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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April 19, 2014 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States April 19, 2014 Details
April 13, 2014 galby Colleton County, South Carolina, United States April 13, 2014 Details
April 10, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States April 10, 2014 Details
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June 20, 2013 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 22, 2014 Details
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October 02, 2013 toddewen Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States March 16, 2014 Details
August 30, 2012 rosenthal.k Fairfax County, Virginia, United States March 16, 2014 Details
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September 05, 2013 COA1955 Morgan County, Colorado, United States February 16, 2014 Details
August 21, 2012 damselflies Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States February 09, 2014 Details
July 24, 2012 Rick Henle Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States February 06, 2014 Details
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July 02, 2012 docj77 York County, Maine, United States February 05, 2014 Details
July 19, 2012 PamGN Mercer County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
July 12, 2013 jr.berry Union County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
August 18, 2013 jr.berry Union County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
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July 11, 2013 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada February 03, 2014 Details
June 28, 2012 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada January 31, 2014 Details
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June 10, 2012 soluslupus13 Ontario, Canada January 26, 2014 Details
August 10, 2013 Dick Ratliff Madison County, Tennessee, United States January 17, 2014 Details
September 15, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States December 22, 2013 Details
December 06, 2013 bvlusa Leon County, Florida, United States December 19, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 marquy Wayne County, Michigan, United States November 15, 2013 Details
October 08, 2013 rjcohrs Hancock County, Indiana, United States November 15, 2013 Details
November 05, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States November 05, 2013 Details
November 03, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States November 04, 2013 Details
October 12, 2013 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States November 03, 2013 Details
October 20, 2013 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States November 02, 2013 Details
October 20, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States November 01, 2013 Details
October 20, 2013 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States October 27, 2013 Details
October 23, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States October 27, 2013 Details
October 18, 2013 krancmm Brazoria County, Texas, United States October 22, 2013 Details
October 20, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 22, 2013 Details
July 16, 2013 Gary The Villages Sumter County, Florida, United States October 19, 2013 Details
July 14, 2013 brhodes_avl_nc Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
August 09, 2013 kenborg Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
October 14, 2013 treichard Howard County, Maryland, United States October 17, 2013 Details
October 01, 2013 Kurt R. Schwarz Baltimore County, Maryland, United States October 16, 2013 Details
October 09, 2013 rdhealy1951 Hart County, Kentucky, United States October 13, 2013 Details
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October 09, 2013 Doug Bruce Haywood County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2013 Details
August 09, 2013 cgreiner Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States October 11, 2013 Details