Attributes of Phyciodes graphica

Vesta or Graphic Crescent
Phyciodes graphica (R. Felder, 1869)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Orange above with markings of fine black lines. Below, forewing has a series of postmedian and submarginal orange circles on a dark background.
Wing Span: 7/8 - 1 1/2 inches (2.2 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Males patrol for females all day in low areas. Females lay eggs in clumps on leaves of host plant; caterpillars eat leaves.
Flight: Many broods from April-September in the north, February-December in South Texas, all year in Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Hairy tubetongue (Siphonoglossa pilosella) in the acanthus family.
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Thorn and mesquite woodlands, desert, prairie, road edges, dry streambeds.
Range: Guatemala north through Mexico to southeast Arizona and central Texas. Temporary colonist to Arkansas, Colorado, and Nebraska.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

Includes Phyciodes vesta.

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November 13, 2016 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States November 13, 2016 Details
April 24, 2015 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States July 08, 2016 Details
May 16, 2016 D. Dodd Brewster County, Texas, United States July 07, 2016 Details
May 20, 2015 Martin and Sara Goliad County, Texas, United States February 16, 2016 Details
April 21, 2015 grayhairstreak Brewster County, Texas, United States August 20, 2015 Details
November 17, 2013 ncrosbyrd Texas, Starr County, United States August 06, 2015 Details
June 02, 2015 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States June 09, 2015 Details
November 17, 2013 ncrosbyrd Texas, Starr County, United States May 30, 2015 Details
April 05, 2015 KristyBaker Cameron County, Texas, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 25, 2015 Robalero Hidalgo County, Texas, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 03, 2015 joeschelling Eddy County, New Mexico, United States April 21, 2015 Details
February 21, 2013 tjrickert Texas, Kleberg County, United States January 26, 2015 Details
February 17, 2013 tjrickert Hidalgo County, Texas, United States January 24, 2015 Details
May 12, 2014 ddodd Brewster County, Texas, United States June 05, 2014 Details
March 13, 2014 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States March 24, 2014 Details
November 19, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States January 17, 2014 Details
May 06, 2010 ddodd Texas, United States, Uvalde County January 14, 2014 Details
November 17, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States January 07, 2014 Details
November 08, 2013 whbauer Bexar County, Texas, United States November 08, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 David Richman Eddy County, New Mexico, United States October 27, 2013 Details
November 18, 2009 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States September 24, 2013 Details
April 07, 2013 gunhilda Texas, Tom Green County, United States April 07, 2013 Details
December 05, 2012 whbauer Bexar County, Texas, United States February 10, 2013 Details
November 28, 2012 TeddyKuma Texas, Lampasas County, United States December 27, 2012 Details
December 20, 2012 whbauer Bexar County, Texas, United States December 27, 2012 Details
September 10, 1988 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 18, 1988 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 27, 1988 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
November 06, 1988 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States December 01, 2012 Details
September 02, 2012 JimConrad Texas, United States, Uvalde County September 14, 2012 Details
July 20, 2010 legacy.reporter (Jim Arterburn & Ken Williams) Tillman County, Oklahoma, United States December 31, 2010 Details
November 18, 2009 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Edwards County, Texas, United States January 06, 2010 Details
June 21, 2009 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Texas, Stonewall County, United States January 06, 2010 Details
November 07, 2008 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Clay County, Texas, United States May 04, 2009 Details
November 14, 2008 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Duval County, Texas, United States May 04, 2009 Details
June 08, 2007 legacy.reporter (Ribitzki, Paul & Williams, Ken) Blaine County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
June 09, 2007 legacy.reporter (Fisher, John) Ellis County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
October 17, 2006 legacy.reporter (Fisher, John) Okfuskee County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
October 01, 2006 legacy.reporter (Fisher, John) Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
September 22, 2006 legacy.reporter (Williams, Ken) Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
July 01, 2006 legacy.reporter (Nelson, John M. & Fisher, John) Osage County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
October 01, 2006 legacy.reporter (Fisher, John) Pawnee County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
April 15, 2006 legacy.reporter (Ribitzki, Paul) Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2009 Details
October 26, 2008 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Texas, Martin County, United States December 05, 2008 Details
October 26, 2008 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Dawson County, Texas, United States December 05, 2008 Details
August 02, 2008 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Briscoe County, Texas, United States December 05, 2008 Details
August 09, 2008 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Cochran County, Texas, United States December 05, 2008 Details
January 01, 1950 legacy.reporter (Derek Muschalek) DeWitt County, Texas, United States December 28, 2007 Details
October 17, 2006 legacy.reporter (Mike Overton, Paul Opler) Tamaulipas, Mexico October 01, 2007 Details
July 04, 2007 aahewetson (Anthony Hewetson) Texas, Terry County, United States July 18, 2007 Details