Zerene cesonia life history
Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia) Life History

Egg, 9-27-09

Recently emerged caterpillar, 10-02-09

Egg, 10-05-09





10-25-09, chrysalis

Fresh Southern Dogface, 11-4-09

With blue and orange stripes contrasting the yellow and black bands, Southern Dogface caterpillars are strikingly beautiful. I found a number of Southern Dogface eggs on Bearded Dalea (Dale pogonathera) in later September, 2009. I collected three caterpillars to raise when the eggs eclosed. I also collected a few more while gathering food to feed the original caterpillars. Some of these proved to be parasitized.

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