Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Mead's Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis meadii (W.H. Edwards, 1872)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Satyrinae
Identification: Upperside is chocolate-brown. Forewing has a reddish patch which surrounds eyespots; upper eyespot is usually the largest. Underside of forewing is mostly reddish; hindwing is mottled brown and white with only a few small eyespots.
Wing Span: 1 3/8 - 1 3/4 inches (3.5 - 4.5 cm).
Life History: Males patrol all day to find females. Eggs are laid singly on the host plant. Caterpillars hatch and then go into hibernation, not feeding until the following spring.
Flight: One brood from late July-early September.
Caterpillar Hosts: Grasses.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Juniper-pinyon woodland and dry, open pine forest.
Range: Eastern Montana, western North Dakota, eastern Wyoming, and central Colorado south to central Utah, central Arizona, southeast New Mexico, west Texas, and northwest Chihuahua, Mexico.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Comments: NULL
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