Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolatus)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: A recent paper by Ron Gatrelle (1999) splits off a new species -- Helicta Satyr (N. helicta) from the Georgia Satyr (N. areolatus). The "new" Georgia Satyr thus has a more restricted distribution than the former Georgia Satyr (broad sense). Based on habitat and field marks in Gatrelle (1999), photos on websites of Jeff Pippen and Will Cook, and information on NatureServe Explorer, the "new" Georgia Satyr ranges north only to North Carolina. It occurs north to Croatan National Forest (Craven, Jones, and Carteret counties), and is mainly limited to coastal counties, with some records from the Sandhills region. Since the records from Virginia northward are apparently that of Helicta Satyr, we are including the NC records north of Croatan NF as Helicta, at least for now.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Quite local; mostly uncommon, but locally very common in some Coastal Plain savannas. However, the species has lost much or most of its former habitat in the Coastal Plain, and it is clearly declining, being found now mainly in protected sites.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Two broods; early May to late June, and sparingly to mid-July, and a larger brood from early August to early October. Peak abundance in late May, and in late August and early September.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolatus) 08/26/07 · Craven County, NC