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Mangrove Buckeye     Junonia genoveva

The Mangrove Buckeye has a color pattern very similar to the Common Buckeye.  However, two notable differences can be seen.  The Mangrove has an orange band surrounding the large eyespot on the forewing instead of a white band as on the Common.  Also, the two hindwing eyespots on the Mangrove are more similar in size than on the Common.  The Mangrove is a little larger than the Common, with a wingspan averaging about 2.25 inches.

The Mangrove Buckeye is found along the coasts of south Florida, West Indies, and along the Gulf coast of Mexico north to south Texas.  They are found in black mangrove swamps and adjacent open areas.  Of course, their host plant is the Black Mangrove.

The two photos on the left were taken in the Ponce de Leon Park in Punta Gorda (Charlotte County).  The upper right photo was taken in the Ding Darling NWR (Lee County).

Note:  Several field guides and internet sources have the Mangrove Buckeye (J. genoveva) and the Tropical Buckeye (J. evarete) reversed, so there may be some confusion.