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Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Nymphalis antiopa


Perfectly camouflaged against the bark of a dark tree with its wings closed, the Mourning Cloak will flap suddenly into flight at the approach of a predator and show its rich colours on the upperside. Wow! It was so beautiful and I am glad that it stopped in the sun so that we could see that rich maroon upperside, with the creamy outer band and the blue spots. Gorgeous!

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Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Sep 12, 2011
Submitted on Sep 13, 2011

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