Pearl Crescent
Phyciodes tharos
June 13, 2010

  Update July 10, 2011: I've added a photo with the Pearl Crescent's wings raised.

The Pearl Crescent is a pretty orange butterfly with a wingspan something over an inch wide. It has a truly intricate pattern on its wings, which takes a photo to highlight.

I only have the one picture here, but I think it shows the pattern very well.

Pearl Crescent, wings open
I wonder what the difference is between Fritillaries and Crescents?

Pearl Crescents are supposed to be common, but it's the first time I've ever photographed one.

After I had written the above (in 2010), I've photographed several more Pearl Crescents, including the following showing the butterfly's wings up.

Pearl Crescent, wings closed
  The butterfly has a remarkable pattern whether seen from above or below its wings.

Photo note: I used the Pentax K20D, with the SMC-DA 55-300mm lens, for the first photo, taken on May 19, 2010. Same camera but a Voigtlander 125mm macro lens for the second photo, from May 22, 2011.

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