During my photo trip to Prairie State Park (southwest Missouri) last month, I saw a ton of Buckeye Butterflies (Junonia coenia) throughout the prairie. Most of the time, they were perched on the wildflowers and collecting nectar. Here are a few images I made of the Buckeyes:
The Buckeye butterflies are one of the most common butterflies found in Missouri. The large eyespots on the fore and hind wings are the key to recognizing it. They are quite beautiful to find on Missouri’s prairies, flittering between wildflowers in their search for nectar. And when you find one perched nearby, it’s really cool to watch them as their “eyespots” seem to watch back at you!
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