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Species Phyciodes phaon - Phaon Crescent - Hodges#4480

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Subfamily Nymphalinae (Crescents, Checkerspots, Anglewings, etc.)
Tribe Melitaeini
Genus Phyciodes (Crescents)
Species phaon (Phaon Crescent - Hodges#4480)
Hodges Number
Wingspan 23 - 32 mm
Above, pale (cream-colored) postmedian band on the forewing.

Below, hindwing is tan with fine brown lines.
Southern CA east through South Texas and Florida to coastal South Carolina. Strays to eastern Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. See confirmed county records map here
Open, disturbed sites including roadsides, utility easements, unused farm fields.
Larvae host on frogfruit and mat grass (Lippia spp.)
See Also
Pearl Crescent is similar but lacks cream band on forewing, above, and hindwing is tawny orange, below.
Print References
Butterflies of Florida(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Butterflies of Florida Field Guide (Our Nature Field Guides)
Jaret C. Daniels. 2003. Adventure Publications.