Butterfly ~ Southern Dogface by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in Tucson, Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

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No butterfly could be more aptly named. A glimpse at the poodle-head pattern on its front wing is sure to bring a chuckle to anyone. The pattern is visible only if the insect is backlit, since it virtually never perches with parted wings.

Females lack a crispness in the dogface pattern but have characteristically falsate (sickle-shaped) for wings.

Southern dogfaces are strong fliers and frequently gather with other sulfurs at puddle parties to gather with and trace minerals used in the production of pheromones. It is easy to approach adults as they are nectaring at a variety of flowers, such as rabbitbrush and salvia.

Host Plant False indigo and other legumes
Flight Mostly warm weather, but occasioally through the winter.


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  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous, Kimberly.

  • Thank you Kay, I am proud of this one!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 4 years ago

    Terrific capture !!

  • I appreciate that Anthony, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Hardly any words for this one; good as it gets, Kimberly!

  • That means a lot to me Sheila, It is one of my favorites! Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtover 4 years ago

    Fantastic Capture! Everything just flows, brings out the coloring.

  • Thank you Sherry so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanover 4 years ago

    So pretty on this flower! Awesome capture!

  • A favorite of mine. I am truly proud of this one, thank you so much Lisa.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture – mq

  • Thank you so much Mike!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Nice capture.

  • I appreciate that Trish, it is a fave of mine!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago

    What a beauty!

  • Thank you Ma’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardabout 4 years ago

    Totally gorgeous Kimberly, how did I miss this one, it’s really lovely, it gets my vote!

  • Deb, that makes my heart smile, thank you so very much. I am very proud of this one!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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