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Pearl crescent

Phyciodes tharos


Small yellowish orange and black butterflies.


Spotted nectaring on a Milkweed plant in large overgrown meadow.


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.

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Arkansas, USA

Lat: 34.99, Long: -92.59

Spotted on Sep 11, 2018
Submitted on Sep 18, 2018

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