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Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2021 20:15:31 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Butterflying in the NC Sandhills today -- Aug. 24

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I spent most of today in Moore and Richmond counties, looking first for
notable odonates, second for butterflies. Normally, in a decent year, Aug.
24 is a good time to hit the Sandhills for one or both, but I'd say
butterflying in 2021 -- no dice, unless you spend time within the Sandhills
Game Land on dirt roads that have lots of seepage, or in areas burned in
late winter or spring and have nectar plants. The usually good Sandhills
Community College Horticultural Garden was disappointing today.

Here are my totals -- Moore (the garden) first, and then Richmond around
several lakes and ponds:

E. Tiger Swallowtail 10, 1
Spicebush Swallowtail 10, -
Palamedes Swallowtail 1, -
CHECKERED WHITE -, 1 fresh male
Cloudless Sulphur 15, 15
Sleepy Orange 8, 10
Gray Hairstreak 2, -
Common Buckeye 2, 2
Red-spotted Purple 2, - Thunder Road
Carolina ? Satyr 3, - need to study better at Thunder Road
Monarch 2, 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 15, 6
Horace's Duskywing 3, 1
Zarucco Duskywing -, 1
Clouded Skipper 1, -
Fiery Skipper 30, 3
Little Glassywing 1, - Crystal Lake
Sachem 3, -
Whirlabout 1, - male

An erratic-flying white butterfly came into a dry pond at McKinney Lake
Fish Hatchery, spent 5 minutes nectaring on Ludwigia flowers, and made my
day! A fresh male Checkered White, my second sighting of the year. Too
bad there are a number of previous records for Richmond; none for
neighboring Scotland, and only an older one for Moore. But it seems to be
the first time reported at the fish hatchery. There are plenty of fallow
or weedy fields within a few miles, including (dog) field trial fields at
the game land, so maybe it was a local butterfly.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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looking first for notable odonates, second for butterflies.=C2=A0 Normally=
, in a decent year, Aug. 24 is a good time to hit the Sandhills for one or =
both, but I&#39;d say butterflying in 2021 -- no dice, unless you spend tim=
e within the Sandhills Game Land on dirt roads that have lots of seepage, o=
r in areas burned in late winter or spring and have nectar plants.=C2=A0 Th=
e usually good Sandhills Community College Horticultural Garden was disappo=
inting today.=C2=A0 <br></div><div><br></div><div>Here are my totals -- Moo=
re (the garden) first, and then Richmond around several lakes and ponds:</d=
iv><div><br></div><div>E. Tiger Swallowtail=C2=A0 10, 1</div><div>Spicebush=
Swallowtail=C2=A0 10, -</div><div>Palamedes Swallowtail=C2=A0 1, -</div><d=
iv>CHECKERED WHITE=C2=A0 -, 1=C2=A0 fresh male <br></div><div>Cloudless Sul=
phur=C2=A0 15, 15</div><div>Sleepy Orange=C2=A0 8, 10</div><div>Gray Hairst=
reak=C2=A0 2, -</div><div>Common Buckeye=C2=A0 2, 2</div><div>Red-spotted P=
urple=C2=A0 2, -=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 Thunder Road</div><div>Carolina ? Satyr=
=C2=A0 3, -=C2=A0=C2=A0 need to study better at Thunder Road</div><div>Mona=
rch=C2=A0 2, 1</div><div>Silver-spotted Skipper=C2=A0 15, 6</div><div>Horac=
e&#39;s Duskywing=C2=A0 3, 1</div><div>Zarucco Duskywing=C2=A0 -, 1</div><d=
iv>Clouded Skipper=C2=A0 1, -</div><div>Fiery Skipper=C2=A0 30, 3</div><div=
>Little Glassywing=C2=A0 1, -=C2=A0=C2=A0 Crystal Lake</div><div>Sachem=C2=
=A0=C2=A0 3, -</div><div>Whirlabout=C2=A0 1, -=C2=A0=C2=A0 male</div><div><=
/div><div><br></div><div>
An erratic-flying white butterfly came into a dry pond at McKinney Lake Fis=
h Hatchery, spent 5 minutes=20
nectaring on Ludwigia flowers, and made my day!=C2=A0 A fresh male Checkere=
d White, my second sighting of the year.=C2=A0 Too bad there are a=20
number of previous records for Richmond; none for neighboring Scotland,=20
and only an older one for Moore. But it seems to be the first time reported=
at the fish hatchery.=C2=A0 There are plenty of fallow or weedy fields wit=
hin a few miles, including (dog) field trial fields at the game land, so ma=
ybe it was a local butterfly. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Harry LeGrand</=
div><div>Raleigh<br></div><div><br></div></div>

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