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Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2020 10:09:07 -0400
From: Doug Allen (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Yard butterflies and nearby field butterflies

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Our yard and lantana had many butterflies again yesterday during some sunny
weather. Still many Longtail skippers, several Ocola skippers, Clouded
skippers, Fiery skippers, Am. Ladies, Buckeyes, Gulf Fritillaries. The
most common butterfly was Cloudless Sulphur and the least common, a
single Little Yellow, not seen in several weeks. I photographed a couple
skippers that were probably something else and will look at my photos
later. No Monarchs the last few days.

Two butterflies whose populations seemed to have collapsed here this year
are Sachem and Cabbage White, so I was amazed when I briefly visited some
fields that were *not* planted in soybeans this year (first time in a few
years)and were mowed in August. They are full of wildflowers and
butterflies, mainly Cabbage Whites, easily several hundred,. Not quite as
common were Sleepy Orange, also probably, several hundred. These are the
same fields where there were many hundreds of Sleepy Orange before the
August mowing. Another very common species was the Checkered Skipper.
I intended to go back for a longer visit with my camera, but we're having
several inches of rain over the next 48 hours.
Doug Allen
Inman, SC

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<div dir=3D"ltr">Our yard and lantana had many butterflies again yesterday=
=C2=A0during some sunny weather.=C2=A0 Still many Longtail skippers, severa=
l Ocola=C2=A0skippers, Clouded skippers, Fiery skippers, Am. Ladies, Buckey=
es, Gulf Fritillaries.=C2=A0 =C2=A0The most common butterfly was Cloudless =
Sulphur and the least common, a single=C2=A0Little=C2=A0Yellow, not seen in=
several weeks.=C2=A0 I photographed a couple skippers that were probably=
=C2=A0something else and will look at my photos later.=C2=A0 No Monarchs th=
e last few days.<div><br></div><div>Two butterflies whose populations seeme=
d to have collapsed here this year are Sachem and Cabbage White, so I was a=
mazed when I briefly visited=C2=A0some fields that were <u>not</u> planted =
in soybeans this year (first time in a few years)and were mowed in August.=
=C2=A0 They are full of wildflowers and butterflies, mainly Cabbage=C2=A0Wh=
ites, easily several hundred,. Not quite as common were Sleepy Orange, also=
probably, several hundred. These are the same fields where there were many=
hundreds of Sleepy Orange before the August mowing.=C2=A0 Another very com=
mon species was the Checkered Skipper.=C2=A0=C2=A0</div><div>I intended to =
go back for a longer visit with my camera, but we&#39;re having several inc=
hes of rain over the next 48 hours.</div><div>Doug Allen</div><div>Inman, S=
C</div></div>

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