Carolina Butterfly Society

Cedarock Park, Alamance Co.

This is a very tardy report on our Carolina Butterfly Society Triad Chapter field trip to Cedarock Park in Alamance County on Saturday, May 12.

Ten of us explored the meadows, open woods and woodland edges of this large park. Participants included Don Allemann, John Barlow, Margaret Barlow, Dennis Burnette, Sven Halling, Maxine Kelly, Shirley McCabe, Gregg Morris, Ann Newsome, and Gene Schepker. We were there at the same time as a celebration of turtles, snakes and frogs sponsored by UNCG and Elon University, so the booths and demonstrations were of interest to most of us.

We were there from 10:00 to 12:30 under a beautiful sunny sky. By the end of the morning, we had seen 23 species of butterflies. There were no unusual species, although Northern Pearly-eye was a first of season sighting for all of us. Zabulon Skippers continue to be present in good numbers, while Sachems are unusually scarce. Also scarce were swallowtails of all species.

Here's our list for the day:

Zebra Swallowtail   1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail   1
Cabbage White   3
Orange Sulphur   3
Cloudless Sulphur   1
Eastern Tailed-Blue   8
Azure sp   1
American Snout   3
Silvery Checkerspot   2
Pearl Crescent   3
Question Mark   5
American Lady   1
Common Buckeye   4
Red-spotted Purple   1
Hackberry Emperor   4
Northern Pearly-eye   1
Little Wood Satyr   3
Carolina Satyr   6
Silver-spotted Skipper   2
Clouded Skipper   1
Zabulon Skipper   8
Little Glassywing   1
Sachem   1

-- Dennis Burnette
Greensboro, NC Guilford County