Tawny Crescent Phyciodes batesii (Reakirt, [1866])Extirpated  -  SH (Historical)    Synonyms: Tawny Crescent.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Lepidoptera   >   Family Nymphalidae   >   Genus Phyciodes   


Tawny Crescent (Phyciodes batesii) formerly occurred in Maryland, in Montgomery County, but is sadly now extirpated from the state. This primarily northern butterfly has declined severely from much of its range in the Appalachian chain, and is now known there from just a few relict populations in the mountains of North Carolina and Georgia. It still ranges widely in the north and portions of the west (Brock & Kaufman, 2003; Glassberg, 1999).


Reported to use Wavy-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum undulatum) as a larval host. May use other species as well (Allen 1997).

There are 3 records in the project database.

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Tawny Crescent in Manitoba, Canada (7/8/2008). Tawny Crescent is an extirpated species in Maryland that had a historical presence in Montgomery County. Photo by Jay Cossey. (MBP list)

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