Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Nymphalidae (nim-FAL-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Phyciodes
Species: tharos


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Divernon, Illinois
Princeton, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Yale, Iowa
Benton, Kentucky
Irvine, Kentucky
Oakland, Maryland
Fowlerville, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
North Tonawanda, New York
Greensboro, North Carolina
Selma, North Carolina
Glouster, Ohio
Stilwell, Oklahoma
Alexandria, Pennsylvania
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Houston, Texas
Mission, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Oct 24, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Took a picture of this little butterfly, only a bit bigger than the blues, at the Minnesota Arboretum, in middle Summer in the prairie section, near a manmade spring. It was very wary but keep staying in the general area compare to some other tough to approach butterflies and tough to photograph in the short time I have - I ended up with many photos of its wings folded up and almost line up with me so I had to omit most of the pictures but finally found one that had it partially open it wings, thus id it.

Look like most pictures are on the daisy family, but there's at least one of a lily family.


On Jun 30, 2007, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Found throughout North America, but most common in the east. Larval host plant is from the family Asteraceae. Most gardens, open lawns and edges of the woods support a number of these little butterflies.

Sometimes as many as 3 broods a year.