Good morning, We were at the Haw river in NC yesterday and one of the kids on the school field trip had this Butterfly land on her. She is very interested in finding out what kind it is. I thought it might be an Appalachian Brown, but those white spots eliminate that …is it some kind of Satyr? I can’t find it in my guide, even though it looks fairly common. If anyone would know…you would. Any help would be appreciated…as all the kids were very fond of the little guy.
Your butterfly is one of the Emperor Butterflies, most likely the Hackberry Emperor, Asterocampa celtis.