Loammi Skipper (Atrytonopsis loammi)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: This taxon, often considered a subspecies of Dusted Skipper, is found in parts of Florida, west along the Gulf coast to Louisiana, and north near the Atlantic coast to southern NC (Scott 1986). In NC it is known from Brunswick County north to Carteret County. The taxon is definitely known from Berkeley County, SC, and Harry LeGrand, Jr. decided to place a record of "Dusted Skipper" from Georgetown County on the Loammi Skipper map instead of the Dusted Skipper map, based on his best guess as to range and other factors.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: This skipper is believed to be very rare in the state, but it is locally common to very common at a few sites in Carteret County. It is poorly known, perhaps a result of most references not considering it a valid species, thereby leading to a lack of interest by lepidopterists and butterfliers.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: This species has two broods in the Carolinas, and apparently three broods in Florida. In NC, the flights occur from early April to mid-May, and from mid-July to late August. Gatrelle (J. Lep. Soc. 1975, pp. 56-59) noted that the species flies in April, July, and August at the only SC site known to him at that time (Berkeley County). Apparently it flies from January to November in Florida (Scott 1986).
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.