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Great Basin Wood Nymph (Cercyonis sthenele)

The Great Basin Wood Nymph is chocolate brown with small eyespots on the underside of the forewing. They are common to dry wooded areas. The males spend much of their day searching for females, while the females stay busy laying single eggs on host plants. Since these butterflies have only one brood per year, the caterpillars hibernate soon after they hatch from the egg. These are fun butterflies to welcome into your garden.

Family: Brush-footed Butterfly (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: Satyrs and Wood-Nymph (Satyrinae)

Average Wingspan: 1 3/8" - 1 3/4"

Habitat: Chaparral, forests, open woodlands

Similar To: Common Wood-Nymph

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Great Basin Wood Nymph Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
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