What Are Some of Your Most Desired Species? Jan 8, 2016 15:35:11 GMT -8
Post by rayrard on Jan 8, 2016 15:35:11 GMT -8
Rayrard, my first and last time taking bimacula in GA was in 2010. Lance has checked the spot annually since (and occasionally I have, and Jeff Slotten too), and no more have been seen. Doesn't mean they might not pop up again some year - lots of leps live in boom-and-bust cycles.
Yes, arogos is missing in action. In my earlier note I conflated arroni and arogos. I've never found eastern arogos, only midwestern ones. Arroni I've only taken in FL. My one GA berryi was a late-season specimen on roadside weeds in a dryish area, but nowhere down there is really far from brackish marsh.
Ron G. also had a great skipper spot somewhere right around the I-26/I-95 intersection, but I never could find it - it was probably filled in too. That intersection has been rebuilt in the past couple of years and I think it's definitely gone now.
I once got irus asarce in NC just inland from Shallotte. That whole Green Swamp area has changed a lot in recent decades - lots of drainage and replacement of swamp with pine plantations. Sad.
Do you think E. bayensis could still be found?
Yeah that 526/26 spot was the one I checked out. He was getting Frosted Elfin in Goose Creek, which is all developed now. A shame as there is tons of natural habitat to the north of Charleston. Some species are no doubt hiding in the Francis Marion NF but I've looked hard in there for years. Some species are just hard to get no matter what.
As to an interesting skipper from the east is the "berryi" form of Problema byssus. You get some light oragne females with the chevron but also very rusty females with faint veins and look just like Berry's until you open the wings and check the upperside. Many Berry's records are likely dark form byssus outside Florida, and stresses the need for a net when studying skippers.
I have a possible Neamaltha Skipper from coastal SC, and Dr. Scholtens at College of Chas. has a verified Neamathla from near Charleston. Catch Swarthy Skippers on the SE coastal plain.