Pearl Crescent Phyciodes tharos (Drury, 1773)  

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The Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) is a familiar and common species, with an orange upperside and intricate blackish markings through the interior. This butterfly is found across the state throughout the warmer months, into November (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith). It is distributed generally in fields, meadows, gardens, and many other open habitats, and is easily identified and learned even by those with a casual interest in butterflies.

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Pearl Crescent is known to use various asters as larval hosts, including White Panicle Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum), Hairy White Oldfield Aster (S. pilosum), and Smooth Blue Aster (S. laeve), and probably others. For instance, captive specimens have been reared on New England Aster (S. novae-angliae).

There are 684 records in the project database.

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A Pearl Crescent in Harford Co., Maryland (8/24/2014). Photo by Mark Johnson. (MBP list)

A Pearl Crescent in Howard Co., Maryland (8/29/2015). Photo by Kevin Heffernan. (MBP list)

Pearl Crescent in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/10/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Pearl Crescent in Allegany Co., Maryland (7/15/2006). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list) (More of this species)

A Pearl Crescent in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/24/2016). Photo by Andy Wilson. (MBP list)

A Pearl Crescent in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/15/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Pearl Crescent in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/19/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Pearl Crescent in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/26/2017). Photo by Emily Carter Mitchell. (MBP list)

A Pearl Crescent in Harford Co., Maryland (7/23/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Pearl Crescents in Baltimore Co., Maryland (8/18/2014). Photo by Frode Jacobsen. (MBP list)

A Pearl Crescent in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/11/2014). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Pearl Crescents in Talbot Co., Maryland (5/7/2017). Photo by Erica Weick. (MBP list)

A Pearl Crescent in Baltimore City, Maryland (7/3/2014). Photo by Mike Hudson. (MBP list)

A Pearl Crescent collected in Frederick Co., Maryland (5/7/2001). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Pearl Crescent collected in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/4/2000). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Pearl Crescent in Washington Co., Maryland (5/25/2018). Very ragged at the tail end of its first brood. Photo by Rick Borchelt. (MBP list)

Pearl Crescents in Harford Co., Maryland (8/6/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A close-up of a Pearl Crescent collected in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/20/2013). Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A Pearl Crescent in Worcester Co., Maryland (8/7/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)


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