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Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2020 17:39:44 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Sandhills Game Land -- Richmond/Scotland cos., NC butterflies -- Oct. 7

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Seems as though the Sandhills Game Land is a popular place in the fall for
butterflying, with folks looking for Meske's Skipper and a few other things
now. Lori Arent, Lori White, and I ventured to a different block than Will
Stuart, Mike Turner, and Jan Hansen have been visiting, going instead to
the large southern one along Cognac Road (Block C?). We spent from about
940 - 200 PM there, walking in variously burned Longleaf Pine stands and a
few other spots. We found one disturbing thing, which MAY be why Will and
others have a hard time finding skippers despite lots of *Carphephorus
bellidifolius* and *Liatris *in bloom -- *blocks burned THIS summer have
flowers, but the summer burns indeed "burn up" the life stages of most
butterflies and moths,* so that the main things on these flowers are the
long-distance fliers from outside the burn -- sulphurs, ladies, Buckeyes,
and Ocola Skippers. But, we found a large block burned sometime in 2019,
and THAT had the leps -- moths and butterflies, as well as a good variety
of composites in bloom. Even so, the *Car bell* and *Liatris* were not
dripping in skippers, but were much better than the two Summer 2020 burned
blocks. (And, this was a BIG problem at Holly Shelter Game Land this fall
-- too much land burned THIS summer just wiped out most of the leps. Winter
or spring burns are better for leps; more life stages are dormant at that
time, though there is still heavy mortality -- but adjacent blocks unburned
are essential as refugia for re-populating burned blocks).

We had a successful outing, despite not finding Whirlabouts and Southern
Skipperlings -- both secondary targets. These and many other skippers are
WAY down in the NC Coastal Plain in recent years.

Richmond County first, then Scotland County -- the county line runs thru
this block:

Spicebush Swallowtail 1 ,1
Cloudless Sulphur 65, 5
Sleepy Orange 15, 5
Little Yellow 65, 10
WHITE-M HAIRSTREAK -, 1 fresh; nectaring on *Solidago altissimum*
Gray Hairstreak -, 1 couldn't find a Red-banded, and looked for Great
Purple on goldenrods as well
E. Tailed-Blue 20, 10
Variegated Fritillary 6, 2
Pearl Crescent -, 2
Question Mark -, 1
American Lady 10, 2
Painted Lady 2, -
Common Buckeye 70, 10
Red-spotted Purple -, 2
Monarch 10, 2

Silver-spotted Skipper -, 1
Long-tailed Skipper 3, 1
WHITE CHECKERED-SKIPPER 1, - presumed this species; no known colonies of
Commons anywhere nearby, and in dry, sandhill habitat
Swarthy Skipper 1, -
Clouded Skipper 18, 2
MESKE'S SKIPPER 5, - 1 male, 3 females, 1 sex unknown; I've never missed
it in the SGL in October on a full day's effort; nice to have 6 eyes
instead of 2
Fiery Skipper 6, - pleasantly infrequent
Eufala Skipper 5, -
Ocola Skipper 20, 2

24 species

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>Seems as though the Sandhills Game Land is a popular =
place in the fall for butterflying, with folks looking for Meske&#39;s Skip=
per and a few other things now.=C2=A0 Lori Arent, Lori White, and I venture=
d to a different block than Will Stuart, Mike Turner, and Jan Hansen have b=
een visiting, going instead to the large southern one along Cognac Road (Bl=
ock C?).=C2=A0 We spent from about 940 - 200 PM there, walking in variously=
burned Longleaf Pine stands and a few other spots.=C2=A0 We found one dist=
urbing thing, which MAY be why Will and others have a hard time finding ski=
ppers despite lots of <i>Carphephorus bellidifolius</i> and <i>Liatris </i>=
in bloom -- <u>blocks burned THIS summer have flowers, but the summer burns=
indeed &quot;burn up&quot; the life stages of most butterflies and moths,<=
/u> so that the main things on these flowers are the long-distance fliers f=
rom outside the burn=C2=A0 -- sulphurs, ladies, Buckeyes, and Ocola Skipper=
s.=C2=A0 But, we found a large block burned sometime in 2019, and THAT had =
the leps -- moths and butterflies, as well as a good variety of composites =
in bloom.=C2=A0 Even so, the <i>Car bell</i> and <i>Liatris</i> were not dr=
ipping in skippers, but were much better than the two Summer 2020 burned bl=
ocks.=C2=A0 (And, this was a BIG problem at Holly Shelter Game Land this fa=
ll -- too much land burned THIS summer just wiped out most of the leps. Win=
ter or spring burns are better for leps; more life stages are dormant at th=
at time, though there is still heavy mortality -- but adjacent blocks unbur=
ned are essential as refugia for re-populating burned blocks).<br></div><di=
v><br></div><div>We had a successful outing, despite not finding Whirlabout=
s and Southern Skipperlings -- both secondary targets. These and many other=
skippers are WAY down in the NC Coastal Plain in recent years.</div><div><=
br></div><div>Richmond County first, then Scotland County -- the county lin=
e runs thru this block:</div><div><br></div><div>Spicebush Swallowtail=C2=
=A0 1 ,1</div><div>Cloudless Sulphur=C2=A0 65, 5</div><div>Sleepy Orange=C2=
=A0 15, 5</div><div>Little Yellow=C2=A0 65, 10</div><div>WHITE-M HAIRSTREAK=
=C2=A0 -, 1=C2=A0=C2=A0 fresh; nectaring on <i>Solidago altissimum</i></div=
><div>Gray Hairstreak=C2=A0 -, 1=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 couldn&#39;t find =
a Red-banded, and looked for Great Purple on goldenrods as well</div><div>E=
. Tailed-Blue=C2=A0 20, 10</div><div>Variegated Fritillary=C2=A0 6, 2</div>=
<div>Pearl Crescent=C2=A0 -, 2</div><div>Question Mark=C2=A0 -, 1</div><div=
>American Lady=C2=A0 10, 2</div><div>Painted Lady=C2=A0 2, -</div><div>Comm=
on Buckeye=C2=A0 70, 10</div><div>Red-spotted Purple=C2=A0 -, 2</div><div>M=
onarch=C2=A0 10, 2</div><div><br></div><div>Silver-spotted Skipper=C2=A0 -,=
1</div><div>Long-tailed Skipper=C2=A0 3, 1</div><div>WHITE CHECKERED-SKIPP=
ER=C2=A0 1, -=C2=A0 presumed this species; no known colonies of Commons any=
where nearby, and in dry, sandhill habitat</div><div>Swarthy Skipper=C2=A0 =
1, -</div><div>Clouded Skipper=C2=A0 18, 2</div><div>MESKE&#39;S SKIPPER=C2=
=A0 5, - =C2=A0 1 male, 3 females, 1 sex unknown; I&#39;ve never missed it =
in the SGL in October on a full day&#39;s effort; nice to have 6 eyes inste=
ad of 2</div><div>Fiery=C2=A0 Skipper=C2=A0 6, -=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 pleasant=
ly infrequent</div><div>Eufala Skipper=C2=A0 5, -</div><div>Ocola Skipper=
=C2=A0 20, 2</div><div><br></div><div>24 species <br></div><div><br></div><=
div>Harry LeGrand</div><div>Raleigh<br></div><div><br></div></div>

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