Mitchell’s Satyr Butterfly Facts
- The Mitchell’s Satyr Butterfly represents a highly endangered species of insect. It originally evolved as endemic to a very restricted region comprising five states in the United States. These consisted of Ohio, New Jersey, Michigan, and Indiana.
- The beautiful Lepidoptera also remains one of the rarest known butterflies on the planet.
- Only 15 known small colonies of this butterfly still exist, and they occur in the states of Michigan and Indiana.
- Additionally, scientists know very little about the insect’s life cycle, behavior, or reproduction patterns.
- The Mitchell's Satyr Butterfly is one of the rarest known butterfly species on the planet.Click To Tweet
Mitchell’s Satyr Butterfly Physical Characteristics
The rather gorgeous Mitchell’s Satyr Butterfly ranks as a moderate-sized variety of butterfly.
This species possesses an average wingspan of roughly 1.75 in (4.45 cm). The coloring predominantly includes a light brown. A distinctive series of eyespots also appears in the lower regions of both sets of wings.
As caterpillars, the Mitchell’s Satyr Butterfly also feeds on several varieties of sedges. However, it remains unclear whether the adults consume food or water.
Species: N. mitchelii
Mitchell’s Satyr Butterfly Habitat and Protected Status
The Mitchell’s Satyr Butterfly either evolved to exist in or adapted to a highly specific habitat. It breeds and lives only in a type of wetland known as a fen. These consist of low nutrient environments that springs and seeps feed carbonate-rich water into.
The Mitchell’s Satyr Butterfly is officially a species under protection by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In fact, it is illegal to harm or interfere with it in any manner. Furthermore, all 15 of the remaining habitats that experts know of are now under protection and constant monitoring.
The principal reason for its decline was human expansion. In fact, most of the unique habitats it was present in are now farmland and population centers. Prior to the enacting of protective measures, butterfly collectors destroyed a few of the smaller colonies.
Fortunately, research into better methods of preserving the species is currently ongoing.