Helicta Satyr Neonympha helicta and Georgia Satyr Neonympha areolata

Taxonomic treatment of these butterflies varies among authors, and the distributions of the two taxa are still being determined in NC. In general these are local and uncommon in the coastal plain of NC. They are two-brooded and fly from Spring into Fall.

Ron Gatrelle has examined a series of specimens from NC and notes that Helicta Satyr is the most widespread taxon in NC with Georgia Satyr being restricted to the extreme southern coast. It's possible the two taxa are sympatric and even hybridize here in NC.

Here are some things to look for when encountering these taxa in the field (this information from personal communication with Ron and from his paper, downloadable at http://tils-ttr.org/ttr/ttr-1-8.pdf:

Size: Behavior: Hindwing eyespot enclosure: Hindwing eyespot shape: Habitat:

When looking at these butterflies, pay attention to the orange lines encircling the hindwing eyespots. Ron states that, in Georgia Satyr (areolata) the those lines usually come to a close above the eyespots well within the "cell", e.g., in the middle of that cell to touching the lower vein. In Helicta, those lines encircling the eyespots either touch the top vein or go above it (in which case the lines do not meet at all and are gapped at top edge of wing).

To determine gender in the field, Ron suggests that males perch with their forewings in a higher relative position compared to females.


Helicta Satyr (Neonympha helicta) Helicta Satyr (Neonympha helicta)
Typical Helicta Female
Harnett Co., NC; 29 May 2005
#3835
Typical Helicta Male
Harnett Co., NC; 29 May 2005
#3851

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata) Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata)
Typical Georgia (areolata) Female
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, FL
12 Aug 2003
Typical Georgia (areolata) Male
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, FL
12 Aug 2003

Helicta Satyr (Neonympha helicta)
Harnett Co., NC; 29 May 2005
#3876
Helicta Satyr (Neonympha helicta)
Female
Harnett Co., NC; 29 May 2005
#3878

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Pender Co., NC
13 Sep 2009
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Pender Co., NC
13 Sep 2009

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata) in flight

Georgia Satyr takes off in flight, photographed during its first downstroke!

Craven Co., NC
27 Aug 2006
Wings are plain brown above, although they never perch with wings open.
Pender Co., NC
13 Sep 2009

Ron suggests the following individuals do not show enough "typical" traits to be able to identify the individuals clearly to sex or species.
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata) Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata)
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Craven Co., NC
29 August 2004
#315
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Craven Co., NC
29 August 2004
#314

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata) Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata)
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Craven Co., NC
29 August 2004
#373
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Pender Co., NC
28 May 2003

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata) Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Brunswick Co., NC
15 May 2004
#113
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Craven Co., NC
28 Aug 2005
#5898

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata) Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Craven Co., NC
27 Aug 2006
#4734
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Craven Co., NC
27 Aug 2006
#4874

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata) Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Craven Co., NC; 26 Aug 2007
#1739
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Craven Co., NC; 26 Aug 2007
#1754

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata) Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Craven Co., NC
31 Aug 2008
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Craven Co., NC
31 Aug 2008

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata) Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Craven Co., NC
26 Aug 2007
#1804
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Craven Co., NC
12 Aug 2016
#7281

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Big Cypress, Collier Co., FL
25 Sep 2016
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Big Cypress, Collier Co., FL
25 Sep 2016

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Big Cypress, Collier Co., FL
25 Sep 2016
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Big Cypress, Collier Co., FL
25 Sep 2016

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Big Cypress, Collier Co., FL
25 Sep 2016
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Big Cypress, Collier Co., FL
25 Sep 2016

Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Big Cypress, Collier Co., FL
25 Sep 2016
Georgia Satyr (Neonympha areolata areolata)
Florida Panther NWR, Collier Co., FL
21 Sep 2016


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