Northern Pearly Eye, Eyed Brown, AND aPPALACHIAN bROWN

Northern Pearly Eye basking with its wings open. This species usually rests with its wings closed, so it can be difficult to get a photo like this. Northern Pearly Eyes fly from late May through August, and they are larger than our two species of Eyed Browns. 

Ventral view of a Northern Pearly Eye at Siebenthaler Fen. This species is found in wooded areas, often near wetlands. Northern Pearly Eyes are a shy, secretive species and they seem to prefer heavily shaded habitat.

This butterfly is an Eyed Brown. This species is extremely similar to the Appalachian Brown (below). However, Eyed Browns have a more jagged post-median line on the bottom hindwing.

This is an Appalachian Brown. Notice that the post-median line is smoother than in the Eyed Brown (above). These are both localized and uncommon wetland species.

This is an Eyed Brown with its wings open. I regularly find this species at Siebenthaler Fen in Beavercreek, from late May through September. They live in a few of the other Beaver Creek Wetland parks as well. Eyed Browns prefer open and sunny habitat, while Appalachian Browns prefer shaded wetlands. 

This is an Appalachian Brown with its wings open. These butterflies can be found at Cedar Bog in Urbana during the summer months.

Northern Pearly Eyes are widespread but seldom abundant. I have found them in many different locations but never in any great numbers. This individual was photographed at Cedar Bog. 

Northern Pearly Eye perched on a tree at Garland Reserve in Fairborn. Other places where you can find this species include Siebenthaler Fen, Sugarcreek Reserve, Cedar Bog, Germantown MetroPark, Beavercreek Wildlife Area, Narrows Reserve, and the Creekside Reserve in Beavercreek.