Bluegrass Butterfly

In a recent trip to the Red River in Kentucky, I saw many Little Wood Nymph Butterflies, Megisto cymela, fluttering through the clearings in the woods. Occasionally, a butterfly would alight on the leaf litter. The larvae of these butterflies feed on grasses including orchard grass and bluegrass, Poa pratensis. Kentucky bluegrass is so common, it is known as “The Bluegrass State”.

Little Wood Nymph

Little Wood Nymph

The Little Wood Nymphs are widespread throughout the Eastern US but are typically seen along the edges of wooded areas. The adults feed on honeydew and tree sap, but do not visit flowers. Thus, they are not seen at butterfly gardens.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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