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Butterfly (Pearl Crescent)

Phycoides tharos
Butterfly (Pearl Crescent)

Range

They are found in southern Minnesota to Florida and west to Colorado.

Habitat

They live in moist meadows, roadsides and along streams.

Body Traits

They are orange with black spots and zigzags and wide black bands along their wing edges. Wingspan is up to 1.75".

Habits

They fly fast and low to the ground, and often sit (perch) in plants near the ground.

Diet

The caterpillars feed on asters.

Reproduction

The females lay eggs on the underside of aster leaves. When the babies hatch, they start eating the leaves.

Butterfly (Pearl Crescent)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Division: Rhopalocera
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order:  Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Phyciodes
Species: P. tharos

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