Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2023 09:25:37 -0400 (EDT)
From: \Lior Carlson\ (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Possible Dainty Sulphur at Bean Shoals During Pilot Mountain NABA Count
I know the saying, "pics or it didn't happen," and some of you might regard my
identification skills as suspect, but nonetheless I will describe what I saw
for the unofficial record.
During the Pilot Mountain NABA count on September 4th at the Bean Shoals area
there is a parking area at one of the trailheads with a grassy area to picnic,
a bathroom, and a field with various nectar plants. We stopped to see what we
As I was going back to my car a small butterfly, comparable in size to a
Hairstreak, flew up to me, and my first impression was it belonged in the
Sulphur family, yet looked nothing like the Little Yellow we saw earlier, nor
like a Sleepy Orange. It did briefly land in a tree on a leaf and I was able
to get a second impression. It reminded me a bit of a Cabbage White in that it
had small black dots in about the same location on the forewing. The overall
color of the butterfly was whitish-yellow and it looked faded, smudged.
I had a chance a few days ago to look at various Sulphurs to see if I could
find a potential match. The Dainty Sulphur is the best fit, however
considering its rarity I understand that a sight record is insufficient proof.
I'll put it in my personal files as The Mystery Sulphur That Got Away.