Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Present across the mountains and Piedmont, but scarce or absent over most of the Coastal Plain; poorly known in many areas.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Widespread, but rare to very uncommon; most "numerous" in the mountains. Rare in most of the Piedmont, and very rare at best in the Coastal Plain. The species was encountered in many new counties in 2005, but even so, this is always a very good find during the year for most butterfliers.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Present from the latter half of March into early October; several to many broods. This species apparently has a very short generation cycle, perhaps as short as three weeks (Allen 1997). In West Virginia, there "may be as many as 6 or more flights" (Allen 1997). Oddly, except for several July and September records, we have only April and May records for the Coastal Plain; where are the summer and fall broods?
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.
Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius) 07/07/06 · Ashe County, NC · male
Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius) 07/07/06 · Ashe County, NC · male
Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius) 06/09/06 · Wilkes County (P), NC · female