Species Page: Tawny Crescent (Phyciodes batesii)

Tawny Crescent

Phyciodes batesii (Reakirt, [1866])

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Rare local resident

NENHP Rank: S1 Tier1

Range: The Tawny Crescent occupies most of Alberta, and extends southeast to Pennsylvania and the New England states, then extending south into the Appalachian Mountains. There are isolated island populations in the South Dakota Black Hills and the Nebraska Pine Ridge.

Larval Hostplant(s): Asters, of which Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis) is suspected in Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: There is one flight. In Nebraska it has been recorded from 24 May – 22 June. In North Dakota it flies between the first and second broods of Pearl Crescents.

Overwintering: As partially grown caterpillar.

Habitat: The Tawny Crescent is usually found along stream sides and low moist areas in the Pine Ridge region. 

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 1 3/4 inches.

Found at: Gilbert-Baker SWMA

Similar Species: Other Crescents


Phyciodes batesii larva, photo by Steve Spomer