Painted Crescent

Phyciodes picta (W. H. Edwards, 1865)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Uncommon local resident in western Nebraska

NENHP Ranking: S2, Tier 2

Range: This species can be found from southwestern Nebraska, western Kansas and eastern Colorado south into Mexico and west into eastern Arizona. In Nebraska it is southwestern in distribution and has been found as far north as Dawes County and as far east as Furnas County.

Broods/Flight Times: The Painted Crescent flies in two broods. In Nebraska there are records are from 30 May – 6 September, with flights peaking in June and late August.

Larval Hostplant(s): Native asters but also an invasive exotic, Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

Habitat: Most recent records are from loess hills habitats

Found at: Box Elder and Wapiti SWMAs

Overwintering: As a third instar larvae.

Similar Species: Pearl and Phaon Crescents

Notes: Most often found in colonies, rarely as individuals

Painted Crescent, Wapiti SWMA, Jonathan Nikkila
Painted Crescent – dorsal
Painted Crescent – ventral

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