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California Dogface Butterfly * Zerene eurydice

The California Dogface Butterfly is also known as the Flying Pansy. The male California Dogface Butterfly is feeding on lavender. The female California Dogface Butterfly is feeding on Lantana. The California Dogface Caterpillars prefer clovers and other plants in the pea family. This is the California state insect and was featured in a 1976 commemorative postage stamp. The California Dogface Butterfly adults are noted for feeding on Sages, Lavender's and Thistles, Lantana, and plants in the Manzanita family. Look below the photos to see a more extensive list of plants the California Dogface Butterfly has been recorded utilizing as a nectar resource. Using these plants makes the California Dogface Butterfly a relatively common visitor to the butterfly garden.

California Dogface Male

A Male California Dogface Butterfly sipping nectar from Lavender. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

California Dogface Butterfly

A Female California Dogface Butterfly sipping nectar from Lantana.

Plants to use to attract the California Dogface Butterfly to your garden : Arbutus unedo, Arctostaphylos Howard McMinn, Arctostaphylos insularis, Arctostaphylos Pacific Mist, Aster chilensis, Beloperone californica, Caesalpinia californica, Caesalpinia gilliesii, Caesalpinia pulcherrima, Centaurea gymnocarpa, Cirsium occidentale, Erigeron argentatus, Erigeron Bountiful, Erigeron karvinskianus, Erigeron Sea Breeze, Erigeron speciosus, Erigeron Wayne Roderick, Justicia californica, Dicliptera suberecta, Justicia Fruit Salad, Justicia Jambalaya, Justicia leonardii, Justicia rizzinii, Justicia suberecta, Lantana, Lavandula dentata, Lavandula dentata candicans, Lavandula Fred Boutin, Lavandula Goodwin Creek Grey, Lavandula Grosso, Lavandula heterophylla, Lavandula multifida, Lavandula pinnata buchii, Lavandula Provence, Monardella lanceolata, Monardella odoratissima, Pentas lanceolata, Pentas Pearl White, Rudbeckia Tiger Eye, Salvia Allen Chickering, Salvia brandegeei, Salvia carduacea, Salvia Celestial Blue, Salvia clevelandii, Salvia coahuilensis, Salvia dorrii, Salvia leucantha, Salvia leucantha Danielle's Dream, Salvia leucantha Midnight, Salvia leucantha Santa Barbara, Salvia leucophylla, Salvia mellifera, Salvia Pozo Blue, Salvia spathacea, Salvia Terra Seca, Salvia uliginosa, Salvia Winnifred Gilman, Symphyotrichum chilense, Trichostema lanatum, Trichostema Midnight Magic