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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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
July 16, 2014 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States July 22, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 accidentalshrike Lake County, Oregon, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 dferris1 Lyon County, Minnesota, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 trever Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 doris potter Quebec, Canada July 17, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 17, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 16, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 16, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 09, 2014 Sue Orlowski Stevens County, Washington, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 Daryl Hutton Ontario, Canada July 13, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 13, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 treichard Sussex County, New Jersey, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 11, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 12, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 jim8435wisc Clark County, Wisconsin, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 Doug Bruce Johnson County, Tennessee, United States July 08, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 07, 2014 Details
July 02, 2014 CA Ivy Franklin County, Arkansas, United States July 07, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 Doug Bruce Hamblen County, Tennessee, United States July 05, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 04, 2014 Details
July 01, 2014 Chip Krilowicz Camden County, New Jersey, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada June 30, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada June 30, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 Intrinsic3141 Suffolk County, New York, United States June 30, 2014 Details
June 24, 2014 jwilkinson Howard County, Maryland, United States June 25, 2014 Details
June 20, 2014 siadea Stephens County, Oklahoma, United States June 21, 2014 Details
August 01, 2013 Alainala Saskatchewan, Canada May 02, 2014 Details
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