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Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2017 01:48:39 +0000 (UTC)
From: Eric Shaw (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Mt. Mitchell State Park, NC and Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, SC on Aug. 26 - 27

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Five members of the north Florida NABA Hairstreak Chapter (Travis & Karen M=
acClendon, Brian Lloyd, Amy Sang, and myself) made a whirlwind visit this p=
ast weekend Aug. 26 & 27) to Mt. Mitchell State Park, NC, and Savannah Nati=
onal Wildlife Refuge, SC, specifically targeting Green Comma and Rare Skipp=
er.=C2=A0 The weather on Mt. Mitchell was mostly overcast with cloud banks =
rolling in on top of us, punctuated with occasional bouts of sunshine.=C2=
=A0 We spent roughly 4 hours there, beginning at 9:30 a.m.=C2=A0 The weathe=
r at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge was mostly cloudy with a light drizz=
le at times (tropical system moving by offshore).=C2=A0 We only drove the L=
aurel Hill Wildlife Drive at Savannah NWR, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and finis=
hing up 2.5 hours later.=C2=A0 Results:
Mt. Mitchell State Park:Pipevine Swallowtail - abundant (40+)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 2Orange Sulphur - 2
Summer Azure - 3
Eastern Tailed-Blue - 2Pearl Crescent - 4
Painted Lady - approx. 12Red Admiral - 1Monarch - 1 (unexpected at this ele=
vation)GREEN COMMA - 5Clouded Skipper - 2
Sachem - 3Unknown Fritillary (male, either Great Spangled or Aphrodite, we =
could not get close but have photos)
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge:Cloudless Sulphur - common (at least a do=
zen)Sleepy Orange - 2Red-banded Hairstreak - 1Gulf Fritillary - common (at =
least 8)Zebra Heliconian - 1Red-spotted Purple - 1Zarucco Duskywing - 1Long=
-tailed Skipper - 1Tropical Checkered-Skipper - 2
Broad-winged Skipper - 3RARE SKIPPER - 7Unknown Skipper (probable Tawny-edg=
ed)
It was a good, although exhausting, trip.=C2=A0 Special thank you to Dennis=
Forsythe for information about Savannah NWR and Rare Skippers.=C2=A0 Past =
Carolinaleps trip reports were also invaluable.

Eric ShawTallahassee, <FLeshaw...>




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<html><head></head><body><div style="color:#000; background-color:#fff; font-family:Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, Arial, Lucida Grande, sans-serif;font-size:13px"><div id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23366" dir="ltr">Five members of the north Florida NABA Hairstreak Chapter (Travis &amp; Karen MacClendon, Brian Lloyd, Amy Sang, and myself) made a whirlwind visit this past weekend Aug. 26 &amp; 27) to Mt. Mitchell State Park, NC, and Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, SC, specifically targeting Green Comma and Rare Skipper.&nbsp; The weather on Mt. Mitchell was mostly overcast with cloud banks rolling in on top of us, punctuated with occasional bouts of sunshine.&nbsp; We spent roughly 4 hours there, beginning at 9:30 a.m.&nbsp; The weather at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge was mostly cloudy with a light drizzle at times (tropical system moving by offshore).&nbsp; We only drove the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive at Savannah NWR, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and finishing up 2.5 hours later.
&nbsp; Results:</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23561"><br></div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23576">Mt. Mitchell State Park:</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23577">Pipevine Swallowtail - abundant (40+)<br></div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23579">Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 2</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23610">Orange Sulphur - 2<br></div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23594">Summer Azure - 3<br></div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23611">Eastern Tailed-Blue - 2</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23613">Pearl Crescent - 4<br></div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23719">Painted Lady - approx. 12</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23718">Red Admiral - 1</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23717">Monarch - 1 (unexpected at this elevation)</div><div
dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23740">GREEN COMMA - 5</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23708">Clouded Skipper - 2<br></div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23706">Sachem - 3</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23743">Unknown Fritillary (male, either Great Spangled or Aphrodite, we could not get close but have photos)</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23788"><br></div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23796">Savannah National Wildlife Refuge:</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23804">Cloudless Sulphur - common (at least a dozen)</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23812">Sleepy Orange - 2</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23820">Red-banded Hairstreak - 1</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23828">Gulf Fritillary - common (at least 8)</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_
23836">Zebra Heliconian - 1</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23862">Red-spotted Purple - 1</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23877">Zarucco Duskywing - 1</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23930">Long-tailed Skipper - 1</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23889">Tropical Checkered-Skipper - 2<br></div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23878">Broad-winged Skipper - 3</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_24002">RARE SKIPPER - 7</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_24003">Unknown Skipper (probable Tawny-edged)</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_24004"><br></div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_24005">It was a good, although exhausting, trip.&nbsp; Special thank you to Dennis Forsythe for information about Savannah NWR and Rare Skippers.&nbsp; Past Carolinaleps trip reports were also invaluable.<br></div><div
dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_24635"><br></div><div dir="ltr">Eric Shaw</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_24627">Tallahassee, FL</div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_24634"><eshaw...></div><div dir="ltr"><br></div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_24624"><br></div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23880"><br></div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1504055242316_23707"><br></div></div></body></html>
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