Attributes of Cercyonis pegala

Common Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis pegala (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Identification: Geographically variable. Wings are brown. Upperside of forewing has 2 large yellow-ringed eyespots. Lowerside of hindwing has a variable number of small eyespots. Southern and coastal butterflies are larger and have a yellow or yellow-orange patch on the outer part of the forewing. Inland butterflies are smaller and have the yellow forewing patch reduced or absent.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 3 inches (4.5 - 7.6 cm).
Life History: 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.
Flight: One brood from late May-October. Females emerge later than males.
Caterpillar Hosts: Purpletop (Tridens flavus) and other grasses.
Adult Food: Rotting fruit, flower nectar.
Habitat: Large, sunny, grassy areas including prairies, open meadows, bogs, and old fields.
Range: Southern Canada and the continental United States except for most of the Southwest and Texas, southern peninsular Florida, and northern Maine.
Conservation: Isolated populations in Great Basin wetlands may be of concern.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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August 22, 2015 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States August 22, 2015 Details
July 27, 2015 Christyn32 Fayette County, Kentucky, United States August 20, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 jim8435wisc Wood County, Wisconsin, United States August 18, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 SpadGuy Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 SpadGuy Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 daalmo Penobscot County, Maine, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 daalmo Penobscot County, Maine, United States August 16, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 N2Lavin New York, United States August 12, 2015 Details
July 31, 2015 Flash715 Iron County, Wisconsin, United States August 06, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 rbuist Manitoba, Canada July 28, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 Linda Fink Yamhill County, Oregon, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 JRonan17 Herkimer County, New York, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 JRonan17 Herkimer County, New York, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 jvkopple2 Ontario, Canada July 24, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 jrossbell@gmail.com Morgan County, Kentucky, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 mrcnaturally Westchester County, New York, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 Carolyn Seaton York County, South Carolina, United States July 18, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 jwilkinson Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 Brian Taber James City County, Virginia, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 07, 2015 miller.je2 Fauquier County, Virginia, United States July 17, 2015 Details
August 17, 2014 M Kuhlman Missoula County, Montana, United States July 16, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States July 15, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada July 15, 2015 Details
July 15, 2015 Gerald Morris Ontario, Canada July 15, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 Tindomul1of9 Jefferson County, New York, United States July 14, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 Prairie Wetlands Learning Center Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 12, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 HHowell Campbell County, Tennessee, United States July 10, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 arcturusangel Hopkins County, Texas, United States July 08, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 monikawood Steuben County, New York, United States July 07, 2015 Details
June 30, 2015 AnnL Todd County, Minnesota, United States July 06, 2015 Details
June 30, 2015 AnnL Todd County, Minnesota, United States July 06, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 whhowe Ontario County, New York, United States July 04, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 hmclin Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States June 28, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 27, 2015 Details
September 12, 2011 Pierre Howard Douglas County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States June 21, 2015 Details
June 14, 2015 Selwyn Quan Santa Clara County, California, United States June 18, 2015 Details
July 17, 2014 sh11 Ontario, Canada June 16, 2015 Details
July 14, 2013 SaraJE Ontario, Canada June 02, 2015 Details
August 01, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
August 01, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
August 08, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
July 27, 2013 Allen Belden Cumberland County, Virginia, United States March 19, 2015 Details
August 05, 2014 dpgbfly1 Roseau County, Minnesota, United States March 15, 2015 Details
August 05, 2007 Ann and Rob Simpson Yellowstone National Park County, Wyoming, United States February 23, 2015 Details
August 05, 2007 Ann and Rob Simpson Yellowstone National Park County, Wyoming, United States February 23, 2015 Details
August 23, 2014 jazzyconcetta Washington County, Vermont, United States January 20, 2015 Details