A female California Dogface. I was trying to get dorsal shots by timing the shot for the moment they left a flower (same with the male below). Rincon OHV Road, September 26, 2006.
Female California Dogface ovipositing on host False Indigo, Bear Canyon, August 10, 2005. This is California's state insect.
Male California Dogface just leaving Spanish Needles. Little Dalton Canyon, July 8, 2006. This view clearly shows the "dog face" on the wings.
Male California Dogface, Bear Canyon (off hwy 74 in the Cleveland Natl Forest, Orange Co.) August 10, 2005.
A female California Dogface oviposited on this stem of False Indigo, and close inspection revealed at least 4 eggs at this spot. These butterflies overwinter as adults. Cactus Springs Trail, March 30, 2011.
After a long search, I finally found a larva of the California Dogface on the False Indigo that is common along the Cactus Springs Trail, where this butterfly can be common depending on time of year. May 19, 2012.
A male showing a bit of the dorsal pattern. West Fork Trail, San Gabriel Mountains, March 4, 2012.