Attributes of Phyciodes tharos

Pearl Crescent
Phyciodes tharos (Drury, 1773)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Quite variable. Males usually have black antennal knobs. Upperside is orange with black borders; postmedian and submarginal areas are crossed by fine black marks. Underside of hindwing has a dark marginal patch containing a light-colored crescent. Spring and fall broods (form marcia) have a gray mottled hindwing below.
Wing Span: 1 1/4 - 1 3/4 inches (3.2 - 4.5 cm).
Life History: Males patrol open areas for females. Eggs are laid in small batches on underside of host plant leaves. Caterpillars eat leaves and are gregarious when young. Hibernation is by third-stage caterpillars.
Flight: Several broods; from April-November in the north, throughout the year in the Deep South and Mexico.
Caterpillar Hosts: Several species of smooth-leaved true asters including Aster pilosus, A. texanus, and A. laevis.
Adult Food: Nectar from a great variety of flowers including dogbane, swamp milkweed, shepherd's needle, asters, and winter cress.
Habitat: Open areas such as pastures, road edges, vacant lots, fields, open pine woods.
Range: Southeastern Alberta south through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and southeastern California to Mexico; east to southern Ontario and all the eastern United States.
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.
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August 13, 2016 S. J. Stedman (Susan E. Pirolo) Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 22, 2016 Details
August 19, 2016 Cathy Weiner New York County, New York, United States August 21, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 dharlette Suffolk County, New York, United States August 19, 2016 Details
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August 06, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States August 14, 2016 Details
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August 05, 2016 brainerd Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, United States August 09, 2016 Details
August 07, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States August 07, 2016 Details
August 06, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 06, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 air3bwm Floyd County, Indiana, United States August 04, 2016 Details
August 03, 2016 ButterBelle White County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 Allen Gathman Perry County, Missouri, United States August 02, 2016 Details
July 17, 2016 wjwky88 Estill County, Kentucky, United States August 02, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 Doug Bruce Bedford County, Tennessee, United States August 01, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 trinectes Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 Jonathan Clark Concordia Parish, Louisiana, United States July 30, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 29, 2016 Details
July 29, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States July 29, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County July 28, 2016 Details
July 22, 2016 Ron Smith Clarion County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 Ron Smith Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 23, 2016 Allen Gathman Bollinger County, Missouri, United States July 26, 2016 Details
July 22, 2016 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 23, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States July 22, 2016 Details
June 17, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 20, 2016 Ryan D. Larson Dane County, Wisconsin, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 11, 2015 Allen Gathman Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 stephen stedman Moore County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States July 19, 2016 Details
May 16, 2016 holla for the environment Ontario, Canada July 19, 2016 Details
July 19, 2016 monikawood Steuben County, New York, United States July 19, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 jvkopple2 Kalkaska County, Michigan, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 13, 2016 chirpus Suffolk County, New York, United States July 15, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 Allen Gathman St Francois County, Missouri, United States July 13, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 gerryanimator Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States July 12, 2016 Details
July 12, 2016 holla for the environment Ontario, Canada July 12, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States July 11, 2016 Details
July 10, 2016 Jody Ontario, Canada July 10, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 Jeff Trahan Jackson Parish, Louisiana, United States July 09, 2016 Details
April 29, 2008 TPeterson Accomack County, Virginia, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
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