Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)

The Southern Dogface is a bright yellow and black member of the sulphur family. The characteristic dogface pattern is seen from above, and sometimes from below. The wings are sharply pointed. It is common in the southwest U.S. but less common in the north and east.

Size: 2.0" - 2.75"

Host Plants: Alfalfa, prairie clover, white clover, false indigo, kidneywood, legumes

Southern Dogface Butterfly
Southern Dogface Butterfly

 

Southern Dogface Butterfly
Southern Dogface Butterfly

 

Southern Dogface Butterfly
Southern Dogface butterfly at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio, Texas
Southern Dogface butterfly at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio, Texas on October 22, 2016. Photo by and courtesy of David B. Sweidel.