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Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2021 14:59:05 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: CBS field trip to Flat River impoundment, Durham Co, NC -- Aug 29

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This morning, Marti Kane and I co-led a Carolina Butterfly Society (mainly
Wake Audubon) field trip to the Flat River site in n.e. Durham County, from
9-noon. Weather was the continuing sunny, HOT, and DRY weather we have had
for about 6 days in a row. The lack of rainfall in a week has clearly hurt
the butterfly numbers, as most flowers seemed lacking of nectar --rainfall
seems to stimulate nectar production, in addition to butterfly eclosures.
We saw about 20,000 verbena flowers -- all with NO butterflies on them, and
except for ironweed, most flowers were without butterflies. Thankfully,
the diversity was not bad, but skippers are either mostly dead or
estivating (waiting for rain)!! Here is what 7 of us saw:

Pipevine Swallowtail 1
E. Tiger Swallowtail 5
Spicebush Swallowtail 4
Cloudless Sulphur 100
Sleepy Orange 30
E. Tailed-Blue 1
Variegated Fritillary 20
Silvery Checkerspot 4 The 3rd brood is late,as Durham count missed the
species
Pearl Crescent 25
Common Buckeye 8
Red Admiral 1
Red-spotted Purple 5 I added one at a boat ramp nearby
Viceroy 2
Hackberry Emperor 1
Northern Pearly-eye 1 came out of woods to land on Erla Beegle --
whatever that may mean=F0=9F=98=9A. I'd never seen one on a person before.
Carolina Satyr 1
Monarch 6
Silver-spotted Skipper 4
Clouded Skipper 1
Sachem 1 male on ironweed
Zabulon Skipper 1 male on ironweed
Dion Skipper 1 fresh male Durham count too early for 2nd brood?
Dun Skipper 1 fresh male

23 species. Note: a grand total of 5 individual grass skippers!! No
Fiery Skippers! But one of each of 5 species. Also, very few brushfoots of
the deciduous forests -- Snout, Question Mark, E. Comma, Tawny Emperor - 0,
only 1 Hackberry Emperor. Mostly just the 2 sulphur species. Lori Arent,
Lori White, and I covered this site a few times in August and September
last year, and the place was hopping with butterflies and diversity. So,
I'd estimate numbers are down about 75-80% from a year ago at this time.
We don't want or need a tropical system, but we do need some rain showers,
ASAP!

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>This morning, Marti Kane and I co-led a Carolina Butt=
erfly Society (mainly Wake Audubon) field trip to the Flat River site in n.=
e. Durham County, from 9-noon.=C2=A0 Weather was the continuing sunny, HOT,=
and DRY weather we have had for about 6 days in a row.=C2=A0 The lack of r=
ainfall in a week has clearly hurt the butterfly numbers, as most flowers s=
eemed lacking of nectar --rainfall seems to stimulate nectar production, in=
addition to butterfly eclosures.=C2=A0 We saw about 20,000 verbena flowers=
-- all with NO butterflies on them, and except for ironweed, most flowers =
were without butterflies.=C2=A0 Thankfully, the diversity was not bad, but =
skippers are either mostly dead or estivating (waiting for rain)!!=C2=A0 He=
re is what 7 of us saw:<br></div><div><br></div><div>Pipevine Swallowtail=
=C2=A0 1<br></div><div>E. Tiger Swallowtail=C2=A0 5<br></div><div>Spicebush=
Swallowtail=C2=A0 4<br></div><div></div><div>Cloudless Sulphur=C2=A0 100</=
div><div>Sleepy Orange=C2=A0 30</div><div>E. Tailed-Blue=C2=A0 1</div><div>=
Variegated Fritillary=C2=A0 20<br></div><div>Silvery Checkerspot=C2=A0 4=C2=
=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 The 3rd brood is late,as Durham count missed the species<br=
></div><div>Pearl Crescent=C2=A0 25</div><div>Common Buckeye=C2=A0 8</div><=
div>Red Admiral=C2=A0 1=C2=A0 <br></div><div>Red-spotted Purple=C2=A0 5=C2=
=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 I added one at a boat ramp nearby</div><div>Viceroy=C2=A0 2=
</div><div>Hackberry Emperor=C2=A0 1<br></div><div>Northern Pearly-eye=C2=
=A0 1=C2=A0 came out of woods to land on Erla Beegle -- whatever that may m=
ean=F0=9F=98=9A.=C2=A0 I&#39;d never seen one on a person before.</div><div=
>Carolina Satyr=C2=A0 1<br></div><div>Monarch=C2=A0 6<br></div><div>Silver-=
spotted Skipper=C2=A0 4</div><div>Clouded Skipper=C2=A0 1</div><div>Sachem=
=C2=A0 1=C2=A0 male on ironweed<br></div><div>Zabulon Skipper=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=
=C2=A0 male on ironweed</div><div>Dion Skipper=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0 fresh ma=
le=C2=A0 Durham count too early for 2nd brood?</div><div>Dun Skipper=C2=A0 =
1=C2=A0 fresh male</div><div><br></div><div>23 species.=C2=A0 Note:=C2=A0 a=
grand total of 5 individual grass skippers!!=C2=A0 No Fiery Skippers! But =
one of each of 5 species.=C2=A0 Also, very few brushfoots of the deciduous =
forests -- Snout, Question Mark, E. Comma, Tawny Emperor - 0, only 1 Hackbe=
rry Emperor. Mostly just the 2 sulphur species.=C2=A0 Lori Arent, Lori Whit=
e, and I covered this site a few times in August and September last year, a=
nd the place was hopping with butterflies and diversity.=C2=A0 So, I&#39;d =
estimate numbers are down about 75-80% from a year ago at this time.=C2=A0=
=C2=A0 We don&#39;t want or need a tropical system, but we do need some rai=
n showers, ASAP!<br></div><div><br></div><div>Harry LeGrand</div><div>Ralei=
gh</div><div><br></div><div><br></div></div>

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