Please click on image to go to Flickr site and ENLARGE view of buckeye butterfly on September 2, 2009.
The Buckeye Butterfly (Precis coenia) is widespread and easily recognized by its prominent eyespots that probably help protect against inexperienced birds. Adult males patrol a territory and wait for females to fly overhead. In fact, they'll fly after any insect to investigate only to return to their post if the passerby is not a female Buckeye. Because adults can't over-winter in cold climates, large scale southern migrations of Buckeye butterflies can be found along the East coast of America in the Autumn. Adults live for a little over a week. Dark green eggs are laid on figwort and plantain plants. The caterpillar is dark and has yellow stripes and dark spines.