Attributes of Phyciodes mylitta

Mylitta Crescent
Phyciodes mylitta (W.H. Edwards, 1861)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Upperside is bright reddish orange with narrow dark markings. Lacks the prominent black inner marginal spot of Phyciodes pallidus. Underside is yellow-orange with somewhat blurry rusty orange markings.
Wing Span: 1 1/8 - 1 1/2 inches (3 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Males perch or patrol all day near host plants for females. Eggs are deposited on underside of host plant leaves; caterpillars eat leaves. Young caterpillars may live in a small silken nest; partially-grown caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: Two broods in the north from April-September, several in the south from February-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Native thistles (Cirsium), milk thistle (Silybum marianum), and European thistles (Carduus).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: From sea level to 8000 feet in mountains, fields, meadows, roads, vacant lots, parks, and fencerows.
Range: Southern British Columbia southeast through the Rocky Mountain region to Mexico; south to Washington, Oregon, and California.
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:

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June 23, 2016 Lepidopteron Alameda County, California, United States January 25, 2017 Details
January 31, 2015 Doug Taron Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico January 24, 2017 Details
December 31, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States January 01, 2017 Details
November 09, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States November 09, 2016 Details
November 03, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States November 06, 2016 Details
October 29, 2016 breck7348 Madera County, California, United States October 31, 2016 Details
October 29, 2016 breck7348 Madera County, California, United States October 31, 2016 Details
October 18, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States October 20, 2016 Details
October 05, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States October 06, 2016 Details
September 14, 2016 Thomas Road Kittitas County, Washington, United States September 27, 2016 Details
August 30, 2016 edwardbirding Harney County, Oregon, United States September 15, 2016 Details
September 14, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States September 15, 2016 Details
September 02, 2016 rebeccafm Fresno County, California, United States September 08, 2016 Details
August 30, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States September 06, 2016 Details
August 18, 2016 SMulhearn Contra Costa County, California, United States September 06, 2016 Details
August 27, 2016 Sue Orlowski Whitman County, Washington, United States September 01, 2016 Details
August 04, 2016 Sue Orlowski Asotin County, Washington, United States August 26, 2016 Details
August 11, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States August 14, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 mathgeek Napa County, California, United States August 12, 2016 Details
August 03, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States August 04, 2016 Details
August 03, 2016 yardbird Calaveras County, California, United States August 04, 2016 Details
August 03, 2016 yardbird Calaveras County, California, United States August 04, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 ncrosbyrd Stanislaus County, California, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 sarabseth Alameda County, California, United States July 29, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 ncrosbyrd Kern County, California, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 ncrosbyrd Kern County, California, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 05, 2016 MAKI Plumas County, California, United States July 17, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 guy_incognito San Bernardino County, California, United States July 04, 2016 Details
June 19, 2016 diwalks2 San Bernardino County, California, United States June 22, 2016 Details
June 13, 2016 MAKI Shasta County, California, United States June 18, 2016 Details
June 16, 2016 TPeterson Santa Clara County, California, United States June 18, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 philohela Pershing County, Nevada, United States June 17, 2016 Details
July 30, 2014 GCSnelling Cochise County, Arizona, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 08, 2016 RichHubie Mendocino County, California, United States June 08, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 ezeemonee Santa Barbara County, California, United States June 03, 2016 Details
April 25, 2016 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States May 15, 2016 Details
February 23, 2016 Clara4 Graham County, Arizona, United States April 24, 2016 Details
April 07, 2016 breck7348 San Joaquin County, California, United States April 07, 2016 Details
March 27, 2016 Okole1808 San Diego County, California, United States March 30, 2016 Details
March 18, 2016 PONYRCR San Diego County, California, United States March 22, 2016 Details
July 03, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada February 11, 2016 Details
October 01, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 29, 2015 Details
March 19, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 29, 2015 Details
February 16, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 09, 2015 Details
October 16, 2015 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States October 21, 2015 Details
October 17, 2015 Sue Orlowski Whitman County, Washington, United States October 21, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 carlakish Gila County, Arizona, United States September 26, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States September 24, 2015 Details
July 12, 2013 carlakish Gila County, Arizona, United States September 24, 2015 Details
August 20, 2015 Linda Fink Tillamook County, Oregon, United States August 22, 2015 Details