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 08, 2017 Steve Krotzer Greene County, Mississippi, United States April 17, 2017 Details
April 14, 2017 Melinda Fawver Carroll County, Tennessee, United States April 15, 2017 Details
April 14, 2017 Doug Bruce Henderson County, Tennessee, United States April 15, 2017 Details
April 02, 2017 Doug Bruce Morgan County, Tennessee, United States April 14, 2017 Details
April 09, 2017 Doug Bruce Meigs County, Tennessee, United States April 14, 2017 Details
April 13, 2017 Jeff Trahan De Soto Parish, Louisiana, United States April 14, 2017 Details
April 12, 2017 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States April 13, 2017 Details
March 23, 2017 Jeff Trahan De Soto Parish, Louisiana, United States April 13, 2017 Details
March 21, 2017 Jeff Trahan Vernon Parish, Louisiana, United States April 11, 2017 Details
July 08, 2016 Christine Stanke Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States April 10, 2017 Details
July 24, 2016 Christine Stanke Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States April 10, 2017 Details
July 28, 2016 Christine Stanke Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States April 10, 2017 Details
July 29, 2016 Christine Stanke Washington County, Wisconsin, United States April 10, 2017 Details
June 04, 2016 Christine Stanke Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States April 03, 2017 Details
June 08, 2016 Christine Stanke Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States April 03, 2017 Details
June 08, 2016 Christine Stanke Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States April 03, 2017 Details
June 09, 2016 Christine Stanke Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States April 03, 2017 Details
April 01, 2017 CA Ivy Franklin County, Arkansas, United States April 01, 2017 Details
March 21, 2017 rseidler Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States March 28, 2017 Details
March 25, 2017 cosmic_cat Bowie County, Texas, United States March 28, 2017 Details
August 17, 2015 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States March 27, 2017 Details
May 25, 2016 Christine Stanke Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States March 27, 2017 Details
May 29, 2016 Christine Stanke Washington County, Wisconsin, United States March 27, 2017 Details
May 31, 2016 Christine Stanke Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States March 27, 2017 Details
June 01, 2016 Christine Stanke Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States March 27, 2017 Details
June 03, 2016 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States March 27, 2017 Details
March 26, 2017 Jeff Trahan McIntosh County, Oklahoma, United States March 27, 2017 Details
March 17, 2017 njschulz Dallas County, Texas, United States March 24, 2017 Details
May 24, 2015 JoseBonner Bexar County, Texas, United States March 12, 2017 Details
March 10, 2017 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 11, 2017 Details
February 25, 2017 Darrin Frye Palm Beach County, Florida, United States March 09, 2017 Details
February 28, 2017 NatureBitz Okeechobee County, Florida, United States March 09, 2017 Details
March 08, 2017 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States March 09, 2017 Details
July 02, 2015 JohnBoback Lewis County, West Virginia, United States February 28, 2017 Details
February 18, 2017 cosmic_cat Texas, Smith County, United States February 20, 2017 Details
February 19, 2017 Jeff Trahan De Soto Parish, Louisiana, United States February 20, 2017 Details
August 01, 2013 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States February 02, 2017 Details
July 09, 2016 sh11 Ontario, Canada January 25, 2017 Details
August 14, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon Ivy) Adair County, Oklahoma, United States January 15, 2017 Details
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
November 13, 2016 Doug Bruce Campbell County, Tennessee, United States November 14, 2016 Details
July 28, 2016 LHanson Clark County, Ohio, United States November 12, 2016 Details
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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