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  • Pearl Crescent Butterfly - (Phyciodes tharos)

    Pearl Crescent Butterfly - (Phyciodes tharos)

    The small white crescent moon on the wing of the Pearl Crescent Butterfly is a good indicator to use for identifying it.

    Picture of Pearl Crescent Butterfly
    Staff Writer (1/27/2014): Color variations within the species is usual, though all tend to be orange with brown and black markings. The small white spot stands out because it is almost completely surrounded by brown patches. It is visible when the wings are closed, on the underside of the wing. The black and white banded antennae of this species each end in a club (ball) that is orange. This species is very popular and quite familiar in eastern North America, though it is also found in the west as well.

    Adults can be seen most anywhere: fields, roadsides, forest clearings, near creeks or streams and in gardens and backyards. They fly low to the ground and alternate between flapping their wings and gliding for a bit when in flight.

    Larvae feed on aster plants. The caterpillar is brown and has yellow rings on it as well as loads of spiky hairs.

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    Pearl Crescent Butterfly

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Pearl Crescent Butterfly
    Scientific Name: Phyciodes tharos

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Nymphalidae
           Genus: Phyciodes
            Species: tharos

    Size (Adult, Length): 25mm to 38mm (0.98in to 1.50in)

    Identifying Colors: orange; black; brown; yellow; white; gray; blue

    Additional Descriptors: flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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