Status:    fairly common (local) resident

Flights:  1, May-Aug

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County: upper Robinson Cyn Rd., Palo Corona, Garrapata SP, Garland Ranch uplands 

Habitats:  woodland edges, fields, moist grasslands, hillsides

Host plants:  grasses

Adult foodnectars at wild geranium, thistle, yellow composites; also decaying matter, rotting fruit

Conservation: secure globally


  1.   fly erratically, but slow and with endurance, thru tall grass when disturbed or seeking mates

  2.   perch on tree trunks, boughs, to bask, drink sap

  3.   lower FW eyespot larger than upper, or as large; FW postmedian band UN extends to end of eyespot; fem. paler


Common wood-nymph

Cercyonis pegala

Life history facts

egg: laid singly on host plant leaves

larva:  after hatching, diapause w/o feeding until spring


adult:  males emerge week before fem, patrol for perched fem, die after mating

nectaring on

Rocky Ridge