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Spectacled Redstart,©Dan Lane

1 May Re: Appalachian Swallowtails questions [Harry LeGrand ]
1 May Pitt County, 1 May 2016 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
1 May Appalachian Swallowtails questions [Victor Slade ]
30 Apr Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co [Gene Schepker ]
30 Apr Wilkes County, Watauga County Butterflies [Gene Schepker ]
28 Apr Wake county dusted skipper [Brian B ]
28 Apr Yates Mill, Wake County, NC [earle webster ]
28 Apr Butterflies Occoneechee SNA Orange Co NC Apr 24 [Dennis Burnette ]
28 Apr CBS Cowpens National Battlefield and Blue Wall Preserve []
27 Apr Union County, SC butterflies - Brown Elfin and Common Roadside [Will Cook ]
27 Apr Banded Hairstreak [Richard Stickney ]
27 Apr Buncombe Co early Hobomok [Gail Lankford ]
27 Apr caterpillar surveys! ["Hurlbert, Allen Hartley" ]
26 Apr 4/26/16 Dinkins Bottoms, Yadkin County , NC ["Sven Halling" ]
26 Apr Sandhills & Triangle [Richard Stickney ]
26 Apr Buncombe county [Gail Lankford ]
25 Apr 04/24/16 Blue Ridge Parkway , NC ["Sven Halling" ]
25 Apr Dreamy Duskywings, Common Roadside Skippers at PMSP [Gene Schepker ]
25 Apr Monarch Teacher Network Workshop at Roper Mountain Science Center [Ginger Kopka ]
24 Apr Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-04/24/2016 [Mike Turner ]
24 Apr Fwd: Pitt County, 23 April 2016 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
23 Apr Pitt County, 23 April 2016 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
23 Apr Pickens Co, SC leps 17 April 2016 [Dennis Forsythe ]
23 Apr Oconee Co, SC leps 18 April 2016 [Dennis Forsythe ]
23 Apr Charles Towne Landing SP, leps 20 April 2016 [Dennis Forsythe ]
22 Apr Orange Co. butterflies-Occoneechee Mt St Natural Area-04/22/2016 [Mike Turner ]
22 Apr Umstead State Park 4/18 [Lori Carlson ]
22 Apr Red-banded Hairstreak Winston-Salem [Gene Schepker ]
21 Apr 04/18/16 Bladen County Lock and Dam #1 CF River []
21 Apr Buncombe County, April 20 [Gail Lankford ]
20 Apr Pitt County, 20 April 2016 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
20 Apr Wake and Granville Co butterflies [Mike Turner ]
20 Apr Pilot Mountain Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]
19 Apr Madison county 18th April 2016 [Doug Johnston ]
19 Apr Pitt County, 19 April 2016 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
18 Apr Brown Elfin Trek, Occoneechee Mtn SNA Sun, Apr 24 [Dennis Burnette ]
18 Apr Pitt County, 18 April 2016 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
18 Apr Ashe county leps [Brian B ]
18 Apr RE: Is this a common gray geometrid ["Lampel, Lenny L." ]
18 Apr Re: Is this a common gray geometrid [Will Cook ]
18 Apr Is this a common gray geometrid [Tom k ]
18 Apr Watauga early hairstreak [Brian B ]
18 Apr North Charleston surprise []
17 Apr Carolina Butterfly Society field trips, upstate SC- another county record [Doug Allen ]
17 Apr Chesterfield County Leps and Odes [Chris Talking ton ]
16 Apr Macon County Leps - 16 April [Jason Love ]
16 Apr Carolina Butterfly Society fieldtrip- 2 new Cherokee county species [Doug Allen ]
16 Apr North Buncombe the past few days 15th and 16th April [Doug Johnston ]
14 Apr Mecklenburg County Henry's Elfin [Chris Talkington ]
14 Apr Holly Shelter Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]
14 Apr Brosnan Forest (Restricted Access) , Dorcehster CO., SC leps 13 April 2016 [Dennis Forsythe ]
13 Apr Rockingham Co., NC butterflies-Mayo River at SR1358 (Anglin Mill Rd.) [Mike Turner ]
12 Apr Re: Transylvania Co., NC butterflies-04/12/2016 [Mike Turner ]
12 Apr Transylvania Co., NC butterflies-04/12/2016 [Mike Turner ]
11 Apr Pitt County, 11 April 2016 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
11 Apr Spicebush Swallowtail Ovipositing, Winston-Salem [Gene Schepker ]
10 Apr N Buncombe county 10th April [Doug Johnston ]
8 Apr Orange Co., NC butterflies-Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area-04/08/2016 [Mike Turner ]
8 Apr Giant Swallowtail Aiken County, SC [Lois Stacey ]
06 Apr South Mountains Tuesday ["drivesa3 AT aol.com" ]
5 Apr James IS, SC leps [Dennis Forsythe ]
5 Apr Sandhills Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]
05 Apr FW: March 2016 Triad Flora Report [Dennis Burnette ]
05 Apr Pine Elfin in Guilford County [Dennis Burnette ]
4 Apr Checkered White at Savannah Wildlife Refuge 04/04/16 [Gene Schepker ]
4 Apr Madison County [Gail Lankford ]
4 Apr Halifax Co., NC butterflies [Mike Turner ]
4 Apr Butterflies in McClellanville, SC April 4, 2016 ["drinsecto AT tds.net" ]
4 Apr Durham, NC butterflies 4/4/2016 [Jeff Pippen ]
4 Apr North Buncombe county 3rd April [Doug Johnston ]
3 Apr Re: West Branch Greenway (Mecklenburg) butterflies [Rob Van Epps ]
3 Apr Correction -- Yancey County Butterflies []
3 Apr Re: West Branch Greenway (Mecklenburg) butterflies [Doug Allen ]
3 Apr Re: Yancey County Butterflies ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
3 Apr Yancey County Butterflies []
2 Apr Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-04/02/2016 [Mike Turner ]

Subject: Re: Appalachian Swallowtails questions
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 20:30:11 -0400
Appys are flying now -- late April through May at the lower mountain
elevations, and into early July at high elevations. Your best bet is the
southern counties of NC, especially ones with dirt roads through rich coves
such as Graham, Swain, Macon, Clay, etc. Should be found now along Harmon
Den Road -- Exit 7 off I-40, among many other places such as the Fontana
area.

Harry Legrand
Raleigh

On Sun, May 1, 2016 at 2:10 PM, Victor Slade  wrote:

> I very much hope to see Appalachian Swallowtails this spring.  Can my
> fellow butterflyers suggest locations in North and South Carolina where
> they can best be found?
>
> Also I am confused about their flight period.  Some references say
> May-June and others say April-May.  Can someone set me straight about this?
>
> Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.
>
> Victor Slade
> Chapel Hill NC
>
Subject: Pitt County, 1 May 2016
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 21:59:01 +0000
Today was mostly cloudy with periods of rain. Here are the few butterflies I 
saw (Pitt County Arboretum, 2016-05-01): 


Cabbage White, 1
Summer Azure, 1 female
American Lady, 2
Fiery Skipper, 1, not usually seen at this time of year

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Appalachian Swallowtails questions
From: Victor Slade <victorlslade AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 14:10:21 -0400
I very much hope to see Appalachian Swallowtails this spring.  Can my
fellow butterflyers suggest locations in North and South Carolina where
they can best be found?

Also I am confused about their flight period.  Some references say May-June
and others say April-May.  Can someone set me straight about this?

Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.

Victor Slade
Chapel Hill NC
Subject: Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:19:02 -0400
Overcast mist and sprinkling rain did not stop a very fresh female Clouded
Skipper from showing up in our garden today (4/30)

 Lois found a Zabulon Skipper male yesterday 4/29) and an ovipositing Zebra
Swallowtail working the Pawpaws..

On 4/27 we had a Hayhurst Scallopwing in the garden.

Gene Schepker
Subject: Wilkes County, Watauga County Butterflies
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:27:43 -0400
Sven Halling and I stopped at the rest stop directly before reaching
Wilkesboro and found:

Wilkes County:
Southern Cloudywing 1 (FOY)
Sachem 6
Juvenal's Duskywing  1, (there were several others fighting for location)
Pearl Crescent 2
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
Gray Hairstreak 1

It was 75 degrees and sunny at the rest stop, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

We arrived at Elk Knob State Park in Watauga Co at 1:00 PM, temp mid 60s
and sunny.

Meadow Fritillary 1 (very fresh)
Orange Sulphur 1
Mourning Cloak 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 8
Pipevine Swallowtail 2
American lady 2
Juvenal's Duskywing 25 +
Dreamy Duskywing 3
Sleepy Duskywing 1

There was very little flowering out in the meadow to the left of the
entrance.  We spent most of 3 hours searching the Beech trees in areas
surrounding the picnic area!  1 - 3:30, sunny mid to upper 60s,

Gene Schepker and Sven Halling
Subject: Wake county dusted skipper
From: Brian B <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:09:18 -0400
During spring bird count falls lake wake county, tallied
8 e tiger sw
1 spicebush sw
2 zebra sw
2 pearl crescent
1 am snout
1 anglewing sp
1 gemmed satyr
4 carolina satyr
1 dusted skipper, got great pics, a first for me in wake county i think. 
Suppose i need to start county listing... 


Decorated owlet
Black dotted ruddy
Waterlily leafcutter
Grape leaffolder

Brian Bockhahn 
Durham NC
Subject: Yates Mill, Wake County, NC
From: earle webster <erwebster1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:39:17 -0400
Hi all, After a slow start this season, two good finds today. Hayhurst's
scallopwing and cobweb skipper.
Bud Webster-Raleigh
Subject: Butterflies Occoneechee SNA Orange Co NC Apr 24
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:32:50 -0400
On Sunday afternoon, April 24, the Triad Chapter of the Carolina Butterfly
Society held a butterfly field trip to Occoneechee Mountain State Natural
Area in Orange County, NC near Hillsborough. The day was dry and sunny with
temperatures in the upper 70s. We had announced the trip on Carolinaleps so
in addition to Triad members  we also had participants from the Triangle and
as far away as Greenville, NC. We expect to have more field trips closer to
the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area this summer. Everyone is welcome.

We had hoped to see Brown Elfins. We were aware that this was a bit late but
had seen them near this date at that site in previous years. Alas, we missed
them this year. Lori Carlson made up for that by spotting and photographing
Dusted Skipper nectaring on Creeping Charlie near the parking area. We ended
the afternoon with 18 species of butterflies. The list is posted below.

Dennis
-- 
Dennis Burnette
Greensboro, NC
Guilford County
deburnette AT triad.rr.com

Occoneechee Butterfly List, April 24, 2016
 
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 24+ (numbers uncountable in woodlands)
Spicebush Swallowtail 1
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
Azure sp 1
Variegated Fritillary 1
Pearl Crescent 2
Anglewing sp 1
American Lady 5
Common Buckeye 1
Red-spotted Purple 1
Carolina Satyr 3
Silver Spotted Skipper 7
Hoary Edge 1
Duskywing sp 1
Sachem 3
Zabulon Skipper (female) 1
Dusted Skipper (Seen and photographed by Lori Carlson)
Total species: 18

Subject: CBS Cowpens National Battlefield and Blue Wall Preserve
From: <kastners AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:13:28 +0000
I am sorry for the late report. Though I was not able to go on this trip, Dave 
was there and he kept the list. I told him I would do the trip report when time 
allowed. 









Carolina Butterfly Society



Trip Report



Cowpens National Battlefield and Blue Wall Preserve, SC



April 16 and 17, 2016



 



Doug Allen was our trip leader for both days. In attendance on Saturday were: 
Dennis Forsythe, Jeff Kline, Paul Seibert, Sherry Robertson and Dave Kastner. 
April 16 started at Cowpens National Battlefield followed by a walk to 
Thicketty Mountain and then a walk at Caroland Farms. April 17 began at 
Doug’s neighbor’s in Inman, SC followed by a trip to Blue Wall Preserve. In 
attendance on Sunday were: Jeff Kline and Dave Kastner. 




 



April 16



Cowpens National Battlefield (Cherokee County)



 



Eastern Tiger Swallowtail   15



Spicebush Swallowtail   1



Sleepy Orange   1



Red-banded Hairstreak   8



Spring Azure   1



Azure species   10



Eastern Tailed-Blue   5



Pearl Crescent   8



Variegated Fritillary   2



Carolina/Intricate Satyr   7



Satyr species   1



Silver-spotted Skipper   1



Juvenal’s Duskywing   8



Sachem   1



Skipper species   1



 



Thicketty Mountain (Cherokee County)



 



Eastern Tiger Swallowtail   6



Spicebush Swallowtail   1



Pipevine Swallowtail   2



Black Swallowtail   1   



Falcate Orangetip   2



Red-spotted Purple  1



Northern Cloudywing   2



Hoary Edge   10   (Cherokee County Record)   



Silver-spotted Skipper   1



Juvenal’s Duskywing   6



Sleepy Duskywing   12   (Cherokee County Record)



Duskywing species   1



Common Roadside-Skipper   1   (Cherokee County Record)



 



 



 



Caroland Farms (Spartanburg County)



 



Eastern Tiger Swallowtail   2



Spicebush Swallowtail   2



Zebra Swallowtail    2



Swallowtail species   1



Sleepy Orange   1



Juniper Hairstreak   1



American Lady   4



Red Admiral   1



Carolina/Intricate Satyr   3



Juvenal’s Duskywing   2



Skipper species   1



 



April 17



Doug Allen’s neighbor, open field and roadside (Spartanburg County)



 



Eastern Tiger Swallowtail   14



Clouded or Orange Sulphur   8



Pearl Crescent   2



American Lady   1



Variegated Fritillary   1



Red-spotted Purple   1



Carolina/Intricate Satyr   3



Juvenal’s Duskywing   1



 



Blue Wall Preserve (Greenville County)



 



Eastern Tiger Swallowtail   73



Spicebush Swallowtail   2



Swallowtail species   4



Orange Sulphur   1



Azure species   3



Eastern Tailed-Blue   1



Eastern Pine Elfin   1



White M Hairstreak    1



Pearl Crescent   8



Carolina/Intricate Satyr   6



Silver-spotted Skipper   10



Juvenal’s Duskywing   7



Dreamy Duskywing   1



Duskywing species   11



Zabulon Skipper   2








Dave & Marty Kastner
Blythewood, SC
Richland County
Subject: Union County, SC butterflies - Brown Elfin and Common Roadside
From: Will Cook <cwcook AT duke.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:17:00 -0400
On 4/25 - 4/26/2016 I saw a few butterflies while I was doing field work 
in the Sumter National Forest, Union County, SC. Highlights included a 
pure white Cloudless Sulphur and a couple of possible new county records 
- a late Brown Elfin and a Common Roadside-Skipper.

Brown Elfin -
http://www.carolinanature.com/butterflies/brownelfin.html

Common Roadside-Skipper -
http://www.carolinanature.com/butterflies/commonroadsideskipper.html
(3rd photo from the top for both)

Union Co., SC 4/25/16,4/26/16

1,3 Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
2,0 Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)
10,9 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
1,2 Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)

1,0 Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)
4,0 Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) - 1 white!

0,1 BROWN ELFIN (Callophrys augustinus) - late, worn, new county record?
6,4 Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)

10,0 American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
1,0 Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
1,10 Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
0,1 Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)
0,1 Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)
0,2 American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
2,4 Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
3,2 Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
1,0 Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
9,6 Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
1,1 Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela) - early?

1,2 Hoary Edge (Achalarus lyciades)
3,3 Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)
1,0 Juvenal's Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)
1,3 Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon)
0,1 COMMON ROADSIDE-SKIPPER (Amblyscirtes vialis) - new county record?

-- 
Will Cook - Durham, NC
http://www.carolinanature.com
Subject: Banded Hairstreak
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:56:11 +0000
Hi all,

A couple of weeks ago I found a lycaenid caterpillar in Duplin County and 
brought it home. It pupated on the 16th, and today a Banded Hairstreak came 
out. This would be a first for Duplin and the earliest date for the state. 


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

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Subject: Buncombe Co early Hobomok
From: Gail Lankford <whocooksforyou64 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:16:01 -0400
Today Ruth Young and I walked some on my cove road, and although we did not
find the Early HS, we did find a fresh female Hobomok., which I assume is
really early.
Gail Lankford
Subject: caterpillar surveys!
From: "Hurlbert, Allen Hartley" <Hurlbert AT bio.unc.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:57:54 +0000
Dear Lepidoptera Enthusiasts,

I am an ecologist at UNC interested in how well the seasonal timing of bird 
migration and reproduction matches up with the seasonal timing of available 
food resources, with caterpillars being an especially important food item for 
raising nestlings. While there is a tremendous amount of data on the seasonal 
timing of birds (thank you birders, and thank you eBird!), there is 
significantly less on the timing of their food. 


In recent years I have started a new citizen science project called 
Caterpillars Count! which is aimed at 
conducting standardized foliage surveys on trees and shrubs to record seasonal 
variation in the abundance of caterpillars and other arthropods attractive to 
birds (spiders, beetles, etc). 


Caterpillars Count! sites are typically at established locations such as 
schools, environmental education centers, bird banding stations, and other 
places that are likely to have large numbers of potential participants. The 
idea is that with the participation of many students or volunteers per site, 
that site can get sampled well enough to convey quality information about 
arthropod abundance and timing. That said, a single individual dedicated to 
spending an hour a week throughout the spring and summer could potentially run 
their own site in their yard or favorite natural area. 


You can read more about the project on the home page linked above, as well as 
on the Frequently Asked Questions 
page. 


And if you are interested in learning about how you might set up a Caterpillars 
Count! site, then we are hosting two FREE workshops 

at the North Carolina Botanical Garden and at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in 
Raleigh. Earn 3 hours of Criteria II or III credit toward your NC EE 
Certification. You'll also receive a handbook of sample learning activities, 
$50 Amazon gift card, and a free lunch! Not to mention getting to spend a 
spring day in a beautiful garden full of NC native plants. 


Full details below. Thanks for reading!

Allen Hurlbert
Department of Biology
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280
Tel: 919.843.9930





Caterpillars Count - A Citizen Science Workshop for Educators
Looking for a new way to engage your students or visitors in hands-on science 
learning and contribute valuable information to local research about insects 
and birds? Become a Caterpillars Count citizen scientist! Caterpillars and 
other insects are on the trees and plants all around us. They make up a 
critical part of many ecosystems and are an important food source for birds and 
other organisms. In this workshop, we'll introduce you to Caterpillars Count, a 
new citizen science project designed by UNC biologists, and show you how you 
can become a part of research linking birds to their insect food sources on 
trees. Learn how to conduct surveys of insects with your students/visitors, 
monitor changes in the abundance and type of insects present over time, and 
report your data. We'll also introduce sample learning activities and the 
Caterpillars Count website, where you can explore the data collected by your 
group with others from around the state. This workshop is open to and designed 
for both formal (grades 6-12) and non-formal educators. Eligible for 3 hours of 
Criteria II or III credit toward NC Environmental Education Certification. Each 
participant will receive a handbook of sample learning activities and a $50 
Amazon gift card. Lunch provided. 


Date 1
Friday, May 20; 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, 
NC 27517 

Cost: FREE
Registration: Pre-registration required. Click here to register 
today! 
Questions about registration? Contact Elisha Taylor: 
taylores AT email.unc.edu 



Date 2
Saturday, June 18; 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607
Cost: FREE
Registration: Link 
here. 
Pre-registration required. Questions about registration? Contact Chris Goforth: 
chris.goforth AT naturalsciences.org 



Questions about the workshop? Contact Allen Hurlbert, Associate Professor, UNC 
Biology Department: hurlbert AT bio.unc.edu 


Subject: 4/26/16 Dinkins Bottoms, Yadkin County , NC
From: "Sven Halling" <shalling AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:15:26 -0400 (EDT)
86 F a little windy and sunny weather. Walked for 2 hours.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail	7
Cabbage White		1
Orange Sulphur		3
Cloudless Sulphur		1
Eastern Tailed-blue		5
American Snout		1
Silvery Checkerspot		8
Pearl Crescent		6
Eastern Comma		4
Unid. Anglewing		2
American Lady		1
Common Buckeye		1
Red-spotted Purple		1
Carolina Satyr		19

Silver-spotted Skipper	10
Juvenal’s Duskywing	2
Zabulon			3



Sven Halling
Lewisville, NC
Subject: Sandhills & Triangle
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:58:17 +0000
Hi all,

Interesting things happening lately. Sunday I went to a site in Richmond County 
and then to Cheraw SP in SC looking for odes, with success and photos on some 
great species. Not much on the butterfly front, only notable was a Hayhurst's 
Scallopwing seen in RC at a spot where I'd seen one before. 


Back here we've had a couple of monarchs at the Museum with hopes for 
caterpillars soon. I've seen Dusted Skippers at Penny's Bend and Horton's Grove 
nearby, and yesterday I had 4 Harvesters in 10 minutes at the latter. Yesterday 
I had an Umber Shadowdragon surprisingly in the middle of the field at Penny's 
Bend. I've shared some great photos of that and other odes. 


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

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Subject: Buncombe county
From: Gail Lankford <whocooksforyou64 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:53:20 -0400
On April 24 on the ridge trail of my cove, I had
Common Roadside Skipper

On April 26 on our main dirt road in the cove, I added these to the list
sent on April 20:

Falcate O-T (still around!)
Wild Indigo DW (fresh)
Carolina Satyr
EARLY HAIRSTREAK (semi-worn)

Gail Lankford
Subject: 04/24/16 Blue Ridge Parkway , NC
From: "Sven Halling" <shalling AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:53:46 -0400 (EDT)
Parking area around View of Osborne Mountain Overlook. Watauga County.
Temperature up to 64 F and sunshine.

Pipevine Swallowtail	2
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail	1
Clouded Sulphur		1
Orange Sulphur		2
American Lady		1
American Lady		1
Common Buckeye	1

Picnic area at Price Lake:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail	6
Orange Sulphur		2
Meadow Fritillary		7

Juvenal’s Duskywing	3

Linn Cove Viaduct:

American Lady		1

Juvenal’s Duskywing	1



Sven Halling
Lewisville, NC
Subject: Dreamy Duskywings, Common Roadside Skippers at PMSP
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:41:17 -0400
PMSP was a little breezy for photography today but there were a lot of
Duskywings  today.  Unfortunately they were mostly males and constantly
engaging in fights over favorite sites to offer their services to the
females.  The count for the Duskywings below are just the ones that lit
long enough for my Camera and Binos.  To make matters worse Common Roadside
Skippers were constantly attacking the Duskywings. These were my first CRS
since I found one at the Sutro Baths along the Pacific Ocean in late
February in San
Franciso!

Mourning Cloak 1
American Lady 4
Common Buckeye 1
Pearl Crescent 1
Red Admiral 1
Red-Spotted Purple 5
Eastern Tiger Swallpowtail 3
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Gemmed Satyr 9

Common Roadside Skipper 1
Dreamy Duskywing 2
Juvenal Duskywing 17 (one female)
Hoary Edge 2
Silver-spotted Skipper 1

I could have not been able to identify another 50 or so Duskywings.

Sunny skies, around mid 70s!  12:30 - 200
Gene Schepker (and Lois Schneider)
Subject: Monarch Teacher Network Workshop at Roper Mountain Science Center
From: Ginger Kopka <gkopka1 AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:27:53 -0400
This is in Greenville, sc

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Taylor, Tim"  Subject: Monarch Teacher Network Workshop at Roper Mountain Science Center
> 
> I wanted to let all my Master Gardeners and Master Naturalist contacts know 
of this Monarch Butterfly Workshop (registration attached) scheduled for Monday 
and Tuesday, June 27 and June 28, at Roper Mountain Science Center. Please help 
us promote! It is open to anyone interested. This will be the first one offered 
in S.C. from this organization. I have heard great comments from others who 
have participated. Registration is through the organization on the registration 
flyer, not us. Hope we can fill up this class! Thanks for promoting! 

> 
> TIM TAYLOR
> 
> Life Science Specialist
> 
>  
> 
> Roper Mountain Science Center
> 
> Greenville County Schools
> 
>  
> 
> 864.355.8917
> 
> tmtaylor AT greenville.k12.sc.us
> 
> RoperMountain.org
> 
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-04/24/2016
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 18:52:00 -0400
Today I paddled around the perimeter of the lake and walked about 1 mile.
It was a beautiful day, sunny and 75F. The highlight today was a Monarch
and a lot of Zabulon Skippers. Good butterflying.

E. Tiger Swallowtail 10
Cabbage White 2
Orange Sulphur 1
E. Tailed-Blue   2
Pearl Crescent   7
American Lady   5
Common Buckeye   1
Carolina Satyr   5
Monarch   1
Silver-spotted Skipper   8
Fiery Skipper   1
Zabulon Skipper   19 18males 1 female

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Fwd: Pitt County, 23 April 2016
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:06:10 +0000
I forgot to include:

American Lady, 2, River Park North

First double-digit day of the season for me (Pitt County, 2016-04-23):

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, 3, River Park North
Spicebush Swallowtail, 1, River Park North, first of year

Silver-spotted Skipper, 3, River Park North
Fiery Skipper, 5

Cloudless Sulphur, 1, River Park North
Orange Sulphur, 1, Boyd Lee Park

Summer Azure, 1, River Park North, first of year. Fresh, summer brood - white 
below, with tiny black markings; bright blue visible in flight. With the 
beginning of the summer brood, I seem to have missed all spring-time azures. 


American Snout, 2, River Park North
Variegated Fritillary, 2, Pitt County Arboretum, first of year
Pearl Crescent, 4
Carolina Satyr, 1, Boyd Lee Park, first of year

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Pitt County, 23 April 2016
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:34:08 +0000
First double-digit day of the season for me (Pitt County, 2016-04-23):

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, 3, River Park North
Spicebush Swallowtail, 1, River Park North, first of year

Silver-spotted Skipper, 3, River Park North
Fiery Skipper, 5

Cloudless Sulphur, 1, River Park North
Orange Sulphur, 1, Boyd Lee Park

Summer Azure, 1, River Park North, first of year. Fresh, summer brood - white 
below, with tiny black markings; bright blue visible in flight. With the 
beginning of the summer brood, I seem to have missed all spring-time azures. 


American Snout, 2, River Park North
Variegated Fritillary, 2, Pitt County Arboretum, first of year
Pearl Crescent, 4
Carolina Satyr, 1, Boyd Lee Park, first of year

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Pickens Co, SC leps 17 April 2016
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:35:59 -0400
Hi All,

I looked for butterflies in Pickens Co., SC on 17 April with little
success.  I had:

Sasafrass Mt*

E. Tiger Swallowtail 8
Falcate Orangetip 1
E. Tailed-Blue  1
American Lady 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Juvenal's Duskywing 2
Dreamy Duskywing 1
* L. Montgomery photographed an E. Pine Elfin on Sassafras on 17 April

Peach Orchard Angler's Access

Eastern Tiger Swallow-tail 6
Question Mark 1
Pearl Crescent 1
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 3
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Juvenal's Duskywing 4

Trillium Trail, 9X Preserve

E. Tiger Swallowtail 50  they were everywhere
Pipevine Swallowtail 1
Spicebush Swallowtail 4
Cloudless Sulfur 1
Carolina Satyr 2
Silver-spotted Skipper 2
Juvenal's Duskywing  several

No West Virginia White at 9x or the angler's access.

Dennis



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Subject: Oconee Co, SC leps 18 April 2016
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 07:07:35 -0400
Hi All,

Had the following butterflies along Brasstown Falls Rd and FS RD 751 18
April 2016 1050-1120 hrs.

E. Tiger Swallowtail 35
Pipevine Swallowtail 3
Spicebush Swallowtail 2
Carolina /Intricate Satyr 2
Juvenal's Duskywing 15

Dennis

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South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
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Subject: Charles Towne Landing SP, leps 20 April 2016
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 06:29:22 -0400
Hi All,

Matt Campbell, Donna and I had a few butterflies 20 April from 1320-1500
hrs at Charles Towne Landing State Park, Charleston Co., SC.  We walked
from the visitors center to the Animal Forest.

E. Tiger Swallowtail 1
Palamedes Swallowtail 1
Cloudless Sulfur 4
Red Admiral 1
Silver-spotted  Skipper 1
Checkered-Skipper sp.

Dennis

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South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
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Charleston, SC 29409
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Subject: Orange Co. butterflies-Occoneechee Mt St Natural Area-04/22/2016
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:40:25 -0400
I visited Occoneechee Mt. today to look for Sleepy Duskywings. The weather,
however, didn't cooperate. I was there ~4 hours and had ~1.5 hours without
rain, and then it was cloudy and overcast. The only duskywing I saw was a
worn Juvenal's. My complete list is below. Good butterflying.

E. Tiger Swallowtail 2
Spicebush Swallowtail 2
American Lady   1
Common Buckeye   1
Gemmed Satyr   2
Juvenal's Duskywing   1 very worn

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Umstead State Park 4/18
From: Lori Carlson <lori.m.carlson AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:12:21 -0400
John and I had our first visit to Umstead State Park earlier this week 
and we had a very productive walk around the Big Lake sighting many 
butterflies and capturing a few images.
Weather was sunny and in the mid to upper 80s with a light breeze.

80+ Pearl Crescents
1 Pipevine ST, female
15 Tiger ST, 2 of which were black form females
1 Spicebush ST
1 Zebra ST
4 American Lady
1 unknown Sulphur
2 Carolina Satyr
2 unknown Duskywing
2 ETB
2 Zabulon Skippers
1 unknown Anglewing
2 Snowberry Clearwing moths

Happy butterflying,
Lori M. Carlson
John Jarvis
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shrone/
Subject: Red-banded Hairstreak Winston-Salem
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:56:13 -0400
Yesterday, 4/21, in our garden I saw:

Red-banded Hairstreak 1
Summer Azure (small male) puddling 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Black Swallowtail  (hanging around the Golden Alexander) 1

Gene Schepker

Gene Schepker
Subject: 04/18/16 Bladen County Lock and Dam #1 CF River
From: <shawnlane07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:12:39 -0400 (EDT)
Shawn Lane

While I was Shad fishing at Lock and Dam #1 on the Cape Fear River I counted
the following Butterflies. I think this is in Bladen County/Columbus County
line but not 100% sure.

Monday 04/18/16   Sunny 78 degrees F. light wind

Zebra ST                     7
Palamedes                15
Tiger                            10
Spicebush                   5
American P.L.               6
Cloudless sulphur     15

Went again on Wednesday 04/20/16  Cloudy, 73 degrees F. light to still winds.
I did a little catfishing where I was near the shore and saw the following.
Zebra                  10
Palamedes         22
Tiger                    18
Spicebush          12
American Snout  4
Sleepy Orange    10
Cloudless sulphur 7
American Painted lady 12

 Stay cool, the heat is on and building. Take your water.

Subject: Buncombe County, April 20
From: Gail Lankford <whocooksforyou64 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:54:53 -0400
I am very encouraged that this is going to be a good year for finding
butterflies, based on our 35 seen in Madison county Monday.  It also
appears to b a banner year for Henry's Elfins. Here is my list from
Wednesday on my cove's dirt road, or "my patch" as Doug Johnston would say.

Tiger ST - several
Spicebush ST - few
Pipevine ST- 1
Cabbage White - 1
HENRY'S ELFIN - 1
WHITE M HAIRSTREAK 1
Red-banded HS
ETB - 1
Spring Azure - 1
Pearl Crescent - 3
E. Comma - 3
American Lady - 1
SSS - 5
Dreamy DW -several
Sleepy DW - 2
Juvenal DW - many
Zabulon skipper - FOY

I also had my favorite spring moth - 2 Eight- spotted Foresters
In Madison county on April 4 had the Grapevine Epimenis; on April 18 we had
Spotted Thyris,  Mournful Thyris, and Common Spring.

Gail Lankford
Subject: Pitt County, 20 April 2016
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:17:54 +0000
The first of year butterflies are trickling in, very slowly. Today, I saw (Pitt 
County, 2016-04-20): 


Cloudless Sulphur, 1, first of year, ECU campus
Silver-spotted Skipper, 1

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Wake and Granville Co butterflies
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:06:11 -0400
On Saturday, 4/16, I visited Little Beaverdam Creek on Falls Lake. Today,
4/20, I worked in Granville Co along Smith Creek at Lawrence Rd. My
complete lists from both places are below. Good butterflying.

Wake Co, 4/16
E. Tiger Swallowtail 20
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Henry's Elfin   1
Question Mark   2
E. Comma   1
Red Admiral   1
Gemmed Satyr   2
Carolina Satyr   4
Silver-spotted Skipper   1

Granville Co, 4/20
E. Tiger Swallowtail 11, incl. 2 black form females
E. Tailed-Blue   1
Pearl Crescent   2
Gemmed Satyr   1
Carolina Satyr   6
Juvenal's Duskywing   1

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Pilot Mountain Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:22:32 +0000
Hi all,

I spent a couple hours at the PMSP summit on Monday afternoon. All of it was 
spent within a couple hundred yards of the parking lot, with best results from 
a long clearing below the picnic tables. 


E. Tiger ST - a dozen or so
Spicebush ST - 1
Falcate Orange Tip - 1
Brown Elfin - 4
Henry's Elfin - 2
Eastern Tailed Blue - 3
Azure - 1
Anglewing - 1 worn, couldn't positively ID
Mourning Cloak - 3 very worn
Pearl Crescent - 3
Gemmed Satyr - a dozen or so, all satyrs I've seen here have been Gemmed
Silver-spotted Skipper - 8 many nectaring on apple tree
N. Cloudywing - 2
Duskywings - couple dozen, mostly worn and hard to ID. No Dreamy, most were 
probably Juvenal's 

Common Roadside-skipper - 3
Also saw FOY Common Sootywing at Reynolda


Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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Subject: Madison county 18th April 2016
From: Doug Johnston <wellsteadwest AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:49:24 -0400
Gail Lankford organized another visit to Madison county yesterday. Weather on 
the day was good with temperatures in the 80’s and sun. A fun day with some 
good butterflies, 35 species in all. 

In the group were, Jamie Harrelson, Robert Johnson, Gail Lankford, Janie Owens, 
Vin Stanton, Ruth Young and myself. 


Doug 

Pipevine ST - 5
Zebra ST - 6
Eastern tiger ST - 30+ we tried to turn some into Appalachian, but were not 
successful 

Spicebush ST - 5
West virginia white - 4
Cabbage white - 3
Falcate orangetip - 3
OLYMPIA MARBLE - 1 found close to the road on our way out at 1515
Clouded sulphur - 2
Orange sulphur - 4
HARVESTER - 1
BROWN ELFIN- 4
HENRY’S ELFIN - 2
E PINE ELFIN - 2
JUNIPER HAIRSTREAK - 1
Red banded hairstreak - 2
Eastern tailed blue - 5
Spring azure - 3
Summer azure - 1
SILVERY BLUE - 2
American snout - 2
Pearl crescent - 15
Question mark - 1
E comma - 2
American lady - 3
Red admiral - 1
Gemmed satyr - 2
Silver spotted skipper - 26
Hoary edge - 1
Northern cloudywing - 12
Dreamy duskywing - 25+
Sleepy duskywing - 2
Juvenal’s duskywing - 50+
COBWEB SKIPPER - 1
COMMON ROADSIDE SKIPPER - 1
Subject: Pitt County, 19 April 2016
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 17:28:24 +0000
I saw one male FIERY SKIPPER today (2016-04-19) at the Pitt County Arboretum. I 
usually miss the small spring brood. 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Brown Elfin Trek, Occoneechee Mtn SNA Sun, Apr 24
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:44:26 -0400
All,

The Triad Chapter of Carolina Butterfly Society will do a "Brown Elfin Trek
next Sunday afternoon, April 24. We will meet at 2:00 pm in the parking area
of Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area near the rest rooms. This
190-acre site is located near the town of Hillsborough. Although not truly a
mountain, it is the highest point in Orange County. Its a very reliable
site for our target species. Its located near 1098 Virginia Cates Rd,
Hillsborough, NC 27278. Butterfliers from outside the triad are very welcome
to participate. Contact the trip organizer if you would like to carpool from
the Triad: Dennis Burnette, 

Dennis
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7 Brownstone Lane
Greensboro, NC 27410
336-299-4342
deburnette AT triad.rr.com


Subject: Pitt County, 18 April 2016
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:37:05 +0000
Nice weather today (Pitt County, 2016-04-18), but very few butterflies. The 
only ones that stayed still long enough to be identified were: 


American Lady, 1, Boyd Lee Park
Pearl Crescent, 1, Pitt County Arboretum, first of year

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Ashe county leps
From: Brian B <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:49:49 -0400
Hiked 4 miles around mount Jefferson state park today, saw another early 
hairstreak and got even better photos, this sure looks like a much better 
season for lepping!!!! Was hiking with a retired ranger who says they see early 
hairstreaks "all" the time in the "high country" 


4 e tiger swallowtail
1 black swallowtail
7 pipevine swallowtail
1 early hairstreak
2 azure sp
3 sleepy duskywing

Brian Bockhahn 
Durham NC
Subject: RE: Is this a common gray geometrid
From: "Lampel, Lenny L." <Lenny.Lampel AT mecklenburgcountync.gov>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:01:02 +0000
I believe it's a Bent-line Gray (Iridopsis larvaria)

Lenny Lampel
Natural Resources Coordinator/Supervisor
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
J.F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve 
2900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC 28215
Lenny.Lampel AT MecklenburgCountyNC.gov


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From: carolinaleps-request AT duke.edu [mailto:carolinaleps-request AT duke.edu] On 
Behalf Of Tom k 

Sent: Monday, April 18, 2016 9:54 AM
To: Carolinaleps
Subject: Is this a common gray geometrid

Or is it a tulip tree beauty?
Subject: Re: Is this a common gray geometrid
From: Will Cook <cwcook AT duke.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:59:57 -0400
Looks like a Bent-line Gray (Iridopsis larvaria), which is a common 
gray, but not a Common Gray.
http://www.carolinanature.com/moths/bentlinegray.html

On 4/18/2016 9:53 AM, Tom k wrote:
> Or is it a tulip tree beauty?
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Subject: Is this a common gray geometrid
From: Tom k <thkrakauer AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:53:41 -0400
Or is it a tulip tree beauty?



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Subject: Watauga early hairstreak
From: Brian B <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:28:31 -0400
April 17 hiked 7.5 miles in elk knob state park, watauga county. On lower 
slopes saw and took hundreds of photos of an early hairstreak!!! Fw a little 
wrinkled so it fluttered low and basked for great photos! I missed this species 
on my 2014 big year. #139 on my nc list. 



1 early hairstreak
2 e tiger swallowtail
1 spicebush swallowtail
3 west virginia white
1 question mark
2 duskywing sp


Brian Bockhahn 
Durham NC
Subject: North Charleston surprise
From: dhdarter AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 04:16:15 +0000 (UTC)
A few butterflies visited my yard today. There was a black swallowtail, a 
paleamedes swallowtail and, to my surprise, a painted lady. It flew around me 
for several minutes. I got good dorsal and ventral views that confirmed the id. 
This seems early for this species. 


Don Hicks 
North Charleston, SC 
Cell 843 556 4086 
Subject: Carolina Butterfly Society field trips, upstate SC- another county record
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2016 21:24:32 -0400
Just checked my photos from yesterday, and the unidentified small, dark,
frosted skipper was a Common Roadside skipper, one of the many butterflies
at the top of Thickety Mountain, Cherokee County, and another county
record, plus a lifer for me.

Today's best finds at the "Blue Wall Preserve,"  southernmost Appalachians
in eastern Greenville county were White M Hairstreak, Pine Elfin, and
Dreamy Duskywing.  We were butterflying between 1000' and 1400'.

Dave Kastner kept the list both days and after tabulating the total species
and individuals will post a full report to CBS and carolinaleps.

It was a pleasure to lead the field trips.  We were rewarded with some
excellent views and, for most of us, a life species or more..

Doug Allen   Inman, Spartanburg County, SC
Subject: Chesterfield County Leps and Odes
From: Chris Talking ton <destamona AT carolina.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2016 13:54:54 -0400

Cheraw SP camping area road and Boardwalk 

Henry's Elfin.  6
Brown Elfin.    1
Am. Lady.      Several
Palamedes Swallowtail.    Several
Tiger Swallowtail.          1
Spicebush Swallowtail.  3
Southern Pearly-eye.      2
Red-spotted Purple.       1
Summer Azure.               1
Azure Sp.          5
Silver-spotted Skipper.     1
Juvenal's Duskywing        4
Gemmed Satyr.          1
Zebra Swallowtail 

Odes

Harlequin Darner.          3
Swamp Darner.              4
Green Darner.               2
Lancet Clubtail          Several
Ashy Clubtail
Clearlake Clubtail.      2 possibly 3
Blue Corporal          Several
Painted Skimmer.       1
Calico Pennant.          2
Amanda's. Pennant
Sandhills Bluet
Skimming Bluet

Cheraw SP " Society Hill Rd "


Hessel's Hairstreak.    1
Henry's Elfin.     1
Great Purple Hairstreak.    1
Gray Hairstreak.       1
Carolina Satyr.       1
Am.  Lady.       Several
Fiery Skipper.  2
Pearl Crescent.    3
Palamedes Swallowtail
Tiger Swallowtail
Spice bush Swallowtail
Eastern-tailed blue 
Buckeye 
Juvenals Duskywing.    3

Odes

Harlequin Darner
Green Darner
Swamp Darner
Baskettail Sp
Blue Corporal
Lancet Clubtail
Brown Spiketail
Common Whitetail

Carolina Sandhills NWR

Hessel's Hairstreak.   2.    Lake Bee bog area 
Palamedes Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail
Horace's Duskywing.   5
Juvenals Duskywing
Sleepy Duskywing
Clouded Skipper
Lace-winged Roadside Skipper.   1.  Road to dove field A 
Tiger Swallowtail
Pearl Crescent
Am. Lady
Buckeye

Odes

Variable Dancer
Sandhills Bluet
Lancet Clubtail 
Ashy Clubtail
Diminutive Clubtail
Blue Corporal
Swamp Darner
Green Darner


Chris . 





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Subject: Macon County Leps - 16 April
From: Jason Love <jasonplove AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 22:09:13 -0400
Folks,
Today I hiked a portion of the Bartram Trail in Macon County.  This section
of the Bartram goes through a nice Montane Red Cedar-Hardwood Woodland
(Schafale 2012).  I saw many (50+) duskywings, but didn't stop to
positively ID them all.  Weather was sunny and in the 60's and 70's.

Over the course of the 4 hour, 6-mile hike, this is what I found:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail 2
West Virginia White - 3 (all in the red cedar-hardwood community)
White-M Hairstreak - 2
Red-banded Hairstreak - 2
Azure spp. - 3
Variegated Fritillary - 1 (unusual find in the woods - in open area near
cedar cliff)
Tawny or Pearl Crescent? - 1  (habitat was right for Tawny, but did not get
a good enough look to confirm)
Silver-spotted Skipper - 1
Juvenal's Duskywing - at least one
Horace's Duskywing - at least one
Sleepy Duskywing - at least one (in the red cedar-hardwood community)
Zabulon Skipper - 1 (fresh)
Common Roadside Skipper - 3 (all in the red cedar-hardwood community)

I'm sure there are others I missed. The red cedar-hardwood communities have
always intrigued me, though I've only explored a few of them.  Seems like a
good place to find some interesting leps.  I know these communities have
some rare plants, but has anyone explored these communities much for
butterflies?
Cheers,
Jason Love
Otto, NC
Subject: Carolina Butterfly Society fieldtrip- 2 new Cherokee county species
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:03:43 -0400
We butterflied at Cowpens, Cherokee County, SC for three hours, the nearby
summit of Thicketty Mountain, highest point in Cherokee County, where about
50 butterflies were hilltoping ,and then 20 miles further east on the NC/SC
border. . The many hilltoping Hoary Edge and Sleepy Duskywing were
new.Cherokee county species, both on Thicketty Mountain.

The Juniper Hairstreak this afternoon on the NC/SC border was a life
butterfly for me and would have been a new Polk County, NC, species 100
yards north of where we saw it!

Tomorrow the field trip continues to Blue Wall Preserve, Greenville County.
and Bird Mountain, highest point in Spartanburg County.

More information from the Kastners later.

Doug Allen  Inman, SC
Subject: North Buncombe the past few days 15th and 16th April
From: Doug Johnston <wellsteadwest AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 16:04:09 -0400
The past couple of days have been fine for butterflies on my local patch here 
in Leicester. I was not able to spend much time out, but did see the following. 


Lists copied from eButterfly

Doug

15th April
Species
1 Dreamy Duskywing <>4 Juvenal's Duskywing <>1 Black Swallowtail <>2 Eastern 
Tiger Swallowtail <>1 Red-banded Hairstreak <>1 Spring Azure <>1 Summer Azure 
<>1 American Lady <>1 Gemmed Satyr <>2 Falcate Orangetip <>5 Azure sp. <>3 
Duskywing sp. <> 











16th April


2 Silver-spotted Skipper <>1 Sleepy Duskywing <>4 Juvenal's Duskywing <>1 Fiery 
Skipper <>3 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail <>2 Spring Azure <>1 Summer Azure <>4 
Pearl Crescent <>1 Mourning Cloak <>4 American Lady <>2 Falcate Orangetip <>4 
Azure sp. <>4 Duskywing sp. <> 
Subject: Mecklenburg County Henry's Elfin
From: Chris Talkington <destamona AT carolina.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:38:52 -0400
Had a Henry's Elfin today about 1:45 at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve at the 
Robinson Rock House . It was near the large standing wall on the outside of the 
house ruins . Lots of Satyrs and Zebra Swallowtails also . 


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Subject: Holly Shelter Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:18:28 +0000
Hi all,

I spent part of Monday afternoon at Holly Shelter Game Lands in Pender County, 
mostly looking for Yucca Skippers and Frosted Elfins. Surprisingly I saw no 
skippers of any kind. I saw just one elfin, but it was a great encounter as it 
sat on Chokeberry blooms and allowed great shots. This is as early as I've ever 
been there and I think things are behind due to the cool weather. Others seen: 


E. Tiger ST - 5
Spicebush ST - 3
Palamedes ST - abundant as usual
Pearl Crescent - abundant

On the way down I stopped at a great dragonfly site in Duplin County and saw a 
couple of American Ladies and my first Harlequin Darner, and I saw a few 
Cloudless Sulphurs on the highway. 


Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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Subject: Brosnan Forest (Restricted Access) , Dorcehster CO., SC leps 13 April 2016
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:23:56 -0400
Hi All,

Donna and I spent 2 hr and walked 1.5 mi in the N side of Brosnan Forest.
It was cloudy with 55 f temps but we saw a few butterflies:
E. Tiger Swallowtail 1
Palamedes swallowtail 7
Cloudless Sulfur 2
Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
Pearl crescent 5
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 5
Red-spotted Purple 1
Northern Cloudywing 1

Dennis

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The Citadel
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Subject: Rockingham Co., NC butterflies-Mayo River at SR1358 (Anglin Mill Rd.)
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:51:55 -0400
Working today on the Mayo I saw the following butterflies. All the
swallowtails were seen puddling. Good butterflying.

Zebra Swallowtail 3
E. Tiger Swallowtail 18
Spicebush Swallowtail 2
Harvester   1
Silver-spotted Skipper   1
Juvenal's Duskywing   1

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Re: Transylvania Co., NC butterflies-04/12/2016
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:16:24 -0400
I am sorry, I was in Haywood Co., not Transylvania Co. Mike Turner

On Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 6:12 PM, Mike Turner  wrote:

> Today, while working on Cataloochee Creek along SR1395, I saw 5 E. Tiger
> Swallowtails, 1 Cloudless Sulphur, 1 Azure sp., 1 Silver-spotted Skipper.
> Good butterflying.
>
> Mike Turner
> Raleigh, NC
>



-- 
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Transylvania Co., NC butterflies-04/12/2016
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:12:49 -0400
Today, while working on Cataloochee Creek along SR1395, I saw 5 E. Tiger
Swallowtails, 1 Cloudless Sulphur, 1 Azure sp., 1 Silver-spotted Skipper.
Good butterflying.

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Pitt County, 11 April 2016
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:33:02 +0000
Sunny, mild and windy today (2016-04-11). I saw few butterflies at the Pitt 
County Arboretum: 


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, 1 fresh male
dark swallowtail, 1, in flight
American Snout, 1

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC

Subject: Spicebush Swallowtail Ovipositing, Winston-Salem
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:37:11 -0400
4/11/16 1:00 PM 65 degrees

I had a Spicebush Swallowtail ovipositing on a Spicebush on the edge of the
garden today at 1:00 PM.

Gene Schepker
Subject: N Buncombe county 10th April
From: Doug Johnston <wellsteadwest AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:08:25 -0400
I had a short walk on my local patch around 1:30 today. Sunshine and 60’s 
after a low of 23F this morning. 


Good to see a few species despite the cold. See below copied from eButterfly - 
I still don’t understand their ordering of species! 


Also saw a C Green darner and a Slender/Common baskettail (no camera for later 
confirmation) 


Doug

Species
1 Silver-spotted Skipper <>7 Juvenal's Duskywing <>1 Pipevine Swallowtail <>1 
Black Swallowtail <>1 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail <>1 Eastern Tailed-Blue <>8 
Spring Azure <>1 Red Admiral <>1 Falcate Orangetip <>3 Azure sp. <>4 Duskywing 
sp. <> 




Subject: Orange Co., NC butterflies-Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area-04/08/2016
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 19:55:56 -0400
Today I explored the ponds, picnic area, and walked to the Eno River at
OMSNA. My highlights were FOS Black Swallowtail, Brown Elfin, Gemmed Satyr,
Horace's Duskywing, and Sachem. The only nectar source was Glechoma
hederacea, but there were a lot of butterflies utilizing this little mint.
The Brown Elfins were found at the top of the Brown Elfin Trail. My
complete list is below. Good butterflying.

Pipevine Swallowtail 2
Black Swallowtail 1
E. Tiger Swallowtail 15
Spicebush Swallowtail 4
Brown Elfin   2
E. Tailed-Blue   1
Summer/Spring Azure 1
Pearl Crescent   2
Red Admiral   1
Gemmed Satyr   1
Carolina Satyr   2
Silver-spotted Skipper   1
Juvenal's Duskywing   10
Horace's Duskywing   1
Sachem   1
Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Giant Swallowtail Aiken County, SC
From: Lois Stacey <croakie AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 13:20:43 -0400
I just had a Giant Swallowtail feed briefly at my Rhodendron and then keep 
going in Aiken County, SC! 


Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC

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Subject: South Mountains Tuesday
From: "drivesa3 AT aol.com" <drivesa3@aol.com>
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2016 18:11:33 -0400
 I took a backpacking trip to South Mountains State Park late Monday through 
Tuesday. Duskywings were the most numerous that I've ever seen on Monday but a 
late start kept me from devoting much time to IDing them. Tuesday was much 
cooler on the ridges I hiked but there was no shortage of butterflies and I had 
time to ID/photograph many Duskywings and a few other butterflies. Below is a 
link to some pics, and I welcome any ID corrections!  One of the pics I 
believe to be a Gemmed Satyr with some surprising wear for this early in the 
season. The woods are silly with Blue-headed Vireos and quite a few 
Black-throated Green Warblers so maybe it had a brush with one of them! There 
were easily 5 times the number of duskywings than are shown in my list, but I'm 
not at all comfortable IDing them on the fly or at a distance. They seemed 
quite nervous on Tuesday. Anyway, here is the list: 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4 (no dark females)Spicebush Swalllowtail 1 
(FOS)Brown Elfin 5White M Hairstreak 1Gemmed Satyr 1Juvenal's Duskywing 
24Dreamy Duskywing 15 

The pics:https://flic.kr/s/aHskuqaRqf


George AndrewsIndian Trail, NC



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Subject: James IS, SC leps
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 14:11:41 -0400
Hi All,

Today I had a FOY Salt Marsh Skipper on blooming lantana at Ft. Johnson
Marine Lab  and a FOY Giant Swallowtail in my yard, in Eastwood on James
Is., SC.

Dennis

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South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
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Subject: Sandhills Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 16:27:18 +0000
Hi all,

I looked around several sites in Moore and Richmond counties yesterday. Mostly 
I was searching for rare dragonflies (no luck, probably too early) but I saw a 
fair number of butterflies. 


E. Tiger ST - a dozen or so
Spicebush ST - 8
Palamedes ST - 5
Summer Azure - 20 or so
E. Tailed-blue - 3
Question Mark - 1
Pearl Crescent - 4 FOY
Silver-spotted Skipper - 3 FOY
Sleepy Duskywing - a dozen or so
Juvenal's DW - several plus a couple that may have been Horace's
Fiery Skipper - 2 FOY, seems early
Yucca Giant-skipper - 1 known site in yard of Weymouth superintendent
Looked for Hessel's Hairstreaks at known site, no luck

Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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Subject: FW: March 2016 Triad Flora Report
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2016 07:26:57 -0400
There are lots of butterflies out and about, and here are some of the nectar
sources theyre using for food.

From:  Lisa Gould 
Date:  Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:45 PM
To:  Forsythbirds , Dennis Burnette
, Judith West 
Subject:  March 2016 Triad Flora Report

Triad Flora Report                        31 March 2016
 
Spring has definitely sprung!
 
Here is the latest Triad Flora report. To contribute, send me
(lisalgould AT gmail.com  ) your observations,
including common name, scientific name (if possible), place observed
(locale, town, county), date observed, stage (e.g., in bloom, in fruit,
leaves only, etc.), and observer's name. Please report only for the
following counties: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford,
Montgomery, 
Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin.
            Please include only plants that are in the wild (native or
naturalized)no garden plants. Species with an asterisk (*) are not native
to our area but have naturalized here.
 
Nomenclature is from Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States, Working
Draft of 29 May 2015, by Alan S. Weakley, UNC Herbarium, Chapel Hill NC.
Available as a free download (a searchable pdf) from:
http://www.herbarium.unc.edu/FloraArchives/WeakleyFlora_2015-05-29.pdf
 
Invasive species status [marked with an exclamation point and a number] is
from the NC Native Plant Societys Invasive Exotic Plants in NC  2010,
which is available at http://www.ncwildflower.org/invasives/list.htm
 . The Society ranks
invasive plants by the threat level: Rank 1 [!1] = Severe Threat, Rank 2
[!2] = Significant Threat, Rank 3 [!3] = Lesser Threat, Watch List A [!4] =
naturalizing and may become a problem, Watch List B [!5] = known threat in
other states but not yet a problem here. This list is a work-in-progressif
you have comments, go to the web link for information on how to provide
feedback.

 

The Triad Flora Report is sent via email to members of the Audubon Society
of Forsyth County  , the Triad Chapter of
the Carolina Butterfly Society  ,
and the Triad Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society
 . If you want to receive the reports, please
join one (or all!) of these great groups.

 
The attached photos of Sassafras in bloom, and Red Maple in fruit, are by
Stan Gilliam.
 
 
FORSYTH COUNTY
 
Southern Sugar Maple, Acer floridanum (in bloom). Woods, 3/24/16 (Lisa
Gould).
 
Red Maple, Acer rubrum (in bloom). Woods, 3/6/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
Shadbush, Amelanchier sp. (in bloom). Woods, 3/24/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
*[!2] Leatherleaf Mahonia, Berberis bealei [= Mahonia bealei] (in bloom
[most past] & fruit). Edges, 3/6/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
White Ball Mustard, Calepina irregularis (in bloom). Childrens Home fields,
3/15/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
Sweet Shrub, Calycanthus floridus (in bud). Black Walnut Bottoms, Bethania,
3/27/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
*Hoary Bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta (in bloom + fruit). Edges, 3/15/16
(Lisa Gould).
 
*Mouse-ear Chickweed, Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare (in bloom). Miller
Park, 3/30/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis (in bloom). Roadsides, 3/15/16 (Lisa
Gould).
            Miller Park, 3/30/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida (in bloom). All over, 3/28/16 (Lisa
Gould).
            Miller Park, 3/30/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
Yellow Fumewort, Corydalis flavula (in bloom). Black Walnut Bottoms,
Bethania, 3/27/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
*Cypress Spurge, Euphorbia cyparissias (in bloom). Roadsides, 3/23/16 (Lisa
Gould).
 
*? Cleavers, Galium aparine (in bloom). Edges, 3/29/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
*European Field-madder, Galium sherardia [= Sherardia arvensis] (in bloom).
Miller Park, 3/30/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
Dwarf Dandelion, Krigia virginica (in bloom). Edges, 3/29/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
*Henbit, Lamium amplexicaule (in bloom). Edges, 3/20/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
*[!2] Purple Dead-nettle, Lamium purpureum (in bloom). Edges, 3/31/16 (Lisa
Gould).
 
*[!1] Fragrant Honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima (in bloom + with young
fruit). Edges, 3/6/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
*[!2] Amur Honeysuckle, Lonicera maackii (in bloom). Miller Park, 3/30/16
(Lisa Gould).
 
Solomons Plume, Maianthemum racemosum [= Smilacina racemosa] (in bud).
Woods, 3/31/16 (Ron Morris).
 
*Indian Strawberry, Potentilla indica [= Duchesne indica] (in bloom). Lawns,
3/20/16 (Lisa Gould).
            Miller Park, 3/30/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
*[!1] Bradford Pear, Pyrus calleryana (in bloom). Roadsides, 3/15/16 (Lisa
Gould).
 
Oaks, Quercus spp. (in bloom). All over, 3/18/16 (Lisa Gould).
            Miller Park, 3/30/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
Southern Yellow Wood-sorrel, Oxalis dillenii (in bloom). Edges, 3/23/16
(Lisa Gould).
 
Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Ranunculus abortivus (in bloom). Lawns, 3/16/16 (Lisa
Gould).
            Miller Park, 3/30/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
*Common Buttercup, Ranunculus bulbosus (in bloom). Childrens Home fields,
3/17/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
Lyre-leaf Sage, Salvia lyrata (in bloom). Edges, 3/29/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
Sassasfras, Sassafras albidum(in bloom). Woods, 3/16/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
*[!2] Common Chickweed, Stellaria media (in bloom). Miller Park, 3/30/16
(Lisa Gould).
            Lawns & edges, 3/31/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
*Common Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale (in bloom + fruit). Miller Park,
3/30/16 (Lisa Gould).
            Roadsides & edges, 3/31/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
*White Clover, Trifolium repens (in bloom). Roadsides and edges, 3/28/16
(Lisa Gould).
 
*[!1] Hybrid Asian Wisteria, Wisteria x formosa (in bloom). Roadsides &
edges, 3/28/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
*[!2] Ivyleaf Speedwell, Veronica hederifolia (in bloom). Miller Park,
3/30/16 (Lisa Gould).
            Lawns, 3/31/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
*Japanese Snowball, Viburnum plicatum (possible ID) (in bloom). Miller Park,
3/30/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
Black Haw, Viburnum prunifolium (in bloom). Miller Park, 3/30/16 (Lisa
Gould).
 
*European Field Pansy, Viola arvensis (in bloom). Edges, 3/31/16 (Lisa
Gould).
 
Wild Pansy, Viola bicolor (in bloom). Lawns, 3/31/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
Common Blue Violet, Viola sororia (in bloomboth blue and Confederate
colors). Miller Park, 3/30/16 (Lisa Gould).
            Lawns, 3/31/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
 
 
GUILFORD COUNTY
 
Southern Sugar Maple, Acer floridanum (in bloom). Woods, 3/24/16 (Lisa
Gould).
 
Red Maple, Acer rubrum (in fruit). Oak Ridge yard, 3/26/16 (Stan Gilliam).
 
Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum (in bloompossibly planted as a landscape tree).
Price Park, 3/25/16 (Stan Gilliam).
 
Shadbush, Amelanchier sp. (in bloom). Woods, 3/24/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
Round-lobed Hepatica, Anemone americana [= Hepatica americana] (in bloom).
Townsend Trail, 3/30/16 (Ann Walter-Fromson).
 
Common Pawpaw, Asimina triloba (in bloom). Beech Bluff Trail, 3/31/16 (Ann
Walter-Fromson).
 
Rattlesnake Fern, Botrypus virginianus [= Botrychium virginianum] (foliage).
Townsend Trail, 3/30/16 (Ann Walter-Fromson).
 
Cutleaf Toothwort, Cardamine concatenata [= Dentaria laciniata] (in bloom).
Beech Bluff Trail, 3/31/16 (Ann Walter-Fromson).
 
*Hoary Bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta (in bloom + fruit). Edges, 3/15/16
(Lisa Gould).
 
Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis (in bloom). Roadsides, 3/15/16 (Lisa
Gould).
 
Green-and-gold, Chrysogonum virginianum (in bloom). Townsend Trail, 3/30/16
(Ann Walter-Fromson).
            Beech Bluff Trail, 3/31/16 (Ann Walter-Fromson).
 
Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida (in bloom). All over, 3/28/16 (Lisa
Gould).
 
Wild Comfrey, Cynoglossum virginianum (foliage, ~6 high). Townsend Trail,
3/30/16 (Ann Walter-Fromson).
            Beech Bluff Trail, 3/31/16 (Ann Walter-Fromson).
 
*[!3] Wild Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum [= Dipsacus sylvestris] (with lingering
fruit). Price Park meadow, 3/25/16 (Stan Gilliam).
 
Bluets, Houstonia caerulea (in bloom). Townsend Trail, 3/30/16 (Ann
Walter-Fromson).
 
Tiny Bluet, Houstonia pusilla (in bloom). Oak Ridge yard, 3/26/16 (Stan
Gilliam).
 
Green Arrow-arum, Peltandra virginica (foliage). Beech Bluff Trail, 3/31/16
(Ann Walter-Fromson).
 
Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum (in bud). Townsend Trail, 3/30/16 (Ann
Walter-Fromson).
            Beech Bluff Trail, 3/31/16 (Ann Walter-Fromson).
 
*[1!] Bradford Pear, Pyrus calleryana (in bloom). Roadsides, 3/15/16 (Lisa
Gould).
 
Kidneyleaf Buttercup, Ranunculus abortivus (in bloom). Beech Bluff Trail,
3/31/16 (Ann Walter-Fromson).
 
Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis (a few in bloom; fruit forming on many).
Townsend Trail, 3/30/16 (Ann Walter-Fromson).
            (in bloom). Beech Bluff Trail, 3/31/16 (Ann Walter-Fromson).
 
Sassasfras, Sassafras albidum(in bloom). Price Park, 3/25/16 (Stan Gilliam).
 
Star Chickweed, Stellaria pubera (in bloom). Townsend Trail, 3/30/16 (Ann
Walter-Fromson).
            Beech Bluff Trail, 3/31/16 (Ann Walter-Fromson).
 
*Common Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale (in bloom + fruit). Roadsides,
3/15/16 (Lisa Gould).
 
Rue-anemone, Thalictrum thalictroides (in bloom). Townsend Trail, 3/30/16
(Ann Walter-Fromson).
            Beech Bluff Trail, 3/31/16 (Ann Walter-Fromson).
 
Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia (foliage; flowers in bud). Townsend Trail,
3/30/16 (Ann Walter-Fromson).
            (Bloom beginning). Beech Bluff Trail, 3/31/16 (Ann
Walter-Fromson).
 
Perfoliate Bellwort, Uvularia perfoliata (foliage). Townsend Trail, 3/30/16
(Ann Walter-Fromson).
 
 
YADKIN COUNTY
 
Red Maple, Acer rubrum (in bloom). Everywhere, 3/12/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
Round-lobed Hepatica, Anemone americana [= Hepatica americana] (in bloom).
3/5/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
Wood Anemone, Anemone quinquefolia (in bloom). Pilot Mt SP, 3/26/16 (Matthew
Perry).
 
*Hoary Bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta (in bloom). 3/9/16 (Matthew Perry)
 
Cutleaf Toothwort, Cardamine concatentata [= Dentaria laciniata] (in bud).
Pilot Mt SP, 3/26/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
American Redbud, Cercis canadensis (in bloom). Everywhere, 3/26/16 (Matthew
Perry).
 
Common Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica (in bloom). Pilot Mt SP, 3/12/16
(Matthew Perry).
 
Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida (in bloom). Everywhere, 3/28/16 (Matthew
Perry).
 
Trout Lily, Erythronium umbilicatum (in bloom). Pilot Mt SP, 3/09/16
(Matthew Perry).
 
Wild Strawberry, Fragaria virginiana (in bloom). 3/27/2016 (Matthew Perry).
 
*[!2] Gill-over-the-ground, Glechoma hederacea (in bloom). Yards &
Roadsides, 3/26/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
Virginia Heartleaf, Hexastylis virginica (in bloom). Pilot Mt SP, 3/5/16
(Matthew Perry).
 
Bluets, Houstonia caerulea (in bloom). 3/19/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
*[!2] Purple Dead-nettle, Lamium purpureum (in bloom). 3/12/16 (Matthew
Perry).
 
*Henbit, Lamium amplexicaule (in bloom). Lawns, 3/12/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
Early Saxifrage, Micranthes virginiensis [= Saxifraga virginiensis] (in
bloom). 3/19/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum (in bud). East Bend, 3/31/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
*Indian Strawberry, Potentilla indica (in bloom). 3/27/2016 (Matthew Perry).
 
Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis (in bloom). Pilot Mt SP, 3/20/16 (Matthew
Perry).
 
*[!2] Common Chickweed, Stellaria media (in bloom). Woods, 3/19/16 (Matthew
Perry).
 
Rue-anemone, Thalictrum thalictroides (in bloom). 3/19/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
Toad Trillium, Trillium cuneatum (in bloom). 3/20/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
*[!2] Ivyleaf Speedwell, Veronica hederifolia (in bloom). Roadsides, 3/20/16
(Matt Perry).
 
Wild Pansy, Viola bicolor (in bloom). Roadsides 3/19/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
Halberd Violet, Viola hastata, (in bloom). 3/26/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
Common Blue Violet, Viola sororia (in bloom). 3/26/16 (Matthew Perry).
 
Yellowroot, Xanthorhiza simplicissima (in bloom). Yadkin River 3/26/16
(Matthew Perry).
 




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Subject: Pine Elfin in Guilford County
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2016 08:26:19 -0400
All,

Yesterday, 4-4-16, Marie Poteat and I were looking for butterflies on her
farm property near Jamestown, Guilford County, NC when we discovered an
Eastern Pine Elfin, Callophrys niphon. I have been looking for butterflies
in Guilford County for more than 20 years and this is the first time I have
seen one in the county. I think that there are old records of it being found
in this county, but it certainly should be considered rare here.

I shot a photo of the first Pine Elfin we saw at about 3 pm. I was able to
get one poor photo of the same or perhaps a second individual about two
hours later which we saw  in generally the same area. A patch of Virginia
Pines was nearby but the elfin was in a mowed field spending most of the
time on the ground moving among the vegetation. It was was difficult to
photograph because it was moving almost constantly and the wind was gusty.

In addition to the elfin, we saw about a dozen Eastern Tiger Swallowtails,
one Sleepy Orange, about 6 Orange Sulphurs, one Falcate Orangetip, an
American Lady ovipositing on cudweed, and one Horaces Duskywing. The day
was very dry, sunny, windy, and about 72 degrees.

Dennis
-- 
Dennis Burnette
Greensboro, NC
Guilford County
deburnette AT triad.rr.com

Subject: Checkered White at Savannah Wildlife Refuge 04/04/16
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2016 20:57:48 -0400
On the way home from Florida, Lois and I stopped at Savannah Wildlife
Refuge and started birding at around 9:30 this morning in the 50s.  By
10:30 it warmed up to 64 degrees and we started seeing some butterflies.

American Lady 4
Common Buckeye 6
GULF FRITILLARY 1
Least Skipper 7 (one pair hooked up)
Viceroy 3
Tropical Checkered Skipper 2 (male and female)
Fiery Skipper 6 (5 females and a very small male)
CHECKERED WHITE 1
Red-banded Hairstreak 5
Cabbage White 1
Broad-winged Skipper 1
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Palamedes Swallowtail 1
black swallowtail species
duskywing species

By the time we left the temperature was only 68 degrees at 1:00 PM.  Up the
road a few miles it was nearly 75 degrees.

Gene Schepker and Lois Schneider
Subject: Madison County
From: Gail Lankford <whocooksforyou64 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2016 20:43:50 -0400
Nancy Cowal and I spent from about 2:00 to 5:30 this afternoon in one area.
Weather low 70s and sunny.

Pipevine ST - 1
Zebra ST - 9
E. Tiger ST - about 20
Spicebush ST - 6
Cabbage White - 6
Falcate Orangetip - 6
Clouded Sulphur - 10
Orange Sulphur - 3
HENRY'S ELFIN  - 1
Elfin sp - 1
Spring Azure - 1
Summer Azure - 1
SILVERY BLUE - 2
Pearl Crescent - 3
E. Comma - 3
Red Admiral - 2
Silver-spotted Skipper - 3
Dreamy DW -  15
Juvenal DW - 50+
Sleepy DW - 2
COMMON ROADSIDE-SKIPPER - 1

Moths - Grapevine Epimenis - 1
             Mournful Thyris - 8

Gail Lankford
Subject: Halifax Co., NC butterflies
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2016 20:33:50 -0400
This morning in Halifax Co., in the town of Littleton, I saw 2 E. Tiger
Swallowtails, 3 Pearl Crescents, and my FOY Carolina Satyr.

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Butterflies in McClellanville, SC April 4, 2016
From: "drinsecto AT tds.net" <drinsecto@tds.net>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2016 19:48:08 -0400 (EDT)
I saw 3 Palamedes swallowtails and 1 eastern tiger swallowtail (most nectaring 
on azalea and a common snout perched on a just-beginning-to-leaf-out dwarf 
hackberry I got from Jim Notke a few years ago. My neighbor Brenda LeFevre 
reported a giant swallowtail laying eggs on her Hercules club today. 


Dwight Williams,
McClellanville, SC
Subject: Durham, NC butterflies 4/4/2016
From: Jeff Pippen <jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:57:11 -0400
Butterfliers,

Today, I led a butterfly ID workshop with Lisa Dellwo at Sandy Creek Park in 
Durham (NC) for a couple hours at lunch time. Conditions were excellent with 
sunny skies and temps in the 70s, and we found several first of year (FOY) 
species. 


Zebra Swallowtail	2
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail	7
Eastern Tailed-Blue	1
American Snout	2
Pearl Crescent	3
Eastern Comma	1
Mourning Cloak	1
lady sp.	1
Carolina Satyr	1
Wild Indigo Duskywing	1
Sachem	1

Good Butterflying,
Jeff
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Durham, NC and MPG Ranch, MT
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Subject: North Buncombe county 3rd April
From: Doug Johnston <wellsteadwest AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2016 06:23:09 -0400
After being out of town for three weeks, it was good to see some butterflies on 
my local patch. 


Best sighting for me were some Dusky azures nectaring on a couple of Red bud 
trees. 


See eButterfly list below

Doug

Species
2 Juvenal's Duskywing <>3 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - one dark female <>1 
Spring Azure <>2 Eastern Comma <>3 Dusky Azure - a first for the patch <>1 
Falcate Orangetip - female <>11 Azure sp. - some individuals quite large <>1 
Pieridae sp. <> 
Subject: Re: West Branch Greenway (Mecklenburg) butterflies
From: Rob Van Epps <rwvanepps AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2016 21:52:55 -0400
Later in the day I did see two dark phase females. Still wonder about the lower 
ratio than later in the year. I didn't have the opportunity to check male to 
female ratios in those I saw - curious if that has anything to do with it. 


Rob


Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 3, 2016, at 7:14 PM, Doug Allen  wrote:
> 
> Rob,
>   Had one dark phase ETS today, but a dozen or more yellow.
> 
> Doug Allen
> Inman, SC
> 
>> On Sun, Apr 3, 2016 at 3:08 PM, Rob Van Epps  wrote:
>> Seen today from 1:30-2:30 in Davidson, NC along the West Branch Rocky River 
Greenway. 

>> 
>> E Tiger Swallowtail 25+
>> Zebra Swallowtail  3
>> Falcate Orangetip  1
>> E Tailed-Blue  6
>> Question Mark 2 very worn
>> Red Admiral 1
>> Common Buckeye 1
>> Carolina Satyr  2
>> Juvenal's Duskywing  2
>> 
>> Interestingly, every ETS was yellow. Later in the year a significant 
percentage of them around here are the the dark phase females. Are others 
seeing dark phase females now, or is this brood known to be mostly yellow? 

>> 
>> Rob Van Epps
>> Davidson, NC
>> 
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
> 
Subject: Correction -- Yancey County Butterflies
From: shfsmith AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2016 20:00:07 -0400
Oops.  
That was an Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail --
*not* an ETS.
Thanks to Jeff for spotting that :-)



-----Original Message-----
From: shfsmith 
To: carolinaleps 
Sent: Sun, Apr 3, 2016 11:57 am
Subject: Yancey County Butterflies



March 2016


First Mountain butterflies this year.


Mild temps the last week of March -- low to mid-60's
3/23  1 gorgeous Mourning Cloak
3/24  1 Cabbage White


Temp ~70 that day
3/30   1 very large Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
          ~ half-a-dozen Spring Azures






Last few days, VERY windy and chilly.
Got down to 33 last nite (4/2/16)


So, our beauties ae returning to the mountains slowly . . .


Susan






Subject: Re: West Branch Greenway (Mecklenburg) butterflies
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2016 19:14:04 -0400
Rob,
  Had one dark phase ETS today, but a dozen or more yellow.

Doug Allen
Inman, SC

On Sun, Apr 3, 2016 at 3:08 PM, Rob Van Epps  wrote:

> Seen today from 1:30-2:30 in Davidson, NC along the West Branch Rocky
> River Greenway.
>
> E Tiger Swallowtail 25+
> Zebra Swallowtail  3
> Falcate Orangetip  1
> E Tailed-Blue  6
> Question Mark 2 very worn
> Red Admiral 1
> Common Buckeye 1
> Carolina Satyr  2
> Juvenal's Duskywing  2
>
> Interestingly, every ETS was yellow. Later in the year a significant
> percentage of them around here are the the dark phase females. Are others
> seeing dark phase females now, or is this brood known to be mostly yellow?
>
> Rob Van Epps
> Davidson, NC
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Yancey County Butterflies
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2016 16:20:55 +0000
A "very large Eastern Tiger Swallowtail" at this time of year is most likely an 
Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail. 


http://www.jeffpippen.com/butterflies/appalachiantigerswallowtail.htm

Salman

On Apr 3, 2016, at 11:57 AM, 
 wrote:

March 2016

First Mountain butterflies this year.

Mild temps the last week of March -- low to mid-60's
3/23  1 gorgeous Mourning Cloak
3/24  1 Cabbage White

Temp ~70 that day
3/30   1 very large Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
          ~ half-a-dozen Spring Azures



Last few days, VERY windy and chilly.
Got down to 33 last nite (4/2/16)

So, our beauties ae returning to the mountains slowly . . .

Susan



Subject: Yancey County Butterflies
From: shfsmith AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2016 11:57:45 -0400
March 2016

First Mountain butterflies this year.

Mild temps the last week of March -- low to mid-60's
3/23  1 gorgeous Mourning Cloak
3/24  1 Cabbage White

Temp ~70 that day
3/30   1 very large Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
          ~ half-a-dozen Spring Azures



Last few days, VERY windy and chilly.
Got down to 33 last nite (4/2/16)

So, our beauties ae returning to the mountains slowly . . .

Susan


Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-04/02/2016
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 19:45:25 -0400
From 3:15 to 6:15 this afternoon I walked the greenway next to Lake Raleigh
and explored the area below the dam. After this mornings rain the sun came
out early afternoon so I decided to get out for a bit. When I was there it
was sunny, windy, and about 70F. I walked about 1.5 miles total. I also saw
1 E. Tiger Swallowtail at Prairie Ridge on 3/31. Today's list is below.
Good butterflying.

E. Tiger Swallowatil  2
E. Tailed Blue  3
Pearl Crescent  2
Question Mark  1
Silver-spotted Skipper  1

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC