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California Dogface Butterfly * Zerene eurydice or Colias 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 adult will feed on Sages, Lavender's and Thistles, Lantana and plants in the Manzanita family.  Using these plants makes the California Dogface Butterfly a relatively common visitor to the butterfly garden.

Plants to use to attract the California Dogface Butterfly to your garden : Arbutus unedo, Aster chilensis, Arctostaphylos Howard McMinn, Centaurea gymnocarpa, Erigeron Bountiful, Erigeron karvinskianaus, Erigeron Sea Breeze, Erigeron Wayne Roderick, Lantana , Lavandula dentata, Lavandula dentata candicans, Lavandula Goodwin Creek Grey, Lavandula heterophylla, Lavandula multifida, Lavandula pinnata buchii, Lavandula provence, Monardella, Pentas lanceolata, Pentas Pearl White, Salvia Allen Chickering, Salvia brandegeei, Salvia clevelandii, Salvia coahuilensis, Salvia leucantha, Salvia leucantha Danielle's Dream, Salvia leucantha Midnight, Salvia leucantha Santa Barbara, Salvia leucophylla, Salvia mellifera, Salvia Pozo Blue, Salvia Terra Seca, Salvia uliginosa, Salvia Winifred Gilman, Symphyotrichon chilense, Trichostema lanatum

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California Dogface Butterfly Male

California Dogface Butterfly, Zerene eurydice 

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