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18 Sep Wake Co., NC butterflies-Yates Mill Co. Park-09/18/2014 [Mike Turner ]
18 Sep 09/17/14 Lewisville, Forsyth County , NC. [Sven Halling ]
17 Sep Re: Sleepy Orange ??? [Alex Grkovich ]
17 Sep Sleepy Orange ??? []
17 Sep Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-09/17/2014 [Mike Turner ]
17 Sep 09/16/14 Carolina Sandhills NWR, Chesterfield County, SC. [Sven Halling ]
17 Sep Re: Butterfly big year leps left [Harry LeGrand ]
16 Sep Re: Butterfly big year leps left [Doug Allen ]
16 Sep Butterfly big year leps left [Brian Bockhahn ]
16 Sep Eastern NC big year leps [Brian Bockhahn ]
16 Sep Wake Co., NC butterflies-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-09/16/2014 [Mike Turner ]
16 Sep A few Brunswick County butterflies []
15 Sep Wake Co., NC butterflies-Umstead State Park-09/15/2014 [Mike Turner ]
14 Sep Wake Co., NC butterflies-Yates Mill Co. Park-09/14/2014 [Mike Turner ]
14 Sep Scotland County, NC, observations by Allen Belden [Harry LeGrand ]
14 Sep Dotted Skippers in Richmond County, NC [Harry LeGrand ]
14 Sep Berry's Skippers in Washington County, NC [Harry LeGrand ]
13 Sep Re: Question Grammia virgo [Harry LeGrand ]
13 Sep Question Grammia virgo []
13 Sep Wake Co., NC butterflies-JC Raulston Arboretum-09/13/2014 [Mike Turner ]
13 Sep A few Raulston Arboretum, NC, butterflies [Harry LeGrand ]
13 Sep Dissection results of a checkered-skipper in Pitt County [Harry LeGrand ]
13 Sep FOY Long-tailed Skipper- Spartanburg County and Greenville County mountains [Doug Allen ]
12 Sep Gulf Fritillary Forsyth Co [Gene Schepker ]
12 Sep Craven County, Sept 12 [ROBERT CAVANAUGH ]
12 Sep Re: Holly Shelter 9/8 [Harry LeGrand ]
12 Sep Byssus, Dion, Little Yellows, Palamedes in NC Sandhills 9/11/14 [Gene Schepker ]
11 Sep Re: Holly Shelter 9/8 [Harry LeGrand ]
11 Sep Holly Shelter 9/8 ["Rob Van Epps" ]
10 Sep Re: 2014 Surry County NABA Count 09/07/14 [Harry LeGrand ]
10 Sep Sandhills Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]
10 Sep 2014 Surry County NABA Count 09/07/14 [Gene Schepker ]
10 Sep Harvester, Lace-wing Roadside Skipper, Yadkin County [Gene Schepker ]
10 Sep Berkeley County SC Walk 9/10 []
9 Sep FOY: Little Yellow and Lace-winged Road-Skipper [Doug Allen ]
8 Sep Results of Pettigrew State Park, NC count [Harry LeGrand ]
7 Sep Re: Favorite butterfly plants [Will Cook ]
7 Sep CBS Midlands Chapter 9/6/14 []
7 Sep Fwd: Sol Legare Is, Charelston Co., Sc leps 6 Sept. 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
5 Sep Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-09/05/2014 [Mike Turner ]
5 Sep Dukes' Skipper at a new spot ["John Fussell" ]
5 Sep Blythewood, SC []
5 Sep Re: Transylvania County Dianas and Harvester, 09/04/14 [Harry LeGrand ]
5 Sep Transylvania County Dianas and Harvester, 09/04/14 [Gene Schepker ]
4 Sep Re: no arogos [Harry LeGrand ]
4 Sep no arogos ["John Fussell" ]
4 Sep Francis Marion NF, SC butterflies 3 Sept. 2004 [Dennis Forsythe ]
3 Sep 09/03/14 Dinkins Bottoms, Yadkin County , NC. [Sven Halling ]
3 Sep Make-up Date for NABA the Surry County NABA Count is Sunday 09/07 [Gene Schepker ]
3 Sep River Section of PMSP, Surry Co. Butterflies [Gene Schepker ]
3 Sep Wake Co., NC butterflies-Yates Mill Co. Park-09/03/2014 [Mike Turner ]
2 Sep Green Comma [Doug Allen ]
2 Sep Wake Co., NC butterflies-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-09/02/2014 [Mike Turner ]
2 Sep Re: Eastern nc leps [Harry LeGrand ]
2 Sep Eastern nc leps [Bb ]
2 Sep Re: possible Roadside skipper [Harry LeGrand ]
01 Sep Fwd: Chesterfield County Three more leps [Jules Fraytet ]
01 Sep Chesterfield County [Jules Fraytet ]
31 Aug Wake Co., NC-Temple Flat Rock-08/31/2014 [Mike Turner ]
31 Aug Re: possible Roadside skipper [Jeff Pippen ]
31 Aug Re: possible Roadside skipper [Doug Allen ]
31 Aug possible Roadside skipper [Doug Allen ]
30 Aug Pitt County, 30 August 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
30 Aug More Green Commas on BRP [Richard Stickney ]
29 Aug RE: Transylvania County NABA Count results ["Sue" ]
29 Aug Giant swallowtail [Ginger Kopka ]
29 Aug Dukes' Skippers today ["John Fussell" ]
29 Aug Transylvania County NABA Count results [Ruth Young ]
28 Aug Re: 3 FOY: Hayhurst Scallopwing, Delaware Skipper, and Eufala Skipper [Harry LeGrand ]
28 Aug 3 FOY: Hayhurst Scallopwing, Delaware Skipper, and Eufala Skipper [Doug Allen ]
28 Aug Re: Carolina/Intricate Satyr and Common Checkered/White Checkered-Skipper [Mike Turner ]
28 Aug Re: Carolina/Intricate Satyr and Common Checkered/White Checkered-Skipper [Harry LeGrand ]
28 Aug Carolina/Intricate Satyr and Common Checkered/White Checkered-Skipper [Mike Turner ]
28 Aug Oops!! Wake Co. butterflies, JC Raulston Arboretum [Mike Turner ]
28 Aug Wild Indigo Duskywings, Common Roadside Skippers PMSP, Surry Co [Gene Schepker ]
28 Aug Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-08/28/2014 [Mike Turner ]

Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Yates Mill Co. Park-09/18/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:57:54 -0400
Today, from 1:20 to 5pm I walked the Creekside Trail, Millpond Trail, and
explored the open ares at Yates Mill looking for butterflies. The weather
was sunny and 80F. The highlight among my 27 species was a Broad-winged
Skipper nectaring on Pickerelweed in the constructed wetland at the bottom
of the parking lot. Passion-flower was a very popular nectar source today.
My complete list is below. Good butterflying.

  Black Swallowtail 1
 Cabbage White 5
 Cloudless Sulphur 6
 Sleepy Orange 5
 Gray Hairstreak 1
 Red-banded Hairstreak 5
 Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
 Variegated Fritillary 7
 Pearl Crescent 11
 Question Mark 1 fresh  Painted Lady 1 very worn  Common Buckeye 9
 Red-spotted Purple 1
 Viceroy 2
 Southern Pearly-eye 1
 Northern Pearly-eye 1
 Appalachian Brown 2
 Carolina Satyr 6
 Monarch 1
 Silver-spotted Skipper 1
 Clouded Skipper 5
 Least Skipper 8
 Fiery Skipper 9
 Sachem 1
 Zabulon Skipper 1 male  Broad-winged Skipper 1
 Ocola Skipper 14

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: 09/17/14 Lewisville, Forsyth County , NC.
From: Sven Halling <shalling AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:19:19 -0400 (EDT)
While walking through our front yard I saw the following butterflies. 

Little Yellow			1	
Sleepy Orange			1
Eastern Tailed-Blue		2



Sven Halling
Lewisville, NC
Subject: Re: Sleepy Orange ???
From: Alex Grkovich <agrkovich2003 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:46:06 -0700
Shawn,

Wasn't me...but for quite a long time I've wondered about the relationship 
between nicippe in the Southeast and nicippe in the Southwest (Texas to 
Arizona/California). 


To me, there seem to be consistent phenotypic differences...Western stuff seems 
"redder" with a bit of a different pattern of the darker borders, in the HW 
particularly; and are maybe a little smaller. 


Also, I think that the southeastern populations are a lot more sedentary than 
the others....for whatever that's worth. 


Anyone else out there noticing this?

Alex
 

________________________________
 From: "shawnlane07 AT gmail.com" 
To: carolinaleps AT duke.edu 
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 9:35 PM
Subject: Sleepy Orange ???
  

I think someone from this list posted about someone doing research on the
Sleepy Orange Butterfly. Does anyone remember this or have info regarding this.
If so please let me know. I can get close to 50 specimens a day if there is
still research that needs to be done. Let me know ASAP please as my time is
extremely limited and the window for catching them is going to be closing soon.
Thanks, Shawn
Subject: Sleepy Orange ???
From: <shawnlane07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:35:00 -0400 (EDT)
I think someone from this list posted about someone doing research on the
Sleepy Orange Butterfly. Does anyone remember this or have info regarding this.
If so please let me know. I can get close to 50 specimens a day if there is
still research that needs to be done. Let me know ASAP please as my time is
extremely limited and the window for catching them is going to be closing soon.
 Thanks, Shawn
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-09/17/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:35:07 -0400
Today was mostly sunny and 80F. Of note were 81 Fiery Skippers, my highest
total of the year. Good butterflying.

  Black Swallowtail 1  Cabbage White 8  Cloudless Sulphur 7  Little
Yellow 1  Sleepy
Orange 14  Gray Hairstreak 8  Red-banded Hairstreak 16  Eastern Tailed-Blue
4  Variegated Fritillary 4  Pearl Crescent 3  American Lady 1  Painted Lady
3  Common Buckeye 30  Monarch 1  Silver-spotted Skipper 15  Horace's
Duskywing 6  Wild Indigo Duskywing 3  Common Checkered-Skipper 14  Clouded
Skipper 5  Fiery Skipper 81  Southern Broken-dash 1  Sachem 6  Ocola Skipper
6
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: 09/16/14 Carolina Sandhills NWR, Chesterfield County, SC.
From: Sven Halling <shalling AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:33:44 -0400 (EDT)
88 F. Partly sunny weather.  Butterflied 11:30am to 04:30pm.

Spicebush Swallowtail	1
Palamedes Swallowtail	4
Orange Sulphur		3
Southern Dogface	3
Cloudless Sulphur	19
Sleepy Orange		52
Little Yellow		33
Gray Hairstreak 	8
Eastern Tailed-Blue	38
Variegated Fritillary	8
Pearl Crescent		3
American Lady		12
Common Buckeye		29
Carolina Satyr		1

Common Checkered/White Checkered Skipper	1
Swarthy Skipper 	3
Clouded Skipper 	6
Fiery Skipper		9
Dotted Skipper		3
Southern Broken-dash	3
Northern Broken-dash	1
Sachem			1
Yehl Skipper		1
Dion Skipper		3
Dun Skipper		2
Ocola	Skipper 	3			

Category moth:

Tersa Sphinx caterpillar1
Soybean Looper		2

Category dragonflies:

Amanda’s Pennant		several

Gene Schepker
Sven Halling (at the note pad)

Sven Halling
Subject: Re: Butterfly big year leps left
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:53:56 -0400
Gulf Frits are un-missable in a brief effort in the southeastern part of NC
for Brian, and a day's visit to Wilmington, Fort Fisher, Sunset Beach,
Ocean Isle Beach, etc., will surely get him plenty. Surprised not to see
many or very few Salt Marsh Skipper sightings this year. They must have
gotten hammered by the March weather. Taylor didn't see any in his list
from about 2 days ago, a surprise to me. Still, I can't imagine Brian would
miss that species this year either, and should be able to find Long-tailed
Skipper down there as well.

Harry LeGrand

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:09 PM, Doug Allen  wrote:

> Gulf Fritillary common here all month, 8 miles south of NC border.
>  Long-tailed Skippers seen last few days.
> So any day, Brian.  Good luck.
>
> We probably had our first migrating Monarch today on the lantana here.
> Broadwing, Red-shouldered, and immature Red-tailed hawks also migrating
> above the hill,
> Surprisingly, later in the day there were two Viceroys, that I thought at
> first were Monarchs, at a nearby pond, Viceroys are seldom seen here.
>
> Doug Allen
> Inman, SC
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/
>
> On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 7:11 PM, Brian Bockhahn 
> wrote:
>
>> So I'm at 125 with 114 photographed!  Surprisingly still have a few easy
>> ones left!?!
>>
>> SWALLOWTAILS
>> -I have seen all 8, need photos of Giant
>>
>> WHITES/SULPHURS (10 OF 16)
>> -Dainty Sulphur, not irrupting this year?
>> -no shot at Great Southern White, Southern Dogface, Large Orange Sulphur,
>> Orange-barred Sulphur, Barred Yellow
>>
>> GOSSAMER WINGS (24 or 28)
>> -missed already Hickory and Early Hairstreak, Dusky Azure
>> -no shot at Ceraneus Blue?
>>
>> METALMARKS (0 of 1)
>> -yep, need little metalmark, Holly Shelter next available
>>
>> BRUSHFOOTS (32 of 50)
>> -Gulf Fritillary, where are they?  Surely should get!!!
>> -Helicta Satyr
>> -Georgia Satyr
>> -Gray Comma - do I really want to watch rotten bananas in Ashe county
>> this October...probably
>>
>> -not much else except strays like Queen, Zebra, etc,
>> -too late/no shot: Regal Fritillary, Gorgone Checkerspot, Texan Crescent,
>> Tawny Crescent, Baltimore Checkerspot, Compton and Milberts Tortoiseshell,
>> Mimic, White Peacock, Goatweed Leafwing, Mitchells Satyr, Soldier.
>>
>> SKIPPERS (51 of 72)
>> -Long-tailed Skipper - any minute now...
>> -Southern Skipperling, next week at Carvers Creek
>> -Leonards Skipper - chatham or uwharries
>> -Dotted Skipper
>> -Meskes Skipper
>> -Arogos Skipper
>> -Aarons Skipper
>> -Yehl Skipper - should get
>> -Reversed roadside skipper
>> -Salt Marsh Skipper - should get
>>
>> -too late/no shot: Dorante's Longtail, Golden-banded Skipper, Mottled
>> Duskywing, Funeral Duskywing, Grizzled Skipper, tropical checkered skipper,
>> Rare Skipper, Loammi, Dusky Roadside, Cofaqui Giant
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Brian Bockhahn
>> birdranger248 AT gmail.com
>>
>>
>
>
Subject: Re: Butterfly big year leps left
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:09:27 -0400
Gulf Fritillary common here all month, 8 miles south of NC border.
 Long-tailed Skippers seen last few days.
So any day, Brian.  Good luck.

We probably had our first migrating Monarch today on the lantana here.
Broadwing, Red-shouldered, and immature Red-tailed hawks also migrating
above the hill,
Surprisingly, later in the day there were two Viceroys, that I thought at
first were Monarchs, at a nearby pond, Viceroys are seldom seen here.

Doug Allen
Inman, SC
https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 7:11 PM, Brian Bockhahn 
wrote:

> So I'm at 125 with 114 photographed!  Surprisingly still have a few easy
> ones left!?!
>
> SWALLOWTAILS
> -I have seen all 8, need photos of Giant
>
> WHITES/SULPHURS (10 OF 16)
> -Dainty Sulphur, not irrupting this year?
> -no shot at Great Southern White, Southern Dogface, Large Orange Sulphur,
> Orange-barred Sulphur, Barred Yellow
>
> GOSSAMER WINGS (24 or 28)
> -missed already Hickory and Early Hairstreak, Dusky Azure
> -no shot at Ceraneus Blue?
>
> METALMARKS (0 of 1)
> -yep, need little metalmark, Holly Shelter next available
>
> BRUSHFOOTS (32 of 50)
> -Gulf Fritillary, where are they?  Surely should get!!!
> -Helicta Satyr
> -Georgia Satyr
> -Gray Comma - do I really want to watch rotten bananas in Ashe county this
> October...probably
>
> -not much else except strays like Queen, Zebra, etc,
> -too late/no shot: Regal Fritillary, Gorgone Checkerspot, Texan Crescent,
> Tawny Crescent, Baltimore Checkerspot, Compton and Milberts Tortoiseshell,
> Mimic, White Peacock, Goatweed Leafwing, Mitchells Satyr, Soldier.
>
> SKIPPERS (51 of 72)
> -Long-tailed Skipper - any minute now...
> -Southern Skipperling, next week at Carvers Creek
> -Leonards Skipper - chatham or uwharries
> -Dotted Skipper
> -Meskes Skipper
> -Arogos Skipper
> -Aarons Skipper
> -Yehl Skipper - should get
> -Reversed roadside skipper
> -Salt Marsh Skipper - should get
>
> -too late/no shot: Dorante's Longtail, Golden-banded Skipper, Mottled
> Duskywing, Funeral Duskywing, Grizzled Skipper, tropical checkered skipper,
> Rare Skipper, Loammi, Dusky Roadside, Cofaqui Giant
>
>
>
>
> --
> Brian Bockhahn
> birdranger248 AT gmail.com
>
>
Subject: Butterfly big year leps left
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:11:28 -0400
So I'm at 125 with 114 photographed!  Surprisingly still have a few easy
ones left!?!

SWALLOWTAILS
-I have seen all 8, need photos of Giant

WHITES/SULPHURS (10 OF 16)
-Dainty Sulphur, not irrupting this year?
-no shot at Great Southern White, Southern Dogface, Large Orange Sulphur,
Orange-barred Sulphur, Barred Yellow

GOSSAMER WINGS (24 or 28)
-missed already Hickory and Early Hairstreak, Dusky Azure
-no shot at Ceraneus Blue?

METALMARKS (0 of 1)
-yep, need little metalmark, Holly Shelter next available

BRUSHFOOTS (32 of 50)
-Gulf Fritillary, where are they?  Surely should get!!!
-Helicta Satyr
-Georgia Satyr
-Gray Comma - do I really want to watch rotten bananas in Ashe county this
October...probably

-not much else except strays like Queen, Zebra, etc,
-too late/no shot: Regal Fritillary, Gorgone Checkerspot, Texan Crescent,
Tawny Crescent, Baltimore Checkerspot, Compton and Milberts Tortoiseshell,
Mimic, White Peacock, Goatweed Leafwing, Mitchells Satyr, Soldier.

SKIPPERS (51 of 72)
-Long-tailed Skipper - any minute now...
-Southern Skipperling, next week at Carvers Creek
-Leonards Skipper - chatham or uwharries
-Dotted Skipper
-Meskes Skipper
-Arogos Skipper
-Aarons Skipper
-Yehl Skipper - should get
-Reversed roadside skipper
-Salt Marsh Skipper - should get

-too late/no shot: Dorante's Longtail, Golden-banded Skipper, Mottled
Duskywing, Funeral Duskywing, Grizzled Skipper, tropical checkered skipper,
Rare Skipper, Loammi, Dusky Roadside, Cofaqui Giant




-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Eastern NC big year leps
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:19:11 -0400
As Harry mentioned a re-scheduled vacation took up much of my early Sep
chasing time!!!  Sep 14 I made a mad dash to Washington and Hyde county, it
was cloudy and the steady winds made for some really difficult viewing and
photography.

Jeff Pippens year list was 121 I think he said...I started the day at 120.

Pungo area 830am-1230 (I love starting this early, though some skipper
spread wing views are challenging, at least they linger)

12 Palamedes Swallowtail (just a couple weeks ago 250 plus...)
2 Cabbage White
9 Cloudless Sulphur
7 Sleepy Orange
1 Red-banded Hairstreak
1 Summer Azure
8 Painted Lady
1 Red Admiral
12 Common Buckeye
2 Viceroy
1 Fiery Skipper
1 Crossline Skipper
8 Dion Skipper (FOY #121, few worn)
1 Broad-winged Skipper
3 BERRY'S SKIPPER (FOY #122, a mile from where I had them last year, and
about a mile from where someone else had them a few days previously)

Next was Swanquarter NWR in Hyde County, Bell Island Road access.  worked
the whole road and gated side roads

7 Palamedes Swallowtail (just a couple weeks ago 250 plus...)
1 Cloudless Sulphur
37 Red-banded Hairstreak
9 Gray Hairstreak
8 Common Buckeye
2 Red-spotted Purple
4 Common Wood-nymph
5 Whirlabout
3 PALATKA SKIPPER (state lifer, FOY #123)
1 TWIN-SPOTTED SKIPPER (lifer, FOY #124)

Lastly made a quick run around the Swanquarter ferry terminal and the small
Swanquarter community park with some Lantana and butterfly bush.  Also Hyde
County I think

1 Palamedes Swallowtail
1 American Lady
1 Common Buckeye
1 Monarch
1 Least Skipper
2 Ocola Skipper
1 Broad-winged Skipper
1 Whirlabout
1 Brazillian Skipper (FOY #125)


-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-09/16/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:31:53 -0400
From noon to 3:50pm I walked around the fields under mostly sunny skies and
temps in the low 80s. Nothing of note was seen and I saw 20 species. Good
butterflying.

  Pipevine Swallowtail 3  Black Swallowtail 1 adult and 23
caterpliiars  Cabbage
White 2  Sleepy Orange 5  Red-banded Hairstreak 11  Eastern
Tailed-Blue 3  Summer
Azure 3  American Snout 1  Variegated Fritillary 3  Pearl Crescent 9  Painted
Lady 1  Common Buckeye 15  Red-spotted Purple 1  Carolina Satyr 1
Monarch 9  Wild
Indigo Duskywing 1  Clouded Skipper 5  Fiery Skipper 13  Sachem 4  Ocola
Skipper 3
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: A few Brunswick County butterflies
From: piephofft AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:55:10 -0400
Late Saturday September 13 afternoon I briefly checked a salt marsh that 
included a fresh water runoff area at Brick Landing Golf Course on the mainland 
at Ocean Isle Beach. Kosteletskya was abundant. 

 
Palamedes Swallowtail  1
Cloudlless sulfur        3
Gulf Fritillary   1
Painted Lady   1
Red Admiral    1
Viceroy   2
Long-tailed Skipper  1
Whirlabout   1
Brazilian Skipper  4
Ocola Skipper   6
 
Taylor Piephoff 
Matthews, NC 
PiephoffT AT aol.com
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Umstead State Park-09/15/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:42:22 -0400
Today I walked the powerline ROW east of Big Lake and explored the
floodplain of Sycamore Creek above the lake. The weather was cloudy and
75F. Highlights among my 23 species were 1 Little Yellow, 1 Painted Lady,
and my FOY Eufala Skipper. My complete list is below. Good butterflying.

  Cabbage White 1  Cloudless Sulphur 2  Little Yellow 1  Sleepy Orange 4  Gray
Hairstreak 2  Red-banded Hairstreak 2  Eastern Tailed-Blue 2  Summer
Azure 2  Variegated
Fritillary 1  Pearl Crescent 3  American Lady 2  Painted Lady 1  Common
Buckeye 20  Appalachian Brown 1  Carolina Satyr 47  Common Wood-Nymph
8  Clouded
Skipper 1  Least Skipper 6  Fiery Skipper 5  Crossline Skipper 1
Sachem 7  Eufala
Skipper 1  Ocola Skipper 12
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Yates Mill Co. Park-09/14/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:00:10 -0400
I walked around Yates Mill Co. Park today under cloudy skies and temps
about 70F. The highlight among my 20 species was a FOY Southern Pearly-eye.
Pics of the pearly-eye and a Brazilian Skipper from yesterday at the JC
Raulston Arboretum can be found here,
https://www.flickr.com/photos/61962421 AT N05/. As for nectar sources,
Ironweed and passion-flower were very popular, especially the latter with
Clouded Skippers. My complete list is below. Good butterflying.

  Black Swallowtail 2  Cabbage White 5  Cloudless Sulphur 1  Red-banded
Hairstreak 7  Eastern Tailed-Blue 1  Variegated Fritillary 3  Pearl Crescent
3  American Lady 1  Viceroy 2  Southern Pearly-eye 1  Appalachian
Brown 3  Gemmed
Satyr 2  Carolina Satyr 15  Monarch 2  Clouded Skipper 10  Least
Skipper 8  Fiery
Skipper 3  Sachem 1  Dion Skipper 1  Ocola Skipper 16
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Scotland County, NC, observations by Allen Belden
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:58:53 -0400
   - Allen Belden  - Sept. 11

   Sandhills Game Land
   Scotland County, NC
   
   -
   - Spicebush Swallowtail 5
   - Cloudless Sulphur 11
   - Little Yellow 23
   - Sleepy Orange 8
   - Red-banded Hairstreak 1
   - Eastern Tailed-Blue 16
   - Variegated Fritillary 9
   - Pearl Crescent 2
   - American Lady 2
   - Common Buckeye 13
   - Red-spotted Purple 1
   - Carolina Satyr 1
   - Zarucco Duskywing 1
   - Clouded Skipper 1
   - Fiery Skipper 3
   - Byssus Skipper 1
   - Dun Skipper 1
   - Ocola Skipper 1

---------------

Copied by Harry LeGrand from the NABA sightings website. The site has a
photo of the Byssus Skipper. Note the impressive number of Little Yellow
(23).
Subject: Dotted Skippers in Richmond County, NC
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:53:58 -0400
 Allen Belden posted some of his sightings in NC to the NABA website. Here
is another posting (for Sept. 12):

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Sandhills Game Land
Richmond County, NC 

Dotted Skippers nectaring on Carphephorus and Liatris.
  [image: Thumb]


Dotted Skipper
 [image: Thumb]


Dotted Skipper
 [image: Thumb]


Dotted Skipper
 [image: Thumb]


Crossline Skipper

-----------------------------

Harry LeGrand



   - Spicebush Swallowtail 4
   - Palamedes Swallowtail 2
   - Orange Sulphur 1
   - Cloudless Sulphur 6
   - Little Yellow 11
   - Sleepy Orange 4
   - Gray Hairstreak 1
   - Eastern Tailed-Blue 12
   - Variegated Fritillary 15
   - Pearl Crescent 1
   - American Lady 1
   - Common Buckeye 11
   - Silver-spotted Skipper 1
   - Zarucco Duskywing 5
   - Common Checkered-Skipper 2
   - Fiery Skipper 6
   - Dotted Skipper 2
   - Crossline Skipper 1
   - Dun Skipper 2
Subject: Berry's Skippers in Washington County, NC
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:48:39 -0400
 Allen Belden, zoologist formerly of the VA Natural Heritage Program, sent
me a note and excellent photos, taken on Sept. 10, of 3 male and one female
Berry's Skippers in the Lake Phelps area of Washington County, NC. This is
a bit of a different location than where Brian Bockhahn found 3 Berry's a
year ago. Allen found a patch of mistflower (Coelestinum) that had the
butterflies listed below.

Copied from his email:

"The Berry’s Skippers were joined here by a number of other species:
Whirlabout (1 female), Ocola Skipper (5+ individuals), Fiery Skipper (4),
Dun Skipper (1), Dion Skipper (1), Southern Broken-Dash (1), Painted Lady
(2), Cabbage White (1), and Sleepy Orange (2). "


Interestingly, this is, finally, the first record of Southern Broken-dash
for Washington County.

Harry LeGrand
Subject: Re: Question Grammia virgo
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:22:56 -0400
Reminder to all -- please indicate a location for your sightings, at least
the county (and state). I enter your North Carolina butterfly reports for
the Butterflies of North Carolina website.

Harry LeGrand

On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 7:46 PM,  wrote:

> Took my son out butterflying today for about an hour and a half to a field
> where passion flower, gollden-rod and several other wild flowers grow in
> abundance.
>
> We saw
>  30 + sleepy orange
>  25 + cloudless sulphur
>  20+ Varigated Frit.
>  20+ Gulf Frti.
>  5 Palameade ST.
>   4 Viceroy
>  3 Black ST
>  2 Dark Form Tiger ST.
>  25 Misc Skippers ( sorry I don"t know skippers, some yellow, some brown
>
>  I also have about 200 eggs from a Grammia Virgo. I have had two failed
> attemps
> at these this year so I am going to ask if anyone here can tell me a good
> food
> plant that you have used that can be found in the southeast of NC. I only
> had
> about 25 to 30 eggs on the first two tries but this time I got a full
> female. I
> would very much like to propagate this species and get a release going in
> different areas to help them thrive. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
>  Thanks, Shawn
>
Subject: Question Grammia virgo
From: <shawnlane07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:46:15 -0400 (EDT)
Took my son out butterflying today for about an hour and a half to a field
where passion flower, gollden-rod and several other wild flowers grow in
abundance.

We saw
 30 + sleepy orange
 25 + cloudless sulphur
 20+ Varigated Frit.
 20+ Gulf Frti.
 5 Palameade ST.
  4 Viceroy
 3 Black ST
 2 Dark Form Tiger ST.
 25 Misc Skippers ( sorry I don"t know skippers, some yellow, some brown
 
 I also have about 200 eggs from a Grammia Virgo. I have had two failed attemps
at these this year so I am going to ask if anyone here can tell me a good food
plant that you have used that can be found in the southeast of NC. I only had
about 25 to 30 eggs on the first two tries but this time I got a full female. I
would very much like to propagate this species and get a release going in
different areas to help them thrive. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 Thanks, Shawn
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-JC Raulston Arboretum-09/13/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:23:28 -0400
Too bad I missed Harry at the arboretum this afternoon. My list is a little
more extensive than his, but I was out there three hours longer than he
was, from 12:20-4:20. The weather was cloudy and about 80F. The highlight
among my 23 species were 2 Brazilian Skippers hanging around canna in two
spots at opposite ends of the arboretum from each other. I was hoping to
find my first Gulf Fritillary and Long-tailed Skipper of the year, but no
luck. My complete list is below. Good butterflying.

  Black Swallowtail 4  Cabbage White 12  Orange Sulphur 3  Cloudless Sulphur
2  Sleepy Orange 10  Gray Hairstreak 3  Red-banded Hairstreak 12  Eastern
Tailed-Blue 1  Variegated Fritillary 2  Pearl Crescent 4  Painted Lady
3  Common
Buckeye 18  Monarch 1  Silver-spotted Skipper 12  Horace's Duskywing 2  Wild
Indigo Duskywing 1  Common Checkered-Skipper 3  Common Sootywing 1  Clouded
Skipper 7  Fiery Skipper 44  Sachem 6  Brazilian Skipper 2

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: A few Raulston Arboretum, NC, butterflies
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:26:31 -0400
I spent an hour (3:15 - 4:15) this afternoon (Sept. 13) at the arboretum in
Raleigh, under cloudy and muggy conditions. Things are still slow this
year, with hardly any large butterflies. In fact, I can't remember the last
time I failed to see a sulphur/yellow there. And, the only swallowtail
there continues to be Black. At least, there was a bit of skipper diversity.

Black Swallowtail  1   male
Cabbage White  6
Gray Hairstreak  1
Red-banded Hairstreak  2   my first of the year in NC!
Common Buckeye  12
Painted Lady  3
Silver-spotted Skipper   4  way down in the last week
Horace's Duskywing  1
Wild Indigo Duskywing  1
Common Checkered-Skipper  3
Fiery Skipper  50
Clouded Skipper  2   fresh
Sachem  1  male; way down also from last week
Ocola Skipper  1

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: Dissection results of a checkered-skipper in Pitt County
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:11:15 -0400
Steve Hall was given a male checkered-skipper collected this summer in Pitt
County, by Salman Abdulali, with the intent of seeing if it was a White
Checkered-Skipper (*Pyrgus albescens*). Steve has a dissecting scope, and
told us today that "the valve clearly has a double-prong at the apex and
otherwise matches the description for *communis* [*Common Checkered-Skipper*]
given by John Burns".

So, you may look at this as good news or bad news. Bad news if you want to
see White C-S expanding northward well into eastern NC, good if you are not
ready (yet) for it to invade the state and overrun Commons like has been
done in SC, GA, and FL.  I am in the latter camp, mainly in that I've been
entering all of your checkered-skipper records in the Excel file as
Commons, until proven otherwise. We do have a confirmed specimen of White
from Carteret County (at Fort Macon State Park) and a report of a specimen
by Burns in Mecklenburg County. Of course, there is no way to know if
Whites are actually residents yet in NC, or whether those represented
northbound strays/migrants.

Sadly, there still seems to be no way to separate these two highly similar
species visually, other than by examination of the male genitalia. This is
especially odd in that these two species have dozens of white spots, bars,
etc., on the upper surface and lots of dark bars and marks below --
seemingly there must be at least one mark/bar/spot that is consistently
different!

Harry LeGrand
Subject: FOY Long-tailed Skipper- Spartanburg County and Greenville County mountains
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:01:56 -0400
Thursday here on Windmill Hill we had a Long-tailed Skipper, another
Delaware Skipper, a couple of Little Glassywing and Dun's plus the usual,
but Tiger Swallowtail's are getting scarce.
Hairsteaks remain rare since spring.

Yesterday in the low mountains of Greenville County, Blue Wall Preserve,
plus a power line right-of-way near Blue Wall Preserves we had-

2 Sleepy Orange
2 Little Yellow-  mountains!  so they are moving in to our area
1 Cloudless Sulphur
9 Summer Azure
18 Eastern-tailed Blues
10 Pearl Crescent
1 Eastern Comma
4 American Lady
15 Red-spotted Purple
7 Buckeye
20 Carolina Satyr
1  Long-tailed Skipper  mountains!
2 Little Glassywing
3 Fiery Skipper
2 Sachem
2 Dun Skippers
1 Ocola Skipper  mountains!

A few pictures as usual.

Doug Allen
https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/
Subject: Gulf Fritillary Forsyth Co
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:21:55 -0400
In the garden today I had:

Gulf Fritillary 1 (FOY)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Red-banded Hairstreak 2
Sachem 3
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Zabulon Skipper 2
Clouded Skipper 3
Dun Skipper 1
Carolina Satyr 1
Northern Pearly-eye 1
Pearl Crescent 2
Sleepy Orange 1
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Cabbage White 2

Butterflying periodically while gardening.  Gene Schepker
Subject: Craven County, Sept 12
From: ROBERT CAVANAUGH <papilio28570 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:27:15 -0700
Saw a FOY Little Yellow along Lake Road in Craven County.

Cloudless Sulphur very common over Carteret and Craven counties.

Had 3 Monarchs laying eggs on milkweed in my Newport yard during mid August. 
Over 100 eggs were laid but during the last two weeks of the month, ants and 
wasps completely cleaned out the lot of them....and I was worried about not 
having enough food-plant. 


Several Black Swallowtail females been patrolling my yard, but this is the 
first summer in 6 or 7 years when I had no parsley growing. 


Finally saw a black female Tiger feeding at tithonia blooms earlier this week.

Will soon be mailing out a quantity of tropical milkweed seeds to all who 
wanted butterfly weed pods earlier. Tropical milkweed grows 3 to 5 fee, often 
with mult- stems in one season and blooms profusely. Will provide ample food 
for late season Monarchs while waiting for butterfly weed to grow to size. I 
still have butterfly weed seed pods available for those who want some and will 
send tropical seeds as well. Anyone living near swam lands or wet ditches and 
want some swamp milkweed seeds, let me know. I do not have a large quantity, 
but enough that I can share. 


Bob
Subject: Re: Holly Shelter 9/8
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:57:02 -0400
Rob just sent me nice dorsal and ventral shots of the Phaon Cresent at
Holly Shelter Game Land. It does indeed represent a first county record for
Pender County.

Speaking of county records down East, in addition to Creole Pearly-eye and
Northern Broken-dash being new to the Pettigrew State Park count (August
31) and also new to Washington County; I just noticed that we had no
previous records for Crossline Skipper for Washington or Tyrrell counties,
and thus also new for the count. Two groups reported Crosslines in
Washington County. This is a fairly widespread skipper in the state, with
scattered records for many counties down East, but still obviously scarce
in that area, as it tends to favor somewhat sandy or drier soil areas than
typically found near Pettigrew.

Harry LeGrand

On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 11:44 AM, Rob Van Epps 
wrote:

> A bit of a late report, I spent a few hours in overcast weather on Monday
> 9/8 looking for butterflies in Holly Shelter Game Lands, Pender County.
> The weather kept the butterflies from flying much but I still was able to
> get my target Little Metalmark.  List is below:
>
>
>
> Palamedes Swallowtail – 6
>
> Cloudless Sulphur – 5
>
> Little Yellow – 10
>
> Red-banded Hairstreak – 50+
>
> Gray Hairstreak – 4
>
> Little Metalmark – 4
>
> Phaon Crescent – 1 (country record?)
>
> Common Buckeye – 4
>
> Horace’s Duskywing – 3
>
> Swarthy Skipper – 1
>
> Fiery Skipper – 2
>
> Southern Broken-dash – 5
>
> Northern Broken-dash – 2
>
> Lace-winged Roadside Skipper – 1
>
> Ocola Skipper – 4
>
>
>
>
>
> Also had the following from New Hanover County on 9/9:
>
>
>
> Broad-winged Skipper – 5
>
> Byssus Skipper – 2
>
> Delaware Skipper - 6
>
>
>
>
>
> Rob Van Epps
>
> Davidson, NC
>
>
>
Subject: Byssus, Dion, Little Yellows, Palamedes in NC Sandhills 9/11/14
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:00:51 -0400
Sven and I went down to Weymouth Woods and after a slow start had a good
day albeit few butterflies!

Moore County:

Fiery Skipper 1 (female)
Clouded Skipper 3
Zarucco Duskywing 1 (fem)
Crossline Skipper 3 (males)
Swarthy Skipper 2 (minute males)
Byssus Male 1
Dion Male 1 (Sven's Lifer)
Common Buckeye 6 (plus 6 caterpillars)
Little Yellow 1
Red-banded Hairstreak 5
Gray Hairstreak 5
Pearl Crescent 2
Carolina Satyr 8
Pearly-eye species 1

We next drove down to search for Hoffman Road in Scotland Game Lands and
stopped at a couple of small lakes and roadsides in Richmond County'

Cloudless Sulphur 2
Sleepy Orange 4
Horace's Duskywing 1
Fiery Skipper 3
Palamedes Swallowtail 1
Little Yellow 4
Common Buckeye 4
Pearl Crescent 1

When we finally found Hoffman Rd in Scotland Game Lands it was already 5:00
PM but we saw a few butterflies.

Palamedes Swallowtail 1
Common Buckeye 1
Great Spangled Fritillary 1
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Variegated Fritillary 1

Schlepping and Lepping!
Gene Schepker (and Sven Halling)
Subject: Re: Holly Shelter 9/8
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:35:52 -0400
Glad you got your Little Metalmark. Can you provide us some info on the
Phaon Crescent? I spent a lot of time at the game land back in 1995, but I
guess there is some Lippia there somewhere. Phaons have been found recently
in spots around Wilmington, away from the coastal zone, so Holly Shelter
isn't a stretch inland -- as long as one of the 2 fogfruit (Lippia) species
is present.

Harry LeGrand

On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 11:44 AM, Rob Van Epps 
wrote:

> A bit of a late report, I spent a few hours in overcast weather on Monday
> 9/8 looking for butterflies in Holly Shelter Game Lands, Pender County.
> The weather kept the butterflies from flying much but I still was able to
> get my target Little Metalmark.  List is below:
>
>
>
> Palamedes Swallowtail – 6
>
> Cloudless Sulphur – 5
>
> Little Yellow – 10
>
> Red-banded Hairstreak – 50+
>
> Gray Hairstreak – 4
>
> Little Metalmark – 4
>
> Phaon Crescent – 1 (country record?)
>
> Common Buckeye – 4
>
> Horace’s Duskywing – 3
>
> Swarthy Skipper – 1
>
> Fiery Skipper – 2
>
> Southern Broken-dash – 5
>
> Northern Broken-dash – 2
>
> Lace-winged Roadside Skipper – 1
>
> Ocola Skipper – 4
>
>
>
>
>
> Also had the following from New Hanover County on 9/9:
>
>
>
> Broad-winged Skipper – 5
>
> Byssus Skipper – 2
>
> Delaware Skipper - 6
>
>
>
>
>
> Rob Van Epps
>
> Davidson, NC
>
>
>
Subject: Holly Shelter 9/8
From: "Rob Van Epps" <rob.vanepps AT fin-risk.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:44:20 -0400
A bit of a late report, I spent a few hours in overcast weather on Monday
9/8 looking for butterflies in Holly Shelter Game Lands, Pender County.  The
weather kept the butterflies from flying much but I still was able to get my
target Little Metalmark.  List is below:

 

Palamedes Swallowtail - 6

Cloudless Sulphur - 5

Little Yellow - 10

Red-banded Hairstreak - 50+

Gray Hairstreak - 4

Little Metalmark - 4

Phaon Crescent - 1 (country record?)

Common Buckeye - 4

Horace's Duskywing - 3

Swarthy Skipper - 1

Fiery Skipper - 2

Southern Broken-dash - 5

Northern Broken-dash - 2

Lace-winged Roadside Skipper - 1

Ocola Skipper - 4

 

 

Also had the following from New Hanover County on 9/9:

 

Broad-winged Skipper - 5

Byssus Skipper - 2

Delaware Skipper - 6

 

 

Rob Van Epps

Davidson, NC

 
Subject: Re: 2014 Surry County NABA Count 09/07/14
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:54:46 -0400
How many counts get more Common Roadside-Skippers (4) than Silver-spotted
Skippers (3)?!   I can't fathom that -- such a low number of SSS, which is
just about the only butterfly overwhelming us here in the eastern half of
the state!  As the NC count editor, I appreciate you and others sticking
with it on a second try, and coming up with a decent count. That one field
by the entrance of the state park must have had more total skipper numbers
and species than we found in the entire Pettigrew State Park count circle
about 10 days ago (well, at least not counting Silver-spotteds).

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh


On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 4:24 PM, Gene Schepker 
wrote:

> Seven (7) of us participated in the "delayed" Surry Count this year and 15
> skipper species saved what could have been a fairly meager count.  But we
> still ended up with 38 species and 320 individual butterflies. The best
> find was probably the Southern Pearly-eyes which are rarely seen in area.
> Thanks to all who helped out!
>
> Pipevine Swallowtail 2
> Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
> Spicebush Swallowtail 1
> Cabbage White 1
> Orange Sulphur 2
> Cloudless Sulphur 1
> Sleepy Orange 20
> Gray Hairstreak 1
> Eastern Tailed-blue 13
> Summer Azure 11
> Variegated Fritillary 1
> Great Spangled Fritillary 8
> Pearl Crescent 22
> American Lady 1
> Red Admiral 5
> Common Buckeye 6
> Red-spotted Purple 21
> Southern Pearly-eye 2
> Appalachian Brown 1
> Gemmed Satyr 8
> Carolina Satyr 60
> Common Wood Nymph 2
> Horace's Duskywing 2
> Common Checkered Skipper 1
> Least Skipper 3
> Fiery Skipper 2
> Peck's Skipper 2
> Tawny-edged Skipper 3
> Crossline Skipper 6
> Southern Broken-dash 3
> Northern Broken-dash 18
> Little Glassywing 7
> Sachem 56
> Delaware Skipper 8
> Zabulon Skipper 7
> Dun Skipper 6
> Common Roadside Skipper 4
> Silver-spotted Skipper 3
>
> Gene Schepker (and Maggie Wallace Martin, Bud Webster, Lois Koufman,
> Charles Cameron, Jim Nottke, Sven Halling)
>
Subject: Sandhills Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:30:11 +0000
Hi all,

I got down to Moore & Scotland Counties yesterday and didn't see a lot. Weather 
was not the best, but I still saw fewer than I have before with similar 
conditions. 


Sandhills CC Gardens:
Sleepy Orange - 1
E. Tailed Blue - 1
Gray Hairstreak - 1
Red-banded Hairstreak - 1
Pearl Crescent - 2
Buckeye - 2
Silver-spotted Skipper - 2
Hoary Edge - 1
Duskywing - 2 didn't sit long enough for ID
Clouded Skipper- 3
Fiery Skipper -  20 or so
Whirlabout - 1 fresh male
Yehl Skipper - 1 last year I saw 15
Dion Skipper - 1
Lace-winged RS Skipper - 1
Ocola Skipper - 2

Hoffman Road, Sandhills Game Land, Scotland Co.:
Spicebush ST - 3
Little Yellow - 2
Cloudless Sulphur - 2 where are they this year?
Gray HS - 1
E. Tailed Blue - 1
Variegated Fritillary - 1
Pearl Crescent - 3
Buckeye - 2
Clouded Skipper - 1
...and that was all the skippers, despite lots of nectar; I was hoping for 
Dotted Skippers but no luck 





Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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Subject: 2014 Surry County NABA Count 09/07/14
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:24:48 -0400
Seven (7) of us participated in the "delayed" Surry Count this year and 15
skipper species saved what could have been a fairly meager count.  But we
still ended up with 38 species and 320 individual butterflies. The best
find was probably the Southern Pearly-eyes which are rarely seen in area.
Thanks to all who helped out!

Pipevine Swallowtail 2
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
Spicebush Swallowtail 1
Cabbage White 1
Orange Sulphur 2
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Sleepy Orange 20
Gray Hairstreak 1
Eastern Tailed-blue 13
Summer Azure 11
Variegated Fritillary 1
Great Spangled Fritillary 8
Pearl Crescent 22
American Lady 1
Red Admiral 5
Common Buckeye 6
Red-spotted Purple 21
Southern Pearly-eye 2
Appalachian Brown 1
Gemmed Satyr 8
Carolina Satyr 60
Common Wood Nymph 2
Horace's Duskywing 2
Common Checkered Skipper 1
Least Skipper 3
Fiery Skipper 2
Peck's Skipper 2
Tawny-edged Skipper 3
Crossline Skipper 6
Southern Broken-dash 3
Northern Broken-dash 18
Little Glassywing 7
Sachem 56
Delaware Skipper 8
Zabulon Skipper 7
Dun Skipper 6
Common Roadside Skipper 4
Silver-spotted Skipper 3

Gene Schepker (and Maggie Wallace Martin, Bud Webster, Lois Koufman,
Charles Cameron, Jim Nottke, Sven Halling)
Subject: Harvester, Lace-wing Roadside Skipper, Yadkin County
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:43:28 -0400
Sven Halling and I crossed the river into Yadkin County at Dinkin's
Bottom.  In spite of completely cloudy,overcast conditions from 10:30 -
2:30 we had a pretty good day.

Clouded Skipper 5 *
Zabulon Skipper 9
Ocola Skipper 1
Sachem 5
Dun Skipper 4
*Lace-winged Roadside Skipper* 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 2
Least Skipper 1
Pearl Crescent 5
Silvery Checkerspot 1
Great Spangled Fritillary 1
Red-spotted Purple 4
Common Buckeye 2
Viceroy 3
Tawny Emperor 1
Hackberry Emperor 3
Summer Azure 8
Eastern Tailed-blue 3
Sleepy Orange 21
Cloudless Sulphur 3
Carolina Satyr 22
*Harvester *1

* Clouded Skippers have been few in the western piedmont this year and we
had two hooked up, breeding.

Gene Schepker and (Sven Halling)
Subject: Berkeley County SC Walk 9/10
From: <aszwarc AT berkeleycountysc.gov>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:48:16 -0400 (EDT)
Today two observers (A. Szwarc and M. Horry) saw the following butterflies:

23 Carolina/Intricate Satyrs
16 Palamedes Swallowtails
15 Cloudless Sulphurs
7 Pearl Crescents
2 Sleepy Orange
2 Whirlabouts
2 Gulf Fritillaries
1 Grey Hairstreak
1 White Checkered Skipper
1 Clouded Skipper
1 Twin Spotted SKipper
1 Summer Azure
1 Unidentified Skipper (possibly Yehl's Skipper)

The weather was about 85*F, partly cloudy. We hiked the trail at Cypress
Gardens in Berkeley County, SC. 
Subject: FOY: Little Yellow and Lace-winged Road-Skipper
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:35:35 -0400
The predicted partly sunny weather today never happened- cloudy and cool
all day, but a few species weren't deterred by cloudy, cool weather.  Spent
3 hours in southern Spartanburg and adjoining Union Counties mostly by
rivers, streams, and wetlands.

Cloudless Sulphur-  4  mostly while driving
Little Yellow-- 1  FOY  in Spar County.  Would have been a County record in
Union half mile away!
Summer Azure-  3
Eastern-tailed Blue-  2
American Lady-  1
Red-spotted Purple-  18
Carolina Satyr-  65
Clouded Skipper- 12,  some very fresh
Zabulon Skipper-  2
Lace-winged Road-Skipper- FOY  17

some pics of above at https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/

Doug Allen  Inman, SC
Subject: Results of Pettigrew State Park, NC count
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:45:58 -0400
Better late than never -- the results of the Pettigrew count, held 8 days
ago (August 31) have been compiled by Ed Corey, and sent to me for
submitting to NABA. The weather was typical hot -- 93 degrees for the high
at nearby Plymouth, and generally partly cloudy all day; no rain. Of
course, the count was hampered by the very severe March weather, and also
by the continuing bush-hogging and cleaning of canals and ditches (for
better irrigation of fields, I think). This cleaning up has resulted in
much fewer stands of verbena along the road margins, and buttonbushes are
hard to find, though most were finished blooming anyway.

We again had 5 parties, as with last year; we managed 50 species and 2,510
individuals last year. Thanks to Brian Bockhahn and several others with
him, Nick Flanders, Elisa Enders, Signa and Floyd Williams, and Ed Corey
for assisting me in the field. Salman Abdulali came down from Greenville,
but was called back home early on for a family emergency.

Here are totals, with some comments (most numbers are quite a bit lower
than last year, held on Sept. 8):

Zebra Swallowtail  16
Black Swallowtail  2
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail  13     terribly low; 88 last year
Spicebush Swallowtail  9
Palamedes Swallowtail  288   (but 250 by Brian's group)
Cabbage White  11
Orange Sulphur  92
Cloudless Sulphur  101    very low
Sleepy Orange  393
Great Purple Hairstreak  2
Gray Hairstreak  18
Red-banded Hairstreak  49
Eastern Tailed-Blue  2     typically scarce here
Summer Azure 19
Variegated Fritillary  27    quite low
Pearl Crescent  74
Question Mark  1
Eastern Comma  1
American Lady  1       only 1 on last year's count also!
Painted Lady  8
Red Admiral  23
Common Buckeye  94
Red-spotted Purple  32
Viceroy  24
Southern Pearly-eye  5
CREOLE PEARLY-EYE  1  photo by the Williams; new count record, and a first
for Washington County
Carolina Satyr  55   (presumed all this species and not Intricate)
Common Wood-Nymph  8
Monarch  5
Silver-spotted Skipper  177
Horace's Duskywing  2
Common Checkered-Skipper  3
Common Sootywing  1
Least Skipper  128
Fiery Skipper  83
Crossline Skipper  3     two parties; scarce in this area
Whirlabout  1
NORTHERN BROKEN-DASH  2  photos by Brian; new to the count and new to
Washington County; Southern Broken-dash still has never been found on this
count!
Sachem  5
Delaware Skipper  1
Dion Skipper  1   low, but early count date;  46 last year on Sept. 8
Dun Skipper  8
Carolina Roadside-Skipper  1    uncommon, but not new for the count
Twin-spot Skipper  3  not new either; near northern edge of range
Ocola Skipper  6

45 species; 1,799 individuals.   Missing -- Clouded Skipper! Hard to fathom
missing this one; we had 9 last year. Other misses from last year were
mainly skippers, as we got nearly all of the expected true butterflies.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: Re: Favorite butterfly plants
From: Will Cook <cwcook AT duke.edu>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:23:34 -0400
Thanks for the responses so far! The early leaders are butterfly bush 
(Buddleja spp.), Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Lantana camara, and 
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).

I've heard from 13 people so far -- please send me your favorites if you 
haven't already!

Will



On 8/24/2014 12:54 PM, Will Cook wrote:
> Butterfliers,
>
> In preparation for a talk I'm scheduled to present at the CBS Butterfly
> Symposium at the NC Zoo (9/13/14), I thought it would be fun to ask
> butterfly gardeners what their favorite butterfly plants are. You can
> interpret the question loosely, for example it can be a favorite because
> it attracts many butterflies, is easy to grow, or is particularly
> ornamental. If you're not sure whether a certain plant is native or
> exotic, just list it anyway and I can figure it out.
>
> What are your favorite three (in order of preference):
>
> butterfly nectar plants (native or exotic)?
> 1.
> 2.
> 3.
>
> native butterfly nectar plants?
> 1.
> 2.
> 3.
>
> exotic butterfly nectar plants?
> 1.
> 2.
> 3.
>
> butterfly host plants?
> 1.
> 2.
> 3.
>
> I'll send out a compilation of answers after the symposium.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Will
>
>

-- 
Will Cook - Durham, NC
http://www.carolinanature.com
Subject: CBS Midlands Chapter 9/6/14
From: KASTNERS AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:25:18 -0400
Carolina Butterfly Society Midlands Chapter Trip Report

SI Group  (formerly Albermarle Corporation)  
Orangeburg, SC 
September  6, 2014 
We spent the day at SI  Group’s Hundred Acre Woods along with some members 
of the Master Naturalist  group. Arthur Sweatman was our walk  leader and 
Diane Curlee was our trip organizer. Also in attendance were Bud  Webster, 
Jerry Bright, Laurie Walden, Susan Hamilton, Hilda Flamholtz and Dave  and 
Marty Kastner. Some folks came only for the morning, some for the afternoon and 

some of us stayed all day so  everyone did not see all of the butterflies. 
Palamedes Swallowtail 9 
Eastern Tiger  Swallowtail 3 
Little Yellow 1 
Sleepy Orange 11 (2 ovipositing on Sickle  Pod) 
Cloudless Sulphur 25 
Great Purple Hairstreak 1 
Red-banded Hairstreak 5 
Gray Hairstreak 9 
Gulf Fritillary 5 
Variegated Fritillary 7 
Red Admiral 1 
Common Buckeye 7 (no caterpillars were found this  year) 
Red-spotted Purple 2 
Goatweed Leafwing 5 (3 were females and at least 1 was male) 
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 14 
Silver-spotted Skipper 1 
Horace’s Duskywing 2 
Zarucco Duskywing 1 
White Checkered-Skipper 5 
Least Skipper 1 
Southern Skipperling 3 
Fiery Skipper 9 
Dun Skipper 1 
Zabulon Skipper 2 
Clouded Skipper 1 
Lace-winged  Roadside-Skipper 1 
Ocola Skipper 1 
Goatweed Leafwing  caterpillars 9 
27 Species 
Marty 


Marty &  Dave Kastner
Blythewood, SC
Richland  County
Subject: Fwd: Sol Legare Is, Charelston Co., Sc leps 6 Sept. 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 07:30:35 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dennis Forsythe 
Date: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 at 7:51 PM
Subject: Sol Legare Is, Charelston Co., Sc leps 6 Sept. 2014
To: Donna Forsythe 


Hi All,

Donna and I spend about 1 1/2 hrs this afternoon on Sol Legare Island under
cloudy sky.  There was abundant frogfruit and we had the following:

Cloudless Sulfur 6
Little Yellow 1
Eastern Pygmy Blue 5
Gulf Fritillary 3
Horace's Duskywing 2
Long-tailed Skipper 1
Fiery Skipper 2
Salt Marsh Skipper 10
Ocola Skipper 1

Dennis

-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com



-- 
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-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-09/05/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 19:34:43 -0400
Today I walked around the arboretum from 1:15 to 4:30. The weather was
sunny and 92F. Highlights among my 25 species were 1 Great Spangled
Fritillary, 1 Painted Lady, and 1 FOY Common Sootywing. My complete list is
below. Good butterflying.

  Black Swallowtail 15  Cabbage White 4  Orange Sulphur 2  Cloudless Sulphur
1  Sleepy Orange 5  Gray Hairstreak 1  Red-banded Hairstreak 1  Variegated
Fritillary 6  Great Spangled Fritillary 1  American Lady 2  Painted
Lady 1  Common
Buckeye 33  Red-spotted Purple 1  Monarch 2  Silver-spotted Skipper 18
 Horace's
Duskywing 9  Wild Indigo Duskywing 1  Common Checkered-Skipper 11  Common
Sootywing 1  Clouded Skipper 1  Fiery Skipper 72  Crossline Skipper 2  Southern
Broken-dash 1  Sachem 14  Ocola Skipper 3
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Dukes' Skipper at a new spot
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 18:27:06 -0400
Today I had 2 Dukes' Skippers just W of the Pinecliff Recreation Area 
(Croatan National Forest, Craven County).  This recreation area is a little 
bit W of the southern terminus of the Neuse River ferry.

The skippers were in a wooded slough (connected to the Neuse River). 
Shoreline sedge (Carex hyalinolepis) strongly dominates the herb layer of 
the slough.  Considering the quality of the habitat, I was actually 
disappointed to see only 2 of the skippers.

I noted the presence of (the invasive) alligator-weed mixed in with the 
sedge.

I also made a stop to a site on the Craven-Carteret line (near Harlowe) 
where shoreline sedge is also common, but I found no Dukes' there.  However, 
that site is relatively open and sunny, and is subject to more saline 
influence.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Blythewood, SC
From: <kastners AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 19:11:28 +0000
In our yard we have had a Gulf Fritillary ovipositing on passion vine 
(Passiflora incarnata) every day since September 1. Today we had 2 Gulf 
Fritillaries ovipositing. On 9/4 a Variegated Fritillary was ovipositing on the 
same passion vines. I have found some 2ndinstar cats that appear to be Gulf 
Fritillary. On a 6’ Sassafras we found 4 3rd instar Spicebush Swallowtail 
cats and on a 6’ Black Cherry I counted 16 Red-spotted Purple eggs all laid 
at the tip of the leaf. I wonder if these cats will be the ones that stay in 
hibernacula for the winter. 



Marty  






Dave & Marty Kastner
Blythewood, SC
Richland County
Subject: Re: Transylvania County Dianas and Harvester, 09/04/14
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:37:14 -0400
Gene and all -- male Diana Fritillaries are done by August. I think it
would be a shock to see one anywhere in the state in September. Same with
other Speyeria frits -- all of the Great Spangled and Aphrodite frits
flying after the end of August should be females. Of course, with the other
species, without carefully checking the size of the abdomen, you wouldn't
bother with that, or know that, as the wing patterns  are the same for the
two sexes.

To see a male -- you'll need to try next year starting in mid-June, and
going into at least the first half of August.

Harry LeGrand


On Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 8:50 AM, Gene Schepker 
wrote:

> Sven Halling and I first stopped at the NC Arboretum but the sky was so
> overcast we decided to go on to the Pisgah National forrest near Brevard
> and found all female Dianas mostly on Joe Pye Weed along the dirt roads. We
> butterflied in sprinkling rain and overcast with occasional sunshine
> breaking through but managed to be on the dry side of the mountain during a
> late afternoon thunder shower.  This was Sven's lifer Diana!  Thanks to
> Ruth Young for searching tips!
>
> Diana Fritillary 9 (all females)
> Harvester 1
> Zabulon Skipper 4
> Clouded Skipper 1 (female)
> Peck's Skipper 2
> Sachem 1
> Silver-spotted Skipper 7
> Common Checkered Skipper 1 (possibly White, I guess)
> Horace's Duskywing 3
> Red-spotted Purple 12
> Azure 6
> Eastern Tailed-blue 11
> Cabbage White 2
> Cloudless Sulphur 1
> Great Spangled Fritillary 2
> Spicebush Swallowtail 2
> Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
> Common Wood Nymph 1
> Pearl Crescent 6
>
> Several of the Lady Dianas were worn and we saw no males!  The Harvester
> was the largest I have seen, surely a female.
>
> Gene Schepker (and Sven Halling)
>
>
>
Subject: Transylvania County Dianas and Harvester, 09/04/14
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:50:38 -0400
Sven Halling and I first stopped at the NC Arboretum but the sky was so
overcast we decided to go on to the Pisgah National forrest near Brevard
and found all female Dianas mostly on Joe Pye Weed along the dirt roads. We
butterflied in sprinkling rain and overcast with occasional sunshine
breaking through but managed to be on the dry side of the mountain during a
late afternoon thunder shower.  This was Sven's lifer Diana!  Thanks to
Ruth Young for searching tips!

Diana Fritillary 9 (all females)
Harvester 1
Zabulon Skipper 4
Clouded Skipper 1 (female)
Peck's Skipper 2
Sachem 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 7
Common Checkered Skipper 1 (possibly White, I guess)
Horace's Duskywing 3
Red-spotted Purple 12
Azure 6
Eastern Tailed-blue 11
Cabbage White 2
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Great Spangled Fritillary 2
Spicebush Swallowtail 2
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4
Common Wood Nymph 1
Pearl Crescent 6

Several of the Lady Dianas were worn and we saw no males!  The Harvester
was the largest I have seen, surely a female.

Gene Schepker (and Sven Halling)
Subject: Re: no arogos
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 18:36:12 -0400
Thanks for justifying my decision not to bother holding the Croatan
butterfly county there this year. Of course, Arogos is presumed gone
anyway, as of about 2009 -- regardless or not of severe March weather.

Harry LeGrand


On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM, John Fussell  wrote:

> Over the last couple of weeks I've made four walks through portions of the
> Millis Road Savanna, both in the morning and in the late afternoon, hoping
> for arogos skipper.
>
> But, no success.  Actually, I've been impressed with how few skippers of
> all species there have been there.
>
> John Fussell
> Morehead City, NC
>
>
>
Subject: no arogos
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 17:34:47 -0400
Over the last couple of weeks I've made four walks through portions of the 
Millis Road Savanna, both in the morning and in the late afternoon, hoping 
for arogos skipper.

But, no success.  Actually, I've been impressed with how few skippers of all 
species there have been there.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC

Subject: Francis Marion NF, SC butterflies 3 Sept. 2004
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:30:59 -0400
Hi All,

Here is a list of butteflies from yestrday that  Forest Service Biologists,
Brian Scholtens and I had at various locations  in the Francis Marion NF
from 0900-1200 hours.
.

Palamedes Swallowtail
Cloudless Sulfur
Little Yellow3
Sleepy Orange 1
Gray Hairstreak2
Common Buckeye1
Pearl Crescent1
Georgia Satyr3
White Checkered-Skipper 1
Swarty Skipper 1
Least Skipper
Southern Broken-Dash 4
Byssus Skipper2
Twin-spotted Skipper several
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: 09/03/14 Dinkins Bottoms, Yadkin County , NC.
From: Sven Halling <shalling AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:57:45 -0400 (EDT)
Sunny weather, 89 F. Walked 2 1/2 hours.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail	3
Cloudless Sulphur		1
Sleepy Orange			25+
Eastern Tailed-Blue		4
Summer Azure			3
Variegated Fritillary		2
Great Spangled Fritillary	1
Silvery Checkerspot		6
Pearl Crescent			11
Painted Lady			1
Common Buckeye			1
Viceroy 			3
Hackberry Emperor		1
Tawny Emperor			2
Northern Pearly-Eye		1
Carolina Satyr			10
Silver-spotted Skipper		8
Fiery Skipper			1
Little Glassywing		1
Sachem				30+
Zabulon 			1
Ocola Skipper			1



Sven Halling
Lewisville, NC
Subject: Make-up Date for NABA the Surry County NABA Count is Sunday 09/07
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:29:01 -0400
We will meet at the parking lot of the Little Pinnacle at Pilot Mountain
State Park at 10:00 AM Sunday and will go to 4:00 PM.  Beginners are
welcome to join us.  Bring a lunch, water, and binoculars, cameras if you
have them.  We will probably lunch at the picnic area on the Horne Creek
Crossing in the River Section.

Of course we cannot guarantee anything but there is a good chance of
finding Common Roadside Skippers, Hoary edges, Gemmed Satyrs, and even Wild
Indigo Duskywings on the mountain!

Gene Schepker (336 768 6645)
Subject: River Section of PMSP, Surry Co. Butterflies
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:17:45 -0400
Sven Halling and I spent about 3 hours 09/02/14 checking the creek
crossings, the little fields along the picnic area, and down on the Yadkin
River path and found:

Lace-winged Roadside Skipper 1
Tawny-edged Skipper 1
Delaware Skipper 3
Little Glassywing Skipper 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Sachem 3
Horace's Duskywing 2
Summer Azure 8
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Sleepy Orange 2
Carolina Satyr 38
Great Spangled Fritillary 1
Common Buckeye 1
Red-spotted Purple7

It was brutally hot and very dry.  We searched from 1:30 - 4:30 and saw a
couple of pearly-eyes from a distance and could not identify them.

Gene Schepker (and Sven Halling)
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Yates Mill Co. Park-09/03/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 19:16:59 -0400
Today I walked the Creekside Trail and explored the open area. The weather
was sunny, 92F, and very humid. Nectar sources were plantings around the
parking lot and Ironweed, Vernonia noveboracensis. Highlights among my 20
species were a Gemmed Satyr (only my 3rd this year), Creole Pearly-eye, and
Checkered White (my second sighting this year, the first being seen on
4/30). Oh yeah, there was a lot of nectaring on Spanish Needles, Bidens
bipinnata, which I don't recall ever seeing before. Both whites and all the
Variegated Frits were on this plant. My complete list is below. Good
butterflying.

  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1 black form  Checkered White 1  Cabbage
White 1  Sleepy
Orange 1  Variegated Fritillary 7  Pearl Crescent 3  Common Buckeye 10
 Red-spotted
Purple 1  Creole Pearly-eye 1  Appalachian Brown 4  Gemmed Satyr 1  Carolina
Satyr 6  Monarch 1  Silver-spotted Skipper 2  Least Skipper 4  Fiery Skipper
3  Little Glassywing 1  Sachem 1  Zabulon Skipper 3  Ocola Skipper 5
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Green Comma
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 21:00:46 -0400
Jean Fontaine and I drove up to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Asheville and on
to Mount Mitchell today. Our previous June trip to the western Blue Ridge
Parkway was rewarding with lifers Aphrodite Fritillary and Early
Hairstreak, and we planned to return to the high country.

Today was beautiful blue sky mid-morning, but mostly cloudy by noon, and
Mount Mitchell was in and out of the clouds when we arrived there around
12:30.   Stopping at overlooks on the way to Mitchell, we saw some odd
Tiger Swallowtails  above 3500', about 8 in one turnoff and half a dozen in
another. They seemed to be smaller than our Piedmont Tigers in Spartanburg
and Greenville County, but the odd thing is that they all continuously
fluttered their wings while nectaring  like Pipevines do.  I've never seen
that before with Tigers. Have others seen that?  Could it be a different
subspecies?

Nothing at Craggy gardens where it was cloudy, but quite a few Pipevines ,
a couple of Great-spangled Fritillaries, a Cabbage White, several Summer
Azure and several Sachem while the sun was still breaking through on the
way to Craggy Gardens around 5200'.

We saw very little on top, 6500', but just below at the pick nick trail,
the skies started to clear and we found some more Tigers, Pipevine, some
American Ladies, and our target species, Green Comma.  Or did it find us?
 We had gotten a glimpse earlier and did some more hiking. When we returned
to near where we had glimpsed the Green Comma, it (or a second Green Comma)
landed on Jean's hand and then on my shirt! Three times we hiked and then
returned to near the original area, and three times we saw the same or
possibly additional Green commas.

We drove further down the mountain and hiked around the restaurant area and
up the trail a little. but it was cloudy again and we saw just one Snout
and a Pipevine..
It poured the next hour on our way home.

You can see the Green Comma, one of the continuously fluttering Tigers, and
some other things here-

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

Doug Allen  Inman, SC
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Prairie Ridge Ecostation-09/02/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 16:54:33 -0400
Today was very hot here in Raleigh so I only butterflied from 12:10 to
2:50. It was sunny and 95F. My complete list is below. Good butterflying.

  Black Swallowtail 2  Cloudless Sulphur 1  Red-banded Hairstreak 6  Summer
Azure 3  Variegated Fritillary 1  Pearl Crescent 3  American Lady 1  Common
Buckeye 10  Red-spotted Purple 1  Carolina Satyr 2  Monarch 10  Silver-spotted
Skipper 2  Wild Indigo Duskywing 1  Clouded Skipper 5  Fiery Skipper 5
Sachem 4
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Re: Eastern nc leps
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:08:41 -0400
I will assume the Croatan list is all from Craven County, where the Dukes'
Skipper locations are -- not far from the Neuse River. Bo Sullivan's
collections for Intricate Satyr -- of course back several decades ago there
was no such bug as an Intricate Satyr (described early in 2014) -- were in
this area and at Island Creek area in Jones County, which is a very rich
forest with circumneutral pH soils. Of course, most Carolina Satyrs are
seen in bottomlands and swamp margins, so could be said to be in rich
soils. But, at least in NC, the specimen records for Intricate fall in the
lower Coastal Plain only. So, it is certainly possible that Brian did have
Intricate Satyrs, and maybe could be identified by photos of the spread
wing (at least if a male).

His description of the behavior of Dukes' is spot-on; they weave in-between
the tall Carex leaves and culms like a Least or a Broad-winged, but they
certain can be frisky when perching up high, or when nectaring. And, yes,
when I've gone looking for them in this area, you generally do have to get
your feet wet!

Brian told some of us he is off to Colorado now, so he might lose a bit of
chasing time for his year list. But, he'll still need a trip or two way
down east for Palatka, Dion, Yehl, Berry's, Aaron's, etc. And, a Sandhills
trip or two for Dotted, Meske's, Southern Skipperling, etc.   I can
certainly see him making 125 on his Big Year, perhaps adding a few other
things not mentioned above.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh


On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 8:38 AM, Bb  wrote:

> Carolinaleppers,
>
> Aug 31 pettigrew count, fairly uneventful, foy whirlabout #118!  2 N
> broken dash new for count and county. Rattlesnake posed for better photos
> though. All satys appeared carolina.
>
> Kyle and i had a great night of moths at pettigrew, highlight for me was a
> great horned owl at the lights during a 5am check, maybe eating the
> katydids, or eyeing the toads and big sphinx moths?
>
> Sep 1 quick run to croatan following john fusssels excellent directions
>
> 1 e tiger swallowtail
> 5 palamedes seallowtail
> 2 cloudless sulphur
> 3 sleepy orange
> 12 red banded hairstreak
> 2 pearl crescent
>
> 8 satyr - 1 showing field marks of carolina, the rest showed dorsal and
> ventral field marks of intricate!  Not my property so didn't collect, but i
> do plan to examine genitalia a little later in season, especially some of
> the wake and durham county ones showing intermediate field marks.
>
> 2 silver spotted skipper
> 1 horaces duskywing
> 2 clouded skipper
> 1 least skipper
> 2 fiery skipper
> 1 southern broken dash
> 1 little glassywing
> 1 sachem
> 1 carolina roadside skipper
> 2 ocola skipper
> 6 dukes skipper (foy #119! And lifer!!!). Distant open winged photos was
> all i could manage, should have brought waders!  Odd they flied like least
> skippers down in the carex grass, but above they could shift into skipper
> speed!  The swamp was 100 degrees, lost about a quart of sweat and a pint
> of blood to mosquitoes.
>
> Brian Bockhahn
> Durham NC
Subject: Eastern nc leps
From: Bb <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:38:58 -0400
Carolinaleppers,

Aug 31 pettigrew count, fairly uneventful, foy whirlabout #118! 2 N broken dash 
new for count and county. Rattlesnake posed for better photos though. All satys 
appeared carolina. 


Kyle and i had a great night of moths at pettigrew, highlight for me was a 
great horned owl at the lights during a 5am check, maybe eating the katydids, 
or eyeing the toads and big sphinx moths? 


Sep 1 quick run to croatan following john fusssels excellent directions

1 e tiger swallowtail
5 palamedes seallowtail
2 cloudless sulphur
3 sleepy orange
12 red banded hairstreak
2 pearl crescent

8 satyr - 1 showing field marks of carolina, the rest showed dorsal and ventral 
field marks of intricate! Not my property so didn't collect, but i do plan to 
examine genitalia a little later in season, especially some of the wake and 
durham county ones showing intermediate field marks. 


2 silver spotted skipper
1 horaces duskywing
2 clouded skipper
1 least skipper
2 fiery skipper
1 southern broken dash
1 little glassywing
1 sachem
1 carolina roadside skipper
2 ocola skipper 
6 dukes skipper (foy #119! And lifer!!!). Distant open winged photos was all i 
could manage, should have brought waders! Odd they flied like least skippers 
down in the carex grass, but above they could shift into skipper speed! The 
swamp was 100 degrees, lost about a quart of sweat and a pint of blood to 
mosquitoes. 


Brian Bockhahn
Durham NC
Subject: Re: possible Roadside skipper
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:14:59 -0400
I didn't look at it before, but now that I've seen the responses -- Jeff
Pippen is correct. It is a duskywing, and I feel 95% that it is a male
Horace's. I think I can see a small white spot inside the "wrist" area.

It isn't a bad shot at all, other than being from below.

Harry LeGrand


On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM, Jeff Pippen  wrote:

> Hi Doug,
>
> Actually, it looks like a duskywing of some flavor.
>
> Cheers,
> Jeff
> --
> Jeffrey S. Pippen
> Durham, NC
> http://www.jeffpippen.com/
>
> On Aug 31, 2014, at 8:22 AM, Doug Allen  wrote:
>
> About the possible Roadside Skipper.
>
> Thanks for emails.  A couple of you think it's a Clouded Skipper which is
> fairly common here so that makes it a good possibility. I did some more
> searching and find a hint of a fourth spot on some Clouded Skippers, but
> the spot alignment looks wrong, more rounded in the Clouded, isn't it? .
>  The wing margin is like the Clouded, but this small dark gray skipper
> didn't look like my ordinary Clouded Skippers which have a richer brownish
> color.  I'm really not familiar with any of the Roadside Skippers and my
> photo's not all that good.
>
> Doug
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 9:35 AM, Doug Allen  wrote:
>
>> On Friday I got a glimpse and just one photo of a very small dark gray
>> skipper which I think might be a Common Roadside Skipper, but the wing
>> border doesn't look right.
>>
>>  It's the only skipper I can find with four spots in that configuration,
>> but possibly  the top spot is from the rear wing.  Don't think so, but I
>> can't rule that out.  What do you think?
>>
>> first picture-
>>
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/
>>
>> Doug
>>  Inman, SC
>>
>
>
>
Subject: Fwd: Chesterfield County Three more leps
From: Jules Fraytet <jlfray AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:10:15 -0400
One each:

Zarucco Duskwing
Silver Spotted Skipper
Eastern Tailed Blue


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	Chesterfield County
Date: 	Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:01:01 -0400
From: 	Jules Fraytet 
To: 	carolinaleps AT duke.edu



Sightings at Mcbee WMA, SandHills SF and Carolina Sandhills NWR 8/31

Cloudless Sulphur   20
Clouded Sulphur  2
Little Yellow  12
Buckeye 6
Sleepy Orange 8
Variegated Fritillary  8
Pipevine ST  1
Palameades ST  2

Eastern Tiger ST 1  very fresh, near sunset after a brief thundershower
near Oxpen Lakes

and happy to see an abundance of bumblebees and other pollinators on
Lepedeza bicolor and composites.

Jules Fraytet
Charlotte


Subject: Chesterfield County
From: Jules Fraytet <jlfray AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:01:01 -0400
Sightings at Mcbee WMA, SandHills SF and Carolina Sandhills NWR 8/31

Cloudless Sulphur   20
Clouded Sulphur  2
Little Yellow  12
Buckeye 6
Sleepy Orange 8
Variegated Fritillary  8
Pipevine ST  1
Palameades ST  2

Eastern Tiger ST 1  very fresh, near sunset after a brief thundershower 
near Oxpen Lakes

and happy to see an abundance of bumblebees and other pollinators on 
Lepedeza bicolor and composites.

Jules Fraytet
Charlotte
Subject: Wake Co., NC-Temple Flat Rock-08/31/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:04:01 -0400
I walked around the field and explored the flat rock area.The weather was
sunny and 91F. Most of the nectaring was on goldenrod and lespedeza.
Notable sightings among my 21 species were my FOY Crossline and Swarthy
Skippers, and my second 2014 sightings of Little Yellow and Hoary Edge. My
list is below. Good butterflying.

  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2, incl 1 blk female  Cloudless Sulphur 2  Little
Yellow 1  Sleepy Orange 2  Gray Hairstreak 2  Red-banded Hairstreak 1  Eastern
Tailed-Blue 7  Summer Azure 3  Pearl Crescent 2  Common Buckeye 10  Tawny
Emperor 2  Carolina Satyr 10  Common Wood-Nymph 2  Silver-spotted
Skipper 1  Hoary
Edge 1  Horace's Duskywing 1  Common Checkered-Skipper 2  Swarthy Skipper
FOY 1  Fiery Skipper 2  Crossline Skipper FOY 5  Sachem 3
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Re: possible Roadside skipper
From: Jeff Pippen <jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:02:57 -0600
Hi Doug,

Actually, it looks like a duskywing of some flavor.

Cheers,
Jeff
--
Jeffrey S. Pippen
Durham, NC
http://www.jeffpippen.com/

On Aug 31, 2014, at 8:22 AM, Doug Allen  wrote:

> About the possible Roadside Skipper. 
> 
> Thanks for emails. A couple of you think it's a Clouded Skipper which is 
fairly common here so that makes it a good possibility. I did some more 
searching and find a hint of a fourth spot on some Clouded Skippers, but the 
spot alignment looks wrong, more rounded in the Clouded, isn't it? . The wing 
margin is like the Clouded, but this small dark gray skipper didn't look like 
my ordinary Clouded Skippers which have a richer brownish color. I'm really not 
familiar with any of the Roadside Skippers and my photo's not all that good. 

> 
> Doug
> 
> 
> On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 9:35 AM, Doug Allen  wrote:
> On Friday I got a glimpse and just one photo of a very small dark gray 
skipper which I think might be a Common Roadside Skipper, but the wing border 
doesn't look right. 

> 
> It's the only skipper I can find with four spots in that configuration, but 
possibly the top spot is from the rear wing. Don't think so, but I can't rule 
that out. What do you think? 

> 
> first picture-
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/
> 
> Doug
>  Inman, SC
> 
Subject: Re: possible Roadside skipper
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:22:26 -0400
About the possible Roadside Skipper.

Thanks for emails.  A couple of you think it's a Clouded Skipper which is
fairly common here so that makes it a good possibility. I did some more
searching and find a hint of a fourth spot on some Clouded Skippers, but
the spot alignment looks wrong, more rounded in the Clouded, isn't it? .
 The wing margin is like the Clouded, but this small dark gray skipper
didn't look like my ordinary Clouded Skippers which have a richer brownish
color.  I'm really not familiar with any of the Roadside Skippers and my
photo's not all that good.

Doug


On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 9:35 AM, Doug Allen  wrote:

> On Friday I got a glimpse and just one photo of a very small dark gray
> skipper which I think might be a Common Roadside Skipper, but the wing
> border doesn't look right.
>
>  It's the only skipper I can find with four spots in that configuration,
> but possibly  the top spot is from the rear wing.  Don't think so, but I
> can't rule that out.  What do you think?
>
> first picture-
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/
>
> Doug
>  Inman, SC
>
Subject: possible Roadside skipper
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:35:48 -0400
On Friday I got a glimpse and just one photo of a very small dark gray
skipper which I think might be a Common Roadside Skipper, but the wing
border doesn't look right.

 It's the only skipper I can find with four spots in that configuration,
but possibly  the top spot is from the rear wing.  Don't think so, but I
can't rule that out.  What do you think?

first picture-

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

Doug
 Inman, SC
Subject: Pitt County, 30 August 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:44:22 +0000
I went to the Pitt County Arboretum, VOA site C, River Park North, and Boyd Lee 
Park today, and found 30 species, by far the best showing this year. Here is my 
list (Pitt County, 2014-08-30): 


Black Swallowtail, 2, Pitt County Arboretum
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, 7
Palamedes Swallowtail, 1, VOA site C
Spicebush Swallowtail, 2

Sleepy Orange, 10
Cloudless Sulphur, 3

HARVESTER, 1, River Park North
Great Purple Hairstreak, 2
Red-banded Hairstreak, 5, Pitt County Arboretum
Gray Hairstreak, 1, VOA site C
Summer Azure, 1, Boyd Lee Park
Eastern Tailed-Blue, 2, River Park North

American Snout, 1, River Park North
Monarch, 1, River Park North
Variegated Fritillary, 5, River Park North
Viceroy, 2, Pitt County Arboretum
Red-spotted Purple, 1, River Park North
Common Buckeye, 13
Pearl Crescent, 1, River Park North
Carolina Satyr, 1, River Park North
Common Wood-Nymph, 2, VOA site C, first August record for Pitt

Silver-spotted Skipper, 20
Horace's Duskywing, 2, River Park North
Checkered-Skipper, 1, VOA site C
Ocola Skipper, 7
Fiery Skipper, 45
Whirlabout, 1, Pitt County Arboretum
Dun Skipper, 2, River Park North
Dion Skipper, 1, Pitt County Arboretum
Sachem, 1, Pitt County Arboretum

I count 39 species recorded from Pitt in August of this year - slightly better 
than 2013 (38 species), but well below 2012 (46 species). 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville NC
Subject: More Green Commas on BRP
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:33:27 +0000
Hi all,

I had a wonderful time with all of you on Mt. Mitchell, and I continued on down 
toward Asheville and got some other good ones. At Walker Knob overlook about 5 
miles south of Mitchell, 

I had an Eastern Comma right away, then two more Greens! Not much else, though, 
as butterflies were still scarce in general. Later I went to the NC Arboretum 
(the wooded part below the main gardens), hoping for Lady Diana to finally show 
herself after several years of eluding me. Finally, she did! Just one, but she 
was beautiful! 


The next day I went back up to Walker Knob and had two more Green Commas 
(perhaps the same ones) along with several Pipevine Swallowtails and a couple 
of Eastern Tigers. I got some very nice photos - take a look! 


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

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Subject: RE: Transylvania County NABA Count results
From: "Sue" <spinashe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:29:10 -0400
Hi All,
Hi Everyone,

I've attached photos of a beautiful orchid and moth caterpillar taken on our
Transylvania count on Tuesday.

Sue
Subject: Giant swallowtail
From: Ginger Kopka <gkopka1 AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:05:19 -0400
Finally had a Giant Swallowtail lay eggs on my Rue plants in Simpsonville, SC. 
Ginger Kopka

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Dukes' Skippers today
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:56:10 -0400
Today, after a bit of searching, I found 4 Dukes' Skippers near Flanners 
Beach (U.S. Forest Service recreation area), Neuse River, Craven County.

They seem to be less common this year than in past years.

I also made a couple of brief searches at Fishers Landing (another Forest 
Service access point a mile or so upriver), at sites where I've seen Dukes' 
in the past, but was unsuccessful.  At one of the sites, I see that the 
Carex hyalinolepis (assumed larval foodplant of the skipper) is being 
invaded by Phragmites and alligator weed.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC

Subject: Transylvania County NABA Count results
From: Ruth Young <reyoung1227 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:36:49 -0400
Six participants located 36 species of butterflies during the Transylvania NABA 
count on Wednesday, August, 27, 2014. The morning was cool, about 60 degrees, 
ending at about 80 degrees by the afternoon. There was full sunshine all day. 
Here are the results: 


Pipevine Swallowtail    24
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail   31
Spicebush Swallowtail  2
Cabbage White  8
Clouded Sulphur  55
Orange Sulphur   25
Cloudless Sulphur  8
Little Yellow 1
Gray Hairstreak 2
Eastern Tailed-Blue  39
Summer Azure  31
Variegated Fritillary  35
Diana Fritillary  7 ( one male, six females)
Great Spangled Fritillary  3
Meadow Fritillary  14
Pearl Crescent  8
Eastern Comma 1 (One Polygonia  as well)
American Lady 1
Red Admiral 1
Common Buckeye 6
Red-spotted Purple 25
Viceroy 2
Northern Pearly-Eye 1
Carolina Saytr 1
Common Wood-Nymph 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 104
Horace's Duskywing 2
Wild Indigo Duskywing 8
Clouded Skipper 3
Least Skipper 9
Fiery Skipper 1
Tawny-edged Skipper 1
Sachem 14
Zabuon Skipper 2
Dun Skipper 1
Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper 1

Many thanks to Nancy Cowal, Doug Johnston, Janie Owens, Sue Perry, and Vin 
Stanton for their participation! 


Subject: Re: 3 FOY: Hayhurst Scallopwing, Delaware Skipper, and Eufala Skipper
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:39:38 -0400
Your duskywing is a Zarucco, and the broken-dash is a Southern.

Harry LeGrand


On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 9:05 PM, Doug Allen  wrote:

> All three are rare to uncommon here on Windmill Hill near mountains.
>  Other butterflies similar to last report except there were over half a
> dozen Variegated Frits flying today, first time seen in a while.
>
> Pictures of above-    https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/
>
> Doug Allen
> Windmill Hill, Spartanburg County, SC
>
Subject: 3 FOY: Hayhurst Scallopwing, Delaware Skipper, and Eufala Skipper
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:05:27 -0400
All three are rare to uncommon here on Windmill Hill near mountains.  Other
butterflies similar to last report except there were over half a dozen
Variegated Frits flying today, first time seen in a while.

Pictures of above-    https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/

Doug Allen
Windmill Hill, Spartanburg County, SC
Subject: Re: Carolina/Intricate Satyr and Common Checkered/White Checkered-Skipper
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:58:12 -0400
Thanks Harry. After reading Harry's comment about intricata only being
recorded in NC from the Coastal Plain, I thought I had him dead to rights!
But I just now re-checked the paper that I THOUGHT had a photo record of
intricata from Durant Nature Park in Wake Co., NC, and I see that the photo
was actually labeled as "Hermeuptychia sp.". Sorry for the temporary
confusion. Another case of Harry being right and me being wrong! Thanks for
your comments, Harry.

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC


On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 7:46 PM, Harry LeGrand  wrote:

> I am certainly not going to throw out good data, and thus I enter all of
> these two reports -- still as Carolina Satyr and Common Checkered-Skipper.
> Sure, a tiny few of these could well be the rare members of the pair. I am
> aware of confirmed records of Intricate Satyr only from 3 counties in the
> lower Coastal Plain -- none anywhere near Wake County of the Piedmont. And
> although most checkered-skippers in SC are White C-S, such has not been the
> case in NC, as far as we know.
>
> The only data I tend to not include are those to group only, where the
> members are both or all possible. Thus, I don't enter "Polygonia species",
> or "duskywing species", or "pearly-eye species", etc.
>
> Harry LeGrand
> Raleigh
>
>
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM, Mike Turner 
> wrote:
>
>> I was just wondering how Harry LeGrand and Tom Howard record the above
>> two pairs of taxa in their Butterflies of NC/Approximation databases, and
>> how NABA Butterfly Count compilers do so for their respective counts,
>> especially in the Triangle area. I know both satyrs are recorded from Wake
>> Co. and CAN be told apart in the field, but I rarely think I am able to do
>> so, thus I report these as Carolina/Intricate Satyr. When I do this how do
>> you put them in your databases? And when others on the listserve report
>> Carolina Satyr do you mean that you actually ID'd these as Carolina Satyr
>> or is it sometimes implied that it could be either species?
>>
>> I have the same question about the two Checkered-Skippers, but I realize
>> WCC has not been documented away from the coast and one western Piedmont
>> location.
>>
>> I thought their answers may answer questions others on here may have so I
>> posted this query to the listserve. Thanks.
>>
>> --
>> Mike Turner
>> Raleigh, NC
>>
>
>


-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Re: Carolina/Intricate Satyr and Common Checkered/White Checkered-Skipper
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:46:22 -0400
I am certainly not going to throw out good data, and thus I enter all of
these two reports -- still as Carolina Satyr and Common Checkered-Skipper.
Sure, a tiny few of these could well be the rare members of the pair. I am
aware of confirmed records of Intricate Satyr only from 3 counties in the
lower Coastal Plain -- none anywhere near Wake County of the Piedmont. And
although most checkered-skippers in SC are White C-S, such has not been the
case in NC, as far as we know.

The only data I tend to not include are those to group only, where the
members are both or all possible. Thus, I don't enter "Polygonia species",
or "duskywing species", or "pearly-eye species", etc.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh




On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM, Mike Turner  wrote:

> I was just wondering how Harry LeGrand and Tom Howard record the above two
> pairs of taxa in their Butterflies of NC/Approximation databases, and how
> NABA Butterfly Count compilers do so for their respective counts,
> especially in the Triangle area. I know both satyrs are recorded from Wake
> Co. and CAN be told apart in the field, but I rarely think I am able to do
> so, thus I report these as Carolina/Intricate Satyr. When I do this how do
> you put them in your databases? And when others on the listserve report
> Carolina Satyr do you mean that you actually ID'd these as Carolina Satyr
> or is it sometimes implied that it could be either species?
>
> I have the same question about the two Checkered-Skippers, but I realize
> WCC has not been documented away from the coast and one western Piedmont
> location.
>
> I thought their answers may answer questions others on here may have so I
> posted this query to the listserve. Thanks.
>
> --
> Mike Turner
> Raleigh, NC
>
Subject: Carolina/Intricate Satyr and Common Checkered/White Checkered-Skipper
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:04:16 -0400
I was just wondering how Harry LeGrand and Tom Howard record the above two
pairs of taxa in their Butterflies of NC/Approximation databases, and how
NABA Butterfly Count compilers do so for their respective counts,
especially in the Triangle area. I know both satyrs are recorded from Wake
Co. and CAN be told apart in the field, but I rarely think I am able to do
so, thus I report these as Carolina/Intricate Satyr. When I do this how do
you put them in your databases? And when others on the listserve report
Carolina Satyr do you mean that you actually ID'd these as Carolina Satyr
or is it sometimes implied that it could be either species?

I have the same question about the two Checkered-Skippers, but I realize
WCC has not been documented away from the coast and one western Piedmont
location.

I thought their answers may answer questions others on here may have so I
posted this query to the listserve. Thanks.

-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Oops!! Wake Co. butterflies, JC Raulston Arboretum
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:42:30 -0400
I didn't mean to post my sightings scientific names. I cut and pasted the
wrong column. Here is the same list's common names. Sorry.

  Black Swallowtail 1  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2 (incl. 1 black
female)  Cabbage
White 8  Orange Sulphur 1  Cloudless Sulphur 1  Sleepy Orange 8  Gray
Hairstreak 1  Summer Azure 1  Pearl Crescent 1  Painted Lady 2  Common
Buckeye 23  Monarch 1  Silver-spotted Skipper 16  Horace's Duskywing 2  Wild
Indigo Duskywing 1  Common Checkered-Skipper 3  Fiery Skipper 45
Sachem 15  Ocola
Skipper 1

-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Wild Indigo Duskywings, Common Roadside Skippers PMSP, Surry Co
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:40:43 -0400
Sven Halling and I cased the Little Pinnacle today in preparation for the
Surry County NABA Count Sept. 7th. There is a good chance that most of
these species could still be around for the NABA count and a lot of them
will not be common down below any more this year. Around the parking lot,
down the pipeline cut between the picnic tables, and up on Little Pinnacle
we found:


*Wild Indigo Duskywing 2*

*Common Roadside Skipper 3*

*Horace's Duskywing 4*

*Hoary Edge 6*
Silver-spotted Skipper 11
Sachem 16
Little Glassywing 2
Southern Broken-dash 3
Gemmed Satyr 3
Common Wood Nymph 6
American Lady 7
Great Spangled Fritillary 5
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
Black Swallowtail 1
Red-spotted Purple 12
Gray Hairstreak 2
Common Buckeye 1
Summer Azure 8
Easten Tailed Blue 7

It was very hot (even up on the mountain with a little breeze at times).

Gene Schepker (and Sven Halling)
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-08/28/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:39:42 -0400
I walked around the arboretum from 1-3:45pm under sunny skies and temps
about 92F. The highlight among my 19 species were two Painted Ladies, my
FOY. My complete list is below. Good butterflying.

 Papilio polyxenes (1)  Papilio glaucus (2, incl. 1 black female)  Pieris
rapae (8)  Colias eurytheme (1)  Phoebis sennae (1)  Abaeis nicippe
(8)  Strymon
melinus (1)  Celastrina neglecta (1)  Phyciodes tharos (1)  Vanessa cardui
(2)  Junonia coenia (23)  Danaus plexippus (1)  Epargyreus clarus (16)  Erynnis
horatius (2)  Erynnis baptisiae (1)  Pyrgus communis (3)  Hylephila phyleus
(45)  Atalopedes campestris (15)  Panoquina ocola (1)
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC