Jump to :     |    View All Lists    |    FAQ
List: Carolina-Leps
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2022 19:56:35 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Harnett Co., NC butterflies -- Sept. 13

--000000000000c968c105e897c357
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7BIT

Lori Arent and I decided to check out the new Campbell Pollinator Meadows &
River Park, located on the north side of the Cape Fear River just sw. of
the Campbell U. campus in Buies Creek, this morning and afternoon, under
perfect conditions (sunny, mild to warm, and not humid). As Mike Turner has
already explained here, the "pollinator meadows" are a misnomer for
"abandoned golf course fairways". The 9 fairways contain tall herbaceous
vegetation, none of which has been planted for pollinators -- to the best
of my observation. And -- the "trails" along the fairways are the remnant
golf course cart paths (paved), along with a gasline line clearing. There
ARE lots of butterflies, as a layperson would say, but the diversity was
poor -- and we struggled to maybe hit 15 species in 3.5 hours. So, we
followed up this visit with about 2 hours at the nearby (about 2-3 miles to
the west) Cape Fear Shiner County Park, which we visited a month ago with
nice odonate results. Our diversity picked up here, though numbers were
not high. Here are are combined totals, with a few comments about where a
few of them were found (PM = Pollinator Meadows; SP = Shiner Park)

Spicebush Swallowtail 2
E. Tiger Swallowtail 5 a worn one was grabbed by a Dragonhunter at SP;
not a pretty sight
Sleepy Orange 35
Cloudless Sulphur 40 most of these 2 sulphurs at PM
Red-banded Hairstreak 3 only at SP
Gray Hairstreak 4 looked hard for Great Purple H.
Summer Azure 1
E. Tailed-Blue 5 more scarce than usual where I have been this summer
and early fall
American Snout 1 SP
Variegated Fritillary 3
Viceroy 2 SP
Red-spotted Purple 1 SP
Hackberry Emperor 3 SP Tawny Emperor is still eluding me the last 2
years!
Common Buckeye 125, plus a few dozen larvae -- all over *Agalinis
fasciculata* at PM
Pearl Crescent 15 oddly, all at SP
Southern Pearly-eye 1 SP, very worn
Appalachian Brown 1 SP, quite fresh
Gemmed Satyr 1 PM
Carolina Satyr 4 where are all of them?

Silver-spotted Skipper 8
Common Checkered-Skipper 3 PM
Horace's Duskywing 1
Fiery Skipper 75 probably a low estimate; sick of them
Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper 1 SP, on Mistflower in semi-shade
Clouded Skipper 15
SOUTHERN SKIPPERLING 25 PM; all in short--grass areas at a single
"meadow" close to the river
Ocola Skipper 3
Least Skipper 1

We were disappointed at not finding any of the larger and uncommon grass
skippers, such as Byssus, Yehl, Dion, etc., and other smaller ones like
Dun, Zabulon, Swarthy, and Eufala, went missing as well. The skipperlings
provided a nice show.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

--000000000000c968c105e897c357
Content-Type: text/html; charset="UTF-8"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>Lori Arent and I decided to check out the new Campbel=
l Pollinator Meadows &amp; River Park, located on the north side of the Cap=
e Fear River just sw. of the Campbell U. campus in Buies Creek, this mornin=
g and afternoon, under perfect conditions (sunny, mild to warm, and not hum=
id). As Mike Turner has already explained here, the &quot;pollinator meadow=
s&quot; are a misnomer for &quot;abandoned golf course fairways&quot;.=C2=
=A0 The 9 fairways contain tall herbaceous vegetation, none of which has be=
en planted for pollinators -- to the best of my observation.=C2=A0 And -- t=
he &quot;trails&quot; along the fairways are the remnant golf course cart p=
aths (paved), along with a gasline line clearing.=C2=A0 There ARE lots of b=
utterflies, as a layperson would say, but the diversity was poor -- and we =
struggled to maybe hit 15 species in 3.5 hours.=C2=A0 So, we followed up th=
is visit with about 2 hours at the nearby (about 2-3 miles to the west) Cap=
e Fear Shiner County Park, which we visited a month ago with nice odonate r=
esults.=C2=A0 Our diversity picked up here, though numbers were not high.=
=C2=A0 Here are are combined totals, with a few comments about where a few =
of them were found (PM =3D Pollinator Meadows; SP =3D Shiner Park)<br></div=
><div><br></div><div>Spicebush Swallowtail=C2=A0 2</div><div>E. Tiger Swall=
owtail=C2=A0 5=C2=A0=C2=A0 a worn one was grabbed by a Dragonhunter at SP; =
not a pretty sight<br></div><div>Sleepy Orange=C2=A0 35</div><div>Cloudless=
Sulphur=C2=A0 40 =C2=A0 most of these 2 sulphurs at PM</div><div>Red-bande=
d Hairstreak =C2=A0 3=C2=A0 only at SP</div><div>Gray Hairstreak =C2=A0 4 =
=C2=A0=C2=A0 looked hard for Great Purple H.</div><div>Summer Azure=C2=A0 1=
</div><div>E. Tailed-Blue=C2=A0 5 =C2=A0=C2=A0 more scarce than usual where=
I have been this summer and early fall=C2=A0 <br></div><div>American Snout=
=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0 SP</div><div>Variegated Fritillary=C2=A0 3</div><div>V=
iceroy=C2=A0 2=C2=A0=C2=A0 SP</div><div>Red-spotted Purple=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=
=A0 SP</div><div>Hackberry Emperor=C2=A0 3=C2=A0 SP=C2=A0 =C2=A0 Tawny Empe=
ror is still eluding me the last 2 years!<br></div><div>Common Buckeye=C2=
=A0 125, plus a few dozen larvae -- all over <i>Agalinis fasciculata</i> at=
PM</div><div>Pearl Crescent=C2=A0 15=C2=A0=C2=A0 oddly, all at SP</div><di=
v>Southern Pearly-eye=C2=A0 1=C2=A0 SP, very worn</div><div>Appalachian Bro=
wn=C2=A0=C2=A0 1=C2=A0 SP, quite fresh</div><div>Gemmed Satyr=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=
=C2=A0=C2=A0 PM</div><div>Carolina Satyr=C2=A0 4=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 where ar=
e all of them?=C2=A0 <br></div><div><br></div><div>Silver-spotted Skipper=
=C2=A0 8</div><div>Common Checkered-Skipper=C2=A0 3=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 PM</d=
iv><div>Horace&#39;s Duskywing=C2=A0 1</div><div>Fiery Skipper=C2=A0=C2=A0 =
75=C2=A0=C2=A0 probably a low estimate; sick of them</div><div>Lace-winged =
Roadside-Skipper=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0 SP, on Mistflower in semi-shade</div><=
div>Clouded Skipper=C2=A0 15</div><div>SOUTHERN SKIPPERLING=C2=A0 25=C2=A0=
=C2=A0=C2=A0 PM; all in short--grass areas at a single &quot;meadow&quot; c=
lose to the river</div><div>Ocola Skipper=C2=A0 3</div><div>Least Skipper=
=C2=A0 1</div><div><br></div><div>We were disappointed at not finding any o=
f the larger and uncommon grass skippers, such as Byssus, Yehl, Dion, etc.,=
and other smaller ones like Dun, Zabulon, Swarthy, and Eufala, went missin=
g as well.=C2=A0 The skipperlings provided a nice show.</div><div><br></div=
><div>Harry LeGrand</div><div>Raleigh<br></div><div><br></div><div><br></di=
v><div><br></div><div><br></div></div>

--000000000000c968c105e897c357--