Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Phyciodes cocyta pascoensis, British
Columbia, Canada ©
tribe Melitaeini is of worldwide distribution. It includes the
Crescents and Checkerspots of North America, and also many familiar
European species such as the Marsh and Heath Fritillaries.
Phyciodes comprises of 11 species,
distributed variously from Canada to Guatemala.
is found in southern Canada and the northern states of the USA.
This species breeds
in meadows, fields, scree slopes and other dry grassy and flowery
The eggs are pale
green in colour, and laid in batches of up to 200 on the underside
of leaves of various Asteraceae. The larvae live gregariously at
first, but become solitary in later instars.
imbibe mineralised moisture from damp ground, but both sexes are
more often encountered when nectaring. They visit a wide range of
flowers, favouring Asteraceae.