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Southern Dogface

Zerene cesonia


Upperside forewings of both sexes have yellow "dog's head" surrounded by black. "Eye" does not touch black border. Female similar, with duller, more diffuse black areas and 2 seasonal forms: underside hindwing of wet season "summer" form is yellow; that of dry season "winter" form is mottled with black and pink. Wing Span: 2 1/8 - 3 inches (5.4 - 7.6 cm).


Hotel garden. I-10 runs along one side and a large dirt parking lot another.

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Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Thank you for explaining - I admit I hadn't noticed that.

joanbstanley 5 years ago

Check markings. Two different butterflies.

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Pretty butterfly, Joan. This seems to be a duplicate spotting with this one? Could you perhaps combine them?

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Tucson, Arizona, USA

Spotted on Nov 3, 2014
Submitted on Jan 4, 2015

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