Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mourning Cloak

This individual appears to me to be a very striking Mourning Cloak. Brock and Kaufman write “for winter-weary northerners, few sights can be as welcome as that of the first Mourning Cloak, emerged from its hibernation…during the first spring thaw.” This, our first Mourning cloak of 2014, appeared substantially later than in 2011 (19 April vs. 7 April).

Mourning Cloaks are found across almost all of North America, from northern Canada and Alaska south to northern Mexico. Adults are long-lived, up to ten months.  They emerge in the summer, hibernate during the winter, and breed the following spring. This photo was taken in the Carleton College Arboretum.

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