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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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
June 22, 2013 PDunwiddie Kittitas County, Washington, United States July 04, 2013 Details
June 22, 2013 PDunwiddie Kittitas County, Washington, United States July 04, 2013 Details
April 26, 2013 Jared Hubbell Marin County, California, United States May 01, 2013 Details
July 30, 1987 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Churchill County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 22, 1996 legacy.reporter (Robert L. Langston) Elko County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 17, 1996 legacy.reporter (John B. Vernon) Elko County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 11, 2012 Tommie Rogers Ouray County, Colorado, United States October 05, 2012 Details
July 22, 2012 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States October 02, 2012 Details
July 22, 2012 Larry S Price Wyoming, United States August 20, 2012 Details
July 22, 2012 Jdammarell Ravalli County, Montana, United States July 25, 2012 Details
July 04, 2011 Frank Feng Eagle County, Colorado, United States July 21, 2012 Details
July 15, 2012 shastamax Siskiyou County, California, United States July 21, 2012 Details
June 30, 2012 Matt ODonnell Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States July 05, 2012 Details
August 29, 2011 babunco Grand County, Utah, United States July 01, 2012 Details
July 11, 2008 hjbarkey9 Park County, Colorado, United States May 16, 2012 Details
July 20, 2009 hjbarkey9 Routt County, Colorado, United States May 16, 2012 Details
May 15, 2004 cyric Boulder County, Colorado, United States May 14, 2012 Details
July 06, 2011 sbouffard Jefferson County, Idaho, United States April 05, 2012 Details
July 11, 2011 Nancy Lea Sandy Natrona County, Wyoming, United States March 19, 2012 Details
July 15, 2011 AJBrumble Valley County, Idaho, United States January 31, 2012 Details
June 22, 1996 legacy.reporter (Robert L. Langston) Elko County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 17, 1996 legacy.reporter (John B. Vernon) Elko County, Nevada, United States January 01, 2012 Details
August 14, 1975 legacy.reporter (Charles Sekerman) Apache County, Arizona, United States January 01, 2012 Details
July 09, 2011 Joe Schelling--entered by M ODonnell Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States September 26, 2011 Details
August 03, 2011 Jdammarell Pend Oreille County, Washington, United States August 14, 2011 Details
April 22, 2011 Matt ODonnell Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States August 07, 2011 Details
May 11, 2011 jane huber San Mateo County, California, United States May 13, 2011 Details
August 31, 2004 legacy.reporter (James Scott) Yolo County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
August 05, 1979 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Nevada County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
June 25, 1976 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Mono County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
May 27, 1979 legacy.reporter (Jim Brock) Mono County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
September 18, 1993 legacy.reporter (John Lane) Santa Cruz County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details
July 13, 2008 legacy.reporter (John Lane) Modoc County, California, United States May 01, 2011 Details