Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Because of difficulty in identification, the range is speculative. Throughout the mountains and Piedmont, and apparently the western two-thirds of the Coastal Plain (Wright 1995; Pavulaan, pers. comm.). Even though Pavulaan (1996) shows records for this taxon in Virginia only in the mountains and western half of the Piedmont, with no records for the southeastern 40% of the state, he indicated (pers. comm.) that this is the primary spring species found in Virginia and North Carolina, except for the lower Coastal Plain.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Common to very common in the mountains, but only fairly common to common in the Piedmont; perhaps fairly common the western Coastal Plain. This taxon is found in more than half of the counties in the mountains and upper Piedmont in Virginia (Pavulaan 1996), and it occurs in large numbers throughout West Virginia (Allen 1997), at least formerly.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: A single brood everywhere. In the Coastal Plain and Piedmont, the flight is primarily from early March (rarely February) to the end of April or early May. In the mountains, the flight begins in mid- March (rarely February) and ends apparently in late May. Thus, the flight period is approximately two months at any given location.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.
Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) 04/02/06 · Ashe County, NC
Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) 04/25/06 · Ashe County, NC · female
Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) 04/17/05 · Ashe County, NC
Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) 04/30/06 · Ashe County, NC · male
Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) 04/16/04 · Ashe County, NC