American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Throughout most of the mountains, but quite scattered in the Piedmont, with a handful of records for the Sandhills portion of the upper Coastal Plain. Apparently absent in most places in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, though it has been recorded along the SC coast.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Fairly common to locally common in the northern mountains; uncommon in the central mountains and rare to uncommon in the southern mountains. Rare and local in the Sandhills, and extremely rare (only 9 records) in the Piedmont. NC lies near the southeastern edge of the range.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Seems to be at least three broods in NC. The Coastal Plain and Piedmont records range from mid-March to late October; the flight periods are not overly obvious from the flight charts, though a minimum of three broods seems apparent downstate. In the mountains, broods are from mid-April into early June, late June to early August, and mid-August to mid-October.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.
American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) 07/01/05 · Ashe County, NC
American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) 07/02/05 · Ashe County, NC
American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) 07/08/06 · Watauga County, NC · mated