Triangle Chapter — Eno River at Few’s Ford — May 10, 2017

Yesterday on May 10th, John Jarvis, Harry LeGrand, Lori Carlson, and four newcomers: Roger; Phil, Krista, and their son Damon, ventured forth to look for butterflies in the field and along the powerline cut at Few’s Ford at the Eno River State Park. Temperature was in the low 80s, no breeze, and skies were sunny.  Below are the numbers Harry recorded for the day’s butterflying observations. The group sighted 31 different species total.

Species# SeenComments
American Lady22
American Snout15quite common
Cabbage White2
Carolina Satyr16
Clouded Skipper3one female seen ovipositing
Cloudless Sulphur2
Common Buckeye2
Common Checkered-Skipper1
Dun Skipper1
Dusted Skipper3one female seen ovipositing
Eastern Comma1nectaring on privet
Eastern Tailed-Blue4
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail12
Great Spangled Fritillary12
HARVESTER    1tame; on the dirt track along the east side of the field
Juniper Hairstreak26near state record total; fresh, worn, and in-between
Least Skipper3
Little Glassywing5
Little Wood-Satyr1
Northern Cloudywing4
Orange Sulphur1
Pearl Crescent7 “scarce”!
Pipevine Swallowtail1
Silver-spotted Skipper2low
Silvery Checkerspot25some fresh, but many worn; some copulating
Southern Broken-Dash1photographed
Spicebush Swallowtail2
Summer Azure15
Variegated Fritillary1
Zabulon Skipper11

~Lori M. Carlson
Hillsborough, NC