Phaon Crescent lands on Button Snakeroot in a field of tall grass
Explore Oct 7, 2011 #196
I love the wispy grass curling across the frame behind the Crescent. And the dried grasshead in the foreground. This Phaon Crescent is brilliantly colored, competing in miniature with the regal Monarch. Notice the lovely nosegay-like flower it's resting on, even if just for a moment.
In Greek mythology, Phaon was an old man who ferried the goddess of love, Aphrodite, to her destination. In return for his services, she gave him youth and beauty. A lovely name-heritage but these beauties are only youthful and beautiful for a couple of weeks!
The Phaon Crescent is quite small... maximum wingspread is 1.3 to 1.5 inches. It has a pale cream band across the middle area of its front wings. This band is clearly evident on both sides of the wings. Its favorite habitats are roadsides and open fields that have been grazed or otherwise chopped. Its host plant is Lippia, a low-growing ground cover that I adore. Years ago a friend told me she and her mom called it Licorice Drops and I've been calling it that ever since.
Correction: The flower is Alligator weed , Alternanthera philoxeroides.
Phaon Crescent, Phyciodes phaon, Nymphalinae
Host plant, Lippia, Fog Fruit, Frog Fruit, Capeweed, Frogfruit ,Turkey tangle, Matchweed
Arch Creek East Environmental Preserve, North Miami, FL
See my sets, Woods, weeds and streams. And Florida Butterflies.