Attributes of Megisto cymela

Little Wood-Satyr
Megisto cymela (Cramer, 1777)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Identification: Light brown. Forewing has 2 yellow-rimmed black eyespots both above and below. Hindwing has 2 eyespots on upper side; but may have smaller spots below.
Wing Span: 1 1/2 - 1 7/8 inches (3.8 - 4.8 cm).
Life History: In the early morning and late afternoon, Little Wood Satyrs bask with their wings open while perched on tree leaves or on leaf litter. Adults have a slow bouncing flight and will rise as far as the tops of tall trees. Males patrol in the shade to find females. Eggs are laid singly on grass blades. Fourth-stage caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: One brood from June-July in the north; two to three broods from March-September in the south.
Caterpillar Hosts: Orchard grass (Dactylis glomerata) and centipede grass (Eremochloa ophiuroides).
Adult Food: Sap, aphid honeydew, and rarely flower nectar.
Habitat: Grassy woods and openings, old fields; especially in limey or basic soils.
Range: Eastern Nebraska and northeastern Colorado south to eastern Texas; east through all of the eastern United States except northern New England, southern peninsular Florida, and coastal Louisiana.
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.
Taxonomy Notes:

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April 19, 2014 Nancee Cobb Bay County, Florida, United States April 21, 2014 Details
April 03, 2014 sshively Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States April 04, 2014 Details
May 15, 2013 curtis.lehman Putnam County, West Virginia, United States March 17, 2014 Details
May 29, 2013 curtis.lehman Clay County, West Virginia, United States March 17, 2014 Details
July 11, 2012 Chip Krilowicz Salem County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
June 09, 2013 jaybird36 Morris County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
June 14, 2012 Brian Taber James City County, Virginia, United States November 14, 2013 Details
July 05, 2013 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States September 05, 2013 Details
July 31, 2013 rdhealy1951 Hardin County, Kentucky, United States August 25, 2013 Details
July 20, 2013 Sagori Massachusetts, United States August 23, 2013 Details
June 10, 2013 Sagori Massachusetts, United States August 23, 2013 Details
July 21, 2013 schmev24 Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States August 23, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 Lauenstein Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States August 23, 2013 Details
June 04, 2013 ozcomomoths Ozark County, Missouri, United States July 25, 2013 Details
July 06, 2013 mom2krb Ontario, Canada July 22, 2013 Details
July 14, 2013 cheins Winona County, Minnesota, United States July 21, 2013 Details
July 07, 2013 Peggy O Taylor County, Wisconsin, United States July 19, 2013 Details
July 11, 2013 jim8435wisc Clark County, Wisconsin, United States July 19, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 Deholz Loudoun County, Virginia, United States July 17, 2013 Details
July 05, 2013 2Birderz Prince William County, Virginia, United States July 17, 2013 Details
July 15, 2013 Jeff Brown Greene County, Ohio, United States July 16, 2013 Details
July 15, 2013 Rossalleni McCreary County, Kentucky, United States July 16, 2013 Details
July 08, 2013 saapple Venango County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada July 09, 2013 Details
July 07, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada July 09, 2013 Details
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June 29, 2013 jim8435wisc Lafayette County, Wisconsin, United States July 07, 2013 Details
June 22, 2013 dpgbfly1 Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States July 06, 2013 Details
July 05, 2013 Jody Ontario, Canada July 05, 2013 Details
July 03, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 04, 2013 Details
June 06, 2013 Sean Werle Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States July 03, 2013 Details
June 19, 2013 aarongunnar Chippewa County, Wisconsin, United States July 03, 2013 Details
June 29, 2013 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada July 02, 2013 Details
June 30, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 01, 2013 Details
June 21, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada July 01, 2013 Details
June 05, 2013 a-o Essex County, Massachusetts, United States June 29, 2013 Details
June 18, 2013 exoticpetrvt Wake County, North Carolina, United States June 27, 2013 Details
June 20, 2013 Buckeye Bruce Franklin County, Ohio, United States June 27, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 mom2krb Erie County, New York, United States June 27, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 mom2krb Erie County, New York, United States June 27, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 mom2krb Erie County, New York, United States June 27, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 mom2krb Niagara County, New York, United States June 27, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 menasian Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, United States June 23, 2013 Details
June 15, 2013 treichard Howard County, Maryland, United States June 22, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States June 22, 2013 Details
June 20, 2013 doris potter Quebec, Canada June 21, 2013 Details
June 20, 2013 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States June 20, 2013 Details
June 05, 2013 BigMcC62 Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States June 15, 2013 Details
June 09, 2013 Doug Bruce Campbell County, Tennessee, United States June 15, 2013 Details
June 08, 2013 Doug Bruce Monroe County, Tennessee, United States June 15, 2013 Details