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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:14:27 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Re: lots of Holly Azures

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That fits the habitat and behavior of Holly Azure -- almost always near
evergreen hollies, and unliike Summer Azure (down there) or Spring Azures,
they can occur in VERY large numbers. Yes, you can get quite high numbers
of azures in the mountains (mostly Summer Azures I think), but not
downstate. I've had high numbers in a few places in pocosins or other
acidic site habitats with much evergreen hollies -- Bladen Lakes State
Forest, Holly Shelter Game Land, and a few other places.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 8:48 AM John Fussell <jfuss...> wrote:

> On Saturday, 21 March, while birding, we saw lots and lots of Holly Azures
> along Forest Service Road 169 in the far eastern Croatan National Forest
> (Carteret and Craven counties, mostly Carteret). The road is about 3
> miles
> long.
>
> I'll throw out an estimate of 150, but that number is definitely
> conservative.
>
> At one stop, we had over 40 over and along the road in an area of only a
> few
> square meters.
>
> Ilex coriacea is abundant along this road.
>
> John Fussell
> Morehead City, NC
>
>

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>That fits the habitat and behavior of Holly Azure -- =
almost always near evergreen hollies, and unliike Summer Azure (down there)=
or Spring Azures, they can occur in VERY large numbers.=C2=A0 Yes, you can=
get quite high numbers of azures in the mountains (mostly Summer Azures I =
think), but not downstate.=C2=A0 I&#39;ve had high numbers in a few places =
in pocosins or other acidic site habitats with much evergreen hollies -- Bl=
aden Lakes State Forest, Holly Shelter Game Land, and a few other places.</=
div><div><br></div><div>Harry LeGrand</div><div>Raleigh<br></div></div><br>=
<div class=3D"gmail_quote"><div dir=3D"ltr" class=3D"gmail_attr">On Mon, Ma=
r 23, 2020 at 8:48 AM John Fussell &lt;<a href=3D"mailto:<jfuss...>">jf=
<uss...></a>&gt; wrote:<br></div><blockquote class=3D"gmail_quote" styl=
e=3D"margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left:1px solid rgb(204,204,204);paddin=
g-left:1ex">On Saturday, 21 March, while birding, we saw lots and lots of H=
olly Azures <br>
along Forest Service Road 169 in the far eastern Croatan National Forest <b=
r>
(Carteret and Craven counties, mostly Carteret).=C2=A0 The road is about 3 =
miles <br>
long.<br>
<br>
I&#39;ll throw out an estimate of 150, but that number is definitely <br>
conservative.<br>
<br>
At one stop, we had over 40 over and along the road in an area of only a fe=
w <br>
square meters.<br>
<br>
Ilex coriacea is abundant along this road.<br>
<br>
John Fussell<br>
Morehead City, NC <br>
<br>
</blockquote></div>

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