Cymela

Little Wood Satyr

Megisto cymela (Cramer, 1777)

Family: Nymphalidae (formerly Satyridae)

Status: Locally common resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: This species inhabits roughly the eastern half of North America, barely extending into southern Canada. With the exception of the southern panhandle (where it is scarce or absent) it occurs stateside in Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight from mid-June to early July

Larval Hostplant(s): A wide variety of grasses

Habitat: Open woodlands/woodland borders

Found at:

Overwintering: As fourth instar larvae

Similar Species: Their flight overlaps that of the Wood Nymph which is larger and whose flight peaks about 10 days later

Notes: A weak erratic flier, it navigates through low vegetation rather than flying over it

Little Wood Satyr, Niobrara Valley Preserve, Jon Nikkila

Specimen photo…
Specimen photo…

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