Butterflies: Common Buckeye

Photo of Common Buckeye

Last week, while birding the open edge of a marsh along the Sipayik Trail in Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point Reservation, the darting flight of an unfamiliar, striking butterfly caught my eye. A quick check in a field guide labeled my find as a Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia). This species is a year-round resident in much of the southeastern US, but adults wander north in summer and early fall, venturing as far as southern Canada if conditions are favorable. The individual I found was less than 2 miles away from Canadian soil.

Photo of Common Buckeye

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