Hickory Hairstreak (Satyrium caryaevorum)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Apparently restricted to the mountains; specimens or photographs known only from Ashe, Watauga, Buncombe, and Macon counties, and reported (correctly?) from McDowell County. Certainly must be present in other mountain counties ranging to the Georgia border.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Seemingly very rare. Although it can be overlooked as a Banded or other hairstreak, it has been searched for on a number of occasions, generally without success. This species has been recorded in just three counties in Virginia (H. Pavulaan, pers. comm.), further emphasizing the rarity of the species in the southern Appalachians.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: A single brood; apparently from late June to late July.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.