Common Wood Nymph & Little Wood Satyr
Common Wood Nymph nectaring on rattlesnake master flowers. This species typically flies from late June through early September. These butterflies are quite common and prefer living on the edge of woodlands, with grassy fields or meadows close at hand.
Another Common Wood Nymph, resting on a tree trunk at Cox Arboretum. Their eyespot patterns are quite variable. (Ohio has two subspecies and also intermediate forms.)
Little Wood Satyr, basking in the sun with its wings open. This species is common around wooded trails. Photographed at Cox Arboretum.
Ventral view of a Little Wood Satyr. These butterflies typically fly from late May through early August (most numerous in June and July).
Common Wood Nymphs typically rest with their wings closed. This is one of many species that can be difficult to photograph with its wings open.
This Common Wood Nymph is nectaring on an echinacea flower. These butterflies will sometimes drink from flowers, and they also feed on tree sap or rotting fruit.
Little Wood Satyr resting on a grass stem. Little Wood Satyrs are fairly widespread. I find them at Sugarcreek Reserve, Grant Park, Cox Arboretum, and many other locations.