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The Buckeye (Junonia coenia) is one of my favorite butterflies probably due to the fact that I don’t see it as often as I would like.  It is colorful, loves to bask in open areas, and tends to come back to a favorite spot, making it fun to photograph.  The larvae feed on plants in the snapdragon, plantain and Acanthus families and have several broods down south.  They migrate north in the summer to populate our areas.

Basking Buckeye (acrylic) Karen A Johnson copyright 2012

This piece was done in acrylic on one of the backgrounds from my acrylic techniques class this past February.  It will be on exhibit at the Nature Artists’ Guild spring exhibit this weekend at the Morton Arboretum.  There will be an artists’ reception Friday April 13th (5-9pm).  The exhibit is open to the public Sat. and Sun. (11am-4pm).  If you’re in the area, please drop by and say hello!   Here is a link to more information.   http://www.mortonarb.org/calendar/article/22809/nature-artists-guild-spring-exhibit.html