New one for me this year

dr.liz(7 NJ)August 19, 2013

A buckeye. Sorry, I know it's not the best photo. I only had my phone camera. Spotted on the grass near the local butterfly garden at the park.

The park is less than 5 miles from my home. Any chance of me getting one of these in my own butterfly garden? (When I have one.)

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

You might, Liz, but I can't remember when I've ever seen them nectaring on flowers. Maybe they like rotting fruit? I quit putting it out, because all I ever got was flies!
Somebody should know.


P.S. I looked through my picture list, and the only picture I've got of a buckeye on a flower is a mist flower -

Mistflower/wild ageratum/Conoclinium coelistinum is a wildflower that grows everywhere around here. I pull it up all the time, don't think I really appreciate it, but I should, because butterflies all like it.

This post was edited by misssherry on Mon, Aug 19, 13 at 19:21

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 7:14PM
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It took me several years to see any buckeyes here. At first I only saw one but eventually they came in numbers and I had at least a dozen of them here. I haven't seen any this year though. When they are here, they love nectaring on the Verbena bonariensis.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 7:45PM
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dr.liz(7 NJ)

Wow! Even the chrysalides have spots!

Supposedly they like members of the snapdragon family as host plants. Has anyone had luck enticing them with these?


Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 8:34PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Check out this recent thread about buckeyes, Liz.


Here is a link that might be useful: Recent Buckeye Thread

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 9:27PM
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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

Congrats on the Buckeye Liz! I just love them, and I have not seen one at all yet this year. They do nectar on flowers here. I wouldn't see why you couldn't have a chance at one in your garden! Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 5:43PM
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Butter-and-Eggs, or Toadflax is supposed to work. Plantains are a host as well.
Buckeyes love sunny area where they can bask. They also like to "puddle" at damp sites in the garden. They seem to really like Ageratum as a nectar source.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 7:58PM
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