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Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2021 19:54:52 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Some drab Orange Co., NC, butterflying -- April 6

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I went to Brumley North Preserve (1) near Hillsborough to check on a large
population of a rare plant reported to me, and yes, I found the* Ranunculus
micranthus* -- so abundant that it is weedy and totally unexciting! While
there, I saw a few butterflies, mainly on a few quite large American
Plums (*Prunus
americana*) in bloom -- binoculars required!

I then went briefly to nearby Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area (2),
mostly looking over the still-in-bloom weedy *Glechoma* patches -- feeling
like an idiot doing so, as hardly anything on these toe-high plants.

Then over to the Fews Ford (3) section of Eno River State Park -- where
staff were finishing up a light burn of the old-field cedar stand beyond
the parking lot. Finally, I went over to Cole Mill (4) access. Some
butterflies there might have been in Durham, but all species today were in
Orange County. Here is the list, in order of visit:

Pipevine Swallowtail 1, -, -, -
E.Tiger Swallowtail 5, 2, 8, 6 some dark females
Spicebush Swallowtail -, -, 1, -
Cabbage White -, 1, -, -
Falcate Orangetip -, -, 5, 3
Sleepy Orange -, 1, -, 1
Juniper Hairstreak 1, -, -, - way up in a plum
Summer Azure -, -, -, 1 first brood seems about done around here
E. Tailed-Blue -, -, -, 1
Eastern Comma 1, -, -, -
Common Buckeye -, -, -, 1
Juvenal's Duskywing -, 1, -, 1 surprisingly few; another poor year for
them


When I got home in Raleigh, my FOY Cloudless Sulphur flew by.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>I went to Brumley North Preserve (1) near Hillsboroug=
h to check on a large population of a rare plant reported to me, and yes, I=
found the<i> Ranunculus micranthus</i> -- so abundant that it is weedy and=
totally unexciting!=C2=A0 While there, I saw a few butterflies, mainly on =
a few quite large American Plums (<i>Prunus americana</i>) in bloom -- bino=
culars required!</div><div><br></div><div>I then went briefly to nearby Occ=
oneechee Mountain State Natural Area (2), mostly looking over the still-in-=
bloom weedy <i>Glechoma</i> patches -- feeling like an idiot doing so, as h=
ardly anything on these toe-high plants.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Then =
over to the Fews Ford (3) section of Eno River State Park -- where staff we=
re finishing up a light burn of the old-field cedar stand beyond the parkin=
g lot.=C2=A0 Finally, I went over to Cole Mill (4) access.=C2=A0 Some butte=
rflies there might have been in Durham, but all species today were in Orang=
e County.=C2=A0 Here is the list,=C2=A0 in order of visit:</div><div><br></=
div><div>Pipevine Swallowtail=C2=A0=C2=A0 1, -, -, -<br></div><div>E.Tiger =
Swallowtail=C2=A0 5, 2, 8, 6=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 some dark females</div><div>=
Spicebush Swallowtail=C2=A0 -, -, 1, -</div><div>Cabbage White=C2=A0=C2=A0 =
-, 1, -, -</div><div>Falcate Orangetip=C2=A0 -, -, 5, 3<br></div><div>Sleep=
y Orange=C2=A0 -, 1, -, 1</div><div>Juniper Hairstreak=C2=A0 1, -, -, -=C2=
=A0=C2=A0 way up in a plum</div><div>Summer Azure=C2=A0 -, -, -, 1=C2=A0=C2=
=A0 first brood seems about done around here</div><div>E. Tailed-Blue=C2=A0=
-, -, -, 1</div><div>Eastern Comma=C2=A0=C2=A0 1, -, -, -</div><div>Common=
Buckeye=C2=A0 -, -, -, 1</div><div>Juvenal&#39;s Duskywing=C2=A0 -, 1, -, =
1=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 surprisingly few; another poor year for them<br></div><=
div><br></div><div><br></div><div>When I got home in Raleigh, my FOY Cloudl=
ess Sulphur flew by.</div><div><br></div><div>Harry LeGrand</div><div>Ralei=
gh<br></div><div><br></div></div>

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