Attributes of Phyciodes pulchella

Field Crescent
Phyciodes pulchella (Boisduval, 1852)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Upperside is orange and black. Underside of forewing is yellow-brown with a yellow bar at the cell and small black patches on the inner margin. Underside of hindwing is yellow-brown with rusty markings.
Wing Span: 1 - 1 3/4 inches (2.5 - 4.5 cm).
Life History: Males patrol just above vegetation during the day. Females lay eggs in large batches on underside of host plant leaves. Caterpillars feed on leaves; young ones sometimes live in a loose web. Partially-grown caterpillars hibernate.
Flight: One flight from June-August in the mountains and far north, two flights from May-September on plains, three or four flights from April-October in lowland California.
Caterpillar Hosts: Various asters (Aster and Machaeranthera species).
Adult Food: Flower nectar.
Habitat: Flats and open areas, fields, meadows, and streamsides from plains to mountains.
Range: Central Alaska and northern Canada south to southern California, southern Arizona, and southern New Mexico; east to the western edge of the Great Plains.
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. Note:Formerly referred to as Phyciodes campestris. Recently referred to as Phyciodes pulchellus, possibly erroneously.
Taxonomy Notes:

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June 13, 2016 Nancy Asquith San Mateo County, California, United States June 18, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 philohela Pershing County, Nevada, United States June 17, 2016 Details
July 13, 2014 PDunwiddie Chelan County, Washington, United States June 02, 2016 Details
July 05, 2014 PDunwiddie Kittitas County, Washington, United States May 31, 2016 Details
April 27, 2016 JLorraine Santa Fe County, New Mexico, United States May 02, 2016 Details
July 09, 2015 M Kuhlman Missoula County, Montana, United States April 28, 2016 Details
July 03, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada February 11, 2016 Details
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July 03, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada February 11, 2016 Details
July 19, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada February 11, 2016 Details
July 11, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States November 22, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada October 19, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada October 19, 2015 Details
May 24, 2008 carlakish Gila County, Arizona, United States September 24, 2015 Details
June 08, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada September 24, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States September 20, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States September 20, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States September 15, 2015 Details
June 18, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States September 15, 2015 Details
August 18, 2015 Kurt R. Schwarz Tuolumne County, California, United States September 11, 2015 Details
August 12, 2015 Kurt R. Schwarz El Dorado County, California, United States September 09, 2015 Details
August 17, 2015 Kurt R. Schwarz Tuolumne County, California, United States September 09, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 Paul Tavares Alberta, Canada August 16, 2015 Details
June 27, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Glacier County, Montana, United States August 12, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 randimal Clallam County, Washington, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 randimal Clallam County, Washington, United States July 23, 2015 Details
June 30, 2015 JDreimiller Pierce County, Washington, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 MAKI Nevada County, California, United States July 09, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 Bill Ostheimer Park County, Wyoming, United States June 17, 2015 Details
May 26, 2015 Richard1948 Monterey County, California, United States May 30, 2015 Details
September 14, 2014 Shelly1 Park County, Colorado, United States March 11, 2015 Details
July 05, 2014 J_Martineau Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States December 02, 2014 Details
June 24, 2014 rcav Yellowstone National Park County, Wyoming, United States September 25, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada August 27, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 sarabseth Alameda County, California, United States August 11, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States August 05, 2014 Details
June 28, 2014 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States August 05, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 janazak Yukon Territory, Canada July 19, 2014 Details
June 23, 2014 John Ashley Flathead County, Montana, United States June 25, 2014 Details
May 23, 2014 Denise Crooks Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States June 22, 2014 Details
May 20, 2014 blueappaloosa Jefferson County, Colorado, United States June 22, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 randimal Yakima County, Washington, United States June 15, 2014 Details
May 25, 2013 Almstrand Garfield County, Colorado, United States February 12, 2014 Details
June 19, 2013 icosahedron Madera County, California, United States January 07, 2014 Details
June 16, 2013 gilde Union County, Oregon, United States October 09, 2013 Details
August 31, 2013 cowbug3 Humboldt County, California, United States September 24, 2013 Details
September 06, 2013 swordmaker1968 Otero County, New Mexico, United States September 22, 2013 Details
August 28, 2013 Humbirdhum Humboldt County, California, United States August 30, 2013 Details
July 03, 2011 randimal Okanogan County, Washington, United States August 02, 2013 Details
July 07, 2013 dieldridge Missoula County, Montana, United States July 12, 2013 Details