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Mourning Cloak Butterfly on a bench at the local Botanical Gardens.
Local Botanical Gardens.
The common name "mourning cloak" refers to the wings resembling a traditional dark-colored cloak worn when one was in mourning. It is also one of a number of butterfly species that overwinter as adults. They spend the winter frozen in "cryo-preservation," hibernating in tree crevices.