Satyrs & Wood Nymphs: Common Wood Nymph Cercyonis pegala
|Size:||Wingspan ranges from 1.75" - 3"|
|Habitat:||Open woodlands, meadows, fields|
|Flight Period:||July to August|
|Larval Host Plant:||Purpletop, other grasses|
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Maryland Common Wood Nymphs have a large yellowish patch on the outer third of the forewing and one or two dark eyespots within the patch. The eyespots on the ventral hindwing vary considerably. This female Common Wood Nymph doesn't seem to have any!
This Common Wood Nymph is most likey a female with some spots on the ventral hindwing. Also note the orange antenna clubs.
Some Common Wood Nymphs from the southern Eastern Shore have a large yellow patch with reduced or no second eyespot within it. Males usually have more pronounced eye-spots on the ventral hindwing as indicated in this photo.