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Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2021 18:08:36 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Re: Butterflies in Bertie Co., NC, 9/7/21

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Nice list anyway -- 21 species -- and certainly was not expecting you to
see a Twin-spot Skipper. Nowadays, all wetland skippers are about one
abundance level down from 2012 -- uncommon then to rare now.

Good to at least see a Yehl Skipper on your list. Most folks' Coastal
Plain skipper lists in 2021 only have the more ruderal or common ones like
Fiery, Clouded, Ocola, Least, SSS, Horace's, etc. Decent wetland ones
like Yehl, Dion, Dukes', Broad-winged, Palatka, Berry's, Twin-spot,
roadside-skippers, etc. are harder to come by now. And, a Long-tailed is a
hopeful sign for a late push of them into interior parts of NC.

Harry LeGrand

On Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 4:42 PM nicholas Flanders <carolinaleps...>
wrote:

> Upon a response from Harry LeGrand to an inquiry about where he had seen
> Twin-spot Skipper in Bertie Co., NC some years ago, I worked St. Francis
> Rd. pretty carefully yesterday, 9/7/21, for about two hours around mid-day.
> Weather for most of my time there was good, warm & partly cloudy, but there
> were some periods of overcast.
>
> No luck with Twin-spot, and no surprise on that given how this season is;
> hopefully the critter persists there and I will try to check again in
> future years. Still an enjoyable outing, as while ditches adjacent to
> agricultural fields had been heavily sprayed, lots of nectar along ditches
> adjacent to woods and under powerlines adjacent to the road. Joe-pye-weed
> was probably what a majority of butterflies seen nectaring were working,
> but other popular sources were mistflower, ironweed, and *Mikania
> scandens*.
>
> Highlights were my first-of-year Long-tailed Skipper, a beautiful Pipevine
> Swallowtail, and a Yehl Skipper. I was also impressed with the number of
> Dun Skippers, even though I kept trying to turn them into other stuff.
>
> Nick Flanders
> Portsmouth, VA
>
> Pipevine Swallowtail - 1 Photo'd, being buzzed by ruby-throated
> hummingbird
> Black Swallowtail - 1
> Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 4
> Sleepy Orange - 17
> Cloudless Sulphur - 14
> Red-banded Hairstreak - 6
> Gray Hairstreak - 3
> Summer Azure - 9
> Monarch - 1
> Variegated Fritillary - 6
> Viceroy - 3
> Common Buckeye - 5
> Pearl Crescent - 3
> Long-tailed Skipper - 1 Fresh, at Brazilian vervain
> Silver-spotted Skipper - 29
> Dun Skipper - 7
> Fiery Skipper - 4
> Yehl Skipper - 1
> Clouded Skipper - 1
> Ocola Skipper - 12
> Least Skipper - 4
>

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>Nice list anyway -- 21 species -- and certainly was n=
ot expecting you to see a Twin-spot Skipper.=C2=A0 Nowadays, all wetland sk=
ippers are about one abundance level down from 2012 -- uncommon then to rar=
e now. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Good to at least see a Yehl Skipper on=
your list.=C2=A0 Most folks&#39; Coastal Plain skipper lists in 2021 only =
have the more ruderal or common ones like Fiery, Clouded, Ocola, Least, SSS=
, Horace&#39;s, etc.=C2=A0=C2=A0 Decent wetland ones like Yehl, Dion, Dukes=
&#39;, Broad-winged, Palatka, Berry&#39;s, Twin-spot, roadside-skippers, et=
c. are harder to come by now.=C2=A0 And, a Long-tailed is a hopeful sign fo=
r a late push of them into interior parts of NC.<br></div><div><br></div><d=
iv>Harry LeGrand<br></div></div><br><div class=3D"gmail_quote"><div dir=3D"=
ltr" class=3D"gmail_attr">On Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 4:42 PM nicholas Flanders =
&lt;<a href=3D"mailto:<carolinaleps...>"><carolinaleps...></a>&gt; =
wrote:<br></div><blockquote class=3D"gmail_quote" style=3D"margin:0px 0px 0=
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:rgb(0,0,0)">
Upon a response from Harry LeGrand to an inquiry about where he had seen Tw=
in-spot Skipper in Bertie Co., NC some years ago, I worked St. Francis Rd. =
pretty carefully yesterday, 9/7/21, for about two hours around mid-day. Wea=
ther for most of my time there was
good, warm &amp; partly cloudy, but there were some periods of overcast.</=
div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
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</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
No luck with Twin-spot, and no surprise on that given how this season is; h=
opefully the critter persists there and I will try to check again in future=
years. Still an enjoyable outing, as while ditches adjacent to agricultura=
l fields had been heavily sprayed,
lots of nectar along ditches adjacent to woods and under powerlines adjace=
nt to the road. Joe-pye-weed was probably what a majority of butterflies se=
en nectaring were working, but other popular sources were mistflower, ironw=
eed, and
<i>Mikania scandens</i>.=C2=A0</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
<br>
</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Highlights were my first-of-year Long-tailed Skipper, a beautiful Pipevine =
Swallowtail, and a Yehl Skipper. I was also impressed with the number of Du=
n Skippers, even though I kept trying to turn them into other stuff.</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
<br>
</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Nick Flanders</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Portsmouth, VA</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
<br>
</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Pipevine Swallowtail - 1=C2=A0 =C2=A0Photo&#39;d, being buzzed by ruby-thro=
ated hummingbird=C2=A0</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Black Swallowtail - 1</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 4</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
<span style=3D"background-color:rgb(255,255,255);display:inline">Sleepy Ora=
nge - 17</span><br>
</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Cloudless Sulphur - 14</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
<span style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;fo=
nt-size:12pt">Red-banded Hairstreak - 6</span><br>
</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Gray Hairstreak - 3</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Summer Azure - 9</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
<span style=3D"background-color:rgb(255,255,255);display:inline">Monarch - =
1</span><br>
</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Variegated Fritillary - 6</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
<span style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;fo=
nt-size:12pt">Viceroy - 3</span><br>
</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Common Buckeye - 5</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Pearl Crescent - 3</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Long-tailed Skipper - 1=C2=A0 =C2=A0Fresh, at Brazilian vervain</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Silver-spotted Skipper - 29</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Dun Skipper - 7</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Fiery Skipper - 4</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
<span style=3D"background-color:rgb(255,255,255);display:inline">Yehl Skipp=
er - 1</span><br>
</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Clouded Skipper - 1</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
<span style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;fo=
nt-size:12pt">Ocola Skipper - 12</span><br>
</div>
<div style=3D"font-family:Calibri,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;color=
:rgb(0,0,0)">
Least Skipper - 4</div>
</div>

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