Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1218911

Common Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis pegala

Observation date: July 22, 2019
Submitted by: WINGSaloftinKS
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Initially saw this first one flying down into these tall grasses under some elm trees and when I went to follow it, this first one along with another of its kind, flew up out of the grass, (grass was 2-3' tall), then each dove back down into the tall grasses several feet away. Every time I'd move to follow one, another one would pop up out of the grasses then dive down again into the grasses 6-8 feet away. Saw at least 5 of them do this, and assumed there were likely more in this area of the meadow. All of them seemed to be around the same size, fairly big, around 2.5-3" wingspan. Weather: 80 degrees, 50% humidity, sunny with a few clouds, nice light breezes.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stomlins701
Verified date: July 23, 2019
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Kansas, Douglas County