Eyed Brown

Lethe eurydice (Linnaeus, 1763)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Uncommon local resident

NENHP Ranking: S3, Tier 1

Range: Lethe eurydice occupies a large swath from northern Alberta east to New Brunswick south to Pennsylvania and Nebraska. Subspecies fumosa is found in Nebraska, northern Iowa and northern Illinois. In Nebraska the species is absent south of the Platte River (due to geography and vegetation changes) although Ray Stanford has collected it in southwest Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: One flight from mid-June to mid-July

Larval Hostplant(s): Various sedges (Carex sp.)

Habitat: Eyed Browns are found in wet meadows and low riparian habitats where they have a habit of flying through vegetation rather than over it. Once a population is located they are sometimes numerous.

Found at: Niobrara Valley Preserve,

Overwintering: As third and fourth instar larvae

Similar Species: Northern Pearly Eyes and Wood Nymphs


Eyed Brown, N. Loup River@Brewster, Jon Nikilla
Eyed Brown – dorsal
Eyed Brown – side view

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