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Satyr/Wood Nymph
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Satyr/Wood Nymph

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Satyridae

Pest Status: Satyrs are not considered pests. The caterpillars feed on a range of grasses.

Appearance: Satyrs are small to medium-sized butterflies, usually brown or grayish in color. They usually have eyelike spots on their wings.

Life Cycle: Eggs are laid during late summer, and after three or four weeks the caterpillars emerge and begin to feed on grasses. The young caterpillars overwinter, then pupate in early summer of the following year. The chrysalis is attached to the grass blades. Adults emerge in July.

Where to Collect: Satyr butterflies are typically found in living in grassland or woodland environments. They may easily be collected by netting them as they fly about shrubs and hedgerows.