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

Midlands Chapter — Orangeburg, SC — September 16, 2017

Carolina Butterfly Society Midlands Chapter
Trip Report
SI Group (formerly Albemarle)
Orangeburg, SC
September 16, 2017

On September 16 the CBS Midlands Chapter visited the Si Group’s Hundred Acre Woods. It was sunny and warm with the high reaching the upper 80’s. Numbers of many species were lower than our visit on September 19, 2015. These are shown with an asterisk. Missing this year were Black Swallowtail, Great Purple Hairstreak, Red-Banded Hairstreak, Red Admiral, Southern Skipperling, Least Skipper, Zabulon Skipper, Whirlabout, and Ocola Skipper.
Diane Curlee organized and Arthur Sweatman from SI Group led our walk. In attendance were Alison Smith and Marty and Dave Kastner.

Palamedes Swallowtail 2* (+ 1 caterpillar)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 5* (1 dark female)
Sleepy Orange 44+
Cloudless Sulphur 25+
Gray Hairstreak 4*
American Lady 1 (on Goldenrod being eaten by a spider)
Gulf Fritillary 19* (+ 2 caterpillars)
Variegated Fritillary 3*
Common Buckeye 15 (+ 4 caterpillars)
Red-spotted Purple 3*
Viceroy 1*
Goatweed Leafwing 4* (no caterpillars, one ovipositing)
Southern Pearly-eye 2
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 6*
Monarch 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 1
Long-tailed Skipper 1
Horace’s Duskywing 1
White Checkered-Skipper 5
Tropical Checkered-Skipper 1
Checkered-Skipper species 4
Fiery Skipper 2*
Dun Skipper 3*
Clouded Skipper 8*

Marty Kastner
Richland County, SC

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)
GREEN COMMA – 5
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
RARE SKIPPER – 7
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.

Triad Chapter — Reynolda Gardens, Winston-Salem, NC — August 26, 2017

The Triad Chapter of the Carolina Butterfly Society held a butterfly walk in Reynolda Gardens, Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co., NC, on 8-26-17. This was a substitute location for the trip scheduled for the Greensboro Arboretum that was announced earlier.

It was a comfortable morning for butterfly watchers, although a bit cool and cloudy at the start for the butterflies. We began at 9:30 with a temperature of 68 degrees and an overcast sky. Butterflies were scarce. However, as the clouds blew away and revealed the sun, the air began to warm and butterflies became more active. It was about 80 degrees and sunny when we finished just before noon.

We saw 12 species of butterflies, including 11 Black Swallowtail caterpillars on one dill plant. There were no real surprises, although we saw two Painted Ladies but no American Ladies.

One plant in the garden caught just about everyone’s attention: a vine with hundreds of racemes of small deep orange to pale yellow flowers, Ipomoea lobata, which is in the same genus as morning glories. This plant, known variously as Firecracker Vine, Spanish Flag, and Exotic Love Vine, is a native of Brazil, according to Wikipedia. It was well attended by hummingbirds, in addition to drawing many pollinators of different species.

We had 8 participants for this field trip including Don Allemann, Gerry & Diana Berry, Dennis Burnette, Barbara Cullen, Lois Koufman, Maggie Martin, and Gene Schepker.

Here is our butterfly list for the morning:

Black Swallowtail caterpillars 11
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 3
Cabbage White 3
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Painted Lady 2 (no American Ladies)
Red-spotted Purple 2
Monarch 3
Silver-spotted Skipper 5
Clouded Skipper 3
Fiery Skipper 4
Sachem 8
Ocola Skipper 1

Dennis

Midlands Chapter — Wee Tee State Forest, SC — August 23, 2017

Carolina Butterfly Society
Midlands Chapter Trip Report
Wee Tee State Forest, Williamsburg County, SC
8/23/17

On August 23rd, five of us braved the heat and humidity to look for butterflies in the Wee Tee State Forest. We were out from 10:00 – 3:00 and were rewarded with 45 species. Dennis Forsythe was our trip leader. In attendance were Tom Austin, Salley Dupree and Dave and Marty Kastner.

Spicebush Swallowtail 1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Palamedes Swallowtail 1
Little Yellow 13
Sleepy Orange 28
Cloudless Sulphur 21
Summer Azure – 1
Red-banded Hairstreak – 1
Gray Hairstreak 3
Gulf Fritillary 29 (no Variegated Fritillaries)
Zebra Heliconian 7 (a nice surprise)
Pearl Crescent 38
Painted Lady 1
Red Admiral 1
American Snout 1
Common Buckeye 4
Red-spotted Purple 1
Hackberry Emperor 2
Tawny Emperor 1
Southern Pearly-eye 2
Monarch 25 (another nice surprise!)
Viceroy 2
Carolina Satyr 14
Intricate Satyr 4 (confirmed by Tom Austin – photographed)
Carolina or Intricate Satyr 6
Gemmed Satyr 1
Silver-spotted Skipper 2
Long-tailed Skipper 3
Southern Cloudywing 1
Horace’s Duskywing 2
Zarucco Duskywing 1
Duskywing species 3
Tropical Checkered-Skipper 8
White Checkered-Skipper 2
Checkered-Skipper species 5
Swarthy Skipper 1
Least Skipper 2
Fiery Skipper 16
Whirlabout 4
Southern Broken-Dash 2
Little Glassywing 2
Dun Skipper 44
Byssus Skipper 8
Zabulon Skipper 15
Clouded Skipper 22
Lace-winged Roadside Skipper 5
Ocola Skipper 3

Marty Kastner
Richland County, SC

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

Triad Chapter — Reynolda Gardens — July 22, 2017

The Triad Chapter of the Carolina Butterfly Society held our scheduled butterfly walk in Reynolda Gardens, Winston Salem, NC, on Saturday, July 22, despite the forecast of sunny, very hot, and humid weather. The forecast was right. We began about 9:00 am with a temperature of about 83 degrees, which wasn’t too bad. However, the garden was very humid due to an early morning watering of the flowerbeds and lawn, and there was almost no air movement to cool things.

Despite the heat, we enjoyed walking through the beautiful gardens, and we managed to accumulate a small list of 10 species. There is a long flowerbed that forms a median at the entrance. It was alive with skippers, too many to count. Most were Fiery Skippers with Silver-spotted Skippers a close second, and also a scattering of Sachems and a few Ocola Skippers.

After an hour and a half, the temperature had risen to close to 90, but the heat index made it feel much hotter, so the group decided to end the walk. Here is our list for an hour and a half this morning:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – 3 (all black form females)
Cabbage White – 3
Red-banded Hairstreak – 1
American Lady – 1
Silver-spotted Skipper – 20+
Horace’s Duskywing – 5
Fiery Skipper – 30+
Sachem – 5+
Dun Skipper – 1
Ocola Skipper – 6

Dennis Burnette

Triad Chapter — Reynolda Gardens — July 22, 2017

Report Reynolda Gardens Butterfly Walk 7-22

The Triad Chapter of the Carolina Butterfly Society held our scheduled butterfly walk in Reynolda Gardens, Winston Salem, NC, on Saturday, July 22, despite the forecast of sunny, very hot, and humid weather. The forecast was right. We began about 9:00 am with a temperature of about 83 degrees, which wasn’t too bad. However, the garden was very humid due to an early morning watering of the flowerbeds and lawn, and there was almost no air movement to cool things.

Despite the heat, we enjoyed walking through the beautiful gardens, and we managed to accumulate a small list of 10 species. There is a long flowerbed that forms a median at the entrance. It was alive with skippers, too many to count. Most were Fiery Skippers with Silver-spotted Skippers a close second, and also a scattering of Sachems and a few Ocola Skippers.

After an hour and a half, the temperature had risen to close to 90, but the heat index made it feel much hotter, so the group decided to end the walk. Here is our list for an hour and a half this morning:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – 3 (all black form females)
Cabbage White – 3
Red-banded Hairstreak – 1
American Lady – 1
Silver-spotted Skipper – 20+
Horace’s Duskywing – 5
Fiery Skipper – 30+
Sachem – 5+
Dun Skipper – 1
Ocola Skipper – 6

Dennis

Greater Charlotte Chapter — Anne Springs Close Greenway — June 24, 2017

On Saturday, June 24th. the Greater Charlotte Chapter of the Carolina Butterfly Society held a walk at Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill SC. Participants were Leader Carolyn Seaton, Jean Fontaine, Rob Gilson, and Chris Talkington. The weather was cloudy with a few short peaks of sunshine temps between 77 in the morning to 88 degrees in the afternoon. Very muggy. Here is the list for the day.

Butterflies
12 Tiger Swallowtail
1.  Red- banded Hairstreak
1.  Hairstreak Sp.
2.  Summer Azure
13 Pearl Crescent
2   Polygonia Sp.
2   American Lady
1.  Common Buckeye
2.  Hackberry Emperor
1.  Carolina Satyr
1.  Little Wood Saytr
1.  Gemmed Satyr
25. Silver-spotted Skipper
2.  Hoary Edge
1.  Horace’s Duskywing
2.  Least Skipper
5.  Fiery Skipper
2.  Sachem
3.  Dun Skipper
2.  BYSSUS SKIPPER.    Our target species for the day.
2.  Clouded Skipper
1.  Ocola Skipper

–Chris Talkington

Midlands Chapter — Wateree River Heritage Preserve & Wildlife Mgt Area — June 24, 2017

CBS Midlands Chapter Trip Report
Wateree River Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area
June 24, 2017

The CBS Midlands Chapter joined SCAN (South Carolina Association of Naturalists) on their monthly outing. This month we went to Wateree River HP in Richland County. We Began around 10:45 and ended at 4:45. The day was hot, humid and mostly sunny until late afternoon when the clouds came in for the promised thunderstorm. We were in cars leaving when the rain hit.

Palamedes Swallowtail 2
Pipevine Swallowtail 1
Zebra Swallowtail 7
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 1
Spicebush Swallowtail 5
Little Yellow 1
Sleepy Orange 11
Cloudless Sulphur 1
Variegated Fritillary 4
Pearl Crescent 9
Eastern Comma 1
American Lady 1
American Snout 1
Common Buckeye 4
Red-spotted Purple 9 (including 1 ovipositing on wild cherry. Found 4 eggs
and 2 first instar caterpillars)
Viceroy 2
Carolina/Intricate Satyr 8
Hoary Edge 2
Silver-spotted Skipper 3 (including 2 ovipositing – one on Amorpha Fruticosa
and the other on a different unidentified plant)
Southern Cloudywing 1
Fiery Skipper 1
Whirlabout 3
Dun Skipper 6
Zabulon Skipper 2

Marty Kastner