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Atlas of North Dakota Butterflies

Tawny Crescent (Phyciodes batesii)


  • BND: Tawny Crescent; Phyciodes batesii (Reakirt, [1866])
  • BNA: Tawny Crescent; Phyciodes batesii
  • NDC: PHBA
  • Habitat: Woodland roadsides, usually near bluestem prairie; males patrol moist areas in search of mates; avidly nectars Apocynum; synchronous with
  • Poanes hobomok, Pterourus canadensis, Epargyreus clarus, with which it frequently shares nectar sites; also avidly nectars Euphorbia esula
  • Larval food: Aster spp., probably A. laevis in ND
  • Adult flight: One brood, usually emerges first week in June
  • References: Royer 137, Layberry et al. 190, Opler & Krizek 148, Scott 312
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