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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June 19, 2016 Doug Bruce Meigs County, Tennessee, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 Doug Bruce Pickett County, Tennessee, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States June 25, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 tjrickert Orange County, Florida, United States June 24, 2016 Details
June 18, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 23, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 TPeterson Benzie County, Michigan, United States June 14, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States June 13, 2016 Details
April 05, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 12, 2016 Details
April 24, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 CA Ivy Franklin County, Arkansas, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 02, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 07, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 Doug Bruce Weakley County, Tennessee, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 23, 2016 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada May 26, 2016 Details
May 23, 2016 DennisJLee Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States May 25, 2016 Details
May 19, 2016 Chet Gottfried Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 19, 2016 ralphminer Kane County, Illinois, United States May 19, 2016 Details
May 03, 2016 ncrosbyrd Leon County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 Lois Stacey Calhoun County, South Carolina, United States May 18, 2016 Details
April 25, 2016 sas27397 Tazewell County, Virginia, United States May 11, 2016 Details
May 08, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States May 10, 2016 Details
May 01, 2016 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States May 02, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States April 30, 2016 Details
April 26, 2016 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States April 27, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Morgan County, Tennessee, United States April 26, 2016 Details
April 19, 2016 StaceyWhetstone Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States April 23, 2016 Details
September 05, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada April 19, 2016 Details
April 15, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States April 15, 2016 Details
April 08, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 08, 2016 Details
March 14, 2016 ncrosbyrd Leon County, Florida, United States March 25, 2016 Details
March 25, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 25, 2016 Details
May 23, 2015 tjrickert Crawford County, Pennsylvania, United States March 23, 2016 Details
March 16, 2016 CA Ivy Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States March 17, 2016 Details
September 06, 2015 MShuey Wood County, Ohio, United States March 06, 2016 Details
September 26, 2015 tom nolan Cape May County, New Jersey, United States February 29, 2016 Details
June 07, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 28, 2016 Details
June 07, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 28, 2016 Details
October 03, 2015 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 28, 2016 Details
March 25, 2012 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States February 27, 2016 Details
May 28, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Cook County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
August 22, 2015 SkrentnyJeff Putnam County, Illinois, United States February 20, 2016 Details
September 02, 2011 Kyle Jones Windsor County, Vermont, United States February 15, 2016 Details
May 25, 2015 lisagorn Otsego County, New York, United States January 31, 2016 Details
July 15, 2012 Rick Henle Carroll County, New Hampshire, United States January 29, 2016 Details
January 16, 2016 mellielong Orange County, Florida, United States January 29, 2016 Details
September 02, 2013 Lynn Hoffman Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States January 25, 2016 Details