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Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata)

Georgia Satyr butterfly
Habitat: Moist grassy and sedge-dominated openings in pinelands Garden Abundance: Rare Wingspan: 1.4 to 2.0in Range: Throughout the southeastern United States from Virginia to Texas Larval Host Plants: Unknown in the wild, but probably one or more kinds of sedges (family Cyperaceae); see weeping sedge (Carex pendula), for example. Favorite Adult Nectar Sources: Adults rarely visit flowers.

The Georgia satyr is a close relative of the highly endangered Mitchell's satyr and clearly one of the most attractive wood nymph butterflies in North America. Although relatively uncommon throughout its range, the species is often locally abundant when encountered. A denizen of moist, grassy areas in and adjacent to pinelands, the Georgia satyr is often overlooked because of its low, bobbing flight. Adults rarely visit flowers. Strongly habitat dependant, the Georgia satyr is sensitive to development and may be worthy of conservation concern in the future.

The greenish yellow eggs are laid on or near the leaves of the host plant (unknown in the wild). The mature larva is light green with several yellow longitudinal stripes and two red brown horns on the head. There are several generations produced each year.

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