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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July 23, 2016 agathman Bollinger County, Missouri, United States July 26, 2016 Details
July 22, 2016 mellielong Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States July 23, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States July 22, 2016 Details
June 17, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States July 21, 2016 Details
June 20, 2016 Ryan D. Larson Dane County, Wisconsin, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 11, 2015 agathman Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 21, 2016 stephen stedman Moore County, Tennessee, United States July 21, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States July 19, 2016 Details
May 16, 2016 holla for the environment Ontario, Canada July 19, 2016 Details
July 19, 2016 monikawood Steuben County, New York, United States July 19, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 jvkopple2 Kalkaska County, Michigan, United States July 16, 2016 Details
July 13, 2016 chirpus Suffolk County, New York, United States July 15, 2016 Details
July 09, 2016 agathman St Francois County, Missouri, United States July 13, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 gerryanimator Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States July 12, 2016 Details
July 12, 2016 holla for the environment Ontario, Canada July 12, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States July 11, 2016 Details
July 10, 2016 Jody Ontario, Canada July 10, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 Jeff Trahan Jackson Parish, Louisiana, United States July 09, 2016 Details
April 29, 2008 TPeterson Accomack County, Virginia, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
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July 04, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States July 08, 2016 Details
May 06, 2016 Mike Dillon Hansford County, Texas, United States July 07, 2016 Details
May 06, 2016 holla for the environment Ontario, Canada July 05, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 stephen stedman Gibson County, Tennessee, United States July 04, 2016 Details
November 09, 2015 ncrosbyrd Hidalgo County, Texas, United States July 03, 2016 Details
July 03, 2016 Bonnie Morrison Howard County, Texas, United States July 03, 2016 Details
July 02, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 02, 2016 Details
June 28, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 30, 2016 Details
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