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Southern Dogface Colias cesonia


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Southern Dogface
credit: Megan McCarty

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Family: Pieridae, Whites and Sulphurs view all from this family

Description The Southern Dogface, Colias cesonia, is a North American butterfly in the family Pieridae, subfamily Coliadinae (up until recently, the species was sometimes placed in the related genus Colias instead of Zerenia).

The upper side of the pointed fore wings have a dogface pattern. The wings are mainly yellow with black borders. The under side of the wings is mostly yellow with a black eyespot on the fore wing and two white spots on the hind wing.

This butterfly can be found in short-grass prairie hills, open woodlands, and near road edges. Both male and female Southern Dogfaces may be seen feeding at flowers such as Alfalfa, Coreopsis sp., Houstonia sp., and Verbena sp.

Dimensions 1 7/8-2 1/2" (48-64 mm).

Habitat Cities, suburbs & towns, Deserts, Forests & woodlands, Meadows & fields, Scrub, shrub & brushlands.

Range Plains, California, Rocky Mountains, Northwest, Texas, Southeast, Florida, Southwest, Eastern Canada, New England, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, Western Canada.