Mimic (Hypolimnas misippus)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Formerly, there was a single NC record (Cumberland County). However, Bob Cavanaugh has made an important correction to this record. In a 2005 e-mail message, he indicated to the Natural Heritage Program that he collected a Mimic in Craven County on November 9, 1975. He noted that there was no record for Craven County in the Nekola-Opler unpublished atlas of North Carolina butterflies, but instead was a county dot for Cumberland County. Also, the Opler and Krizek (1984) range map for Mimic has a dot in the general vicinity of Cumberland County but not for Craven County, further indicating that Cavanaugh's record was attributed to the wrong county. Thus, there apparently never was a record for Cumberland County.

Very surprising was a female Mimic photographed by Mike Dunn in his yard in Chatham County in 2004. For a species that is likely introduced in the West Indies its native range is Asia and Africa it seems remarkable that NC has two records, as there are very few others for the Eastern US.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Accidental. Not recorded from South Carolina.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: In the West Indies, April to May, and September to December, according to Opler and Malikul.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.