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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Common Buckeye- Still Making Maggie Happy

This has been quite the insect week. I just keep finding more and more interesting things, and have been able to catch their photos. Today's find is another orange butterfly, so Maggie will be happy to see this.

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This one is fairly common, but even so, I don't see them very often. It's called the common buckeye, Junonia coenia. Those big eyespots on the wings may deter birds from eating them. I learned that they are most likely to be seen in Michigan in the late summer and fall, so that fits. Maybe I'll see one again and be able to get more views.

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blueyes said...

I just want to say you always have such beautiful pictures although that insect freaked me a bit :) I thank you for sharing.

Lin said...

I love this time of year because everyone is so active getting ready for fall and winter. Hard to say goodbye to all the lovely moths and butterflies and such. The katydids are clicking away, warning of the upcoming fall.....

betchai said...

i am glad to see all these creatures through your photos since right now, I mostly spend my time in the water.

Colleen said...

So pretty...you're my kind of photographer! :)

Ann said...

I'm right there with Maggie, this one makes me happy too.

jeanlivingsimple said...

It is cool how they are designed to deter being gobbled. Good photo and info!

Sharkbytes said...

blueyes- thanks so much. The poor thing looks too much like a mosquito to be loved.

Lin- I haven't seen even one katydid this year. I love them so much, can you send me one?

betchai- are you swimming? scuba diving?

Colleen- I just love all the critters and plants!

Ann- those eyespots make it jump right out at ya'

Jean- A number of butterflies "use" this strategy

RNSANE said...

Common or not, it's a most beautiful butterfly!

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