For the past month or so Dainty Sulphurs have been found north of us in Virginia and Maryland at several locations in each state. Dainty Sulphurs are usually found out in the western states or in Florida. I found 2 of them in Person County 5 years ago in October, the first Piedmont NC record. Last Sunday I went out looking to see if I could find some Dainty Sulphurs nearby at the Flat River Impoundments. Tickseed Sunflower, Bidens aristosa has been known to be a host plant for Dainty Sulphurs, Tickseed can be found by the acre at the Flat River Impoundments, thus why I looked there.
Will Cook and party found and photographed one!
So I'm still looking. Today I went walking in Duke Forest for Dainty's but found the most Little Yellows I have ever seen in North Carolina.
Little Yellow, Eurema lisa from the Flat River Impoundments last Sunday.
Little Yellow, Eurema lisa puddling in Duke Forest, there was 9 in the puddle gathering. All together I counted 47 Little Yellows, a lot more than I have seen before in North Carolina.
Cloudless Sulphurs, Phoebis sennae puddling from Duke Forest today.
Red-banded Hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops on Wingstem, Verbesina alternifolia from the Flat River Impoundments.
Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae on thistle in Duke Forest today. Gulf Fritillaries are rarely seen here, I see one here about every 3-4 years. This one posed for photos and never flew off.
Pearly-eye, Enodia anthedon land to taste the powdered sugar.
Goldenrod Soldier Beetle, Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus going crazy on Wingstem, Verbesina alternifoli. I have seen thousands of these on the wingstem flowers.