Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1305918

Small Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis oetus

Observation date: August 09, 2021
Submitted by: Hamiltontex
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: This was seen at Upper Beaver Meadow parking lot a little after noon on Tuesday, August 4 on a sunny day. I'm not sure if it is a butterfly or moth. It is brownish with two visible white eye spots on the upper side of the forewing. I'd love to know what it is.
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: September 10, 2021
Coordinator notes: This is a butterfly, the Small Wood-nymph, a male (subspecies charon) occurs somewhat locally common in the foothills and lower to middle elevations of the mountains in eastern Colorado. This species feeds on grasses and is widespread from where noted across much of Colorado with variations north to south on the western slope. Mike
Checklist region(s): United States, Colorado, Larimer County