was out at bw wells rec area falls lake, wake county today. 

3 foy henrys elfin on redbud
1 foy juvenals duskywing
1 foy e tiger swallowtail
1 e comma

Brian Bockhahn
Durham NC
Subject: April 3 Buncombe Co.
From: "Gail Lankford" <whocooksforyou AT skyrunner.net>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 21:07:04 -0400
Could not walk the cove today till 4:30 to 5:30. Added for year here:
Clouded Sulphur
Spicebush ST
PAINTED LADY (very worn)

April 1 added Dreamy DW and Falcate OT

Grapevine Epimenis moth also seen last three days. 
Gail Lankford
Weaverville
Subject: early April in Pitt
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 19:48:52 +0000
Yesterday (2014-04-02) I made a quick trip to the Pitt County Arboretum. All I 
saw were 5 Cabbage Whites, and an unidentified Polygonia. 


This morning (2014-04-03) I went to Boyd Lee Park, and saw a few butterflies:

Colias Sulphur, 4, presumably Orange Sulphurs, but no visible orange in flight, 
and they refused to sit 

Falcate Orangtip, 5 males
Azures, 2

Here are links to photos of the two azures seen today:

http://personal.ecu.edu/abdulalis/azure20140403a.jpg
http://personal.ecu.edu/abdulalis/azure20140403b.jpg

The habitat is good for both Summer and Holly Azures. I would not expect to see 
Summer Azures in early April over here, since the spring brood should be over, 
and it is too early for the summer brood. But who knows this year? The second 
photo looks like a spring-form Summer Azure to me. Not sure about the first 
photo. 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Announcing: Lake James State Park Bioblitz! - May 13th-14th
From: <ed.corey AT ncparks.gov>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:37:33 -0400 (EDT)
To all,
 
On Tuesday, May 13th, 2014, the NC Division of Parks and Recreation will be
hosting its second-ever full-scale Bio-Blitz at Lake James State Park
(hereafter, LAJA), in Burke and McDowell counties.  Many of you have likely
heard of or participated in bio-blitzes before, but for those who haven’t,
please refer to this website:  http://wiki.laptop.org/go/BioBlitz_guide
 
Our goals for this effort will be: 1) to introduce the public to the diversity
that exists at LAJA; 2) to increase our knowledge and understanding of flora
and fauna at the park; and 3) to continue to hone the model for future
bio-blitzes within our division.  We have pulled experts from many different
taxonomic groups, ranging from moths, to mammals, to myxomycota!  
 
We’ll have informational booths, educational walks, and featured speakers! 
Please mark your calendars and come join us in May!

Ed Corey
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Francis Marion Forest
From: dhdarter AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:47:48 +0000 (UTC)
Spent April Fool's Day in the Francis Marion forest in both Charleston and 
Berkeley counties. The same sites were visited last week but no butterflies 
were observed. This week was better. 


Charleston County forest roads 223, 224. part 0f 202 and Ion Swamp 

Cloudless Sulphur 4 
Palamedes 9 
Azure sp 2 
Juvenales Duskywing 3 
Dushywing sp 1 
Polygonia sp. 1 

Berkeley County forest roads 174, 176 and 176A. Part of area was subject to a 
controlled burn late last week. 


Cloudless Sulphur 6 
Palamedes 21 
Sleepy Orange 2 
Pearl Creasant 1 
Duskywing sp 5 


Don Hicks 
North Charleston, SC 
Cell 843 556 4086 
Subject: Dorchester Co, SC leps 2 April 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:29:38 -0400
Hi All,

From 1-3 PM I waked in the northern section  of Brosan Forest (restricted
Access) on 23 April 2014.  The weather as warm and sunny.  The only nectar
source were blackberries floweres.
I had:
Dark Swallowtail -2
Black Swallowtail -3
Cloudless Sulfur 4
Sleepy Orange 1
Eastern Tailed-Blue  - 6
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 1
Sleepy Duskywing 4
Juvenal's Duskywing 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
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Subject: Yucca Giant-Skipper in Jasper Co., SC
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 08:08:07 -0400
Hi All,

Jacquie and Brian Penney found and photographed a Yucca Giant-Skipper at
the Tillman Sand Ridge Heritage Preserve on 1 April 2014.

Dennis



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Subject: Olympia Marble in Alleghany County
From: David Campbell <david.campbell.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 21:56:52 -0400
Today at Daughton Park...

Olympia Marble -3.  New County Record. 

David Campbell



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Subject: Madison county April 2
From: "Gail Lankford" <whocooksforyou AT skyrunner.net>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 21:49:57 -0400
Vin Stanton and I took advantage of the sunny 80 degree weather to go to my 
favorite county for BFs . Last year on April 1 Doug Johnston and I had only 7 
species, although they included Elfins and O. Mars. Today had 16 species. 


Pipevine ST – 1
Tiger ST - 10+
West Virginia White – 5
Falcate Orangetip - 20+
Orange Sulphur – about 10
Clouded Sulphur – 2
OLYMPIA MARBLE– 7
Summer Azure – dozens
Spring Azure – 2
SILVERY BLUE– 2
Eastern Comma - 20+
Mourning Cloak - 3
Silver Spotted Skipper – 1
Dreamy DW – 2
Sleepy DW - 20+
Juvenal DW - 30+

Gail Lankford

Subject: FOY Juvenal's Duskywing, Sleepy Oranges Forsyth Co
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 15:13:28 -0400
While leading some small children on a birdwalk at Miller Park in
Winston-Salem, Jeremy Reiskind and I found our FOY Juvenal's Duskywing!

Juvenal's Duskywing (male fresh, hill-topping along a path)  1
Sleepy Orange 1
Falcate Orange-tip 1

Earlier today in the garden:
Sleepy Orange (FOY, actually I had the same butterfly in the same place
yesterday but didn't get as good of a look then) 1
Falcate Orange-tip 1
Cabbage White 1

Gene Schepker
Subject: Barnwell Co, SC leps 31 March 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:04:45 -0400
Hi All,

Mark Vukovich found and photographed a Juniper Hairstreak in the Barnwell
Co., section of the Savannah River Site (Restricted Access) on 31 March
2014.  Although there are records from the site, this is the 1st one Mark
has seen.

Dennis



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Subject: Leps at Ev-henwood Nature Preserve, Brunswick Cty., NC
From: Bruce Smithson <brucesmithson AT netscape.net>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:24:41 -0400 (EDT)

Went mid afternoon today to Ev-henwood hoping to photograph a Falcate Orangetip 
which I lack in my photo collection. No joy there....no Orangetip showed to 
photograph, but there were other leps to enjoy right in or around the parking 
area and at the location of the former site manager's mobile home where he had 
planted a couple of Redbuds (Cercis Canadensis Linnaeus). In the parking area: 


Sleepy Orange (1)
Red Admiral    (1)
Mourning Cloak  (1)
Zebra Swallowtail  (1)
Spicebush Swallowtail  (3)
Juvenal's Duskywing  (1)
American Lady         (1)

At the mobile home site:  

Juvenal's Duskywing  (3)
Holly Azure                (9)
Silver-spotted Skipper  (2)
Henry's Elfin                (3)

Bruce Smithson
Wilmington, New Hanover County
North Carolina
Subject: Saturday's Leps
From: John Ennis <jxennis AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 20:09:11 -0400
Bit of a late report...

Though the weather was still not optimal for butterflies, I found a few to 
report from the dirt roads of Brunswick County. 


4 Zebra Swallowtails
2 azures sp. 
4 Polygonia sp. (moving quickly along roadside mudpuddles)
1 Mourning Cloak

John Ennis
Leland, NC
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Subject: March records for butterflies in NC
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 19:19:31 -0400
Folks:

Thankfully, the big flurry of butterfly records submitted by about 10 folks
on March 31 pushed us from a miserable 71 sightings to a more respectable,
but still very low -- 107 records, for NC, from Jan. 1 - March 31. So, here
are the revised totals of records for NC, during the first 3 months of the
year. At least, we barely sneaked past last year!

2011 -- 268
2012 -- 715   best spring in recent memory!
2013 -- 100   awful
2014 -- 107  bad, but not quite awful; 36 records added just on Mar. 31

And, quite a few butterflies were reported today -- Tuesday, Apr. 1, so we
are off to a good April!

Harry LeGrand
Subject: Eastern Tiger Swallowtails at PMSP Surry County
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:21:25 -0400
Today from 2 - 4:00 at Pilot Mountain State Park I found:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2 (FOY)
Mourning Cloak 7
anglewing sp.3

At my house in Forsyth Co

Azure 1
Eastern Comma 1
Colias sp. 1
Cabbage White 1
Falcate Orange-tip 1
Subject: Spring butterflies, Orange Co., NC 4/1/2014
From: Jeff Pippen <jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:07:39 -0400
Butterfliers,

Snuck out for a long lunch today at Occoneechee Mountain in Orange Co.,
near Hillsborough, NC for some spring butterflying.  Lots of first of years
were seen today!

Zebra Swallowtail, 1
E. Tiger Swallowtail, 1
Black Swallowtail, 1
Falcate Orangetip, 7
azure sp., 2
anglewing sp., 1
Mourning Cloak, 1
Juvenal's Duskywing, 8

Good Butterflying!
Jeff
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Durham, NC
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Subject: Wake County-April 1
From: earle webster <erwebster1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:57:20 -0400
At Lake Wheeler Park in Garner, the falcate orangetips finally arrived.
Also seen was a nice fresh azure. Spring is here.
Bud Webster
Raleigh
Subject: Guilford Co., NC Butterflies 4/1
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:57:35 -0400
I was working on a project today, April 1st, that took me into several
gardens in Greensboro, NC. I wasnt looking specifically for butterflies,
but did see three first-of-season species.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail  1 (Gateway Gardens) FOS
Falcate Orangetip (male)  1 (Cooperative Extension Service Legacy
Demonstration Garden) FOS
Cabbage White  1 (my yard) FOS
Anglewing species  3 ( Demonstration Garden and my yard)
-- 
Dennis Burnette
Greensboro, NC
Guilford County
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Subject: Yep, 2nd eclosure
From: "Charles Cameron" <ccamer AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:05:00 -0400
Well I was right, the darkening chrysalis produced a dark form F Tiger ST 
today.  I'll keep quiet now until I get a Zebra ST.

Charles Cameron
Greensboro, NC
c-cameron AT triad.rr.com
ccamer AT triad.rr.com


Subject: Few unreported butterflies
From: <c2ganser AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 15:19:46 -0400 (EDT)
Hi all,  

Meager sightings lead me to post mine during last couple weeks in congested
very urban  locations as crossing Hwy 74, mall parking lots, etc.  Two Cabbage
Whites flying in my neighborhood (Indian Trail, Union Co. NC) and 4-5
orange-black smallish butterflies flying away from me as I drove or walked.  To
me they looked possibly Pearl Crescents, but I'm told more likely Sleepy
Oranges or small Eastern Commas.  Was hesitant to post due to unsure ID.

Carl Ganser, Indian Trail NC
Subject: Union County (NC) leps
From: drivesa3 AT aol.com <drivesa3@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:59:15 GMT
 Yesterday, had Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Comma, Summer Azure, and 3 
duskywings (sorry; not able to say which) at our Cane Creek Park. Wasn't 
looking very hard as I was birding (Common Loon a nice find!). 


 George Andrews
 Indian Trail, NC
Subject: Re: Wake Co. Butterflies
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:58:36 -0400
Lots of folks managed to get afield yesterday, on a Monday! Great news!
That will push our meager 2014 total of reports  close to the meager total
from 2013. Glad to know that Henry's Elfin was seen yesterday, as was a
White-M Hairstreak, etc. I recall the years from 2012 and earlier when
there would be a bunch of Brown Elfin reports already, usually from
Weymouth Woods (WEWO) and Occoneechee Mountain (OCMO). Sadly for us in NC,
Scott Hartley has retired from WEWO and is now down in the Myrtle Beach,
SC, area, so we won't get the sandhills coverage like we used to. But, that
doesn't mean Brown Elfins aren't flying there now; they might just be
starting now at OCMO.

I'll tally up the 2014 sightings through March 31 tonight.

At least April is starting out with a warm first week, but next week back
into late winter and very early spring again.

Harry LeGrand


On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM, Richard Stickney wrote:

>  Hi all,
>
>
>
> Like everyone else, I haven't had a day of serious butterflying before
> yesterday (3/31). I spent a couple of hours in the Falls Dam area and found
> a few:
>
>
>
> Azures - 6, at least 1 Summer, a couple others looked like Spring
>
> Falcate Orangetip - 6
>
> E. Comma  - 1 worn
>
> American Snout - 1 fresh
>
>
>
> FOT's were flying without stopping, others were nectaring on wild plum. I
> hung around the plum and redbud (just beginning) for awhile hoping to see
> hairstreaks & elfins. I plan to go back a couple more times in the next
> week or so.
>
>
>
> Richard Stickney
>
> NC Museum of Life & Science
>
> www.flickr/com/photos/rstickney
>
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Subject: Wake Co. Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:50:25 +0000
Hi all,

Like everyone else, I haven't had a day of serious butterflying before 
yesterday (3/31). I spent a couple of hours in the Falls Dam area and found a 
few: 


Azures - 6, at least 1 Summer, a couple others looked like Spring
Falcate Orangetip - 6
E. Comma  - 1 worn
American Snout - 1 fresh

FOT's were flying without stopping, others were nectaring on wild plum. I hung 
around the plum and redbud (just beginning) for awhile hoping to see 
hairstreaks & elfins. I plan to go back a couple more times in the next week or 
so. 


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

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