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North American Ecology (US and Canada)

Megisto cymela is resident in the eastern United States and southeastern Canada (Scott 1986). Habitats are grassy wooded places from the gulf coast to lower Canadian zone, prefers shade. Host plants are grasses, known hosts are restricted to a few species: Dactylis glomerata and Eremochloa ophiuroides. Eggs are laid singly on dead or live grass, the bases of tree trunks, soil and other locations. Individuals overwinter as fourth instar larvae. There is one flight each year with the approximate flight time June 1-early July in the northern part of the range, late March-May 31 on the Gulf Coast (Scott 1986).


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