Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1317875

Painted Crescent
Phyciodes picta

Observation date: September 01, 2021
Date notes: Metadata for image 1077(2) collected on 08282021 has camera recording glitch of time stamp, image was collected at 11:11 AM.
Submitted by: jamesvonloh
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: This crescent is the most commonly observed species along the Rio Grande; during 2021 observations were digitally recorded from May 10th through October 2nd. During the spring drought weeks, they nectared from white sweet clover and spiny chloracantha flowers, primarily. Between July 28th to August 16th, whorled/horsetail milkweed flowers were the primary nectar source. Late summer nectaring plants included beggar's-tick and purple-flowered aster. The presented images record nectaring from monsoon season milkweed flowers when days were sunny, warm-to-hot, and generally with a breeze to light windy conditions.
Status: Resident
Verified by: stevecary
Verified date: December 19, 2021
Coordinator notes: lovely documentation of this species! I guess if I want to see butterflies, I should head for the milkweed stand!
Checklist region(s): United States, New Mexico, Doña Ana County