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Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

Description: A medium sized brown and orange butterfly. It has two bold eyespots on the upperside of both the fore and hindwings (in some specimens the more forward eyespot in the forewing is quite small), and a single bold eyespot on the underside of the forewing. No other Maritime species has such bold eyespots. Wingspan: 37 to 45 mm.

Maritime Distribution: Vagrant. For Atlas results click here.

Provincial Ranks: NB: SNA. NS: SNA. PEI: -.

Flight Period: Vagrant individuals could show up from June to September.

Host Plant: Various plantains (Plantago spp.) and members of the figwort family (Scrophulariaceae).

Notes: Common Buckeye is a vagrant in the Maritimes. Most records are from southwestern New Brunswick.