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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October 07, 2016 Jeff Trahan Little River County, Arkansas, United States October 08, 2016 Details
July 22, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details
September 01, 2016 edwardbirding Jefferson County, Oregon, United States September 15, 2016 Details
September 14, 2016 elegrand Cumberland County, Tennessee, United States September 15, 2016 Details
September 10, 2016 Sam Wilson Denton County, Texas, United States September 12, 2016 Details
August 18, 2016 jetboulder@aol.com Boulder County, Colorado, United States September 10, 2016 Details
September 10, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States September 10, 2016 Details
September 09, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2016 Details
August 30, 2016 Jeff Trahan United States September 04, 2016 Details
July 20, 2016 johngor Ontario, Canada September 01, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 4wildlife Ontario, Canada August 31, 2016 Details
August 25, 2016 joep01 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2016 Details
August 04, 2016 Sue Orlowski Asotin County, Washington, United States August 26, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States August 19, 2016 Details
August 07, 2016 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada August 08, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States August 06, 2016 Details
July 29, 2016 pavelmelnichuk Monroe County, New York, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 23, 2016 Kzfisherman Kankakee County, Illinois, United States July 25, 2016 Details
July 23, 2016 Kzfisherman Kankakee County, Illinois, United States July 25, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 24, 2016 Details
July 04, 2016 davidboon Macomb County, Michigan, United States July 23, 2016 Details
July 20, 2016 digginflowers Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States July 23, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 20, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 17, 2016 Chris Carvalho Hood River County, Oregon, United States July 20, 2016 Details
July 11, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2016 Details
June 27, 2016 Sue Orlowski Pend Oreille County, Washington, United States July 12, 2016 Details
July 07, 2016 jvkopple2 Kalkaska County, Michigan, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 06, 2016 m.millsap Johnson County, Kansas, United States July 07, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 Debbie Wisser Kane County, Illinois, United States July 04, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States July 04, 2016 Details
July 30, 2013 RWRobb Alberta, Canada June 21, 2016 Details
July 13, 2015 whhowe Livingston County, New York, United States June 20, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 CA Ivy Franklin County, Arkansas, United States June 12, 2016 Details
July 14, 2013 SaraJE Ontario, Canada June 05, 2016 Details
July 22, 2015 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States May 10, 2016 Details
July 10, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada May 07, 2016 Details
July 02, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada May 06, 2016 Details
July 19, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Lake County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
June 25, 2015 MMarinacci Ogemaw County, Michigan, United States February 07, 2016 Details
July 07, 2015 dpgbfly1 Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, United States January 28, 2016 Details
July 07, 2015 ncrosbyrd Delta County, Colorado, United States January 18, 2016 Details
July 10, 2009 AJ Trently Decatur County, Tennessee, United States January 01, 2016 Details
October 04, 2015 Linda Fink Yamhill County, Oregon, United States October 29, 2015 Details
September 10, 2015 ozcomomoths Ozark County, Missouri, United States October 09, 2015 Details
September 17, 2015 FleeterflyGuy James City County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2015 Details
July 27, 2015 wayne13114 Oswego County, New York, United States September 25, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States September 17, 2015 Details
September 05, 2015 jtylerbell St Marys County, Maryland, United States September 10, 2015 Details
June 16, 2012 Martin and Sara Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States September 10, 2015 Details