Status:    uncommon resident

Flights:  1+, Mar-Oct?


Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  coastal Santa Lucia lowlands; Big Creek Reserve, Partington Creek, Pt. Lobos Reserve, Robinson Cyn. Rd., Andrew Molera State Park, Hatton Cyn.


Habitats:  open, weedy fields, roadsides, glades in foothills

Host plants:  asters

Adult fooddogbanes, milkweeds, thistles, mints, etc.


Conservation: secure globally


Remarks: 

  1.   some pops show seasonal polyphenism: later, summer forms may show more black above than forms from overwintered larvae

  2.   flies low over the ground

  3.   variable; antennal tips dark brown-black; FW below often shows pale bar in cell

 
 

Field crescent Phyciodes campestris

Life history facts


egg: laid in large batches on underside of host plant leaves

larva: eats leaves; young sometimes live in loose web; partially grown caterpillars hibernate

pupa:

adult:  males patrol just above vegetation during the day

big creek reserve

6-9-2007