Little Wood-Satyr: # 6 of “23 Butterflies in 2023”

Leonard Weber

February 13, 2023

It is not a brightly colored butterfly; it is not large; it is not usually attracted to flowers. The Little Wood-Satyr is, however, reliably present during most nature walks in Eliza Howell Park in late May and early June.

It is common before many of the better-known species begin to claim our attention.

Photo taken on May 24

The Little Wood-Satyr has a wingspan of about 1 3/4 inches. The most distinctive feature is the eyespots, the round spots on the wings that are visible whether wings are closed or open.

May 24

I often see it when I walk near the edge of the woods in the wildflower field. It is sometimes on the ground, more often low on green plants.

June 2

Little Wood-Satyrs rarely eat nectar (I have no photos of one on a bloom). They feed on fluids such as tree sap and aphid honeydew.

June 13

The adults are present for only a few weeks. They lay eggs on grass blades and the caterpillars spend the winter in hibernation.

June 2

The Little Wood-Satyr does not get the attention that some other (more colorful) butterflies get, but I am always very pleased to see it — with its slow bouncy flight — early in the butterfly season.

They definitely belong on the list of 23 butterflies that I count on seeing in Eliza Howell Park in 2023.

June 4

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