Painted Crescent

Photo by: Bryan Reynolds

Phyciodes picta

Painted Crescents are dark with yellow spots on their underside and have pale markings on their yellow-cream hindwings. Their wingspan can reach up to 1.5 inches or as little as 1 inch on average. It is very similar to the Phaon Crescent, except for the plain rear wing underside and the dorsal forewing patterns.

There are two to three broods that take place between April and October each year. They will feed on flower nectar from plants such as field bindweed, aster, and hairy tubetongue. Males will actively patrol for mating. The females lay their eggs in clusters on the underside of the host plants. Hibernation occurs during the third stage of caterillars.

Adults will live anywhere from Colorado and Kansas down to northern parts of Mexico. More specifically they can be found in marches, fields, roadsides, and fencerows.

Useful resources to discover more about the Painted Crescent include:

Featured pollinator plant: Tahoka Daisy Machaeranthera tanacetifolia

Written by: Christian Newkirk, an undergraduate Environmental Scienec student at the University of Oklahoma