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Neonympha areolatus (J.E. Smith, 1797)

Georgia Satyr

Federal Protection: No US federal protection

State Protection: No Georgia state protection

Global Rank: G3G4

State Rank: S3

SWAP High Priority Species (SGCN): Yes

Element Occurrences (EOs) in Georgia: 0

Habitat Summary for element in Georgia: freshwater marsh powerlines


Description

A satyr with a dark brown unmarked upperside and notable underside.  The hind wing underside has three distinct elongated eyespots and one (sometimes two) much smaller eyespots.  Distinct orange lines run along the wings and encircle the eyespots.

Similar Species

Georgia satyr and Helica satyr were once thought to be the same species.

Habitat

Wetland areas, including bogs, meadows, and pine flats.  

Diet

Larvae probably eat sedges.  Adult nectar sources have not been reported.

Life History

Adults have a bobbing flight pattern typical of many satyrs.  They stop often to rest on vegetation.  Brood numbers vary by location.  Georgia has the potential to have two or more broods per year.  Eggs are laid singly on vegetation.  Fourth instar larvae may overwinter in a dormant state.

Survey Recommendations

This species has not been documented in Georgia for several years.  Surveys are necessary to know if any populations remain in the state.

Range

Southeastern United States from Virginia south to the Florida Keys.  Along the Gulf of Mexico as far West as Texas.  Historic records farther north to New Jersey and north of the Gulf of Mexico into Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Threats

Reduction in wetlands.  Pesticide use.

Georgia Conservation Status

The Georgia satyr has not been documented in the state for several years.

Conservation Management Recommendations

Maintain and restore wetland habitats.  Sparing use of pesticides as exposure will likely kill any individual exposed.

References

“Georgia Satyr Neonympha Areolatus (J.E. Smith, 1797).” Georgia Satyr Neonympha Areolatus (J.E. Smith, 1797) | Butterflies and Moths of North America, Butterflies and Moths of North America, 11 Oct. 2019, https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Neonympha-areolatus.

Authors of Account

Anna Yellin

Date Compiled or Updated

December 27, 2019

Georgia satyr. Photo by Vitaly Charney. Image may be subject to copyright.