Chryxus Arctic

Oeneis chryxus
Satyrs and Wood-nymphs

Appearance: A well camouflaged butterfly showing irregular and marbled bands of brown and gray beneath on the hindwing and also can show submarginal eyespots. The forewings beneath have some orange with a black median line that show a ‘bird beak’ pointing toward the outer edge and also can have prominent eyespots. Above, a uniform pale orange-brown color with eyespots conspicuous on the forewings.

Size: Medium; 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 inches

Habitat: Meadows, open pine forests, grassy and woodland areas

Season: June to early August

Larval Foodplant: Sedges and grasses

Did You Know…
Sometimes flight style is distinctive and helpful in identifying butterflies as is the slow and high flight of this species. This is probably a biennial butterfly in our region taking two years to complete its cycle from egg to adult and flying in even- numbered years. Caterpillars require two years to complete development; hibernating as young caterpillars the first winter, and as mature ones the second winter.

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