Finally, Cercyonis pegala

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Bob Coutant, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    These Common Wood Nymphs are very common, but 99.9 percent of the time they perch with their wings folded:mad:. I last saw one with open wings two years ago, and I’ve spent many hours watching them since that time. This one graciously granted me three photographs today.


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  2. I'm glad you got this shot. The composition is good and the Nymph cooperative, a good combination.
     
  3. Wow! That is a beautiful shot, Bob.. The coloration is wonderful. I do not remember ever having seen the species. Great work! Thank you for posting the image.
     
  4. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    Thanks for the compliments Gordon and Tom.

    Tom, I have seen them in open fields, but more commonly near wooded edges. They can go unnoticed -- most of the time they perch on short plants and, when disturbed, fly just far enough to get out of the way. Here's a more common view of them (Taken from a foot or so above ground level):


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  5. SSchex

    SSchex

    May 18, 2005
    Louisiana, USA
    Glad to see them cooperate. Good shots.
     
  6. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    Thanks Scott -- there's always room for improvement, but I feel a little better about this particular species:smile:. Now, how many more are there:eek:?:eek:
     
  7. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Beautiful shots
     
  8. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    Thanks Gale -- it's probably not a species that you'd see much around Cocoa Beach:smile:.
     
  9. Long and patient wait is rewarded!

    Beautiful butterfly, beautiful shot!
     
  10. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    Thanks Jukka.
     
  11. Very nice shot!

    I will have to look more closely, for this type of behaviour.
    Great teaching example of patience and observation.
    Thanks for posting...
     
  12. Bob Coutant

    Bob Coutant Moderator Moderator

    May 17, 2005
    Pleasantville Ohio
    Thanks Cheryle.
    BTW:I saw the title of your thread requesting bug ID, but have not yet gotten to reading it. If you're starting from ground zero on bug ID's, a good place to keep in mind is bugguide.net -- you can click on the appropriate shape, and then work your way through insects that have that shape.
     
  13. Thanks Bob...
    I will check this out!
     
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