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Genus Zerene - Dogfaces

Southern Dogface - Zerene cesonia Chrysalis - Zerene cesonia Adult emerging - Zerene cesonia California Dogface - Zerene eurydice - female Zerene or Phoebis sp? - Zerene cesonia Cloudless sulfur? - Zerene cesonia Southern Dogface - Zerene cesonia Big yellow butterfly seen near Tucson! - Zerene cesonia
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Pieridae (Whites, Sulphurs, Yellows)
Subfamily Coliadinae (Sulphurs and Yellows)
Genus Zerene (Dogfaces)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly included in the genus Colias
2 species in North America, the Southern Dogface (Z. cesonia) and the California Dogface (Z. eurydice)
pattern of the upper forewing resembles a yellow "dog face" bordered by black, with a black circle forming the eye
resident in California, Texas, and Florida; regular migrant across southern two-thirds of United States, with occasional strays recorded as far north as central Canada and the Great Lakes
open areas such as roadsides and pastures
larvae feed on legumes
Internet References
live adult images of Z. cesonia (Jeffrey Pippen, Texas, courtesy of Duke U.)
pinned adult images plus other info on Z. eurydice (