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Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2021 17:27:18 -0400 (EDT)
From: \Lior Carlson\ (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Wilmington Area Sightings & Arlie Zebra Longwings

Fellow Butterflies,
John and I went searching for Queen butterflies at Fort Fisher State
Recreation Area last week on 9/7 & 9/8 and we managed to check off some
species from our lifetime lists.

We saw the posts about Zebra Longwings at Arlie so we popped in to see the
Zebras. While there we encountered a frequent visitor who commented he saw =
one
or two free flying outside in the gardens during the spring. Then slowly ov=
er
the months he'd see more and more.

In the area where they were concentrated we found two very large passionflo=
wer
vines. I observed a pair fluttering together in courtship. We didn't see any
caterpillars.

It's reasonable to suspect that Zebras in the butterfly house escaped and h=
ave
been breeding. The butterfly house is not supervised. There's just a sign
instructing people to use the double doors to prevent escapes and to check =
for
hitchhiking butterflies before leaving.

Weather was mostly agreeable on Tuesday morning until noon. Wednesday was g=
ood
for Holly Shelter. We didn't find the Little Metalmark we hoped to see,
however it was nice to see a Great Purple Hairstreak.

Links to photos from each day after sign off. Lists after links to photos.
I've not had a chance to add IDs or the photos of the Zebras.

Happy Butterflying,
Lior Carlson

Photos from Tuesday: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shrone/shares/k0JWY7

Photos from Wednesday:https://www.flickr.com/photos/shrone/shares/5Qt4rP

Fort Fisher 9/7/21
Juniper HS - 1
Queen -14
Salt Marsh Skipper - 60
Cloudless Sulphur - 12 (+32 driving)
Ocola - 1
Eastern Giant Swallowtail - 1
Horace=E2=80=99s Duskywing - 1
Delaware Skipper - 1

Wilmington Arboretum 9/7/21
Long-tailed Skipper - 9
Silver-spotted Skipper - 6
Ocola Skipper - 4
Whirlabout Skipper - 3
Monarch - 2
Gulf Fritillary - 1
Grey HS - 5

Wilmington Arboretum 9/8/21
Gulf Fritillary - 15
Ocola - 8
Long-tailed Skipper - 22
Silver-spotted Skipper - 6
Fiery Skipper - 11
Whirlabout Skipper - 2
Cloudless Sulphur - 5
Monarch - 12
Horace=E2=80=99s Duskywing - 1
Sachem Skipper -2

Airlie Gardens 9/8/21
Ocola - 2
Cloudless Sulphur - 11
Long-tailed Skipper - 23
Fiery Skipper - 9
Gulf Fritillary - 11
Common Buckeye - 2
Little Glassywing -1
Zebra Longwing - 26
Silver-spotted Skipper - 10
Horace=E2=80=99s Duskywing - 1
Monarch - 1
Sleepy Orange - 1
Pearl Crescent - 2
Black Swallowtail - 2

Holly Shelter Game Lands
Cloudless Sulphur - 12
Grey HS - 7
Horace=E2=80=99s Duskywing - 13
Common Buckeye - 27
Ocala - 20
Pearl Crescent - 2
Red-banded HS - 8
Easterm-tailed Blue - 2
Palamedes Swallowtail - 1
Northern Broken-dash - 3
Fiery Skipper - 1
Gulf Fritillary - 1
Long-tailed Skipper - 2
Eufala Skipper - 1
Black Swallowtail - 6
Great Purple HS - 1
Sleepy Orange - 1
Phaon Crescent - 1
Red-spotted Purple - 1
Zarucco Duskywing - 3
Unknown Duskywing - 2