Common Buckeye Butterfly

COMMON NAME: Common Buckeye
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Junonia coenia
FAMILY: Nymphalidae
ORDER: Lepidoptera

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Common Buckeye Butterfly feeding on a Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). 16 May 2012. Click to enlarge.

In this open wing view, you can see the pretty colors: orange, yellow, purple, black and tan detail on brown wings which appear to be brushed with some muted orangish and greenish strokes. You can also see the coloring in the body hair.

The butterfly in this photo session is perched and feeding on a Brown-eyed Susan.

16 May 2012. Click to enlarge.

Common Buckeye Butterfly feeding on a Brown-eyed Susan (Rudneckia hirta). 16 May 2012. Click to enlarge.

A contrast view of the outside and inside of the wings.

16 May 2012. Click to enlarge.

Common Buckeye Butterfly feeding on a Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). 16 May 2012. Click to enlarge.

This photo offers more of a focused, clear view of the back wings.
Notice the four orange stripes on the tail of the body.

16 May 2012. Click to enlarge.

Common Buckeye Butterfly feeding on a Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirts). 16 May 2012. Click to enlarge.

A closed wing view offering a more focused, clearer detail on the body, antennae, and proboscis.
The proboscis is the mouthpart used for feeding and sucking.

16 May 2012. Click to enlarge.

Common Buckeye Butterfly feeding on a Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). 16 May 2012. Click to enlarge.

A fully-closed-wing view with greater focus on the wings.

The Butterfly in these photos is located in a sunny area of the property where there is an abundance of wildflowers.


Caterpillar (Larval Stage)

3 May 2012. Click to enlarge.

Caterpillar (Larval Stage) of the Common Buckeye Butterfly. It is feeding on an Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) wildflower plant. 3 May 2012. Click to enlarge.

Larvae of the Common Buckeye Butterfly. It is feeding on an Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) wildflower plant. 3 May 2012. Click to enlarge.

Caterpillar (Larval Stage) of the Common Buckeye Butterfly. It is feeding on an Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) wildflower plant. 3 May 2012. Click to enlarge.


A few details from Wikipedia’s Common Buckeye Page:

Range (U.S.): Can be found all over the United States except the northwest. It is especially common in the south and on the California coast.

Habitat: Open areas with low vegetation and some bare ground.

Migration: This butterfly has many flights throughout the year, with mostly northward migrations for the summer. Adults and some larvae overwinter in southern areas.

Diet: Adults feed on nectar and also take in fluids from mud and damp sand. The caterpillars feed on foliage, flowers and fruit. They are especially fond of plants in the Snapdragon Family, including Snapdragon, Toadflax, and Gerardia. They also feed on plants in the Plantain Family.


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