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Pearly crescentspot is a small to medium-sized butterfly (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inch wingspan). It is orange with brown markings, but is highly variable in its markings geographically and even from season to season. The underside of the hindwings are relatively unmarked orange-brown to mottled gray-brown with a white crescent on the outer margin.
Open spaces, meadows, fields, roadsides, streamsides. Spotted in a field in Des Moines, Iowa.