Buckeye Butterfly, Junonia
Buckeye Butterfly is one I always look forward to seeing in
late-spring through early summer because of its colorful,
easy-to-recognize markings. It is often seen resting on the ground, its
brown color blending well to the soil. It isn't afraid of opening its
wings to show its colorful markings. When the buckeye's wings are
closed, it is drab and easily overlooked. It opens its wings frequently
at rest or wile feeding, so you can easily get a good glimpse or its
colorfully eye spots.
Larval food sources used by the
Buckeye Butterfly Larva
The caterpillars feed on plantain species such
lanceolata and P. erecta,(weeds) and also on Monkey flower,
species and Snapdragon,
Nectar sources in your garden used by the adult Buckeye
They really like Rabbitbrush, as do many other
Chrysothamnus nauseosus is a large desert shrub with
bright showy yellow flowers and lite green stems. Leaves are very small
and inconspicuous. It is very drought tolerant.
The adult Buckeye butterflies can be found
visiting the flowers of Black Sage,
Salvia, “Pozo Blue,” Chia, Salvia columbariae.
As well as Marsh
Baccharis, Baccharis douglassii.