Common  Wood-Nymph -  Cercyonis  pegala  paludum - Pupa

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Pupa Development
#1 Pupa formed October  24, 2007
Butterfly eclosed 12:05 A.M. November 6, 2007

#1 Pupa - Ventral - October 24th
#1 pupa on October 24th
#1 Pupa - Lateral - October 24th
#1 pupa October 24th

#1 Pupa - Ventral - 3:30 P.M. November 5th
#1 on November 5th

#1 Pupa - Lateral - 3:30 P.M. November 5th
#1 on November 5th

#1 Pupa - Ventral - 9:50 P.M. November 5th
 2 hours 15 minutes before butterfy eclosed
2 hours 15 minutes before butterfly emerged

#1 Pupa - Lateral - 9:50 P.M. November 5th
2 hours 15 minutes before butterfy eclosed
2 hours 15 minutes before butterfly emerged

#4 Pupa formed November 10, 2007 with quite different colors in an effort to blend in with its surroundings.
 Some of these pupae  were green and some were similar to the one shown below

Pupa #4


Photo Details - ©Nicky Davis
Female collected by Todd L. Stout - August 2, 2007 - Goodenough Creek, 4.6 miles West of McCammon, Bannock County, Idaho. Of 16 eggs, 12 hatched  August 20, 2007. Larva #1 was not placed in diapause for three weeks, but the others were.  #1 began feeding September 17, 2007. 

On october 21st this larva stopped feeding and  began swinging it's head around and walking up and down the grass blades. 
It was placed into a pupation container  and formed a pupa at noon on October 23rd.

This caterpillar fed for about 40 days and  the pupa eclosed after about 13 days.

1 7/8 - 2  11/16 "
Brown with prominent nearly equal eyespots in the  forewing submargin in Rs-M1 and in Cu1-Cu2 and may or may not have  paler areas surrounding the eyespots.(This one has a hint of an orange wash about half way around the eyespots)  Females may also have an eyespot at the anal angle of the hindwing,  larger and more developed forewing eyespots  and may be paler overall.

Male and female  may  have up to 6 eyespots  on the ventral hindwing which are ringed with yellow.  Postmedian dark band on forewing goes up further than the top eyespot.

Univoltine in the north but bi or multivoltine in the south.  Hibernation is as first instar larva.

They can be found  in grasslands,  open woodlands  and at edges of woods up to 10,500 feet

Grasses.  This one was started on Bluegrass.

Time Spent as
Larva - 40 days
Pupa - 13 days

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