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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September 23, 2016 Jeff Trahan Hempstead County, Arkansas, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 23, 2016 Jeff Trahan Little River County, Arkansas, United States September 26, 2016 Details
September 24, 2016 ydlrun Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States September 25, 2016 Details
July 11, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details
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September 19, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States September 19, 2016 Details
September 16, 2016 Hailee Rae De Witt County, Illinois, United States September 18, 2016 Details
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August 18, 2016 psmith Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States September 16, 2016 Details
August 27, 2016 Allen Gathman Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States September 15, 2016 Details
September 15, 2016 Mary Franceline Malone Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States September 15, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Obion County, Tennessee, United States September 12, 2016 Details
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July 28, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 aarongunnar Green Lake County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
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September 09, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 11, 2016 Details
July 25, 2016 dendroica5 Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States September 10, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 hyce Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States September 10, 2016 Details
July 17, 2016 johngor Ontario, Canada September 08, 2016 Details
September 07, 2016 hmclin Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States September 08, 2016 Details
August 26, 2016 johngor Ontario, Canada September 07, 2016 Details
September 05, 2016 Doug Bruce Houston County, Tennessee, United States September 07, 2016 Details
September 06, 2016 Kitty329 Day County, South Dakota, United States September 07, 2016 Details
September 02, 2016 monikawood Tioga County, Pennsylvania, United States September 06, 2016 Details
September 05, 2016 Anne Wills Cabell County, West Virginia, United States September 06, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 Doug Bruce Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 Anne Wills Putnam County, West Virginia, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 Anne Wills Putnam County, West Virginia, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 stephen stedman Macon County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
August 23, 2016 rowley Wayne County, New York, United States September 02, 2016 Details
August 22, 2016 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States September 02, 2016 Details
August 30, 2016 holla for the environment Ontario, Canada August 31, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 Jonathan Clark Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States August 30, 2016 Details
August 11, 2016 Sarah Shoblaske Bureau County, Illinois, United States August 29, 2016 Details
August 27, 2016 dlkriensky Putnam County, New York, United States August 28, 2016 Details
August 27, 2016 dlkriensky Putnam County, New York, United States August 28, 2016 Details
August 28, 2016 Hailee Rae De Witt County, Illinois, United States August 28, 2016 Details
August 24, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 Anne Wills Putnam County, West Virginia, United States August 26, 2016 Details
August 23, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 25, 2016 Details
July 10, 2016 Anne Wills Putnam County, West Virginia, United States August 24, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 Anne Wills Putnam County, West Virginia, United States August 24, 2016 Details
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August 23, 2016 Scopeguy54 Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States August 24, 2016 Details
August 24, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States August 24, 2016 Details
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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