Color variations within the species of Pearl Crescent butterflies are usual, though all tend to stick with the orange and brown color scheme with black markings. The small white crescent mark is seen when the butterfly has its wings raised up. This mark stands out because it is almost completely surrounded by dark brown patches. Each black and white banded antenna ends in an orange club or ball. The Pearl Crescent is very popular and quite familiar in eastern North America, but it is also found in the west as well.
Larvae feed on aster plants. The caterpillar is brown and has yellow rings on it as well as loads of spiky hairs. 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 when in flight.
General Characteristics Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Pearl Crescent Butterfly may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Pearl Crescent Butterfly. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.