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Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2022 09:49:37 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Re: Bladen Co., NC butterflies-Saturday, 9/10/2022

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Mike,

Can you confirm to the group that you either have photos of a Silvery
Checkerspot, or can confirm that you saw one or all 3 quite well? You are
obviously familiar with the species in the central Piedmont, but I (as
editor of the Butterflies of NC website) want to be sure before I enter a
record 2 counties away from previous counties for a species. As you know,
this is a considerable southward range extension, as the previous extent
along the Cape Fear River is just to Harnett County (maybe 2 records), and
we have no records for intervening Cumberland County. And, Paul Hart, the
former long-time Superintendent of Raven Rock State Park, who still lives
in the area and has butterflied all over Harnett County for 30+ years, has
never seen Silvery Checkerspot in that county, where the Cape Fear passes
through.

In context, though, Steve Hall and I did find Silvery Checkerspots on a
number of occasions in the eastern part of Halifax County and adjacent
Northampton County, and once in farther eastward Bertie County -- all along
the Roanoke River and its floodplain forest openings -- well into the
Coastal Plain. Steve should have photos. So it does have a tendency to
follow brownwater river floodplains into the upper Coastal Plain. The SC
map shows the species going down the Savannah River into Aiken and even
Barnwell counties, and presumably along the Congaree in Richland County.

So -- several Checkerspots in Bladen County is feasible, especially as they
were along the river edge/floodplain, though the gap now in Cumberland and
essentially in Harnett is odd. We would presume this to be a localized
breeding site/colony, and not strays.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

On Sat, Sep 10, 2022 at 6:55 PM Mike Turner <carolinaleps...> wrote:

> I visited the Tar Heel boat ramp on the Cape Fear River in Tar Heel, NC.
> It rained about half the time and was cloudy the rest of the time. My
> highlights were 3 Silvery Checkerspots, 1 Byssus Skipper, and 40+ Southern
> Skipperlings. My list is below. Good butterflying.
>
> Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
> Sleepy Orange 31
> Cloudless Sulphur 52
> Gulf Fritillary 10
> Variegated Fritillary 38
> Viceroy 12
> Red-spotted Purple 1
> Red Admiral 1
> Common Buckeye 6
> Silvery Checkerspot 3
> Pearl Crescent 15
> Silver-spotted Skipper 15
> checkered-skipper 20
> Horace's Duskywing 1
> Zarucco Duskywing 1
> Dun Skipper 3
> Byssus Skipper 1
> Fiery Skipper 8
> Clouded Skipper 2
> Southern Skipperling 42
> Ocola Skipper 4
> Least Skipper 2
>
> Mike Turner
> Fayetteville, NC
>

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>Mike,</div><div><br></div><div>Can you confirm to the=
group that you either have photos of a Silvery Checkerspot, or can confirm=
that you saw one or all 3 quite well?=C2=A0 You are obviously familiar wit=
h the species in the central Piedmont, but I (as editor of the Butterflies =
of NC website) want to be sure before I enter a record 2 counties away from=
previous counties for a species.=C2=A0=C2=A0 As you know, this is a consid=
erable southward range extension, as the previous extent along the Cape Fea=
r River is just to Harnett County (maybe 2 records), and we have no records=
for intervening Cumberland County.=C2=A0 And, Paul Hart, the former long-t=
ime Superintendent of Raven Rock State Park, who still lives in the area an=
d has butterflied all over Harnett County for 30+ years, has never seen Sil=
very Checkerspot in that county, where the Cape Fear passes through.</div><=
div><br></div><div>In context, though, Steve Hall and I did find Silvery Ch=
eckerspots on a number of occasions in the eastern part of Halifax County a=
nd adjacent Northampton County, and once in farther eastward Bertie County =
-- all along the Roanoke River and its floodplain forest openings -- well i=
nto the Coastal Plain.=C2=A0 Steve should have photos.=C2=A0 So it does hav=
e a tendency to follow brownwater river floodplains into the upper Coastal =
Plain.=C2=A0 The SC map shows the species going down the Savannah River int=
o Aiken and even Barnwell counties, and presumably along the Congaree in Ri=
chland County.</div><div><br></div><div>So -- several Checkerspots in Blade=
n County is feasible, especially as they were along the river edge/floodpla=
in, though the gap now in Cumberland and essentially in Harnett is odd.=C2=
=A0 We would presume this to be a localized breeding site/colony, and not s=
trays.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Harry LeGrand</div><div>Raleigh<br></di=
v></div><br><div class=3D"gmail_quote"><div dir=3D"ltr" class=3D"gmail_attr=
">On Sat, Sep 10, 2022 at 6:55 PM Mike Turner &lt;<a href=3D"mailto:carolin=
<aleps...>"><carolinaleps...></a>&gt; wrote:<br></div><blockquote c=
lass=3D"gmail_quote" style=3D"margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left:1px soli=
d rgb(204,204,204);padding-left:1ex"><div dir=3D"ltr">I visited the Tar Hee=
l boat ramp on the Cape Fear River in Tar Heel, NC. It rained about half th=
e time and was cloudy the rest of the time. My highlights were 3 Silvery Ch=
eckerspots, 1 Byssus Skipper, and 40+ Southern Skipperlings. My list is bel=
ow. Good butterflying.<div><br></div><div>Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1<br>Sl=
eepy Orange 31<br>Cloudless Sulphur 52<br>Gulf Fritillary 10<br>Variegated =
Fritillary 38<br>Viceroy 12<br>Red-spotted Purple 1<br>Red Admiral 1<br>Com=
mon Buckeye 6<br>Silvery Checkerspot 3<br>Pearl Crescent 15<br>Silver-spott=
ed Skipper 15<br>checkered-skipper 20<br>Horace&#39;s Duskywing 1<br>Zarucc=
o Duskywing 1<br>Dun Skipper 3<br>Byssus Skipper 1<br>Fiery Skipper 8<br>Cl=
ouded Skipper 2<br>Southern Skipperling 42<br>Ocola Skipper 4<br>Least Skip=
per 2<br><div><div dir=3D"ltr"><div dir=3D"ltr"><div><div dir=3D"ltr"><div>=
<div dir=3D"ltr"><div><br></div><div>Mike Turner<br></div>Fayetteville, NC<=
br></div><u></u></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>
</div></blockquote></div>

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