The Common Buckeye

So often we feature exotic butterflies from all over the world in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing, but over the next few months we’ll be featuring a hometown kid: the Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia). This small Iowa native species often gets overlooked, despite its showy coloring and striking eye-spot patterns on its wings.

As a larvae, it feeds on a few different plants, including common plantain (Plantago major), which most people spend a lot of time on pulling out of their yard. Look for buckeye in your garden, too, through October, feeding on nectar-filled flowers.