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Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:24:04 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: NC Museum of Art grounds butterflies -- Sept. 20

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From 1000 to 1245, the Lorikeets (Lori Arent and Lori White) and I looked
for butterflies on the grounds of the Art Museum in west Raleigh, Wake
County. I was concerned that the very warm and dry weather in the last few
weeks, coupled with nearly wall-to-wall sunshine for most days, might have
dried out the nectar sources. But, there has been a good amount of dew
each morning, and though the zinnia patches are mostly done, there is still
enough verbena (V. brasiliense), pickerelweed, mistflower, and even some
frost aster (mainly blooms in October) to allow for plenty of action --
though spread out from the pond on the north to near Wade Avenue on the
south. Here is our list:

Black Swallowtail 1
E. Tiger Swallowtail 2
LITTLE YELLOW 1 fresh male; first we have ever seen here, and my 2nd of
2022
Sleepy Orange 25
CLOUDED SULPHUR 1 apparent fresh male flew by us
Orange Sulphur 1 fresh male on pickerelweed; hoped for more
Cloudless Sulphur 30
Cabbage White 1 usually missed here
Gray Hairstreak 1
E. Tailed-Blue 8
Monarch 3
Gulf Fritillary 1
Variegated Fritillary 18
Red-spotted Purple 3
Common Buckeye 25
Pearl Crescent 10

Silver-spotted Skipper 7
Common Checkered-Skipper 12
Horace's Duskywing 2
Dun Skipper 1 fresh male
Fiery Skipper 80 weeds
Sachem 1 fresh male on pickerelweed; could not find any others
Eufala Skipper 1 good to see today; small annual colony here
Clouded Skipper 14
Ocola Skipper 6

Note that the pickerelweeds around the pond are still in good bloom. The
second brood of Dion Skipper was VERY early this year. In a normal year,
you might expect to see a few late ones now, but the flight seemed to be
mainly in August this year. And, how often does one get 6 species of
Pierids in a day in the Piedmont?!

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>From 1000 to 1245, the Lorikeets (Lori Arent and Lori=
White) and I looked for butterflies on the grounds of the Art Museum in we=
st Raleigh, Wake County.=C2=A0 I was concerned that the very warm and dry w=
eather in the last few weeks, coupled with nearly wall-to-wall sunshine for=
most days, might have dried out the nectar sources.=C2=A0 But, there has b=
een a good amount of dew each morning, and though the zinnia patches are mo=
stly done, there is still enough verbena (V. brasiliense), pickerelweed, mi=
stflower, and even some frost aster (mainly blooms in October) to allow for=
plenty of action -- though spread out from the pond on the north to near W=
ade Avenue on the south. Here is our list:</div><div><br></div><div>Black S=
wallowtail=C2=A0 1</div><div>E. Tiger Swallowtail=C2=A0 2</div><div>LITTLE =
YELLOW=C2=A0 1=C2=A0 fresh male; first we have ever seen here, and my 2nd o=
f 2022</div><div>Sleepy Orange=C2=A0 25</div><div>CLOUDED SULPHUR=C2=A0 1=
=C2=A0=C2=A0 apparent fresh male flew by us</div><div>Orange Sulphur=C2=A0 =
1=C2=A0=C2=A0 fresh male on pickerelweed; hoped for more</div><div>Cloudles=
s Sulphur=C2=A0 30</div><div>Cabbage White=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 usuall=
y missed here</div><div>Gray Hairstreak=C2=A0 1</div><div>E. Tailed-Blue=C2=
=A0 8</div><div>Monarch=C2=A0 3</div><div>Gulf Fritillary=C2=A0 1</div><div=
>Variegated Fritillary=C2=A0 18</div><div>Red-spotted Purple=C2=A0 3</div><=
div>Common Buckeye=C2=A0 25</div><div>Pearl Crescent=C2=A0 10</div><div><br=
></div><div>Silver-spotted Skipper=C2=A0 7</div><div>Common Checkered-Skipp=
er=C2=A0 12</div><div>Horace&#39;s Duskywing=C2=A0 2</div><div>Dun Skipper=
=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0 fresh male</div><div>Fiery Skipper=C2=A0=C2=A0 80=C2=
=A0=C2=A0 weeds<br></div><div>Sachem=C2=A0 1=C2=A0=C2=A0 fresh male on pick=
erelweed; could not find any others<br></div><div>Eufala Skipper=C2=A0 1=C2=
=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0 good to see today; small annual colony here</div><div>Cloud=
ed Skipper=C2=A0 14</div><div>Ocola Skipper=C2=A0 6</div><div><br></div><di=
v>Note that the pickerelweeds around the pond are still in good bloom.=C2=
=A0 The second brood of Dion Skipper was VERY early this year.=C2=A0 In a n=
ormal year, you might expect to see a few late ones now, but the flight see=
med to be mainly in August this year.=C2=A0 And, how often does one get 6 s=
pecies of Pierids in a day in the Piedmont?!</div><div><br></div><div>Harry=
LeGrand</div><div>Raleigh<br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div></div>

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