Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

Common and widespread in NC, these butterflies can be found on the wing from Spring into Fall and often visit flower gardens. Males and females are distinguished by the shape of the tip of the abdomen (fine point in females; blunt in males).

Beware that identification can be challenging at times, and Pearl Crescents can be confused with Mimic Crescent (P. incognitus), Phaon Crescent (P. phaon), and Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis).


Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Pettigrew State Park
Washington Co., NC
21 June 2006

Mated pair with the male on the right.


Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Currituck Co., NC
20 Aug 2014

On Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)


Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) #3613
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Male
Clay Co., NC
21 May 2005

Note black underside of clubs


Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) #3613
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Male
Clay Co., NC
21 May 2005

Where their ranges overlap in the NC mountains with Mimic Crescents, Pearls are generally smaller and the undersides of the antennal clubs on males are black (not red-orange). Note that the tips of the clubs may have varying degrees of orange, as this individual shows.


Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) #2843
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Male
Haywood Co., NC
13 May 2005

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Male
Haywood Co., NC
13 May 05
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Female
Haywood Co., NC
13 May 05

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Male
Flat River Impoundment, Durham Co., NC
10 Apr 2008
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Clay Co., NC
19 May 2007

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Male
Wake Co., NC
20 June 2009

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Female
Durham Co., NC
1 May 2005
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Female
Watauga Co., NC
27 June 04

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Female
Person Co., NC
Mayo Lake County Park
6 Sep 2003
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Female
Brunswick Co., NC
31 May 2004

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Female
Buncombe Co., NC
8 July 2006

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Female
Durham Co., NC
3 Oct 2004
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Male
Caswell Co., NC
17 Jun 2006

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Female
Durham Co., NC
11 Oct 2013

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Chatham Co., NC
19 Sep 2009
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Chatham Co., NC
19 Sep 2009

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Pender Co., NC
19 Sep 2009
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Durham Co., NC
28 June 2009

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Female
Watauga Co., NC
23 July 2006
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Female
Watauga Co., NC
23 July 2006

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
#3729
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Male
Watauga Co., NC
23 July 2006
#1526
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Male
Macon Co., NC
12 May 2006

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) #1526
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Male
Macon Co., NC
12 May 2006

Pearl Crescent - dorsal Pearl Crescent - ventral Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Male
Caldwell Co., NC
28 June 2003

This odd looking crescent has an abnormal amount of black pigment.


Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Caldwell Co., NC
23 Aug 2016
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Caldwell Co., NC
23 Aug 2016

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Caldwell Co., NC
23 Aug 2016
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Wilkes Co., NC
24 Aug 2016

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Holly Shelter Game Land, Pender Co., NC
11 Sep 2016

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), male
Muscatatuck NWR, Jackson Co., IN
27 July 2015

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), Male
Muscatatuck NWR, Jackson Co., IN
27 July 2015

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), female
Muscatatuck NWR, Jackson Co., IN
27 July 2015

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), female
Kankakee Sands, Newton Co., IN
30 July 2015

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Elkhorn Creek, Lewis & Clark Co., MT
7 June 2016

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Elkhorn Creek, Lewis & Clark Co., MT
7 June 2016


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