Buckeyes (Junonia coenia)

The Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) is a frequent visitor to the Kansas City area in Summer and Fall. It also is a very cooperative photographic subject, frequently basking in the sun and remaining still for a few moments at a time. The caterpillars are able to obtain chemical toxins from their food sources which helps to protect them from predatory ants. However, the toxins do not pass on to the adult stage. Although Buckeyes are known to frequently bask on bare ground, I have often found them resting and eating on several colorful flowers.

Remember, you can click on the images to enlarge them and follow the resulting slide show.

So keep your eyes open. You may be surprised by one or more of these beautiful butterflies right in front of you. I was.