little wood satyr

(Megisto cymela)

Conservation Status
little wood satyr
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S5 - Secure

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Little wood satyr 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.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

1 to 1 wingspan

 
     
 

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.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Edges between grassland and woodland

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

One brood, late May to early August.

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

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.

 
     
 

Larva Hosts

 
 

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.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 20, 21, 29, 71.

 
  7/6/2015      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common to abundant, widespread

 
         
 
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  
 

Genus

Megisto  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

little wood satyr

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)
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Megisto cymela (Little Wood Satyr)
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  Megisto cymela (Little Wood Satyr)  
Little Wood Satyr butterfly
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  Little Wood Satyr Butterfly (Nymphalidae: Megisto cymela) Sunning
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About

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
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 17, 2010

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (16 June 2010).

 
  Little Wood-Satyr
Kim Smith
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 6, 2010

 
       

 

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