Mourning Cloak
Nymphalis antiopa
June 5, 2014

  A mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) is a larger size butterfly, only slightly smaller than a monarch.

Mourning cloaks hibernate over winter and are among the first butterflies to appear in the spring, and what a beautiful sight they are.

Mourning cloak
  The overall deep, dark red of the wings often appears black to the naked eye, but only a slight touch on exposure brings out the full, rich color.
Hobomok skipper
  Have I mentioned how much I enjoy seeing mourning cloaks?

Photo note: I used the Pentax K20D during spring 2010 and 2012 for these two photos.

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