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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2020 16:30:01 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Re: Zebra Longtail- new Spartanburg county species

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Like I've said a few times recently, there is a "population" of Zebra
Longwings now in far upstate SC and adjacent NC, north to Catawba County.
I suspect all it took was ONE gravid female laying eggs somewhere in that
region, let's say Spartanburg County, to produce such a localized
concentration of adults perhaps 2 months later (not sure how long from one
brood to another).

That is what happened in 2008 at Fort Macon State Park in NC -- probably
just a single gravid female, which produced a brood of adults that covered
that county and one or two adjacent counties. Nothing made it through the
winter, of course. And, that is what probably happened this spring and
into summer in Chatham County with E. Giant Swallowtail -- which had about
6 records but adjacent counties essentially had zero -- unless a SINGLE
Giant Swallowtail made it around the county to visit six different yards
and gardens.

Hard to believe -- but NC has several 2020 records for Zebra Longwing, ALL
from the southwestern Piedmont -- so far! Either that same butterfly is
making the rounds, or they are all "siblings".

Harry LeGrand

On Wed, Oct 14, 2020 at 1:11 PM Doug Allen <carolinaleps...> wrote:

> My wife glanced out the window a few minutes ago (12:30 PM) and
> reported there was something like the Zebra Swallowtail we had a few weeks
> ago. I went out with my camera and took many pictures of the Zebra
> Longtail on one of our lanata bushes.
> It's been recorded in two adjacent counties, Polk and Greenville. It only
> stayed about 7 minutes after Judy noticed it, and it was gone. Always one
> of my favorite butterflies in the tropics, I was amazed to see it in my
> yard!
>
> Yesterday Jean Fontaine banded 4 Monarchs in our yard and the yard across
> the lane, 3 females and one male. We saw two additional Monarchs, but they
> alluded netting.
>
> Yesterday's list from several short visits to my and the neighbor's
> gardens here in Inman was-
> 3 Black Swallowtail cats on fennel a couple weeks ago
> 1 Spicebush Swallowtail
> 3 Tiger Swallowtail
> 2 Sleepy Orange
> 18 Cloudless Sulphur
> 4 Summer Azure
> 9 Gulf Fritillary
> 4 Variegated Fritillary
> 1 Pearl Crescent
> 15 Am Lady plus several others not definitely ID'd
> 1 Red Admiral
> 5 C. Buckeye
> 4 Red-spotted Purple
> 6 Monarch maybe more in morning Monarchs were different
> 9 Long-tailed Skipper
> 1 Common Checkered-Skipper
> many orange and brown grass skippers seen while looking for Monarchs
>
> Doug Allen
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<div dir=3D"ltr">Like I&#39;ve said a few times recently, there is a &quot;=
population&quot; of Zebra Longwings now in far upstate SC and adjacent NC, =
north to Catawba County.=C2=A0 I suspect all it took was ONE gravid female =
laying eggs somewhere in that region, let&#39;s say Spartanburg County, to =
produce such a localized concentration of adults perhaps 2 months later (no=
t sure how long from one brood to another).<div><br></div><div>That is what=
happened in 2008 at Fort Macon State Park in NC -- probably just a single =
gravid female, which produced a brood of adults that covered that county an=
d one or two adjacent counties.=C2=A0 Nothing made it through=C2=A0the wint=
er, of course.=C2=A0 =C2=A0And, that is what probably happened this spring =
and into summer in Chatham County with E. Giant Swallowtail -- which had ab=
out 6 records but adjacent counties essentially had zero -- unless a SINGLE=
Giant Swallowtail made it around the county to visit six different yards a=
nd gardens.</div><div><br></div><div>Hard to believe -- but NC has several =
2020 records for Zebra Longwing, ALL from the southwestern Piedmont -- so f=
ar!=C2=A0 Either that same butterfly is making the rounds, or they are all =
&quot;siblings&quot;.</div><div><br></div><div>Harry LeGrand</div></div><br=
><div class=3D"gmail_quote"><div dir=3D"ltr" class=3D"gmail_attr">On Wed, O=
ct 14, 2020 at 1:11 PM Doug Allen &lt;<a href=3D"mailto:<carolinaleps...>=
du"><carolinaleps...></a>&gt; wrote:<br></div><blockquote class=3D"gmai=
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4,204);padding-left:1ex"><div dir=3D"ltr"><font size=3D"4">My wife glanced =
out the window a few minutes ago (12:30 PM) and reported=C2=A0there was som=
ething like the Zebra Swallowtail we had a few weeks ago.=C2=A0 I went out =
with my camera and took many pictures of the Zebra Longtail on one of our l=
anata bushes.</font><div><font size=3D"4">It&#39;s been recorded in two adj=
acent=C2=A0counties, Polk and Greenville.=C2=A0 It only stayed about 7 minu=
tes after Judy noticed it, and it was gone.=C2=A0 Always one of my favorite=
butterflies in the tropics, I was amazed to see it in my yard!</font></div=
><div><font size=3D"4"><br></font></div><div><font size=3D"4">Yesterday Jea=
n Fontaine banded 4 Monarchs in our yard and the yard across the lane, 3 fe=
males and one male.=C2=A0 We saw two additional Monarchs, but they alluded =
netting.</font></div><div><font size=3D"4"><br></font></div><div><font size=
=3D"4">Yesterday&#39;s list from several short visits to my and the neighbo=
r&#39;s=C2=A0 gardens here in Inman was-</font></div><div><font size=3D"4">=
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ze=3D"4">3 Tiger Swallowtail</font></div><div><font size=3D"4">2 Sleepy Ora=
nge</font></div><div><font size=3D"4">18 Cloudless Sulphur</font></div><div=
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