Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Statewide, including the immediate coast, where there are many records for the Outer Banks.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Widespread and generally fairly common to common, though never as numerous at any time as the Juvenal's is in spring. Abundance seems reasonably even over the state, not obviously more common in one province over another. Large numbers are seldom seen; "frequently encountered" better characterizes its status, rather than an abundance label.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Probably three broods, but no gap in flight periods from early June through the fall season. Downstate, the first occurs from late March (rarely mid-March) to mid-May, the second from late May or early June to early August, and the third from early August to early October. Brood dates in the mountains are not yet clear. The first brood is obscured by the difficulty in separating the species from the abundant Juvenal's Duskywing.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.
Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) 08/18/06 · Wilkes County (M), NC · male
Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) 08/10/05 · Ashe County, NC · female
Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) 08/11/05 · Ashe County, NC · male
Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) 07/18/06 · Ashe County, NC · mated
Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) 08/04/05 · Ashe County, NC · male