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A "Common" Buckeye butterfly has been anything but common in my Ohio garden. I have not seen one since October of 2015, but this August I have been blessed with two days of Buckeye visits. On this day, August 30, 2019 I had one flying about in my backyard and this one was hanging around tall purple verbena that had decided to grow out in my front yard by the road.
True to form this one 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. What is especially frustrating is that their beautiful coloring does not always show up unless the sun shines on them just right and not too bright!
Today I did not mind the chase. I did not mind the heat and the sweat, because I had two Buckeye buddies in my garden! Hopefully I will enjoy many more afternoons chasing 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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