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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!

    The Crescent's average wingspan is about 1.5 inches (approximately 3.8 cm). 
    It is found in all parts of the United States except the west coast, and throughout Mexico and parts of southern Canada, in particular Ontario.          

   Its habitat is open areas such as pastures, road edges, vacant lots, fields, open pine woods
   Adults find nectar from a great variety of flowers including dogbane, swamp milkweed, shepherd's needle, asters, and winter cress.

   Males patrol open areas for females.

After mating, the eggs are laid in small batches on the underside of host plant leaves. Caterpillars eat the leaves and are gregarious when young.

   * There are three subspecies of the Crescent butterfly.
Crescent Butterfly caterpillar
Crescent chrysalis.jfif
Avg. Wingspan: 3.2 - 4.5 cm / 1 1/4 - 1 3/4 "
Avg. Body Length: 16-18 mm / .63 - .71"
Diet: adults take nectar from dogbane, swamp milkweed, shepherd's needle, asters and winter cress.

Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera

* Being Brush-footed butterflies, Crescents have a short pair of fore legs that are used to taste food, and two pairs of longer rear legs that are used for propulsion.
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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