There are still some harsh shadows in the photo and the colors are not as saturated as they would have been with more diffused light, but I find that the colors and patterns of this butterfly make it uncommonly beautiful. 3 Comments ». You will receive a new password via e-mail. Posted in Autumn, Butterflies, Insects, Nature, Photography, wildlife, tagged Canon 50D, Common Buckeye, Common Buckeye butterfly, Junonia coenia, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Tamron 150-600mm, Woodbridge VA on October 26, 2018| Here’s another view of the butterfly. Avoid direct contact with such caterpillars, if you cannot identify the venomous ones. The butterfly is beat-up and bedraggled, but its beauty beams brightly—uncommon beauty at an unexpected time. I was therefore able to capture the beauty of the butterfly from a somewhat unusual angle that lets us see some of the wonderful markings on the body as well as on the wings. Yellowjacket Hover Fly: "Good News Bee" brings no luck to swatter, Aphids, Scale Insects, Leafhoppers, and Tree Hoppers, Fungus Beetles and Pleasing Fungus Beetles, Pantry Beetles, Grain Weevils, Spider Beetles, Meal Worms and Carpet Beetles, Crickets, Camel Crickets and Mole Crickets, Sow Bugs, Pill Bugs, Isopods, Lawn Shrimp and Amphipods, Hummingbird Moths, Sphinx Moths or Hawk Moths, Pantry Moths, Clothes Moths, Case-Bearers and Meal Moths, Neuropterans: Lacewings, Antlions, and Owlflies, What's That Bug? I hope that I never get too old or too self-conscious to chase butterflies, a pursuit that makes me feel like a carefree child again. Click on the image if you want to get a closer look at the wonderful details of the caterpillar. UPDATE: Several helpful folks have weighed in and have identified this as a Common Buckeye caterpillar (Junonia coenia). Yesterday was a common day for finding subjects to photograph. Common Buckeye Caterpillar What's That Bug? 17 Comments ». Thank you! We are happy to post your excellent image of a Common Buckeye Caterpillar. The forewing features two orange bars and two large black eyespots outlined in orange. Posted in Butterflies, Insects, Nature, Photography, Summer, wildlife, tagged Canon 50D, Common Buckeye, Common Buckeye butterfly, Fort Belvoir VA, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Junonia coenia, Tamron 180mm on July 9, 2019| We are deep into autumn now, but some butterflies are still hanging in there, like this beautiful Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) that I spotted during a recent trip to Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. I continue to be mystified by the names of the insects that I photograph. The vivid colors and prominent eyespots make it anything but common to me. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I remember one puzzle that was a circular one depicting a plate of spaghetti. You can also subscribe without commenting. The chase ended here and we went our separate ways. The orange markings and wonderfully-colored eyespots make this a stunning butterfly. 7 Comments ». Both sexes perch on low vegetation or bare earth. The directional lighting from the back and side gave a cool and dramatically uncommon vibe to this image of a Common Buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) that I photographed on 31 August at Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge.