Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1238874

Great Basin Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis sthenele

Observation date: September 07, 2019
Submitted by: falco1
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: A second butterfly several hundred yards from the other wood-nymph submitted. Did not see the second forewing spot. Did not spread wings.
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: November 04, 2019
Coordinator notes: You would need to collect some and spread them to have such a major find accepted. Collectors have visited the San Bernardino Mts. for years but all Wood-Nymphs have been Cercyonis sthenele, this one could be ssp. behrii with the band. Major discoveries need good photos (often upper and lower views with all marks visible in a case like this) or voucher specimens, photos cannot be examined in detail. Female Common Wood-Nymphs in the Greenhorn Mountains near Glennville have very large ocelli, circled with yellow and tend to be larger than the females of the Great Basin Wood-Nymph.-Ken Davenport