Mourning Cloak Butterfly – 5/16/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/16/23

Observation Time: 4:10 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Scientific Name: Nymphalis antiopa

Comments: This striking butterfly overwinters as an adult. That is why it is the first butterfly to be seen in early spring. This battle-scarred individual was inhabiting a small clearing beside the trail. As I stood and watched, it flew within a foot of my face several times, as if it was curious about the strange apparition that had entered its home space.

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