The Common Wood-nymph (Cercyonis pegala) is cocoa brown with a rectangular yellow patch enclosing a large blackish eyespot on the forewing. Variations in coloration commonly occur.
It is found in Southern Canada and the continental United States; rarer in the Southwest U.S. and Texas, southern Florida, and northern Maine.
The Common Wood-nymph can often be found in overgrown fields, woodlands, prairies and along roads.
Wing spread: 2.0" - 3.0"
Host Plants: Grasses, wild oats, purpletop, bluestem species
Common Wood-nymph Life Cycle Stages and Times
|Egg stage||6 to 20 days|
|Caterpillar (larval) stage||3 to 4 weeks|
|Chrysalis (pupal) stage||10 to 16 days|
|Adult butterfly stage||6 to 14 days|
Common Wood-nymph Butterfly (dorsal view)
Common Wood-nymph Butterfly (ventral view)