Butterflies of North Carolina

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comNameHessel's Hairstreak by Brian Bockhahn => Jones Lake State Park, Bladen County, 2014-04-14
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sciNameCallophrys hesseli
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distributionDISTRIBUTION: Scattered in the Coastal Plain; known from the northeastern Coastal Plain from Gates and Washington counties eastward, from the Sandhills, and from the southern counties (southeast of the Sandhills). Very rare or absent between these areas (mid-central Coastal Plain), with the only record for this region -- where its foodplant is extremely rare -- being from Jones County, within Croatan National Forest.
abundanceABUNDANCE: Very local; rare to uncommon. Most numerous in the Green Swamp region of central Brunswick County, where the three highest state counts have been made.
flightFLIGHT PERIOD: Two broods: very late March to late May, rarely to very early June; and very late June to mid-August (primarily mid-July to early August). No evidence that the species is more "numerous" in one brood over the other. The spring brood along the VA border appears mainly in May, whereas this brood in the southern Coastal Plain flies mostly in April.
habitatHABITAT: Very restricted to sites with Atlantic white-cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides), such as pocosins and bay forests. Almost always seen along edges of these forests, as the forest interiors are dark and mostly devoid of flowers.
plantsFOOD AND NECTAR PLANTS: The sole foodplant is Atlantic white-cedar. The species nectars on blueberries and other ericads, sweetleaf (Symplocos), sweet pepperbush, Indian hemp, and other shrubs.
commentsCOMMENTS: This can be a difficult species to find in NC. First, suitable stands of white-cedar can be hard to find near roads or other easy access. Second, nectar plants are sometimes scarce near such cedar forests. Fortunately, because it is so habitat specific, the observer can purposefully search for the butterflies, though usually unsuccessfully! To find the species, I suggest that you look for blooming blueberries or sweetleaf in April, and sweet pepperbush in late July, where they occur near the cedars. Individuals nectar more frequently in mid-morning and in late afternoon (after 4 pm). For much of the middle hours of the day, the butterflies remain high in the white cedars.

state_statusSR - S3
synonymMitoura hesseli

Links to other butterfly galleries: [Cook] [Lynch] [Pippen] [Pugh]
Photo by: Brian Bockhahn
Comment: JONES - 1 of 2 seen, Bladen County, 2014-04-14
Hessel's Hairstreak - Click to enlarge
Photo by: Scott Hartley
Comment: Lake Aberdeen, Moore County, 2005-07-23
Hessel's Hairstreak - Click to enlarge
Photo by: Jeff Pippen
Comment: Bladen Co., NC 25 Mar 2007
Hessel's Hairstreak - Click to enlarge