Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Essentially statewide; present in all three provinces, but the known distribution is spotty in the mountains and extreme western Piedmont.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Fairly common to occasionally common at times in the fall, except rare in the mountains. Rather rare in spring, and not numerous until after mid-July.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Apparently three broods in the state, but only the last is numerous. Broods are a small one from March to early May downstate and in April and May in the mountains, a larger one from early June to early September, and the main one from early September to mid-November, rarely into December. Whether this third brood is simply a brood hatched in NC or represents mostly migrants from farther south is not well understood. The scarcity of spring records in the Coastal Plain, compared with the many in the Piedmont, is a bit baffling.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) 08/14/05 · Ashe County, NC
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) 09/05/06 · Wilkes County (P), NC · male
Common Checkered-Skipper (Pyrgus communis) 09/21/05 · Ashe County, NC · female