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Triangle Chapter — Butterfly Garden Open House — June 21, 2017

John Jarvis and Lori Carlson hosted an open house of their extensive butterfly garden in Hillsborough, NC to CBS members and others, to show what plants work well at attracting butterflies, or serve as host plants. Visitors were welcome to bring their own plants to swap, or take home any of the giveaways to plant in their own yard. John and Lori gave personalized tours showing visitors the different host and nectar plants and explained the history of their gardening adventure. General education and information about butterflies and gardening was also provided.

The yard had been fairly absent of butterflies but the release of a dozen Monarchs that morning in the garden seemed to encourage other species to show up. A total of 24 different species were sighted during the day. About 24 people came to see the garden and take home some plants. A second open house is scheduled for August 12th when the butterflies will be at or near their peak as a follow-up.

Plants ready to be swapped or given away

Triangle Chapter — Butterfly Day at Big Bloomers Flower Farm — June 17, 2017

We partnered with Big Bloomers Flower Farm for the first annual Butterfly Day to offer general education and information about butterflies, conducted a raise-a-caterpillar workshop, and Creating Your Own Butterfly Garden presentation. Crafts and a DIY butterfly fruit plate activity were also offered. Attendees got to see Black Swallowtail and Silver Spotted Skipper caterpillars. Thirteen Black Swallowtail caterpillars went home to be cared for by workshop participants. The event ended with a butterfly release of a Monarch, six Black Swallowtails, and one Silver Spotted Skipper.

Highlights of the event were posted on the Big Bloomer’s Facebook page along with a live video stream.

Triad Chapter — Poteat Farm Jamestown, NC — June 17, 2017

On Saturday, June 17, thirteen of us explored part of the Poteat Farm in Jamestown, Guilford County, until about noon. The weather was mostly overcast, very humid, with temperatures in the mid 70s. This was a joint trip with the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society of Guilford County.

The Poteat Farm in Jamestown, which is about 70 acres, is a privately owned nature preserve along the Deep River between High Point and Greensboro. Owner Marie Poteat has reintroduced native grasses and other flowering plants in the old farm fields and wooded areas to attract butterflies, birds and other wildlife. Marie actively manages her property to reduce non-native plants.

Marie also has actively increased the number of milkweed species and numbers of milkweed plants all over the property, so butterfliers who are interested specifically in milkweeds had the rare opportunity to see and compare about a dozen milkweed species on this one site. We also found several host plants for other butterflies.

Although we had a great time seeing the plants and birds, the weather conditions were not conducive to butterflies. We saw only the following five species:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1, Carolina Satyr 1, American Lady 2, Sachem 2, and Dun Skipper 2.

We appreciate Marie opening her property to us!

Dennis Burnette

Weymouth Woods NP NABA Count — June 15, 2017

Despite weather forecast, 4 of us counted at Weymouth on June 15. With an early start to beat incoming storms we had a Kings at 820am! In the afternoon as the rain came I continued on to the Sandhills game land portions of the count circle to add a few more things before getting totally washed out and almost struck by lightning, yikes! Not much nectar at Weymouth, some at the game lands so with better weather we could probably have a decent count. It took a little effort at Weymouth but eventually got insanely close views of both hairstreaks, like selfie close, no stick required.

7 E tiger swallowtail
9 spicebush swallowtail
2 Palamedes swallowtail
5 Kings Hairstreak (lifer for some)
4 Edwards Hairstreak (lifer for all but me, including a visiting birder/bugger from AZ)
6 E tailed blue
8 Summer Azure
3 Variegated Fritillary
3 Pearl Crescent
6 American Lady
27 Common Buckeye
1 Southern Pearly-eye (lifer for one)
4 Carolina Satyr
4 Southern Cloudywing
5 Zarucco’s Duskywing
1 Horace’s Duskywing
1 Sachem

17 sp, en easy mark to beat next year I guess…
Thanks to John, Lori and Salman for coming out!

Brian Bockhahn

Triad Chapter — Forsyth County, NC — June 10, 2017

Butterfly Field Trip Report Forsyth County, NC

On Saturday morning, June 10, members of the Carolina Butterfly Society Triad Chapter held a butterfly walk in Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem, NC. This outing was rescheduled from May due to rain on the original date. The weather this time was warm, sunny and muggy with the high temperature reaching about 80. Fifteen folks participated.

We were met by Harriet McCarthy, the volunteer in charge of the gardens and a CBS member, who showed us the Monarch Waystation that she organized three yeaers ago and put in place with other Master Gardeners. She also give us an informal tour of the vegetable and herb garden that has many of the same varieties of plants that the early Moravian settlers are thought to have planted on this historic site.

After checking the butterflies in the gardens, we walked a short part of the adjacent greenway. Butterflies were scarce there, possibly because flooding in the past weeks has suppressed nectar flowers. We finished the walk along the edge of the woods on the way back to the parking area.

The following is a cumulative list of 18 species for the group. Thanks to Gene Schepker for compiling it.

Spicebush Swallowtail 1
Cabbage White 10
Orange Sulphur 1
Eastern Tailed Blue 3
American Snout 1
Variegated Fritillary 4
Great Spangled Fritillary 2
American Lady 2
Red Admiral 1
Common Buckeye 4
Hackberry Emperor 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 3
Common Checkered Skipper 1
Common Sootywing 1
Fiery Skipper 3
Crossline Skipper 1
Sachem 1
Dun Skipper 1

Dennis

Triangle Chapter — Penny’s Bend — June 4, 2017

The Triangle chapter of CBS held a trip to Penny’s Bend, June 4, 2017. The weather was sunny, with little or no wind, temp in the mid 80’s. in attendance were Carla Oldham, Gene Schepker, Lois Schneider, Bud Webster(organizer), and Richard Stickney(leader).
Pipevine swallowtail-11

Eastern tiger swallowtail-1
Spicebush swallowtail-1
American lady-11
Buckeye-8
Variegated frit-6
Hackberry emperor-1
Summer azure-1
Monarch-1
Banded hairstreak-3
Gray hairstreak-1
Northern pearly eye-2
Sleepy orange-1
Eastern tailed blue-11
Pearl crescent-4
Horace’s duskywing-2
Wild indigo duskywing-4
Fiery skipper-3
Sachem-2
Dunn skipper-4
Little glassywing-5
Least skipper-1
Swarthy skipper-5
Crossline skipper-1

Bud Webster, Raleigh, NC

CBS — Weymouth Woods — June 3 & 4, 2017

Carolina Butterfly Society Trip Report

Chris Talkington led the Carolina Butterfly Society on walks at several sites in North Carolina on June 3rd and 4th. At all sites, the weather was mostly sunny and hot.

Weymouth Woods, Moore County
6/3/17 9:30-12:00
In attendance were Bud Webster, Rob Gilson, Roger Shaw, Taylor Piephoff, Claire Dayton, Susan Campbell and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Spicebush Swallowtail 3
Edwards’ Hairstreak 1 (lifer for many)
King’s Hairstreak 3 (lifer for some)
Gray Hairstreak 2
Summer Azure 2
Azure species 7
Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
Common Buckeye 3
Red-spotted Purple 1
Creole Pearly-eye 1
Horace’s Duskywing 4
Duskywing species 1
Skipper species 1

Sandhills Gamelands, Richmond County
6/3/17 1:00-3:00
In attendance were Bud Webster, Rob Gilson, Roger Shaw, Taylor Piephoff, Claire Dayton and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Spicebush Swallowtail 5
Sleepy Orange 1
Gray Hairstreak 5
Azure species 5
Eastern Tailed-Blue 5
Gulf Fritillary 1
Variegated Fritillary 11
Pearl Crescent 14
American Lady 1
Common Buckeye 51
Red-spotted Purple 1
Southern Cloudywing 1
Cloudywing species 1
Horace’s Duskywing 3
Zarucco Duskywing 2
Least Skipper 1
Fiery Skipper 1
Dun Skipper 1

Sandhills Horticultural Gardens at Sandhills Community College, Moore County
6/3/17 3:30-5:00
In attendance were Rob Gilson, Roger Shaw, Claire Dayton and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Spicebush Swallowtail 1
American Lady 7
Common Buckeye 6
Carolina Satyr 1
Satyr species 2
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Horace’s Duskywing 3
Duskywing species 1
Fiery Skipper 4
Dun Skipper 1
Dion Skipper 6 (lifer for some)

Carvers Creek State Park, Cumberland County
6/4/17 9:30-12:00
In attendance were Rob Gilson, Roger Shaw, Claire Dayton and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Spicebush Swallowtail 1
Cloudless Sulphur 3
Summer Azure 1
Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
Variegated Fritillary 5
Pearl Crescent 5
Common Buckeye 13
Red-spotted Purple 2
Carolina Satyr 1
Horace’s Duskywing 1
Clouded Skipper 1
Skipper species 1 (possible Dion)

Marty Kastner
Blythewood, SC

Triangle Chapter — Picture Creek Barrens, Butner, NC — May 26, 2017

Today (May 26), seven Carolina Butterfly Society members — Lori Carlson, John Jarvis, Roger Shaw, Carla Oldham, Gene Schepker, Lois Schneider, and I — walked the powerline clearing at the Picture Creek Barrens natural area near Butner looking for butterflies and wildflowers. Of course, we didn’t have to sweat out finding the plants, as I knew where they were. I was quite surprised that many dozens of Marshallia legrandii were already in bloom! The weather wasn’t as sunny as predicted, though we did get about 60% sun, and a breezy but mild day. Here are the results:

Pipevine Swallowtail 12 excellent number; interestingly, the males were fresh and the females worn
Zebra Swallowtail 5 surprising numbers; very long tails (second brood just beginning)
Black Swallowtail 5 all males
E. Tiger Swallowtail 7
Spicebush Swallowtail 2 low
Orange Sulphur 3
Cloudless Sulphur 4
Sleepy Orange 2
Juniper Hairstreak 5 good number; mostly nectaring on patches of wild quinine
Gray Hairstreak 2
E. Tailed-Blue 25
Summer Azure 1 low
Variegated Fritillary 2
Great Spangled Fritillary 35
Pearl Crescent 3 probably just beginning the second brood
Question Mark 4 plus a couple of anglewings that got away
American Lady 25 variety of fresh and worn ones
Common Buckeye 15
Red-spotted Purple 3
Appalachian Brown 1 quite a surprise here, in upland hardwood forest edge, though sedges are present
Little Wood-Satyr 18 couldn’t find Carolina, Gemmed, etc.
Monarch 1 not surprisingly, at a stand of common milkweed not quite in bloom
Silver-spotted Skipper 25
Southern Cloudywing 1 low; often on spring visits the two cloudywings are similar in numbers
Northern Cloudywing 16 excellent number; some fresh but some worn
Horace’s Duskywing 3 two fresh males and one female
Swarthy Skipper 12
Crossline Skipper 9 low; on some late spring trips in past years, the most common butterfly
Southern Broken-dash 1 fresh
Little Glassywing 20 good number
Zabulon Skipper 4 worn males
Dun Skipper 4

32 species (at the tally at the end, we had 31, but I had forgotten to write down Common Buckeye, Glad I caught it now!)

Harry LeGrand
Raleigh

Triangle Chapter — Homeschool Butterfly Caterpillar Raising Class — May 23, 2017

John Jarvis and I hosted four homeschool families for a Caterpillar Raising Workshop for Black Swallowtail caterpillars. The day before about 19 Monarch butterflies eclosed from chrysalis and soon became the stars of the rainy, dreary afternoon. The class was comprised of about a dozen children ages 3-11. Parents learned along with their children the basics for caring for a Black Swallowtail caterpillar and chrysalis. Each family went home with at least two caterpillars to raise along with a fennel plant.

Once the objective of the class had been accomplished the Monarch butterflies were brought out and distributed for the children and parents to enjoy, identify the sex, and eventually release outside. Everyone greatly enjoyed wearing two or more butterflies.

Greater Charlotte Chapter — Brunswick County — May 20, 2017

On Saturday May 20 The Greater Charlotte Chapter of the CBS held a butterfly walk in Brunswick County.  We started the morning checking blooming Chinquapin looking for Hairstreaks but with the overcast conditions we decided to head for the Green Swamp Eco. Area. Sunny conditions in the Green Swamp didn’t bring many butterflies but the plant life was abundant. The Flytraps were in bloom and gorgeous. We were also able to find Rosebud Orchid or Spreading Pogonia, Grass Pink, Nodding Ladies’ Tresses, Slender Ladies Tresses, and three species of Pitcher Plant. We then decided to head to a couple areas in the Green Swamp Gamelands and work our way back toward Ocean Isle Beach Rd. The afternoon weather was much better at the Chinquapins and we were treated to 5 Oak Hairstreaks with very close looks “1 foot” on several occasions. Special thanks to Taylor Piephoff for leading the walk and sharing his experience and knowledge of the area. Other participants were Chris and Cheryl Talkington. Here is a complete list for the day.

Yarbrough St. Morning
1 Banded Hairstreak
1 American Lady
1 Variegated Fritillary
1 Cloudywing Sp.

Green Swamp Eco. Area
8 Palamedes Swallowtail
1 Southern Cloudywing
2 American Lady
6 Pearl Crescent

Green Swamp Gamelands
1 Cloudless Sulphur
15 Varigated Fritillary
8 Buckeye
16 Palamedes Swallowtail
2 Fiery Skipper
1 Northern Broken Dash
12 Pearl Crescent

Yarbrough St. Afternoon
2 Am. Lady
5 Oak Hairstreak
1 Gray Hairstreak
1 Zarucco Duskywing
1 Juvenal’s Duskywing
1 Variegated Fritillary

Good Butterflying, Chris