An Oddly-colored Butterfly

I photographed this butterfly near my small reconstructed prairie this morning.

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The morning was a little cool and this individual was reluctant to fly, so I was able to pull some of the grass stems near it to get a better view.

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Seems to be a female pearl crescent, Phyciodes tharos, although the color and pattern is unusual for the species.  Very unusual.

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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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