Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe - SATYRINI
Lethe eurydice Massachusetts, USA
© Frank Model
The genus Lethe
includes 113 species from temperate and subtropical regions of Asia,
and 5 North American species which some workers place in a separate
genus Satyrodes. Almost all species are
marked with wavy lines and a series of conspicuous ocelli which on
the ventral surface are centred with white. The forewings of most
have concave outer margins, and elongated hindwings. Two of the
North American species - appalachia and
eurydice however have noticeably more
is distributed across the north-eastern states of the USA, and
This species can be found in open sedge marshes and woodland / fen
mosaics in the Upper Austral and Canadian zones.
The egg is
greenish-white and is deposited singly in the vicinity of sedges.
The larva is green with lighter and darker coloured stripes along
the back and sides. It feeds nocturnally on sedges
Carex and Scirpus
( Cyperaceae ). The pupa is green with lighter stripes along the
abdomen, and has a large point on the thorax and prominent palpi.
adults rarely take nectar, but are sometimes observed at sap runs, or
imbibing moisture from the ground.