Intricate Satyr (Hermeuptychia intricata)

This newly described species is a split from the extremely similar Carolina Satyr (H. sosybius). Because it was described so recently (Cong & Grishin 2014 ZooKeys 379:43-91) and because of its similarity to the very common Carolina Satyr, not much is known yet about the habitats, flight season, and distribution of this species, especially in North Carolina. In NC it's known from only a few counties around the Croatan National Forest.
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Intricate Satyr (Hermeuptychia intricata)
Island Creek, Jones Co., NC
12 Aug 2016

Note the upper surface is fairly uniform in color/tone from base to outer edge. And note the top half of the post-median line is relatively straight and without a bulge toward the body.


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Intricate Satyr (Hermeuptychia intricata)
Island Creek, Jones Co., NC
12 Aug 2016

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Intricate Satyr (Hermeuptychia intricata)
Island Creek, Jones Co., NC
12 Aug 2016
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Intricate Satyr (Hermeuptychia intricata)
Island Creek, Jones Co., NC
12 Aug 2016

Intricate Satyr (Hermeuptychia intricata) Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius) Side by side comparison showing even coloration/tone on the dorsal forewing surface of Intricate Satyr compared to the two-tone (darker on basal 2/3) of Carolina Satyr. Note this character refers only to males.
Intricate Satyr (Hermeuptychia intricata)
Island Creek, Jones Co., NC
12 Aug 2016
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Duke Forest Blackwood Division, Orange Co., NC
17 May 2005

Intricate Satyr (Hermeuptychia intricata) Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius) Side by side comparison showing tendencey of ventral hindwing post-median line being relatively straight in Intricate Satyr but showing a bulge toward the body of Carolina Satyr. This field mark refers to the upper half of the post-median line, and Warren, Willmott, & Grishin (2014 News of the Lepidopterists' Society 56(2)) warn that it's useful but not diagnostic.
Intricate Satyr (Hermeuptychia intricata)
Island Creek, Jones Co., NC
12 Aug 2016
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Washington Co., NC
19 June 2004

Intricate Satyr habitat
Island Creek, Jones Co., NC
12 Aug 2016

Intricate Satyr habitat
Island Creek, Jones Co., NC
12 Aug 2016

Intricate Satyr (Hermeuptychia intricata) Intricate Satyr (Hermeuptychia intricata) #7299
Difficult to say for sure, but Andy Warren believes this may be a Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Island Creek, Jones Co., NC
12 Aug 2016


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