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Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2024 18:54:50 -0400
From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Some Bladen Co., NC , butterflies -- March 29

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I made one of my few butterfly tips of the spring so far, trying to help
Lori Arent see the now mythical Yucca Giant-Skipper. We traveled to
Sampson County and then to Bladen County and hit a handful of public lands
in hopes of seeing a butterfly that in the 1990s and 2000s was findable.
However, in the past several years, they seem to all but have
gone/disappeared from NC, for various reasons.

I attempted to re-visit several sites with yuccas and the skippers where I
recall having seen them back 20 or more years ago. Sadly, the plants seem
to be mostly gone, perhaps owing to plant succession, if not to burning,
pine-straw raking, etc. It took until about 2:00 pm for us to find our
first and only stand of yuccas, and we had no luck with the skippers.
(They normally just fly in the morning.) The timing of the year and
weather -- clear, mild, though a bit breezy, was seemingly fine.

We struggled to find much at all on various sand tracks and roads in Bladen
Lakes State Forest and Suggs Mill Pond Game Land, and failed also to see
Hessel's Hairstreaks despite lots of Atlantic White-Cedar plants along the
roads. Here is our meager and disappointing list for today, Bladen unless
stated:

Spicebush Swallowtail 3
Palamedes Swallowtail 12
E. Tiger Swallowtail 8
Sleepy Orange 3
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Red-banded Hairstreak 2
Holly Azure 7
E. Tailed-Blue 3
Common Buckeye 1 Sampson
Pearl Crescent 1
Juvenal's Duskywing 1

Just a single skipper in about 5 hours; awful.

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><div>I made one of my few butterfly tips of the spring so =
far, trying to help Lori Arent see the now mythical Yucca Giant-Skipper.=C2=
=A0 We traveled to Sampson County and then to Bladen County and hit a handf=
ul of public lands in hopes of seeing a butterfly that in the 1990s and 200=
0s was findable.=C2=A0 However, in the past several years, they seem to all=
but have gone/disappeared from NC, for various reasons.</div><div><br></di=
v><div>I attempted to re-visit several sites with yuccas and the skippers w=
here I recall having seen them back 20 or more years ago.=C2=A0 Sadly, the =
plants seem to be mostly gone, perhaps owing to plant succession, if not to=
burning, pine-straw raking, etc.=C2=A0 It took until about 2:00 pm for us =
to find our first and only stand of yuccas, and we had no luck with the ski=
ppers.=C2=A0 (They normally just fly in the morning.)=C2=A0 The timing of t=
he year and weather -- clear, mild, though a bit breezy, was seemingly fine=
.</div><div><br></div><div>We struggled to find much at all on various sand=
tracks and roads in Bladen Lakes State Forest and Suggs Mill Pond Game Lan=
d, and failed also to see Hessel&#39;s Hairstreaks despite lots of Atlantic=
White-Cedar plants along the roads.=C2=A0 Here is our meager and disappoin=
ting list for today, Bladen unless stated:</div><div><br></div><div>Spicebu=
sh Swallowtail=C2=A0 3</div><div>Palamedes Swallowtail=C2=A0 12</div><div>E=
. Tiger Swallowtail=C2=A0 8</div><div>Sleepy Orange 3</div><div>Cloudless S=
ulphur=C2=A0 1</div><div>Red-banded Hairstreak=C2=A0 2</div><div>Holly Azur=
e=C2=A0 7</div><div>E. Tailed-Blue=C2=A0 3</div><div>Common Buckeye=C2=A0 1=
=C2=A0 Sampson</div><div>Pearl Crescent=C2=A0 1</div><div>Juvenal&#39;s Dus=
kywing=C2=A0 1</div><div><br></div><div>Just a single skipper in about 5 ho=
urs; awful.</div><div><br></div><div>Harry LeGrand</div><div>Raleigh<br></d=
iv><div><br></div><div><br></div></div>

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