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California Dogface Butterfly

California State Insect

Male California Dogface butterfly; photo © Peter J. Bryant (used by permission).

Official State Insect of California

California designated the California dogface butterfly (Zerene eurydice) as the official state insect in 1972. All State Insects

The California dogface butterfly, also called "dog-head butterfly," is found only in California. The male has markings on its wings resembling a silhouette of a dog's head. The female is usually solid yellow with a black spot on each upper wing.