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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July 21, 2015 dncms Knox County, Ohio, United States July 31, 2015 Details
May 20, 2015 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States July 26, 2015 Details
June 04, 2015 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 22, 2015 Details
June 04, 2015 Sue Orlowski Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 12, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 Sheryl Johnson Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States July 07, 2015 Details
June 19, 2015 sbruenjes Essex County, New Jersey, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 Kzfisherman Lake County, Illinois, United States June 30, 2015 Details
June 14, 2015 whhowe Ontario County, New York, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 25, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada June 26, 2015 Details
April 22, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 23, 2015 Details
June 10, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada June 22, 2015 Details
June 15, 2013 sh11 Ontario, Canada June 17, 2015 Details
June 24, 2014 sh11 Ontario, Canada June 15, 2015 Details
June 11, 2015 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada June 15, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 cccpk Orange County, New York, United States June 14, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 OhioHick Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States June 14, 2015 Details
June 10, 2015 SaraJE Ontario, Canada June 12, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 Mimiverbena Ontario, Canada June 12, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 Janet Tubb Ontario, Canada June 11, 2015 Details
June 08, 2015 ShaunaRyner Ontario, Canada June 11, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States June 09, 2015 Details
June 08, 2015 monikawood Steuben County, New York, United States June 09, 2015 Details
May 31, 2015 arcturusangel Gregg County, Texas, United States June 07, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States June 07, 2015 Details
June 02, 2015 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada June 03, 2015 Details
June 02, 2015 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada June 03, 2015 Details
June 03, 2015 a.d.levine Orange County, New York, United States June 03, 2015 Details
May 31, 2015 hiker96 Wyandotte County, Kansas, United States June 01, 2015 Details
May 28, 2015 Jonathan Clark Grant Parish, Louisiana, United States May 31, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 Doug Bruce Monroe County, Tennessee, United States May 31, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States May 28, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 pittsbirder Pennsylvania, United States May 27, 2015 Details
May 23, 2015 Doug Bruce Unicoi County, Tennessee, United States May 24, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 Doug Bruce Carter County, Tennessee, United States May 24, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States May 22, 2015 Details
May 16, 2015 Doug Bruce Knox County, Tennessee, United States May 17, 2015 Details
May 10, 2015 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States May 16, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States May 16, 2015 Details
July 31, 2009 Gordilly Nemaha County, Nebraska, United States May 14, 2015 Details
May 04, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 14, 2015 Details
May 10, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States May 10, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 Nancee Cobb Washington County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 26, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 27, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 arcturusangel Harrison County, Texas, United States April 19, 2015 Details
June 16, 2007 Indy Entomologist Brown County, Indiana, United States February 24, 2015 Details
July 01, 1979 Indy Entomologist Carroll County, Indiana, United States February 22, 2015 Details
June 24, 2014 dpgbfly1 Sherburne County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2015 Details
July 09, 2014 dpgbfly1 Aitkin County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2015 Details