Oak Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Mainly in the lower Coastal Plain and in the Sandhills, but it does occur very sporadically west to the eastern Piedmont; extremely rare in the mountains and western Piedmont.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Rare and poorly known, though perhaps uncommon in maritime forests. Occurs mainly within 10 or 20 miles of the coast in NC; very rare farther inland. Most numerous at Bald Head Island and near Fort Fisher, where it may be locally numerous.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: A single brood; early May to mid-June in the Coastal Plain, and mid-May to late June in the Piedmont and mountains. This is certainly the earliest flying Satyrium species. Its peak appears to be around May 20-25.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.