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Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:53:32 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Some Wake County, NC, butterflies

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I failed to see any notable shorebirds at Lake Wheeler south of Raleigh --
the Hudsonian Godwits had indeed departed -- so I worked back north to a
quick stop at Yates Pond, then along Mid-Pines Road, and then decided to
give a full 1-1.5 hours at Raulston Arboretum, as the weather was sunny and
warm. I really didn't expect any "hurricane" strays at the arboretum, and
I was right about that. Diversity is still decent enough, but over 70% of
all butterflies are Fiery Skippers. This is indeed a "Fiery Factory". I
also saw several mounds of fire ants (but the staff say they are now
regular there -- ugh), and a juvenile Green Anole, which I can't recall
ever seeing there. Here is my list (for Sept .13), all for Raulston unless
otherwise noted:

Pipevine Swallowtail 6
E. Tiger Swallowtail 1
Spicebush Swallowtail 1 female; at the lantana at Yates
Cabbage White 1
Cloudless Sulphur 5
Sleepy Orange 1 no sulphurs and whites along Mid-Pines
Red-banded Hairstreak 3
Gulf Fritillary 1
Variegated Fritillary 1
Pearl Crescent 2
Common Buckeye 7 most at Mid-Pines
Monarch 2 one at Mid-Pines
Silver-spotted Skipper 10
Horace's Duskywing 1
Common Checkered-Skipper 8 several along Mid-Pines
Common Sootywing 2 one along Mid-Pines
Clouded Skipper 1 Mid-Pines
Fiery Skipper 80 a few along Mid-Pines
Sachem 2 low
Ocola Skipper 1

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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v><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div>I failed to see any not=
able shorebirds at Lake Wheeler south of Raleigh -- the Hudsonian Godwits h=
ad indeed departed -- so I worked back north to a quick stop at Yates Pond,=
then along Mid-Pines Road, and then decided to give a full 1-1.5 hours at =
Raulston Arboretum, as the weather was sunny and warm.=C2=A0 I really didn&=
#39;t expect any &quot;hurricane&quot; strays at the arboretum, and I was r=
ight about that. Diversity is still decent enough, but over 70% of all butt=
erflies are Fiery Skippers. This is indeed a &quot;Fiery Factory&quot;.=C2=
=A0 I also saw several mounds of fire ants (but the staff say they are now =
regular there -- ugh), and a juvenile Green Anole, which I can&#39;t recall=
ever seeing there.=C2=A0 Here is my list (for Sept .13), all for Raulston =
unless otherwise noted:<br><br></div>Pipevine Swallowtail=C2=A0 6<br></div>=
E. Tiger Swallowtail=C2=A0 1<br></div>Spicebush Swallowtail=C2=A0 1 female;=
at the lantana at Yates<br></div>Cabbage White=C2=A0 1<br></div>Cloudless =
Sulphur=C2=A0 5<br></div>Sleepy Orange=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 no s=
ulphurs and whites along Mid-Pines<br></div>Red-banded Hairstreak=C2=A0 3<b=
r></div>Gulf Fritillary=C2=A0 1<br></div>Variegated Fritillary=C2=A0 1<br><=
/div>Pearl Crescent=C2=A0 2<br></div>Common Buckeye=C2=A0 7=C2=A0=C2=A0 mos=
t at Mid-Pines<br></div>Monarch=C2=A0 2=C2=A0=C2=A0 one at Mid-Pines<br></d=
iv>Silver-spotted Skipper=C2=A0 10<br></div>Horace&#39;s Duskywing=C2=A0 1<=
br></div>Common Checkered-Skipper=C2=A0=C2=A0 8=C2=A0 several along Mid-Pin=
es<br></div>Common Sootywing=C2=A0 2=C2=A0=C2=A0 one along Mid-Pines<br></d=
iv>Clouded Skipper=C2=A0=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0 Mid-Pines<br></div>Fiery Skipp=
er=C2=A0 80=C2=A0=C2=A0 a few along Mid-Pines<br></div>Sachem=C2=A0=C2=A0 2=
=C2=A0=C2=A0 low<br></div>Ocola Skipper=C2=A0 1<br><br></div>Harry LeGrand<=
br></div>Raleigh<br></div>

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