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Dog Face (Zerene cesonia)

  • BND: Dog Face; Zerene cesonia (Stoll, 1790)
  • BNA: Southern Dogface; Zerene cesonia
  • Habitat: Open prairies, scrubby areas
  • Larval food: Legumes, incl. Dalea, Petalostemum, Amorpha, Medicago, Trifolium, others
  • Adult flight: Occasional stray in late summer; cannot survive freezing; rarely encountered in ND
  • References: Royer 78, Opler & Krizek 68, Scott 201
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