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Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Nymphalis antiopa


Mourning Cloak Butterfly on a bench at the local Botanical Gardens.


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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.

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Joseph R. Godreau
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Joseph R. Godreau

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Spotted on Jun 20, 2021
Submitted on Sep 22, 2021

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