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California State Insect

Male California dogface butterfly - click to see all state insects
Male California Dogface butterfly © Peter J. Bryant (used by permission).
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California Dogface Butterfly

California dogface butterfly video

in 1929 California became the first state to designate a state insect, resulting from responses to a statewide poll given by Lorquin Entomological Society of Los Angeles to all active entomologists in the state.

The California dogface butterfly (Zerene eurydice), also called "dog head butterfly," is found only in California. The male has markings on its wings resembling a silhouette of a dog's head. The female is usually solid yellow with a black spot on each upper wing:

Female California dogface butterfly - click to see all state insects
Female California Dogface butterfly © Peter J. Bryant (used by permission). See All State Insects.
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State Insect: California State Library
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