Buckeye ButterflyPrecis coenia
August 27, 2007
Next to the Monarch, this is my second-favorite butterfly. It had eluded me for a long time, this species is not very tolerant of people with cameras! I was in the garden at my school when it caught my eye. I had my little pocket camera, so I had to get within a couple of feet away. Every time I would get the camera focused in the LCD viewfinder, the butterfly would take off! I would follow it until it landed on a flower then repeat the process. Finally, after about 20 minutes, I got this shot! Fortunately, it was after the students had left, they might have thought I was crazy wandering around the garden after a butterfly! :)
The Buckeye has lovely false eyespots used for frightening away predators. The following photo is a view with the wings closed.