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Mourning Cloak

Nymphalis antiopa

Description:

The Mourning Cloak is a large butterfly native to North America. (Also native to temperate Europe & Asia). They prefer to feed on tree sap, especially that of oaks. They walk down the trunk to the sap and feed head downward. They will also feed on rotting fruit, and only occasionally on flower nectar.

Habitat:

North America - central Mexico. Woodlands. Flight: June-July. Host Plants: Black Willow (Salix nigra) but also other willow species, as well as poplar, elm, birch, and hackberry. Older caterpillars wander about and may be found on plants that they do not eat.

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6 Comments

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Gorgeous!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 years ago

Thank you Mayra!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Beautiful!!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 9 years ago

Thank you Dilek & Carol :)

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Beautiful. The outer edges reminds me of lace.

Dilek Cifci
Dilek Cifci 9 years ago

Very beautiful

Small Wonders
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Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Spotted on May 4, 2012
Submitted on May 7, 2012

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