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Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2022 14:29:25 -0400
From: Mike Turner (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Re: Bladen Co., NC butterflies-Saturday, 9/10/2022


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Yes, I saw all three quite well. It was for sure unusual. I have been to thi=
s site dozens of times over the last three years and never saw anything but P=
earl Crescents. I don=E2=80=99t recall ever seeing one anywhere in the coast=
al plain, my sighting at the edge of the costal plain in Harnett county a mo=
nth ago notwithstanding. I didn=E2=80=99t get a picture of any of them.

Mike Turner
Winston-Salem, NC


> On Sep 11, 2022, at 9:49 AM, Harry LeGrand <hlegrandjr...> wrote:
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> Mike,
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> Can you confirm to the group that you either have photos of a Silvery Chec=
kerspot, or can confirm that you saw one or all 3 quite well? You are obvio=
usly familiar with the species in the central Piedmont, but I (as editor of t=
he Butterflies of NC website) want to be sure before I enter a record 2 coun=
ties away from previous counties for a species. As you know, this is a con=
siderable southward range extension, as the previous extent along the Cape Fe=
ar 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 Su=
perintendent of Raven Rock State Park, who still lives in the area and has b=
utterflied all over Harnett County for 30+ years, has never seen Silvery Che=
ckerspot in that county, where the Cape Fear passes through.
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> In context, though, Steve Hall and I did find Silvery Checkerspots on a nu=
mber of occasions in the eastern part of Halifax County and adjacent Northam=
pton County, and once in farther eastward Bertie County -- all along the Roa=
noke River and its floodplain forest openings -- well into the Coastal Plain=
. Steve should have photos. So it does have a tendency to follow brownwate=
r river floodplains into the upper Coastal Plain. The SC map shows the spec=
ies going down the Savannah River into Aiken and even Barnwell counties, and=
presumably along the Congaree in Richland County.
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> So -- several Checkerspots in Bladen County is feasible, especially as the=
y 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 bre=
eding site/colony, and not strays.
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> Harry LeGrand
> Raleigh
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>> 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. I=
t rained about half the time and was cloudy the rest of the time. My highlig=
hts were 3 Silvery Checkerspots, 1 Byssus Skipper, and 40+ Southern Skipperl=
ings. My list is below. Good butterflying.
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>> 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
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>> Mike Turner
>> Fayetteville, NC

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<html><head><meta http-equiv=3D"content-type" content=3D"text/html; charset=3D=
utf-8"></head><body dir=3D"auto"><span style=3D"-webkit-text-size-adjust: au=
to; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(25=
5, 255, 255);">Yes, I saw all three quite well. It was for sure unusual. I h=
ave been to this site dozens of times over the last three years and never sa=
w anything but Pearl Crescents. I don=E2=80=99t recall ever seeing one anywh=
ere in the coastal plain, my sighting at the edge of the costal plain in Har=
nett county a month ago notwithstanding. I didn=E2=80=99t get a picture of a=
ny of them.</span><br><br><div dir=3D"ltr">Mike Turner<div>Winston-Salem, NC=
</div><div><br></div></div><div dir=3D"ltr"><br><blockquote type=3D"cite">On=
Sep 11, 2022, at 9:49 AM, Harry LeGrand &lt;<hlegrandjr...>&gt; wrote:=
<br><br></blockquote></div><blockquote type=3D"cite"><div dir=3D"ltr">=EF=BB=
=BF<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>Mike,</div><div><br></div><div>Can you confirm to t=
he group that you either have photos of a Silvery Checkerspot, or can confir=
m that you saw one or all 3 quite well?&nbsp; You are obviously familiar wit=
h the species in the central Piedmont, but I (as editor of the Butterflies o=
f NC website) want to be sure before I enter a record 2 counties away from p=
revious counties for a species.&nbsp;&nbsp; As you know, this is a considera=
ble southward range extension, as the previous extent along the Cape Fear Ri=
ver is just to Harnett County (maybe 2 records), and we have no records for i=
ntervening Cumberland County.&nbsp; And, Paul Hart, the former long-time Sup=
erintendent of Raven Rock State Park, who still lives in the area and has bu=
tterflied all over Harnett County for 30+ years, has never seen Silvery Chec=
kerspot in that county, where the Cape Fear passes through.</div><div><br></=
div><div>In context, though, Steve Hall and I did find Silvery Checkerspots o=
n a number of occasions in the eastern part of Halifax County and adjacent N=
orthampton County, and once in farther eastward Bertie County -- all along t=
he Roanoke River and its floodplain forest openings -- well into the Coastal=
Plain.&nbsp; Steve should have photos.&nbsp; So it does have a tendency to f=
ollow brownwater river floodplains into the upper Coastal Plain.&nbsp; The S=
C map shows the species going down the Savannah River into Aiken and even Ba=
rnwell counties, and presumably along the Congaree in Richland County.</div>=
<div><br></div><div>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.&nbsp; We would presume thi=
s to be a localized breeding site/colony, and not strays.<br></div><div><br>=
</div><div>Harry LeGrand</div><div>Raleigh<br></div></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:<carolinaleps...>">carolinaleps=
@duke.edu</a>&gt; wrote:<br></div><blockquote class=3D"gmail_quote" style=3D=
"margin:0px 0px 0px 0.8ex;border-left:1px solid rgb(204,204,204);padding-lef=
t:1ex"><div dir=3D"ltr">I visited the Tar Heel boat ramp on the Cape Fear Ri=
ver in Tar Heel, NC. It rained about half the time and was cloudy the rest o=
f the time. My highlights were 3 Silvery Checkerspots, 1 Byssus Skipper, and=
40+ Southern Skipperlings. My list is below. Good butterflying.<div><br></d=
iv><div>Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1<br>Sleepy Orange 31<br>Cloud=
less Sulphur 52<br>Gulf Fritillary 10<br>Variegated Fritillary 38<=
br>Viceroy 12<br>Red-spotted Purple 1<br>Red Admiral 1<b=
r>Common Buckeye 6<br>Silvery Checkerspot 3<br>Pearl Crescent=
15<br>Silver-spotted Skipper 15<br>checkered-skipper 20<=
br>Horace's Duskywing 1<br>Zarucco Duskywing 1<br>Dun Skipper 3<b=
r>Byssus Skipper 1<br>Fiery Skipper 8<br>Clouded Skipper 2<b=
r>Southern Skipperling 42<br>Ocola Skipper 4<br>Least Skipper 2<b=
r><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>
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