Common Wood Nymph

Cercyonis pegala (Fabricius, 1775)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Locally common resident statewide

NENHP Ranking: not listed

Range: This species inhabits most of the United States and southern Canada with the exception of southern portions of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. It is found statewide in Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: There is one flight which peaks in late June/early July. Nebraska records range from 10 June – 19 September.

Larval Hostplant(s): Various grasses including members of the following genera: Andropogon, Tridens, Avena, Stipa, and Poa

Habitat: Adults are residents of prairies, open woodlands and woodland margins. 

Found at:

Overwintering: As unfed caterpillars

Similar Species: Northern Pearly Eye, Eyed Brown

Notes: Across its range this species exhibits great variability (there are 19 named subspecies). In Nebraska northern populations are largely uniformly brown, while some individuals from southern regions begin to show extensive yellow coloration surrounding the forewing eyespots.

Common Wood Nymph, Table Rock SWMA, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
commo0n Wood Nymph – dorsal
Common Wood Nymph – ventral
Common Wood Nymph – dorsal
Common Wood Nymph – ventral

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