Buckeye, Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Nymphalidae (nim-FAL-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Junonia
Species: coenia


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Robertsdale, Alabama
Barling, Arkansas
Cabot, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Malibu, California
Bear, Delaware
Brooksville, Florida
Quincy, Florida
Cornelia, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Divernon, Illinois
Galva, Illinois
Park Forest, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Newburgh, Indiana
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Benton, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Irvine, Kentucky
Severn, Maryland
Lucedale, Mississippi
Lincoln, Nebraska
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Cary, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Thomasville, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio (2 reports)
Glouster, Ohio
Stilwell, Oklahoma
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Edinburg, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Keller, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Portland, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
San Isidro, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Mar 17, 2017, AFinSD from San Diego, CA wrote:

My spouse and I saw this butterfly at the enclosed butterfly exhibit at The Living Desert Zoo and Botanic Garden in Palm Desert, CA.

They have very striking wings, so much so that I wonder why they are referred to as "common." They seem uncommonly beautiful to me.


On Aug 14, 2011, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

A Very Beautiful Butterfly.I always thought it was a kind of Moth. It loves my Raspberry Wine BeeBalm flowers.


On Dec 21, 2010, Bob_71 from Severna Park, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Every one of the many Buckeyes in my garden this year had "eyespots" on the under side of the hindwings, All the examples in the books and field guides I have, show examples with no eyespots. A very pretty butterfly!



On Jun 29, 2009, tabasco from Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

We have occasional Common Buckeyes visiting our yard, despite their love for low vegetation and barren areas of soil. It is a kind of scavenger butterfly, and can be found on rotten carrion, animal skat and mud puddles.

The Buckeye is an immigrant to Ohio and does not winter over. It begins to appear here in southern Ohio in late summer. By fall they become more abundant and they may produce several broods before their season is over in our region.

Buckeye host plants used in southern Ohio include various figworts, plantains, vervains and acanthus. (Ohio DNR "Common Butterflies & Skippers of Ohio" p.44)


On Apr 12, 2007, HedychiumGuy from Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

The Buckeye sure is an eye-catching butterfly! The eye spots never fail to amaze me. Really beautiful!


On Jul 25, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

If butterflies drink coffee, then the Buckeye is a caffine addict...it never slows down. Even at rest, it's wings are folding and unfolding constantly. It stops in for quick sips of nectar and is off in a flash. They are brave little guys, with the males chasing others of their own, and even different species from established feeding areas...even going after something as big as a Carolina Locust.

Wingspan of up to 2 1/2" found throughout most of the US, although it's rare in the north. The Atlantic Coast is the exception, with the Buckeye being found all along the coast.


On Jul 24, 2006, okus from (Zone 8b) wrote:

Highly Variable.
Above tawny brown to dark brown, 2 orange bars in fore wing cell, orange sub marginal band on hind wing, white band diagonaly crossing forewing. 2 bright eyespots on each wing above. Eyespots are black, yellow rimmed with iridescent blue and lilac irises.

Resident throughout the southern USA, in the north Oregon Ontario and New England