16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A buckeye butterfly on kalanchoe flowers

We have a wildlife friendly suburban garden and have incorporated many plants that attract butterflies. This is a photo of a buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) on Kalanchoe flowers by our San Francisco Bay area patio. The eyespots on its wings are believed to confuse and distract predators.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2016
Date Uploaded: 08.2018
Photo Location: Sunnyvale, California, United States of America
Camera: E4500
Copyright: © Melanie Barnett