September 2018 Visitor

Junonia coenia (common buckeye)

Happy to see Junonia coenia (common buckeye) visiting pbmgarden today. These butterflies are reportedly common and widespread across the United States. Lavender color in the center of the eyespots is an indicator of freshness.

July 2015 marked the first time I noticed this type of butterfly in my garden. Another appeared in August 2016; none were recorded in 2017.

Junonia coenia (common buckeye)

Common buckeyes nectar on a variety of flowers and frequent open, sunny habitats. This one was resting in grass immediately after a rainfall. I filmed it for nearly a minute. The yoga teacher in me wanted to calm and regulate the uneven pattern of opening and closing the wings.

20 thoughts on “September 2018 Visitor

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Sorry to hear you’re seeing fewer butterflies. I’ve seen more than usual and more different types this year. Monarchs are around too now although I’ve yet to have my camera at the right moment.

  1. bittster

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen one either. What a beauty.
    Amazing to think that pattern and those colors are all just hidden in some kind of genetic code, and they just happen!


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