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28 Jul Pitt County, 28 July 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
28 Jul Charleston Co., SC leps 27 July 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
27 Jul FOY Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) Forsyth Co [Gene Schepker ]
27 Jul Re: FOY Dunn and odd looking Clouded, July 22 [Doug Allen ]
28 Jul Re: FOY Dunn and odd looking Clouded, July 22 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
27 Jul FOY Dunn and odd looking Clouded, July 22 [Doug Allen ]
26 Jul Carteret County July 26 [ROBERT CAVANAUGH ]
26 Jul Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-07/26/2014 [Mike Turner ]
26 Jul Greenville County SC [Jules Fraytet ]
26 Jul Re: A few Union County butterflies [drivesa3 AT aol.com ]
26 Jul A few Union County butterflies [drivesa3 AT aol.com ]
25 Jul Pitt County, 25 July 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
25 Jul Meadow Fritillary in Forsyth Co. [Gene Schepker ]
25 Jul Rockingham County leps July 22-24 [Brian Bockhahn ]
24 Jul Yancy co Diana [Sparrel Wood ]
24 Jul Diana Fritillaries in Yancy co NC [Sparrel Wood ]
24 Jul Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillars in Guilford Co NC [Dennis Burnette ]
24 Jul Mecklenburg Cty [Jules Fraytet ]
23 Jul Re: Help with Lep ID [Will Cook ]
23 Jul PMSP Butterflies, Common Roadside Skipper [Gene Schepker ]
23 Jul Help with Lep ID [Charley Mays ]
23 Jul July 18-Duke Gardens, Hemlock Bluffs, Yates Mill []
23 Jul Fwd: CBS Butterfly Walk []
22 Jul Southern Lake Norman Butterfly Count []
22 Jul Just a few Mecklenburg County butterflies []
22 Jul Wake & Durham Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]
22 Jul Pitt County, 22 July 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
21 Jul Butterfly Field trip Ashe Co, NC Sat. 7/26 [Dennis Burnette ]
20 Jul Blue Wall Preserve, SC: 64 Summer Azure, Least Skipper FOY, Nat'l Moth Week [Doug Allen ]
20 Jul Blue Wall Preserve, SC: 64 Summer Azure, Least Skipper FOY, Nat'l Moth Week [Doug Allen ]
20 Jul North Buncombe county, Sandy Mush Game Lands 20 July [Doug Johnston ]
20 Jul Duck, Dare County, NC []
20 Jul Pitt County, 20 July 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
19 Jul Roan Mtn butterfly count reset [Don Holt ]
19 Jul Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-07/19/2014 [Mike Turner ]
19 Jul Yadkin County, Dinkin's Bottom and Archie Elledge plus Home in Forsyth [Gene Schepker ]
19 Jul Union Co., SC 7/18/14 [Will Cook ]
18 Jul Wake Co., NC butterflies-Temple Flat Rock-07/18/2014 [Mike Turner ]
18 Jul Re: Forsyth leps, big year century mark [Harry LeGrand ]
18 Jul Forsyth leps, big year century mark [Brian Bockhahn ]
18 Jul Haywood county leps [Brian Bockhahn ]
18 Jul More non-butterflies in Hoke County, NC [Harry LeGrand ]
18 Jul Pitt County, 18 July 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
18 Jul Lee Co., SC leps 17 July 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
18 Jul Chesterfield Co., SC leps 17 July 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
18 Jul 10 new NC plants identified for the 21st century | Science/Technology | NewsObserver.com ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
17 Jul Yard Butterflies Winston-Salem [Gene Schepker ]
17 Jul RE: N&O article on dearth of butterflies [Debbie Roos ]
17 Jul Mecklenburg Cty [Jules Fraytet ]
17 Jul N&O article on dearth of butterflies [Debbie Roos ]
17 Jul Roan Mountain, TN Butterfly Count [Don Holt ]
17 Jul Researcher looking for Orange Sulfur [John Dole ]
16 Jul Winston-Salem, Hayhurst Scallopwing [Gene Schepker ]
16 Jul Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh 7/15/14 [Will Cook ]
16 Jul RE: Chester Co, SC leps 14 July 2014 [Debbie Roos ]
16 Jul Re: Chester Co, SC leps 14 July 2014 [Harry LeGrand ]
16 Jul Chester Co, SC leps 14 July 2014 [Dennis Forsythe ]
15 Jul Buncombe county NABA count 4th August, 8th rain date [Doug Johnston ]
14 Jul Garden Hairsteaks Ocola Skipper in Winston-Salem [Gene Schepker ]
14 Jul North Buncombe County Sunday 12th July [Doug Johnston ]
14 Jul Re: Confused Cloudywing - Green Swamp [Harry LeGrand ]
14 Jul Confused Cloudywing - Green Swamp [TNT Sanders ]
14 Jul FW: CBS Butterfly Walk in SC Lowcountry, August 2 [Dennis Burnette ]
13 Jul Re: Pitt County, 13 July 2014 [Harry LeGrand ]
13 Jul Pitt County, 13 July 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
13 Jul Yadkin & Surry Co., NC butterflies-Pilot Mountain State Park-07/12/14 [Mike Turner ]
13 Jul Harnett county bugs [Brian Bockhahn ]
13 Jul Skippers in Guilford Co, NC [Dennis Burnette ]
13 Jul Pitt County, 12 July 2014 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
12 Jul Northeastern Forsyth Co., Reynolda Village garden, PMSP Surry County [Gene Schepker ]
12 Jul Monarch caterpillars ["Loretta" ]
11 Jul Increasing numbers of garden butterflies [Doug Allen ]
11 Jul more on the Intricate Satyr ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
11 Jul Montgomery County NC [Jules Fraytet ]
10 Jul Forsyth County Butterflies [Gene Schepker ]
9 Jul Cypress Gardens, SC Bfly Walk 7/9 []

Subject: Pitt County, 28 July 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:24:03 +0000
Butterflies seen today in the Greenville area (Pitt County, 2014-07-28). Sunny 
but windy. 


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, 1, Boyd Lee Park
Spicebush Swallowtail, 1, Pitt County Arboretum
Sleepy Orange, 3
Summer Azure, 1
Variegated Fritillary, 2
Pearl Crescent, 1
American Lady, 2
PAINTED LADY, 1, Pitt County Arboretum
Common Buckeye, 9
Checkered-Skipper, 1
Least Skipper, 2
Ocola Skipper, 2
Fiery Skipper, 80

Also, one correction to my previous report: on 2015-07-25, the Eastern Tiger 
Swallowtail was seen at Boyd Lee Park, and not at the arboretum. 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Charleston Co., SC leps 27 July 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:34:24 -0400
Hi All,

Donna and I spent an hour yesterday afternoon on  Sol Legare Is, Charleston
 Co., SC.  We had:
E. Tiger Swallowtail 1
Cloudless Sulfur 2
Gulf Fritilary 2
Zarucco Duskywing 5
Salt MArsh Skipper 10

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: FOY Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) Forsyth Co
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:51:05 -0400
In our yard we had a little pick-up in the activity today.

Painted Lady 1 FOY
Common Buckeye 2
Silver-spotted Skipper 7
Little Glassywing 2 (male and female)
Zabulon Skipper male
Fiery Skipper 2 (male and female)
Sachem 3
Tawny-edged Skipper 1
Horace's Duskywing 3
Cabbage White 5
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5
Spicebush Swallowtail 1 (male)
Eastern Tailed-blue 2
Summer Azure 1
Carolina Satyr 1
Pearl Crescent 2
Juniper Hairstreak 1

It sprinkled three times today but it was mostly sunny in the afternoon
until we got socked in with overcast skies around 6:00PM.

Gene Schepker and Lois Schneider

Gene Schepker
Subject: Re: FOY Dunn and odd looking Clouded, July 22
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:56:59 -0400
Salman,
  That makes a lot of sense since I was seeing a lot of them, but always
spread wing!   Thanks!
Doug


On Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 8:25 PM, Abdulali, Salman  wrote:

>  I think you have a Horace's Duskywing, not a clouded.
>
>  No cloudeds or dunns over here, so far this year.
>
>  Salman Abdulali
> Greenville, NC
>
> On Jul 27, 2014, at 8:18 PM, "Doug Allen"  wrote:
>
>   The Dunn is quite uncommon on Windmill Hill- SC piedmont/foothills.
>  The Clouded has distinct field marks I don't see in two online field
> guides I just looked at, but my U.S. field guides are at home.  I'm in
> Mexico and just uploaded the first of several Mexican butterfly pictures
> here plus the Dun and Clouded? here-
>
>  https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/
>
>  Doug Allen,  Inman, SC and Playa del Carmen right now on my way to
> Cozumel
>
Subject: Re: FOY Dunn and odd looking Clouded, July 22
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:25:39 +0000
I think you have a Horace's Duskywing, not a clouded.

No cloudeds or dunns over here, so far this year.

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC

On Jul 27, 2014, at 8:18 PM, "Doug Allen" 
> wrote: 


The Dunn is quite uncommon on Windmill Hill- SC piedmont/foothills. The Clouded 
has distinct field marks I don't see in two online field guides I just looked 
at, but my U.S. field guides are at home. I'm in Mexico and just uploaded the 
first of several Mexican butterfly pictures here plus the Dun and Clouded? 
here- 


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

Doug Allen,  Inman, SC and Playa del Carmen right now on my way to Cozumel
Subject: FOY Dunn and odd looking Clouded, July 22
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:18:39 -0400
The Dunn is quite uncommon on Windmill Hill- SC piedmont/foothills.  The
Clouded has distinct field marks I don't see in two online field guides I
just looked at, but my U.S. field guides are at home.  I'm in Mexico and
just uploaded the first of several Mexican butterfly pictures here plus the
Dun and Clouded? here-

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

Doug Allen,  Inman, SC and Playa del Carmen right now on my way to Cozumel
Subject: Carteret County July 26
From: ROBERT CAVANAUGH <papilio28570 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:53:21 -0700
A few things of possible interest this week in my Newport yard.

1  Amblyscirtes textor feeding at butterfly bush blooms
1  Vanessa cardui on zinnia
1  Achalarus lyciades (Hoary Edge) on zinnia
2  Polites vibex  (Whirlabout)
6  Hylephila phyleus  (Fiery)
2  Epargyreus clarus (Silver Spotted)
2  Lerema accius (Clouded)

Seen half dozen Spicebush S/T visiting my flowers over this week and last.  Two 
Palemedes also observed. 

No Tigers anywhere in the county or in Craven County since observing just one 
mid spring timeframe. 


Went by savannah on Millis Road Wednesday and in a two hour period saw one Red 
Spotted Purple female and one Fiery Skipper female.  The area along Millis Rd 
opposite the savannah underwent a control burn about a month ago.  Surprisingly 
came across a 5 foot alligator in the road side ditch 2.2 miles past the 
savannah.  It promptly headed into the underbrush.  We have had a lot of rain 
here on the coast in the past month.  The savannah area is quite flooded with 
standing water in much of the area and drainage canals and swamps along Millis 
Road are filled to the rim. 

Not much blooming but did come across a blooming Asclepias lanceolata growing 
in the roadside ditch along Millis.  First time I have seen one and plan to 
harvest a seed pod if available later. 


Very dismal butterflying here on the coast.  Made me pause to think about a 
world devoid of butterflies. 


Bob
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-07/26/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:09:24 -0400
Today I paddled around the lake and explored the floodplain above the lake
and the stream below the dam.  The weather was sunny and ~90F. I saw 15
species and 1 unidentified "black" swallowtail. Most nectaring was on
Buttonbush, and Pickerelweed was also popular. My complete list is below.
Good butterflying.

  "black" swallowtail (1) 1  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1  Eastern
Tailed-Blue 1  Summer Azure 1  American Lady 1  Common Buckeye 3
Viceroy 1  Appalachian
Brown 1  Carolina/Intricate Satyr 6  Silver-spotted Skipper 26  Horace's
Duskywing 1  Least Skipper 1  Fiery Skipper 9  Little Glassywing 1
Sachem 1  Ocola
Skipper 4
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Greenville County SC
From: Jules Fraytet <jlfray AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:46:07 -0400
On a SCAN trip to Saluda Gap on the Palmetto trail below the Saluda 
Mountains at NC state line

2 E Tiger ST
2 Azures
1 possible Palameades ST
2 Silver Spotted Skippers
1 Red Admiral
2 Red Spotted Purples

Jules Fraytet
Charlotte,NC
Subject: Re: A few Union County butterflies
From: drivesa3 AT aol.com <drivesa3@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:31:14 GMT
 Forgot about a damaged Red-spotted Purple seen that was missing pieces of each 
wing yet seemed to fly fine! Of course, it may have been trying to fly in the 
opposite direction, but it sure looked good! 


George

Sent from my LG G2, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone


------ Original message------
From: drivesa3 AT aol.com
Date: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 4:32 PM
To: Carolinaleps;
Subject:A few Union County butterflies

Spent the late morning/early afternoon on Cane Creek Park lake looking for 
Odonata and found lots of flowering alligatorweed in the east end marsh. I 
don't know how good a nectar source it is, but I found the following there: 

6 Common Buckeye 
1 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
1 Clouded Sulphur
1 Cloudless Sulphur (passing through)
2 Summer Azure were in the feeder creek
4 American Snout were on the gravel at water's edge along the power line
1 Least Skipper was in the shoreline grass

George Andrews
Indian Trail, NC


Sent from my LG G2, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: A few Union County butterflies
From: drivesa3 AT aol.com <drivesa3@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:32:22 GMT
 Spent the late morning/early afternoon on Cane Creek Park lake looking for 
Odonata and found lots of flowering alligatorweed in the east end marsh. I 
don't know how good a nectar source it is, but I found the following there: 

 6 Common Buckeye 
 1 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
 1 Clouded Sulphur
 1 Cloudless Sulphur (passing through)
 2 Summer Azure were in the feeder creek
 4 American Snout were on the gravel at water's edge along the power line
 1 Least Skipper was in the shoreline grass

 George Andrews
 Indian Trail, NC


Sent from my LG G2, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Pitt County, 25 July 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:48:02 +0000
Butterflies seen today, 2014-07-25, in Pitt County. The weather was partly to 
mostly cloudy. 


Spicebush Swallowtail, 1, Pitt County Arboretum
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, 1, Pitt County Arboretum
Sleepy Orange, 6
Cabbage White, 1, Pitt County Arboretum
Gray Hairstreak, 3, Pitt County Arboretum
Red-banded Hairstreak, 1, Pitt County Arboretum
Eastern Tailed-Blue, 1, Boyd Lee Park
Variegated Fritillary, 2, Pitt County Arboretum
Common Buckeye, 6
American Lady, 2, Pitt County Arboretum
Pearl Crescent, 3
Creole Pearly-eye, 1, Boyd Lee Park
Carolina Satyr, 1, Boyd Lee Park
Silver-spotted Skipper, 2, Pitt County Arboretum
Horace's Duskywing, 1, Pitt County Arboretum
Common/White Checkered-Skipper, 4
Least Skipper, 2
Fiery Skipper, 80
Whirlabout, 2, Pitt County Arboretum

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Meadow Fritillary in Forsyth Co.
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:47:17 -0400
This appears to be the first ever reported Meadow Fritillary in Forsyth Co.
Lois saw it while I was working nearby in the garden.  I found the Meadow
Frit in northwestern Surry recently (a county record there) which was a
good find but that was at a higher elevation.  Maybe the strong winds from
the west blew it in yesterday along with a stingy amount of rain. It, of
course, is a northern or montane species and usually can be found at high
elevations along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It enjoyed nectaring on one of our
Clethra plants and rested on the Wild Italian Arugulas.

In our yard today:
*Meadow Fritillary* 1
Gray Hairstreak 2
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
Eastern Tailed-blue 2
Pearl Crescent 2
Silvery Checkerspot 1
Carolina Satyr 1
Summer Azure 1
Common Sootywing 1
Hayhurst Scallopwing 1
Horace's Duskywing 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 3
Fiery Skipper 1
Sachem 5
Little Glassywing 1
Common Checkered (or White Checkered maybe) Skipper 2
Tawny Emperor 1
Common Buckeye 2
Cabbage White 4

Our fist instars of 12 Hayhurst Scallopwing eggs eclosed overnight. For the
last two days the Common Sootywings have also come into the garden.  A
recent check of the Lamb's Quarters found new eggs but we don't know which
of the two Sootywing Species oviposited these. We brought in a few of them
to raise also.

I went to Archie Elledge, also in central Forsyth, and found under overcast
conditions from 11:00-12;00:

Dun Skipper (fresh golden-headed male) 1
Little Glassywing
Common Sootywing 5
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Variegated Fritillary 1
Common Buckeye 1
Cabbage White 9

Throughout the week I have been getting regularly the 3 "garden"
hairstreaks, The Gray, the Red-banded, and Juniper Hairstreaks.  I had a
male Southern Broken-dash all week except for today.

Good lep-hunting!
Gene Schepker
Subject: Rockingham County leps July 22-24
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:19:09 -0400
During National Moth Week events at Haw River State Park north of
Greensboro, NC, tallied the following butterflies.

1 Zebra Swallowtail
1 E Tiger Swallowtail
2 Harvester (FOY #102 on big year)
2 E Tailed Blue
1 Summer Azure
1 Great Spangled Fritillary
2 Pearl Crescent
1 Question Mark
3 Red Admiral
1 Red-spotted Purple
5 Carolina Satyr
2 Silver-spotted Skipper

The two Harvester were females ovipositing on a Beech leaf next to a colony
of Beech Blight Aphids!  We got a couple good photos, and on the second day
found two larva camouflaged amongst the aphids making for very tough photos
but great carnivorous action!

Moth list well over 100, one notable we know of right now is Dichomeris
offula, a first for NC.  Photo here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/964360

No Luna but some other giant moths
1 Polyphemous
4 Tulip Tree
2 Imperial (males)
1 Io (larva)
1 Giant Leopard Moth
2 Regal
10 Rosy Maple


-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Yancy co Diana
From: Sparrel Wood <sparrelwood AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:05:23 -0400
Please excuse the typo, the date was 7/22 
Sparrel

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Diana Fritillaries in Yancy co NC
From: Sparrel Wood <sparrelwood AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:54:18 -0400
Tuesday (8/22) I found a beautiful fresh female Diana just outside of 
Burnsville NC in my parents garden patch of Monarda. The elevation there is 
about 3700' in a rich sugar maple, cherry, poplar forest. I got a few good 
photos I'll try to get posted. 

Sparrel Wood

Sent from my iPhone
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillars in Guilford Co NC
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:01:43 -0400
The dearth of butterflies continues in Guilford County. Fortunately, I can
at least report on finding some Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars in my
native plant garden. I haven¹t seen an adult of that species so far this
year, but a female sneaked in and laid eggs on some Virginia Snakeroot
plants. I have two patches that are about 20 feet apart, so there¹s a good
chance that it was the same female. I have three cats in one patch and four
in another, for a total of 7 Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars.

Dennis
-- 
Dennis Burnette
Greensboro, NC
Guilford County
deburnette AT triad.rr.com
Subject: Mecklenburg Cty
From: Jules Fraytet <jlfray AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:05:09 -0400
FOY Fiery Skipper on ornamental Rubeckia in backyard

Jules Fraytet
Charlotte
Subject: Re: Help with Lep ID
From: Will Cook <cwcook AT duke.edu>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:26:45 -0400
That's a Silver-spotted Skipper, one of our most common butterflies. The 
white spot in the middle of the hindwing underneath is a good thing to 
notice (not at the trailing edge as in the less common Hoary Edge), as 
well as the golden-colored spot band on the upper side of the forewings 
(not a continuous band as in the rare Golden-banded Skipper).

On 7/23/2014 10:06 PM, Charley Mays wrote:
> The closest photo match I saw for this was the Cofaqui Giant-Skipper
> which I realize is not likely.  Can someone help me ID it please?   I
> saw 2 in my yard south of Greensboro.  Two photos are at:
>
> http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/YdSuCV9w/1/6607091
>
> Thanks
> Charley Mays

-- 
Will Cook - Durham, NC
http://www.carolinanature.com/
Subject: PMSP Butterflies, Common Roadside Skipper
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:06:51 -0400
I spent about 2 hours on PMSP around the parking lot, picnic areas, and the
new Pipeline cut through the picnic area. Under sunny skies and 90 degrees
I found the following:

Common Wood Nymph 9
Gemmed Satyr 1
American Lady 1 (ovipositing on one of the Cudweed species)
Great Spangled Fritillary 1 ( nectaring on Thistle)
Hoary Edge 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 2
Common Roadside Skipper 1
Horace's Duskywing 3
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
Spice-bush Swallowtail 1
Red-spotted Purple 7
Summer Azure 5
Eastern Tailed Blue 1
Question Mark 1

It was very dry up on the mountain.  The Common Roadside Skipper only
showed himself when he attacked a much larger Silver-spotted Skipper!

Gene Schepker
Subject: Help with Lep ID
From: Charley Mays <charleymays AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:06:24 -0400
The closest photo match I saw for this was the Cofaqui Giant-Skipper which
I realize is not likely.  Can someone help me ID it please?   I saw 2 in my
yard south of Greensboro.  Two photos are at:

http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/YdSuCV9w/1/6607091

Thanks
Charley Mays
Subject: July 18-Duke Gardens, Hemlock Bluffs, Yates Mill
From: <erwebster1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:48:08 -0400 (EDT)
Dennis Burnett and I, along with a couple of visitors (one from Chile and one
German now living in Canada)had the following leps.
sleepy orange, cabbage white, pearl crescent, question mark, viceroy, common
buckeye, red-spotted purple, variegated fritillary, horace's duskywing, gray
hairstreak,American Lady,silver-spotted skipper,Fiery skipper, tawny-edged
skipper. Not big numbers, but an uptick in species.
Bud Webster
Raleigh
Subject: Fwd: CBS Butterfly Walk
From: piephofft AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:56:49 -0400 (EDT)
 
 
Taylor Piephoff 
Charlotte, NC 
PiephoffT AT aol.com
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: C Talkington 
To: MAS-L 
Sent: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:20 pm
Subject: CBS Butterfly Walk


Butterfliers,

Saturday, August 2 there will be a butterfly walk at the Latta Plantation 
meadow 

and power line path, and at Cowan's Ford WR fields shared with the Triad and 
Midlands Chapters of the Carolina Butterfly Society and with anyone else 
interested in attending. We plan to meet at 9:30 a.m. Sat, Aug 2 at the Visitor 

Center at Latta Plantation, tour the area, have a picnic lunch at the tables 
around the Visitor Center, then go to Cowan's Ford, tour some of its fields and 

wrap up around 4:30 or 5:00 p.m. or whenever you need to leave.

Facilities are available at the Visitor Center but not at Cowan's Ford. Bring 
adequate lunch, snacks and plenty of water. Wear sturdy hiking shoes suitable 
for walking along untended paths and into fields on a (hopefully) hot sunny 
day. 

A sun hat, sunblock, insect repellant and field guides would also be useful.

The Visitor Center at Latta Plantation is located on the right just past the 
gate about 0.8 mile down Sample Road from Beatties Ford Road. Cowan's Ford is 
nearby, at the end of Neck Road also off of Beatties Ford Road.

From the north:
Using I-40, take exit 152 onto US 77 south. Going south on US 77 take exit 25 
onto SR 73/Sam Furr Road west. Drive west about 3.3 miles on SR 73 to Beatties 
Ford Road and turn left/south. Go about 5.1 miles south on Beatties Ford Road 
to 

Sample Road and turn right. Sample Road is in a stretch of impressive stone 
walls along Beatties Ford Road.

Using I-85, take exit 45 onto SR 24/W.T. Harris Blvd. West. Drive about 7.8 
miles on SR 24 to Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road and turn left. Go about 1.2 miles 

on Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road to Beatties Ford Road and turn right/north. Go 
about 1.5 miles to Sample Road and turn left. The Visitor Center will be on the 

right.

From the south: Use US 77 north. Take exit 16 B (second ramp) onto Sunset Road 
West. Go about 0.6 miles on Sunset Road and turn right/north onto Beatties Ford 

Road (second light). Go about 4.8 miles to Sample Road and turn left onto 
Sample 

Road.

Let me know if you plan to join us. Contact me at Destamona AT carolina.rr.com. To 

contact me on Saturday morning call 704-622-0048.
I am leading the group this year in place of Carl Ganser.

Thank you.
Chris Talkington

 
Subject: Southern Lake Norman Butterfly Count
From: piephofft AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:01 -0400 (EDT)
The Southern Lake Norman NABA Butterfly Count will be held Sunday August 10, 
2014. The count circle is the same as the circle for the Southern Lake Norman 
Christmas Bird Count. 

Plan to meet at 9:00 AM at the Latta Plantation and Nature Preserve Nature 
Center parking lot. We will divide up and go from there. Please confirm with me 
that you will participate this year. New participants are welcome and 
encouraged! 

 
 
Taylor Piephoff 
Charlotte, NC 
PiephoffT AT aol.com
Subject: Just a few Mecklenburg County butterflies
From: piephofft AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:29:51 -0400 (EDT)
I, too have quit looking for butterflies this year. Today while walking Toby 
Creek Greenway near UNC-Charlotte while looking for other things I had one 
sleepy orange, one hackberry emperor, and surprisingly, one checkered white 
nectaring on Brazilian vervain. 

 
Taylor Piephoff 
Charlotte, NC 
PiephoffT AT aol.com
Subject: Wake & Durham Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:54:40 +0000
Hi all,

Haven't seen anything exciting lately, but numbers of skippers seem to be 
picking up. 


Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, 7/20:
Cabbage White - 2
Gray Hairstreak - 1
Variegated Fritillary - 1
Pearl Crescent - 1
Buckeye - 2
Silver-spotted Skipper - 20 or so, many fresh ones
Horace's/Wild Indigo Duskywing - 10 or so, hostplants for both were there
Checkered-Skipper - 1
Fiery Skipper - 20 or so, finally here in numbers

Yates Mill Pond and nearby NCSU fields, Raleigh, 7/20:
Orange Sulphur - 1
Sleepy Orange - 1
Variegated Fritillary - 1
Appalachian Brown - 10 fresh ones, best place to see them in these parts
Horace's DW - 1
Silver-spotted Skipper - 1
Sachem - 1
Fiery Skipper - 5

Last few days in Durham (Museum grounds): lots of fresh SSS, a few Fiery 
Skippers, a couple of Ocolas and Duskywings (probably W.I.) and a Snout. 


What's missing completely? SWALLOWTAILS - not a one all week!








Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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Subject: Pitt County, 22 July 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:31:41 +0000
Mostly cloudy and wet today, with intervals of sunshine. Here are a few 
butteflies seen earlier this afternoon (Pitt County, 2014-07-22): 


dark swallowtail, 1
Summer Azure, 1
Variegated Fritillary, 5
Common Buckeye, 5
American Lady, 1
Pearl Crescent, 1
Silver-spotted Skipper, 1
Checkered-Skipper, 4
LEAST SKIPPER, 2, first of year, Boyd Lee Park
Ocola Skipper, 2
Fiery Skipper, 20
Whirlabout, 2

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Butterfly Field trip Ashe Co, NC Sat. 7/26
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:14:00 -0400
As announced in the Carolina Butterfly Society newsletter, The Chrysalis,
and on the CBS website, the Triad Chapter of the Carolina Butterfly Society
is sponsoring a field trip in Ashe County, NC, on Saturday, July 26th. As in
past years, we¹ll meet at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (the ³Church of
the Fresco²) in Glendale Springs at 9:30 am.  This is open to all CBS
members, guests and visitors.
 
RSVP ­ Please let us know if you¹re joining us on this trip. This is
important because there are people coming some distance from several
different directions, and we need to know whether we should wait for you in
case you¹re delayed. Also, our trip leader needs to know how many to plan
for.
 
Triad Chapter member Judy Scurry of Winston-Salem, who owns property on the
New River in Ashe County, is organizing and hosting the field trip. Bring
your own picnic lunch and plenty of water. Rest rooms are available by the
Glendale Springs Church and at the New River State Park Wagoner Rd. access.
 
In past years we have had good success looking for butterflies at Elk Shoals
Camp along the New River and in New River State Park around the visitor
center at the 221 N access. If we have time, we may look for butterflies
along the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well. If participants know of other good
sites, we¹re open to suggestions.
 
Directions from the Triad: I-40 to US 421 in Winston-Salem. Take US 421
northwest to Wilkesboro. Take Hwy 16 north to Glendale Springs just off the
Blue Ridge Parkway around milepost 259 near the Northwest Trading Post. Turn
at first left past the Glendale Springs post office. Turn right towards
church. Go past the church; the parking lot is on the left. We will meet in
the gravel parking lot across the street from the church.
 
Judy Scurry¹s phone numbers:
Winston Salem ­ 336-768-6396
Jefferson, Ashe Co. ­ 336-877-3793
Cell ­ 336-972-9438
 
Please send me an email to let us know if you¹re coming so that Judy will
know how many to plan for. I will be leaving Greensboro around 7:15 am. If
you need to reach me after that, Lynn will have her cell phone:
336-202-3251. Let us know if you would like to car pool from the Triad to
Ashe County. Email: 
 
Dennis
Subject: Blue Wall Preserve, SC: 64 Summer Azure, Least Skipper FOY, Nat'l Moth Week
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:57:05 -0400
We have been starting to see a few Swallowtails the past few days here in
Spartanburg County with  Tiger, Spicebush and Black at my house.
 Silver-spotted Skippers have been the most common butterfly here the past
few weeks followed by American Ladies with low numbers of Summer Azure,
Eastern-tailed Blue, Buckeye, Pearl Crescent, Variegated Fritillary, Horace
Duskywing, Sachem, and Fiery Skipper.  I have seen one Hoary Skipper on
three occasions.  Still no Hairstreaks here going on seven weeks.

Spent a couple hours at Blue Wall Preserve, Greenville County foothills
this afternoon under cloudy skies with sun breaking through a few times-

4-5 Tiger Swallowtail  (finally a few!)
4-5 Spicebush Swallowtail  (never before as many as Tigers)
64 Summer Azure
3 Pearl Crescent
2 Eastern Comma
9 Silver-spotted Skipper
3 Least Skipper (FOY)

I am hosting a National Moth week night of moth-ing tomorrow, Monday night,
at my home and the organic gardens across the lane.  This is our third year
of hosting this event. We have 7 signed up so far.  If you are in the area,
you're welcome to join us. Email me. Read more about National Moth Week
here-   http://nationalmothweek.org/

You can see some of the moths we found at last years event here-
https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/sets/72157634820396548/

You can see some of the butterflies I photographerd today here-
https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/

Doug Allen   Inman, SC
Subject: Blue Wall Preserve, SC: 64 Summer Azure, Least Skipper FOY, Nat'l Moth Week
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:57:05 -0400
We have been starting to see a few Swallowtails the past few days here in
Spartanburg County with  Tiger, Spicebush and Black at my house.
 Silver-spotted Skippers have been the most common butterfly here the past
few weeks followed by American Ladies with low numbers of Summer Azure,
Eastern-tailed Blue, Buckeye, Pearl Crescent, Variegated Fritillary, Horace
Duskywing, Sachem, and Fiery Skipper.  I have seen one Hoary Skipper on
three occasions.  Still no Hairstreaks here going on seven weeks.

Spent a couple hours at Blue Wall Preserve, Greenville County foothills
this afternoon under cloudy skies with sun breaking through a few times-

4-5 Tiger Swallowtail  (finally a few!)
4-5 Spicebush Swallowtail  (never before as many as Tigers)
64 Summer Azure
3 Pearl Crescent
2 Eastern Comma
9 Silver-spotted Skipper
3 Least Skipper (FOY)

I am hosting a National Moth week night of moth-ing tomorrow, Monday night,
at my home and the organic gardens across the lane.  This is our third year
of hosting this event. We have 7 signed up so far.  If you are in the area,
you're welcome to join us. Email me. Read more about National Moth Week
here-   http://nationalmothweek.org/

You can see some of the moths we found at last years event here-
https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/sets/72157634820396548/

You can see some of the butterflies I photographerd today here-
https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/

Doug Allen   Inman, SC
Subject: North Buncombe county, Sandy Mush Game Lands 20 July
From: Doug Johnston <wellsteadwest AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:17:28 -0400
I spent a few hours out at the Sandy Mush Game Lands this morning. For an 
overcast morning, even with a patch of drizzle, there were quite a few 
butterflies around. Most of the leps seen were flushed by my walking past and 
some seen never flew at all. I guess that’s one of the advantages of a cloudy 
day in that when they do finally fly, they don’t go very far. 

Hayhurst scalloping seemed to be in good supply, which was the case on the NABA 
count from last August. I hope they hang around for this year’s count. 


The folks at eButterfly assure me that they plan to offer a list order based on 
taxonomy some time soon. I gather that an alphabetical list was a popular first 
choice. They continue to improve their product! 


Doug

Begin forwarded message:

> From: eButterfly Team 
> Subject: Your eButterfly checklist 26323
> Date: July 20, 2014 at 6:24:39 PM EDT
> To: wellsteadwest AT gmail.com
> 
> 
> Thank you for submitting at eButterfly, dougjohnston
> Location
> 
> Sandy Mush Game Lands,35.719619, -82.667141, North Carolina
> Checklist
> 
> Date
> 2014-07-20  
> Checklist Type
> Traveling Survey  
> Distance Traveled
> 2500  
> Start Time
> 09:30  
> End Time
> 12:30  
> Institution Code
>  
> Observer
> DOUG JOHNSTON
> Species
> 
> EB-92781 Common Checkered-Skipper
> 1
> EB-92782 Common Least Skipper
> 3
> EB-92783 Hayhurst's Scallopwing
> 6
> EB-92784 Northern Broken-Dash
> 1
> EB-92785 Peck's Skipper
> 1
> EB-92786 Sachem Skipper
> 2
> EB-92787 Silver-spotted Skipper
> 2
> EB-92788 Eastern Tailed-Blue
> 7
> EB-92789 Red-banded Hairstreak
> 1
> EB-92790 Summer Azure
> 3
> EB-92791 White-m Hairstreak
> 1
> EB-92792 American Lady
> 1
> EB-92793 Carolina Satyr
> 6
> EB-92794 Common Wood-Nymph
> 4
> EB-92795 Pearl Crescent
> 13
> EB-92796 Red Admiral
> 1
> EB-92797 Variegated Fritillary
> 1
> EB-92798 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
> 3
> EB-92799 Spicebush Swallowtail
> 2
> EB-92800 Cabbage White
> 22
> EB-92801 Clouded Sulphur
> 1
> ©e-butterfly.org 2014
Subject: Duck, Dare County, NC
From: altomomatic AT verizon.net
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:27:59 +0000
Day one of a week in Duck. Got out and found the following leps: 

Giant Swallowtail (7)
Spicebush Swallowtail (4)
Gray Hairstreak (1)
Gulf Fritillary (2)
American Lady (1)
Red Admiral (1)
Viceroy (1)
Silver-spotted Skipper (8)
Horace's Duskywing (1)
Least Skipper (3)
Fiery Skipper (17)
Sachem (7)
Brazilian Skipper (5) 

Numbers quite low despite the most nectar sources in a few years. Saw the 
Brazilian Skippers on the cannas around the Cotton Gin curio shop on Poteskeet 
Drive at Rt. 12. The cannas are in full bloom. Also checked along the boardwalk 
for Dukes' Skipper but it was a no show. I'll keep checking this week. 


Tom Stock
Silver Spring MD


Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
Subject: Pitt County, 20 July 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:16:42 +0000
Butterflies seen today at Boyd Lee Park and the Pitt County Arboretum (Pitt 
County, 2014-07-20): 


Spicebush Swallowtail, 1
Orange Sulphur, 1
Sleepy Orange, 1
Cabbage White, 1
Gray Hairstreak, 2
Variegated Fritillary, 4
Common Buckeye, 6
American Lady, 2
Pearl Crescent, 2

Silver-spotted Skipper, 2
SOUTHERN CLOUDYWING, 1, first of year, Pitt County Arboretum -- I had missed 
this last year 

Common (or White) Checkered-Skipper, 2
Horace's Duskywing, 1
Fiery Skipper, 65
Sachem, 2
Whirlabout, 1

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Roan Mtn butterfly count reset
From: Don Holt <dnldhlt AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:40:19 -0400 (EDT)
The 2014 Roan Mtn., TN Naba Butterfly Count was rained out today, and the 
forecast for Sunday does not look good either. We will try again in one week, 
Saturday July 26, meeting as before at 10 am at the Visitors Center (green 
waterwheel) of Roan Mtn State Park. For inquiries contact me at dnldhlt at aol 
dot com or call 4234830470 . 


Don Holt
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-07/19/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:37:28 -0400
Today I paddled about 2 miles and walked about 1 mile at Lake Raleigh. The
weather was partly cloudy and 83F. I saw eight species today, the highlight
being 3! E. Tiger Swallowtails, 1 Spicebush Swallowtail, 1 Fiery Skipper,
and 1 Ocola Skipper. In a normal year these wouldn't be highlights. The
popular nectar sources today were Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) and
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis). There was a good bit of Swamp
Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) in flower but nothing was on it. I have seen
a good bit of milkweed, of a 1/2 dozen or so species, flowering this year,
but very little nectaring going on. Buttonbush, however, has almost always
been a butterfly magnet. My complete list is below. Good butterflying.

  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3 incl. 1 black form  Spicebush Swallowtail 1  Red
Admiral 2  Carolina/Intricate Satyr 2  Silver-spotted Skipper 16  Least
Skipper 2  Fiery Skipper 1  Ocola Skipper 1
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Yadkin County, Dinkin's Bottom and Archie Elledge plus Home in Forsyth
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:55:45 -0400
I went out to Dinkin's Bottom in eastern Yadking county from 11:00 - 12:30
under overcast with sporadic clearing and saw:

Sleepy Orange 7
Silver-spotted Skipper 2
Least Skipper 1
Hackberry Emperor 2
Tawny Emperor 1
Spicebush Swallowtail (male) 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (male) 1
Cabbage White 2
Common Buckeye 1
Red-spotted Skipper 2
Pearl Crescent 1
Eastern Tailed-blue 1

Forsyth County, Archie Elledge 2 - 3:00 I saw these in light sprinkling
rain before I gave it up:

Common Sootywing 7
Pearl crescent 2
Sachem 2 (pair breeding)
Fiery 1 (male)
Orange Sulphur 1
Cabbage White 7

At our home sporadically throughout the day:

Hayhurst Scallopwing 1 (female, fresher than yesterday's)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Cabbage White 4
Least Skipper 1

Gene Schepker
Subject: Union Co., SC 7/18/14
From: Will Cook <cwcook AT duke.edu>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:19:46 -0400
I saw a few butterflies while doing field work in the Sumter National 
Forest yesterday:

Union Co., SC 7/18/14

2 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
1 Spicebush Swallowtail
1 Pipevine Swallowtail
1 Summer Azure
1 Carolina Satyr
1 Red Admiral
1 Pearl Crescent
1 SSS
1 COMMON ROADSIDE SKIPPER - new county record!

Will


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Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Temple Flat Rock-07/18/2014
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:10:10 -0400
Today I walked around the fields and explored the flat rock. I saw nine
species today, about my daily average this year. The weather was mostly
sunny and 85F. My complete list is below. Good butterflying.

  Sleepy Orange 1  Eastern Tailed-Blue 2  American Lady 1  Common
Buckeye 1  Red-spotted
Purple 2  Viceroy 1  Hackberry Emperor 1  Carolina Satyr/Intricate
Satyr 2  Southern
Cloudywing 2
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Re: Forsyth leps, big year century mark
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:34:51 -0400
I had just responded to Gene that Brian might have to make a special trip
to his yard to get the Scallopwing. No more than 10 seconds after I sent
that, I read this e-mail!! Wow!

The pearly-eyes and Appy Brown shouldn't be problems -- I saw Northerns and
Appys along the bottomland near Brian's house last year on the Durham
butterfly count, though Creole is never a sure bet. Two years ago, on the
Wake County count, I had all 3 pearly-eye species at the same place --
Horseshoe Farm Park, behind the Hedrick house, but missed Southern last
year. Little Glassywing should not be hard with the second brood still to
come; and Gulf Frit is normally impossible to miss around Wilmington or the
Brunswick County golf courses later on. Little Yellow and Painted Lady --
good luck with them; let's hope we get some of these migrants later on in
2014.

Harry LeGrand


On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 6:21 PM, Brian Bockhahn 
wrote:

> Before ironically heading to Winston Salem for work I was catching up on
> emails and delighted to see that Gene had been seeing Hayhursts Scallopwing
> in his yard!  Could I really give "chase" to a butterfly for my big year???
>
> While waiting for Gene to get back from the dentist, I arrived at 130pm
> under clouding skies.  Lois took me to their host plant and within seconds
> I spotted the female scallopwing! Got some good pics, yeay number 99!!!  It
> did not like the flash at all, but managed some good shots as we watched it
> lay at least 3 eggs.  This is only the third of this species I've seen
> ever, and had no reliable sites for it, so a great one to bag!
>
> After Gene arrived we took a short hike to a nearby stream and again Lois
> showed us up by finding an Ocala skipper on our return back to their
> yard for #100!
>
> A very quick run to Archie Elledge found us more Common Sootywings than I
> have ever seen in my life, about two dozen and #101 on the year.  I had
> missed these on two visits to JC raulston arboreatum and with the low
> numbers was starting to panic a little I'd miss it!
>
> So for the big year I'm still missing several easy ones including all
> three pearly eyes, Appalachian brown, little yellow, painted lady, gulf
> frit, little glassywing, etc.  With some good skipper finding luck I may
> have a chance at catching up to Jeff Pippens record of 121 in a
> year...though he wasn't even trying a big year!!!  But with the butterfly
> dearth this year I'll be elated to get close to that number!!!
>
> --
> Brian Bockhahn
> birdranger248 AT gmail.com
>
>
Subject: Forsyth leps, big year century mark
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:21:11 -0400
Before ironically heading to Winston Salem for work I was catching up on
emails and delighted to see that Gene had been seeing Hayhursts Scallopwing
in his yard!  Could I really give "chase" to a butterfly for my big year???

While waiting for Gene to get back from the dentist, I arrived at 130pm
under clouding skies.  Lois took me to their host plant and within seconds
I spotted the female scallopwing! Got some good pics, yeay number 99!!!  It
did not like the flash at all, but managed some good shots as we watched it
lay at least 3 eggs.  This is only the third of this species I've seen
ever, and had no reliable sites for it, so a great one to bag!

After Gene arrived we took a short hike to a nearby stream and again Lois
showed us up by finding an Ocala skipper on our return back to their
yard for #100!

A very quick run to Archie Elledge found us more Common Sootywings than I
have ever seen in my life, about two dozen and #101 on the year.  I had
missed these on two visits to JC raulston arboreatum and with the low
numbers was starting to panic a little I'd miss it!

So for the big year I'm still missing several easy ones including all three
pearly eyes, Appalachian brown, little yellow, painted lady, gulf
frit, little glassywing, etc.  With some good skipper finding luck I may
have a chance at catching up to Jeff Pippens record of 121 in a
year...though he wasn't even trying a big year!!!  But with the butterfly
dearth this year I'll be elated to get close to that number!!!

-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Haywood county leps
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:05:28 -0400
Made a long/quick run to Haywood county to try for more mountain species
for the big year.  First tried Max Patch Mountain Road was a long shot for
Baltimore Checkerspot but I was hoping everything was still running late, I
had to wait for it to warm up.  Next headed up to the Blue Ridge Parkway,
but missed the Early Hairstreaks Doug had a few weeks ago there, the clouds
and cool temps slowed things down.

Numbers Max Patch (930-230) /Blue Ridge Parkway (3-630)

Pipevine Swallowtail 8, 0
Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail 1,0
GIANT SWALLOWTAIL 1, 0 (FOY big year #98!)
Spicebush Swallowtail 1,0
Clouded Sulphur 5, 2
Cabbage White 3, 0
Summer Azure 5, 1
Eastern-tailed Blue 2, 20
Great Spangled Fritillary 3, 5 (worn, fading)
Aphrodite Fritillary 7, 2
Red Admiral 1, 0
Red-spotted Purple 5, 1
Question Mark 1, 0
Common wood nymph 7, 0
Pearl Crescent 3, 2
Silver-spotted Skipper 7, 12
Northern Broken Dash 1, 0 (FOY #97)

White-striped Black 200
Lecontes Haploa 3
Garden Tortrix 1

Appalachian Cottontail on summit of Richland Balsam cooperated for photos!

-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: More non-butterflies in Hoke County, NC
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:49:42 -0400
Over about 3 hours of perfect weather this morning near Antioch in Hoke
County, I saw:

Palamedes Swallowtail 1
Variegated Fritillary  1
Red-spotted Purple  2

I saw absolutely ZERO butterflies in the 4 hours enroute to and from
Raleigh -- nary a Sleepy Orange, Tiger Swallowtail, Cloudless Sulphur, no
Buckeyes on my work today around sandy area, etc. No skippers.

I give up, at least until after mid-August. How in the heck can Gene
Schepker have more butterflies in his Winston-Salem yard than all of Hoke
County?

And, people -- quit pestering me about pesticides! Have pesticides been
sprayed from low-flying planes over every square mile of eastern NC, most
of SC, down into Florida?  And, I think I have talked enough for a while to
reporters on the lack of butterflies. No more.

Harry LeGrand
Subject: Pitt County, 18 July 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:35:22 +0000
Butterflies seen today, 2014-07-18, in Pitt County:

Black Swallowtail, 1 female, Pitt County Arboretum
Spicebush Swallowtail, 1
Sleepy Orange, 6
American Snout, 1
Variegated Fritillary, 16
Common Buckeye, 4
American Lady, 2
Red Admiral, 1, River Park North
Silver-spotted Skipper, 2
Ocola Skipper, 2
Fiery Skipper, 40
Whirlabout, 2

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Lee Co., SC leps 17 July 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:52:52 -0400
Hi All,

I spent an hour in the afternoon along Hy 341 from the Lee Co. line to S.
Lynchburg and had the following:

Palamedes Swallowtail 1
Cloudless Sulfur 8
Sleepy Orange 50+
Gulf fritillary 1
Variegated Fritillary 2
Red Admrial 1
Common Buckeye 5
Horace's Duskywing 1
Checkered-Skipper sp.. 1 unable to collect
Fiery Skipper 15+

Dennis

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South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Chesterfield Co., SC leps 17 July 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:02:58 -0400
Hi All,

I spend from 1030 until 1215 hjours at The Carolina Sandhills NWR,
Chesterfield Co, SC and had the following:

Palamedes Swallowtail 1
Sleepy Orange 1
Variegated Fritillary 2
American Lady 1
Common Buckeye 7
Common Wood-Nymph 6
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Confused Cloudywing 1 FOY
Horace's Duskywing 1
Fiery Skipper 1
Ocola Skipper 1

Dennis

-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: 10 new NC plants identified for the 21st century | Science/Technology | NewsObserver.com
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:23:22 +0000
Here is a link to the article mentioned in some earlier emails today.


http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/06/3985733/10-new-nc-plants-for-the-21st.html 
Subject: Yard Butterflies Winston-Salem
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:10:41 -0400
The Skippers may be ready to break out!

Hayhurst Scallopwing 1 female (yesterday's was a male)
Horace's Duskywing 2
Clouded Skipper 1 female
Sachem 6
Least Skipper 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Red-spotted Purple 1
Silvery Checkerspot 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Sleepy Orange 1
Cabbage White 6
Carolina Satyr 1
Eastern Tailed-blue 3
Summer Azure 1
Common Buckeye 1
Gray Hairstreak 1

Gene Schepker
Subject: RE: N&O article on dearth of butterflies
From: Debbie Roos <debbie.roos AT chathamnc.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:56:35 +0000
Harry, articles usually appear on-line before the print version so hopefully it 
will be in tomorrow’s paper. I just emailed the reporter to ask him if it 
will be in the print version and will let you know if I hear from him. 


I enjoyed that article about the wildflower named after you!

Debbie

From: Harry LeGrand [mailto:hlegrandjr AT gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:53 PM
To: Debbie Roos
Cc: carolinaleps AT duke.edu
Subject: Re: N&O article on dearth of butterflies

Very odd! I am here in Raleigh, I subscribe to the N&O, I have gone thru 
today's (17th) copy about 3 times over, and the article is not in the paper, at 
least the Raleigh version! Maybe it made it only online? Maybe it made it in 
the Chatham County version? Or, maybe the article will appear in tomorrow's 
paper, or Saturday's. 


At least, the N&O had an article on "10 new plants for the 21st Century" a week 
ago, in color, including the wildflower named after me, with my name in the 
caption. The article featured Alan Weakley, the chief curator at the UNC 
Herbarium. 


Harry LeGrand

On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 3:19 PM, Debbie Roos 
> wrote: 

A N&O reporter read my article on the dearth of butterflies (where I shared the 
wisdom of Dr. Harry LeGrand) and wrote this article: 


http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/17/4009841/depleted-nc-butterfly-population.html 


Here’s the article I wrote Sunday: http://go.ncsu.edu/2014-butterflies

Debbie

Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent
Chatham County Center
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
919.542.8202
debbie_roos AT ncsu.edu
www.growingsmallfarms.org
www.facebook.com/debbie.roos.nc
www.twitter.com/GrowSmallFarms


Subject: Mecklenburg Cty
From: Jules Fraytet <jlfray AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:34:02 -0400
Today while waiting for the light at the Sugar Creek exit ramp off I- 
85, saw two Silver Spotted Skippers feeding on red clover.

Jules Fraytet
Charlotte
Subject: N&O article on dearth of butterflies
From: Debbie Roos <debbie.roos AT chathamnc.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:19:53 +0000
A N&O reporter read my article on the dearth of butterflies (where I shared the 
wisdom of Dr. Harry LeGrand) and wrote this article: 


http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/17/4009841/depleted-nc-butterfly-population.html 


Here's the article I wrote Sunday: http://go.ncsu.edu/2014-butterflies

Debbie

Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent
Chatham County Center
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
919.542.8202
debbie_roos AT ncsu.edu
www.growingsmallfarms.org
www.facebook.com/debbie.roos.nc
www.twitter.com/GrowSmallFarms
Subject: Roan Mountain, TN Butterfly Count
From: Don Holt <dnldhlt AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:07:54 -0400 (EDT)
The 2014 Roan Mtn. TN NABA Butterfly Count will be held Saturday, July 19, 
meeting at 10 am at the Roan Mtn. State Park Visitors' Center (the big green 
waterwheel). In case we get rained out, we will try again the next day, same 
time and place. We will take a lunch break at a local restaurant, but you can 
bring a picnic lunch if you want. Bring clothing for any kind of weather, 
mountain weather patterns can be quite variable. There is a three dollar fee 
per participant, but I have been known to accept homemade cookies as legal 
tender. If you have questions, need directions, etc. you can e-mail me 
(dnldhlt AT aol.com) or phone my cell (423 483 0470). 


Don Holt, compiler
Subject: Researcher looking for Orange Sulfur
From: John Dole <jmdole1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:31:30 -0400
Emily Hornett, Penn State University, is looking for populations of 
Orange Sulfur (Colias eurytheme) to sample for her research.  She is 
"looking at the variation in bacterial infections that these butterflies 
have along a latitudinal cline".  She will be coming through NC this 
afternoon and tomorrow (Friday) and will be in central North Carolina 
(between the mountains and I95).  Please let her know if you know of any 
populations from which she could sample.  Particularly good locations 
would be organic alfalfa or clover fields, where she has been able to 
find good numbers of Orange Sulfurs in Georgia. She is aware that this 
has been a poor year for butterfly numbers and indicated that numbers 
were down in her area as well.

She can be reached at:  eah25 AT psu.edu

Alternatively, if you would be willing to collect samples, she would 
love to hear from you as well.

John Dole
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Winston-Salem, Hayhurst Scallopwing
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:17:30 -0400
Today while gardening, we had our first Hayhurst Scallopwing in several
years.

Hayhurst Scallopwing 1
Gray Hairstreak 1
Juniper Hairstreak 1
E. Tiger Swallowtail 1
Eastern Tailed-blue 2
Summer Azure 1
Silvery Checkerspot 1
Silver Spotted Skipper 1
Sachem 9
Cabbage White 7
Horace's Duskywing 2

Gene Schepker
Subject: Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh 7/15/14
From: Will Cook <cwcook AT duke.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:23:07 -0400
I was pleasantly surprised to see a few butterflies on a quick trip to 
NC State's arboretum yesterday. Several of these were firsts of the year 
for my (Sachem and Fiery for example). I'm seeing nothing in my yard in 
Durham, though the rain yesterday might help matters a little (hadn't 
had significant rain in about 6 weeks).

Wake Co., NC 7/15/14

36 Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) - mostly nectaring on lavender, next to 
a cabbage patch
1 Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)
5 Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe)
1 Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
1 Eastern Tailed-Blue (Everes comyntas)
1 Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
1 American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
6 Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
23 Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
7 Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)
1 Wild Indigo Duskywing (Erynnis baptisiae)
2 Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)
16 Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
4 Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

-- 
Charles W. (Will) Cook
Nicholas School of the Environment
Division of Environmental Science & Policy
Box 90328, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
http://www.duke.edu/~cwcook
Subject: RE: Chester Co, SC leps 14 July 2014
From: Debbie Roos <debbie.roos AT chathamnc.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:31:35 +0000
I hope y’all don’t mind the reporter calling. Harry, he had seen the 
article I wrote on my Growing Small Farms website at 
http://go.ncsu.edu/n8p9tt and when he called me I told 
him I was NOT a butterfly expert but gave him your name. 


Lots of folks I have heard from have wanted to blame the dearth of butterflies 
on pesticides. Certainly pesticides can have an effect on pollinators. I am 
most familiar with their effect on bees. I would love to hear what you folks 
have to say about pesticides and butterflies. I know they have been blamed in 
part for the decline in monarchs, but more indirectly, as GMO crops have led to 
an increase in herbicide use which has decreased Asclepias forage for monarchs 
around the country. 


I would appreciate your input.

Debbie

Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent
Chatham County Center
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
919.542.8202
debbie_roos AT ncsu.edu
www.growingsmallfarms.org
www.facebook.com/debbie.roos.nc
www.twitter.com/GrowSmallFarms


From: Harry LeGrand [mailto:hlegrandjr AT gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:57 AM
To: Dennis Forsythe
Cc: carolinaleps; Jackie; Donna Forsythe; Billy McCord; Gidrkline; Linda Hyman; 
Barbara Dengler; pittsjam AT windstream.net 

Subject: Re: Chester Co, SC leps 14 July 2014

Here is the Southeast Drought Monitor:

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?southeast

Can't blame the scarcity of butterflies there or elsewhere in the Carolinas on 
scarcity of rainfall, not that Dennis was suggesting that. 


Yesterday, I -- and probably a few others of you -- spent some time with a 
reporter from the Raleigh News & Observer about why butterflies are so scarce 
this year, I basically told him what I had written, along with some supporting 
info on carolinaleps listserve from Dennis Burnette, Charlie Cameron, Loretta 
Lutman, etc., that the primary cause appears to be very severe weather, with 
great temperature variations, some ice and snow events, relative to normal, in 
the latter part of February and especially March. This period of the year seems 
to be crucial in how our butterfly numbers are going to be for much of the 
year. I mentioned some local issues with habitat loss, especially of fields and 
meadows, but that doesn't get at the reason why most species are in short 
supply this year. (I do read the general "there are so many factors involved 
with these declines that you can't really say for sure, or can't really be 
confident", but that doesn't help get at answers, and certainly doesn't help 
out a writer. In some cases, we simply don't know -- whether one major factor, 
or many factors -- but we do seem to get an idea from this one -- in my 
opinion, of course! 


Harry LeGrand


On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 7:18 AM, Dennis Forsythe 
> wrote: 

Hi All,

I spent an hour and 1/2 on Monday around Rexburg, Chester Co., SC looking for 
butterflies. Everything was dry as was the main nectar plants of S. American 
Verbina. I had: 


Sleepy Orange 2
Varigated Fritillary 1
Common Buckeye 1

Dennis

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

Subject: Re: Chester Co, SC leps 14 July 2014
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:56:48 -0400
Here is the Southeast Drought Monitor:

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?southeast

Can't blame the scarcity of butterflies there or elsewhere in the Carolinas
on scarcity of rainfall, not that Dennis was suggesting that.

Yesterday, I -- and probably a few others of you -- spent some time with a
reporter from the Raleigh News & Observer about why butterflies are so
scarce this year, I basically told him what I had written, along with some
supporting info on carolinaleps listserve from Dennis Burnette, Charlie
Cameron, Loretta Lutman, etc., that the primary cause appears to be very
severe weather, with great temperature variations, some ice and snow events,*
relative to normal*, in the latter part of February and especially March.
This period of the year seems to be crucial in how our butterfly numbers
are going to be for much of the year.  I mentioned some local issues with
habitat loss, especially of fields and meadows, but that doesn't get at the
reason why most species are in short supply this year.  (I do read  the
general  "there are so many factors involved with these declines that you
can't really say for sure, or can't really be confident", but that doesn't
help get at answers, and certainly doesn't help out a writer. In some
cases, we simply don't know -- whether one major factor, or many factors --
but we do seem to get an idea from this one -- in my opinion, of course!

Harry LeGrand



On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 7:18 AM, Dennis Forsythe 
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> I spent an hour and 1/2 on Monday around Rexburg, Chester Co., SC looking
> for butterflies.  Everything was dry as was the main nectar plants of S.
> American Verbina.  I had:
>
> Sleepy Orange 2
> Varigated Fritillary 1
> Common Buckeye 1
>
> Dennis
>
> --
> Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
> South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
> Emeritus Professor of Biology
> The Citadel
> 171 Moultrie St,
> Charleston, SC 29409
> 843.795.3996-home
> 843.953.7264-fax
> 843.708.1605-cell
> dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
>
Subject: Chester Co, SC leps 14 July 2014
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:18:53 -0400
Hi All,

I spent an hour and 1/2 on Monday around Rexburg, Chester Co., SC looking
for butterflies.  Everything was dry as was the main nectar plants of S.
American Verbina.  I had:

Sleepy Orange 2
Varigated Fritillary 1
Common Buckeye 1

Dennis

-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Buncombe county NABA count 4th August, 8th rain date
From: Doug Johnston <wellsteadwest AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:22:04 -0400
Just a reminder that we are holding our 5th Buncombe count for this location on 
Monday the 4th August. 


The count is centered on the Sandy Mush Game Lands and we focus most of our 
foot traffic there. 


Please let me know if you can make it.

Thanks

Doug
Subject: Garden Hairsteaks Ocola Skipper in Winston-Salem
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:42:33 -0400
I was mostly gardening today, but kept running back in for the camera!

Ocola Skipper 1
Least Skipper 1
Little Glassywing 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Sachem 5
Horace's Duskywing 5
Gray Hairstreak 2
Juniper Hairstreak 1
Eastern Tailed-blue 2
Azure sp. 1
Cabbage White 7
Sleepy Orange 1  (How do they know that the Sicklepods just broke through
the soil recently?)
Pearl Crescent 1
American Snout 1
Hackberry Emperor 1

Snowberry and Hummingbird Clearwing moths (1 of each)

It was hot and sunny and we again barely missed a rain this afternoon. This
is a really good species count for our garden this year, maybe even a
"doldrum-buster!"  From the desert (except where I water) Gene Schepker.
Subject: North Buncombe County Sunday 12th July
From: Doug Johnston <wellsteadwest AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:16:08 -0400
I paid a visit to the Sandy Mush Game Lands yesterday. Weather was warm, but 
hazy sun turned into mostly cloudy, so not the best weather. See below for 
eButterfly report. 


This past week around my local patch in N Buncombe brought a few species not 
seen at the Game Lands 


Banded hairstreak - 1  quite worn  8th
Meadow fritillary - 21  12th
Great spangled fritillary - 1
E coma - 1
American lady - 2
Red admiral - 1
Carolina satyr - 3
Monarch - 1  12th
Horace’s duskywing


Doug Johnston



Begin forwarded message:

> From: eButterfly Team 
> Subject: Your eButterfly checklist 25799
> Date: July 14, 2014 at 4:00:59 PM EDT
> To: wellsteadwest AT gmail.com
> 
> 
> Thank you for submitting at eButterfly, dougjohnston
> Location
> 
> Sandy Mush Game Lands,35.719619, -82.667141, North Carolina
> Checklist
> 
> Date
> 2014-07-13  
> Checklist Type
> Traveling Survey  
> Distance Traveled
> 3000  
> Start Time
> 09:00  
> End Time
> 11:40  
> Institution Code
>  
> Observer
> DOUG JOHNSTON
> Species
> 
> EB-90579 Common Least Skipper
> 2
> EB-90580 Little Glassywing
> 1
> EB-90581 Sachem Skipper
> 7
> EB-90582 Silver-spotted Skipper
> 19
> EB-90583 Wild Indigo Duskywing
> 5
> EB-90584 Eastern Tailed-Blue
> 6
> EB-90585 Summer Azure
> 1
> EB-90586 Common Wood-Nymph
> 9
> EB-90587 Pearl Crescent
> 23
> EB-90588 Spicebush Swallowtail
> 1
> EB-90589 Cabbage White
> 1
> EB-90590 Clouded Sulphur
> 2
> EB-90591 Orange Sulphur
> 1
> ©e-butterfly.org 2014
Subject: Re: Confused Cloudywing - Green Swamp
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:17:41 -0400
Yep -- easy ID on this Confused CW. Last white dot on the outer costal band
is displaced outward (not in line with the other 3), and the inner white
mark of the posterior group of three white marks is clearly a long and
narrow stripe, not squared off at the ends, as most Southerns show.
Northerns usually have a white spot here and not a thin line. The outer
costal band is the same as in Northern; Southern has that band a row of 4
white squares, and the last one almost always touches the third one.

 A lot of them are tricky, especially in the first brood, but this one is
at the beginning of the second brood. I recall being out at Green Swamp a
while back, with Jeff Pippen and I think Taylor Piephoff, and watching one
ovipositing on a small legume. There are a fair number of records from
there, but this one is nice because of the good photo!

Harry LeGrand


On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM, TNT Sanders  wrote:

> We stopped by the Green Swamp on Saturday morning the 12th.
> Not many butterflies other than several Palamedes Swallowtails (6) but we
> did find what I believe is a *Confused Cloudywing* (*Thorybes confusis*).
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/tnt-nature/14467619197/
>
> Tom Sanders
> Charlotte, NC
>
Subject: Confused Cloudywing - Green Swamp
From: TNT Sanders <tsanders1993 AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:05:24 -0400
We stopped by the Green Swamp on Saturday morning the 12th.Not many butterflies 
other than several Palamedes Swallowtails (6) but we did find what I believe is 
a Confused Cloudywing (Thorybes confusis). 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tnt-nature/14467619197/
Tom SandersCharlotte, NC 		 	   		  
Subject: FW: CBS Butterfly Walk in SC Lowcountry, August 2
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:17:52 -0400
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From: Amanda Szwarc 
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:38:32 -0400
To: Carolina Butterfly Society
Subject: CBS Butterfly Walk, August 2

Good Morning, Everybody!

I hope you're all enjoying this toasty weather and are getting to see some
butterflies in your yards. 

Our next Butterfly Walk will be at Dixie Plantation, on August 2 starting at
9am. Dixie Plantation is located in Hollywood, SC. It was purchased by the
College of Charleston in 2012, and since then, graduate students have been
working on planting teaching gardens. 

Directions to Dixie Plantation: 
Take 526 W to Savannah Hwy (US 17-S). Dive on US 17 S for approximately 7
miles, then bear left onto SC-162 W. You will travel on SC-162 W for about 3
miles-- you will then see a dirt road bear left onto it-- this is Dixie
Plantation Road. You will see a sign that says "Dixie Kennels"-- Dixie
Plantation is a bit past this. Drive down the road to a swinging metal gate
and follow the signs to parking.

 If you want to plug this into Google Maps, you can use the address for
Dixie Kennels: 5105 Dixie Plantation Rd. Hollywood, SC 29449. 

Please Bring: Binoculars, a butterfly id guide, sunscreen, water. A
long-sleeved shirt and pants are recommended. 

I will be scoping out the area next week! And I hope to see you all August
2. 

Best Wishes,
Amanda
-- 
----------------------------------
Amanda Szwarc

Environmental Educator & Butterfly House Curator
Cypress Gardens
(P) 843.553.0515
3030 Cypress Gardens Rd
Moncks Corner, SC 29461


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Subject: Re: Pitt County, 13 July 2014
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:42:06 -0400
The second flight period of Dion Skipper in the eastern Piedmont and the
Coastal Plain in general  typically begins in mid-August or late August. We
see fresh ones then. Mid-July is too early for fresh individuals in the
second brood. I suggest that they are late emerging -- females? -- of the
first brood. When we did the Pettigrew SP count around June 20, for many
years, we would often see moderately fresh individuals -- first brood. So,
I can easily see some late ones from the first brood emerging in July in
the central Coastal Plain.

Harry LeGrand


On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 7:09 PM, Abdulali, Salman  wrote:

> Plenty of butterflies today, the highlight being a Dion Skipper. Here is
> what I saw at River Park North, the Pitt County Arboretum and Boyd Lee Park
> (Pitt County, 2014-07-13):
>
> Black Swallowtail, 2 caterpillars but no adults
> Sleepy Orange, 8
> Orange Sulphur, 1
> Cabbage White, 1
> Gray Hairstreak, 2
> Summer Azure, 1
> Eastern Tailed-Blue, 2
> American Snout, 1
> Variegated Fritillary, 20
> Red-spotted Purple, 1
> American Lady, 2
> Common Buckeye, 7
> Pearl Crescent, 2
> Silver-spotted Skipper, 2
> Common Sootywing, 1
> Checkered-Skipper, 1
> Fiery Skipper, 45
> Whirlabout, 2
> Ocola Skipper, 1
> DION SKIPPER, 1, River Park North, first of year.
>
> I don't understand the flight chart for the Dion Skipper. The ONLY
> mid-July records are from Pitt County. I think these are the beginning of
> the second brood (today's looked quite fresh).
>
> Salman Abdulali
> Greenville, NC
>
>
Subject: Pitt County, 13 July 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:09:56 +0000
Plenty of butterflies today, the highlight being a Dion Skipper. Here is what I 
saw at River Park North, the Pitt County Arboretum and Boyd Lee Park (Pitt 
County, 2014-07-13): 


Black Swallowtail, 2 caterpillars but no adults
Sleepy Orange, 8
Orange Sulphur, 1
Cabbage White, 1
Gray Hairstreak, 2
Summer Azure, 1
Eastern Tailed-Blue, 2
American Snout, 1
Variegated Fritillary, 20
Red-spotted Purple, 1
American Lady, 2
Common Buckeye, 7
Pearl Crescent, 2
Silver-spotted Skipper, 2
Common Sootywing, 1
Checkered-Skipper, 1
Fiery Skipper, 45
Whirlabout, 2
Ocola Skipper, 1
DION SKIPPER, 1, River Park North, first of year.

I don't understand the flight chart for the Dion Skipper. The ONLY mid-July 
records are from Pitt County. I think these are the beginning of the second 
brood (today's looked quite fresh). 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Yadkin & Surry Co., NC butterflies-Pilot Mountain State Park-07/12/14
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:06:56 -0400
  I camped at PMSP this weekend and did a little butterflying on Saturday.
Weather was mostly cloudy and 85F. Note that I looked in both Surry Co. and
the Yadkin Co. section of PMSP. The SSS's at Little Pinnacle were nectaring
on Appalachian Bergamot (Bee-balm), Monarda fistulosa var. fistulosa. Both
lists are below. Good butterflying.

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC

Yadkin Co., Ivy Bluff section of PMSP 07/12/14  Papilio glaucus (1) Eastern
Tiger Swallowtail  Cupido comyntas (6) Eastern Tailed-Blue  Celastrina
neglecta (12) Summer Azure  Phyciodes tharos (3) Pearl Crescent  Vanessa
atalanta (1) Red Admiral  Hermeuptychia sosybius (15) Carolina Satyr
Epargyreus
clarus (1) Silver-spotted Skipper



 Surry Co., Little Pinnacle 07/12/14  Pieris rapae (1) Cabbage White
Celastrina
neglecta (7) Summer Azure  Vanessa virginiensis (4) American Lady  Epargyreus
clarus (17) Silver-spotted Skipper

-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Harnett county bugs
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:36:49 -0400
Spent Sat July 12 helping at the Raven Rock State Park pollinator party
event.

1 e tiger swallowtail
3 sleepy orange
3 e tailed blue
4 summer azure
2 American snout
1 variegated fritillary
1 pearl crescent
1 anglewing sp
2 red admiral
7 common buckeye
3 red-spotted purple
2 hackberry emperor
11 Carolina satyr
1 common wood nymph
1 silver-spotted skipper
3 horaces duskywing
1 lace-winged roadside skipper (FOY big year 96)

other pollinators

Delta flower scarab beetle
a tumbling flower beetle, Mordella atrata
a weevil, Odontocorynus scutellumalbum
Japanese Beetle
Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Red Paper Wasp
Northern Paper Wasp
Scolia nobilitata
Cerceris sp.
Thread waisted wasp, Ammophila procera
large thread waisted wasp, Ammophila nigricans
Velvet blue mud dauber

Mydas Fly
Ocyptamus fuscipennis

Lots of odes and other insects, seems like butterflies seem to me suffering
the most this year.  I checked a few spots that used to be regular there
for Southern Skipperling but no luck, habitat changed too much.
-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: Skippers in Guilford Co, NC
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:58:10 -0400
Lynn and I were doing some shopping at AB Seed Garden Center in the Farmers
Market in Guilford County, NC, at about 5:30 yesterday evening, 7/12/14. The
section with butterfly bushes was swarming with skippers, probably 2 dozen
of at least 3 species. They were impossible to count because they were
rapidly ³skipping² around from flower to flower. Most seemed to be Sachems.
A conservative estimate is 15 Sachems, 5 Fiery Skippers, and 1 Ocola Skipper
(the first I¹ve seen this year). I also saw an azure flitting around a damp
spot in the gravel.
 
Dennis
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Dennis Burnette
Greensboro, NC
Guilford County
deburnette AT triad.rr.com
Subject: Pitt County, 12 July 2014
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 03:06:40 +0000
Butterflies seen in Pitt County today, 2014-07-12:

Sleepy Orange, 5
Orange Sulphur, 1
Gray Hairstreak, 1
Eastern Tailed-Blue, 2
Variegated Fritillary, 5
American Lady, 1
Common Buckeye, 8
Pearl Crescent, 2
Silver-spotted Skipper, 2
Horace's Duskywing, 1
Checkered-Skipper, 1
Whirlabout, 4
Fiery Skipper, 10

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Northeastern Forsyth Co., Reynolda Village garden, PMSP Surry County
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:24:05 -0400
Jim Nottke and I were shown around the Forsyth County Agricultural
Extension Service Center Gardens by Harriet McCarthy, the Head Curator/Demo
Council leader. A number of master gardeners have done a lot of work on
several small gardens around the building.

From 10:00 - 11:30 we found:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Cabbage White 2
Pearl Crescent 2
Silvery Checkerspot 4
Common Buckeye 1
American Lady 2
Silver-spotted Skipper 8
Horace's Duskywing 5
Sachem 25 +

On my way home, I stopped by Reynolda Village to check out the Road-divider
flower bed, a Lantana Smorgasbord, and in about 1/2 hour I found:

OCOLA Skipper (FOY) 1
Fiery Skipper (male) 1
Sachem 16
Common Buckeye 1
Horace's Duskywing 2

I drove up to Pilot Mountain State Park to the Little Pinnacle and from
1:30 -2:30 I found:

Common Roadside Skipper 2
Horace's Duskywing 5
Hoary Edge 4 (two were hooked up)
Silver-spotted Skipper 5
Sleepy Orange 1
Red-spotted Purple 7
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Eastern Tailed-blue 4
Azure Sp. 3
American Lady 3
Gemmed Satyr 4
Sachem 2

I went down to the River Section from 3:00 - 4:30 and checked out the creek
crossings and picnic area:

Red Admiral 2
American Snout 1
Eastern Comma 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
DELAWARE Skipper 1
Little Glassywing 1
Sachem 1
Least Skipper 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 3
Summer Azure 12
Eastern Tailed-blue 6
Pearl Crescent  3
Silvery Checkerspot 2
Carolina Satyr 10
Common Wood Nymph 1

Jim Nottke, Harriet McCarthy, and Gene Schepker at Ag Ext Center and Gene
Schepker alone at PMSP under sunny and hot conditions
Subject: Monarch caterpillars
From: "Loretta" <butterflies_bg AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:30:15 -0400
A friend who just returned from an out of country trip, told me she had 3 
Monarch caterpillars upon her return July 9th.  By description, it sounded 
like two were 5th instar, with the third a bit smaller.  She lives in 
Randolph Co, just south of the Guilford Co. line.

Loretta Lutman
Asheboro, NC
Randolph Co. 
Subject: Increasing numbers of garden butterflies
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:04:10 -0400
But not Swallowtails and Hairstreaks.
In our Windmill Hill butterfly gardens today (neighbors and mine) we had
the most butterflies this year-

2 Orange Sulphur
1 Summer Azure
1 Eastern-tailed Blue
12 Vareagated Fritillary
6 American Lady
1 Buckeye
1 Hoary Edge FOY late
6 Silver-spotted Skippers
1 Southern Cloudywing FOY late
4 Horace's Duskywing
4 Fiery Skipper
3 Sachem
also Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

Doug Allen Windmill Hill
Spartanburd County, SC
https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinabutterflies/
Subject: more on the Intricate Satyr
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:00:12 +0000
http://butterfliesofamerica.com/docs/TLR-24-1--Warren-et-al-Hermeuptychia.pdf
Subject: Montgomery County NC
From: Jules Fraytet <jlfray AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:33:28 -0400
Traveling today on NC 24/27 near Pee Dee River/Uwharrie NF

1 E T Swallowtail gliding high over road

Jules Fraytet
Charlotte
Subject: Forsyth County Butterflies
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:27:49 -0400
In my yard and garden today I had:

Sachem 5
Fiery Skipper 1
Carolina Satyr 2
Northern Pearly-eye 1
Common Buckeye 1
Silvery Checkerspot 1
Pearl Crescent 1
Gray Hairstreak 1
Eastern Tailed-blue 2
Azure Sp. 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (chewed up)
Black Swallowtail eggs on Fennel 4
Horace's Duskywing (fem) 1

That is a lot better species count than usual for my garden this year.

Gene Schepker
Subject: Cypress Gardens, SC Bfly Walk 7/9
From: <aszwarc AT berkeleycountysc.gov>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 15:52:08 -0400 (EDT)
Today three observers (A. Szwarc, D. Williams, and M. Horry) saw the following
butterflies at Cypress Gardens in Berkeley County, SC:

1 Female Black Swallowtail
3 Checkered Skippers
2 Common Buckeyes
1 Unidentified Skipper (possibly Ocala Skipper)

We walked for 1 hour in the afternoon, it was about 97*F and sunny.