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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Images contributed by U.S.
photographer Jenn Taggart
Also known as the Common Buckeye butterfly.
Junonia coenia is a multi-brooded species that can be found in open areas such as parks, fields, pastures with bare ground areas and weedy areas along roadsides.
The Buckeye is named for the predator deterrent eyespots conspicuous on the dorsal sides of both fore and hindwing.
Adults are quick, erratic flyers who prefer staying close to the ground.
Males and females can be found perching on low vegetation or sitting on the ground.
They are a medium sized butterflies, with females being slightly larger than the males and having slightly more rounded forewings.
*As members of the Nymphalidae (Brush Footed) family, they have a pair of very short front legs that are used for food identification and tasting, and two pairs of longer rear legs that are used for propulsion.
Diet: caterpillars eat many species of Plantain, Lantana and Philippine Violet.
Diet: adults thave very short probosces, and must take nectar from shallow bodied flowers.
Avg. body length: 39 - 68 mm.
Avg. wingspan: 5 - 6.5 cm / 2 - 2.5"
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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