Double-snouted brush-footed pearly crescentspot

Spent way too much time last evening identifying this butterfly, making a slide show, and attempting to write a poem.  Phyciodes tharos was worth it.

The butterfly is a pearly crescentspot, or pearl crescentspot, a very common little creature.  It was also a very cooperative creature, sitting on the leaf right at my eye level, slowly opening and closing its wings and pirouetting.

The slide show still won't work for me, but you can clearly see the double snout. 

You may want to make a crescentspot Tiffany lamp after viewing, or plant more asters.

Good to know that Phyciodes tharos has no economic impact, and thus might be safe from both the Republicans and the Democrats in Congress.  Now that I know what to watch for, I'll be on the lookout for its caterpillar.

The photos were taken 4/5/2011 at 4:45 p.m. on the Rowlett Creek Trail at Oak Point Nature Preserve.  The bluebonnets are fantastic right now near the amphitheater.

© 2011 Nancy L. Ruder

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

I do have wild tiny baby perennial asters so I will keep an eye out for this pearly crescent winged thing!!

Beautiful, beautiful photos. Thank you!


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