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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June 18, 2016 Doug Backlund Lyman County, South Dakota, United States June 27, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada June 24, 2016 Details
June 15, 2016 sh11 Ontario, Canada June 22, 2016 Details
June 22, 2016 wdvanhem Ontario, Canada June 22, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 TPeterson Mason County, Michigan, United States June 14, 2016 Details
June 02, 2016 TPeterson Benzie County, Michigan, United States June 13, 2016 Details
June 06, 2016 jwilkinson Howard County, Maryland, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 Sue Orlowski Botetourt County, Virginia, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 12, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 a.d.levine Orange County, New York, United States June 10, 2016 Details
June 08, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States June 08, 2016 Details
June 02, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 07, 2016 Details
June 03, 2016 LDiScipio Schenectady County, New York, United States June 03, 2016 Details
June 03, 2016 jvkopple2 Kalkaska County, Michigan, United States June 03, 2016 Details
May 20, 2016 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States June 02, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 hiker96 Douglas County, Kansas, United States June 02, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 EarlyDawnPhotography Grant County, Kentucky, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 Doug Bruce Weakley County, Tennessee, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 26, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 23, 2016 CA Ivy McDonald County, Missouri, United States May 25, 2016 Details
May 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Loudon County, Tennessee, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 20, 2016 cosmic_cat Little River County, Arkansas, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 06, 2016 Ken Cheeks McCormick County, South Carolina, United States May 21, 2016 Details
May 04, 2016 ncrosbyrd Leon County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States May 16, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 CA Ivy Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States May 16, 2016 Details
April 28, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 28, 2016 Details
April 08, 2016 whbauer Bexar County, Texas, United States April 26, 2016 Details
April 24, 2016 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States April 26, 2016 Details
May 19, 2014 jmorth Texas, Navarro County, United States April 15, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 cosmic_cat Hunt County, Texas, United States April 04, 2016 Details
April 01, 2016 cosmic_cat Texas, Rusk County, United States April 04, 2016 Details
June 03, 2011 Mary Franceline Malone Powhatan County, Virginia, United States March 30, 2016 Details
June 18, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
July 19, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Lake County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
July 14, 2015 lisagorn Otsego County, New York, United States January 31, 2016 Details
June 19, 2015 dpgbfly1 Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2016 Details
July 03, 2015 dpgbfly1 Kanabec County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2016 Details
July 03, 2015 dpgbfly1 Kanabec County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2016 Details
July 04, 2014 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States January 07, 2016 Details
July 10, 2015 J_Martineau Chisago County, Minnesota, United States December 17, 2015 Details
May 03, 2015 Cathy Miller Charleston County, South Carolina, United States November 09, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 jerboe Albany County, New York, United States September 06, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 ozcomomoths Ozark County, Missouri, United States September 05, 2015 Details
June 23, 2009 Carolyn Seaton Cook County, Illinois, United States August 28, 2015 Details
March 28, 2015 Ron Smith Alachua County, Florida, United States August 17, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 Arabella S Dane New Hampshire, United States August 06, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 Wizkitty Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States August 03, 2015 Details