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Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2022 16:36:15 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Raulston Arboretum, NC, butterflies -- Sept. 18

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I made my first visit to the Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, Wake Co., in a
few weeks, from 115 - 235 pm. Things, as one would imagine, are fairly dry
there, as the staff only waters some of the plants, or maybe all, but
certainly not every day. (Day after day after day of sunny and dry weather
in the last week, with no rain in sight.) Without rain, it seems like we
don't get a lot of eclosures -- a pulse of freshly emerged individuals.
So, results are still rather bland, with one exception:

Pipevine Swallowtail 4
Black Swallowtail 1 male
Spicebush/E. Tiger Swallowtail female sp 1 fly-by only
Cabbage White 7
Cloudless Sulphur 6 all fresh males
Sleepy Orange 4
WHITE-M HAIRSTREAK 1 medium wear; I think FOY for me, though I've seen
here in the past
Red-banded Hairstreak 2
Gray Hairstreak 1
Gulf Fritillary 2 rather fresh
Variegated Fritillary 5
Pearl Crescent 1
Common Buckeye 6
Monarch 2 no ladies, etc.
Silver-spotted Skipper 18
Common Checkered-Skipper 8
Fiery Skipper 80+ again, way too many; hard to bother looking at skippers
here
Sachem 2 females
Clouded Skipper 2 low
Eufala Skipper 1
Ocola Skipper 1 low

I ran into a few folks photographinmg bugs of all kinds, and this is the
second person who is reporting multiple Red-spotted Purples here. This
species essentially is not here (I've butterflied here for 20 years), and
it is male Pipevine Swallowtails that are being misidentified as they
rapidly fly amid openings in the trees. I'm sure a RSP stops by
occasionally, but this is very poor habitat for them -- they much prefer
hardwood forests and edges.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>I made my first visit to the Raulston Arboretum in Ra=
leigh, Wake Co., in a few weeks, from 115 - 235 pm.=C2=A0 Things, as one wo=
uld imagine, are fairly dry there, as the staff only waters some of the pla=
nts, or maybe all, but certainly not every day. (Day after day after day of=
sunny and dry weather in the last week, with no rain in sight.)=C2=A0 With=
out rain, it seems like we don&#39;t get a lot of eclosures -- a pulse of f=
reshly emerged individuals.=C2=A0 So, results are still rather bland, with =
one exception:</div><div><br></div><div>Pipevine Swallowtail=C2=A0 4</div><=
div>Black Swallowtail=C2=A0 1=C2=A0 male</div><div>Spicebush/E. Tiger Swall=
owtail female=C2=A0 sp=C2=A0 1=C2=A0 fly-by only</div><div>Cabbage White=C2=
=A0 7</div><div>Cloudless Sulphur=C2=A0 6=C2=A0=C2=A0 all fresh males</div>=
<div>Sleepy Orange=C2=A0 4</div><div>WHITE-M HAIRSTREAK=C2=A0=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=
=C2=A0 medium wear; I think FOY for me, though I&#39;ve seen here in the pa=
st</div><div>Red-banded Hairstreak=C2=A0 2</div><div>Gray Hairstreak=C2=A0 =
1</div><div>Gulf Fritillary=C2=A0 2=C2=A0=C2=A0 rather fresh</div><div>Vari=
egated Fritillary=C2=A0=C2=A0 5</div><div>Pearl Crescent=C2=A0 1</div><div>=
Common Buckeye=C2=A0 6</div><div>Monarch=C2=A0 2=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=
=A0 no ladies, etc.</div><div>Silver-spotted Skipper=C2=A0 18</div><div>Com=
mon Checkered-Skipper=C2=A0 8</div><div>Fiery Skipper=C2=A0 80+=C2=A0 again=
, way too many; hard to bother looking at skippers here</div><div>Sachem=C2=
=A0 2=C2=A0 females</div><div>Clouded Skipper=C2=A0 2=C2=A0 low</div><div>E=
ufala Skipper=C2=A0 1</div><div>Ocola Skipper=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0 low</div>=
<div><br></div><div>I ran into a few folks photographinmg bugs of all kinds=
, and this is the second person who is reporting multiple Red-spotted Purpl=
es here.=C2=A0 This species essentially is not here (I&#39;ve butterflied h=
ere for 20 years), and it is male Pipevine Swallowtails that are being misi=
dentified as they rapidly fly amid openings in the trees. I&#39;m sure a RS=
P stops by occasionally, but this is very poor habitat for them -- they muc=
h prefer hardwood forests and edges.</div><div><br></div><div>Harry LeGrand=
</div><div>Raleigh<br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div></div>

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