Atlantic Holly Azure (Celastrina idella)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Probably the Coastal Plain only, but the inner edge is not known; it may range to the Fall Line, if not beyond. It undoubtedly ranges inland to meet the range of the Spring Azure, but how much overlap in range there is we do not know. There is almost certainly no gap in the ranges of Spring and Atlantic Holly, at least there is no place in North Carolina that lacks some species of azure in the spring season.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Common to locally abundant. Dozens can be seen in a day, and daily counts of 50 or more are not unusual in places.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: A single spring brood only; early March (rarely February) to late April, rarely to early May.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.