Common Wood-nymph
Cercyonis pegala

f8 @ 1/800s, ISO:500, Nikon D300S w 105mm macro


"Common Wood-nymph," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The common wood-nymph is a North American butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It is also known as the wood-nymph, grayling, blue-eyed grayling, and the goggle eye. The common wood-nymph can vary greatly. All individuals are brown with two eyespots on each forewing the lower one often being larger than the upper one. Some may have many, few, or no eyespots on the ventral surface of the hindwing. In the southeastern part of its range, it has a large yellow patch on both surfaces of the forewing. In the western part of its range, it may have a pale yellow patch or may be lacking one. Individuals in the Northeast also lack the yellow patch, i.e., C. p. nephele. In individuals with no yellow patch, there are two pale yellow eye rings that encircle both the forewing eyespots. The wingspan measures 5.3 to 7.3 cm (2.1 to 2.9 in).
Francis A. Crane Wildlife Management Area, East Falmouth, Massachusetts
 
07/30/2010