Attributes of Zerene cesonia

Southern Dogface
Zerene cesonia (Stoll, 1790)

Family: Pieridae
Subfamily: Coliadinae
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.
Wing Span: 2 1/8 - 3 inches (5.4 - 7.6 cm).
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, 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.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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October 13, 2014 roseanna Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States October 16, 2014 Details
October 03, 2014 HHowell White County, Tennessee, United States October 03, 2014 Details
September 26, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States September 26, 2014 Details
January 26, 2014 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States August 15, 2014 Details
September 02, 2008 doris potter Pima County, Arizona, United States July 28, 2014 Details
June 19, 2014 jvkopple2 Rooks County, Kansas, United States June 20, 2014 Details
November 04, 2012 John429 Maricopa County, Arizona, United States April 24, 2014 Details
February 23, 2014 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States March 20, 2014 Details
November 09, 2002 legacy.reporter (Bob Ake) Northampton County, Virginia, United States March 02, 2014 Details
December 20, 1951 BAMONA Northampton County, Virginia, United States February 23, 2014 Details
February 04, 2014 herobiscuit Texas, Starr County, United States February 22, 2014 Details
February 13, 2014 PDunwiddie Bexar County, Texas, United States February 15, 2014 Details
July 20, 2013 tjantscher Johnson County, Iowa, United States February 06, 2014 Details
April 24, 2013 LLJohnson Dominican Republic January 13, 2014 Details
November 17, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States January 01, 2014 Details
May 12, 1976 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
May 12, 1976 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
February 15, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
March 21, 1971 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
December 16, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States December 19, 2013 Details
November 20, 2013 whbauer Bexar County, Texas, United States November 22, 2013 Details
November 18, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States November 20, 2013 Details
November 08, 2013 whbauer Bexar County, Texas, United States November 08, 2013 Details
October 29, 2013 Tommie Rogers Marion County, Tennessee, United States October 31, 2013 Details
October 27, 2013 H. Hooper Leon County, Florida, United States October 29, 2013 Details
October 11, 2013 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States October 11, 2013 Details
August 26, 2013 Redheart Canyonlands Bandera County, Texas, United States September 23, 2013 Details
August 10, 2013 dandtkienzle DeSoto County, Mississippi, United States August 21, 2013 Details
July 27, 2013 Jeff Trahan Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, United States July 31, 2013 Details
June 20, 2013 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States June 20, 2013 Details
May 21, 2013 Doug Bruce Campbell County, Tennessee, United States May 30, 2013 Details
September 12, 2010 tjantscher Lee County, Iowa, United States May 05, 2013 Details
June 19, 2012 LLJohnson Dominican Republic April 11, 2013 Details
April 13, 2011 Jim Klingler Nemaha County, Kansas, United States April 05, 2013 Details
January 20, 2013 Ellen Coryell County, Texas, United States January 28, 2013 Details
December 21, 2012 Cheryl Jennings Pima County, Arizona, United States January 08, 2013 Details
October 24, 2012 Tom Bormann Hidalgo County, Texas, United States January 04, 2013 Details
December 22, 2012 Russell Weir Texas, San Patricio County, United States December 27, 2012 Details
July 19, 1991 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) White Pine County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
June 19, 1991 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Elko County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 20, 1991 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Eureka County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
August 22, 1991 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Lander County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 11, 1992 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Pershing County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 29, 1992 legacy.reporter (Robert L. Langston) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 26, 1993 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Lincoln County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 26, 1993 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) White Pine County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 27, 1993 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Elko County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 15, 1978 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
April 21, 1978 legacy.reporter (C. S. Lawson) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details
July 21, 1978 legacy.reporter (George T. Austin) Clark County, Nevada, United States December 01, 2012 Details