One day while hiking at Ruffner Mountain, I encountered this Buckeye (Junonia coenia). For a moment, the sun reflected off of its iridescent wing scales transforming the muted brown color to a sea of blues and greens. Insect populations are in a major global decline due to climate change, industrial agriculture, and habitat loss. I make art about butterflies because I want them to thrive.
Junonia tends to like more open areas such as fields, parks, pastures, meadows, and coastal dunes. You can also find them along roadsides and in other disturbed, weedy places. They are often near their food plants, and may also feed or drink around mud puddles. To attract this butterfly to your garden, cultivate blue toadflax, plantain, false foxglove, and Mexican petunia.
Fine art giclée on Hahnemühle German Etching (310gsm).