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Little Wood Satyr Caterpillar

Genus-Species: Megisto cymela,

Description: Brown with a dark dorsal stripe, brown dashes, two short stubby tails and two small horns on the head.

Chrysalis: Tan with brown stripes and dots along the abdomen

Host Plants: Orchard grass (Dactylis glomerata) and centipede grass (Eremochloa ophiuroides).

Habitat: Grassy woods and openings, old fields; especially in limey or basic soils.

Comments: The Little Wood Satyr caterpillar is brown with a dark dorsal stripe, brown dashes, two short stubby tails and two small horns on the head. Partially grown larvae overwinter.

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