Little Wood-Satyr, Megisto cymela

Little Wood-Satyr

Megisto cymela

Description:
Above, a brown butterfly, smaller than the Eyed and Appalachian Browns, with two prominent eyespots on the forewing and on the hindwing, usually one or two eyespots on the male and two on the female. In addition, there may be an additional smaller spot near the body. Below, there are two distinct lines across both wings, two eyespots on the forewing and two large eyespots on the hindwing as well as several smaller ones.

Habitat:
A variety of woodland habitats including wooded fence rows and disturbed habitats.

Overwintering Strategy:   Mid-stage Caterpillars

Flight:   
One brood form late May to early June through early August.

Caterpillar Host Plants:
Various grasses including Orchard Grass and Centipede Grass

Notes:   
The first individuals of this species, low to the ground, slowly working their way through the woods in late May or early June.

Overwintering Strategy

Two-way migration: Adult migrates from Wisconsin to Central Mexico
Small migration: Adult migrates from Wisconsin to southern US
Immigrant: Adult migrates into Wisconsin from warmer areas and don't fly south in winter
Adult Butterfly: Hibernates overwinter as an adult butterfly
Eggs: Eggs laid on stems, twigs or foot plants overwinter in diapause
Caterpillar: Caterpillars make nests on the base of plants and hibernate until spring
Chrysalis: Caterpillars shed their last skin, form a chrysalis and enter diapause.

For more information, read: Where Do Butterflies Go In Winter?

Further Information:   

 Design A Butterfly Garden
 Take The Butterfly Quiz
 Monarch Life Cycle
 Butterflies and Moths of North America
 WisconsinButterflies.org
 Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Assn (NABA)
 The Butterfly Site

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