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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August 19, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 19, 2014 Details
August 05, 2014 chrisrobreiss Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States August 11, 2014 Details
September 10, 2006 abwest St James Parish, Louisiana, United States August 04, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 Lisa Nicholas Dallas County, Texas, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States July 16, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 cahill@graysoncable.com Grayson County, Texas, United States July 06, 2014 Details
February 17, 2014 totonka Collier County, Florida, United States July 02, 2014 Details
June 18, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States June 24, 2014 Details
May 28, 2014 Lisa Nicholas Dallas County, Texas, United States May 29, 2014 Details
April 26, 2014 mbarchok Liberty County, Florida, United States April 29, 2014 Details
March 21, 2014 tomfishburn Texas, United States April 04, 2014 Details
February 24, 2014 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States March 20, 2014 Details
January 02, 2014 annhsatt Polk County, Florida, United States January 21, 2014 Details
September 15, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States December 22, 2013 Details
October 09, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States December 21, 2013 Details
August 14, 2013 hotairballoon Texas, Taylor County, United States November 26, 2013 Details
October 28, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States November 21, 2013 Details
October 29, 2013 BOGwalker Levy County, Florida, United States November 20, 2013 Details
November 03, 2013 rougir@aol.com Texas, United States November 10, 2013 Details
November 03, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States November 04, 2013 Details
October 22, 2013 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States October 27, 2013 Details
October 27, 2013 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States October 27, 2013 Details
October 07, 2013 Doug Bruce Lauderdale County, Tennessee, United States October 08, 2013 Details
October 07, 2013 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2013 Details
October 06, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 06, 2013 Details
October 01, 2013 Gary The Villages Sumter County, Florida, United States October 02, 2013 Details
September 29, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States September 30, 2013 Details
September 21, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States September 21, 2013 Details
September 06, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 20, 2013 Details
September 12, 2013 AJ Trently Lauderdale County, Tennessee, United States September 18, 2013 Details
September 08, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States September 08, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 Nancee Cobb Bay County, Florida, United States August 31, 2013 Details
August 24, 2013 whittjt3 Texas, Taylor County, United States August 26, 2013 Details
August 25, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States August 26, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States August 18, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 Veralynne Malone Citrus County, Florida, United States August 14, 2013 Details
August 14, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 14, 2013 Details
August 07, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States August 08, 2013 Details
July 29, 2013 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States July 31, 2013 Details
July 18, 2013 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States July 25, 2013 Details
July 20, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 20, 2013 Details
July 13, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States July 20, 2013 Details
July 05, 2013 CA Ivy McDonald County, Missouri, United States July 09, 2013 Details
July 04, 2013 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States July 07, 2013 Details
February 23, 2009 mrcnaturally Brevard County, Florida, United States June 20, 2013 Details
June 01, 2013 TallyCannon Leon County, Florida, United States June 20, 2013 Details
June 05, 2013 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States June 12, 2013 Details
June 12, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 12, 2013 Details
June 12, 2013 Mike Dillon Camp County, Texas, United States June 12, 2013 Details
May 19, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 19, 2013 Details