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Saturday – Southwest Mountains of NC
May 12, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pmFree
Meeting place and time: At a paved parking area along the southeast side of US 64, about 0.2-mile mile east of where the Appalachian Trail crosses the highway. This parking area is located perhaps 5 miles west of where Wayah Road meets US 64. We will meet at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 12. It likely will be a bit chilly at 3500 feet elevation, and we want to allow plenty of time for folks to drive to the site on Saturday morning without having to spend Friday night in Franklin. We will meet again at this parking area on Sunday, but we will meet on Sunday at 10:00 AM.
Butterflying locations include various sites west of the meeting place, such as the Wasilik Poplar area, possibly Wayah and Wind Spring Balds. Definitely the Buck Creek area in eastern Clay County; this area will be our main focus.
Targets: Tawny Crescent (should see), Gorgone Checkerspot (rare and not likely, but at least was formerly at a site where we will visit), Dusted Skipper, Indian Skipper (perhaps a tad early), Northern Crescent, Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail, Dusky Azure and Silvery Blue (maybe a tad late for them), West Virginia White, Appalachian Azure, Pepper and Salt Skipper. Lots of very rare possibilities (as if we will see a Gray Comma, Green Comma, Early Hairstreak, or Golden Banded-Skipper!)
There are many motels in Franklin. However, rates will not be inexpensive, as May is semi-high season, and of course we will be here on a weekend.