Mitchell's Satyr
Neonympha mitchellii mitchellii

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Range and habitat:
Found in southern Michigan, northeastern Indiana with isolated small populations in Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama (once found in New Jersey and Ohio-now extripated); sedge dominated fens (calcareous wetlands); between open stands of sedge meadows and woody vegetation.

Natural diet:
Primarily Carex stricta and various species of sedges present only in distinct fen habitats. Larvae eat grasses and sedges; adults feed infrequently (if at all) on nectar from wetland wildflowers.

Size / weight range:
1.5-1.75 Inches.

Interesting Facts:
• One of the world’s rarest butterflies
• Federally endangered.

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