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Southern Dogface

Zerene cesonia

Description:

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).

Habitat:

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

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3 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

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

joanbstanley
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? http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/111...

joanbstanley
Spotted by
joanbstanley

Tucson, Arizona, USA

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

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