Common Wood-Nymph Cercyonis pegala (Fabricius, 1775)  

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Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) is a variably-marked satyr species, often common in brushy fields and meadows, and into nearby forest. Some populations have pale yellow patches on the wings, making identification straightforward, while others lack the patch. It is attracted to rotten fruit, tree sap, and animal dung, but also will occasionally feed on flowers (Allen, 1997). This butterfly has one flight, from July to August (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith).

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This butterfly uses grasses as hosts. In West Virginia, it has been recorded using Poverty Oatgrass (Danthonia spicata), Purpletop Tridens (Tridens flavus), bluestems (Andropogonbluegrasses (Poa sp.) (Allen, 1997).

There are 175 records in the project database.

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A Common Wood-Nymph in Charles Co., Maryland (6/2007). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list) (More of this species)

Common Wood-Nymph in Dorchester Co., Maryland (8/26/2019). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

A Common Wood-Nymph in Worcester Co., Maryland (8/4/2018). Photo by Dave Kidwell. (MBP list)

A Common Wood-Nymph in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/20/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Common Wood-Nymph in Owings Mills, Maryland (6/24/2012). Photo by Stephen Davies. (MBP list)

A Common Wood-Nymph in Baltimore City, Maryland (7/13/2006). Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

A Common Wood-Nymph in Dorchester Co., Maryland (9/13/2014). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Common Wood-Nymph in Garrett Co., Maryland (8/31/2019). Photo by William Blauvelt. (MBP list)

A Common Wood-Nymph in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/1/2015). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

A Common Wood-Nymph in Worcester Co., Maryland (9/13/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Common Wood-Nymph in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (9/5/2015). Verified by Richard Smith/BAMONA. Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

A Common Wood-Nymph in Talbot Co., Maryland (8/27/2015). Photo by Bill Keim. (MBP list)

A Common Wood-Nymph collected in Frederick Co., Maryland (7/1/2001). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)


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