Mylitta Crescent

Phyciodes mylitta

Phyciodes mylitta photo © by Mike Plagens

Photographed by Mike Plagens along Sycamore Creek in the Pine Mountain Wilderness, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA. 07 June 2009. This one is seeking nectar from flowers of Horehound.

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Mylitta Crescent is common in the higher elevations (> 1500 m.) of Arizona's sycamore gallery woodlands by April/May and may be found through the summer. The base color of the upperside of wings is nearly uniform orange behind narrow black borders and markings. Small in size having a wing span of 3 to 4 cm. The caterpillars use various thistle species as their host plant where the female butterfly has carefully laid her eggs.

Nymphalidae -- Brush-footed Butterfly Family

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Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
Invertebrates in Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


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