Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Scattered across the state, but apparently scarce in the mountains and the northwestern Piedmont.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Uncommon in the Coastal Plain and most of the Piedmont; very rare in the mountains and the northwestern Piedmont. Probably restricted to the lower elevations in the mountains.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Supposedly a single brood; unlike with the other three elfins, this brood is either a long one or butterflies emerge at widely varying times; mid-March to early June; the peak is late March to early April, but there is a clear, secondary peak in late May.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.
Eastern Pine Elfin (Callophrys niphon) 05/24/06 · Wilkes County (P), NC