The Common Buckeye is found in large numbers in parts of the US and Mexico. It gets its name from the bright and colorful eye-like markings on each of its wings. When the wings are open, the base coloration in all four wings is brown. The primary wings display two cell bars in bright orange, as well as two eyespots, with the lower eyespot being the largest of all. The secondary wings also have two eyespots each, with the larger upper one having a crescent in magenta.
Common Buckeye Facts
Butterfly Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)
Butterfly Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Butterfly Wingspan: 1 5/8 – 2 3/4 inches
Butterfly Habitat: Open, sunny areas with low vegetation and some bare ground
Common Buckeye Host and Nectar Plants