The Little Wood-Satyrs bounce through grassy woodland edges, and although they may wander into more open spaces, they seldom stray far from their forested habitats. They fly higher than the other small satyrs and often ascend into trees when alarmed. They are chestnut with darker lines across their wings. They have characteristic dark eyespots surrounded by bright yellow.


Little Wood-Satyr” by Dann Thombs, licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Little Wood-Satyr Facts

Butterfly Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Satyrinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 1/2 – 1 7/8 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Grassy woods and openings, old fields; especially in limey or basic soils


Little Wood-Satyr Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Grasses
    • Orchard Grass
    • Centipede Grass
    • Kentucky Bluegrass

Nectar Plants:

  • Tree Sap