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Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2021 18:31:03 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Sandhills Game Land, Scotland Co., NC, butterflies -- April 4

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I think Lori Arent, Lori White, and I should have gone to the Richmond
County part of the game land today -- after having read Jan Hansen's
report. We stuck to the areas I am most familiar with, in northern
Scotland County, with lots of seepages and puddles along dirt roads. And,
yes, it isn't called the SANDhills for nothing. We got in 2 hours before I
bottomed out on a deep sand area, and so our 4 hours in the game land
consisted of 2 hours of butterflying and 2 hours of sand digging, pushing,
etc. -- with the help of 2 guys who finally happened to drive by and help
dig and push.

We did manage a decent list of 11 species, but nothing like the goodies on
his 16 species list, especially as we could not find many shrubs and small
trees in bloom. Here is our list:

E. Tiger Swallowtail 15
Spicebush Swallowtail 10
Sleepy Orange 2
Holly Azure 10
E. Tailed-Blue 15
American Lady 2
Common Buckeye 1
Southern Cloudywing 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Sleepy Duskywing 20
Juvenal's Duskywing 12
duskywing sp. 15+

All azures seemed to be fairly fresh males, and both *Ilex coriacea* and *I.
glabra* are numerous nearby, but no *I. opaca*. I did see one with the
wings spread open. After having seen lots of fairly fresh male Summer
Azures in the Triangle area over the last 2 weeks, these guys were
noticeably smaller, and I would expect Summer Azure males to be fairly worn
in this area now. I'm not even sure if they are routinely found in these
acidic, streamhead pocosin/seepage places.

We did look around a stand of yuccas where I have seen Yucca Giant-Skippers
in previous years, but no skippers were seen. There are no stands of
Atlantic White-cedar here to look for Hessel's.

I hope to be searching for Hessel's and Yucca Giant-Skipper in the next 10
days. I've seen them in plenty of NC places!

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>I think Lori Arent, Lori White, and I should have gon=
e to the Richmond County part of the game land today -- after having read J=
an Hansen&#39;s report.=C2=A0 We stuck to the areas I am most familiar with=
, in northern Scotland County, with lots of seepages and puddles along dirt=
roads.=C2=A0 And, yes, it isn&#39;t called the SANDhills for nothing.=C2=
=A0 We got in 2 hours before I bottomed out on a deep sand area, and so our=
4 hours in the game land consisted of 2 hours of butterflying and 2 hours =
of sand digging, pushing, etc. -- with the help of 2 guys who finally happe=
ned to drive by and help dig and push.</div><div><br></div><div>We did mana=
ge a decent list of 11 species, but nothing like the goodies on his 16 spec=
ies list, especially as we could not find many shrubs and small trees in bl=
oom.=C2=A0 Here is our list:</div><div><br></div><div>E. Tiger Swallowtail=
=C2=A0 15</div><div>Spicebush Swallowtail 10</div><div>Sleepy Orange=C2=A0 =
2</div><div>Holly Azure=C2=A0 10 <br></div><div>E. Tailed-Blue=C2=A0 15</di=
v><div>American Lady=C2=A0 2</div><div>Common Buckeye=C2=A0 1</div><div>Sou=
thern Cloudywing=C2=A0 1</div><div>Silver-spotted Skipper=C2=A0 1</div><div=
>Sleepy Duskywing=C2=A0 20</div><div>Juvenal&#39;s Duskywing=C2=A0 12</div>=
<div>duskywing sp. 15+</div><div><br></div><div>All azures seemed to be fai=
rly fresh males, and both <i>Ilex coriacea</i> and <i>I. glabra</i> are num=
erous nearby, but no <i>I. opaca</i>.=C2=A0 I did see one with the wings sp=
read open.=C2=A0 After having seen lots of fairly fresh male Summer Azures =
in the Triangle area over the last 2 weeks, these guys were noticeably smal=
ler, and I would expect Summer Azure males to be fairly worn in this area n=
ow.=C2=A0 I&#39;m not even sure if they are routinely found in these acidic=
, streamhead pocosin/seepage places.</div><div><br></div><div>We did look a=
round a stand of yuccas where I have seen Yucca Giant-Skippers in previous =
years, but no skippers were seen.=C2=A0 There are no stands of Atlantic Whi=
te-cedar here to look for Hessel&#39;s.<br></div><div><br></div><div>I hope=
to be searching for Hessel&#39;s and Yucca Giant-Skipper in the next 10 da=
ys. I&#39;ve seen them in plenty of NC places!</div><div><br></div><div>Har=
ry LeGrand</div><div>Raleigh<br></div></div>

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