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"Grkovich, Alex" <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Butterfly Survey <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 15 Jul 2004 08:49:02 -0400
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Mulberrywings also fly almost invariable ONLY when the sun is out (like the
majority of Skippers actually)...also, they fly slowly and inconspicuously
in among the grasses and sedge, usually about 3 to 6 inches below the tops
of the plants...They are not difficult to miss...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ernest Buford [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 4:07 PM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      Re: [VTLEPS] Dions and others
> On Fri, 9 Jul 2004, MARIE/KEVIN HEMEON wrote:
> > Bennington Co. has dions, mulberrywings and black dash in a few wetlands
> I've checked over the past week. The mulberrywings seem plentiful. These
> wetlands are usually sedge with some cattails and have swamp milkweed in
> bloom. The Dions are large, dark and active over large areas. The
> Mulberrywings are small dark and low, slow fliers that take hard turns
> just before they land which makes them hard to track. The Black Dash love
> the swamp milkweed. I got a pair of hip boots for my birthday and they are
> proving very useful. I don't think I would have seen any of these
> butterflies without getting right out in the muck. Word of advice: watch
> out for thin vegetation and uncovered mud, you can be waist deep
> unexpectedly and getting out isn't easy. Kevin
> You have to be careful in those wetlands.... Mulberrywings will sneak
> right up behind you and ....
> Seriously, I believe (for some reason) Mulberrywings can often be found
> flying up the "path" of laid-over sedges created by your walking through
> the wetland.  That's my experience from Maryland anyway.  So don't forget
> to look behind you!
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>  Ernest W. Buford
>  Rubenstein School of Environment
>    and Natural Resources
>  University of Vermont
>  Burlington, VT  05405
>  (802) 656-3324
>  http://www.uvm.edu/envnr/sal/
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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