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Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:33:54 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Heliconian/Longwing updates for NC

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Bad news and good news!

Bad news -- the folks who thought they had photographed a Julian
(Heliconian) a few years ago along the Blue Ridge Parkway e-mailed me a day
or two ago that the butterfly was a Gulf Fritillary, and not a very rare
stray Julia.

Good news -- Will Stuart notified me this afternoon that:

"Lisa Tompkins (she has a native plant nursery in Mineral Springs, Union
County, NC and takes many photos of pollinators) just posted 2 good photos
of a Zebra Longwing on her Pineapple Sage that visited this morning."
[October 26]

Will sent me the two photos, just for my curiosity. This is a FIRST record
of it for Union County. As far as I can remember, all of the 4 NC reports
in 2020 of Zebra Longwing have been in the southwestern Piedmont -- and
none for the coast or Coastal Plain -- 2 from Rutherford County, one for
Catawba County, and now one for Union County. Coupled with several SC
reports from the SC Piedmont not that far from NC, there was/is quite a
"bloom" of this stray in 2020 in this part of the Carolinas.

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As for as the 2020 photo of Julia from Stanly County recently, enough folks
have expressed doubt that his individual could be a legit stray from
southern FL or TX that I will not write a species account for it in the
next approximation of the Butterflies of North Carolina -- unless I hear of
other reports of this species in 2020 from SC, GA, etc. And, that has not
happened yet. I already have a brief accounting of this species in
Appendix A as "Species That Might Occur in North Carolina", based on a
record from coastal SC in 2013, as shown on the dot map. So, Tom Howard
and I PROBABLY will add a dot on this map, for Stanly County, NC, with text
about the record, saying that because it was believed to have been an
escape we cannot add the species to the NC butterfly list as a legitimate
resident/migrant/stray.

Harry LeGrand
Butterflies of NC website author/editor

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>Bad news and good news!</div><div><br></div><div>Bad =
news -- the folks who thought they had photographed a Julian (Heliconian) a=
few years ago along the Blue Ridge Parkway e-mailed me a day or two ago th=
at the butterfly was a Gulf Fritillary, and not a very rare stray Julia.</d=
iv><div><br></div><div>Good news -- Will Stuart notified me this afternoon =
that:</div><div><br></div><div>
&quot;Lisa Tompkins (she has a native plant nursery in Mineral Springs, Uni=
on=20
County, NC and takes many photos of pollinators) just posted 2 good=20
photos of a Zebra Longwing on her Pineapple Sage that visited this=20
morning.&quot; [October 26]<br></div><div><br></div><div>Will sent me the t=
wo photos, just for my curiosity.=C2=A0 This is a FIRST record of it for Un=
ion County.=C2=A0 As far as I can remember, all of the 4 NC reports in 2020=
of Zebra Longwing have been in the southwestern Piedmont -- and none for t=
he coast or Coastal Plain -- 2 from Rutherford County, one for Catawba Coun=
ty, and now one for Union County.=C2=A0=C2=A0 Coupled with several SC repor=
ts from the SC Piedmont not that far from NC, there was/is quite a &quot;bl=
oom&quot; of this stray in 2020 in this part of the Carolinas.<br></div><di=
v><br></div><div>----------------------</div><div><br></div><div>As for as =
the 2020 photo of Julia from Stanly County recently, enough folks have expr=
essed doubt that his individual could be a legit stray from southern FL or =
TX that I will not write a species account for it in the next approximation=
of the Butterflies of North Carolina -- unless I hear of other reports of =
this species in 2020 from SC, GA, etc.=C2=A0 And, that has not happened yet=
.=C2=A0=C2=A0 I already have a brief accounting of this species in Appendix=
A as &quot;Species That Might Occur in North Carolina&quot;, based on a re=
cord from coastal SC in 2013, as shown on the dot map.=C2=A0 So, Tom Howard=
and I PROBABLY will add a dot on this map, for Stanly County, NC, with tex=
t about the record, saying that because it was believed to have been an esc=
ape we cannot add the species to the NC butterfly list as a legitimate resi=
dent/migrant/stray.</div><div><br></div><div>Harry LeGrand</div><div>Butter=
flies of NC website author/editor<br></div><div><br></div><div><br>

</div></div>

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