Observation notes: Out of expected range. Phyciodes mylitta flying in same area at same time so I could compare size. This butterfly is 2 to 3 times larger than Phyciodes mylitta in same area. To give an idea of scale/size of this butterfly: plant it is nectaring on is Mahonia Aquifolium. Flower clusters are described as 2 to 3 inches long. Leaves are made up of leaflets that are 1 to 2.5 inches long. If this is actually a Pale Cresent I need to let the folks at the wildlife refuge know. Plenty of small Canadian thistle plants around.
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: April 30, 2019
Coordinator notes: To prove it is pallida you would need to photograph the underside or even collect a series, especially if this would be a range extension. This is likely problematic in a wildlife refuge-Ken Davenport This individual could pass for a normal mylitta female, your others are males.