Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Statewide; undoubtedly found in all 100 counties.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Common to abundant in the mountains; less numerous, but certainly common, downstate. More numerous in NC than the Spring Azure, and probably also the Atlantic Holly Azure. Abundance in early to mid-spring needs further elucidation.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Three to possibly four broods. Recent evidence (Pavulaan, pers. comm.) has shown there to be an early spring brood, of unknown flight spread and abundance, in NC. This might be from February to April. However, the main broods occur after the single brood of Spring Azure and Atlantic Holly Azure have finished. The main flights in the Coastal Plain occur between late April and mid-September, and in the Piedmont between early May and late September. In the mountains, the flights occur from early or mid-May to late September. Two broods occur within these flight dates.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) 06/13/06 · Ashe County, NC · male
(same azure as below)
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) 06/13/06 · Ashe County, NC · male
(same azure as above)
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) 09/10/05 · Ashe County, NC
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) 05/19/05 · Ashe County, NC · female
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) 05/24/06 · Wilkes County (P), NC · mated
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) 06/13/06 · Ashe County, NC · female
(oviposting on Ninebark)
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) 08/05/03 · Ashe County, NC