Mourning Cloak

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This lovely, long-lived woodland butterfly breaks dormancy in early spring. The next generation emerges in summer. They will have yellow borders on their wings, unlike their parent generation whose wing borders are white after hibernation. They are easy to spot as they are just a little smaller than a monarch. What a thrill it was to follow its bouncy flight between samplings of warm spots on the forest floor. Reference: Kaufman Focus Guides, Butterflies of North America.
Photo and text by Ann Rohlfing
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