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Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2020 05:26:31 -0700
From: Diane Touret <dctouret...>
Subject: Re: [SoWestLeps] RFI: Yucca Giant Skipper locations? 2nd request!

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Lori - many years ago (3/10/2014?) Brian McKnight and I were coming down
the Banner Grade from Julian, CA on CA78 fairly early in the morning on
our way to Plum Canyon. We were stopping at all the small canyon areas
wherever we could find safe parking. At one particularly good area that
had a decent pull-off Brian and I saw a large, dark, chunky, fast-flying
"butterfly" that Brian was convinced was a Yucca Giant-Skipper. I never
saw it clearly enough to I.D. it - it was really zooming around and
rarely perching. The narrow, steep drainage was filled with chaparral
bushes, yucca, and grasses, but no trees, and it faced east. Looking at
Google Maps, I think that this spot is a little over 6 miles from
Julian, but before the Banner curve. We also saw a Pale Swallowtail
there.        Diane Touret


On 3/7/2020 4:52 PM, Lori Conrad wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I posted this question in early February & only had one response, &
> not a positive one. Has anyone actually ever SEEN a Yucca Giant
> Skipper in southern California? I'm beginning to wonder.
>
> I would really like to try to see one in April. Can anyone provide any
> fairly recent intel on ANY possible locations? We have looked in Anza
> Borrego SP many times with no luck. We will be in AB again for a
> couple of days in mid April. I read that the ssp. harbosoni has been
> found just west of Scissor's Crossing (we've looked!), &  in/near the
> San Dieguito lagoon area. That their host plant can be found on the
> hillsides there, but it just looks so developed when perusing a map.
> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please email me offlist.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Lori & Mark Conrad
> Portal, AZ
>
>

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<p>Lori - many years ago (3/10/2014?) Brian McKnight and I were
coming down the Banner Grade from Julian, CA on CA78 fairly early
in the morning on our way to Plum Canyon. We were stopping at all
the small canyon areas wherever we could find safe parking. At one
particularly good area that had a decent pull-off Brian and I saw
a large, dark, chunky, fast-flying "butterfly" that Brian was
convinced was a Yucca Giant-Skipper. I never saw it clearly enough
to I.D. it - it was really zooming around and rarely perching. The
narrow, steep drainage was filled with chaparral bushes, yucca,
and grasses, but no trees, and it faced east. Looking at Google
Maps, I think that this spot is a little over 6 miles from Julian,
but before the Banner curve. We also saw a Pale Swallowtail
there.        Diane Touret</p>
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<div class="moz-cite-prefix">On 3/7/2020 4:52 PM, Lori Conrad wrote:<br>
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<div class="forcebreak" dir="auto">Hi,<br>
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I posted this question in early February &amp; only
had one response, &amp; not a positive one. Has anyone
actually ever SEEN a Yucca Giant Skipper in southern
California? I'm beginning to wonder.<br>
<br>
I would really like to try to see one in April. Can
anyone provide any fairly recent intel on ANY possible
locations? We have looked in Anza Borrego SP many
times with no luck. We will be in AB again for a
couple of days in mid April. I read that the ssp.
harbosoni has been found just west of Scissor's
Crossing (we've looked!), &amp;  in/near the San
Dieguito lagoon area. That their host plant can be
found on the hillsides there, but it just looks so
developed when perusing a map. Any suggestions would
be greatly appreciated. Please email me offlist. <br>
<br>
Thanks,<br>
<br>
Lori &amp; Mark Conrad<br>
Portal, AZ</div>
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