Attributes of Junonia coenia

Common Buckeye
Junonia coenia Hübner, [1822]

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Upperside is brown. Forewing with 2 orange cell bars and 2 eyespots; part of white subapical band appears in the largest, lower eyespot. Hindwing has 2 eyespots; upper one is largest and contains a magenta crescent. Underside of hindwing is brown or tan in the wet season (summer) form and rose-red in the dry season (fall) form.
Wing Span: 1 5/8 - 2 3/4 inches (4.2 - 7 cm).
Life History: Males perch during the day on low plants or bare ground to watch for females, flying periodically to patrol or to chase other flying insects. Females lay eggs singly on leaf buds or on upperside of host plant leaves. Caterpillars are solitary and eat leaves. Caterpillars and adults overwinter but only in the south.
Flight: Two to three broods from May-October, throughout the year in the Deep South.
Caterpillar Hosts: Plants from the snapdragon family including snapdragon (Antirrhinum) and toadflax (Linaria); the plantain family including plantains (Plantago); and the acanthus family including ruellia (Ruellia nodiflora).
Adult Food: Favorite nectar sources are composites including aster, chickory, gumweed, knapweed, and tickseed sunflower. Dogbane, peppermint, and other flowers are also visited.
Habitat: Open, sunny areas with low vegetation and some bare ground.
Range: Resident in the southern United States and north along the coasts to central California and North Carolina; south to Bermuda, Cuba, Isle of Pines, and southern Mexico. Adults from the south's first brood migrate north in late spring and summer to temporarily colonize most of the United States and parts of southern Canada. Comments: The eyespots may be used to scare away predators.
Conservation: Not required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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July 23, 2014 RMichaelson Bexar County, Texas, United States July 25, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 Catnip2430 Richland County, South Carolina, United States July 25, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 22, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 tom nolan Cape May County, New Jersey, United States July 22, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 francineg27371 Montgomery County, North Carolina, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States July 13, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 Bixia Santa Clara County, California, United States July 07, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 Randy Bodkins Randolph County, West Virginia, United States July 05, 2014 Details
June 27, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States June 29, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 John LeBlanc Henrico County, Virginia, United States June 29, 2014 Details
November 06, 2013 Dolan Photographic Wake County, North Carolina, United States June 28, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 J_Bloom4417 Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States June 25, 2014 Details
June 19, 2014 Beverly Carter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States June 19, 2014 Details
May 15, 2014 tom nolan Currituck County, North Carolina, United States June 14, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States June 10, 2014 Details
June 10, 2014 systanfield Richland County, South Carolina, United States June 10, 2014 Details
May 31, 2014 arcturusangel Harris County, Texas, United States June 09, 2014 Details
June 06, 2014 kurious_oranj Santa Cruz County, California, United States June 07, 2014 Details
May 29, 2014 CA Ivy Franklin County, Arkansas, United States May 30, 2014 Details
May 27, 2014 Moth Leumas Solano County, California, United States May 28, 2014 Details
April 19, 2014 ddodd Mobile County, Alabama, United States May 23, 2014 Details
May 11, 2014 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States May 12, 2014 Details
April 21, 2014 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States April 29, 2014 Details
April 29, 2014 inthelikeness Comanche County, Texas, United States April 29, 2014 Details
December 24, 2013 cobal2913 Jackson County, Mississippi, United States April 28, 2014 Details
April 23, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 23, 2014 Details
September 14, 2013 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States April 22, 2014 Details
January 29, 2014 janazak Morelos, Mexico April 21, 2014 Details
November 17, 2013 Lois Stacey Georgia, Screven County, United States April 21, 2014 Details
March 29, 2014 fm5050 Duval County, Florida, United States April 21, 2014 Details
November 07, 2013 Lisa Nicholas Dallas County, Texas, United States April 18, 2014 Details
April 13, 2014 Nvenezio Hays County, Texas, United States April 13, 2014 Details
November 16, 2013 Airedoc Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States April 08, 2014 Details
August 08, 2013 curtis.lehman Morgan County, West Virginia, United States March 24, 2014 Details
October 27, 2010 julmast Elkhart County, Indiana, United States March 06, 2014 Details
October 08, 2012 JMJaskula Jasper County, Indiana, United States March 06, 2014 Details
August 14, 2011 rosenthal.k Fairfax County, Virginia, United States March 06, 2014 Details
September 09, 2012 Chip Krilowicz Mercer County, New Jersey, United States March 04, 2014 Details
September 11, 2013 Soulbelly Henry County, Georgia, United States March 04, 2014 Details
September 15, 2013 rogerashton Cape May County, New Jersey, United States February 19, 2014 Details
February 15, 2014 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States February 16, 2014 Details
September 09, 2010 rosenthal.k St Louis County, Missouri, United States February 15, 2014 Details
September 15, 2010 KLongstaff Ventura County, California, United States February 14, 2014 Details
August 11, 2013 mackhitch Logan County, Colorado, United States February 11, 2014 Details
August 25, 2013 tjantscher Appanoose County, Iowa, United States February 06, 2014 Details
September 11, 2012 Chip Krilowicz Mercer County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details
July 06, 2013 lehgramma Ocean County, New Jersey, United States February 05, 2014 Details