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Little Wood Satyr

Little Wood Satyr
Megisto cymela
Wingspan: 1 1/2 to 1 7/8 inches

This wide-ranging and abundant butterfly is medium brown with two large black-centered yellow eyespots on each wing, both above and below.

The Little Wood Satyr frequents edge habitats, where grasslands meet wooded areas, between mid-May and late June. Notice its bounding flight along the tops of shrubs and grasses, often in partial shade.

Rarely found on flowers, Little Wood Satyr's feed on aphid honeydew and tree sap.

Little Wood Satyr's lay pale yellowish-green eggs singly on grasses or the bases of tree trunks. The caterpillars feed on orchard grass (Dactylis glomerata).


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Photo © Kim Hosen
Above - Merrimac Farm; June 2009
Lower left - Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area, Nokesville, VA; May 2011
Lower right - Merrimac Farm; July 2008