little wood satyr

(Megisto cymela)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not listed

little wood satyr

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S5 - Secure

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to abundant, widespread

Flight/Season

One brood, late May to early August.

Habitat

Edges between grassland and woodland

Size

1 to 1 wingspan

 

Identification

This is a medium-sized butterfly with rounded wings and a slow, bouncy flight.

The upper wing surface is light brown to medium brown. All individuals have dark eyespots on the upper and lower sides of both wings. The eyespots are rimmed with yellow and most have two metallic gray “pupils”. Both males and females have two eyespots on the upperside of the forewing. The male has one or two large eyespots on the hindwing. The female has two large eyespots on the hindwing and may also have an additional, smaller spot between the lower eyespot and the margin.

The lower wing surface is lighter than the upper surface. Both males and females have two large, prominent eyespots and a few smaller, less prominent spots on each wing. There are two distinct, parallel, relatively straight, dark brown stripes that cross both wings.

 
Similar
Species

Northern pearly eye (Lethe anthedon) is larger, with a wingspan up to 2. It has 4 spots on the upper forewing and 5 on the upper hindwing, none of which have white “pupils”. The line nearest to the center of the lower hindwing is jagged, not straight.


Larval Food

Orchard grass (Dactylis glomerata ssp. glomerata), Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis), and possibly other grasses.

 
Adult Food

Tree sap, aphid honeydew, fluids from decaying mushrooms, and, occasionally, flower nectar.

 
Life Cycle

The female lays eggs throughout her lifetime in the spring and summer. The eggs are placed singly on or near grass plants. Larvae feed at night. The offspring overwinter in leaf litter, pupate in the spring, and emerge as adults in late May. There is a second, smaller emergence of adults three weeks after the first.

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 20, 21, 29, 71.

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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Papilionoidea (butterflies [excluding skippers])

 

Family:

Nymphalidae (brush-foots)

 

Subfamily:

Satyriinae (satyrs and wood-nymphs)

 

Tribe:

Satyrini

 

Subtribe:

Euptychiina

 
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Common
Names

little wood satyr


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Published on Jun 13, 2012

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (12 June 2012). Thank you to Kelly Fiegle (@Bugguide.net) for confirming the i9dentity of this specimen!

 
     
  Little Wood Satyr (Nymphalidae: Megisto cymela) on Leaf
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Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (16 June 2010).

 
     
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