Often seen in all kinds of summer weather, Little Wood-Satyrs charm with their many eyespots and silver streaks.
This light brown butterfly is abundant in the eastern part of the continent. A brighter variation seen in the southern part of its range may also be called Viola's Wood-Satyr. It is believed to be the same species, but it may just be extremely closely related. It is also possible that intermediate variations of the Little Wood-Satyr exist, but no strong confirmation means that no new species offshoot exists yet. What is certain is that they all have two black eyespots rimmed in yellow that sit on the underside of each wing, some of which have twin pupils. Silvery marks between the eyespots gleam in sunlight and are more pronounced in some individuals than others. Two long orange-brown lines cross the wings near the center and two more round the bottom edges. On the top of the wings, the eyespots are still visible though they are smaller; the hindwings may only seem to have one eyespot. The spots may appear to be encircled in a light brown watermark. The face of the Little Wood-Satyr has a tuft of hair on the front and only four of its six legs are visible when it is standing. It is a type of Brush-footed Butterlfy, which means two of its legs are much smaller than the other four and are not used for walking. Instead, these short hairy legs help the butterfly smell and taste its surroundings.
Caterpillars feed on a variety of grasses. One to three broods are produced each year.
Scientific Name: Megisto cymela
Other Name(s): Viola's Wood-Satyr
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 29mm to 48mm (1.13in to 1.87in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.