Description The Common Buckeye or simply Buckeye (Junonia coenia) is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It is found in southern Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia and all parts of the United States except the northwest, and is especially common in the south, the California coast, and throughout Central America and Colombia. The bold pattern of eyespots and white bars on the upper wing surface is distinctive in much of its range, though compare related species in the same genus. These are Mangrove Buckeye (Junonia evarete) and Tropical Buckeye (Junonia genoveva), formerly considered one species, and the Smoky Buckeye (Junonia evarete). The eyespots likely serve to startle or distract predators, especially young birds. The species has many flights throughout the year, with mostly northward migrations for the summer. Much of the northern United States is only colonized in the fall from southern populations. Some of the later broods move southwards in the fall. Common Buckeyes exhibit seasonal polyphenism, the summer version of the butterfly has light yellowish ventral wings and is called linea. The Fall morph has pink ventral wings, and is called the rosa morph.
Eyal Nahmias, Santa Barbara , CA Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement I am a freelance photographer with a passion for travel, nature and underwater photography. I remember getting my first Diana camera at the age of 9, and I've been hooked ever since. I graduated Brooks Institute of Photography in 1988 with a B.A. in photography, majoring in color and commercial photography. For me photography is a way to fully express what I feel and to convey my impressions of the world around me.. I started shooting digital about 3 years ago, so the majority of my work is still in slides and negative and I have a huge task of transferring them to digital formats.. I love to meet new photographers and be inspired by new ideas and approaches. Feel free to give me your input and thoughts.