Buckeye Butterfly

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Common Name: Buckeye Butterfly

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Nymphalidae

The Buckeye Butterfly is widespread and easily recognized by its prominent eyespots that probably help protect them against inexperience 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 passer by 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.