Saturday, July 23, 2011

Common Wood-Nymph

Common Wood-Nymphs are found across most of the United States and southern Canada. Despite their name, they are not fond of woodlands. Look instead in meadows and grasslands. This July, Erika and I found numerous wood-nymphs flying erratically among the forbs in Carleton College's native prairie. I suspect the photograph above is of a female and the one below is male. Females are variable in the amount of yellow on their wings. Butterflies in the southeast show bright yellow wing patches; in the northeast and west, this yellow is subdued in females or absent in the males.

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