California Dogface Butterfly

California State Insect


Male California Dogface butterfly

Male California Dogface butterfly; photo © Peter J. Bryant (used by permission).

California Dogface Butterfly

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 © Peter J. Bryant (used by permission).

Female California Dogface butterfly


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