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


Remarks: 

  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

pupa:

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

nectaring on

Rocky Ridge