Southern Dogface

Zerene cesonia
Sulphurs

Appearance: Forewing tips pointed. Above, yellow and black forewing with the outline of a yellow dogface looking toward the trailing edge of the forewing. The hindwing is yellow on the female; the male will have narrow black markings on the hindwing margin. The male is quite vivid, the female less so and more diffuse. Below, bright to pale yellow. When backlit the “dogface” may show through below.

Size: Medium; 1 7/8 to 2 1/2 inches

Habitat: Open habitats such as weedy pastures, dry hillsides and grasslands

Season: May to August

Larval Foodplant: Legumes; clovers, false indigo, dalea and leadplant

Did You Know…
The male is so vivid that seeing a yellow and black sulphur in flight will probably be a Southern Dogface.

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