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Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2022 21:21:30 -0700
From: Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart...>
Subject: [NorWestLeps] western Washington Silver-spotted Skipper

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Made it to Harstene Island in the Puget Sound today, north of Olympia and
east of the base of the Kitsap Peninsula, where a friend, Manzanita Bill,
was keen on seeing the Hairy Manzanitas - Arctostaphylos columbiana that
grew there. I said if the Manzanitas were unusual for the larger area,
that other plants should grow with it that were unusual for the greater
area. When we explored around the Manzanita, and later exploring other
spots where we stopped, I was pleased to find a fair amount of Hosackia /
Lotus crassifolius - Big Deervetch, a species with a very spotty
distribution in western Washington, which I knew to be a host plant to 2 -
3 rarer butterflies for western Washington. Later, when we got to an
almost boggy area without sphagnum moss, I spotted a Silver-spotted
Skipper, I quickly remembered that it was one of those butterflies that
hosted on Big Deervetch! My friend, who collected butterflies in S.
California as a kid, was excited to see it too. Common where, and when, I
grew up on Long Island, New York in the 60's, I don't clearly remember
seeing any Silver-spotted Skippers in western Washington, but I could have
seen one or two 15 - 20 years ago.

Now I have to remember the other species that host on Big Deervetch.

-Stewart


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<div dir=3D"ltr">Made it to Harstene Island in the Puget Sound today, north=
of Olympia and east of the base of the Kitsap Peninsula, where a friend, M=
anzanita Bill, was keen on seeing the Hairy Manzanitas - Arctostaphylos col=
umbiana that grew there.=C2=A0 I said if the Manzanitas were unusual for th=
e larger area, that other plants should grow with it that were unusual for =
the greater area.=C2=A0 When we explored around the Manzanita, and later ex=
ploring other spots where we stopped,=C2=A0I was pleased to find a fair amo=
unt of Hosackia / Lotus crassifolius - Big Deervetch, a species with a very=
spotty distribution in western Washington, which I knew to be a host plant=
to 2 - 3 rarer butterflies for western Washington.=C2=A0 Later, when we go=
t to an almost=C2=A0boggy area without sphagnum moss, I spotted a Silver-sp=
otted Skipper, I quickly remembered that it was one of those butterflies th=
at hosted on Big Deervetch!=C2=A0 My friend, who collected butterflies in S=
. California as a kid, was excited to see it too.=C2=A0 Common where, and w=
hen, I grew up on Long Island, New York in the 60&#39;s, I don&#39;t clearl=
y remember seeing any Silver-spotted Skippers in western Washington, but I =
could have seen one or two 15 - 20 years ago.<div><br></div><div>Now I have=
to remember the other species that=C2=A0host on Big Deervetch.<br><div><br=
></div><div>-Stewart</div></div></div>


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