Jean, Jeff Trahan and I had a very nice day yesterday in Grant Parish. Our
purpose for going was to investigate Brad Moon's report (with pictures )from
this past Saturday of a possible Northern Pearly-eye colony there.
Specifically, we drove to the intersection of FR 120 & 169 in Kisatchie NF. The
habitat as unique for Grant Parish. Although surrounded by open pine woods,
this particular area is what I would described as deciduous bottomland. There
were several small creeks with running water. Along both roads several species
of wild flowers were growing, and we saw many skippers at those flowers. The
numbers reflected below do not accurately encompass the number actually present
as the skippers were constantly moving around, from flower to flower. Jeff and
I both agreed it has been a while since we've been at one location with so much
We walked into the woods in several locations. The understory was mostly open
with several species of grasses growing. In one area I found a very large stand
of sweetleaf. Although this is still early for King's HS, we saw two. I took
once voucher and Jeff got a picture of another. While in this area, I saw a
large HS land on a leaf next to, but not on sweetleaf. My first thought was
about how big it was. Kings are large HS, but this was even bigger. I also
noted the red anal spot seemed large and singular. Before Jeff could get a
picture, it flew up and landed high in a tree (not a tendency typical of KIngs
HS), and I saw flashes of bright blue as it flew, a White M HS.
I also found areas of cane. We saw no PEs of any kind. The presence of cane,
and the fact that in one of Brad's pictures, the PE had 5 eyespots, raises the
possibility that what Brad saw might have been a female Creole PE, not a NO.
That said, the other features seem more consistent w/ a No. PE. I will
circulate the pictures to get some more opinions on what it might be.
After I left that area, I walked a trail at Stuart Lake and then walked the
Catahoula B/f garden and the adjacent field. I found Barred Yellows at both
spots so clearly that sulphur has a widespread presence within the parish.
Thanks to Brad for identifying this very interesting location. I intend to
return at other times of the year to see what else might be there.
At intersection of FR 120 & 169
1 Spicebush ST1 Barred Yellow2 Kings HS (a new parish record)1 White M HS3
Pearl Cres1 Red-spotted Purple1 Gemmed Satyr (the 2nd record for this parish)2
Caro. Satyrs6 Little Wood Satyrs (all small for this late in the year)10+
Horace's DW1 Hoary Edge1 Swarthy Sk3 Clouded Sks3 Fiery Sks5 Whirlabouts10+
Little Glassywings (both sexes, fresh)2 So. Broken-dashes3 Dun Sks1 Lacewing
Roadside Sk (2nd record for this parish) 3 Common Checkered-skippers
2 Barred Yellows
Catahoula B/f garden
4 Pipevine ST1 Black ST (a tattered male working hard to defend his territory
from the more numerous Pipevines) 1 Spicebush ST1 Barred Yellow1 Little Yellow2
Pearl Cres2 Buckeyes1 Red Adm1 No. CW1 Fiery Sk3 Whirlabouts5+ So. Broken-dashes
25 species. Really nice day in the field.