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Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2017 22:45:55 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Maple Hill, NC, count results

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Yesterday (Aug. 26), we held a new NABA butterfly count in NE Pender and
adjacent W Onslow counties, NC -- focusing mostly on the Sandy Run Savannas
State Natural Area. Ed Corey., Salman Abdulali, and Parker Backstrom
joined me in 3 parties, on a partly cloudy, mild to warm, and somewhat
breezy day. We knew ahead of time that it was going to a tough count with
few butterflies, owing to several major flooding events in fall 2016 (and
others in years after 2012). I was quite surprised to get the species
number we did, though hardly anything was seen in double figures (other
than the big three, which likely comprise 80-85% of all butterflies in the
count circle!).

Here are our totals (I have lumped # for Pender and Onslow here):

Black Swallowtail 1
E. Tiger Swallowtail 5
Spicebush Swallowtail 5
Palamedes Swallowtail 125
Cloudless Sulphur 175
Sleepy Orange 49
Gray Hairstreak 1
Red-banded Hairstreak 4
LITTLE METALMARK 1 not really rare in a normal year, but ....
Gulf Fritillary 1 nice find
Pearl Crescent 8
Common Buckeye 2 ridiculous!
Red-spotted Purple 1
Southern Pearly-eye 1
Carolina Satyr 3 absurd
Common Wood-Nymph 3
Monarch 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 4
LONG-TAILED SKIPPER 1
Horace's Duskywing 3
Zarucco Duskywing 1
Swarthy Skipper 3
Clouded Skipper 3
Least Skipper 9
Fiery Skipper 8
Tawny-edged Skipper 3
Whirlabout 4 good total for this year
Southern Broken-dash 1
Sachem 1 female
Delaware Skipper 5
Byssus Skipper 7
Yehl Skipper 1
Dion Skipper 1
BERRY'S SKIPPER 2 photos of both; new Onslow record
Dun Skipper 1
Twin-spot Skipper 8 nice total
Ocola Skipper 2

37 species.

Note the lack of roadside-skippers, many spreadwing skippers, most
brushfoots (such as ladies, anglewings), blues, and many other expected
species.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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v>Yesterday (Aug. 26), we held a new NABA butterfly count in NE Pender and =
adjacent W Onslow counties, NC -- focusing mostly on the Sandy Run Savannas=
State Natural Area.=C2=A0 Ed Corey., Salman Abdulali, and Parker Backstrom=
joined me in 3 parties, on a partly cloudy, mild to warm, and somewhat bre=
ezy day.=C2=A0 We knew ahead of time that it was going to a tough count wit=
h few butterflies, owing to several major flooding events in fall 2016 (and=
others in years after 2012). I was quite surprised to get the species numb=
er we did, though hardly anything was seen in double figures (other than th=
e big three, which likely comprise 80-85% of all butterflies in the count c=
ircle!).<br><br></div>Here are our totals (I have lumped # for Pender and O=
nslow here):<br><br></div>Black Swallowtail=C2=A0 1<br></div>E. Tiger Swall=
owtail=C2=A0 5<br></div>Spicebush Swallowtail=C2=A0 5<br></div>Palamedes Sw=
allowtail=C2=A0 125<br></div>Cloudless Sulphur=C2=A0 175<br></div>Sleepy Or=
ange=C2=A0 49<br></div>Gray Hairstreak=C2=A0 1<br></div>Red-banded Hairstre=
ak=C2=A0 4<br></div>LITTLE METALMARK=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 not really r=
are in a normal year, but ....<br></div>Gulf Fritillary=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0=
nice find<br></div>Pearl Crescent=C2=A0 8<br></div>Common Buckeye=C2=A0 2=
=C2=A0=C2=A0 ridiculous!<br></div>Red-spotted Purple=C2=A0 1<br></div>South=
ern Pearly-eye=C2=A0 1<br></div>Carolina Satyr=C2=A0 3=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 ab=
surd<br></div>Common Wood-Nymph=C2=A0 3<br></div>Monarch=C2=A0 1<br></div>S=
ilver-spotted Skipper=C2=A0 4<br></div>LONG-TAILED SKIPPER=C2=A0 1<br></div=
>Horace&#39;s Duskywing=C2=A0 3<br></div>Zarucco Duskywing=C2=A0 1<br></div=
>Swarthy Skipper=C2=A0 3<br></div>Clouded Skipper=C2=A0 3<br></div>Least Sk=
ipper=C2=A0 9<br></div>Fiery Skipper=C2=A0 8<br></div>Tawny-edged Skipper=
=C2=A0 3<br></div>Whirlabout=C2=A0 4=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 good total for this =
year<br></div>Southern Broken-dash=C2=A0 1<br></div>Sachem=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=
=A0 female<br></div>Delaware Skipper=C2=A0 5<br></div>Byssus Skipper=C2=A0 =
7=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 <br></div>Yehl Skipper=C2=A0 1<br></div>Dion Skipper=C2=
=A0 1<br></div>BERRY&#39;S SKIPPER=C2=A0 2=C2=A0 photos of both; new Onslow=
record<br></div>Dun Skipper=C2=A0 1<br></div>Twin-spot Skipper=C2=A0 8=C2=
=A0 nice total<br></div>Ocola Skipper=C2=A0 2<br><br></div>37 species.<br><=
br></div>Note the lack of roadside-skippers, many spreadwing skippers, most=
brushfoots (such as ladies, anglewings), blues, and many other expected sp=
ecies.<br><br></div>Harry LeGrand<br></div>Raleigh<br></div>

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