Common Buckeye Junonia coenia Hübner, [1822]  

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Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) is the most widespread member of this mostly tropical genus. The large, impressive eyespots, colorful red bars, and orange patches make this a striking butterfly species. This butterfly is most common to the south, but it is a strong disperser, and may occur in substantial numbers, especially during migration events. It prefers open areas, like fields and coastlines, and often basks on the ground. This butterfly has multiple broods, and may be active from may through October in this region (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith; Allen, 1997).

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Uses plantains, foxgloves (of genera Agalinis and Aureolaria), figworts, and vervains as larval host plants in our area (Butterflies of Maryland: A Biological Summary and Checklist by Lynn Davidson & Richard Smith; Allen, 1997).

There are 579 records in the project database.

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A Common Buckeye in Harford Co., Maryland (9/25/2016). Photo by James Campbell. (MBP list)

A Common Buckeye in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/9/2010). Photo by Pauline Horn. (MBP list)

A Common Buckeye in Montgomery Co., Maryland (10/23/2016). Photo by Dave Kidwell. (MBP list)

A Common Buckeye in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (9/2/2016). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

A Common Buckeye in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (10/4/2013). Photo by Annette Allor. (MBP list)

A Common Buckeye found in Dorchester Co., Maryland (7/30/2006). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

A Common Buckeye in Charles Co., Maryland (9/4/2016). Photo by William Wise. (MBP list)

A Common Buckeye in Howard Co., Maryland (5/28/2011). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

A Common Buckeye caterpillar on Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/13/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

Common Buckeye in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (9/11/2016). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

A Common Buckeye caterpillar in Baltimore City, Maryland (9/17/2010). Photo by Thomas Wilson. (MBP list)

Common Buckeye larva feeding on Agalinis in Montgomery Co., Maryland (9/12/2014). Photo by Fritz Flohr Reynolds. (MBP list)

Common Buckeye caterpillar in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/13/2019). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

A Common Buckeye chrysalis in Howard Co., Maryland (9/27/2012). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

A Common Buckeye chrysalis at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (10/21/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Common Buckeye falls prey to a European Hornet in Howard Co., Maryland (10/29/2016). Photo by Kevin Heffernan. (MBP list)


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