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"Grkovich, Alex" <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Butterfly Survey <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 30 Jul 2002 10:48:07 -0400
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Kent (and all),

An interesting observation. As this is late July, it is already the time
during which southern migrants may be expected.

A business associate was in San Antonio, Texas last week, and told me that
there is a very large migration of this species happening down there at this
time. Typically, large migrations of this species (which can be EXTREMELY
abundant locally in the south during mid-late summer) and other Nymphalids
(Vanessa, Junonia etc.) take place during periods of local southern
population explosions in a particular area. I have seen such populations
explosions of the Snout, for example in Jackson, Tennessee (70 miles east of
Memphis) during August 1978. At that time, adults literally covered all of
the Hackberry trees (and others, too) in our neighborhood.

We might keep an eyeout of more specimens of this species during the latter
part of this season, in consideration of what seems to be going on in
mid-south Texas.

On the other hand, this seems to be a very poor year (at least so far) for
southern migrants of the Vanessa genus.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kent McFarland [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 10:38 AM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      American Snout
> >>From: [log in to unmask]
> >>Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 23:31:20 EDT
> >>Subject: American Snout
> >>To: [log in to unmask]
> >>X-Mailer: AOL 3.0 16-bit for Windows sub 61
> >>
> >>Hi, Bryan.   I thought you would like to know that I saw and photo'ed an
> >>American Snout today at Ethan Allen on the boardwalk.   It landed on the
> face
> >>of my wristwatch which called for some pretty tricky photographic
> technique.
> >>This is listed as a vagrant on the Vermont butterfly list so I thought
> it
> >>might be important.   I will voucher it for the survey.
> >>
> >>Cheers,
> >
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> Kent P. McFarland
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