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Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:14:09 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Re: Maple Hill results

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I did some math on the butterfly list and our efforts on the Maple Hill
count.

Subtracting out the numbers of the Big Three -- Palamedes Swallowtail,
Cloudless Sulphur, and Sleepy Orange -- that leaves a grand total of 105
individuals of all the other species. We had 18 party hours -- 6 each for
3 parties, and the weather was decent for a count, being partly cloudy and
warm. That means we saw -- are you ready for this: 5.8 indivduals (other
than the Big Three) per hour (60 minutes), or

*roughly one butterfly of the non-Big Three every 10 minutes!*
The Pettigrew State Park butterfly count is coming up in September. I hope
the folks doing the count can do better than that. But, the numbers are
greatly depressed, as we know, and anything other than good to excellent
weather could be a real issue. Let's also hope this tropical system along
our coast now doesn't dump 4-5" or rain or more anywhere, as will worsen
the situation.

It's no surprise to me that the more recent efforts by folks like Richard
Stickney and Mike Turner to see tough species like Dusky Roadside-Skipper,
Berry's Skipper, and so many other Coastal Plain skippers have failed in
the past year. It might be a few years for butterfly numbers to rebound,
but the better "solution" is the group effort of a team of observers. That
often isn't easily done, as some folks don't have the opportunity to gather
others to help out. I can only say that when I had most of my good
skippers, for example, I had a team of folks with me to help find Dusky
R-S, Reversed R-S, Berry's, Two-spotted, and Dotted skippers, etc. And,
those were in the "Good Old Days" from 2012 and earlier!

Harry LeGrand

On Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 4:04 PM, Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr...> wrote:

> 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.
>

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div><div><div>I did some math on the butterfly list and o=
ur efforts on the Maple Hill count.<br><br></div>Subtracting out the number=
s of the Big Three -- Palamedes Swallowtail, Cloudless Sulphur, and Sleepy =
Orange -- that leaves a grand total of 105 individuals of all the other spe=
cies.=C2=A0 We had 18 party hours -- 6 each for 3 parties, and the weather =
was decent for a count, being partly cloudy and warm.=C2=A0 That means we s=
aw -- are you ready for this: 5.8 indivduals (other than the Big Three) per=
hour (60 minutes), or <u>roughly one butterfly of the non-Big Three every =
10 minutes!<br><br></u></div>The Pettigrew State Park butterfly count is co=
ming up in September. I hope the folks doing the count can do better than t=
hat.=C2=A0 But, the numbers are greatly depressed, as we know, and anything=
other than good to excellent weather could be a real issue.<u> </u>Let&#39=
;s also hope this tropical system along our coast now doesn&#39;t dump 4-5&=
quot; or rain or more anywhere, as will worsen the situation.<br><br></div>=
<div>It&#39;s no surprise to me that the more recent efforts by folks like =
Richard Stickney and Mike Turner to see tough species like Dusky Roadside-S=
kipper, Berry&#39;s Skipper, and so many other Coastal Plain skippers have =
failed in the past year.=C2=A0 It might be a few years for butterfly number=
s to rebound, but the better &quot;solution&quot; is the group effort of a =
team of observers.=C2=A0 That often isn&#39;t easily done, as some folks do=
n&#39;t have the opportunity to gather others to help out. I can only say t=
hat when I had most of my good skippers, for example, I had a team of folks=
with me to help find Dusky R-S, Reversed R-S, Berry&#39;s, Two-spotted, an=
d Dotted skippers, etc. And, those were in the &quot;Good Old Days&quot; fr=
om 2012 and earlier! =C2=A0=C2=A0 <br><br></div>Harry LeGrand<u><br></u><di=
v><div><div><div><div class=3D"gmail_extra"><br><div class=3D"gmail_quote">=
On Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 4:04 PM, Harry LeGrand <span dir=3D"ltr">&lt;<a hre=
f=3D"mailto:<hlegrandjr...>" target=3D"_blank"><hlegrandjr...></a=
>&gt;</span> wrote:<br><blockquote class=3D"gmail_quote" style=3D"margin:0 =
0 0 .8ex;border-left:1px #ccc solid;padding-left:1ex"><div dir=3D"ltr"><div=
><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div=
><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div=
><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div>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=20
State Natural Area.=C2=A0 Ed Corey., Salman Abdulali, and Parker Backstrom=
=20
joined me in 3 parties, on a partly cloudy, mild to warm, and somewhat=20
breezy day.=C2=A0 We knew ahead of time that it was going to a tough count=
=20
with few butterflies, owing to several major flooding events in fall=20
2016 (and others in years after 2012). I was quite surprised to get the=20
species number we did, though hardly anything was seen in double figures
(other than the big three, which likely comprise 80-85% of all=20
butterflies in the count circle!).<br><br></div>Here are our totals (I have=
lumped # for Pender and Onslow here):<br><br></div>Black Swallowtail=C2=A0=
1<br></div>E. Tiger Swallowtail=C2=A0 5<br></div>Spicebush Swallowtail=C2=
=A0 5<br></div>Palamedes Swallowtail=C2=A0 125<br></div>Cloudless Sulphur=
=C2=A0 175<br></div>Sleepy Orange=C2=A0 49<br></div>Gray Hairstreak=C2=A0 1=
<br></div>Red-banded Hairstreak=C2=A0 4<br></div>LITTLE METALMARK=C2=A0 1=
=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 not really rare 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<b=
r></div>Common Buckeye=C2=A0 2=C2=A0=C2=A0 ridiculous!<br></div>Red-spotted=
Purple=C2=A0 1<br></div>Southern Pearly-eye=C2=A0 1<br></div>Carolina Saty=
r=C2=A0 3=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 absurd<br></div>Common Wood-Nymph=C2=A0 3<br></=
div>Monarch=C2=A0 1<br></div>Silver-spotted Skipper=C2=A0 4<br></div>LONG-T=
AILED SKIPPER=C2=A0 1<br></div>Horace&#39;s Duskywing=C2=A0 3<br></div>Zaru=
cco Duskywing=C2=A0 1<br></div>Swarthy Skipper=C2=A0 3<br></div>Clouded Ski=
pper=C2=A0 3<br></div>Least Skipper=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=20
brushfoots (such as ladies, anglewings), blues, and many other expected=20
species.</div>
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