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Common Buckeye butterflies

November 28, 2017

(Common) Buckeye butterflies (Junonia coenia) are relatively common at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Prince William County, Virginia USA. I notice them when I’m hunting for dragonflies and damselflies. They’re skittish usually, but if they cooperate I always stop for a few shots.

The Common Buckeye color palette is unusual, yet it just works. Who knew brown butterflies could be so beautiful? Definitely one of my favorites.

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Uncommonly attractive Common Buckeye

February 27, 2017

A Common Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) was spotted during a photowalk along Deephole Point Road at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge (OBNWR), Prince William County, Virginia USA.

Although I would never wear clothes with the same color palette as the Common Buckeye, somehow it just works for them!

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Common Buckeye butterfly

October 10, 2015

The following Common Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) was spotted while exploring the “northern wetland” at Huntley Meadows Park.

A (Common) Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

23 SEP 2015 | Huntley Meadows Park | Common Buckeye butterfly

Post update: The Common Buckeye is nectaring on Symphyotrichum sp. Thanks to Matt Ryan, Naturalist at Huntley Meadows Park, for identifying the flowering plant shown in the preceding photo.

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Top 10 Photos of 2014

January 1, 2015

The following gallery shows 25 finalists for my “Top 10 Photos of 2014.” The photos are presented in reverse-chronological order beginning in October 2014 and ending in April 2014.

This year I decided to select the Top 10 photos using reader feedback. Please enter a comment at the end of this post listing the number for each of your 10 favorite photos. If listing 10 photos is asking too much, then please list at least five photos, e.g., No. 2, 5, 11, 20, 21, etc. Thanks for sharing your selections, and thanks for following my photoblog!

Editor’s Note: The “Discussion Settings” for this blog were edited to remove most of the “filters” that are intended to prevent SPAM comments. This should make it much easier for regular readers to share their list of favorite photos.

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Common Ribbonsnakes (mating pair)

02 APR 2014 | HMP | Common Ribbonsnakes (mating pair)

Editor’s Note: The following location codes are used in the photo captions, shown above.

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Common Buckeye butterfly

October 7, 2014

(Common) Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia)

Common Buckeye butterflies (Junonia coenia) seem to be especially hyperactive. I followed this colorful beauty from place to place and waited a long time before it spread its wings for the preceding photo. Worth the extra effort, wouldn’t you agree?

This individual was spotted during a photowalk at Huntley Meadows Park on 02 October 2014.

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(Common) Buckeye butterflies

September 21, 2012

Several (Common) Buckeye butterflies (Junonia coenia) were spotted during a photowalk along the shore of Accotink Bay.


Habitat: Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge, a 1,200 acre preserve located at Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

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(Common) Buckeye butterfly

October 12, 2011

(Common) Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) is a medium-size brown butterfly with bold eyespots on the upper surfaces of its wings, feeding on Marigold flowers (Tagetes sp.).

I spotted the butterfly during a photowalk through the Children’s Garden, Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School. Photo 1 was cropped to highlight the butterfly; Photo 2 is the original photograph.

Tech Tips: Photo 1 was cropped using Apple “Aperture,” a professional-grade tool for organizing and adjusting photos.

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