Common Wood Nymph

July 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Common Wood Nymph is very abundant in our state during July. Below, this brown butterfly has two large eyespots on the forewing surrounded by a yellow ring while the hindwing has a variable number of visible eyespots. Above, brown with two eyespots on the forewing, but these are rarely seen in the field. This butterfly is in a classification called "brush footed" butterflies and while this brown colored butterfly almost looks black when you see it flitting about, when the light hits it at the right angle, a rainbow of subtle coloring pops out as seen in the following image. The Common Wood Nymph can be found in grasslands and open fields near woodlands. Prairie restorations are often hot spots for this species. This image was captured while picking blueberries in the Moquah Barrens.



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