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Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 15:19:20 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Raulston Arboretum butterflies, NC -- August 21

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Lori Arent and I spent 3 hours (!) today at the arboretum in west Raleigh,
Wake County. We did have to wait out clouds for about 30 minutes here and
there, as smaller skippers drop off flowers when it is cloudy. Normally, I
can cover it in a bit over an hour, but our skipper diversity was going
well, and we double-checked some flower beds. Here is our list, perhaps
the most skipper species I have had in 10 years, ever since staff
"cleaned-up" the place. Still gone are Wild Indigo Duskywing, Southern
Broken-dash, and a few other tough-to-find-in-Wake skippers. Brushfoot
numbers here and everywhere are way down this year.

Pipevine Swallowtail 5
Black Swallowtail 6
E. Tiger Swallowtail 14
Cabbage White 15
Cloudless Sulphur 3
Sleepy Orange 4
Gray Hairstreak 2
E. Tailed-Blue 2 low -- too much mowing of lawns?; no clover
Variegated Fritillary 1
American Lady 2
Common Buckeye 5
Monarch 10
Silver-spotted Skipper 20
Horace's Duskywing 8
Common Checkered-Skipper 3 low -- see ETB issue
Common Sootywing 2 always nice to get here
Clouded Skipper 10
SOUTHERN SKIPPERLING 1 my first here since 2003!
Fiery Skipper 100 no, we didn't count these
Little Glassywing 1 my first in several years here
Sachem 15 doing better than year than last
DION SKIPPER 4 several places; fresh; my first here since 2005; new
colony established this season
Eufala Skipper 1 regular here in last few years
Ocola Skipper 7
BRAZILIAN SKIPPER 2+ fresh males; doing much chasing; our FOY; big year
here last year

25 species

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>Lori Arent and I spent 3 hours (!) today at the arbor=
etum in west Raleigh, Wake County.=C2=A0 We did have to wait out clouds for=
about 30 minutes here and there, as smaller skippers drop off flowers when=
it is cloudy.=C2=A0 Normally, I can cover it in a bit over an hour, but ou=
r skipper diversity was going well, and we double-checked some flower beds.=
=C2=A0 Here is our list, perhaps the most skipper species I have had in 10 =
years, ever since staff &quot;cleaned-up&quot; the place.=C2=A0 Still gone =
are Wild Indigo Duskywing, Southern Broken-dash, and a few other tough-to-f=
ind-in-Wake skippers.=C2=A0 Brushfoot numbers here and everywhere are way d=
own this year.</div><div><br></div><div>Pipevine Swallowtail=C2=A0 5</div><=
div>Black Swallowtail=C2=A0 6</div><div>E. Tiger Swallowtail=C2=A0 14</div>=
<div>Cabbage White=C2=A0 15</div><div>Cloudless Sulphur=C2=A0 3</div><div>S=
leepy Orange=C2=A0 4</div><div>Gray Hairstreak=C2=A0 2</div><div>E. Tailed-=
Blue=C2=A0 2=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 low -- too much mowing of lawns?; no clover<=
br></div><div>Variegated Fritillary=C2=A0 1</div><div>American Lady=C2=A0 2=
</div><div>Common Buckeye=C2=A0 5</div><div>Monarch 10</div><div>Silver-spo=
tted Skipper=C2=A0 20</div><div>Horace&#39;s Duskywing=C2=A0 8</div><div>Co=
mmon Checkered-Skipper=C2=A0 3=C2=A0=C2=A0 low -- see ETB issue<br></div><d=
iv>Common Sootywing=C2=A0 2=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 always nice to get here</div>=
<div>Clouded Skipper=C2=A0 10</div><div>SOUTHERN SKIPPERLING=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=
=C2=A0 my first here since 2003!</div><div>Fiery Skipper=C2=A0 100=C2=A0=C2=
=A0 no, we didn&#39;t count these</div><div>Little Glassywing=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=
=C2=A0 my first in several years here</div><div>Sachem=C2=A0 15=C2=A0=C2=A0=
doing better than year than last</div><div>DION SKIPPER=C2=A0 4=C2=A0 seve=
ral places; fresh;=C2=A0 my first here since 2005; new colony established t=
his season</div><div>Eufala Skipper=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0 regular here in las=
t few years</div><div>Ocola Skipper=C2=A0 7</div><div>BRAZILIAN SKIPPER=C2=
=A0 2+=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 fresh males; doing much chasing; our FOY; big year=
here last year<br></div><div><br></div><div>25 species <br></div><br><div>=
Harry LeGrand</div><div>Raleigh<br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div></di=
v>

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