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 08, 2014 1velvetcat Essex County, Massachusetts, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 21, 2013 schmev24 Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States July 21, 2014 Details
June 03, 2014 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 17, 2014 Details
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July 05, 2014 treichard Sussex County, New Jersey, United States July 12, 2014 Details
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July 05, 2014 rogerashton Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States July 10, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 Daryl Hutton Ontario, Canada July 07, 2014 Details
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June 27, 2014 Boilerup De Kalb County, Indiana, United States July 06, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 05, 2014 Details
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March 25, 2014 wtjones Polk County, Florida, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 20, 2014 snickersnax Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States July 02, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 02, 2014 Details
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June 25, 2014 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada June 27, 2014 Details
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June 23, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada June 25, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 a-o Tompkins County, New York, United States June 23, 2014 Details
June 20, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada June 22, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 KristyBaker Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States June 22, 2014 Details
June 01, 2014 farmgirldoreen Broome County, New York, United States June 22, 2014 Details
June 19, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada June 20, 2014 Details
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June 10, 2014 fluffberger Wayne County, Pennsylvania, United States June 18, 2014 Details
June 14, 2014 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States June 18, 2014 Details
June 15, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada June 18, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 Lois Stacey Snyder County, Pennsylvania, United States June 18, 2014 Details
June 15, 2014 Jody Ontario, Canada June 17, 2014 Details
May 19, 2014 falconer699 Union County, North Carolina, United States June 14, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 14, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 Paul Tavares Ontario, Canada June 14, 2014 Details
June 13, 2014 Paul Tavares Ontario, Canada June 14, 2014 Details
June 06, 2014 mrcnaturally Westchester County, New York, United States June 13, 2014 Details
June 10, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada June 12, 2014 Details
April 11, 2014 Harry Forbes Guadalupe County, Texas, United States June 12, 2014 Details
May 23, 2014 ozcomomoths Ozark County, Missouri, United States June 10, 2014 Details
May 25, 2014 Doug Bruce Meigs County, Tennessee, United States June 09, 2014 Details
May 26, 2014 Doug Bruce Morgan County, Tennessee, United States June 09, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States June 09, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 Allen Belden Cumberland County, Virginia, United States June 09, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada June 09, 2014 Details
May 29, 2014 MJCPhoto1 Augusta County, Virginia, United States June 03, 2014 Details
May 31, 2014 Kurt R. Schwarz Howard County, Maryland, United States June 03, 2014 Details
June 02, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States June 03, 2014 Details
June 02, 2014 Nathaniel Young Tompkins County, New York, United States June 03, 2014 Details