Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Gemmed Satyr
Cyllopsis gemma (Hübner, 1808)


Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Identification: Wings are brown and lack eyespots. Underside of hindwing has a silvery patch at the outer margin which contains 4 black reflective spots.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 11/16 inches (3.5 - 4.3 cm).
Life History: Males patrol for receptive females. Eggs are laid on or near the host plant. Caterpillars feed at night and hide at the base of the plant during the day. Fourth-stage caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: Several broods all through the year in South Texas; three broods from April-September elsewhere.
Caterpillar Hosts: Probably Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon).
Adult Food: Not reported.
Habitat: Near open, wet woodland; grassy areas near water; near streams and ponds.
Range: Southeastern United States south to central peninsular Florida; west to southeast Kansas, central Oklahoma, central Texas, and northeastern Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
Alternate Scientific Names:
Cyllopis gemma