The Phaon Crescent has a dark orange and brown checkered forewing with a band of pale cream in the middle that can also be found on the underside. The underside is similar to but paler than the upper wing with orange, light tan, and dark brown markings. The Phaon Crescent is found mostly in West Tennessee.


Phaon Crescent” by Theo Arnold, licensed under (CC BY 2.0)


Phaon Crescent Facts

Butterfly Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Nymphalinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 – 1 1/2 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Openings in thorn forests, open areas with closely cropped plants, dunes, pastures, and road edges


Phaon Crescent Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Fogfruit
  • Mat Grass
  • Verbena

Nectar Plants:

  • Verbena
  • Beggarticks
  • Shepherd’s Needle