Southern Dogface Butterfly
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – ENCHANTED FOREST PARK, FL
This is a photo of a Southern Dogface Butterfly taken at Enchanted Forest Park located in North Miami, Florida. This was an attempt to creep up on the subject with a macro light ring and lens. The camera gear used on this shot was a Nikon D90 camera body, a Nikkor 60mm 2.8 and light ring.
The Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia) is one of two members of the Zerene genus, found in the United States.
For identification purposes, the upperside forewings of both sexes have yellow “dog’s head” surrounded by black. “Eye” does not touch black border. Female similar, with duller, more diffuse black areas and 2 seasonal forms: underside hindwing of wet season “summer” form is yellow; that of dry season “winter” form is mottled with black and pink.
With a Coast to Coast range, it is also one of the more common of all Sulfur species found in the United States.