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In Pursuit of the California Dogface Butterfly

Bohart Museum of Entomology associate and dogface butterfly expert Greg Kareofelas (left) shows a California dogface butterfly to Rob Stewart of

Few people have seen California's state insect in the wild, but now thousands will this week--on TV. The California dogface butterfly, Zerene eurydice, and its Auburn habitat will be featured on KVIE Public Television's "Rob on the Road" show at...

Bohart Museum of Entomology associate and dogface butterfly expert Greg Kareofelas (left) shows a California dogface butterfly to Rob Stewart of
Bohart Museum of Entomology associate and dogface butterfly expert Greg Kareofelas (left) shows a California dogface butterfly to Rob Stewart of "Rob on the Road" at the Shutamul Bear River Preserve. (Photo by Fran Keller)

Bohart Museum of Entomology associate and dogface butterfly expert Greg Kareofelas (left) shows a California dogface butterfly to Rob Stewart of "Rob on the Road" at the Shutamul Bear River Preserve. (Photo by Fran Keller)

The Shutamul Bear River Preserve near Auburn, Placer County, encompasses 40 acres and is considered
The Shutamul Bear River Preserve near Auburn, Placer County, encompasses 40 acres and is considered "the" best habitat for the dogface butterfly. (Photo by Fran Keller)

The Shutamul Bear River Preserve near Auburn, Placer County, encompasses 40 acres and is considered "the" best habitat for the dogface butterfly. (Photo by Fran Keller)

Rob Stewart of
Rob Stewart of "Rob on the Road" takes a selfie with a California dogface butterfly. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

Rob Stewart of "Rob on the Road" takes a selfie with a California dogface butterfly. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

Bohart Museum of Entomology associates Fran Keller (left) and Greg Kareofelas pose with Rob Stewart of
Bohart Museum of Entomology associates Fran Keller (left) and Greg Kareofelas pose with Rob Stewart of "Rob on the Road." Keller, an entomologist with a doctoral degree from UC Davis, is an assistant professor at Folsom Lake College, and Kareofelas is a naturalist/photographer.

Bohart Museum of Entomology associates Fran Keller (left) and Greg Kareofelas pose with Rob Stewart of "Rob on the Road." Keller, an entomologist with a doctoral degree from UC Davis, is an assistant professor at Folsom Lake College, and Kareofelas is a naturalist/photographer.

This is the group, including UC Master Gardeners, who toured the dogface butterfly habitat. Rob Stewart of
This is the group, including UC Master Gardeners, who toured the dogface butterfly habitat. Rob Stewart of "Rob on the Road" is kneeling, front left. Many wore butterfly shirts. Justin Wages, Placer Land Trust manager, is back row, fourth from left.

This is the group, including UC Master Gardeners, who toured the dogface butterfly habitat. Rob Stewart of "Rob on the Road" is kneeling, front left. Many wore butterfly shirts. Justin Wages, Placer Land Trust manager, is back row, fourth from left.

Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 5:28 PM

Quick, What's the California State Insect?

California dogface butterfly poster at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis.

Quick, what's the California state insect? Umm, does California have a state insect? The Monarch? The Western Tiger Swallowtail? The Red Admiral? Wait, isn't this National Pollinator Week? Should I know what the state insect is? Yes, it is National...

California dogface butterfly poster at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis.
California dogface butterfly poster at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis.

California dogface butterfly poster at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis.

Egg of California dogface butterfly. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)
Egg of California dogface butterfly. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

Egg of California dogface butterfly. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

Adult California dogface butterly eclosing from chrysalis. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)
Adult California dogface butterly eclosing from chrysalis. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

Adult California dogface butterly eclosing from chrysalis. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

Newly emerged female California dogface butterfly. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)
Newly emerged female California dogface butterfly. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

Newly emerged female California dogface butterfly. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Ridin' the Rails With a Butterfly

California dogface butterfly is illustrated on the California State Fair monorail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Quick! What butterfly is depicted on the California State Fair monorail train? Hint: It's the state insect. "What, we have a state insect?" you ask. Yes, and it's the California dogface butterfly (Zerene eurydice). On the monorail, it's an artistic...

California dogface butterfly is illustrated on the California State Fair monorail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
California dogface butterfly is illustrated on the California State Fair monorail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

California dogface butterfly is illustrated on the California State Fair monorail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Our State Insect: Now in a Children's Book

Illustrator Laine Bauer (left) and author Fran Keller.

Not many people know that the state insect of California is the California dogface butterfly  (Zerene eurydice) or the role that schoolchildren played to attain that honor. Now there's an opportunity for classrooms all across the nation--and...

Illustrator Laine Bauer (left) and author Fran Keller.
Illustrator Laine Bauer (left) and author Fran Keller.

Illustrator Laine Bauer (left) and author Fran Keller.

Cover of
Cover of "The Story of the Dogface Butterfly"

Cover of "The Story of the Dogface Butterfly"

Know Your State Insect(s)

A golden honey bee nectaring lavender. Seventeen states list the honey bee as their state insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Quick, what's the state insect of South Dakota? If you answered "the European honey bee," you're right. The honey bee (Apis mellifera) is also the state insect of 16 other states: Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri,...

A golden honey bee nectaring lavender. Seventeen states list the honey bee as their state insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A golden honey bee nectaring lavender. Seventeen states list the honey bee as their state insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A golden honey bee nectaring lavender. Seventeen states list the honey bee as their state insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee decorates the map of South Dakota, signifying it's the state insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee decorates the map of South Dakota, signifying it's the state insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee decorates the map of South Dakota, signifying it's the state insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

U.S. map at the Bohart Museum shows the states with state insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
U.S. map at the Bohart Museum shows the states with state insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

U.S. map at the Bohart Museum shows the states with state insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM

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