Dusky Azure (Celastrina nigra)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Scattered in the mountains; likely occurs from the Virginia line to the Georgia line, but so far only recorded in nine counties, mainly in the southern mountains.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Apparently rare to locally uncommon, but there appear to have been few people searching for this species. Although large numbers of eggs can be found on the foodplants, adults are very difficult to find and are seldom seen (Harry Pavulaan, pers. comm.).
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: A single brood; very late March to mid-May, but possibly well into June at high elevations. At low elevations, the males peak in mid- to late April and the females peak in early May.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.