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.
More Information: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Nymphalis-antiopa