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Small Wood-Nymph
Cercyonis oetus
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General Description

By Nora Bryan

Look for the dainty Small Wood-Nymph in southern Alberta. Despite their common name, wood nymphs aren’t associated with woods. Good hunting grounds are dry open prairie and foothills meadows in June through September where this little brown beauty might be found nectaring on flowers.

This satyrid butterfly is smaller than the Common Wood Nymph, with a wingspan of 32 to 43 mm (1 ¼ to 1 ¾ in.). The wing colour is more greyish and the forewing more sharply angled than that of the Common Wood Nymph. There are two yellow-ringed eyespots on the upper and lower surfaces of the forewing with the lower spot being much smaller or even absent in the male. There are usually no spots on the hind wing.

The yellowish or pale green caterpillars have a yellow edged green stripe down the back and pale stripes on the sides. There are two reddish tails. Like other wood nymphs they feed on grasses.

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Recent Small Wood-Nymph Reports in Alberta


No. Location Reporter Date
2 Town of Brooks round 2008/07/21
2 Town of Brooks round 2008/07/16
3 Town of Brooks round 2008/07/13

Small Wood-Nymph Hotspots in Alberta

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