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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 edmundsii Danville
Arctostaphylos edmundsii Little Sur
Arctostaphylos Howard McMinn
Arctostaphylos insularis
Arctostaphylos John Dourley
Arctostaphylos Lester Rowntree
Arctostaphylos Pacific Mist
Argyranthemum Chelsea Girl
Argyranthemum Madeira Cherry Red
Argyranthemum Silver Lady
Aster chilensis
Beloperone californica
Caesalpinia californica
Caesalpinia gilliesii
Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Calliandra californica
Calliandra eriophylla
Calliandra haematocephala
Calliandra haematocephala alba
Calliandra tweedii
Centaurea gymnocarpa
Cirsium occidentale
Erigeron argentatus * Silver Fleabane
Erigeron glaucus Bountiful * Bountiful Seaside Daisy
Erigeron glaucus Sea Breeze * Pink Seaside Daisy, Sea Breeze Seaside Daisy
Erigeron glaucus Wayne Roderick * Wayne Roderick Seaside Daisy
Erigeron glaucus White Lights * White Lights Seaside Daisy
Erigeron karvinskianus * Santa Barbara Daisy, Mexican Daisy
Erigeron speciosus * Aspen Fleabane, Showy Fleabane, Oregon Fleabane
Justicia californica
Dicliptera suberecta
Justicia Fruit Salad
Justicia Jambalaya
Justicia leonardii
Justicia rizzinii
Justicia suberecta
Lantana Luscious Citrus
Lavandula allardii Meerlo
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 * Allen Chickering Sage
Salvia apiana * White Sage
Salvia Bee's Bliss * Bee's Bliss Sage
Salvia brandegeei * Brandegee's Sage, Santa Rosa Island Sage
Salvia carduacea * Thistle Sage
Salvia Celestial Blue * Celestial Blue Sage
Salvia chionopeplica * Baja Sage
Salvia clevelandii * Cleveland Sage
Salvia coahuilensis * Coahuila Sage
Salvia Desperado * Desperado Sage
Salvia dorrii * Desert Purple Sage
Salvia leucantha Mexican Sage
Salvia leucantha Danielle's Dream
Salvia leucantha Midnight
Salvia leucantha Santa Barbara
Salvia leucophylla Amethyst Bluff * Amethyst Bluff Purple Sage
Salvia leucophylla Bee's Bliss * Bee's Bliss Sage
Salvia leucophylla Point Sal Spreader * Point Sal Spreader Purple Sage
Salvia mellifera * Black Sage
Salvia mellifera Green Carpet * Green Carpet Creeping Sage
Salvia mellifera Skylark * Skylark Sage
Salvia mellifera Terra Seca * Dwarf Black Sage
Salvia munzii * San Diego Sage, Munz's Sage
Salvia munzii Emerald Cascade * San Miguel Mountain Sage, Munz's Sage
Salvia Pozo Blue * Grey Musk Sage
Salvia spathacea * Hummingbird Sage
Salvia uliginosa * Bog Sage
Salvia Winnifred Gilman * Blue Sage
Symphyotrichum chilense
Trichostema lanatum
Trichostema Midnight Magic