Mangrove buckeye

!mangrove-buckeye-@-trwtThis mangrove buckeye butterfly (Junonia evarete) posed for me at the Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail. The larval food for this butterfly is black mangrove (Avicennia germinans):
!black-mangrove-at-trwtAs a result, you will see this butterfly in open areas near mangroves and salt marshes.

Below is a photo of a mangrove buckeye at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area on a female saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia) in flower, so you know that it must be a fall photo:

Note the bee nectaring on this pollinator-attracting plant at the bottom of the picture.

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