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Common Buckeye ~ Junonia coenia

The Common Buckeye can have up to 4 generations in a season. Junonia coenia is common throughout the southern part of the United States and up the coasts to Central California and North Carolina. The Common Buckeye eats Plantain, Mimulus, Snapdragons and Linaria as a caterpillar and plants in the aster and mint and california lilac families as adults. Most often I have found the buckeye in open mowed fields or sunning on rocks or pathways. The plant this Common Buckeye Butterfly is feeding on is Bacharis pilularis, Coyote Brush. This plant is in the Aster or Daisy Family and is a great late season choice for the butterfly garden.

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Common Buckeye, Junonia coenia

Common Buckeye, Junonia coenia