SOUTHERN DOGFACE

Zerene cesonia

Expected to occur throughout both Alabama and Mississippi.  Gets its common name from the dark "dogface" markings on the upper surface, which can often be seen from below.  Forewings are sharply angled at the tip.  Ventral surface of wings yellow, late season individuals often flushed with pink (rosa/winter form).  Males have a sharp point above the "nose", while in females this mark is more rounded.

Adult female rosa form - ventral

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Adult male - ventral

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Adult - ventral


Adult mating pair


Adult female ovipositing on

White Prairie Clover


Egg on Purple Prairie Clover


Caterpillar on Purple

Prairie Clover


Chrysalis

Chrysalis