Butterflies of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance

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comNameIntricate Satyr by Mark Shields => Robeson Co. 7 Aug 2020
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sciNameHermeuptychia intricata
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distributionDISTRIBUTION: This species was described only in early 2014, with specimen review and determinations made only in March 2014. So far it is known from specimens and photos from Beaufort and Pitt counties southward in the Coastal Plain, including a few sites in the Sandhills area (Cumberland and Moore counties), and in the southeastern Piedmont (Chatham and Mecklenburg counties). A photo from the mountains (Buncombe County) seems to be an Intricate, but as there are no other confirmed records in the state west of the lower Piedmont, this report/record is being withheld from the database at the present time. It is not yet known from VA northward.
abundanceABUNDANCE: Andy Warren at the University of FL McGuire Center has found that the great majority of the specimens of the genus Hermeuptychia in that collection are Carolina Satyrs, with Intricate Satyrs being relatively scarce. The NC abundance is very poorly known, as this is a recently described species, based on specimen work. Four Intricate Satyrs were collected at a single site in Jones County in 1971, and thus it might not be rare, at least locally, in NC. At this same location, in August 2016, Jeff Pippen, Jim Brock, Steve Moore, and I saw about 20 individuals, with several photographed by Pippen for confirmation (by Andy Warren). Tom Austin (in SC) has studied the species widely in the Carolinas and feels that it is not uncommon in the lower Coastal Plain, at least locally; probably rare to uncommon in the upper Coastal Plain (including the Sandhills), and probably very rare to rare in the lower Piedmont. For now, this website will give the species a State Rank of S3?, to replace the unhelpful SU (Undetermined). NatureServe's Global Rank is simply GNR (Not Yet Ranked).
flightFLIGHT PERIOD: The specimen and photo records for NC so far are from April 14 to May 7, July 2, and from August 4 - September 17. This suggests three broods; most records are for the last brood, though that may be owing to field work intensity at that time of year. It is expected to fly in much of April and May, for at least a month in midsummer, and through most of August and September, especially as the Carolina Satyr has much wider flight periods.
habitatHABITAT: Mesic to moist hardwood or mixed forests, overlapping habitats used by Carolina Satyrs. Tom Austin indicates that this species tends to occur in richer and more diverse hardwood forests than does the Carolina Satyr, which can occur in pinelands and mixed forests, as well as moist hardwood forests dominated by cane (Arundinaria spp.) and/or Japanese Stilt-grass (Microstegium vimineum). Carolinas definitely occur in more acidic forests, on average, than do Intricates, which are more often found in higher quality and less wet forests.
plantsFOOD AND NECTAR PLANTS: Observations by Tom Austin in SC suggest that rosette grasses (genus Dichanthelium) are a primary foodplant for the species there. At the Jones County site, Longleaf Spikegrass (Chasmanthium sessiliflorum) is abundant and is the most conspicuous grass there; thus, it is a suspected foodplant. However, it was not determined whether rosette grasses are present at the Jones County site and, if so, how abundant they are.
commentsCOMMENTS: The paper describing the Intricate Satyr, and a second new satyr from TX into MX, only came out in early 2014 (Zookeys [379] 43-91), by Cong and Grishin. Pelham (2020) considers the species as valid; this website follows his checklist for taxonomy. Warren has found that male specimens of Intricate Satyr in the FL collection (based on genitalia) have the upper wing surface evenly colored brown, if not slightly darker toward the margin than toward the base. In general, Carolina Satyr specimens tend to be slightly paler around and near the margins and slightly to noticeably darker at the bases. Also, the post-median band on the hind wing of Intricate Satyr is normally straight at the coastal end and does not bend inward away from the top large black eyespot; in Carolina, the band does bend inward away from this eyespot. Thankfully, Austin has noted behavioral differences in SC: Carolina Satyrs are difficult to approach, such as within 5 feet, and they take flight easily; whereas Intricate Satyrs are less skittish and are easier to photograph. He says that Intricates thus resemble Gemmed Satyrs in flight, which are slightly slower in flight than are Carolinas.
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Photo by: Mark Shields
Comment: 2020-Aug-07. Robeson County. Lumber River State Park -Princess Ann section
Intricate Satyr - Click to enlarge
Photo by: Mark Shields
Comment: 2020-Apr-14. Stones Creek Game Land, Onslow County
Intricate Satyr - Click to enlarge
Photo by: Dave Kastner
Comment: 2018-Sep-22 Cordesville, SC. Note that the post-median band on the hindwing is essentially straight from the costal margin to beyond the first several eyespots, and thus does not bend forward (toward the base) around the top large black eyespot.
Intricate Satyr - Click to enlarge
Photo by: Dave Kastner
Comment: 2018-Sep-22 Cordesville, SC. Note the evenness of the brown scaling on the wings, as dark on the outer portions as on the basal half, the definitive field mark on male Intricate Satyr
Intricate Satyr - Click to enlarge
Photo by: B. Bockhahn
Comment: 2014-Sep-01. Croatan National Forest, Craven Co.
Intricate Satyr - Click to enlarge
Photo by: Salman Abdulali
Comment: 2012-Aug-26. Croatan National Forest, Craven Co.
Intricate Satyr - Click to enlarge
Photo by: Jeff Pippen
Comment: Island Creek, Jones Co. Note the top half of the post-median line is relatively straight and without a bulge toward the body.
Intricate Satyr - Click to enlarge
Photo by: Jeff Pippen
Comment: Island Creek, Jones Co. Note the upper surface is fairly uniform in color/tone from base to outer edge.
Intricate Satyr - Click to enlarge