While many other butterfly species can be found across North America, the California dogface butterfly's range is limited to Central and Southern California. This led California to adopt the dogface butterfly as its official state insect in 1972.
Commonly located in wooded areas of the Santa Ana Mountains, the California dogface is picky about its habitat. Adult butterflies feed mainly on nectar from purple flowers like thistles. Eggs are laid only on false indigo plants, with caterpillars feeding on the vegetation until they pupate.
Male dogface butterflies' wings are yellow-orange with black sections on the upper pair (forewings) – a design that resembles a dog's face. This earned the species its strange name. Females, on the other hand, are completely yellow with a single dark spot on each forewing.
The California dogface butterfly's unique wing pattern makes it a sought-after species by many nature photographers. However, the california dogface flies exceptionally fast, making it difficult to spot one with its wings open long enough to take a photo. These butterflies only remain still while they are drinking nectar – making them a rare and beautiful sight.
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Issue: California Dogface StampItem Number: 120100Denomination & Type of Issue: Non-machineable Surcharge RateFormat: Pane of 20 (1 design)Series: N/AIssue Date & City: January 27, 2019, Kansas City, MO 64108Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DCDesigner: Derry Noyes, Washington, DCTypographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DCArtist: Tom Engeman, Kensington, MDModeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle FinnManufacturing Process: Offset, MicroprintPrinter: Banknote Corporation of AmericaPress Type: Alprinta 74Stamps per Pane: 20Print Quantity: 100,000,000 stampsPaper Type: Phosphor, Block TaggedAdhesive Type: Pressure-sensitiveProcessed at: Banknote Corporation of AmericaColors: Black, Pantone 2726, Pantone Black 6 C, Cyan, Magenta, YellowStamp Orientation: SquareImage Area (w x h): 1.085 x 1.085 in/27.559 x 27.559 mmOverall Size (w x h): 1.225 x 1.225 in/31.115 x 31.115 mmFull Pane Size (w x h): 5.9 x 7.12 in/149.860 x 180.848 mmPlate Size: 240 stamps per revolutionPlate Numbers: “B” followed by six (6) single digitsMarginal Markings:Front: Header: CALIFORNIA DOGFACE • Plate numbers in four cornersBack: ©2016 USPS • USPS Logo • Two barcodes (120100) • Plate position diagram • Promotional text
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