Phaon Crescent Butterfly

This little butterfly is the Phaon Crescent, similar to the Pearl Crescent, and the difference is the wing.

Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden

The name comes from the crescent-shaped dots on the wings. Its similar to the Pearl Crescent only its wings are fringed.

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Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden

It is only an inch and a half, and easy to get close to photographing (macro) when there’s plenty of nectar to gather. Its caterpillar host plant is fogfruit, so that’s another great opportunity to photograph them.

Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden

Links

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/phaon_crescent.htm

https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Phyciodes-phaon

https://bugguide.net/node/view/221

 

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The Unexpected

Nature = life…

Nature and all of the creatures, big or small, instinctively learn how to survive. It’s amazing how they know what do to. How to build nest, dig burrow, weave a web and patiently hunt.

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Skipper gathering nectar from a Thistle 
Skipper and Crab Spider
Skipper gets startled by the hidden Crab Spider
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Crab Spider attacks 
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Crab Spider grabs a hold of the Skippers neck from below

This is a part of nature… every species needs to eat. As sad as this was to watch, understanding the part of being at a certain place and at a certain time can mean life or death.