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Midlands Chapter — Clemson Sandhills Research & Education Center — May 6, 2017

Carolina Butterfly Society Midlands Chapter Trip Report
Clemson Sandhills Research and Education Center
Columbia, SC

Overnight temperatures dropped to 49 degrees so we decided to begin our walk at 12:00 instead of 10:00. The skies were mostly sunny with temperatures in the low to mid 60’s, but it was windy. Part of our walk took us through the woods which was a welcome respite from the wind. Ten years ago on this date, the Midlands Chapter took their first walk in this area. At the end is a comparison of species then and now. In attendance were Susan Creed, Jean Fontaine and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Spicebush Swallowtail 1
Palamedes Swallowtail 5
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Summer Azure 1
Azure species 2
Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
Variegated Fritillary 10
American Lady 1
Common Buckeye 14
Red-spotted Purple 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 3
White Checkered-Skipper 3
Fiery Skipper 1
Lace-winged Roadside-skipper 1 (FOY)

Here is a comparison of species from ’07 to ’17.
’07 – 10 species, ’17 – 14 species
Seen in ’07 but not in ’17 – Sleepy Orange, Eastern Comma, Clouded Skipper.
Seen in ’17 but not in ’07 – Spicebush Swallowtail, Palamedes Swallowtail,
Eastern Tailed-Blue, Red-spotted Purple, White Checkered-Skipper,
Fiery Skipper and Lace-winged Roadside-skipper.

Marty Kastner
Richland County, SC

Midland Chapter — Cheraw State Park and Carolina Sandhills NWR — April 1, 2017

What a beautiful day to butterfly and some people had a four Elfin species day!  Many of us came away with at least one lifer.  It was sunny with temperatures ranging from around 59 to a high of 79.  Chris Talkington was our leader.  In attendance were: Gene Schepker, Lois Schneider, Ann Newsome, Sven Halling, Gary Carter, Leigh Anne Carter, Becky Carter, Jean Fontaine, Laura Domingo, Dennis Forsythe, Rob Gilson, Lenny Lampel, Ethan Lampel, Shawn Smolen-Morton, Will Stuart, Rob Van Epps, Kevin Metcalf, Susan Creed, Cheryl Talkington, and Dave and Marty Kastner.  Will Stuart was our hero, finding the Frosted Elfin in the morning and leading the group back to the same spot in the afternoon where we found three.

Cheraw State Park
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail   3
Spicebush Swallowtail   2
Palamedes Swallowtail   9
Black Swallowtail   1
Zebra Swallowtail   1
Sleepy Orange   1
Great Purple Hairstreak   2
Red-banded Hairstreak   1
Brown Elfin   3
Henry’s Elfin   5
Eastern Pine Elfin   1
Eastern Tailed-Blue   2
Summer Azure   2
Azure species   1
Pearl Crescent   1
American Lady   11
Common Buckeye   3
Carolina/Intricate Satyr   3
Silver-spotted Skipper   1
Zarucco Duskywing   2
Juvenal’s Duskywing   1
Duskywing species   1

Carolina Sandhills NWR
Black Swallowtail   1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail   2
Spicebush Swallowtail   3
Palamedes Swallowtail   2
Zebra Swallowtail   1
Colias species   1   (white form)
Cloudless Sulphur   8
Sleepy Orange   3
Frosted Elfin   3   (ovipositing)
Gray Hairstreak   1
Eastern Tailed-Blue   6
Azure species   1
Variegated Fritillary   1
American Lady   2
Common Buckeye   3
Pearl Crescent   1
Red-spotted Purple   1
Juvenal’s Duskywing   3
Zarucco Duskywing   1
Duskywing species   7

Marty Kastner

Midlands Chapter – SI Group Butterfly Count – Sept 17, 2016

Below is Diane Curlee’s trip report for the SI Group in Orangeburg.

Butterfly Count
Sat., September 17, 2016
SI Group “The Hundred Acre Woods”
Weather: temperature 71 ͦF; overcast; light breeze
Beginning Time: 10:00AM
Ending Time: 1:00PM

Seven people:
Jerry Bright
Pat Bright
Jean Protho
Alice Clark
Sharon Jones
Arthur Sweatman
Diane Curlee

Butterfly List:

– Tiger Swallowtail – 3

– Southern Pearly Eye – 1
– Carolina Satyr – 2

Heliconians & Fritillaries
– Variegated Fritillary – 2
– Gulf Fritillary – 1

– Goatweed Leafwing – 1; 1 caterpillar

True Brushfoots
– Common Buckeye – 4

Grass Skippers
– Clouded skipper – 1
– Little Glassywing – 1
– Southern Skipperling – too many to count (they were everywhere)
– Fiery skipper – 3

Spreadwing Skippers
– White Checkered-Skipper – 6
– Cloudywing species – 1

– Cloudless Sulphur – 1
– Sleepy Orange – 3

– Red-banded Hairstreak – 1
– Gray Hairstreak – 2

33 individuals + Southern Skipperlings – everywhere!

Arthur is to be given credit for the Southern Pearly Eye. He saw it fly up on our drive into The Hundred Acre Woods. It landed on a tree. It looked like a very thin shelf fungi clinging to the tree! It stayed still allowing us to almost touch it. Many great photos were taken of it.

Many of these butterflies were very fresh. One of the Buckeyes kept its wings folded. We at first thought it was a Tropical. But after comparing with pictures of the underwings, it was determined that it was a Common Buckeye.

Alice and Sharon were very enthusiastic on their first count. They commented over and over how glad they were to have come out and joined in on the hunt. They asked many good questions. They helped us remember our past excitement and interest. It also made us realize how far we have come in our knowledge of the flutterbys.

Midlands Chapter – Enoree District, Sumter National Forest, SC – July 16, 2016


Midlands Chapter-Carolina Butterfly Society- Enoree District, Sumter National Forest, SC 16 July 2016 Trip Report

Date: 16 July 2016
Location: Enoree OHV Area Laurens Co., section of the Enoree District, Sumter National Forest.
Participants:Doug Allen, Jerry and Pat Bright, Dennis Forsythe (leader), Jeff Kline, Irvin Pitt, Roger Wellington, Rusty Wilson
Time: 10:00-14:00 hours
Weather: AM 82 f, overcast. PM 92 overcast light rain at 14:00 hours,
Coverage: Walked from Enoree OHV parking lot down Garlington School Rd, to CSX RR Tracks
Miles: 2.66 mi (GPS)
Others: Verbena brasillensis main nectar source
Species List:

E. Tiger Swallowtail 9
Cloudless Sulfur 3
Sleepy Orange 3
Gray Hairstreak 1
Eastern Tailed-Blue 2
Summer Azure 1
Eastern Comma 1
Red Admiral 2 plus one DOR
Common Buckeye 5
Pear Crescent 12
Red-spotted Purple 6
Hackberry Emperor 3
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 1 female
Silver-spotted Skipper 3
Hoary Edge 20
Southern Cloudywing 2
Northern Cloudywing 1
Horace’s Duskywing 3
Wild Indigo Duskywing 1 county record
Swarthy Skipper 2
Clouded Skipper 4
Zabulon Skipper 3
Dun Skipper 6
Common Roadside-Skipper 9 a record count?
Ocola Skipper 2


Dennis M. Forsythe PhD

Midlands Chapter – Peachtree Rock, Lexington, SC, March 19, 2016

On March 19, the Midlands Chapter went to Peachtree Rock in Lexington , SC. The site had had a recent burn and the sand-myrtle (Kalmia buxifolia) that would have been in bloom had been destroyed. Along the burned over trail they saw a dozen or so small brown butterflies, possible Duskywings of unknown type as they were very quick and always on the move. At the northern edge of the road of the recently acquired property that had been spared of the burn they spotted some Common Buckeyes. Jerry Bright lead the trip and created the following list:

March 19, 2016
10:00 A.M. – 2:20 P.M.
Temperature – mid 60’s to low 70’s
Participants – Jeff Kline and Jerry Bright
Distance walked – ~ 4.5 mi (GPS)

1 – Eastern Tiger Swallowtail female dark form
4 – Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
4 – Brown Elfin
1 – Red Banded Hairstreak
5 – Common Buckeye
12+ – Duskywing sp.?

Dave & Marty Kastner
Blythewood, SC
Richland County

Midlands Chapter – Carolina Sandhills NWR and Cheraw State Park, April 3, 2016

It was sunny with a light breeze. The temperatures ranged from 54 degrees at 10:00 to about 65 degrees around 3:30. Some of us butterflied until around 5:00. In attendance were Dennis Forsythe, our leader, Bobbie McKutchen, Bud Webster, Jim Tobalski and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Carolina Sandhills NWR

Black Swallowtail 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 8
Spicebush Swallowtail 9
Palamedes Swallowtail 10
Spring Azure 1
Azure species 10
Pearl Crescent 2
American Lady 3
Common Buckeye 3
Juvenal’s Duskywing 7
Sleepy Duskywing 1
Duskywing species 8
Dun Skipper 1

Cheraw State Park

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 10
Spicebush Swallowtail 2
Palamedes Swallowtail 12
Spring Azure 1
Azure species 5
Henry’s Elfin 1
Eastern Pine Elfin 1
Pearl Crescent 1
American Lady 17
Common Buckeye 17
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 2
Juvenal’s Duskywing 6
Duskywing species 10

Marty Kastner

Midlands Chapter – SI Group, Orangeburg, SC, September 19, 2015

As usual, it was a hot and mostly sunny day in The Hundred Acre Woods at SI Group. An occasional breeze felt great. Diane Curlee organized our walk and Arthur Sweatman from SI Group was our leader. We had some new folks on our walk. Some of them were Master Naturalists. Attendees were: Diane Curlee, Hilda Flamholtz, Chris Talkington, Kelly Pulaski, Ellen Dounne, Susan Creed, Sally and Dick Work, Pam Floyd, Yvonne Clemmings, Carl Ganser, and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Palamedes Swallowtail 10
Black Swallowtail 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 10 (2 dark females)
Sleepy Orange 19
Cloudless Sulphur 21
Great Purple Hairstreak 4
Red-banded Hairstreak 1
Gray Hairstreak 10
Gulf Fritillary 17
Variegated Fritillary 15
Red Admiral 3
Common Buckeye 14 (+ 2 caterpillars)
Red-spotted Purple 8
Viceroy 2 (1 ovipositing on Willow)
Goatweed Leafwing 8 (+ 20 caterpillars)
Pearly-eye species 3
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 38 (2 mated pairs)
Satyr species 1
Horace’s Duskywing 1
White Checkered-Skipper 4
Least Skipper 2
Southern Skipperling 2
Fiery Skipper 7
Whirlabout 8
Sachem 1
Dun Skipper 7
Zabulon Skipper 2
Clouded Skipper 2
Ocola Skipper 1

28 species
222 butterflies

Marty Kastner

Latta Plantation and Cowan’s Ford Butterfly Walk – Aug 1, 2015

The Latta Plantation and Cowan’s Ford butterfly walk was jointly sponsored by the Triad and Midlands Chapters of CBS.

Attendees at Latta Plantation were David and Marty Kastner, Chris Talkington, Lenny Lampel, David Woods, myself. Cowan’s Ford was attended by John and Margaret Barlow, Gene Schepker, Debra Donahue, Linda Allman.

Total species 41, possibly 42 as there was an unID Pearly-eye.

Latta Plantation 8/1/15
10:00-1:00 and 2:00-2:15

Black Swallowtail 1
Spicebush Swallowtail 3
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 29 (4 dark females)
Little Yellow 1
Sleepy Orange 9
White M Hairstreak 1
Gray Hairstreak 4
Eastern Tailed-Blue 8
Variegated Fritillary 7
Pearl Crescent 4
American Lady 1
Painted Lady 1
Common Buckeye 1
American Snout 1
Red-spotted Purple 1
Carolina Satyr 1
Hoary Edge 3
Silver-spotted Skipper 4
Northern Cloudywing 1
Horace’s Duskywing 4
Common Checkered-Skipper 2
Swarthy Skipper 2
Fiery Skipper 8
Little Glassywing 24
Zabulon 3
Ocola Skipper 2
Skipper species 2

Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge 8/1/15

Spicebush Swallowtail 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 10 (1 dark female)
Sleepy Orange 2
White M Hairstreak 1
Gray Hairstreak 3
Summer Azure 1
Eastern Tailed-Blue 4
Pearl Crescent 16
American Lady 1
Red Admiral 3
American Snout 1
Red-spotted Purple 1
Hackberry Emperor 1
Common Wood-Nymph 1
Southern Pearly-eye 2
Creole Pearly-eye 1
Pearly-eye species 1
Carolina Satyr 5
Little Wood-Satyr 1
Hoary Edge 3
Silver-spotted Skipper 4
Northern Cloudywing 1
Southern Cloudywing 1
Horace’s Duskywing 1
Fiery Skipper 2
Little Glassywing 1
Dun Skipper 3
Clouded Skipper 2
Zabulon 1

Neck Road, Mecklenburg County 8/1/15

Attended by: Chris Talkington, David and Marty Kastner

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2
Common Buckeye 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Fiery Skipper 25
Sachem 2
Little Glassywing 1
Delaware Skipper 1
Zabulon Skipper 2
Ocola Skipper 1

Carl Ganser

Midlands Chapter – Manchester State Forest, May 9, 2015

Carolina Butterfly Society Midlands Chapter Trip Report
Manchester State Forest

We debated about cancelling this trip due to tropical storm Ana which was located off the SC coast with bands of rain coming on shore. We decided to go ahead with the trip because the forecast for the area was partly cloudy. We had a few sprinkles as we were gathering, but no rain during our walk. We had periods of clouds and sun. In the end we saw 23 species so we were glad that we did not cancel. We did not have a high number of individuals, but were pleased with the species list. In attendance were Bobbie McCutchen, Jean Prothro, Carl Ganser, Dennis Forsythe and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Spicebush Swallowtail 3
Swallowtail species 1
Cabbage White 2
Sleepy Orange 4
Red-banded Hairstreak 1
Gray Hairstreak 1
Summer Azure 21
Eastern Tailed-blue 3
Variegated Fritillary 1
Question Mark 8 (all fresh black “summer” form)
American Lady 2
Red Admiral 3
American Snout 1
Common Buckeye 7
Red-spotted Purple 8
Hackberry Emperor 1
Creole Pearly-eye 1 (not a county record, but a good find)
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 1
Hoary Edge 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 2
Southern Cloudywing 1
Duskywing species 4
Hayhurst’s Scallopwing 1 (another good find)
Dun Skipper 2

Four species of butterflies were getting nutrients from a very decomposed snake carcass. We could see all of the rib bones on the snake.


Midlands Chapter – Cheraw State Park & Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge – April 4, 2015

Carolina Butterfly Society Midlands Chapter Trip Report
Cheraw State Park & Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
April 4, 2015

The morning at Cheraw State Park was cloudy and cool with sun breaking through. The afternoon at Carolina Sandhills NWR was sunnier with gusts of wind at times that kept it feeling slightly cool. Temperatures reached the high 60’s. Dennis Forsythe was out trip leader. In attendance were Jerry and Pat Bright and grandson Cody, Jeff Kline, Chris and Cheryl Talkington (Cheryl PM only) and Dave and Marty Kastner. The first number below is from Cheraw SP and the second from Carolina Sandhills NWR.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2, 1
Spicebush Swallowtail 0, 1
Cloudless Sulphur 1, 0
Sleepy Orange 0, 1
Great Purple Hairstreak 1, 0
Henry’s Elfin 4, 0
Brown Elfin 0, 1
Elfin species 2, 0
Spring Azure 1, unknown
Summer Azure 0, unknown
Azure species 18, approx. 40
Eastern Tailed-blue 2, 2
Common Buckeye 0, 2
Juvenal’s Duskywing 7, approx. 60
Sleepy Duskywing 0, 2
Duskywing species 3, unknown
Silver-spotted Skipper 0, 1

At Carolina Sandhills NWR we found a large, very muddy area with a small stream running through it. Duskywings and Azures were flying and landing everywhere. It was impossible to count them. It was only through digital photos that we discovered the Sleepy Duskywings. We don’t know how many more of them there were, but we did see others that looked like the ones in the photos.

Marty Kastner