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The two species of "dogface" butterflies occur in warmer regions of North and South America. The vernacular name refers to the yellow and black markings on the dorsal surface of the forewing, which looks somewhat like the profile of a dog.

The dogface pattern on the wings of the Southern dogface, Zerene cesonia. Left: ventral view © 2008 Ken Bosma; right: dorsal view © 2007 Anne Toal


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