Junonia coenia (Hubner, [1822])

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Breeding stray, numbers vary yearly

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: The Common Buckeye is southern in distribution and is a permanent resident as far north as the southern United States. From there they stray north, sometimes as far as southern Canada. In Nebraska they have been found statewide.

Broods/Flight Times: Strays have arrived as early as June 10 but are more numerous as the season progresses

Larval Hostplant(s): Buckeye larvae feed on a wide variety of plants including plantains, figworts and vervains. In urban gardens larvae have been found feeding on snapdragons, foxgloves and veronicas.

Habitat: If not on flowers adults are often found in low open areas, often on bare ground where they are difficult to approach.

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Overwintering: This butterfly does not survive winters in our area

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Buckeye, Cottonmill Park, Buffalo County, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Buckeye – dorsal
Buckeye – side view

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