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David Hoag <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 8 Sep 2006 20:06:25 EDT
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Five Satyrodes -- Appalachian Brown types -- (net and visual)
in a drying woodland marsh, South Hero Block-2 on September 7th,
   September 7th-AND-8th, at least eight individuals present,
apparently flying only after mid-day.
List for 7-September-2006:

5 Appalachian Brown
0 Eyed Brown (none in marsh habitats 1/2 mile from Appy Browns)
8 Least Skipper
~10 Monarch (& 100’s on Lake Champlain - largest flight of Aug/Sep)
~20 Common Ringlet
 3 Viceroy
 1 Red Admirable
~20 Crescent Sp.
 2 Great Spangled Fritillary
 1 Azure Species.
 2 Eastern Tailed-Blue
~10. Orange Sulphur
~20. Clouded Sulphur
~5 Cabbage/Broccoli White
~50 woolybear caterpillars dining on water parsnip.
Baltimore Checkerspot larvae:  The last nest of 4th-instar 
larvae (out of 1000s) were all tucked in for the winter 
in their 2000-square-foot bed of white turtlehead.
I took a couple of the late 3rd -instar larvae home to photograph
on Aug 26th; forgot about them for a week; and opened the tin 
to find that the one still very lively larvae had cannibalized the other.

Dave Hoag, Grand Isle.