Wisconsin Native Caterpillars
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
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.
Caterpillars come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. Some caterpillars are quite hairy,
while others are smooth. Despite differences between species, though, all caterpillars
share certain morphological features.
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