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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October 09, 2016 CA Ivy Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States December 08, 2016 Details
October 11, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States December 08, 2016 Details
November 24, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States November 25, 2016 Details
October 07, 2016 cosmic_cat Gregg County, Texas, United States November 20, 2016 Details
November 11, 2016 Jeff Trahan Benton County, Arkansas, United States November 15, 2016 Details
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July 31, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States November 11, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 randimal Hidalgo County, Texas, United States November 10, 2016 Details
October 29, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States November 09, 2016 Details
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November 06, 2016 Doug Bruce Bledsoe County, Tennessee, United States November 08, 2016 Details
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October 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Campbell County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
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September 24, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2016 Details
July 25, 2015 anna_holmes Madison County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
October 24, 2016 Jeff Trahan Howard County, Arkansas, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 13, 2016 dbruce Lee County, Mississippi, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 13, 2016 dbruce Alcorn County, Mississippi, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 24, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 24, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 HHowell Roane County, Tennessee, United States October 23, 2016 Details
October 17, 2016 davidr Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States October 18, 2016 Details
September 21, 2016 Jeff Trahan Lafayette County, Arkansas, United States October 18, 2016 Details
August 08, 2016 TheBrassGlass New London County, Connecticut, United States October 17, 2016 Details
August 20, 2016 JimPurvis Tipton County, Indiana, United States October 17, 2016 Details
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October 16, 2016 Sthess Pennsylvania, United States October 17, 2016 Details
October 15, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States October 17, 2016 Details
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October 15, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States October 17, 2016 Details
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October 05, 2016 Jeff Trahan Lafayette County, Arkansas, United States October 09, 2016 Details
October 06, 2016 Jeff Trahan Little River County, Arkansas, United States October 08, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 hmclin Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States October 03, 2016 Details
October 01, 2016 cosmic_cat McCurtain County, Oklahoma, United States October 03, 2016 Details
September 23, 2016 Jeff Trahan Hempstead County, Arkansas, United States September 26, 2016 Details
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September 24, 2016 ydlrun Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States September 25, 2016 Details