Edwards' Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Spottily distributed in the mountains and probably the foothills; also at scattered sites in the Sandhills. No records from nearly all of the Piedmont, though likely is present at some monadnocks in that province. Absent from nearly all of the Coastal Plain. Currently known from just nine counties in North Carolina.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Rare and very local in the mountains and in the Sandhills. Presumably occurs in the Piedmont, where it must be very rare. Hardly any recent records for the mountains, suggestive of a decline for unknown reasons.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: One brood -- probably late May to early July. Species present in July in the mountains; in the Sandhills the flight period is probably late May into late June.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.