Subject: A Common Buckeye
Location: Lake Telemark, NJ, USA
Equipment: Nikon D3100 and Nikon 105mm macro lens
View it LARGE!
The Common Buckeye Butterfly prefers open, sunny areas with low vegetation and some bare ground. Males perch during the day to watch for females, flying periodically to patrol or to chase other flying insects. Females lay eggs singly on leaf buds or on the upperside of host plant leaves upon which the caterpillar feeds (including plants from the snapdragon, plantain and acanthus families). Adult butterflies live for about 10 days. The Common Buckeye is found throughout the southern United States and north along the coasts to central California and North Carolina; as well as south to Bermuda, Cuba, and southern Mexico. This little guy was on a blade of grass getting some sun, so I tried putting my finger out to see what he would do. He climbed on a stayed for a minute and fought off this nasty wind gust pretty well. =)