Thursday, May 26, 2011

Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)

On a recent trip to the Broad River Wildlife Management Area in Wilkes County, Georgia, we found this Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela) in a clearing along the trail in the woods off the end of Anthony Shoals Road. This is the first Little Wood Satyr we’ve seen.

Carolina Satyrs (Hermeuptychia sosybius) are very common in our woods. Rarely, we’ll see a Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma). However, I’ve never seen a Little Wood Satyr in our area.

With its wings partly open. This is the only satyr in our area that has eye-spots on the top of the wings.

With wings folded.
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Identification resources:

- Westcentral Georgia Butterflies by Michael Beohm: Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)

- BugGuide: Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)
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