Southern Dogface

Copyright Taylor Sandlin

Southern Dogface

Zerene cesonia

These yellow butterflies can be seen across Texas almost all year long.

The name comes from the dog’s face that can be seen on the upperside of the wing or through the underside if the light hits just right. The spot forms the eye of the dog with the face in profile.

The Southern Dogface is easy to distinguish from the other Yellow butterflies in Texas thanks to these clear markings and the pointed forewing which sets it apart from the Clouded Sulphur.