A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!

Wood-Nymph Moth

Cercyonis pegala

Description:

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.

Habitat:

On my front porch.


Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

10 Comments

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 5 years ago

Thanks, Mark! :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Nice slippers.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 6 years ago

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

CarlaBrownBrooks
CarlaBrownBrooks 6 years ago

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

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 6 years ago

Interesting, Ashish! Thank you!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Very alike Chinese Character Moth.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 6 years ago

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

fetaisdelicious
fetaisdelicious 6 years ago

What an impressive presence!

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 6 years ago

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

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 6 years ago

Beautiful!

SarahWhitt
Spotted by
SarahWhitt

Ohio, USA

Lat: 38.60, Long: -82.36

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

Related Spottings

Common Wood-Nymph common wood nymph common wood nymph common wood nymph

Nearby Spottings

Imperial Moth Common American Toad Jelly Ear Fungus Wild Aster