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Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2017 20:06:17 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Croatan National Forest butterfly walk today

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Because of the butterfly crisis in eastern NC, plus only two experienced
butterfliers, I cancelled the count for today and instead the roughly 7 of
us did a walk today, with everyone staying together and identifying plants,
dragonflies, and what few butterflies (not named Palamedes Swallowtail,
Cloudless Sulphur, and Sleepy Orange) we could muster.

Here is what we found today (August 27), under partly cloudy, warm, but
breezy conditions, mainly in Craven County, from 9:30 - 1:30:

E. Tiger Swallowtail 1
Palamedes Swallowtail 50 some in Carteret Co.
Cloudless Sulphur 60 some in Carteret
Sleepy Orange 20
Gray Hairstreak 2
Red-banded Hairstreak 2
E. Tailed-Blue 1 Jones Co., seen by Salman Abdulali and me after the
walk ended
Summer Azure 1 ditto for Jones Co.
LITTLE METALMARK 1 fresh
Pearl Crescent 6
Common Buckeye 2
Carolina Satyr 2
INTRICATE SATYR 4+ (+ 4 satyr sp.) at the usual spot in Jones Co., seen by
Salman and me
Georgia Satyr 2 always nice to get
Silver-spotted Skipper 2 only in Jones Co.; the only spreadwing skippers
all day
Swarthy Skipper 4 in both Craven and Carteret
Clouded Skipper 6
Fiery Skipper 2
Tawny-edged Skipper 1 male
Whirlabout 6 excellent # for a dismal year
Southern Broken-dash 1
Byssus Skipper 10, mostly in Craven; includes 3 in Jones
Yehl Skipper 1 Carteret male, but sadly only seen from above
Twin-spot Skipper 3

Sadly, we could not find any roadside-skippers (esp. Lace-winged or
Carolina); these seem to have been decimated by the flooding events last
fall. Hardly any brushfoots (ladies, most browns, large orange butterflies
-- fritillaries, anglewings, Viceroy, Monarch, etc.). We did find a decent
array of grass skippers, but it was still rather painful as compared with
what we used to find in the same areas.

Harry LeGrand

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