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Pearl Crescent on Gallardia (20)
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Pearl Crescent
Phyciodes tharos

June is a great time for wildflowers, insects and wildlife here in Alberta. Nature comes to life very quickly during the short summer.

The Pearl Crescent grows up to 30 cm and are found in the southern half of Alberta.

A tiny butterfly that enjoys perching on flowers with their wings open to the warmth of the sun.

Similar to a Monarch Butterfly they love to glide, not so common for other butterflies.

There is a northern species (P. selenis) but the two are very hard to tell apart, their range is the best way to distinguish.

Hand Held

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Edited by:periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)

Similar butterfly, seen in Mexico five years ago, in October.
Taken with a pocket camera.