Like it or not, whenever somebody mentions the common buckeye, unless you are familiar with this backyard butterfly, it is easy it as being drab. This is unfortunate since it is truly uncommonly beautiful.
The common buckeye is medium sized with a 1.5-2.7-inch wingspan. Males and female look alike, however, females are usually larger, and have bigger spots on the hindwings and broader wings than the males.
From above, each wing on this brownish butterfly displays white patches and two orange bars, and a large eyespot on each of their forewings. The hindwings are marked with two eyespots. The underwings are colored with varying shades of brown and a white band.
The common buckeye uses its large eyespots to confuse would-be predators. For example, often birds will strike at a buckeye’s eyespots instead of its body. This enables the butterfly to fly away with nothing more than a damaged wing. The common buckeye ranges across the entire state. Some common buckeyes can be seen flying about during the winter, particularly in South Georgia. However, from the Piedmont south, they can be seen most often from March into early November. Buckeyes are most common in north Georgia from spring to fall.