Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Mourning Cloak sighting

On the warmest day of late winter so far, I saw two butterflies. One was orange, and I didn't get a good look at it.

The other was a mourning cloak, one of our few butterflies that overwinter as adults, emerging on warm days like this one.

This is an image of a pinned Mourning Cloak from MonarchWatch, an excellent organization that monitors monarch migrations and abundance.

The overwintering adults mate in spring, on warm afternoons like this one.

Some great photos and more information about butterflies are on Randy Emmitt's site -- here's a link to the mourning cloak page, but check out his other photos while you're there.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Nancy J. Bond said...

Oh my word, what a gorgeous butterfly! Spectacular colour -- I hope it sticks around!

March 9, 2010 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Randy Emmitt said...

I saw a Mourning Cloak in Durham, NC on Monday as well. I have wonderful live photos of this butterfly at my website.

March 10, 2010 at 6:35 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Randy - I should have thought of your photos! I'll add a link. Lisa

March 10, 2010 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Katie Morris said...

That's so exciting! I have never seen a mourning cloak in person but I learned about them when working on Kansas Critters: Bugs with my elementary art students. (www.gpnc.org/critters.htm)

March 10, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

Beautiful~What a treat for you Lisa!

March 10, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

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