Nymphs Satyrs and Arcticssee also Pl

Family Satyridae

Identification: Small to medium-sized butterflies, usually gray-


ish or brownish and often with eye spots in the wings. Venation as in Nymphalidae, but some veins (especially Sc) greatly swollen at base. Front legs much reduced.

One of the most common and strikingly marked species in this group is the Wood Nymph (see also PL 9), Cercyonis pegala (Fabricius), a medium-sized, dark brown butterfly having a broad yellowish band across the front wings with 2 small eye spots. Wood satyrs (Euptychia) are small grayish butterflies, about 1 in. in wingspread, with small black eye spots in the wings. The Pearly Eye, Lethe portlandica Fabricius, is a woodland species that often alights on tree trunks; it is brownish, with a row of black spots along outer edge of the hind wings. Arctics (Oeneis) occur chiefly in the arctic region and on mountain tops; 1 species, 0. jutta Hiibner, may be found in sphagnum bogs in New England. Satyrid larvae feed on grasses.

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