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4 Feb National Moth Week State Parks Moth-ing July 20 &21 [Brian Bockhahn ]
2 Feb azure in Craven County ["John Fussell" ]
2 Feb James Is, SC leps [Dennis Forsythe ]
2 Feb South Carolina leps [Dennis Forsythe ]
1 Feb Eastern Comma [Kevin Metcalf ]
1 Feb Question Mark and another angling Duke Forest 1-31-16 [Jeff Pippen ]
1 Feb Pitt County, early snout ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
29 Jan No Subject [Ruth Young ]
22 Jan FW: Postponed & Rescheduled - CBS Winter Meeting 2016 [Dennis Burnette ]
17 Jan Shealy's Pond HP and Peachtree Rock HP []
7 Jan Butterflies following 22 degrees [Doug Allen ]
5 Jan CMSP Mourning Cloak [drivesa3 AT aol.com ]
3 Jan Jasper Co., SC leps 2 Jan 2016 [Dennis Forsythe ]
2 Jan Wake Co., NC butterflies-Falls Lake dam area-01/02/2016 [Mike Turner ]
1 Jan lots of Common Buckeyes ["John Fussell" ]
1 Jan Last call for 2015 butterfly sightings in NC [Harry LeGrand ]
31 Dec Butterfly bonanza on December 29 [Harry LeGrand ]
31 Dec Georgetown Co., SC leps 30 Dec 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
28 Dec Butterflies at Ft. Moultrie, Sullivan's Island, SC., Dec. 26, 2015 [Dwight Williams ]
27 Dec Re: James IS, SC butterflies 26 Dec 2015 []
27 Dec James IS, SC butterflies 26 Dec 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
26 Dec December 26th ["Loretta Lutman" ]
26 Dec butterflies Down East ["John Fussell" ]
25 Dec Christmas butterfly [Ginger Kopka ]
25 Dec West Forsyth Butterflies [nottke1 ]
25 Dec Cloudless Sulphur and Clouded Skipper Christmas day [Doug Allen ]
24 Dec Palamedes Swallowtail Aiken County, SC [L Stacey ]
24 Dec December 24th ["Loretta Lutman" ]
23 Dec Cloudless Sulfur in Orangeburg Co., SC 22 Dec. 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
18 Dec 7th species in a December week- new, Clouded Sulphur [Doug Allen ]
18 Dec Georgetown Co., SC leps 17 Dec 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
17 Dec 'Tis The Season to Renew CBS Memberships! [Dennis Burnette ]
16 Dec 6 species during the warm Dec weather Dec 10- Dec 15, upstate SC [Doug Allen ]
14 Dec A few NC coast butterflies [Harry LeGrand ]
12 Dec Common Buckeye... [Mike Turner ]
12 Dec Spicebush Swallowtails in Winston-Salem 12 12 15 [Gene Schepker ]
12 Dec A few sightings today [John Ennis ]
12 Dec Durham Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]
12 Dec Sleepy Orange in N Durham County [Tom Krakauer ]
11 Dec Sleepy Orange in Greensboro, NC [Dennis Burnette ]
11 Dec Late SSS, Pitt County ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
10 Dec Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-12/10/2015 [Mike Turner ]
10 Dec More Cloudless Sophurs [Doug Allen ]
10 Dec Questionmark in Forsyth County [nottke1 ]
10 Dec Cloudless Sulphur [Ginger Kopka ]
6 Dec Re: Pitt County, 6 December 2015 ["Jonathan P. Lelito" ]
6 Dec Pitt County, 6 December 2015 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
4 Dec Re: Atrytonopsis quinteri on NC websites ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
4 Dec Atrytonopsis quinteri on NC websites [Harry LeGrand ]
4 Dec Re: New NC butterfly: the Crystal Skipper, Atrytonopsis quinteri ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
02 Dec Butterflies on Outer Banks Thanksgiving Weekend [Dennis Burnette ]
1 Dec Pipevine ST and others [Richard Stickney ]
29 Nov Saturday, Nov 28 ["Loretta Lutman" ]
29 Nov Wake Co., NC butterflies [Mike Turner ]
26 Nov New species name is Atrytonopsis quinteri [Harry LeGrand ]
26 Nov Thanksgiving butterflies in Greensboro [Charles Cameron ]
26 Nov Lone Common Buckeye, No Turkey Winston-Salem [Gene Schepker ]
26 Nov The Crystal Skipper has now been described -- Atrytonopsis quintneri [Harry LeGrand ]
26 Nov Fwd: New NC butterfly: the Crystal Skipper, Atrytonopsis quinteri [Jeff Pippen ]
22 Nov NC butterflies, odonates, mammals, moths, and hemipterans -- checklists and PDF's [Harry LeGrand ]
21 Nov Monarchs ["Loretta Lutman" ]
20 Nov Eclosures [Charles Cameron ]
20 Nov Gulf Fritillary [Ruth Young ]
20 Nov Pitt County, 20 November 2015 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
20 Nov Catawba County []
20 Nov PDF of Butterflies of North Carolina (22nd) is online [Harry LeGrand ]
19 Nov 11/19/15 Dinkins Bottoms, Yadkin County , NC ["Sven Halling" ]
19 Nov Re: Southern Pearly-eye in Cherokee, NC [Harry LeGrand ]
19 Nov Southern Pearly-eye in Cherokee, NC [Jeff Pippen ]
19 Nov James Is, SC leps 16 Nov 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
19 Nov Clarendon Co., SC leps 18 Nov. 2015 [Dennis Forsythe ]
17 Nov Durham Butterflies [Richard Stickney ]
16 Nov Pitt County, 16 November 2015 ["Abdulali, Salman" ]
16 Nov Forsyth County Gulf Fritillary 11/15/15 [Gene Schepker ]
15 Nov late posting for Sat. Nov 14 ["Loretta Lutman" ]
14 Nov Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-11/14/2015 [Mike Turner ]

Subject: National Moth Week State Parks Moth-ing July 20 &21
From: Brian Bockhahn <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:01:08 -0500
Attention moth-lovers,

Mark your calendars and come spend two nights of moth-ing in Stokes County
at our new property Vade Mecum!  We'll be staying in the historic hotel
with two stories of wrap around porches to hang our lights on!  It's very
rustic as it's in the middle of renovation, but the lights are on and the
plumbing works!  Several of the hotel rooms still have beds/mattresses
even, and there are several cabins nearby.  We will be the first group to
stay here!

The habitat is a lower slope/ridge close to Dan River bottomlands, with
some old fields, a clear cut (before we got it) a small waterfall, spring
house, old mill site, etc.  Should be some great day time sweep netting!

Mark your calendars for nights of Wed July 20 and Thu July 21, I'll send
out more details when I know them.

thanks!


-- 
Brian Bockhahn
birdranger248 AT gmail.com
Subject: azure in Craven County
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:43:48 -0500
Today I briefly saw an Azure (Holly?) in the Croatan National Forest, near 
Havelock, Craven County.

John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: James Is, SC leps
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:27:40 -0500
Hi All,

This AM while she was walking Charlie, Donna had a small dark hairstreak
(Red-banded?)  feeding on chickweed in our neighbor front yard in Eastwood,
James Is.

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: South Carolina leps
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 07:19:26 -0500
Hi All,

With the warm weather yesteryear (70's) , Donna and I had a few leps.

Cloudless Sulfur-exit 187 I-26
Cloudless Sulfur 1- Well's Crossroads, Hy 15
Bluff Unit-Santee NWR, Clarendon co.
Cloudless Sulfur 7
Sleepy Orange-2 very worn
Red Admiral 1
*Polyygonia sp* 3

Dennis



-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Eastern Comma
From: Kevin Metcalf <skermetcalf AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:14:12 -0500 (GMT-05:00)




Subject: Question Mark and another angling Duke Forest 1-31-16
From: Jeff Pippen <jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 14:35:23 -0500
Butterfliers,

Yesterday while teaching a plant ecology class field trip on Duke Forest in 
Orange Co., NC, i spotted a couple of anglewings enjoying the warm sunshine. 
One was a Question Mark and the other got away before I could get an ID. 


Good to get the lep year started!

Cheers,
Jeff
--
Jeffrey S. Pippen
Durham, NC and MPG Ranch, MT
http://www.jeffpippen.com/
Subject: Pitt County, early snout
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 19:13:09 +0000
With temperatures creeping above 70, I saw an American Snout at Boyd Lee Park 
today (Pitt County, 2016-02-01). 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: No Subject
From: Ruth Young <reyoung1227 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:01:38 -0500
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Subject: FW: Postponed & Rescheduled - CBS Winter Meeting 2016
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 08:58:41 -0500
FYI

From:  Marty & Dave Kastner 
Date:  Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:17 PM
To: deburnette AT triad.rr.com
Subject:  Postponed & Rescheduled - CBS Winter Meeting 2016

CBS Members,
 
Based on the forecast of 0.77 inches of ice for Charlotte and a wintery mix
for other areas of North and South Carolina, the CBS winter meeting
scheduled for this Saturday, 1/23/16 at Reedy Creek Nature Center has been
POSTPONED.  Canceling now may be premature but the safety of our members is
of the utmost importance.  We do not want to expose anyone to driving in the
forecasted weather conditions (myself included).  It's no fun driving on
ice; snow maybe but not ice.
 
Reedy Creek has other events scheduled for the 2 Saturdays following 1/23/16
so the next available date there is 2/13/16.  Consequently, the CBS winter
meeting has been rescheduled for Saturday, 2/13/16 and the main meeting room
has been reserved from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  The address is listed below.
Please let me know whether you will be able to attend on 2/13/16; an RSVP
would be greatly appreciated.
 
Chapter Coordinators can notify their regional members by forwarding this
e-mail.  Thank you for your help.
 
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC 28215
PH: 704-598-8857
 
Dave
PH: 803-754-1841
Cell: 330-936-8382
 
Marty & Dave Kastner
Blythewood, SC
Richland County

Subject: Shealy's Pond HP and Peachtree Rock HP
From: <kastners AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:12:04 +0000
Yesterday (1/16) Dave and I visited Shealy’s Pond and Peachtree Rock in 
Lexington County, SC. It was sunny and 63 degrees. We were hoping to see some 
overwintering butterflies such as Mourning Cloaks and anglewings. We did not 
see them but did see one Azure species at Shealy’s Pond. My thought is that 
it was a Summer Azure and not a newly emerged Spring Azure. We also saw two 
Sleepy Orange at Peachtree Rock. Good butterflying for January! 



Marty Kastner






Dave & Marty Kastner
Blythewood, SC
Richland County
Subject: Butterflies following 22 degrees
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:36:43 -0500
We had two nights of 22 degrees earlier this week, but today the temp rose
to 58 degrees and we had a fresh looking Cloudless Sulphur plus one,
probably two, medium size flybys, not sure what.  They flew over my head
about 30 minutes apart and were brownish, but one had some orange.

Doug Allen
Inman, SC
Subject: CMSP Mourning Cloak
From: drivesa3 AT aol.com <drivesa3@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 00:45:08 GMT
  At noon today, returning from a hike to the King's Pinnacle trailhead of the 
Ridgeline Trail at Crowders Mountain SP, I was amazed to see a Mourning Cloak 
that I flushed from the trail! It made it's way to a sunny spot 20' or so off 
the trail where I got a good look at it. It was just east of the Boulder's 
Overlook on the south-facing slope (sunny and shielded from the wind), so I 
think that's Gaston County, based on Google Earth. When I got to the car 15 
minutes later, the temp was 44°F! 

George AndrewsIndian Trail, NC
Sent from my LG G Pad 7.0 LTE, an AT&T 4G LTE tablet
Subject: Jasper Co., SC leps 2 Jan 2016
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2016 07:58:18 -0500
Hi All,

I  had the pleasure to bird cell 12A, Savannah Spoil site with Irvin Pitts
for the Savannah CBC. Mid-day it was clear enough and warm enough to see
some butterflies.  There was an abundance of nectar sources.  Irvin and I
had:

Cloudless Sulfur 3
Gulf Fritillary 2
Red Admiral 5+
Common Buckeye 2
Monarch 1
White Checkered-Skipper 1 female
Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2

Good start to the year.

Regards,

Dennis





-- 
Dennis M. Forsythe PhD
South Carolina Ebird Reviewer
Emeritus Professor of Biology
The Citadel
171 Moultrie St,
Charleston, SC 29409
843.795.3996-home
843.953.7264-fax
843.708.1605-cell
dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Falls Lake dam area-01/02/2016
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2016 18:03:08 -0500
I saw my first butterflies of the year today; 1 Red Admiral and 2 American
Ladies. The weather today was sunny and in the low-50's. On Dec 29, also at
the dam, I saw a dragonfly, a Wandering Glider.

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: lots of Common Buckeyes
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:01:28 -0500
On the Cape Hatteras Christmas Bird Count, on 27 December, I counted at 
least 30 Common Buckeyes on the margins of the Billy Mitchell Airport (at 
Frisco) and on the grounds of an adjacent (abandoned) golf course.

At the compilation that evening, Harry Armistead said that he had counted 41 
Buckeyes in the area he covers on the count, Hatteras village and vicinity.

On the count, I covered (primarily) the Frisco Woods area--mosquitoes were 
the worst I've experienced on a Christmas count.


John Fussell
Morehead City, NC 
Subject: Last call for 2015 butterfly sightings in NC
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:05:43 -0500
Folks:

Thanks to the record-setting warm weather in December, I have been busy
entering many more butterfly records than usual at the end of a calendar
year. Before I send my 2015 Excel file of all butterfly records to Tom
Howard, I want to make sure all of you have sent Tom or me your butterfly
records in NC for the past year. Some of you were likely on Christmas bird
counts recently and saw a few butterflies. I certainly did, though most
were Cloudless Sulphurs.

So, if you have a few records to pass on, send them to this listserve, or
you can send them to me at:  hlegrandjr AT gmail.com

The Butterflies of North Carolina website is still down, and will be for a
few more weeks. But, as a reminder, you can see and download the March 2015
PDF (22nd approximation) of the species accounts (text, dot maps, flight
charts, etc.) at:  http://nature123.net/biodiversity.php
This will not have the 2015 data on the flight charts and dot maps; the
records are through 2014.

We will have a new approximation (23rd!!) by the end of February or early
March, and hopefully by then the website will be back up, certainly with a
new URL address.  Tom and I will keep you up-to-date with the website.

Good Butterflying in 2016!

Harry LeGrand (and Tom Howard)
Subject: Butterfly bonanza on December 29
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:39:52 -0500
Not only did Derb Carter and I see some butterflies in warm weather on the
Mattamuskeet NWR bird count (Hyde County, NC), we saw SIX species:

PALAMEDES SWALLOWTAIL  1  (a smallish one, but rather fresh)
Orange Sulphur  1
Cloudless Sulphur  6   (surprisingly no Sleepy Orange seen)
Common Buckeye  4
American Lady  1
Monarch  1

We also saw a few Cloudless Sulphurs on Dec. 28 and 30 at other sites.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: Georgetown Co., SC leps 30 Dec 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:36:16 -0500
Hi All,

Despite some clouds, I had several butterflies yesterday at  Garden City
Beach , Georgetown Co., SC.

Cloudless Sulfur 4
Gulf Fritillary 3
Common Buckeye 2
Monarch 2.

Happy New Year,

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: Butterflies at Ft. Moultrie, Sullivan's Island, SC., Dec. 26, 2015
From: Dwight Williams <drinsecto AT tds.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 20:34:58 -0500 (EST)
While volunteering at Ft. Moultrie on Saturday, Dec. 26 I observed 8 monarchs, 
4 cloudless sulphurs and 1 phaon crescent. 


Dwight Williams
McClellanville, SC
Subject: Re: James IS, SC butterflies 26 Dec 2015
From: jim.anno AT fuse.net
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2015 07:35:04 -0500 (EST)
Dennis, 
Thanks for the report, our crazy warm weather continues in SW Ohio (not that I 
am complaining). As I type this (7:15 AM) it is 65 degrees with light rain. I 
took the dog for a quick stroll about 6:30 AM  (during a break between 
showers) and I heard a few western chorus frogs calling. off in the wet field 
behind our house The temps are forecasted to drop today and end up around 48 
by evening. I believe we have set or matched record high temps a few times in 
the last week. The long range forecast is for mere "seasonable" temps - I think 
by next weekend the highs might be in the 30's. I believe Linda Romine had 
sulfurs on the wing last week. I don't understand all the drivers involved bit 
I am keeping my fingers crossed for continued mild temps so that we can have 
the proper "set up" for a big incursion of southern species this summer  into 
Ohio. 

  
On a different note have you seen the reports of the Kelp Gull near Akron, OH? 
I am off work next week and am thinking of making a day trip up to see it if it 
continues to stick around. The reports indicate it has been fairly reliable in 
the mornings and evenings so I am hoping to see it. 

  
Jim 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Dennis Forsythe"  
To: "carolinaleps" , "Jackie" , 
"Dale Buchner" , "Linda Romine" 
, "Jim Anno" , "Frances 
Egleston" , "Billy McCord" , 
"Merle Shepard" , "Eric Haskell" 
, "Mark A Vukovich" , "Rusty 
Wilson" , "Donna Forsythe"  

Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2015 6:55:21 AM 
Subject: James IS, SC butterflies 26 Dec 2015 

All,, 

Donna and I walked from our house on Swanson Ave to Demetre Park on Charleston 
Harbor yesterday afternoon with clear sky (after a lot of fog) and 71 degree F 
 temperature.  We had: 


Cloudless Sulfur 13+ 
Gulf Fritillary 2 
Red Admiral 1 
Monarch 1 
Long-tailed 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: James IS, SC butterflies 26 Dec 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2015 06:55:21 -0500
All,,

Donna and I walked from our house on Swanson Ave to Demetre Park on
Charleston Harbor yesterday afternoon with clear sky (after a lot of fog)
and 71 degree F  temperature.  We had:

Cloudless Sulfur 13+
Gulf Fritillary 2
Red Admiral 1
Monarch 1
Long-tailed 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: December 26th
From: "Loretta Lutman" <butterflies_bg AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 18:22:08 -0500
A Cloudless Sulphur again today, nectaring on Rosemary, also an Orange Sulphur 
briefly visited the garden. The prize, however, was a Great Puple Hairstreak. 
When it landed on a tree branch directly in front of me, I first thought a 
Black Sootywing, due to dark color. As it rested, the orange of the feet, body, 
and brilliant irridescence of the wings as it took flight was unmistakable. It 
appeared to be very fresh, wing color good, almost velvety, and wings 
completely intact. Unlike other butterflies, it seemed to 'hug' the branch, 
rather than perch. Exciting day. (not to do with butterflies, but I also heard 
peepers down by the creek today.) High 77 degrees and sunny. 


Loretta Lutman,
Asheboro, NC
Subject: butterflies Down East
From: "John Fussell" <jfuss AT clis.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 17:52:45 -0500
This afternoon two Monarchs were around the Lantana flowers at the Cedar 
Island ferry terminal (while children in swim suits played in the waters of 
Pamlico Sound).

On my drive from Morehead to Cedar Island, I saw four Cloudless Sulphurs.

John Fussell
Morehead City NC 
Subject: Christmas butterfly
From: Ginger Kopka <gkopka1 AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2015 15:24:40 -0500
Had a fresh Cloudless Sulphur about 3:00 today. Nectaring on several flowering 
plants I have been protecting from frost in garage. Have had them on driveway 
with the week of warm weather. 73-74 degrees. 

Ginger Kopka
Simpsonville, SC 

Sent from my iPad
Subject: West Forsyth Butterflies
From: nottke1 <nottke1 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2015 14:36:24 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
During one of the few periods of sun about noon today I saw a Common Checkered 
Skipper on dandelion, a Sleepy Orange on crocus, and a Cloudless Sulphur on 
Edgeworthia. 


Jim Nottke
Pfafftown
Subject: Cloudless Sulphur and Clouded Skipper Christmas day
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2015 13:36:26 -0500
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.

Today at 12:40 PM my wife said it looks like the sun is going to break
through (after several days of rain).  We both went out on the porch and
sure enough, a minute later it happened- and almost immediately we saw a
Cloudless Sulphur flying in our yard,  A few minutes later, a second one
joined it.  And in our garden a Clouded Skipper was nectaring on a recently
emerged vinca vine flower.

Doug Allen
Inman, SC
https://sites.google.com/site/southcarolinauplandbutterflies/
Subject: Palamedes Swallowtail Aiken County, SC
From: L Stacey <croakie AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2015 19:26:06 -0500
While doing the Aiken Christmas Bird Count todaywe had a fresh looking 
Palamedes Swallowtail on the wing in Aiken County, SC. The expected Cloudless 
Sulphurs and Common Buckeye were also seen as well as a worn Variegated 
Fritillary. I've never seen a Palamedes in December before. 

Lois Stacey
North Augusta, SC
Subject: December 24th
From: "Loretta Lutman" <butterflies_bg AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2015 18:53:07 -0500
At noon today, I saw a female Cloudless Sulphur flying irratically around the 
garden. She finally landed and nectared on Mahonia, about the only 'winter' 
nectar source in the garden, where she was joined by a lone honeybee. During 
her flight, she slowed down at red leaves of several plants. She may have been 
one to nectar on the pineapple sage flowers, that are bright red, but now 
killed by cold. 


It's Christmas Eve, temperature stands at 71 degrees. My Prunus mume are in 
bloom, as is my tea olive, a couple Leonard Messel magnolia blossoms are at 
peak. A Japanese maple is still setting red/gold colors to the remaining 
leaves. I saw an active worm snake at mid-morning. This is Christmas 2015. 


Merry Christmas to all butterfliers, and a special thanks to Jeff Pippen for 
this website. 


Loretta
Asheboro, NC
Subject: Cloudless Sulfur in Orangeburg Co., SC 22 Dec. 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:49:51 -0500
All,

Despite the rain and cloudy conditions I had a Cloudless Sulfur flying on
Bonner Rd near Santee, Orangeburg Co., Sc yesterday.

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: 7th species in a December week- new, Clouded Sulphur
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:55:13 -0500
It was only 50 degrees F this morning when a friend and I hiked near Inman
 and saw two Clouded (or possibly Orange) Sulphurs in a large field.

The Clouded or Orange is usually the earliest spring butterfly here,
emerging in March and some years in February.  Did the 60 and 70 degree
recent weather fool them?

I didn't have my camera and have learned that I can not always separate
Clouded and Orange without a good photographic view, but a close up
eyeballing of one of them showed no orange I could see.

It will be ~28 degrees tonight with warm weather returning here again soon.

Doug  Inman, SC
https://sites.google.com/site/southcarolinauplandbutterflies/
Subject: Georgetown Co., SC leps 17 Dec 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:29:59 -0500
Hi All,

Dave Egleston and I had 10+ Cloudless Sulfurs and 1 *Polygonia sp.* in our
Maryville-Belle Is-South Is Ferry area of the Winyah Bay CBC , Georgetown
Co., SC yesterday despite Fog and high winds.

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: 'Tis The Season to Renew CBS Memberships!
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:33:18 -0500
Carolina Butterfly Society Members:
 
It's time for us to renew our memberships for 2015. For the last several
years we have gone green by sending our dues notice via email, and it worked
quite well. Help your butterfly society and the environment by mailing in
your check now.
 
I'll be preparing the paper dues notices to mail soon. See if you can beat
me to it! Send me your renewal (and gift membership) checks right away, and
it will save CBS the price of envelopes, printing cost, stamps, and
volunteer labor that we'll expend to get the notices out. When you renew,
please update any changes in your mailing address, preferred telephone
number, and email address.
 
Not a member yet? Youre missing out on some great butterflying field trips,
our annual butterfly symposium, and our seasonal newsletter, The Chrysalis.
Go to our website and download an application:
http://www.carolinabutterflysociety.org/
 
The board is holding Family Memberships at the same rate as Individual
Memberships, $15.00, again this year. Corporate/Library memberships remain
at $25. Consider sending a gift membership for someone you care about. And
did you know that you might be able to take a tax deduction for donations to
Carolina Butterfly Society? We're a 501(c)(3) non-profit group. We use
donations for educational and conservation purposes such as making grants,
holding our butterfly symposium, and other similar activities.
 
Please send your renewals right now while you're thinking about it to:
Carolina Butterfly Society
PO Box 18771
Greensboro, NC 27419
 
Thanks!
 
Dennis
--
Dennis Burnette
CBS Membership Chair
Greensboro, NC
deburnette AT triad.rr.com

Subject: 6 species during the warm Dec weather Dec 10- Dec 15, upstate SC
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:25:55 -0500
2 Cloudless Sulphur-   every day except 12/14 when it rained all day
1 Sleepy Yellow  12/15  fresh
1 Am. Lady 12/12 on Mum Pacifica (worn) and 12/15 near Inman (fresh)
Gulf Fritillery  12/12 fresh and 12/15 very worn
unid Orange Skipper  fly-by
2 Clouded Skipper. one 12/13 and two 12/15 (one worn and one fresh)

Our 1200' Windmill Hill had no killing frost earlier this fall when nearby
lowlands did..  We still have a few Latana blossoms and several other
flowers in bloom including late blooming Mum pacifica which has always been
a magnet for the late autumn fliers.
I almost cried on 12/13 when I visited my next door neighbors garden where
the Am. lady and Gulf Frit had been visiting the Num pacifica the day
before,  My neighbor had cut it all down to the ground!

Today is not quite as warm. but I expect to see the Cloudless Sulphurs
again and maybe others.  I have seen so many Cloudless Sulphurs in autumn
over the years, especially on the way to the coast, that I thought they
must be migrating south.  However, there was no obvious migration on the
coast like the migrating Gulf Fritillaries and Monarchs so I guess what i
see in fall are just the results of the annual recolonization by Cloudless
Skippers that don't survive cold winter weather.

Is there evidence of a Cloufless Sulphur autumn migration?

Doug Allen
https://sites.google.com/site/southcarolinauplandbutterflies/
Subject: A few NC coast butterflies
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:35:18 -0500
I went birding toward the Outer Banks from Dec. 11-13, and I was surprised
NOT to have seen more butterflies, as temperatures were mainly in the 60's
to near 70. Of course, we were around ponds and impoundments and dunes much
of the time, so we weren't in good habitats for butterflies. But, I did see
the following:

Dec. 11 -- Tyrrell County, Futch Game Land:
Cloudless Sulphur  2
Sleepy Orange   2

Dec. 12 -- Dare County; Pea Island NWR:
Monarch 2   flying NE, downwind (on SW winds). Won't get to Mexico that way!

Dec. 13 -- Hyde County; Mattamuskeet NWR:
Cloudless Sulphur  5
Sleepy Orange 2
Gulf Fritillary  2, one being quite fresh

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh
Subject: Common Buckeye...
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2015 21:14:01 -0500
...at Lake Raleigh in Wake County, NC

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Spicebush Swallowtails in Winston-Salem 12 12 15
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2015 18:44:46 -0500
While splitting Firewood in the yard, I noticed a male Spicebush
Swallowtail in the garden area. I found two more that had eclosed in my
bucket in the garage. At one point I had all three flying around at the
same time.

I had written off the two we raised in the bucket as next spring eclosures.
I don't remember eclosing this late in the year!

Gene Schepker
Subject: A few sightings today
From: John Ennis <jxennis AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2015 18:25:50 -0500
12/12/15
Holly Shelter Lodge Road

12 + Cloudless Sulphur's
2 Sleepy Oranges
1 American Lady

John Ennis
Leland, NC 
 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Durham Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2015 20:27:57 +0000
Hi all,

Of course, I've kept an eye out for butterflies all week and am a bit surprised 
to have seen only two! Ocola Skipper, at Duke Gardens on Monday, and Sleepy 
Orange, today at the Museum. I'm still looking for winter-hibernating 
Nymphalids but most of them were scarce all year anyway. 


Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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Subject: Sleepy Orange in N Durham County
From: Tom Krakauer <thkrakauer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2015 14:08:42 -0500
I was scouting for next Sunday's Durham CBC. I saw 2 sleepy orange butterflies. 
One was summer orange and the other had the brown winter coloration. 


Tom Krakauer
Bahama, NC

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Sleepy Orange in Greensboro, NC
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2015 19:36:10 -0500
This afternoon I saw a Sleepy Orange in a residential area in Greensboro and
noticed that a Vinca minor (dwarf or lesser periwinkle) had a flower on it.
It was 68 degrees and sunny, a typical beautiful late autumn day...in
Florida, not North Carolina!
-- 
Dennis Burnette
Greensboro, NC
Guilford County
deburnette AT triad.rr.com

Subject: Late SSS, Pitt County
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2015 20:36:28 +0000
With temperatures near 70 F, I saw a Silver-spotted Skipper today at the ECU 
campus (Pitt County, 2015-12-11). It looked reasonably fresh. First December 
record for PItt. 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-J.C. Raulston Arboretum-12/10/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:31:36 -0500
I did a lap around the arboretum today from 2-2:30 and saw 2 Cloudless
Sulphurs and 1 Black Swallowtail. The weather was sunny and 65F.

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: More Cloudless Sophurs
From: Doug Allen <dougk4ly AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:25:35 -0500
Like Ginger Kopa, not too many miles away, we also had them- two in our
yard today.

I just completed about 40 hours ID and computer work since returning from a
Mexican field trip to the Mexican/Belize border.  I've updated the Yucatan
Field Guide with over 100 changes and corrections, including 30 new
species.-
https://sites.google.com/site/butterfliesofquintanaroo/

Doug Allen

Inman, SC
Subject: Questionmark in Forsyth County
From: nottke1 <nottke1 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 16:21:57 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
An hour ago I saw a very fresh Questionmark feeding on apple cores on my 
compost pile in NW Forsyth County. 


Jim Nottke
Subject: Cloudless Sulphur
From: Ginger Kopka <gkopka1 AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 16:16:42 -0500
Had a male flying in my yard today. Simpsonville, SC. 
Ginger Kopka

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Subject: Re: Pitt County, 6 December 2015
From: "Jonathan P. Lelito" <jplelito AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Dec 2015 18:41:32 -0500
Hi all,

I stopped by JC Raulston Arboretum on Sunday 6th December (Wake Co., NC).
Sunny, some high clouds, very nice weather (around 60F).

I saw two Pipevine Swallowtail adults (one worn on purple sage in the
Pollinator Garden; the other fairly fresh, feeding on purple sage and
yellow Buddleia flowers near the main path) and 6 large caterpillars
feeding on A. fimbriata in the scree garden area (mostly under some yucca,
where numerous pupae are also present if you look closely).

Also saw one Common Checkered-Skipper, one female Fiery Skipper which was
ovipositing in the lawn off the main path, two Common Buckeye (both very
worn), one Sleepy Orange, one Variegated Fritillary, and a Cabbage White
(female).

After seeing the Cabbage White, I also searched the vegetable area in the
back and found numerous Cabbage White eggs and larvae of various instars on
the cabbage/collards/kale there.

~Jon
Subject: Pitt County, 6 December 2015
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Sun, 6 Dec 2015 20:22:33 +0000
On a sunny day with 60+ temperatures, I saw 2 worn Red-Banded Hairstreaks at 
the Pitt County Arboretum today (2015-12-06). 


Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
Subject: Re: Atrytonopsis quinteri on NC websites
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2015 19:52:14 +0000
I have been unable to find any photos of the "Loammi Skipper" population which 
at least formerly existed in the Wilmington area. Has any one determined 
whether that is also Atrytonopsis quinteri ? 


Salman Abdulali

On Dec 4, 2015, at 12:37 PM, Harry LeGrand wrote:

I assume Randy Emmitt's photos are A. quinteri. Both Randy's website and Will 
Cook's website still say "Loammi Skipper", and these should now be called 
"Crystal Skipper", though Burns' paper did not provide a common name. Allison 
Leidner probably coined the common name, or at least provided the first 
published usage of that name. The Wikipedia account for Atrytonopsis quinteri 
gives Crystal Skipper as the common name. Will's photos are certainly of the 
new species (as he gives the location), but Randy does not mention the location 
of his photos. However, I am sure they were taken along the NC coast, making 
them A. quinteri also. 


Harry LeGrand

P.S. I wanted to start a new thread so that we wouldn't keep seeing "quintneri" 
in the subject line. I made a mistake when I first entered the scientific name, 
and it is correctly named Atrytonopsis quinteri. 

Subject: Atrytonopsis quinteri on NC websites
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2015 12:37:22 -0500
I assume Randy Emmitt's photos are *A.  quinteri*.  Both Randy's website
and Will Cook's website still say "Loammi Skipper", and these should now be
called "Crystal Skipper", though Burns' paper did not provide a common
name. Allison Leidner probably coined the common name, or at least provided
the first published usage of that name. The Wikipedia account for *Atrytonopsis
quinteri *gives Crystal Skipper as the common name.  Will's photos are
certainly of the new species (as he gives the location), but Randy does not
mention the location of his photos. However, I am sure they were taken
along the NC coast, making them *A. quinteri *also.

Harry LeGrand

P.S.  I wanted to start a new thread so that we wouldn't keep seeing "
*quintneri*" in the subject line. I made a mistake when I first entered the
scientific name, and it is correctly named *Atrytonopsis quinteri*.
Subject: Re: New NC butterfly: the Crystal Skipper, Atrytonopsis quinteri
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2015 16:50:52 +0000
Are the photos on Randy's web site

http://www.rlephoto.com/skippers_grass4/skipper_loammi01.htm

of the Crystal Skipper?

Salman

On Nov 26, 2015, at 12:33 PM, Jeff Pippen wrote:

The Crystal Skipper (http://www.jeffpippen.com/butterflies/crystalskipper.htm), 
endemic to the Carolina coast, has been formally described, named and 
published! 


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Cheers,
Jeff

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Allison Leidner >
Date: Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 3:40 PM
Subject: New NC butterfly: the Crystal Skipper, Atrytonopsis quinteri
To:



Dear friends and colleagues,

Great news! The Crystal Skipper officially has a name - Atrytonopsis quinteri. 
The paper describing the skipper as a full species and one of the rarest 
butterflies in the United States was published this morning in the Journal of 
the Lepidopterists' Society. The author, Dr. John Burns (Smithsonian Museum of 
Natural History, emeritus), is a world expert on the Atrytonopsis genus. 


My connection to the Crystal Skipper is that I studied its ecology and 
conservation as part of my dissertation research under the guidance of Dr. Nick 
Haddad at North Carolina State University. The crystal skipper is only found 
along a 30-mile stretch of North Carolina's barrier islands in the Bogue Banks 
area (the crystal coast!). It is globally rare and adult populations during 
each of the spring and summer flights are around 9000. 


Over the next few weeks, I'll be working with the Xerces Society for 
Invertebrate Conservation, the Coastal Review online, and other organizations 
to publish several popular articles on the naming and conservation of the 
Crystal Skipper. In the meantime, please feel free to share as you see fit, and 
I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. 


Thank you all for your help and support over the many years. This research 
could not have been done without you, and your continued support of Crystal 
Skipper conservation can help protect this beautiful butterfly. 


More information:

 * Article describing the species: 
http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/jls/2010s/2015/2015-69-4-275.pdf 

  *   Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_skipper
 * Research articles on conservation/ecology: 
http://www4.ncsu.edu/~haddad/Publications/articles/Leidner_Haddad_ConsBio_2011.pdf, 


http://www4.ncsu.edu/~haddad/Publications/articles/Leidner_Haddad_ConsGen_2010.pdf 


Have a great Thanksgiving!


~Allison

---------------------------------------------------------
Allison Leidner, Ph.D.
202-669-9732 | aleidner AT gmail.com


Subject: Butterflies on Outer Banks Thanksgiving Weekend
From: Dennis Burnette <deburnette AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 02 Dec 2015 15:01:36 -0500
 
I participated in a Thanksgiving weekend birding trip with the Piedmont Bird
Club. The weather was sunny, mild (highs mostly in the low to mid 60s), and
breezy.


11/26/15  Lake Mattamuskeet  area 4 Cloudless Sulphurs, 1 Sleepy Orange,
and 1 Monarch
 
11/27/15  Oregon Inlet old Coast Guard Station  American Lady
 
11/27/15  Lake Bodie Island Lighthouse  1 Monarch
 
11/28/15  Alligator River NWR  3 Cloudless Sulphurs


--

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

Subject: Pipevine ST and others
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2015 17:28:12 +0000
Hi all,

Like many others, I took advantage of the warm spell last week. Friday and 
Saturday I saw a couple of Cloudless Sulphurs, a Cabbage White, a Sleepy 
Orange, an Ocola Skipper and a Clouded Skipper here at the Museum (as well as 
an Autumn Meadowhawk). Sunday I visited the JC Raulston Arboretum and got a 
good look at a fresh Pipevine Swallowtail. This appears to be a late record for 
the state. There is a lot of Aristolochia fimbriata (non-native) planted there 
and I've seen lots of caterpillars all year long. 


Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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Subject: Saturday, Nov 28
From: "Loretta Lutman" <butterflies_bg AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:51:15 -0500
Sighted yesterday Saturday 11/28, in the garden: Tiger swallowtail and faded 
American Lady, necetaring on heliptrope, and unidentified sulphur, bright 
almost yellow green, on Pineapple sage. 


Sunday, 11/29  Two sulphurs, see above description and nectar plant.



Loretta Lutman
Asheboro, NC
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 15:42:00 -0500
I have seen a few butterflies this weekend during our sunny weather with
temps in the low 70's. Yesterday, outside of the Athens Dr. HS Community
Library, I saw 1 each Cabbage White and Fiery Skipper. Today, at Yates Mill
Co. Park, I saw 1 each Orange Sulphur/Sleepy Orange, Cabbage White, and
Monarch. Good butterflying.

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC
Subject: New species name is Atrytonopsis quinteri
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:01:31 -0500
Folks:

I misspelled Eric Quinter's name when I wrote the scientific name in an
earlier post. Sorry about that. As you can see from Wikipedia, the species
is names *Atrytonopsis quinteri  *[and not *quintner*i].  As Steve Hall has
mentioned to me, Dr. Burns did not elaborate on the Florida taxon
considered as *Atrytonopsis loamm*i (Loammi Skipper), which is considered
as a subspecies of Dusted Skipper (*A. hianna*) by NABA and perhaps a few
other entities, but considered as separate from Dusted by many others.

This is important, as visually *A. quinteri* (Crystal Skipper) looks very
similar to *A. loammi*, and both have two or more broods, whereas Dusted
Skipper appears to be univoltine throughout the range. Burns considers
*quinteri* as a separate species from these others, but leaves us hanging
about

*loammi.*
Harry LeGrand
Raleigh, NC
Subject: Thanksgiving butterflies in Greensboro
From: Charles Cameron <ccamer AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:52:42 -0500
While out enjoying the sunny day we saw an American Lady this morning ~10:30 
and then ~3:00 a Monarch in our yard in Greensboro. 


Charlie (Cameron & Elizabeth Riggs)
Subject: Lone Common Buckeye, No Turkey Winston-Salem
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:33:58 -0500
So far we have seen 1 hardy Common Buckeye in the garden at 2:15 PM!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Gene Schepker (and Lois Schneider)
Subject: The Crystal Skipper has now been described -- Atrytonopsis quintneri
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:12:31 -0500
Fellow butterfliers:

Allison Leidner, who did her N.C. State U. dissertation on this species,
has sent several people the following message.
----------------------

From: Allison Leidner 
Date: Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 3:40 PM
Subject: New NC butterfly: the Crystal Skipper, Atrytonopsis quinteri
To:

Dear friends and colleagues,

Great news! The Crystal Skipper officially has a name - *Atrytonopsis
quinteri*. The paper describing the skipper as a full species and one of
the rarest butterflies in the United States was published this morning in
the Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. The author, Dr. John Burns
(Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, emeritus), is a world expert
on the *Atrytonopsis
*genus.

More information:

Article describing the species:
http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/jls/2010s/2015/2015-69-4-275.pdf

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_skipper

Research articles on conservation/ecology:

http://www4.ncsu.edu/~haddad/Publications/articles/Leidner_Haddad_ConsBio_2011.pdf, 



http://www4.ncsu.edu/~haddad/Publications/articles/Leidner_Haddad_ConsGen_2010.pdf 


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

I should add that it is disappointing that Dr. Burns did not use any of
several excellent websites with flight data, photos, and other more recent
information in his paper. Jeff Pippen and Will Cook have excellent photos
and text on their websites, and Tom Howard and I have lots of text, flight
charts, and photos (of others) on the Butterflies of North Carolina website
-- which is down now. Rick Cech has good text and photos of this species in
his book (Cech and Tudor).

So, if you want more information, in addition to the links above, go to:

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

http://www.carolinanature.com/butterflies/loammiskipper.html

(Note that Will calls the species as "Loammi Skipper"; however, it has not
been updated; Jeff updated his webpage just today!)

Though Burns mentions in his paper that  *A. quintneri *is bivoltine, I
don't believe he mentions that the Dusted Skipper (*A. hianna*), which
occurs only a few miles away on the mainland, is univoltine, with a single
spring brood.  This is a telling character that clearly separates these two
species, in my opinion.

Happy Thanksgiving, and finally -- after about 30-35 years -- this taxon
finally has a name!

Harry LeGrand; Raleigh, NC
Subject: Fwd: New NC butterfly: the Crystal Skipper, Atrytonopsis quinteri
From: Jeff Pippen <jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:33:14 -0500
The Crystal Skipper (http://www.jeffpippen.com/butterflies/crystalskipper.htm 
), endemic to the 
Carolina coast, has been formally described, named and published! 


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Cheers,
Jeff

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Allison Leidner >
> Date: Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 3:40 PM
> Subject: New NC butterfly: the Crystal Skipper, Atrytonopsis quinteri
> To: 
> 
> 
> Dear friends and colleagues,
> 
> Great news! The Crystal Skipper officially has a name - Atrytonopsis 
quinteri. The paper describing the skipper as a full species and one of the 
rarest butterflies in the United States was published this morning in the 
Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. The author, Dr. John Burns (Smithsonian 
Museum of Natural History, emeritus), is a world expert on the Atrytonopsis 
genus. 

> 
> My connection to the Crystal Skipper is that I studied its ecology and 
conservation as part of my dissertation research under the guidance of Dr. Nick 
Haddad at North Carolina State University. The crystal skipper is only found 
along a 30-mile stretch of North Carolina's barrier islands in the Bogue Banks 
area (the crystal coast!). It is globally rare and adult populations during 
each of the spring and summer flights are around 9000. 

> 
> Over the next few weeks, I'll be working with the Xerces Society for 
Invertebrate Conservation, the Coastal Review online, and other organizations 
to publish several popular articles on the naming and conservation of the 
Crystal Skipper. In the meantime, please feel free to share as you see fit, and 
I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. 

> 
> Thank you all for your help and support over the many years. This research 
could not have been done without you, and your continued support of Crystal 
Skipper conservation can help protect this beautiful butterfly. 

> 
> More information:
> 
> Article describing the species: 
http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/jls/2010s/2015/2015-69-4-275.pdf 
 

> Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_skipper 
 

> Research articles on conservation/ecology: 
http://www4.ncsu.edu/~haddad/Publications/articles/Leidner_Haddad_ConsBio_2011.pdf 
, 

> 
http://www4.ncsu.edu/~haddad/Publications/articles/Leidner_Haddad_ConsGen_2010.pdf 
 

> Have a great Thanksgiving!
> 
> 
> ~Allison
> 
> ---------------------------------------------------------
> Allison Leidner, Ph.D.
> 202-669-9732  | aleidner AT gmail.com 
 

Subject: NC butterflies, odonates, mammals, moths, and hemipterans -- checklists and PDF's
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2015 16:44:55 -0500
Folks:

Although the websites for Butterflies of NC, Mammals of NC, and Dragonflies
and Damselflies of NC are still down, Tom Howard has made the PDF's of the
approximations (i.e., the species accounts, county dot maps, flight charts,
etc.) available for downloading on his website:

http://nature123.net/biodiversity.php

You will see three links for the approximations (22nd for butterflies, 5th
for odonates, and 1st for mammals), as well as checklists for these groups
plus macro-moths and hemipterans.  Of course, these are the PDF's of the
approximations that were created early in 2015 (February or March, or
earlier for mammals), so you won't see new county records, flight data,
etc., that were added to the websites in 2015. But, at least you will have
the species accounts, maps, etc., until we get the websites back online,
certainly by early next year in not at the end of this year.

Hope this helps you find information you want or need on these groups for
the next couple of months.

Harry LeGrand and Tom Howard
Subject: Monarchs
From: "Loretta Lutman" <butterflies_bg AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:43:42 -0500
Today in the garden, three Monarchs were sighted. A female around noon, a male 
at 1:45, and a sex undetermined at 3:15. Sunny, between 59 & 63 degrees. Also 
sighted - two American Ladies, one quite faded, the other brightly colored. All 
butterflies were found on the few remaining Tithonia blooms. 


Loretta Lutman
Asheboro, NC
Subject: Eclosures
From: Charles Cameron <ccamer AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:04:28 -0500
All,

This morning in Greensboro I released a F dark form Tiger Swallowtail and a F 
Spicebush Swallowtail. The chrysalises had been held in a screen front 
enclosure outside. 


Charles Cameron
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Subject: Gulf Fritillary
From: Ruth Young <reyoung1227 AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:28:17 -0500
Yesterday, Thursday, November 19, I observed a very fresh Gulf Fritillary in my 
neighborhood near the Asheville Airport in Fletcher, NC. It was nectaring on my 
neighbor's pansies! Ruth Young 

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Subject: Pitt County, 20 November 2015
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2015 21:44:54 +0000
There is still plenty of Lantana in bloom, so a few butterflies emerge on sunny 
days. Today (2015-11-20, Pitt County) I saw: 


Ocola Skipper, 7, new late date for Pitt County
Fiery Skipper, 35
Red Admiral, 1, new late date for Pitt County

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC
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Subject: Catawba County
From: david.campbell.d AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:48:27 -0500
1 Red Admiral today in NC, Hickory, Geitner Park, 3:45 pm. 'Hilltopping.'

-David Campbell

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Subject: PDF of Butterflies of North Carolina (22nd) is online
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:51:22 -0500
Many thanks to Rick Borchelt for having the forethought to putting the 22nd
Approximation (PDF) of the Butterflies of North Carolina on his website.
Here is what he wrote to me:


"I didn't realize folks had nowhere else to view the PDF of the 22d
Approximation, if that's what you mean. I always put the PDF on LepLog when
it comes out if that's helpful."



So, folks, go to the link below, and click on the last line on the webpage
to see or print the PDF.






https://leplog.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/the-22nd-approximation-for-north-carolina-butterflies/ 




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Subject: 11/19/15 Dinkins Bottoms, Yadkin County , NC
From: "Sven Halling" <shalling AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:03:58 -0500 (EST)
Partly sunny weather. Walked 1.5 hours. 72 F. No wind.

Sleepy Orange			11
Cabbage White			1
Variegated Fritillary		1

None of these butterflies were nectaring on the few plants still around. They
just kept flying around looking for mates I guess. Where we usually find
butterflies below the Yadkin River bridge it was flooded and no butterflies
visible.


Sven Halling
Lewisville, NC
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Subject: Re: Southern Pearly-eye in Cherokee, NC
From: Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:28:12 -0500
Agreed -- great job. This is perhaps a case where a photo(s) would have
been essential to corroborate the presence of a Southern Pearly-eye in that
part of the mountains, as one would expect mainly or only Northern
Pearly-eyes there. Of course, Cherokee is a low-elevation town (below 2,000
feet, I believe), and thus it wasn't out of the question for it to be
there. We previously knew it in the mountains only from a few counties
along the GA and SC lines.

*Update on the Butterflies of North Carolina website*:  As you know, the
site has been down for about 1.5 months, and likely will be for a while
longer. Ditto for the odonate and mammal websites hosted by NC State
Parks.  However, I am currently adding in your records into my Excel file,
such as this record and all others reported on carolinaleps listserve. And,
Jeff Pippen just sent me the data dump of all NC records entered into
eButterfly for NC, going back a few years. Of course, many of the
eButterfly records have already been posted to c-leps listserve and are in
our big database. Tom Howard has the ability to delete duplicate records,
though this might be quite a bit of work for such a large amount of dupes.
But, at any rate, we (Tom and I) are getting all reports into the big
database (130,000+ records), and that includes the NRID database that State
Parks biologists use.  Also, Tom has given me a website version to work on
for editing text, so I will be doing that over the winter.   What I
am/was hoping is to somehow, somewhere, have the PDF version of the latest
Approximation (22nd) available for downloading or reviewing, so that folks
can see the black dot maps, flight dates, and text for the species. That is
something we are looking into. I know some of you print out a copy each
spring -- a great idea this year (!!), as you can look up whether Southern
Pearly-eye is a first county record for Swain County, etc. If you didn't,
you are in the dark right now. But, we will keep you posted on the website
update, PDF, etc.

Harry LeGrand

On Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 9:56 AM, Jeff Pippen  wrote:

> Butterfliers,
>
> Yesterday (18 Nov 2015) Stephanie Puckett sent me nice photos she’d taken
> that day of a Southern Pearly-eye just inside the Swain Co. border in
> Cherokee, NC!  Not only was it a new latest date in the state but it also
> appears to be a new county record and the northernmost record for the
> species in the mountain province!  Great job Stephanie!
>
> Cheers,
> Jeff
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Subject: Southern Pearly-eye in Cherokee, NC
From: Jeff Pippen <jeffpippen9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:56:26 -0500
Butterfliers,

Yesterday (18 Nov 2015) Stephanie Puckett sent me nice photos she’d taken 
that day of a Southern Pearly-eye just inside the Swain Co. border in Cherokee, 
NC! Not only was it a new latest date in the state but it also appears to be a 
new county record and the northernmost record for the species in the mountain 
province! Great job Stephanie! 


Cheers,
Jeff
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Subject: James Is, SC leps 16 Nov 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:28:33 -0500
Hi All,

I had the following on 16 Nov 2015 at Holy Cross Cemetery, James Is, SC on
16 Nov. 2015.  All were on blooming lantana

Cloudless Sulfur 1
Gulf Fritillary 12
Long-tailed Skipper 1
Fiery Skipper 3
Whirlabout 1
Ocola Skipper 2

Later at Ft. Johnson Donna and I had

Monarch 2
Long-tailed Skipper 1


Dennis


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Subject: Clarendon Co., SC leps 18 Nov. 2015
From: Dennis Forsythe <dennis.forsythe AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:05:17 -0500
Hi All,

Donna and I saw the following butterflies yesterday

Santee NWR Visitor's Center on N Obedience Plant

Cloudless Sulfur 5
Common Buckeye 2
Monarch 3
Long-tailed Skipper 2
Ocola Skipper 1

and in Orangeburg Co.

Santee

Gulf Fritilllary on lantana

Hy 15 between I-26 and I-95

Cloudless Sulfur  15


Dennis






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Subject: Durham Butterflies
From: Richard Stickney <RichardS AT ncmls.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:57:02 +0000
Hi all,

We've seen quite a few butterflies here at the Museum in the last week. It was 
amazing how they came out the day the sun did after 10 days. Here's a list: 


Sleepy Orange
Cabbage White
E. Tailed-Blue - one on Friday, seems late
Monarch - several, including one on loquat blooms just this morning
American Lady
Buckeye - several including a fresh one last week
Pearl Crescent - a fresh one last week plus several worn ones
Common Checkered-skipper
Ocola Skipper
Fiery Skipper - still common
Clouded Skipper

Most were nectaring on asters and lantana.

Richard Stickney
NC Museum of Life & Science
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Subject: Pitt County, 16 November 2015
From: "Abdulali, Salman" <ABDULALIS AT ecu.edu>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:28:14 +0000
Butterflies seen on a mild, partly cloudy day (Pitt County, 2015-11-16):

Ocola Skipper, 10, new late date for Pitt
Fiery Skipper, 30
Cloudless Sulphur, 1
Variegated Fritillary, 1
American Lady, 1
Common Buckeye, 4

Salman Abdulali
Greenville, NC

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Subject: Forsyth County Gulf Fritillary 11/15/15
From: Gene Schepker <geneschepker AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:48:20 -0500
Yesterday, at 59 degrees, a Gulf Fritillary was out flying in Winston-Salem
at 1:00 pm.  A little later we had a Red-banded Hairstreak, a Sleepy
Orange, Silver-spotted Skipper. and a Common-checkered Skipper and a
Cabbage White in our yard.  Little nectaring plants left here!

Gene Schepker
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Subject: late posting for Sat. Nov 14
From: "Loretta Lutman" <butterflies_bg AT triad.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:21:41 -0500
Yesterday in the garden: a Question Mark, two American Ladies, an unidentified 
blue, and the surprise was a male Tiger swallowtail. Good bright coloring, but 
missing part of the lower hind wing. Temperature around 60, sunny, but with a 
chilly breeze. 


Loretta Lutman
Asheboro, NC
Subject: Wake Co., NC butterflies-Lake Raleigh-11/14/2015
From: Mike Turner <wmike.turner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:28:37 -0500
I paddled around the lake and walked the greenway, ~2 miles total. I saw 1
Common Buckeye, 1 Viceroy, and 1 Monarch.

Mike Turner
Raleigh, NC