These gorgeous creatures,
are Grey Buckeye Butterflies,
a newly identified sub-species, found in south western North America. The species was first identified in 2016.
Grey Buckeyes are genetically and morphologically distinct and from Eastern Buckeye Butterflies.
All I know is they are beautiful and I love having them here!
Cheers to you from the beautiful Grey Buckeyes~
For More Information on the identification of this newly identified species see:
Wow Cindy, your top photograph is just outstandingly beautiful. Gorgeous butterfly and great composition. Congrats on having the new butterflies grace the Holler. Best, Babsje
Thank you so much. You kind thoughts mean a lot to me my friend. These are such beautiful beauties and I am thrilled to have them here დ
You’re welcome. They must be even more beautiful in the flesh – well you know what I mean!
I understand perfectly and you are right!
Beautiful Captures. Perfect and Best. 🌹❤🌿
Awww, makes me smile! Thank you so much დ
How beautiful are these wings Cindy, and beautifully captured. Some of the Master’s paintwork !
The ultimate artist and His artistry დ
Gorgeous! They have eyes! 👀🦋
They definitely do and I love seeing them! დ
Amazing! I’ll be down there for the next month, or so. I’ll read up and see if I can find them. Stunning!
I hope you do find some. If I can help, give me a holler. დ
They are gorgeous creatures, and your photos of them are stellar. Thanks for sharing your pictures. 🙂
Thank you so much more for appreciating them Lynette. Take good care my friend & thank you for your kindness დ
So very beautiful. And wonderful photographs so we can all see how gorgeous they are. Thank you.
You are so appreciated Gigi. Thank you my friend დ
They really are beautiful – so beautiful they look suspiciously like exotic fabric!
It would make a great silk pattern for a kimono wouldn’t it. დ
Wow…they are a work or art!
I agree. They are flying works a Master art! დ
Georgous photos of wonderful butterfles. Thank you very much for sharing.
Thank you Marie for your thoughtful appreciation & cheers to you დ
Wow! Are really gorgeous 🦋
They are beauties aren’t they! Happy you think so დ
They are awesome! Thanks for sharing. 🦋
You are most welcome and I am very happy you enjoyed them დ
So pleased you enjoyed them as I did. Thanks for stopping by! დ
Fabulous, as always, Cindy. Your remind me that this world belongs to many creatures.
Thank God it does Rebecca. It would be boring to tears without all the beautiful human and creature diversity on our beloved planet. Stay well my friend დ
Wow, Cindy! Such great images of these beauties. 👏🏻🙂
That means a lot to me Jane. Thank you very much & cheers to you დ
Thanks for sharing the beauty, Cindy!
Thank you for appreciating it Jo & cheers my friend დ
They are just beautiful!
I agree with you Emma. I was so taken by them, and they posed so nicely too! დ
Absolutely gorgeous Cindy. Thank you.
Awww, thanks so much David & cheers to you my friend დ
These really stand out in a class of their own, both as specific species and superb photos. I bet you felt observed.
Smiling……Thank you so much Hans. Those gorgeous eyes! I was just mesmerized by these beauties დ
A lovely understated beauty.
I so agree with you Margaret. I was so taken by them დ
Wow.. Fabulous 🌷♥️
So happy you enjoyed them & thank you very much დ
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Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated. Thank you დ
Wow!! These are such beautiful creatures! I am constantly amazed by the patterns created by nature.
I agree with you Liz. Our nature world is such an incredible gift დ
You were on my mind this morning, I’m so glad to hear from you.. the photos are beautiful! You are an inspiration!!!!
Your thoughtful comment touches my heart. Thank you and take good care my friend დ
Your photographs are outstandingly clear and beautiful – they more than do justice to these butterflies!
So kind, and so appreciated. Thank you very much Anne დ
Exactly my thoughts about these beauties დ
Isn’t it amazing that a new species was found in 2016? It is to me. Nature is so varied, we are still finding new things!
It is wonderful isn’t it, amidst all the negative news, these beauties are flying and pollinating დ
Oh yes, we have to look for the beauty!
Their markings are gorgeous. They look familiar, maybe I’ve seen the eastern species.
Yes, you may well have. There is an eastern Buckeye, but apparently there are subtle morphology differences and definite genetic differences დ
Thanks teacher! 😀
Test on Tuesday! დდ
LOL. Can you send me the crib notes?
Done. Anything for you Brad 😉
Do you ever feel like somebody’s watching you?!
Smiling…… Birds always do!! 😉
Now if you could snap one of a bird using binoculars, Cindy, that would be amazing!🤩 😂
What a gorgeous species of butterfly!
My thoughts exactly დ
Those are gorgeous images, Cindy and a beautiful Butterfly!
Thanks so much. I was so taken by them an they posed so nicely too! დ
Awww, makes me smile დ
It’s a beauty! ❤️😁
Yes indeed დ
I think we’re being watched… If I was a bird, I’d steer away from trying to eat that face. (You know, this wall paper here looks like a couple of eyes, too.)
Smiling, clever nature has complicated designs that are gorgeous too! დ
Thank you Suzanne & cheers to you დ
What a beautiful new species! Mother Nature never stops showing us her wonderful creations…
Thank God for her დდ
Beautiful! How do you get them to pose? I’m sort of kidding, but the butterflies around here just keep flitting around and I can’t get a decent picture.
Some butterflies are more flighty than others and others are more mellow, just like people! 😉
WOW! They look exceptionally pretty. I haven’t seen this species before. Thank you, Cindy, for sharing your amazing shots. 🙂
Thank you more for your always kind appreciation my friend დ
It’s just truly astounding to think Earth still churns out new species, Cindy! Gorgeous and how cool you can see these!
So happy you enjoyed Terri. Hopefully these beauties will thrive and prosper დ
Marvelous! Thanks for the great photos.
You are very welcome Rebecca. I am happy you enjoyed them დ
These are beautiful! All the colours of the rainbow are seen in their wings!
You’re right, and so artistically designed დ
What a beauty! Butterflies of any kind are a rare sight in our urban apartment complex.
Thank you Rosaliene. They always seem like joyful omens to me დ
Stunning photos of these magical creatures. Nature is so clever – the ‘eyes’ on the wings act as decoys so predators won’t attack the butterfly’s actual head.
Remarkable that it can be so beautiful too! დ
What amazingly beautiful clarity. Really lovely!
Honored, thank you sincerely Helene დ
Thank you very much დ
Great!! The patterns the wings look just like eyes. I glad to hear news about new species found.
I think the eyes are to scare away predators who may think they are being watched. Always good to hear about new species instead of newly extinct ones დ
WOW! Beautiful!! xox
Thank you Lara. I was captured by their beauty დ
Cindy, what a gorgeous gift to behold! Thank you for sharing such beauty!
Thank you so much more for appreciating them Eleanor & cheers დ
Amazing! I’m familiar with buckeyes. The gray on these is such a subtle and delicate shade! Very pretty!
I agree with you Kathy. I hadn’t seen them up close like this before and I thought they were so beautiful დ
Amazing beauty well-captured, Cindy!
Thanks Eliza & cheers my friend დ
Great eyes, Cindy. I wonder if they are named after buck’s eyes or buckeyes, I could see either one fitting. –Curt
Good question for which I have no answer დ
They are stunning, Cindy!! I’m butterfly crazy anyway but these are extra beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing these with me.
Thank you more for your kind appreciation Marlene დ
Loved these photos most especially.
Awww, so pleased you enjoyed and thank you for telling me. I <3 flutterbyes too! დ
Beautiful, Cindy. Butterflies are amazing. ‘Here’s 👀 at you kid.’
Smiling. Thank you John & cheers დ
Beautiful photos of a beautiful butterfly!
So pleased you enjoyed & thank you Rebecca დ
Oh wow! Gorgeous, and a new species! How exciting! Thank you for sharing.
So happy you enjoyed them Michele and thank you for letting me know დ
These butterflies have gorgeous eyes. Must be worth a million bucks. Lol! ❣⃛(❛ั◡˜๑)
You are clever as a cat (❛ั◡˜๑)
(๑ Ỡ ◡͐ Ỡ๑)ﾉ❤️❤️❤️
They are really gorgous, we have similar species in Germany with those ‘eyes’ on the wings but I don’t know the English name. Glad to have Butterflies, they are so important. Thank you for those lovely pictures Cindy.
I <3 my friends who <3 butterflies and I would love to see their German cousins დ
These are such beautiful butterflies. I love the patterns on their wings. Great shots.
There are gorgeous aren’t they. Happy you enjoyed them & thank you დ
Yes, ma’am, they’re gorgeous!! Glad you found them … thankful you shared them!
Awwww……. So kind! Thank you Debbie & cheers დ
How exciting and gorgeous!
I was reminded of the Walter Matthau – Elaine May comedy A New Leaf from 1971. Not sure why except it was about an exciting discovery, too!!
How nice they triggered happy memories! Butterflies are like that დ
It is beautiful but looks unrealistic, like painted!
Yes, I was struck by their beauty too, which is 100% natural which makes it so much better დ
Very pretty butterflies. I’m seeing more here in the country. (just bought a house an hour away) 🦋
How wonderful! Congrats on the new house and your butterfly neighbors დ
Thank you. It seems there aren’t as many pesticides or pollution around. I will pay more attention to the butterflies. Haven’t time for a shot. We’re still remodelling.
We have the common buckeyes in NC and they are really lovely. How cool to have a newly identified species!
It is cool! I think they’ve been here for a long time, but only recently were discovered to be genetically distinct დ
They are amazing aren’t they! Cheers to you დ
Cindy, thank you so much for more amazing and beautiful photographs!
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Friends like you are the reason I blog. Thank you Charles and take good care (❛ั◡˜๑)
These have amazing markings — thanks for posting these photos 🙂
Thank you for taking the time to appreciate them დ
Stunning… gown inspirational!
How refreshing it is to hear about anew species, and not the extinction of an unlucky one.
Thank you, Cindy! ❦
I think this would make the most amazing gown! I hope you design it. And yes, it is so horrible to hear the toll of our times on nature and the wild ones. Good news about wild creatures is far too rare დ
Happy you think so & thanks for stopping by დ
Grazie mille დ
Such incredible photos of an amazing creature!!
Honored. thank you very much & stay well დ
I Love learning/seeing new things every day! Thank you!
So do I!! So thank you დ
WOW!!! I think we have the common buckeye around here but how cool that there’s a new sub-species. I’ll have to share with the family! 🤎🦋
It’s newly identified. It was thought previously to be the same species as the eastern variety, but is now known to be it’s own species, which is still very exciting დ
Yes, it is wonderful!
Those Monarchs sure get around Cindy. There’s such a wonderful variety of butterflys.
Smiling. They are promiscuous in placement! 😉
How special!! Remarkable images, images!
Merci beaucoup mon Ami Amy დ
Grazie mille Phillip დ
Hi Cindy and you’re welcome. Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday! 🙂☀️🏖🌴☀️😊
Visa versa 2UX2 დ
These Buckeye butterflies have been seen in our area. I call them Big Eyes, but will correct my post to use the name Common Buckeye also.
They are stunning in the sunlight aren’t they დ
Gorgeous photos – there’s something wonderful about butterflies ☺️
They seem to silent be teachers დ
So beautiful 😊🤩
Merci beaucoup mon Ami დ
These are so beautiful. With so many species going extinct, it’s nice to hear some different news.
We need the good news amidst all the negativity.
Amazing patterns, amazing photos, and so interesting to learn about these new sub-species. They remind me of a giant moth that has visited us over the years, the crecomora, only the Great Buckeyes have a more complex pattern, and are flutterbyes, of course, not moths.
We have Ceonothus moths here occasionally. They are huge and impressively beautiful moths დ