Mitchell's Satyr (Neonympha mitchellii)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Restricted in NC to a small area of the NC Sandhills, so far found only in Cumberland and Hoke counties. This area is a far southerly disjunction from the main range -- New Jersey (formerly) west to Michigan and Indiana. In fact, this NC population is considered to be a disjunct subspecies, called "St. Francis' Satyr" (Neonympha mitchellii francisci). NOTE: In the past few years, the species has also been conclusively found in southwestern Virginia and in central Alabama.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Rare. This is one of the rarest butterfly species in the eastern United States, with the NC population first discovered only in the early and mid-1980's.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Two broods in NC; late May (very rarely from early May) to late June, and mid- or late July to late August.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.