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Common Woodnymph

Box Canyon Meadows, Lane Co, July 16


Cercyonis pegala

Size: Up to 2 inch wingspan

Key ID features:  Highly variable. Above, shades of brown and gray-brown with two large eye spots on FW, nearly equal in size or lower eye larger, otherwise plain.  Below, striated brown with one to several small eyespots on HW, two large eyespots on FW (as above). Some eastern Oregon populations can have large, bright halos around FW eyespots, and six bold eyespots on HW below (see photo).

Similar species: Great Basin Woodnymph is smaller, shorter winged and has more prominent bands below. Small Woodnymph is smaller, darker, and usually more gray and grizzled looking below.

Host plant: Undetermined grass species.

Habitat: Prairies, meadows, marshes, pastures, roadsides.   

Range: All of Oregon except northern coast and flat basin lands between Riley and Brothers (SE of Bend).

Season: Mid-may to late September

Abundance: Very common 


Conservation Status: Secure 

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