Saturday, September 12, 2015

Common Buckeye Butterfly at Lake Kittamaqundi

This butterfly is common in western Howard County, where I photographed it at Sun Nurseries and Larriland Farm earlier in August. I did not expect to find it around Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia Town Center, because its host plant, the plantain, is treated as a weed in most lawns and gardens. On Wednesday this week (September 9), I came across one in a stand of wild flowers near the path on the eastern side of the lake. 

The following photographs taken at Sun Nurseries and Larriland Farm on August 23 have better views of the buckeye's striking wing pattern.