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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May 25, 2015 lisagorn Otsego County, New York, United States January 31, 2016 Details
July 15, 2012 Rick Henle Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States January 29, 2016 Details
January 16, 2016 mellielong Orange County, Florida, United States January 29, 2016 Details
September 02, 2013 Lynn Hoffman Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States January 25, 2016 Details
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October 17, 2015 ButterBelle Blount County, Tennessee, United States October 19, 2015 Details
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September 13, 2015 Niayre Cobb County, Georgia, United States October 15, 2015 Details
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September 22, 2015 Mike Dillon Collingsworth County, Texas, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 10, 2015 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States October 11, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 stephen stedman Van Buren County, Tennessee, United States October 08, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2015 Details
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October 04, 2015 arcturusangel Texas, Marion County, United States October 05, 2015 Details
October 03, 2015 arcturusangel Webster Parish, Louisiana, United States October 04, 2015 Details
October 01, 2015 Alma Curry Scott County, Missouri, United States October 03, 2015 Details
September 08, 2015 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States October 02, 2015 Details
September 16, 2015 byn602 Montgomery County, Maryland, United States October 02, 2015 Details
August 31, 2013 rosenthal.k Arlington County, Virginia, United States October 02, 2015 Details
August 31, 2015 smarcoccia Ontario, Canada September 29, 2015 Details
September 23, 2015 doublej McKean County, Pennsylvania, United States September 28, 2015 Details
September 24, 2015 Tindomul1of9 Queens County, New York, United States September 25, 2015 Details
September 22, 2015 Wayneshac St Clair County, Illinois, United States September 23, 2015 Details
September 16, 2015 Paul Tavares Ontario, Canada September 20, 2015 Details
September 15, 2015 pavelmelnichuk Monroe County, New York, United States September 15, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States September 13, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 stephen stedman Jackson County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2015 Details
September 11, 2015 Smitty54 Iroquois County, Illinois, United States September 12, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 adamholli Russell County, Virginia, United States September 10, 2015 Details
August 29, 2015 John LeBlanc Madison County, Virginia, United States September 10, 2015 Details
September 04, 2015 ewpoet Talbot County, Maryland, United States September 10, 2015 Details
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August 26, 2015 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States September 10, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 09, 2015 Details
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May 28, 2015 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada September 08, 2015 Details
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