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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July 07, 2014 Beverly Carter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 mlboles Harris County, Texas, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 gerryanimator Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2014 Details
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April 11, 2014 Jeff Trahan Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, United States July 22, 2014 Details
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June 15, 2014 rfranklinb Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States July 21, 2014 Details
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July 19, 2014 Martin Fox Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States July 21, 2014 Details
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June 16, 2014 von40827 Leslie County, Kentucky, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 rdhealy1951 Hart County, Kentucky, United States July 17, 2014 Details
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June 27, 2014 christineanngreen Sagadahoc County, Maine, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 12, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 treichard Sussex County, New Jersey, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 treichard Juniata County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2014 Details
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July 05, 2014 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States July 10, 2014 Details
July 01, 2014 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 09, 2014 Details
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June 28, 2014 ktaylo Kent County, Delaware, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 Cathy Miller Sevier County, Tennessee, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 treichard Orange County, New York, United States July 07, 2014 Details
September 17, 2011 julmast Elkhart County, Indiana, United States July 05, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 mhudson26 Scott County, Kansas, United States July 05, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 peggyt67 Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States July 04, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 Miama13 Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States July 02, 2014 Details
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June 21, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States June 28, 2014 Details
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June 16, 2014 Rick Henle Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States June 26, 2014 Details
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September 07, 2013 Philip Childress Carroll County, Virginia, United States June 25, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada June 25, 2014 Details
July 23, 2013 dawnieg8657 Maryland, United States June 25, 2014 Details
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