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Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2021 12:00:48 +0000
From: Matt Spangler (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: march leps + question(s) about azures

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I'm relatively new to the listserv and trying to get a feel for whether to =
report every single sighting, or only rare sightings, or only impressive do=
uble-digit checklists, etc. I haven't seen too many leps so far this year, =
so I figured I'd wait to send an email until I saw some "good" ones.

On 3/28, at the Sandhills Community College gardens (Moore Co) I saw the fo=
llowing:
ETS 3
Cloudless Sulphur 2
Henry's Elfin 3 (one ovipositing on Am. Holly)
Azure sp. 2.

I have a question about the azures. Two of them were flying high around one=
or two American Hollies, occasionally landing near the top (but only for a=
n instant) (perhaps ovipositing, but I couldn't tell), then departing to co=
ntinue circling the area, always sticking close to the holly trees. Do you =
think it's safe to call the azures Holly Azures given their affinity for th=
e hollies, or might they be spring-form Summers? I read over the reference =
material that Salman shared earlier this spring, and it seems that either a=
re possible. I got some poor quality pictures; I expect they will not be he=
lpful, but here they are anyway: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.e-=
butterfly.org/ebapp/en/checklists/view/107716__;!!OToaGQ!_57K8ila57uowa_0c9=
YBwgnYphmVoULCKYfob1Cgd8jt3pFxPb_pXJ5GibSPhUIj-bM$ .


Other sightings from March:

3/27, Orange Co, Occoneechee Mountain SNA
ETS 1
Azure sp. 1 (Another azure question-is it safe to call these spring-form Su=
mmer? Does anyone have more precise date ranges for when Spring Azures fly =
in the piedmont?)
(no elfins)

3/26 Chatham Co, Home
Falcate Orangetip 2
ETS 1

3/22 Chatham Co, Jordan Lake ESF
ETS 1

3/18 Chatham Co, Home
Falcate Orangetip 1

3/14 Chatham Co, Home
Question Mark 1
Falcate Orangetip 1
Azure sp. 1 (same question as above, but from 3/14)

3/14 Chatham Co, Jordan Lake ESF
Azure sp. 4 (same)

3/12 Pender Co, Holly Shelter GL
Cloudless Sulphur 2

3/9 Chatham Co, Home
Question Mark 1

Best,

Matt Spangler
Chatham Co, NC
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<p class=3D"MsoNormal">I&#8217;m relatively new to the listserv and trying =
to get a feel for whether to report every single sighting, or only rare sig=
htings, or only impressive double-digit checklists, etc. I haven&#8217;t se=
en too many leps so far this year, so I figured
I&#8217;d wait to send an email until I saw some &#8220;good&#8221; ones. =
<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">On 3/28, at the Sandhills Community College gardens =
(Moore Co) I saw the following:<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">ETS 3<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Cloudless Sulphur 2<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Henry&#8217;s Elfin 3 (one ovipositing on Am. Holly)=
<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Azure sp. 2.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><b>I have a question about the azures. </b>Two of th=
em were flying high around one or two American Hollies, occasionally landin=
g near the top (but only for an instant) (perhaps ovipositing, but I couldn=
&#8217;t tell), then departing to continue
circling the area, always sticking close to the holly trees. Do you think =
it&#8217;s safe to call the azures Holly Azures given their affinity for th=
e hollies, or might they be spring-form Summers? I read over the reference =
material that Salman shared earlier this
spring, and it seems that either are possible. I got some poor quality pic=
tures; I expect they will not be helpful, but here they are anyway:
<a href=3D"https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.e-butterfly.org/ebapp/en=
/checklists/view/107716__;!!OToaGQ!_57K8ila57uowa_0c9YBwgnYphmVoULCKYfob1Cg=
d8jt3pFxPb_pXJ5GibSPhUIj-bM$">https://www.e-butterfly.org/ebapp/en/checklis=
ts/view/107716</a>.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Other sightings from March:<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">3/27, Orange Co, Occoneechee Mountain SNA<o:p></o:p>=
</p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">ETS 1<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Azure sp. 1 <b>(Another azure question&#8212;is it s=
afe to call these spring-form Summer?</b> Does anyone have more precise dat=
e ranges for when Spring Azures fly in the piedmont?)<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">(no elfins)<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">3/26 Chatham Co, Home<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Falcate Orangetip 2<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">ETS 1<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">3/22 Chatham Co, Jordan Lake ESF<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">ETS 1<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">3/18 Chatham Co, Home<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Falcate Orangetip 1 <o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">3/14 Chatham Co, Home<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Question Mark 1<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Falcate Orangetip 1<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Azure sp. 1<b> (same question as above, but from 3/1=
4)</b><o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">3/14 Chatham Co, Jordan Lake ESF<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Azure sp. 4 (same)<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">3/12 Pender Co, Holly Shelter GL<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Cloudless Sulphur 2<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">3/9 Chatham Co, Home<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Question Mark 1<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Best,<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Matt Spangler<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal">Chatham Co, NC<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><a href=3D"https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://spang=
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xPb_pXJ5GibSP3P_MXZA$">https://spanglerwoodbirds.com</a>
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