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.