King's Hairstreak (Satyrium kingi)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Scattered in the Coastal Plain, and also sparingly in the southern Piedmont and southern mountains. Specifically, present in the lower Coastal Plain, plus the sandhills; no records for the interior Coastal Plain north of Cumberland County. Known only from Gaston and Transylvania counties west of the Coastal Plain.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Very local in the Coastal Plain; rare to uncommon, but seems to be colonial. Very rare elsewhere.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Probably from late May to mid-July in the Coastal Plain; the peak is around June 10. The mountain record is of a very worn individual in mid-August. A Piedmont colony was discovered at Crowders Mountain State Park by Harry E. LeGrand, Jr. in 2001; the flight there likely occurs from early June to late June or early July.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.