Great Basin Wood Nymph

1/2000s at f5.6, ISO:800, Canon Mark IV w/180mm

The Great Basin Wood Nymph, (Cercyonis sthenele) 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.
Medicine Creek, NE