Pale Crescent

Phyciodes pallida
True Brushfoots

Appearance: Antenna clubs orange. Above, mostly orange with subdued black markings, and a noticable black spot on the lower edge of the forewing. Below, mottled tan and white. Can be confused with the Mylitta Crescent which usually does not appear north of the Palmer Divide along the front range.

Size: Small; 1 3/16 to 1 1/2 inches

Habitat: Streamsides and gullies in foothills and mountains, sometimes hillsides and ridges

Season: April to July and August to October; 2 broods

Larval Foodplant: Thistles

Did You Know…
Males perch near streams, gullies and paths looking for females. Adults nectar on yellow composites (Opler, 1999).

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