Junonia coenia, the Common buckeye, photographed in Volusia county, Florida (04 May 2014).
We’ve got two quick, little Lepidoptera (butterfly) posts lined up for this evening. Our first is the less impressive of the two — at least in terms of photographic prowess. Heh. This isn’t exactly a great shot. Still, I wanted to represent the lovely Common buckeye, Junonia coenia, in the May 2014 run on Dust Tracks.
Unfortunately, this is the only shot I managed to snag of this lovely butterfly at Tiger Bay State Forest on 04 May 2014. The species is fairly common (as its common name suggests), and I hope to find more this summer. Though the photo doesn’t do it justice, Common buckeyes are truly beautiful and ornate!
As for this identification, and to be totally honest with you, I’m assuming this is a Common buckeye more so than I know this is a Common buckeye. There are a number of species in genus Junonia (the Buckeyes), and many of them are quite similar in appearance. My identification’s received a vote of confidence over at iNaturalist.org, so I’m tagging this as J. coenia at this time. That being said, I hope to follow up with more Buckeye action — perhaps with better shots and more conclusive identifications! For now, though, I didn’t want this little butterfly to get lost in the mix. I already lost it once before!
Next on Dust Tracks: Another common Lepidopteran! And then? Saddle up!