Hessel's Hairstreak (Callophrys hesseli)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Scattered in the Coastal Plain; known from the northeastern Coastal Plain from Gates and Washington counties eastward, from the Sandhills, and from the southeastern counties. Apparently very rare or absent between these areas (mid-central Coastal Plain).
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Very local; rare to uncommon.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Two broods: very late March to late May, rarely to very early June; and very late June to mid-August (primarily mid-July to early August). No evidence that the species is more "numerous" in one brood over the other. The spring brood along the Virginia border appears mainly in May, whereas this brood in the southern Coastal Plain flies mostly in April.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.