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Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2021 13:14:12 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Some Wake Co., NC, butterflies -- Aug. 26

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I covered several spots south of, and within, Raleigh, this morning --
under sunny and hot conditions, though with lots of dew and damp grass
until 1030. Mid-Pines Road roadsides and fields are mostly green -- lots of
rain and heat seem good for plant growth but not for flowering. I also did
a brief walk at Yates Pond and stopped at Dix Park downtown, and walked
around the sunflower field edges, full of verbena. Here is the list:

Black Swallowtail 1 male
E. Tiger Swallowtail 4
[Cabbage White 0] hmmm
Orange Sulphur 4, including 1 at Dix
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Sleepy Orange 2
GREAT PURPLE HAIRSTREAK 1 fresh; on Solidago gigantea, Mid-Pines near
creek
E. Tailed-Blue 2
Variegated Fritillary 2 dip between broods??
Pearl Crescent 2
Common Buckeye 10
Red-spotted Purple 1
Viceroy 2 Yates
Carolina Satyr 1 Yates
Monarch 4
Silver-spotted Skipper 3
Horace's Duskywing 2
Com. Checkered-Skipper 12 most at Dix
Least Skipper 1 Yates
Clouded Skipper 1
Fiery Skipper 45 mostly at Dix
Sachem 2 Dix
Little Glassywing 1 no Ocolas; not a good year for them here -- yet

I notice that at times when I see lots of those glossy black wasps with
some red on the body/abdomen, nectaring on a Solidago, I will see a Great
Purple. I think there is a tie-in between these two species, as both are
strikingly black with a stunning red patch on them -- one is a mimic of the
other, I think; and the black color with bright red does serve as a warning
to potential predators. I expect Clyde S. or a few other insect experts
know more about this than I do, but I often see these two bugs together at
flowering goldenrods.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>I covered several spots south of, and within, Raleigh=
, this morning -- under sunny and hot conditions, though with lots of dew a=
nd damp grass until 1030. Mid-Pines Road roadsides and fields are mostly gr=
een -- lots of rain and heat seem good for plant growth but not for floweri=
ng.=C2=A0 I also did a brief walk at Yates Pond and stopped at Dix Park dow=
ntown, and walked around the sunflower field edges, full of verbena.=C2=A0 =
Here is the list:</div><div><br></div><div>Black Swallowtail=C2=A0=C2=A0 1=
=C2=A0 male</div><div>E. Tiger Swallowtail=C2=A0 4</div><div>[Cabbage White=
=C2=A0 0]=C2=A0=C2=A0 hmmm</div><div>Orange Sulphur=C2=A0 4, including 1 at=
Dix</div><div>Cloudless Sulphur=C2=A0 1</div><div>Sleepy Orange=C2=A0 2</d=
iv><div>GREAT PURPLE HAIRSTREAK=C2=A0 1=C2=A0 fresh; on Solidago gigantea, =
Mid-Pines near creek</div><div>E. Tailed-Blue=C2=A0 2</div><div>Variegated =
Fritillary=C2=A0 2=C2=A0 dip between broods??</div><div>Pearl Crescent=C2=
=A0 2</div><div>Common Buckeye=C2=A0 10</div><div>Red-spotted Purple=C2=A0 =
1</div><div>Viceroy=C2=A0 2=C2=A0 Yates</div><div>Carolina Satyr=C2=A0 1=C2=
=A0 Yates</div><div>Monarch=C2=A0 4</div><div>Silver-spotted Skipper=C2=A0 =
3</div><div>Horace&#39;s Duskywing=C2=A0 2</div><div>Com. Checkered-Skipper=
=C2=A0 12=C2=A0 most at Dix</div><div>Least Skipper=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0 Yat=
es</div><div>Clouded Skipper=C2=A0 1</div><div>Fiery Skipper=C2=A0 45=C2=A0=
mostly at Dix</div><div>Sachem=C2=A0 2=C2=A0 Dix</div><div>Little Glassywi=
ng=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 no Ocolas; not a=
good year for them here -- yet</div><div><br></div><div>I notice that at t=
imes when I see lots of those glossy black wasps with some red on the body/=
abdomen, nectaring on a Solidago, I will see a Great Purple.=C2=A0 I think =
there is a tie-in between these two species, as both are strikingly black w=
ith a stunning red patch on them -- one is a mimic of the other, I think; a=
nd the black color with bright red does serve as a warning to potential pre=
dators.=C2=A0 I expect Clyde S. or a few other insect experts know more abo=
ut this than I do, but I often see these two bugs together at flowering gol=
denrods.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Harry LeGrand</div><div>Raleigh<br></=
div><div><br></div></div>

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