|Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)|
Family: Pieridae (pee-AIR-ih-dee) (Info)
This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Cherry Grove, Ohio
Eagle Mountain, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Glenn Heights, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
|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.
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