Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Common Buckeye

Junonia coenia

Description:

The bold pattern of eyespots and white bars on the upper wing surface is distinctive in much of its range, though compare related species in the same genus. The eyespots likely serve to startle or distract predators, especially young birds. The species has many flights throughout the year, with mostly northward migrations for the summer. Much of the northern United States is only colonized in the fall from southern populations. Some of the later broods move southwards in the fall. Common Buckeyes exhibit seasonal polyphenism, the summer version of the butterfly has light yellowish ventral wings and is called "linea". The Fall morph has pink ventral wings, and is called the "rosa" morph. The Common Buckeye or simply Buckeye (Junonia coenia) is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It is found in southern Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia and all parts of the United States except the northwest, and is especially common in the south, the California coast, and throughout Central America and Colombia. Its habitat is open areas with low vegetation and some bare ground.

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

No Comments

DonnaPomeroy
Spotted by
DonnaPomeroy

Hayward, California, USA

Spotted on Jun 23, 2012
Submitted on Jul 1, 2012

Related Spottings

The chocolate pansy Junonia almana 美眼蛺蝶 Blue Pansy Buckeye

Nearby Spottings

Bushtit Cabbage White Northern Rough-winged Swallow Wild Turkeys with chicks

Reference

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team