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Buckeye - Junonia coenia - female

Buckeye - Junonia coenia - Female
Raymondville / East Lake tract LRGV NWR, Willacy County, Texas, USA
January 14, 2009
Does the orange and not white in the forewing band make it genoveva?

And anyone want to try the beetle sharing the flower?

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Buckeye - Junonia coenia - female Buckeye - Junonia coenia - female

Moved from Junonia.

Thanks Dave (and I had the names right up until the last site I checked) and Skip.

I'd say Common Buckeye - Junonia coenia
They vary a lot. Often winter individuals are particularly dark, with the whitish coloring replaced by shades of brown and orange.

Junonia genoveva typically doesn't have the large eye spot on the front wing ringed with dark as on this one, and the spot on the hind wing is usually smaller. I may be wrong, but I don't think J. genoveva is found in Texas in the US; only in Florida. It is always found associated with Black Mangroves near the coast. Because there is still great confusion in the literature between J. evarete and J. genoveva (people keep switching the names back and forth), the maps on most of the Butterfly web sites for North America still either have them mixed up or switched, and it is a little unclear just where J. genoveva is really found.

As currently recognized, J. evarete is pretty common in southern and western Texas, and is also in Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, sw. Utah, s. Nevada, s. California, and it occasionally strays further north. It ranges south to Argentina. J. evarete blends with J. coenia (intermediate individuals are common in some areas); however, yours doesn't really look like J. evarete.

By the way, looks like a girl.

Beetle looks like
the banded cucumber beetle, Diabrotica balteata.

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