Attributes of Phyciodes phaon

Phaon Crescent
Phyciodes phaon (W.H. Edwards, 1864)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Forewing is dark orange and black with a pale cream median band. Underside of hindwing is cream to yellowish; spring and fall butterflies (form marcia) have a gray hindwing.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 1/2 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm).
Life History: Males patrol during daytime near the host plant. Eggs are laid in small groups on underside of host plant leaves; caterpillars eat leaves.
Flight: Many broods southern Florida; February-October in California; April-September in New Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Fogfruit (Lippia lanceolata) and mat grass (Lippia nodiflora) in the verbena family.
Adult Food: Nectar from flowers of Lippia and composites including shepherd's needle.
Habitat: Openings in thorn forest, open areas with closely cropped plants, dunes, pastures, road edges.
Range: Guatemala north through Cuba and Mexico to southern California, east through South Texas and Florida to coastal South Carolina. Strays to eastern Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.
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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July 09, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 09, 2016 Details
March 20, 2013 Shirley Wilkerson Brazos County, Texas, United States June 02, 2016 Details
April 21, 2016 Sue Allie Lake County, Florida, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 06, 2016 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States April 08, 2016 Details
March 18, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States March 18, 2016 Details
March 06, 2016 rseidler Allen Parish, Louisiana, United States March 08, 2016 Details
December 09, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States December 31, 2015 Details
October 30, 2015 Martin and Sara Chambers County, Texas, United States December 03, 2015 Details
October 23, 2015 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States November 17, 2015 Details
November 01, 2015 Jeff Hansen Shawnee County, Kansas, United States November 07, 2015 Details
October 09, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2015 Details
September 24, 2015 Mike Dillon Hansford County, Texas, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 10, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States October 11, 2015 Details
September 22, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States October 07, 2015 Details
April 03, 2015 wayne13114 Marion County, Florida, United States September 30, 2015 Details
September 18, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States September 29, 2015 Details
September 27, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 27, 2015 Details
April 05, 2015 David Trently Aransas County, Texas, United States September 20, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States September 09, 2015 Details
August 31, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States September 02, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States August 18, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 Jonathan Clark Cameron Parish, Louisiana, United States July 31, 2015 Details
March 10, 2015 Ron Smith Pinellas County, Florida, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 15, 2015 Jeff Trahan Madison Parish, Louisiana, United States July 20, 2015 Details
May 14, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 23, 2015 Details
May 14, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 23, 2015 Details
May 23, 2015 Pcasteel Okeechobee County, Florida, United States May 31, 2015 Details
September 29, 2010 Gordilly Douglas County, Nebraska, United States May 14, 2015 Details
May 05, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States May 10, 2015 Details
April 28, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 05, 2015 KristyBaker Cameron County, Texas, United States May 05, 2015 Details
April 08, 2015 KristyBaker Hidalgo County, Texas, United States May 04, 2015 Details
April 05, 2015 KristyBaker Texas, United States, Willacy County April 28, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 23, 2015 Details
April 04, 2015 cosmic_cat Texas, United States, Wood County April 19, 2015 Details
March 02, 2015 Jarchibold Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States March 06, 2015 Details
January 29, 2015 rogerashton Texas, United States, Zapata County February 05, 2015 Details
February 23, 2013 tjrickert Texas, McMullen County, United States January 26, 2015 Details
February 18, 2013 tjrickert Hidalgo County, Texas, United States January 24, 2015 Details
April 07, 2014 KristyBaker Hidalgo County, Texas, United States December 27, 2014 Details
April 10, 2014 KristyBaker Cameron County, Texas, United States December 27, 2014 Details
October 10, 2014 KristyBaker Texas, Starr County, United States December 27, 2014 Details
November 28, 2014 mbowling St Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States December 03, 2014 Details
November 09, 2014 Kurt R. Schwarz Texas, United States December 03, 2014 Details
September 22, 2014 4wildlife Lee County, Florida, United States November 21, 2014 Details
August 29, 2014 Mike Dillon Cass County, Texas, United States September 28, 2014 Details
September 25, 2014 CA Ivy Crawford County, Arkansas, United States September 25, 2014 Details
September 19, 2014 cosmic_cat Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States September 21, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 polson123 New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States September 20, 2014 Details