Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Limited to the extreme northern mountains, south to Avery County. Records only from Avery, Ashe, Alleghany, and Wilkes counties in NC.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Formerly rare or uncommon; however, the species is apparently on the verge of extirpation in NC. One was reported in the Roan Mountain vicinity of Avery County in early September 1994. However,that site has been worked on numerous occasions since, with no luck. Thus, it may well be gone from NC now (or the individual could have been a stray from Virginia).
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: A single brood; mid-June to mid-September, and perhaps later into September or early October.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.