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:

Images of Phyciodes phaon

Click on an image to view full size and to see additional details.

Phyciodes phaon - phaonmmsm_5737.jpg

Phyciodes phaon - phaonmmsm_5737.jpg
Phyciodes phaon - phaonmmsm4216.jpg

Phyciodes phaon - phaonmmsm4216.jpg
Phyciodes phaon - phaonmmsm4211.jpg

Phyciodes phaon - phaonmmsm4211.jpg
Phyciodes phaon - phaonmmsm4229.jpg

Phyciodes phaon - phaonmmsm4229.jpg
Phyciodes phaon - phaonmmsm4316.jpg

Phyciodes phaon - phaonmmsm4316.jpg
Phyciodes phaon - phaonmmsm4289.jpg

Phyciodes phaon - phaonmmsm4289.jpg


Phyciodes phaon - Phycoides_phaon-Lytle.jpg

Phyciodes phaon - Phycoides_phaon-Lytle.jpg

The map below displays all BAMONA data for this species and has three different data layers:
1. All records (yellow dots)   2. Recently verified records (orange dots)*   3. US county records (purple)

How to use the map:
Click on the map and move your mouse to pan.
Zoom by using the plus [+] and minus [-] on the left side of the map.
To change which map layers are displayed, click on the plus sign [+] on the right side of the map and turn on/off the data layers and base layers.

*The orange dots on the map provide access to information about the 400 most recently verified sightings of this species. Sometimes, there are several records at the same location. Use the table view to access these records.

By default, the fifty most recently verified sightings are below. Sort by Observation Date to see the most recent sightings, or filter the sightings by region to get a regional list.

See more recently verified sightings of all species.

You don't have Javascript enabled. Hover for more information! But don't worry: you can still use this web site! You have two options:
  • enable Javascript in your browser and then refresh this page, for a much enhanced experience.
  • click the Update button every time you want to update the selection.
Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
November 25, 2016 the janitors kid Brevard County, Florida, United States November 27, 2016 Details
October 07, 2016 cosmic_cat Gregg County, Texas, United States November 20, 2016 Details
October 30, 2016 mprocter Texas, Navarro County, United States November 18, 2016 Details
November 04, 2016 randimal Hidalgo County, Texas, United States November 10, 2016 Details
October 20, 2016 gregsnyder Texas, Tarrant County, United States November 06, 2016 Details
October 30, 2016 the janitors kid Brevard County, Florida, United States November 01, 2016 Details
October 24, 2016 Jeff Trahan Howard County, Arkansas, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 22, 2016 abwest Bexar County, Texas, United States October 23, 2016 Details
October 09, 2016 AJ Trently Dyer County, Tennessee, United States October 19, 2016 Details
September 21, 2016 Jeff Trahan Lafayette County, Arkansas, United States October 18, 2016 Details
October 16, 2016 cosmic_cat Jefferson County, Texas, United States October 18, 2016 Details
October 15, 2016 rseidler Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States October 16, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 cosmic_cat Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States October 11, 2016 Details
October 07, 2016 Jeff Trahan Little River County, Arkansas, United States October 08, 2016 Details
October 07, 2016 Jeff Trahan Little River County, Arkansas, United States October 08, 2016 Details
October 01, 2016 cosmic_cat McCurtain County, Oklahoma, United States October 03, 2016 Details
September 23, 2016 Jeff Trahan Lafayette County, Arkansas, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 23, 2016 Jeff Trahan Little River County, Arkansas, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 16, 2016 Jeff Trahan Howard County, Arkansas, United States September 17, 2016 Details
September 05, 2016 Sam Wilson Freestone County, Texas, United States September 08, 2016 Details
November 03, 2015 ncrosbyrd Cameron County, Texas, United States August 04, 2016 Details
November 04, 2015 ncrosbyrd Cameron County, Texas, United States August 04, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County July 28, 2016 Details
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