Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

Distributed statewide in NC, this species is generally common in the eastern half of the state but more uncommon in the western half. There seems to be a single long brood and they can be found on the wing from May to October. Wood-Nymphs emerging later in the season show a light cream color in the forewing patch rather than the deep yellow if the early season individuals (either that or the color fades as the individuals age). Note, too, the impressive amount of variation in the eyespot size & pattern found in the underhindwings!
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Tyrrell Co., NC
21 June 2003

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Watauga Co., NC
22 July 2006
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Harnett Co., NC
3 Sep 2006

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Orange Co., NC
21 Aug 2004

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Chatham Co., NC
26 Sep 2004
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Chatham Co., NC
24 Sep 2005

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Chatham Co., NC
22 Sep 2013
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Craven Co., NC
31 Aug 2008

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Orange Co., NC
2 Aug 2005
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Blue Ridge Pkwy, Alleghany Co., NC
24 Aug 2016


Below are Common Wood-Nymphs from Michigan.
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) A different subspecies (Cercyonis pegala nephele or possibly Cercyonis pegala alope)
St Clair Co., MI
8 July 2003

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala nephele or possibly Cercyonis pegala alope)
Allegan Co., MI
5 July 2004


Below are Common Wood-Nymphs from the California Sierra Nevada Range.
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
#0528
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Dry mixed pine woods
A few miles north of Quincy, Plumas Co., CA
15 July 2007
#0533
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Dry mixed pine woods
A few miles north of Quincy, Plumas Co., CA
15 July 2007

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) #0536
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Dry mixed pine woods
A few miles north of Quincy, Plumas Co., CA
15 July 2007

This butterfly and the two above are from the same area.


Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) #0665
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Edge of large bog/marsh near pine woods
A few miles north of Quincy, Plumas Co., CA
15 July 2007

This butterfly was found just up the road from the 3 above, but along the edge of the dry woods/wet bog habitat. Originally, Bill Bouton and I thought these were Cercyonis sthenele, but after looking closely at the pictures, we weren't sure. Ken Davenport suggested Cercyonis pegala ariane with the caveat that it would be nice to have gotten looks at the dorsal surface to be sure.

For comparison: Great Basin Wood-Nymph (C. sthenele) | Small Wood-Nymph (C. oetus)



Below are Common Wood-Nymphs from western Montana.
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
15 July 2013
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
15 July 2013

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
15 July 2013
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
4 Sep 2013

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
3 Sep 2013
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
3 Sep 2013

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
7 July 2014
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Davis Creek, Missoula Co., MT
7 Aug 2014

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
25 Aug 2014
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
22 Sep 2014

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Davis Creek, Missoula Co., MT
1 July 2015

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
13 Sep 2013

While other wood-nymph species visit flowers for nectar more frequently than Common Wood-Nymph, Common Wood-Nymphs still may be found nectaring!


Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Apex Park, Jefferson Co., CO
15 July 2016
Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Apex Park, Jefferson Co., CO
15 July 2016

Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)
Apex Park, Jefferson Co., CO
15 July 2016


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