Species Page: Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Pearl Crescent

Phyciodes tharos (Drury, 1773)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Common resident

NENHP Rank: Not listed

Range: In North America this species can be found east of the Rocky Mountains from southern Canada to southern Mexico and in portions of the intermountain west. It occurs statewide in Nebraska.

Larval Hostplant(s): Various asters have been reported of which the following occur in Nebraska: Willowleaf Aster (Aster praealtus), White Aster (A. ericoides), Smooth Blue Aster (A. laevis), Panicled Aster (A. simplex), New England Aster (A. novae-angliae) and A. latiflorus and A. pilosus.

Broods/Flight Times: There are multiple flights of this species in Nebraska where it has been found from April 25 – October 26.

Overwintering: As partially grown caterpillar.

Habitat: It is at home in suburban areas and upland prairies, but can also be found in wetland and riparian habitats.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 1/4 – 1 3/4 inches.

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Similar Species: Other Crescents