Common Buckeye (16)
|I photographed this Common Buckeye butterfly along the shores of Grapevine Lake in Texas. I like the beautiful colors of this butterfly.|
"Although the Buckeye flies in summer throughout much of North America south of the Canadian taiga, it is not able to overwinter very far north. In the autumn along the East Coast, there are impressive southward emigrations. In places such as Cape May, New Jersey, the October hordes of Buckeyes drifting southward rival those of Monarchs in number and spectacle. The classification of Buckeyes has puzzled generations of lepidopterists. They are sometimes listed under the genus Precis (which includes the Old World species) and under the old species name lavinia. The Dark Buckeye (J. nigrosuffusa) is nearly black above, with buff wing tips, orange fore wing cell bars, and smallish, blue-centered eyespots. The underside looks very different: the fore wing is orange, black, and buff with a prominent, blue-centered spot, while the hind wing is clear sandy-buff, crossed by a vague brown line or band, and has minute eyespots near the margin. This species dwells in the canyons of the Southwest from southeastern California and Arizona across southern Texas into Mexico. Its caterpillars feed on Stemodia, a member of the figwort family. Adults fly in the fall."