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 16, 2015 John Schwartz Kane County, Illinois, United States May 21, 2015 Details
May 11, 2015 John Ashley Alberta, Canada May 14, 2015 Details
May 01, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States May 14, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) McDonald County, Missouri, United States May 14, 2015 Details
May 08, 2015 brdwtchr Texas County, Missouri, United States May 13, 2015 Details
April 30, 2015 brdwtchr Texas County, Missouri, United States May 13, 2015 Details
May 08, 2015 gpstewart Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States May 11, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 KristyBaker Davidson County, Tennessee, United States May 10, 2015 Details
April 24, 2015 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States May 04, 2015 Details
July 12, 2014 lmcrotty Morrison County, Minnesota, United States May 01, 2015 Details
March 29, 2015 digginflowers Highlands County, Florida, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 SteveHarbula Ellis County, Texas, United States April 20, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 arcturusangel Harrison County, Texas, United States April 19, 2015 Details
August 30, 2014 jennifereh Grundy County, Illinois, United States April 13, 2015 Details
April 10, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 13, 2015 Details
April 11, 2015 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States April 13, 2015 Details
August 10, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Vigo County, Indiana, United States April 08, 2015 Details
August 25, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Washington County, Indiana, United States April 08, 2015 Details
August 23, 1986 Indy Entomologist White County, Indiana, United States April 08, 2015 Details
August 13, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States April 05, 2015 Details
August 28, 2005 Indy Entomologist Clinton County, Indiana, United States March 31, 2015 Details
July 05, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 23, 2015 Details
March 16, 2015 Ken Bosso East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, United States March 20, 2015 Details
October 18, 2014 treichard Fayette County, Georgia, United States March 04, 2015 Details
July 27, 2014 Nancy Witthuhn Ness County, Kansas, United States February 27, 2015 Details
July 10, 1979 Indy Entomologist White County, Indiana, United States February 23, 2015 Details
July 26, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States February 17, 2015 Details
September 07, 2014 Laura Carver County, Minnesota, United States February 16, 2015 Details
May 21, 1998 Indy Entomologist Jo Daviess County, Illinois, United States February 15, 2015 Details
May 25, 2013 tjrickert Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, United States January 24, 2015 Details
June 30, 2014 K Stilwell Tazewell County, Virginia, United States January 04, 2015 Details
August 29, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States December 17, 2014 Details
October 22, 2008 Finatic02 Davidson County, North Carolina, United States December 17, 2014 Details
September 15, 2013 Ken Cheeks Richmond County, Georgia, United States December 16, 2014 Details
May 05, 2012 Mike Stinson Buckingham County, Virginia, United States December 14, 2014 Details
August 31, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States December 14, 2014 Details
August 20, 2014 CathK Albany County, New York, United States December 14, 2014 Details
October 06, 2014 dbruce Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States December 06, 2014 Details
August 21, 2014 missjohnson Erie County, Ohio, United States December 04, 2014 Details
October 08, 2014 dbruce Benton County, Mississippi, United States December 04, 2014 Details
May 03, 2014 Ken Cheeks Aiken County, South Carolina, United States December 02, 2014 Details
October 08, 2014 S. J. Stedman Marshall County, Mississippi, United States December 02, 2014 Details
May 26, 2014 J_Martineau Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States November 25, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 AllenRatz Graham County, North Carolina, United States November 24, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 Katherine Halley Iowa County, Wisconsin, United States September 30, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States September 29, 2014 Details
September 20, 2014 WendyJG Lee County, Illinois, United States September 28, 2014 Details
September 17, 2014 TheWayfarer21 Onslow County, North Carolina, United States September 26, 2014 Details
August 01, 2014 NJskywatcher Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States September 24, 2014 Details
September 18, 2014 stephen stedman DeKalb County, Tennessee, United States September 20, 2014 Details