Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

Generally uncommon though widespread in NC, this is one of the few butterflies that overwinters as adults.
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
2 June 2008

From a distance, Mourning Cloaks basically look dark with a pale border. Upon closer inspection, however, they are stunningly colored with deep rich burgundy, creamy yellow, and royal blue!

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
2 June 2008

Underneath, they are look like dead leaves or dark bark.


Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
1 June 2009

Mourning Cloaks will often perch upside down on tree trunks. This one is feeding voraciously on oozing sap.

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
1 June 2009

Close-up of mouthparts extending into crack in bark to get to the sap.

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
1 June 2009

Now ya see me...

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
1 June 2009

Now ya don't!


Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
1 June 2009


Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
1 June 2009


Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
9 March 2010

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Occoneechee SNA, Orange Co., NC
20 March 2005
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
21 May 2004

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Occoneechee SNA, Orange Co., NC
20 March 2005
Perched 25' overhead on a wire!
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Orange Co., NC
17 Apr 2006
Nectaring on Eleagnus umbellata


Below are California and Utah Mourning Cloaks
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Near Fesno Dome, Madera Co., CA
10 July 2007
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Lambs Canyon, UT
16 June 2005


Below are Colorado Mourning Cloaks
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Rock Creek, El Paso Co., CO
9 July 2016


Below are Montana Mourning Cloaks
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Missoula Co., MT
10 May 2010
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Missoula Co., MT
13 Apr 2015

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Woodchuck Creek, near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
21 May 2014
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Woodchuck Creek, near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
21 May 2014

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
6 May 2014
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
6 May 2014

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Near Condon, Missoula Co., MT
25 Sep 2014
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Near Condon, Missoula Co., MT
25 Sep 2014

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Davis Creek, Missoula Co., MT
21 Apr 2015
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Woodchuck Creek, Missoula Co., MT
9 Apr 2016

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Near Condon, Missoula Co., MT
27 Apr 2015

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Missoula Co., MT
19 Apr 2014

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Woodchuck Creek, near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
21 May 2014

Nectaring on Salix.

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Woodchuck Creek, near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
21 May 2014

This flowering willow attracted several Mourning Cloaks with nectar. Willows are also caterpillar food plants for Mourning Cloaks.


Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
4 Sep 2013
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
11 Sep 2013
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) The Mourning Cloak in the above-right photo is perched nearly invisibly in the middle of this photo, showing the brushy creek-side habitat. The two photos were taken from the same location with the above photo zoomed in 200x using a Canon SX50 HS.
Near Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
11 Sep 2013


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