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Carolina Satyr Butterfly

Hermeuptychia sosybius


Upperside is brown with no markings. Underside is brown; both wings have many small eyespots rimmed with yellow. Wing Span is 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches (3.2 - 3.8 cm). Adults have a slow, weak flight, and are usually found flying in the forest understory. Males patrol during the day to find receptive females. Caterpillars eat leaves.


Grassy places and woodlands. This one was photographed near the Kathwood Ponds at Silver Bluff Audubon Center in Aiken County, SC.


Caterpillar hosts include carpet grass (Axonopus compressus), centipede grass (Eremochloa ophiuroides); probably St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum), Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis), and others. Adult food is sap and rotting fruit.

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South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Sep 7, 2012
Submitted on Mar 17, 2013

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