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Common Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

Description: A medium sized dark brown butterfly. Above and below the forewing has two widely spaced large bold eyespots that are surrounded by a varying amount of yellowish-brown scaling. This characteristic, its summer flight period and habitat should distinguish it from other satyrs. Wingspan: 38 to 58 mm.

Maritime Distribution: Widespread throughout the Maritimes. For Atlas results click here.

Provincial Ranks: NB: S5. NS: S5. PEI: S5.

Flight Period: Early July to mid September.

Host Plant: A variety of grasses (Poaceae).

Notes: Common Wood-Nymph is a common species of open habitats including wet meadows, old fields, margins of farm fields and woodland clearings. It is an avid flower visitor.