Pearl Crescent

Phyciodes tharos

The Pearl Crescent is a butterfly of North America.
It is found in all parts of the United States except the west coast, and throughout Mexico and parts of southern Canada, in particular Ontario. Its habitat is open areas such as pastures, road edges, vacant lots, fields, open pine woods. Its pattern is quite variable. Males usually have black antennal knobs. Its 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.

The wingspan is from 21 to 34 mm. The species has several broods throughout the year, from April–November in the north, and throughout the year in the Deep South and Mexico.




Adults find nectar from a great variety of flowers including dogbane, swamp milkweed, shepherd's needle, asters, and winter cress. Males patrol open areas for females. The eggs are laid in small batches on the underside of host plant leaves. Caterpillars eat the leaves and are gregarious when young. Hibernation is by third-stage caterpillars.
Pearl Crescent - Phyciodes tharos Pattern is quite variable. I've never noticed the bright yellow  on the inside edge of the hindwings before though.  Males usually have black antennal knobs. Upperside is orange with black borders; postmedian and submarginal areas are crossed by fine black marks.

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Naming

*''Phyciodes batesii'' – Tawny Crescent
⤷ ''Phyciodes cocyta'' – Northern Crescent

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Status: Not evaluated
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyNymphalidae
GenusPhyciodes
SpeciesP. tharos