Photo by Melody

Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Pieridae (pee-AIR-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Zerene
Species: cesonia


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Marion, Arkansas
Jacksonville, Florida
Jupiter, Florida
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Cincinnati, Ohio
Stilwell, Oklahoma
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Los Fresnos, Texas
Red Oak, Texas
Rosenberg, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

By htop
Thumbnail #1 of Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia) by htop

By TxTurqoize

Thumbnail #2 of Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia) by TxTurqoize

By Floridian

Thumbnail #3 of Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia) by Floridian

By catbird8

Thumbnail #4 of Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia) by catbird8

By Sheila_FW

Thumbnail #5 of Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia) by Sheila_FW

By Sheila_FW

Thumbnail #6 of Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia) by Sheila_FW

By pford1854

Thumbnail #7 of Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia) by pford1854

There are a total of 10 photos.
Click here to view them all!

Member Notes:

Neutral Magpye On Aug 16, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a) wrote:

Wing span: 2 1/8 - 3 inches (5.4 - 7.6 cm).

Identification: 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.

Life history: Males patrol open areas for females. Eggs are laid on the undersides of terminal leaves of host plants. Adults overwinter in reproductive arrest.

Flight: Three flights in the southern states from May-June, July-August, and September-April. Northern colonists have one generation per year, or do not reproduce at all.

Caterpillar hosts: Small-leaved plants in the pea family (Fabaceae) including alfalfa (Medicago sativa); prairie clovers (Pentalostemon), indigo (Dalea), and clover (Trifolium) species.

Adult food: Nectar from flowers including alfalfa, coreopsis, houstonia, and verbena.

Habitat: Dry, open areas such as short-grass prairie hills, scrub oak groves, open woodland, washes, road edges.

Range: Resident in South America north to southern Texas and peninsular Florida. Stray or temporary resident from central California northeast through the Great Lakes area and all the eastern states.

Positive tabasco On Sep 8, 2010, tabasco from Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH
(Zone 6a) wrote:

The dogface is a somewhat unusual find for south-west Ohio but we did have one in our garden in August. A nice addition to our lepidoptera list for 2010.

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America