[TN-Butterflies] anniversary sulphur trifecta
- From: "Steve Stedman" <birdsongteam@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <tn-butterflies@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 17:41:09 -0500
Barb and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary today. We decided to have lunch at the Harrow Road Cafe in Rugby, Morgan County, so we drove up in time to get our favorite table, which has a nice view of a bird feeder (unhappily not stocked, so no birds to view during lunch). When we finished, Barb wanted to check out a road that leads down to nearby White Oak Creek where she has found some nice birds in the past; it is named Horseshoe Bend Rd. (one of many thousands world-wide, no doubt). We drove to the end of this road and immediately noticed a nice stand of blooming asters attended by numerous sulphurs. I checked the county list for Morgan County at BAMONA and discovered that several sulphurs were missing from that list, including Clouded, which was present and easy to get a documentary photo of for anniversary and county record sulphur number 1. Then a Little Yellow flew in and landed in the asters--voila! anniversary and county record sulphur number 2. Just as we were about to leave, a tiny sulphur flew by and also landed in the asters. It proved to be my first TN Dainty Sulphur and, voila!, just like that the anniversary and county record sulphur trifecta for Morgan County was complete. Morgan County is not quite as far east as Polk County, where a photo of Dainty Sulphur was obtained by Julius Basham earlier this year and where the easternmost documented record for TN has thus far occurred, but it is pretty close to that far east. It should prove possible to find this small and lovely sulphur in more counties of middle and even east Tennessee before the end of this butterfly season, so keep a look-out as you examine the aster patches during the next couple of weeks. Steve Stedman Cookeville (Putnam County) Note: I attach a photo of today's Dainty Sulphur for the delight of those who do not appear to salivate over the much better photos in the butterfly guides.
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