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Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2022 15:52:04 -0400
From: 'billb55' via MassLep <masslep...>
Subject: RE: [MassLep] MV: Ancient history

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Interesting history, Matt - thanks!What also seems interesting to me is tha=
t we could tell a similar story about our backyard in western MA too, where=
we've lived for almost 20 years.=C2=A0 The habitat is very different - mix=
ed hardwood/white pine/hemlock (dying, another story) forest, but the skipp=
ers have similarly changed.Peck's and Tawny-edged were common and have beco=
me rare.=C2=A0 Zabulon was unheard of, and is, this summer, the most common=
skipper in the garden, with a half dozen at a time.=C2=A0 We've had 2 broo=
ds of Zabulons every year for the past few years.Some things seem more stab=
le - Dun and Northern Broken Dash are still common, Little Glassywing maybe=
less so - but we also have other southerners that we have more records for=
in the most recent years compared to the first ten.=C2=A0 Giant Swallowtai=
l is here every year now, and was unknown before that; there are a half doz=
en caterpillars on the wafer ash and prickly-ash right now.Will be interest=
ing to see how things progress.=C2=A0 Still waiting for our first Cloudless=
Sulphur or Little Yellow, far inward as we are.=C2=A0 Hopefully we'll wait=
a long time for Spotted Lanternflies - we're visiting family in NJ=C2=A0 a=
nd have seen some, and we'll be trying to make sure we have no hitchhikers =
going home!Thanks for sharing=C2=A0BillSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy=
smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: <matt_pelikan...> Date: 9/2/=
22 3:33 PM (GMT-05:00) To: <masslep...> Subject: [MassLep] MV=
: Ancient history Hi, all =E2=80=93 when I moved to Martha=E2=80=99s Vineya=
rd in mid-August, 1997, the common late skippers around our Oak Bluffs home=
were Tawny-edged and Peck=E2=80=99s, which were pretty regular in the yard=
, and Leonard=E2=80=99s (if I walked a half-mile to the bluestem grassland =
at Trade Winds Preserve). Zabulon Skipper had never been recorded on the Vi=
neyard, and the first Vineyard (and Massachusetts) records for Sachem had o=
ccurred just a few weeks before, when two observers each found single indiv=
iduals in Chilmark on the day same. It=E2=80=99d be five years before the t=
hird Vineyard record of Sachem.=C2=A0Now? Leonard=E2=80=99s is scarce, even=
in what was formerly very productive habitat, and Peck=E2=80=99s and Tawny=
-edged, while still around, are getting hard to find and rarely turn up in =
our yard. But we=E2=80=99ve had Zabulon Skippers, as many as five at a time=
, in the yard on a daily basis for a couple weeks now, and they=E2=80=99ve =
been joined over the last few days by up to five Sachems. Yesterday, while =
doing field work on a farm in Tisbury, I stopped counting Sachems when I go=
t to 85.=C2=A0There are surely many factors at work. This has been a drough=
ty year, with uneven effects on butterfly numbers (big year for Swallowtail=
s and Gray Hairstreak, bad year for virtually everything else). A lot of fo=
rmerly undeveloped land around my house has been built on and is no longer =
viable skipper habitat. And southern species like Sachem and Zabulon Skippe=
r have steadily marched northward in response, presumably, to climate chang=
e and perhaps other factors.=C2=A0But what it all adds up to is a really st=
riking change in the skipper fauna around here over the last 25 years.=C2=
=A0Matt=C2=A0Matthew L. <Pelikanmatt_pelikan...>(774) 521-7795Oak Bl=
uffs, Massachusetts, USAWampanoag Land41.450022=C2=B0 N70.566146=C2=B0 W=C2=
=A0

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<html><head><meta http-equiv=3D"Content-Type" content=3D"text/html; charset=
=3DUTF-8"></head><body dir=3D"auto"><div dir=3D"auto">Interesting history, =
Matt - thanks!</div><div dir=3D"auto">What also seems interesting to me is =
that we could tell a similar story about our backyard in western MA too, wh=
ere we've lived for almost 20 years.&nbsp; The habitat is very different - =
mixed hardwood/white pine/hemlock (dying, another story) forest, but the sk=
ippers have similarly changed.</div><div dir=3D"auto"><br></div><div dir=3D=
"auto">Peck's and Tawny-edged were common and have become rare.&nbsp; Zabul=
on was unheard of, and is, this summer, the most common skipper in the gard=
en, with a half dozen at a time.&nbsp; We've had 2 broods of Zabulons every=
year for the past few years.</div><div dir=3D"auto"><br></div><div dir=3D"=
auto">Some things seem more stable - Dun and Northern Broken Dash are still=
common, Little Glassywing maybe less so - but we also have other southerne=
rs that we have more records for in the most recent years compared to the f=
irst ten.&nbsp; Giant Swallowtail is here every year now, and was unknown b=
efore that; there are a half dozen caterpillars on the wafer ash and prickl=
y-ash right now.</div><div dir=3D"auto"><br></div><div dir=3D"auto">Will be=
interesting to see how things progress.&nbsp; Still waiting for our first =
Cloudless Sulphur or Little Yellow, far inward as we are.&nbsp; Hopefully w=
e'll wait a long time for Spotted Lanternflies - we're visiting family in N=
J&nbsp; and have seen some, and we'll be trying to make sure we have no hit=
chhikers going home!</div><div dir=3D"auto"><br></div><div dir=3D"auto">Tha=
nks for sharing&nbsp;</div><div dir=3D"auto">Bill</div><div dir=3D"auto"><b=
r></div><div dir=3D"auto"><br></div><div dir=3D"auto"><br></div><div id=3D"=
composer_signature" dir=3D"auto"><div style=3D"font-size:85%;color:#575757"=
dir=3D"auto">Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone</div></div><d=
iv dir=3D"auto"><br></div><div><br></div><div style=3D"font-size:100%;color=
:#000000" dir=3D"auto"><!-- originalMessage --><div>-------- Original messa=
ge --------</div><div>From: <matt_pelikan...> </div><div>Date: 9/2/2=
2 3:33 PM (GMT-05:00) </div><div>To: <masslep...> </div><div>=
Subject: [MassLep] MV: Ancient history </div><div><br></div></div><div clas=
s=3D"WordSection1"><p class=3D"MsoNormal">Hi, all =E2=80=93 when I moved to=
Martha=E2=80=99s Vineyard in mid-August, 1997, the common late skippers ar=
ound our Oak Bluffs home were Tawny-edged and Peck=E2=80=99s, which were pr=
etty regular in the yard, and Leonard=E2=80=99s (if I walked a half-mile to=
the bluestem grassland at Trade Winds Preserve). Zabulon Skipper had never=
been recorded on the Vineyard, and the first Vineyard (and Massachusetts) =
records for Sachem had occurred just a few weeks before, when two observers=
each found single individuals in Chilmark on the day same. It=E2=80=99d be=
five years before the third Vineyard record of Sachem.<o:p></o:p></p><p cl=
ass=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal">Now? Leonard=
=E2=80=99s is scarce, even in what was formerly very productive habitat, an=
d Peck=E2=80=99s and Tawny-edged, while still around, are getting hard to f=
ind and rarely turn up in our yard. But we=E2=80=99ve had Zabulon Skippers,=
as many as five at a time, in the yard on a daily basis for a couple weeks=
now, and they=E2=80=99ve been joined over the last few days by up to five =
Sachems. Yesterday, while doing field work on a farm in Tisbury, I stopped =
counting Sachems when I got to 85.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:=
p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal">There are surely many factors at w=
ork. This has been a droughty year, with uneven effects on butterfly number=
s (big year for Swallowtails and Gray Hairstreak, bad year for virtually ev=
erything else). A lot of formerly undeveloped land around my house has been=
built on and is no longer viable skipper habitat. And southern species lik=
e Sachem and Zabulon Skipper have steadily marched northward in response, p=
resumably, to climate change and perhaps other factors.<o:p></o:p></p><p cl=
ass=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal">But what it a=
ll adds up to is a really striking change in the skipper fauna around here =
over the last 25 years.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o=
:p></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal">Matt<o:p></o:p></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:=
p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"line-height:12.0pt;mso-li=
ne-height-rule:exactly"><span style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">Matthew L. Pelikan=
<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"line-height:12.0pt;ms=
o-line-height-rule:exactly"><span style=3D"font-size:10.0pt"><a href=3D"mai=
lto:<matt_pelikan...>"><span style=3D"color:#0563C1">matt_pelikan@co=
mcast.net</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"l=
ine-height:12.0pt;mso-line-height-rule:exactly"><span style=3D"font-size:10=
.0pt">(774) 521-7795<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"l=
ine-height:12.0pt;mso-line-height-rule:exactly"><span style=3D"font-size:10=
.0pt">Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, USA<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=3D"MsoNo=
rmal" style=3D"line-height:12.0pt;mso-line-height-rule:exactly"><span style=
=3D"font-size:10.0pt">Wampanoag Land<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=3D"MsoNo=
rmal" style=3D"line-height:12.0pt;mso-line-height-rule:exactly"><span style=
=3D"font-size:10.0pt">41.450022</span><span style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">=C2=
=B0</span><span style=3D"font-size:10.0pt"> N<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=
=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"line-height:12.0pt;mso-line-height-rule:exactly"><s=
pan style=3D"font-size:10.0pt">70.566146</span><span style=3D"font-size:10.=
0pt">=C2=B0 W</span><span style=3D"font-size:10.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></p>=
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p></div></body></html>

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