Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: As far as known, strictly on the immediate coast, generally on barrier islands. It ranges north to the Kill Devil Hills area of Dare County, though it was found in coastal Virginia in 2000.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Common at least locally, where suitable habitat exists. Abundant at Fort Fisher in southern New Hanover County. Status not clear on many coastal islands, and seemingly absent on some islands. Not known if the species occurs more than a mile or two from the ocean (but presently assumed not to).
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Apparently three broods, at a minimum, in NC; April to early June, and a continuous period of at least two broods from early July to late October. Some of the populations in fall have been suggested in books to represent migrants from south of the state, but this species is not a migrant. Individuals remain close to their foodplants at all times. The species seems much more common in fall than in summer.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.