I would say that the Cercyonis pegala specimens illustrated are as follows:
The darker one is ssp. nephele (Northern Wood Nymph), in its fullness.
The somewhat larger one is typical of a specimen found near the upper limit
of the blend zone between ssp. maritima and nephele, but more fully nephele.
The remnants of the yellow/orange FW patch are a reddish shading and the
orange rings around the eyespots. The orange rings are what's left of the
orange patch of maritima. I have found similar specimens in central Maine,
around Streaked Mountain, near Buckfield, Oxford Co. This is typical of the
upper Transition/lower Canadian Zone areas of northern new England.
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> From: David Hoag [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Friday, July 19, 2002 10:48 PM
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> Subject: Recent Grand Isle lep sightings:
> Azure sp. (including a ladon marginata type)
> Eastern Tailed-Blue (three)
> (also, a small very-hyperactive blue -- no chance to net!!!)
> Great Spangled Fritillary (many)
> Northern Pearly Eye (many)
> Appalachian Brown
> Little Wood Satyr
> Common Wood Nymph; one glimpsed mid-week had a bright yellow patch.
> most of today's 50+ were without any yellow unf patch. Two samples at:
> Silver-spotted Skipper
> Northern Cloudywing
> Least Skipper
> European Skipper
> Peck's Skipper
> Long Dash
> Northern Broken Dash
> Little Glassywing
> Delaware Skipper
> Hobomok Skipper
> Dun Skipper
> Great Ash Sphinx Moth
> and the greatest assemblage of caterpillar-eaters
> (Red-eyed Vireos) in one woodlot I have ever encountered.
> Dave Hoag, Grand Isle
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