Species Page: Small Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis oetus)

Small Wood-Nymph

Cercyonis oetus (Boisduval, 1869)

Family: Nymphalidae (formerly Satyridae)

Status: Rare, possibly extirpated resident.

NENHP Ranking: S1 Tier 2

Range: The Small Wood-Nymph is found from southern portions of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan south into California, Arizona and New Mexico. In Nebraska it has been found in Sioux and Dawes Counties.

Larval Hostplant(s): Undetermined grasses.

Broods/Flight Times: There is one mid-summer flight. The few Nebraska records are from July 2-20.

Overwintering: As an unfed caterpillar.

Habitat: Marrone (2002) reports it inhabits pine forest openings, short grass prairies, meadows and foothills in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 1 3/4 inches

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Similar Species: Mead’s and Common Wood Nymphs