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CBS — Myrtle Beach, SC — September 23-24, 2017

CBS Trip Report
Myrtle Beach Area
September 23 and 24, 2017

On September 23rd and 24th CBS butterflied various sites in the Myrtle Beach area.  Scott Hartley was our organizer for all of the areas and leader for most.  We began at Myrtle Beach State Park on the 23rd at 8:45 and ended there at 10:10.  In attendance were Dennis and Lynn Burnette, Chris and Cheryl Talkington and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Sleepy Orange   2
Cloudless Sulphur   7
Gulf Fritillary   34
Painted Lady   1
Lady species   3
Common Buckeye   12
Monarch   2
Long-tailed Skipper   8
Horace’s Duskywing   3
Swarthy Skipper   1
White Checkered-Skipper   2
Fiery Skipper   10
Whirlabout   2
Sachem   2
Clouded Skipper   13
Skipper species   3

Our next stop was Hobcaw Barony, a privately owned research reserve near Georgetown, from 11:00-3:30 which included about 30 minutes for lunch.  We visited the butterfly garden around the visitor center and then Wendy Allen drove the passenger van and led us to other areas of the reserve.  In attendance were Scott Hartley, Don Allemann, Dennis Burnette and Lynn Burnette, Maggie Martin, Chris and Cheryl Talkington and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Palamedes Swallowtail   5
Cloudless Sulphur   27
Little Yellow   11
Red-banded Hairstreak   2
Gray Hairstreak   15
Eastern Pygmy-Blue   9
Azure species   2
Gulf Fritillary   19
Zebra Heliconian   3
Pearl Crescent   3
Painted Lady   5
Common Buckeye   2
Long-tailed Skipper   27
Pearly-eye species   1
Carolina/Intricate Satyr   5
Horace’s Duskywing   1
Eufala Skipper   1
Least Skipper   6
Fiery Skipper   4
Whirlabout   3
Sachem   1
Dun Skipper   1
Clouded Skipper   6
Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper   1
Salt Marsh Skipper   8
Ocola Skipper   13

We ended Saturday with a walk along Pier Road to the Winyah Bay Fishing and Observation Pier in Georgetown from 4:10-4:40.

Cloudless Sulphur   4
Little Yellow   1
Gray Hairstreak   1
Gulf Fritillary   7
Painted Lady   1
Silver-spotted Skipper   2
Long-tailed Skipper   1
Clouded Skipper   1
Broad-winged Skipper   1
Ocola Skipper   1

On Sunday, September 24 we headed to Lewis Ocean Bay and butterflied there from 10:00-12:30.  Scott Hartley was again our leader.   In attendance were Dennis Burnette and Lynn Burnette, Sudie Thomas and her son, Garrett and his friend, and Dave and Marty Kastner.

On the dirt road leading to Lewis Ocean Bay we had:

Cloudless Sulphur   13
Sleepy Orange   2
Gulf Fritillary   2

At Lewis Ocean Bay we had:

Palamedes Swallowtail   13
Sleepy Orange   27
Cloudless Sulphur   66
Little Yellow   9
Red-banded Hairstreak   2
Gray Hairstreak   5
Eastern Tailed-Blue   6
Gulf Fritillary   7
Variegated Fritillary   1
Pearl Crescent   3
Painted Lady   1
Common Buckeye   16
Silver-spotted Skipper   1
Long-tailed Skipper   13
Horace’s Duskywing   2
Zarucco Duskywing   1
Checkered-Skipper species   1
Fiery Skipper   1
Whirlabout   1
Dun Skipper   2
Clouded Skipper   12
Ocola Skipper   5

When other folks headed home, Dave and I headed to Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge and walked the yellow trail to Cox Lake from 1:00-3:30.

Palamedes Swallowtail   3
Sleepy Orange   3
Cloudless Sulphur   6
Red-Banded Hairstreak   1
Gray Hairstreak   1
Eastern Tailed-Blue   1
Gulf Fritillary   8
Pearl Crescent   6
Lady species   1
Red-spotted Purple   1
Southern Pearly-Eye   2
Creole Pearly-Eye   1
Carolina/Intricate Satyr   5
Zarucco Duskywing   2
Checkered-Skipper species   1
Fiery Skipper   1

Submitted by Marty Kastner

Mt. Mitchell State Park & Savannah Nat’l Wildlife Refuge, SC — August 26-27, 2017

Five members of the north Florida NABA Hairstreak Chapter (Travis & Karen MacClendon, Brian Lloyd, Amy Sang, and myself) made a whirlwind visit this past weekend Aug. 26 & 27) to Mt. Mitchell State Park, NC, and Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, SC, specifically targeting Green Comma and Rare Skipper. The weather on Mt. Mitchell was mostly overcast with cloud banks rolling in on top of us, punctuated with occasional bouts of sunshine. We spent roughly 4 hours there, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The weather at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge was mostly cloudy with a light drizzle at times (tropical system moving by offshore). We only drove the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive at Savannah NWR, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and finishing up 2.5 hours later. Results:

Mt. Mitchell State Park:
Pipevine Swallowtail – abundant (40+)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – 2
Orange Sulphur – 2
Summer Azure – 3
Eastern Tailed-Blue – 2
Pearl Crescent – 4
Painted Lady – approx. 12
Red Admiral – 1
Monarch – 1 (unexpected at this elevation)
Clouded Skipper – 2
Sachem – 3
Unknown Fritillary (male, either Great Spangled or Aphrodite, we could not get close but have photos)

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge:
Cloudless Sulphur – common (at least a dozen)
Sleepy Orange – 2
Red-banded Hairstreak – 1
Gulf Fritillary – common (at least 8)
Zebra Heliconian – 1
Red-spotted Purple – 1
Zarucco Duskywing – 1
Long-tailed Skipper – 1
Tropical Checkered-Skipper – 2
Broad-winged Skipper – 3
Unknown Skipper (probable Tawny-edged)

It was a good, although exhausting, trip. Special thank you to Dennis Forsythe for information about Savannah NWR and Rare Skippers. Past Carolinaleps trip reports were also invaluable.

CBS — Richland County, SC — July 28-30, 2017

Carolina Butterfly Society Trip Report
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
Richland County, SC
July 28, 2017

On July 28, CBS butterflied on the grounds of Heathwood Hall from 2:45-4:20. The weather was partly cloudy, hot and humid. This was one of the walks of the symposium weekend. In attendance were Donnie Bain from Heathwood Hall, Pat and Jerry Bright and their grandson, Caroline Eastman, James Wilson, Susan Creed, Barb Driscoll, Cyndy Hummel, and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Zebra Swallowtail 4
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 4 (including one dark form female)
Dark Swallowtail species 1
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Sleepy Orange 8
Red-banded Hairstreak 2
Gulf Fritillary 2
Variegated Fritillary 5
Silvery Checkerspot 13
American Lady 1
Red Admiral 3
American Snout 3
Common Buckeye 3
Hackberry Emperor 3
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 2
Satyr species 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 8
White Checkered-Skipper 1
Hayhurst’s Scallopwing 3
Fiery Skipper 1
Clouded Skipper 2

Carolina Butterfly Society Trip Report
Cayce Riverwalk Timmerman Trail
Lexington County, SC
July 30, 2017

On July 30 CBS held a post-symposium butterfly walk on the Timmerman Trail from 9:50-1:45. The weather was sunny with lower humidity. Temperatures ranged from the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s. In attendance were John Demko, Barb Driscoll, Jerry Bright, Jim Boylston, Salley Dupree, Alison Smith, Susan and Bobby Creed, James Wilson and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Zebra Swallowtail 5
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3 (including two dark form females)
Dark Swallowtail species 1
Spicebush Swallowtail 2
Cloudless Sulphur 7 (one ovipositing)
Sleepy Orange 8
Red-banded Hairstreak 2
Summer Azure 1
Variegated Fritillary 2
Silvery Checkerspot 5
Pearl Crescent 5
Eastern Comma 1
American Lady 1
Red Admiral 2
Common Buckeye 2
Red-spotted Purple 1
Hackberry Emperor 7
Silver-spotted Skipper 2
Horace’s Duskywing 22
White Checkered-Skipper 4
Least Skipper 1
Fiery Skipper 2
Clouded Skipper 4
Skipper species 2

Marty Kastner

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

Aiken County, SC Trip — April 29-30, 2017

Carolina Butterfly Society Trip Report

The Carolina Butterfly Society held walks in Aiken County, SC on April 29 and 30. Both days began cloudy and overcast but there was some sun in the afternoon. Temperatures were in the low to upper 80’s.

Gum Swamp Road
April 29, 2017 10:00-3:30 In attendance were Jerry and Pat Bright, Jackie Hill and Dave and Marty Kastner (leaders).

Spicebush Swallowtail 1
Black Swallowtail 5
Palamedes Swallowtail 2
Zebra Swallowtail 13
Checkered White 1
Cabbage White 10
Cloudless Sulphur 13
Sleepy Orange 3
Orange Sulphur 2
Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
Variegated Fritillary 1
Silvery Checkerspot 1
Pearl Crescent 17
Question Mark 3
Eastern Comma 2
Anglewing species 1
American Lady 6
American Snout 68
Common Buckeye 4
Red-spotted Purple 3
Hackberry Emperor 8
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 1
Gemmed Satyr 2
Satyr species 1
Monarch 2
Horace’s Duskywing 2
White Checkered-Skipper 4

American Lady larva 1

Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve
April 30, 2017 10:00-2:00 In attendance were Caroline Eastman, Jim and Jackie Hill with two guests, John Demko, and Dave and Marty Kastner (leaders who were an hour late due to a flat tire caused by a nail!).

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Palamedes Swallowtail 1
Spicebush Swallowtail 2
Swallowtail species 1 (probably Spicebush)
Cabbage White 1
Cloudless Sulphur 4
Common Buckeye 31

Variegated Fritillary larva 6
American Lady larva 1

Marty Kastner
Richland County, SC

Congaree NP NABA Count – Oct 1, 2016

Here is our list from the Congaree Bluffs HP section of the Congaree NP NABA Count.

Location: Congaree Bluffs HP
Date: 1 Oct 2016
Observers: Donna and Dennis Forsythe
Time: 1240-1340 hours
Distance: 0.5 mi
Weather, clear, calm ca 82 f
Coverage: We looked around 1st parking lot, walked to observation platform , did not go down to the river
Cloudless Sulfur 5
Little Yellow 45
Ceraunus Blue 2
Eastern Tailed-Blue 3
Gulf Fritillary 12
Variegated Fritillary 13
Common Buckeye 3
Red-spotted Purple 1
Carolina Satyr 2 bent PM line
Southern Cloudywing 1
White Checkered Skipper 11
Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1 very worn, county record

Here are our results for the Calhoun East part of the Congaree NP NABA Count

Location: Congaree East
Date: 1 Oct 2016
Observers: Donna and Dennis Forsythe
Time: 1130-1240;1340-1600 hours
Distance: 19 mi
Weather, clear, calm ca 76-82 f
Coverage: Purple Martin marsh, roads below Ft Motte, Lang Syne, Longstreet Rds, St Matthews City Park
Comments: most farmland ditches clean with no vegetation.
Black Swallowtail 1
Cloudless Sulfur 90
Sleepy Orange 15
Little Yellow 25
Gulf Fritillary 28
Variegated Fritillary 1
American Lady 1
Common Buckeye 5
Pearl Crescent 3
Red-spotted Purple 1
Long-tailed Skipper 1
White Checkered-Skipper 18
Clouded Skipper 6
Southern Skipperling 2 very fresh
Fiery Skipper 4
Sachem 3 2 males 1 female
Whirlabout 1 female
Sachem 1 male
Ocola Skipper 2

Dennis Forsythe

Savannah NWR, SC – Sept. 30, 2016


Our group had the following butterflies during our day-long trip to Savannah NWR.

Tupelo Trail 9:45-10:15
Cloudless Sulfurs 6
Gulf Fritillary 5

Near maintenance area N of Alligator Alley 10:15-11:30
Cloudless Sulfur 3
Gulf Fritillary 1
Zebra Longwing 2
Hackberry Emperor1
Long-tailed Skipper 4

Wildlife Drive Parking Lot 10:30-10:45
Cloudless Sulfur 5
Gulf Fritillary 9
Long-tailed Skipper 2

Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive 10:50-12:45
Palamedes Swallowtail 1
Cloudless Sulfur 15
Sleepy Orange 1
Gulf Fritillary 4
Zebra Longwing 13
Common Buckeye 2
Tropical Checkered Skipper 1

Hy 170 at exit to wildlife drive 12:45-12:55 massive stand of Spanish Needles
Cloudless Sulfur 4
Gulf Fritillary 8
Long-tailed Skipper 10
Duskywing sp
Fiery Skipper 2
Broad-winged Skipper 7
Ocola Skipper 100

Refuge Visitors center 1-2 PM
Palamedes Swallowtail 1
Cloudless Sulfur 1
Red Admiral 1
Common Buckeye 2
Gulf Fritillary 15 + cats
Zebra Longwing 2
Variegated Fritillary 1
Ocola Skipper 3


Dennis M. Forsythe PhD

Blue Ridge Parkway Field Trip for Naturalists, Sept. 24, 2016

On Saturday, Sept. 24, twenty folks gathered at the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Parkway for a nature field trip. This was a joint trip with Carolina Butterfly Society, NC Native Plant Society, Piedmont Bird Club, and Audubon, so we had lots of knowledgeable people to help identify butterflies and other critters. By the end of the trip, we had recorded 18 species of butterflies.

This date was chosen because it’s near the peak of migration for Monarch Butterflies. These butterflies tend to follow the Parkway on their journey south to Mexico. We didn’t see a huge number this time, but we did see two adults and four caterpillars. Several people got to watch as Meadow Fritillaries, a higher elevation species that we don’t have in the Piedmont, were laying eggs in a meadow near their caterpillar host plant, violets.

After exploring the music center, we had a picnic and then proceeded south on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few miles. The early autumn wildflowers were blooming in profusion. As hoped, there was something to see for just about everyone on this beautiful, sunny, cool fall day.

With 20 people scattered around seeing different things in different places, it turned out to be impossible to get an accurate count of individual butterflies. Consequently, the numbers next to the species below are estimates and in some cases probably low.

Butterfly List BRP 9-24-16

Black Swallowtail 1 + 1 cat
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
Cabbage White 10
Clouded Sulphur 10
Orange Sulphur 10
Cloudless Sulphur 20
Sleepy Orange 5
Gray Hairstreak 1
Variegated Fritillary 5+
Great Spangled Fritillary 10
Meadow Fritillary 5+
Pearl Crescent 15
Common Buckeye 3
Red-spotted Purple 1
Monarch 2 + 4 cats
Horace’s Duskywing 1
Least Skipper 2
Sachem 5+

18 species
Dennis Burnette

Poteat Farm Butterfly Trip – Sept. 11, 2016

On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11, we had a joint field trip with NC Native Plant Society, TG Pearson Audubon, and Piedmont Bird Club to a farm in Jamestown, Guilford County that the owner, Marie Poteat, has turned into a wildlife preserve with Piedmont prairies, woodlands, and ponds.

It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s, partly cloudy sky, and a slight breeze. The large group of 32 participants was divided into three smaller groups that went in different directions.

With birders and native plant enthusiasts on hand, there was a lot knowledge in the groups. Marie’s property already had a lot of beautiful native plants, and she has spent the last several years reintroducing native grasses, many insect- and bird-friendly nectar and pollen plants, and fruit-bearing native shrubs.

Highlight for the butterfliers included a Hackberry Emperor that landed on the sign-in table as people were gathering, a fresh Variegated Fritillary laying eggs on native Passionflower vine (spotted by Maggie Martin), and numerous Cloudless Sulphurs. We also saw several Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, mating Eastern Tailed-blues, a Summer Azure, Sleepy Oranges, and a Common Buckeye. Missing from the various reports were most skippers. Only one, a Fiery Skipper, was reported.

Dennis Burnette

Yates Millpond Trip – Sept 10, 2016

During the splendid CBS symposium at Yates Mill yesterday, 32 of us tallied leps throughout the day and then a Bud Webster led hike afterwards. Highlight was a Great Purple Hairstreak that I spotted during lunch, ran back in to tell everyone interrupting their lunch, and then it lingered happily for several hundred photos and seen by all!

11 E Tiger Swallowtail
1 Spicebush Swallowtail

1 Clouded Sulphur
5 Cloudless Sulphur
1 Little Yellow
2 Sleepy Orange

1 Great Purple Hairstreak (FOY for many of us)
3 Red-banded Hairstreak

2 American Snout
2 Variegated Fritillary
6 Pearl Crescent
1 Question Mark
2 Eastern Comma
1 Red Admiral
7 Common Buckeye (NCSU property)
7 Red-spotted Purple
4 Viceroy
1 Hackberry Emperor
2 Gemmed Satyr (1 indoors)
1 Monarch (NCSU)

1 Silver-spotted Skipper
6 Clouded Skipper
1 Least Skipper
2 Fiery Skipper
34 Ocola Skipper

Other bugs

12 Eastern Pondhawk
15 Slaty Skimmer
30 Blue Dasher
1 Wandering Glider
20 Eastern Amberwing
8 Common Whitetail

4 Scolia dubia, Blue-winged Wasp (mult common names)
1 Sphex Ichneumonus, Great Golden Digger Wasp
2 Chalybion californicum, Velvet Blue Mud Dauber
30 Xylocopa virginica, Eastern Carpenter Bee

1 Hemaris thysbe, Hummingbird Clearwing Moth
1 Black-bordered Lemon Moth

Brian Bockhahn