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Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2023 02:44:29 +0000
From: Audrey Whitlock (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Dare Co NC mainland 090823


Sorry for the late post but I had to verify some pics (Thanks Harry) and run down to FL to see the Gray Gull. Life is good!

Fri Sept 8th, sunny, south 10mph, high 80s

Last Sept there were so many different skippers out on Alligator River NWR, I returned and concentrated out near the bombing range. Main nectar sources were Chinese Bushclover, Blue Mistflower, Partridge Pea and Sneezeweed.

This was just a one mile walk one way on an overgrown roadway but it took me over 4 hrs. 24 species and probably missed a few since I get so bogged down with the skippers but they are my favorite.

Palamedes Swallowtail 56
Sleepy Orange 4
Cloudless Sulphur 35 ovipositing on Partridge Pea
Gray Hairstreak 3
Red-banded Hairstreak 11
Summer Azure 4 ovipositing on Chinese Bushclover
Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
Monarch 3
Gulf Fritillary 1
Variegated Fritillary 1
Viceroy 1
Common Buckeye 1
Pearl Crescent 1
Common Wood-Nymph 4
Dun Skipper 1
Fiery Skipper 1
Aaron's Skipper 1
Southern Broken-dash 7
Broad-winged Skipper 19
Yehl Skipper 13
Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper 8
Clouded Skipper 3
Ocola Skipper 2

Audrey Whitlock
S Nags Head NC