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 15, 2015 theresaawilson Jefferson County, Indiana, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 30, 2015 SaraJE Ontario, Canada August 31, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 30, 2015 KZelewsky Du Page County, Illinois, United States August 30, 2015 Details
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August 19, 2015 Laurie Morrison Montgomery County, Maryland, United States August 24, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 OhioHick Medina County, Ohio, United States August 24, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 HEX16 Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States August 23, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 arcturusangel Texas, United States, Upshur County August 23, 2015 Details
August 22, 2015 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States August 23, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Doug Bruce Overton County, Tennessee, United States August 21, 2015 Details
August 19, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 19, 2015 Details
August 13, 2015 Tindomul1of9 Queens County, New York, United States August 19, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 labon010 Redwood County, Minnesota, United States August 18, 2015 Details
August 12, 2015 mbird4998 Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States August 18, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 Chesaloosa Caroline County, Maryland, United States August 18, 2015 Details
July 29, 2015 Chesaloosa Caroline County, Maryland, United States August 18, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 SpadGuy Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 caher001 Carroll County, Maryland, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 Bill Link Baltimore County, Maryland, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 04, 2015 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 31, 2015 sherwood259 Prince Edward County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 South Laurel Laurel County, Kentucky, United States August 16, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 iinv003 Union County, North Carolina, United States August 16, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 roseanna McCreary County, Kentucky, United States August 15, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 rjcohrs Hancock County, Indiana, United States August 15, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 hmclin Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 amealer Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States August 14, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Doug Bruce Lawrence County, Tennessee, United States August 12, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 Happyhealy Hart County, Kentucky, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 12, 2015 lumpydave84 Suffolk County, New York, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 12, 2015 pavelmelnichuk Monroe County, New York, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States August 11, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 Bill Emch Tyler County, West Virginia, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 brandahl La Porte County, Indiana, United States August 08, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Burlster Spotsylvania County, Virginia, United States August 08, 2015 Details
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June 22, 2015 rdcpics York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 amealer Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States August 07, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 amealer Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States August 06, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 06, 2015 Details
July 31, 2015 curtis.lehman (Jeff Pusateri) Crawford County, Pennsylvania, United States August 05, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 Melinda Fawver Robertson County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2015 Details
August 04, 2015 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 04, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 dendroica5 Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States August 03, 2015 Details
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