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Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2018 20:42:07 +0000
From: Richard Stickney <Richard.Stickney...>
Subject: December Butterflies in Raleigh

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Hi all,=0A=0AYesterday I visited the Raulston Arboretum one more time in ho=
pes of seeing 2018's probable last butterflies. Some late mums and asters w=
ere still blooming, and a Cabbage White and a couple of Common Checkered-sk=
ippers were taking full advantage. So ends one of the poorest butterfly yea=
rs I've seen since I started serious butterflying. Looking over the Carolin=
as checklists, I counted a couple of dozen species I missed from the usual =
ones I encounter somewhere on the Eastern Seaboard. Weather played a big pa=
rt, canceling spring mountain trips (again) and my usual southern fall coas=
tal trip, and throwing off timing for some species I plan to look for. The =
highlight of the year, and my only lifer, was Bronze Copper in NJ this fall=
. In addition, I turned a lot of attention to odonates in the state, so at =
times I was surveying habitats not so great for butterflies. Numbers of but=
terflies in the state (or at least the Triangle) seemed about average to me=
, with the big exception of Brazilian Skippers' banner season. Here's hopin=
g for a better 2019!=0A=0ARichard Stickney=0ANC Museum of Life & Science=0A=
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o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>=0A<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Yesterday I visited the Rauls=
ton Arboretum one more time in hopes of seeing 2018&#8217;s probable last b=
utterflies. Some late mums and asters were still blooming, and a Cabbage Wh=
ite and a couple of Common Checkered-skippers were taking full=0A advantage=
. So ends one of the poorest butterfly years I&#8217;ve seen since I starte=
d serious butterflying. Looking over the Carolinas checklists, I counted a =
couple of dozen species I missed from the usual ones I encounter somewhere =
on the Eastern Seaboard. Weather=0A played a big part, canceling spring mou=
ntain trips (again) and my usual southern fall coastal trip, and throwing o=
ff timing for some species I plan to look for. The highlight of the year, a=
nd my only lifer, was Bronze Copper in NJ this fall. In addition, I=0A turn=
ed a lot of attention to odonates in the state, so at times I was surveying=
habitats not so great for butterflies. Numbers of butterflies in the state=
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