Brushfoots: Summer Crescent Phyciodes diminutor
|Size:||Wingspan ranges from 1.25" - 1.88"|
|Habitat:||Open areas near streams, shale barrens|
|Flight Period:||May and August|
|Larval Host Plant:||Asters|
Upperside view of a male Summer Crescent. The Summer Crescent was considered a subspecies of the Northern Crescent until just recently when author James Scott determined that the Summer Crescent was a separate species. The flight pattern of the Summer Crescent is known to be different from the Pearl Crescents. They fly higher than the Pearls and almost seem to glide at times. But the main identifier of the Summer Crescent male is the orange on the underside of the antenna clubs.
Ventral View of a male. Again, note the orange antenna clubs. Also of note is the large dark area that does not display the lighter crescent.