Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: The extreme southeastern corner of the state, near the SC state line. Recorded in the 1980's from Brunswick County and in 2002 from Columbus County. To be looked for in Robeson and other counties along the state line.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: There was a population explosion of the species in SC in 2002, and thus the discovery of a few crescents in Columbus County, NC, might simply reflect individuals dispersing from that larger population. However, the species is generally non-migratory, and thus we will assume for now that there are a few resident populations in Columbus and Brunswick counties. As considerable field work has been done in Brunswick, and to a lesser extent in Columbus and Robeson counties, the species is assumed to be rare in the state.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Probably three broods, at least from SC to FL. Expected to fly in NC from late March or early April to late October, possibly into November in mild falls. NC records fall between May and late October.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.