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Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2020 16:10:57 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Re: Eastern Beard-grass Skipper records in the Carolinas

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Becca,

At least with Frosted Elfin, you picked a species that is still extant in
the Carolinas. We in the Carolinas are very much attuned to what records
of Arogos Skipper (or Eastern Arogos Skipper) -- don't call it Eastern
Beard-grass Skipper, as that is a very old common name (and not a
hostplant, and not many people will know what you are talking about) --
that have occurred here, and yes, the dates seem to be correct --* it is
considered extirpated, at least in NC*. The last known population at a
single savanna in Croatan National Forest was active for many years, and
most veteran butterfliers in NC have seen it there. But that disastrous
burn by USFS staff to control a wildfire burned up ALL of the habitat in
August 2009. See my species account in the Butterflies of NC website. You
never burn the entire habitat stand of an insect at one time; you must
always burn parts at a time, to leave refugia. They wanted to keep the
wildflire from spreading north from NC 24 toward Havelock -- yes, that
worked, but .....

Such a small butterfly, with a hostplant that is not overly rare in NC --
Calamovilfa brevipilis -- ought to occur in other savannas in the state,
but we have covered such places, with no luck.

So -- you will have an easy job on this one gathering any new records. =F0=
=9F=98=A2
There are none. (iNaturalist has none.) Please let this listserve know
if you do turn up any records in NC since 2008. Of course, there are a
bunch of old records, and I hope we have all of them on the website.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

On Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 3:34 PM Becca <carolinaleps...> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> My name is Becca, and I am one of the technicians working for the USFWS
> At-Risk Species Program. I reached out to this group a couple of months a=
go
> about frosted elfin records in the Carolinas, and I received great
> feedback! I want to thank the ones who were able to gather that informati=
on
> for us!
>
> We are now interested in the distribution of the Eastern Beard-grass
> Skipper (*Atrytone arogos arogos*). It might be that this species has
> extirpated in North Carolina (since 2009) and South Carolina (since 1978)=
,
> but I thought I'd reach out to local surveyors, as yourselves, to be
> certain. If anyone sees this yellow/orange skipper with pale veins, pleas=
e
> get a photo (with date and location information) and send it to me at
> <beccabartkovich...>, and we'll make sure to give photo credit if we
> use it in any documents. Also, if anyone finds records of this skipp er
> with later dates than listed above, please let me know.
>
> Any information is greatly appreciated!
>
> Thank you,
> Becca Bartkovich
>

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>Becca, <br></div><div><br></div><div>At least with Fr=
osted Elfin, you picked a species that is still extant in the Carolinas.=C2=
=A0 We in the Carolinas are very much attuned to what records of Arogos Ski=
pper (or Eastern Arogos Skipper) -- don&#39;t call it Eastern Beard-grass S=
kipper, as that is a very old common name (and not a hostplant, and not man=
y people will know what you are talking about) =C2=A0 -- that have occurred=
here, and yes, the dates seem to be correct --<u> it is considered extirpa=
ted, at least in NC</u>.=C2=A0 The last known population at a single savann=
a in Croatan National Forest was active for many years, and most veteran bu=
tterfliers in NC have seen it there.=C2=A0 But that disastrous burn by USFS=
staff to control a wildfire burned up ALL of the habitat in August 2009. S=
ee my species account in the Butterflies of NC website.=C2=A0 You never bur=
n the entire habitat stand of an insect at one time; you must always burn p=
arts at a time, to leave refugia. They wanted to keep the wildflire from sp=
reading north from NC 24 toward Havelock --=C2=A0 yes, that worked, but ...=
..<br></div><div><br></div><div>Such a small butterfly, with a hostplant th=
at is not overly rare in NC -- Calamovilfa brevipilis -- ought to occur in =
other savannas in the state, but we have covered such places, with no luck.=
</div><div><br></div><div>So -- you will have an easy job on this one gathe=
ring any new records.=C2=A0 =F0=9F=98=A2 There are none.=C2=A0 (iNaturalist=
has none.)=C2=A0=C2=A0 Please let this listserve know if you do turn up an=
y records in NC since 2008.=C2=A0=C2=A0 Of course, there are a bunch of old=
records, and I hope we have all of them on the website.<br></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 Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at=
3:34 PM Becca &lt;<a href=3D"mailto:<carolinaleps...>">carolinaleps@du=
ke.edu</a>&gt; wrote:<br></div><blockquote class=3D"gmail_quote" style=3D"m=
argin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left:1px solid rgb(204,204,204);padding-left=
:1ex"><div dir=3D"ltr">Hello everyone,<br><br><div>My name is Becca, and I =
am one of the technicians working for the USFWS At-Risk Species Program. I =
reached out to this group a couple of months ago about frosted elfin record=
s in the Carolinas, and I received great feedback! I want to thank the ones=
who were able to gather that information for us!</div><div><br></div><div>=
We are now interested in the distribution of the Eastern Beard-grass Skipp=
er (<i>Atrytone arogos arogos</i>). It might be that this species has extir=
pated in North Carolina (since 2009) and South Carolina (since 1978), but I=
thought I&#39;d reach out to local surveyors, as yourselves, to be certain=
. If anyone sees this yellow/orange skipper with pale veins, please get a p=
hoto (with date and location information) and send it to me at <a href=3D"m=
ailto:<beccabartkovich...>" target=3D"_blank"><beccabartkovich...>=
m</a>, and we&#39;ll make sure to give photo credit if we use it in any doc=
uments. Also, if anyone finds records of this skipp
er with later dates than listed above, please let me know.<br></div><div><=
br></div>Any information is greatly appreciated!<br><br>Thank you,<br>Becca=
Bartkovich</div>
</blockquote></div>

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