Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1176477

Small Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis oetus

Observation date: July 22, 2018
Submitted by: A_baldini
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Time: ~12:00 p.m. Weather: Warm, calm, and mostly cloudy, with some periodic light sprinkles. Habitat: Large roadside clearing in a sparse montane pine forest. Notes: This year, I saw significantly fewer wood-nymphs than last year, probably because the camping trip was three weeks later last year. This grass-filled clearing was one of the best places at the campground to see them. I was actually planning on trying to document one of their host grass species (which are largely unknown), but I unfortunately couldn't due to the cloudy weather, as none were out flying around (which means no egg-laying to watch for).
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: October 11, 2018
Coordinator notes: Correct ID and one you know well. Mike
Checklist region(s): Larimer County, United States, Colorado