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Carolina Satyr Butterfly

Hermeuptychia sosybius

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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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KenCheeks
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KenCheeks

South Carolina, USA

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

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