Well ahead of their usual schedules, Harry LeGrand and Tom Howard have completed and posted their annual updates, or “Approximations,” for butterflies and odonates in NC. PDF versions have been placed in the LepLog Library for your ease of access:
See Harry’s notes below on these new (and always eagerly anticipated) status reports.
>>On this “Happy Valentine’s” Day, I have some happy news. Tom Howard and I
have already finished our annual updates (PDF) for both the Butterflies of
North Carolina (nb: links below are to the online sites)
and the Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina:
For the butterflies, note that we have now completed out 26th version!
You can get to the latest version by clicking on 26th Approximation on the
For the dragonflies and damselflies (odonates), you can get to the new PDF
(the 10th) by clicking on Files to Download at the top of the home page.
Note that Mark Shields and John Petranka are co-editors of this website and
have done a tremendous job not only in reviewing records and photos, but
especially in providing rollover photos with field marks of all of the
state’s species — at least those with photos (we are still lacking photos
for a few species).
Thanks to everyone for entering records of butterflies on the carolinaleps
listserve (and a few other databases like the State Parks’ NRID,
iButterfly, and Facebook) and for uploading your own odonate records
directly onto that website. Enjoy reading the new PDF’s.
Let us know if you have difficulties in reading or printing a PDF.
Harry LeGrand and Tom Howard
P.S. Essentially everyone will want to read or download the entire PDFs
only on a computer. They are downloadable to smartphones, but I am finding
that the entire odonate PDF downloads to my iPhone without state lines and
county boundary lines — the black dots are on a blank field. However,
each individual PDF can be viewed on the phone perfectly. This is not an
issue with the butterflies; the county lines show on the full PDF on most
or all phones. Again, Tom and I figure there is little or no need to view
the entire PDF on a phone anyway.