PHAON CRESCENT

Phyciodes phaon

More common in the southern half of Alabama and Mississippi but forms temporary colonies northward, feeding on its host plant, Frogfruit.  The upper surface of the wings have the orange and black markings typical of crescents, but have a distinguishing pale cream median band on the forewing.  The ventral surface of the hindwings are cream colored with thin brown reticulations; the forewings have two large orangish-red areas.  Similar species: Pearl Crescent and Silvery Checkerspot

Adult - ventral

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Adult - dorsal

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Adult - dorsal