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Wildlife Spotlight: Common Buckeye Butterfly

PictureCommon Buckeye Butterfly

​The Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) is a medium-sized butterfly named for the conspicuous target-shaped eyespots found on their wings that potentially ward off predators. Often seen perching on low branches or on the ground, the Common Buckeye is primarily brown in color with orange accents, blending in with surrounding plants and soil. 

Found throughout the United States, this species can often be seen along the coast through central California, migrating north in late spring and summer. Adults may be found throughout the year in Orange County and have the ability to produce multiple generations. Females lay individual eggs on leaf buds or on plant leaves.
 
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