The Gemmed Satyrs butterflies do not have discernible eyespots. Instead, their plain brown hindwings appear to be ornamented with tiny jewels or “gems.”  Eyespots are thought to give predators the impression that they are encountering a larger, more dangerous creature.  Gemmed Satyrs’ markings may serve the same function since the gemmed hindwing patch bears a remarkable resemblance to the face of a jumping spider.


Gemmed Satyr” by Mark Brown, licensed under (CC  BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Gemmed Satyrs Facts

Butterfly Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Satyrinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 3/8 – 1 11/16 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Near open, wet woodland; grassy areas near water; near streams and ponds


Gemmed Satyrs Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Grasses
    • Bermuda
    • River Oats

Nectar Plants:

  • Tree Sap
  • Rotting Fruit