Cobweb Skipper (Hesperia metea)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Scattered across the Piedmont and Sandhills, and found in the southern mountains in 2002. Still no records for the northwestern half of the Piedmont and the central mountains; but the species was finally found in the northern mountains in 2006. Probably occurs in most counties in the Piedmont and mountains.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Although we have relatively few records, this species is easily overlooked and under-surveyed. Rare to (more likely) uncommon in the lower Piedmont and the Sandhills, but absent farther to the east. Seemingly rare in the upper Piedmont; status in the mountains and upper Piedmont need much elucidation.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: A single spring flight; extremely late March to very early May. Formerly in the Sandhills into early May, but now terminates its flight there by late April. The mountain flight is apparently between mid-April and early May. This narrow flight period is part of the reason that there are relatively few records for NC. This is one of the earliest grass skippers in the state.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.
Cobweb Skipper (Hesperia metea) 04/16/06 · Alleghany County, NC · male
(same Skipper as below)
Cobweb Skipper (Hesperia metea) 04/16/06 · Alleghany County, NC · male
(same Skipper as above)