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Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 17:46:06 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: NC Museum of Art grounds butterflies -- Oct. 13

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After 4 fully cloudy days, the sun and blue sky emerged around 11 am
today. I need some natural Vitamin D, so I decided to check out the weedy
hill at the Art Museum in Raleigh, Wake Co., wondering if a small colony of
Southern Skipperlings got established. Woo! I stayed there for a little
over an hour (315-420), as tons of large Frost Asters were in bloom, not to
mention lots of White Clover, a bit of Red Clover, and some Blanket Flower
(nothing much on it). There was a nice array of true butterflies, but
skipper diversity is dropping considerably:

Cabbage White 1 neighborhood on my drive home; the hill just isn't home
to "whites"
CLOUDED SULPHUR 1 fresh male; flyby my first there
Orange Sulphur 4
Cloudless Sulphur 25
Sleepy Orange 15
Little Yellow 5 good total for such a small area
E. Tailed-Blue 8
American Snout *5 *surprising number, nectaring on the aster
Variegated Fritillary 8 still can't get a Gulf Frit there in 2020
Pearl Crescent 6 didn't cover the pond area, where they abound
American Lady 2
Painted Lady 1
Common Buckeye 65
Red-spotted Purple 1
Monarch 8
Common Checkered-Skipper 15
SOUTHERN SKIPPERLING 2 nectaring on white clover; new brood
Fiery Skipper 12
Ocola Skipper 20 nearly all of them fresh; couldn't find a Clouded
Skipper, but likely some by the pond

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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