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Wood-Nymph Moth

Cercyonis pegala


Identification: Geographically variable. Wings are brown. Upperside of forewing has 2 large yellow-ringed eyespots. Lowerside of hindwing has a variable number of small eyespots. Southern and coastal butterflies are larger and have a yellow or yellow-orange patch on the outer part of the forewing. Inland butterflies are smaller and have the yellow forewing patch reduced or absent. Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 3 inches (4.5 - 7.6 cm). Life History: Males patrol for females with a dipping flight through the vegetation. In late summer, females lay eggs singly on host plant leaves. Caterpillars hatch but do not feed, instead hibernating until spring. Flight: One brood from late May-October. Females emerge later than males. Caterpillar Hosts: Purpletop (Tridens flavus) and other grasses. Adult Food: Rotting fruit, flower nectar. Habitat: Large, sunny, grassy areas including prairies, open meadows, bogs, and old fields. Range: Southern Canada and the continental United States except for most of the Southwest and Texas, southern peninsular Florida, and northern Maine.


On my front porch.

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SarahWhitt 9 years ago

Thanks, Mark! :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Nice slippers.

SarahWhitt 10 years ago

I had never seen one like him before, Carla. He was so pretty, I hated to see him fly away!! :)

CarlaBrownBrooks 10 years ago

I thought this was a snail at first. I guess thats the idea!

SarahWhitt 10 years ago

Interesting, Ashish! Thank you!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Very alike Chinese Character Moth.

SarahWhitt 10 years ago

Thanks, fetaisdelicious!!
I think so too!! ;)

fetaisdelicious 10 years ago

What an impressive presence!

SarahWhitt 10 years ago

Thank you, Alice...for some reason, I am just now seeing your comment.

alicelongmartin 10 years ago


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Ohio, USA

Spotted on Jul 28, 2012
Submitted on Jul 28, 2012

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