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Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2021 19:09:45 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Durham Co., NC, butterflies -- Aug. 19

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This morning, Lori Arent and I checked some dirt roads in NE Durham County
that we had never butterflied before, despite having covered nearby places
like Brickhouse Road, Flat River Impoundments, and Horton Grove preserve.
Weather was perfect -- sunny and hot -- so -- yes, we knew that
intentionally looking for Harvester is impossible and you are only allowed
to see one when not looking for it! But we got to see a bunch of grass
skippers nearly gone (*) from our own Wake County. Best places were Lake
Michie Dam Road, Red Mill Road Public Fishing Area road, and Little River
"impoundment" NE end (for skippers). FYI -- Horton Grove field and Jock
Road are terrible now.

E. Tiger Swallowtail 28 swarming over Virgin's-bower flowers along LMD
road
Spicebush Swallowtail 6
Cloudless Sulphur 5
Sleepy Orange 8
E. Tailed-Blue 4
Summer Azure 2 no hairstreaks
American Snout 5 mostly PFA parking lot
Silvery Checkerspot 1 fresh, 3rd brood; LMD
Pearl Crescent 5
Question Mark 1 worn
Eastern Comma 2 fresh; new brood
Common Buckeye 1
Red-spotted Purple 9
Hackberry Emperor 6 Tawny E. seems non-existent this year!
Northern Pearly-eye 2
Carolina Satyr 22
Monarch 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 8
Horace's Duskywing 4
Swarthy Skipper 1 * LMD
Clouded Skipper 4
Fiery Skipper 6
Crossline Skipper 3 * LMD and LRI
Southern Broken-dash 1 * LRI LA photo; I missed it and haven't seen one
all year
Little Glassywing 12 mostly LRI; impressive #; lots on verbena at this
site, as were other skippers
Sachem 6
Zabulon Skipper 15 about 2 females
Dun Skipper 2 males at mud
Ocola Skipper 1 worn

The scarcity of so many brushfoot butterflies this summer in the Piedmont
is apparent to us and many other folks -- Tawny Emperor is extremely
scarce; Question Mark and Comma not numerous; Snouts not overly numerous or
is Hackberry Emperor; ladies and Red Admirals down; many fewer Buckeyes,
etc. I should note that the RDU airport had its driest spring (March,
April, May) ever; not sure if this was or is an issue, as for the most part
it was extremely wet in fall and winter (Sept-Feb) and the groundwater was
abundant and water tables high into spring -- so "droughty" vegetation was
not really apparent here. June, July, and August rainfall normal to above,
so probably not an issue. Good luck, Brian and others, on Piedmont counts
later this month!

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>This morning, Lori Arent and I checked some dirt road=
s in NE Durham County that we had never butterflied before, despite having =
covered nearby places like Brickhouse Road, Flat River Impoundments, and Ho=
rton Grove preserve.=C2=A0 Weather was perfect -- sunny and hot -- so -- ye=
s, we knew that intentionally looking for Harvester is impossible and you a=
re only allowed to see one when not looking for it!=C2=A0 But we got to see=
a bunch of grass skippers nearly gone (*) from our own Wake County.=C2=A0 =
Best places were Lake Michie Dam Road, Red Mill Road Public Fishing Area ro=
ad, and Little River &quot;impoundment&quot; NE end (for skippers).=C2=A0 F=
YI -- Horton Grove field and Jock Road are terrible now.<br></div><div><br>=
</div><div>E. Tiger Swallowtail=C2=A0 28=C2=A0 swarming over Virgin&#39;s-b=
ower flowers along LMD road<br></div><div>Spicebush Swallowtail=C2=A0 6</di=
v><div>Cloudless Sulphur=C2=A0 5</div><div>Sleepy Orange=C2=A0 8</div><div>=
E. Tailed-Blue=C2=A0 4</div><div>Summer Azure=C2=A0 2=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=
=A0 no hairstreaks</div><div>American Snout=C2=A0 5=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 mostl=
y PFA parking lot</div><div>Silvery Checkerspot=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 f=
resh, 3rd brood; LMD</div><div>Pearl Crescent=C2=A0 5</div><div>Question Ma=
rk=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0 worn <br></div><div>Eastern Comma=C2=A0=C2=A0 2=C2=
=A0=C2=A0 fresh; new brood</div><div>Common Buckeye=C2=A0 1</div><div>Red-s=
potted Purple=C2=A0 9</div><div>Hackberry Emperor=C2=A0 6=C2=A0=C2=A0 Tawny=
E. seems non-existent this year!</div><div>Northern Pearly-eye=C2=A0 2</di=
v><div>Carolina Satyr=C2=A0 22</div><div>Monarch=C2=A0 1</div><div>Silver-s=
potted Skipper=C2=A0 8</div><div>Horace&#39;s Duskywing=C2=A0 4</div><div>S=
warthy Skipper=C2=A0 1 *=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 LMD</div><div>Clouded Skipper=C2=
=A0 4</div><div>Fiery Skipper=C2=A0 6</div><div>Crossline Skipper=C2=A0 3 *=
=C2=A0 LMD and LRI<br></div><div>Southern Broken-dash=C2=A0 1 *=C2=A0 LRI=
=C2=A0 LA photo; I missed it and haven&#39;t seen one all year</div><div>Li=
ttle Glassywing=C2=A0 12=C2=A0=C2=A0 mostly LRI; impressive #; lots on verb=
ena at this site, as were other skippers<br></div><div>Sachem=C2=A0 6</div>=
<div>Zabulon Skipper=C2=A0 15=C2=A0=C2=A0 about 2 females</div><div>Dun Ski=
pper=C2=A0 2=C2=A0 males at mud</div><div>Ocola Skipper=C2=A0 1=C2=A0 worn<=
/div><div><br></div><div>The scarcity of so many brushfoot butterflies this=
summer in the Piedmont is apparent to us and many other folks -- Tawny Emp=
eror is extremely scarce; Question Mark and Comma not numerous; Snouts not =
overly numerous or is Hackberry Emperor; ladies and Red Admirals down; many=
fewer Buckeyes, etc.=C2=A0 I should note that the RDU airport had its drie=
st spring (March, April, May) ever; not sure if this was or is an issue, as=
for the most part it was extremely wet in fall and winter (Sept-Feb) and t=
he groundwater was abundant and water tables high into spring -- so &quot;d=
roughty&quot; vegetation was not really apparent here. June, July, and Augu=
st rainfall normal to above, so probably not an issue.=C2=A0 Good luck, Bri=
an and others, on Piedmont counts later this month!</div><div><br></div><di=
v>Harry LeGrand</div><div>Raleigh<br></div></div>

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