Category Archives: Midlands Chapter

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

Midlands Chapter – SI Group (formerly Albermarle Corporation), Orangeburg, SC – September 6, 2014

Carolina Butterfly Society Midlands Chapter Trip Report
SI Group (formerly Albermarle Corporation)
Orangeburg, SC
September 6, 2014

We spent the day at SI Group’s Hundred Acre Woods along with some members of the Master Naturalist group. Arthur Sweatman was our walk leader and Diane Curlee was our trip organizer. Also in attendance were Bud Webster, Jerry Bright, Laurie Walden, Susan Hamilton, Hilda Flamholtz and Dave and Marty Kastner. Some folks came only for the morning, some for the afternoon and some of us stayed all day so everyone did not see all of the butterflies.

Palamedes Swallowtail 9
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
Little Yellow 1
Sleepy Orange 11 (2 ovipositing on Sickle Pod)
Cloudless Sulphur 25
Great Purple Hairstreak 1
Red-banded Hairstreak 5
Gray Hairstreak 9
Gulf Fritillary 5
Variegated Fritillary 7
Red Admiral 1
Common Buckeye 7 (no caterpillars were found this year)
Red-spotted Purple 2
Goatweed Leafwing 5 (3 were females and at least 1 was male)
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 14
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Horace’s Duskywing 2
Zarucco Duskywing 1
White Checkered-Skipper 5
Least Skipper 1
Southern Skipperling 3
Fiery Skipper 9
Dun Skipper 1
Zebulon Skipper 2 (Orangeburg County record!)
Clouded Skipper 1
Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper 1 (Orangeburg County record!)
Ocola Skipper 1

Goatweed Leafwing caterpillars 9

27 Species

Marty

Marty & Dave Kastner
Blythewood, SC
Richland County

Midlands Chapter – Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve – August 9, 2014

Carolina Butterfly Society Midlands Chapter
Trip report
Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve
August 9, 2014

The Carolina Butterfly Society Midlands Chapter held a walk at Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve in Aiken County, SC. The weather prediction was not good, calling for 50% chance of rain in the morning and 60% chance in the afternoon. Irvin Pitts was our leader and decided not to cancel. Five of us took our chances and attended – Jerry Bright, Dennis Forsythe, Jeff Kline, Jock Stender and Dave and Marty Kastner. We began at 9:45 walking in the rain with umbrellas for the first hour and as expected, we saw nothing. When the rain stopped, it wasn’t long before the sun came out and we began seeing butterflies. We stayed until around 2:30.

Spicebush Swallowtail 4
Palamedes Swallowtail 4
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Sleepy Orange 1
Little Yellow 3
Ceraunus Blue 11 (not a county record, but a nice surprise)
Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
Variegated Fritillary 1
Common Buckeye 3
Red-spotted Purple 1
Southern Cloudywing 2
Wild Indigo Duskywing 22
Zarucco Duskywing 3
Duskywing species 14
Fiery Skipper 1

Marty Kastner

Midlands Chapter – Goodale State Park, Camden, SC – May 3, 2014

Carolina Butterfly Society Midlands Chapter
Goodale State Park, Camden, SC
5/3/14

It was a beautiful sunny day with a slight breeze and temperatures in the 70’s. Larkin Pendergrass, a park ranger, gave us some ideas of where we might find butterflies. There were few nectar sources. Most butterflies not flying were puddling. In attendance were Carl Ganser and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 19
Palamedes Swallowtail 15 (1 ovipositing)
Spicebush Swallowtail 17
Azure species 5 (probably Summer)
American Lady 1
Red-spotted Purple 4 (1 ovipositing)
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 19

Marty

Marty & Dave Kastner
Blythewood, SC
Richland County