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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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
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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
September 24, 2014 giardini57 Elbert County, Georgia, United States December 16, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 CathK Albany County, New York, United States December 12, 2014 Details
October 08, 2014 S. J. Stedman Marshall County, Mississippi, United States December 02, 2014 Details
September 06, 2014 Nancee Cobb Washington County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 Jack Senzig Juneau County, Wisconsin, United States November 17, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 Therlam Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 08, 2014 jollygoodyellow Nova Scotia, Canada September 17, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 LibbyMegna Teton County, Wyoming, United States September 10, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 b.cn.u Ontario, Canada September 09, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 dendroica5 Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 KristyBaker White County, Tennessee, United States September 06, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 05, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 04, 2014 Details
August 27, 2014 cyric Hancock County, Maine, United States September 03, 2014 Details
August 30, 2014 gunhilda Comanche County, Oklahoma, United States September 02, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 BeaLaporte New Brunswick, Canada September 01, 2014 Details
August 18, 2014 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States August 31, 2014 Details
August 24, 2014 Lpassione Kenton County, Kentucky, United States August 30, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 Chef Patty Chatham County, North Carolina, United States August 28, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 dbruce (Judy Fuson) Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 28, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 BRapai Luce County, Michigan, United States August 11, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 birdmouse Nova Scotia, Canada August 11, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 mgiffen Modoc County, California, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 07, 2014 a-o Essex County, Massachusetts, United States August 09, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada August 06, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 jani Manitoba, Canada August 05, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 HansPG Multnomah County, Oregon, United States August 04, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 doghouse York County, Maine, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 26, 2014 sseagrave Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States July 28, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 digginflowers Cape May County, New Jersey, United States July 26, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 jim8435wisc Dodge County, Wisconsin, United States July 25, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 Cirsine Erie County, New York, United States July 25, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 Mogalicous Thurston County, Washington, United States July 24, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 kniama07 Thurston County, Washington, United States July 24, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada July 24, 2014 Details