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 10, 2013 dpford Ashe County, North Carolina, United States April 08, 2014 Details
July 12, 2013 jr.berry Union County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
July 27, 2013 razer9672 Mercer County, New Jersey, United States January 29, 2014 Details
June 02, 2013 icosahedron Sonoma County, California, United States January 14, 2014 Details
September 15, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States December 22, 2013 Details
July 23, 2013 Helen Blake Lewis And Clark County, Montana, United States October 24, 2013 Details
July 18, 2013 Brittadace Dare County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
July 24, 2013 tiphiid Bullitt County, Kentucky, United States October 10, 2013 Details
September 13, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 05, 2013 Details
August 31, 2013 cowbug3 Humboldt County, California, United States September 24, 2013 Details
August 10, 2013 jani Manitoba, Canada September 18, 2013 Details
September 12, 2000 giardini57 Elbert County, Georgia, United States September 17, 2013 Details
August 31, 2013 Brendamouse Allen County, Indiana, United States September 17, 2013 Details
July 27, 2013 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States September 16, 2013 Details
September 16, 2013 TeddyKuma Texas, Lampasas County, United States September 16, 2013 Details
August 30, 2013 treichard Baltimore County, Maryland, United States September 07, 2013 Details
September 01, 2013 randimal Thurston County, Washington, United States September 05, 2013 Details
July 05, 2013 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States September 05, 2013 Details
August 30, 2013 Jeff Brown Greene County, Ohio, United States September 04, 2013 Details
August 27, 2013 Jeff Brown Montgomery County, Ohio, United States September 02, 2013 Details
September 02, 2013 Amanda Fulton Medina County, Ohio, United States September 02, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 Jeff Brown Montgomery County, Ohio, United States August 26, 2013 Details
August 25, 2013 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2013 Details
August 25, 2013 Eelhsa Ontario, Canada August 26, 2013 Details
August 25, 2013 a-o Tompkins County, New York, United States August 25, 2013 Details
July 22, 2013 commonweeder Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States August 23, 2013 Details
July 13, 2013 Lauenstein Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States August 23, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada August 23, 2013 Details
August 05, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada August 23, 2013 Details
August 12, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada August 23, 2013 Details
August 19, 2013 PDunwiddie Thurston County, Washington, United States August 21, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 TomL Faulkner County, Arkansas, United States August 18, 2013 Details
August 18, 2013 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States August 18, 2013 Details
August 13, 2013 Jeff Brown Greene County, Ohio, United States August 15, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada August 13, 2013 Details
August 13, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 13, 2013 Details
July 25, 2013 saapple Venango County, Pennsylvania, United States August 12, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 daalmo Cumberland County, Maine, United States August 12, 2013 Details
August 10, 2013 dwaynewood58 Erie County, New York, United States August 11, 2013 Details
July 28, 2013 treichard Montgomery County, Maryland, United States August 10, 2013 Details
July 11, 2013 Adirondackphotography Rensselaer County, New York, United States August 09, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 klavierabend Orange County, New York, United States August 07, 2013 Details
August 06, 2013 Cherylee Black Ontario, Canada August 07, 2013 Details
July 30, 2013 SouthCountryGuy British Columbia, Canada August 06, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 daalmo Penobscot County, Maine, United States August 06, 2013 Details
August 13, 2012 RedAdmiral Humboldt County, California, United States August 03, 2013 Details
July 15, 2013 PDunwiddie Spokane County, Washington, United States July 31, 2013 Details
July 13, 2013 Tee-tee Ontario, Canada July 29, 2013 Details
July 13, 2013 Tee-tee Ontario, Canada July 29, 2013 Details
July 28, 2013 daalmo Penobscot County, Maine, United States July 28, 2013 Details