Common Wood-Nymph

Cercyonis pegala
Satyrs and Wood-nymphs

Appearance: Overall soft brown below with a dark broken striated pattern. Most prominent are the two equally large yellow-ringed black eyespots at tip of underside of forewing. Hindwing below shows a row of similar but much smaller eyespots. Above, brown with some small eyespots possible.

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

Habitat: Moist grasslands, prairies, hillsides, open meadows and woodlands

Season: Late May to mid-September

Larval Foodplant: A variety of grasses (Poaceae)

Did You Know…
Males patrol for females with a dipping flight through the vegetation. In late summer, females lay eggs singly on host plant leaves. Caterpillars hatch but do not feed, instead hibernating until spring. A geographically variable species with at least two distinct populations occurring in the east and the northeast/west. The eastern population differs from ours in that they show a prominent yellow forewing patch centered on the large eyespots.

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