Small Wood-Nymph

Cercyonis oetus
Satyrs and Wood-nymphs

Appearance: Dark brown. Below, on forewing, upper black spot is larger, encircled by a tan ring and with a white center spot. The lower eyespot is smaller and often hidden by hindwing. Above, a soft brownish tan, with a black spot in the subapex area of the forewing.

Size: Small; 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 inches

Habitat: Open brushy and grassy flats and hillsides from plains to the subalpine

Season: June to October

Larval Foodplant: Grasses

Did You Know…
The Small Wood-nymph “….is the tonal counterpart of the Ochre Ringlet – the one small and bright, the other small and dusky, both flitting in uncounted numbers across the western grasslands” (Pyle, 2002).

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