Gorgone Checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Restricted to the extreme southwestern corner of the state, where known only from Clay and Macon counties. The species is found in the mountains of adjacent Georgia and the upper Piedmont of South Carolina; thus, its discovery in 2001 in Clay County and in 2002 in Macon County was not a complete surprise.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Presumed rare. So far, found only at three sites in the state.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: At the Clay County sites, it apparently flies for a few weeks in May, and likely again later in summer. It does have up to three broods in northern Georgia, flying into September; however, Ron Gatrelle and others have yet to find the species in summer or fall, despite much field work where it occurs in May.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.