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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2020 14:51:39 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: A few Wake Co., NC, butterflies

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The N.C. State U. farm fields again are hosting a major convention of
Cabbage Whites that are *not *social distancing! The patch of mustard --
an exotic weed that I don't know the name, but it is quite tall and very
glaucous -- at the front of the Agro-ecology Farm contained 30-50 of these
guys. And I ran into many dozens elsewhere, but still could not find an
elusive Checkered White. And, there is a LOT of peppergrass (Lepidium
spp.) along the fencerows and fields, right now, and still no Checkered now
-- that is their hostplant, but I assume the Cabbage White use that genus
and others, being the generalist that it is. I again covered the milkweed
patch at the garden, but as with last week the Butterflyweed continues
devoid of butterflies. Why? (The Common Milkweeds do have butterflies.)
Here is my meager list for this morning (June 10):

E. Tiger Swallowtail 2
Cabbage White 100+
Orange Sulphur 2
Variegated Fritillary 10
American Lady 3
Common Buckeye 12
Monarch 5
Fiery Skipper 1 female

I am very concerned about the scarcity of grass skippers in 2020. It was
not a severe winter or early spring, we've had plenty of rainfall (no
drought). Maybe it is my weakened eyesight, but still -- I blame mowing,
spraying, and other issues with native grasses seemingly taking a hit.
Not many of you are reporting skippers other than spreadwings also -- and
we are still in the latter parts of the spring brood for so many species.
I'm close to waving the white flag on skippers for a couple of months and
just stay in birding and botanizing mode for a while. I sure miss the old
days of butterflying!

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>The N.C. State U. farm fields again are hosting a maj=
or convention of Cabbage Whites that are <b>not </b>social distancing!=C2=
=A0 The patch of mustard -- an exotic weed that I don&#39;t know the name, =
but it is quite tall and very glaucous -- at the front of the Agro-ecology =
Farm contained 30-50 of these guys.=C2=A0 And I ran into many dozens elsewh=
ere, but still could not find an elusive Checkered White.=C2=A0 And, there =
is a LOT of peppergrass (Lepidium spp.) along the fencerows and fields, rig=
ht now, and still no Checkered now -- that is their hostplant, but I assume=
the Cabbage White use that genus and others, being the generalist that it =
is.=C2=A0 I again covered the milkweed patch at the garden, but as with las=
t week the Butterflyweed continues devoid of butterflies.=C2=A0 Why?=C2=A0 =
(The Common Milkweeds do have butterflies.)=C2=A0 Here is my meager list fo=
r this morning (June 10):</div><div><br></div><div>E. Tiger Swallowtail=C2=
=A0 2</div><div>Cabbage White 100+</div><div>Orange Sulphur=C2=A0 2</div><d=
iv>Variegated Fritillary=C2=A0 10</div><div>American Lady=C2=A0 3</div><div=
>Common Buckeye=C2=A0 12</div><div>Monarch=C2=A0 5</div><div>Fiery Skipper =
1 female</div><div><br></div><div>I am very concerned about the scarcity of=
grass skippers in 2020.=C2=A0 It was not a severe winter or early spring, =
we&#39;ve had plenty of rainfall (no drought).=C2=A0 Maybe it is my weakene=
d eyesight, but still -- I blame mowing, spraying, and other issues with na=
tive grasses seemingly taking a hit.=C2=A0=C2=A0 Not many of you are report=
ing skippers other than spreadwings also -- and we are still in the latter =
parts of the spring brood for so many species.=C2=A0 I&#39;m close to wavin=
g the white flag on skippers for a couple of months and just stay in birdin=
g and botanizing mode for a while.=C2=A0 I sure miss the old days of butter=
flying!<br></div><div><br></div><div>Harry LeGrand</div><div>Raleigh<br></d=
iv></div>

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