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Anyone have a good reliable locale for the Gray Comma "summer form"??? Scott
Bog (along the logging roads) in northern Coos Co. NH is a great spot for
the species, but I don't feel like driving so far this weekend; plus I'm
overdue on a visit to Vermont...

Alex

-----Original Message-----
From: Grkovich, Alex
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: 6/9/04 9:29 AM
Subject: Re: [VTLEPS] "Northern Crescents" and Wilsons Mills bog

Re the "Northern Crescents"...I suspect that they are not Northern
Crescents
(*Phyciodes cocyta*)...It is likely too early for *cocyta*...What folks
are
probably seeing is the "Diminutor" Crescent, P. *diminutor...(Whatever
that
is)...

James Scott named and described *diminutor* in his "Papilio" series of
Papers (# 10, Feb. 20, 1998)...*Diminutor* is multiple-brooded (whereas
*cocyta* is probably single-brooded)...and is quite similar to
*cocyta*...
(Scott, I think, actually lists it as a subspecies of *cocyta*, but how
can
it be when it is sympatric with it???)...

I can send a copy of the paper to whomever wants it...or it can be
ordered
direct from Scott for $4 (Maybe it's better not to have a copy but the
paper
itself)...Order it (and any of the others, plus there is an earlier
Phyciodes paper...) from Dr. Scott as follows:

James A. Scott
60 Estes St.
Lakewood, CO 80226

*Diminutor* (males...females to me cannot be distinguished) has the VHW
marginal patch darker, with darker, more conspicuous crescents...also
the
VHW is more golden, brighter orange yellow...*cocyta* has the marginal
patch
tan, not brown, crescents and the entire VHW are more "washed out"...The
two
have a different "look"...I have taken *cocyta* at Streaked Mountain,
Oxford
Co., Maine in mid-July, and north of Portland in early July...early June
is
just too early for it, in my opinion...again, I suspect that folks are
seeing *diminutor*...

Along Rt. 16 south of Errol, NH yesterday, I took a Crescent...this is
probably *diminutor*...By the way, at the Wilsons Mills bog (Rt. 16
north of
Errol, 1.4 miles over the NH border into Maine on the right side of the
hwy
going north, Jutta Arctic (*Oeneis jutta ascerta*) was plentiful, Bog
Fritillary (*Boloria eunomia dawsonii*) males are just beginning their
flight (in another 4-5 days they will be all over the bog)...A single
Eastern Pine Elfin (*Incisalia niphon clarkii*) was seen...along with
numerous moths...

Alex

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Lambert [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 1:41 PM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      [VTLEPS] Priority block survey
>
> Richford 4 survey, just under two hours. 2 Viceroy,10 Canadian Tiger
> Swallowtail, 3 Clouded Sulpher, 6 Common Ringlets, 1 Black
Swallowtail, 22
> Northern Crescent, 1 Cabbage White, 1 Mustard White, 2 Hobomok
Skippers, 5
> Silvery Blue and 2 I can't identify. Maybe Harris or Silvery
Checkerspots.
> Similar on the back but different on the front and neither look just
like
> the pictures in my books. Patty Lambert
>
>
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