occurs (regularly, as a native taxon) in multiple nations
Regularity: Regularly occurring
Type of Residency: Year-round
Global Range: (>2,500,000 square km (greater than 1,000,000 square miles)) Southeastern United States: Virginia to Florida and along coast of Gulf of Mexico to Texas. Old unreliable reports farther north and a stray in 1998 in southwestern Pennsylvania. Also, Mississippi Valley etc. north to Kentucky and West Virginia. Possibly in Mexico.
Comments: Various woodland habitats; shady meadows. Also shaded grassy parks etc. Commoner at lower altitudes. Host plants are in family Poaceae.
Non-Migrant: No. All populations of this species make significant seasonal migrations.
Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make local extended movements (generally less than 200 km) at particular times of the year (e.g., to breeding or wintering grounds, to hibernation sites).
Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make annual migrations of over 200 km.
Number of Occurrences
Note: For many non-migratory species, occurrences are roughly equivalent to populations.
Estimated Number of Occurrences: 81 to >300
10,000 to >1,000,000 individuals
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Hermeuptychia sosybius
There are 7 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank. Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species. See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hermeuptychia sosybius
Public Records: 7
Specimens with Barcodes: 25
Species With Barcodes: 1
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N5 - Secure
NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: G5 - Secure
Reasons: Widespread and abundant.
Degree of Threat: D : Unthreatened throughout its range, communities may be threatened in minor portions of the range or degree of variation falls within natural variation
Global Protection: Many to very many (13 to >40) occurrences appropriately protected and managed
The Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found from southern New Jersey south along the coast to southern Florida, west to south-eastern Kansas, central Oklahoma and central Texas. It is also found in Mexico.
The wingspan is 32–38 mm. The upperside is brown without markings. The underside is also brown, but with small eyespots rimmed with yellow on both wings. They feed on sap and rotting fruit.
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Names and Taxonomy
Comments: Member of the confusing "HERMES complex": difficult to distinguish from H. HERMES, often considered conspecific with it.
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