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The date was August 28, 2019. I hate to admit this, but I gasped out loud when I saw this little guy in my garden. It is a "Common" Buckeye butterfly and it used to be fairly common in my Ohio garden, but not anymore. I have not seen one since October of 2015! So I really was quite excited to see this one come around for a visit. Its wings are a bit torn and it looks like its had a rough life so far.
I am surprised it is so tattered because it was quite elusive! Buckeyes have always been one of the hardest butterflies for me to photograph. They do not dilly dally and they are quick fliers. When one is around I get a lot of exercise chasing after them as they try to make up their minds which flower really appeals to them at that moment.
But today, I did not mind the chase. I did not mind the heat and the sweat, because I had a Buckeye buddy in my garden! Two days later, it was back and to my great delight there was another one too! Hopefully this is a sign of many afternoons spent with more and more Buckeyes!
Junonia coenia, known as the common buckeye or buckeye, is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Its original ancestry has been traced to Africa. Named for its conspicuous target-shaped eyespots, the common buckeye, Junonia coenia Hübner, is one of the most distinctive and readily-identifiable North American butterflies.
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September 1st, 2019
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