Status:    rare resident

Flights:  1, May-Sep?


Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  a few scattered sites:  Fremont Pk., Arroyo Seco/Indians Rd., upper Carmel Valley Rd., Lewis Creek Rd., Mt. Toro


Habitats:  open grassy woodlands

Host plants:  grasses

Adult foodnectars more avidly than COWN, at legumes, milkweeds, dogbanes, sunflowers, common white buckwheat


Conservation: secure globally


Remarks: 

  1.   in flight, arcs above and bobs within tall grasses

  2.   endemic ssp. Sthenele satyr in SF county was first known CA butterfly to go extinct

  3.   FW of male has two eyespots, upper one larger; fem has two large eyespots about the same size; smaller than COWN and has grayish cast

 
 

Great basin wood-nymph

Cercyonis sthenele

Life history facts


egg: laid singly on host plant grass stems

larva:  nocturnal; after hatching, hibernate until following spring

pupa:

adult:  males patrol all day for fems.

arroyo seco camp/indians

6-1-07