Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)We have been seeing more and more butterflies. However, this is one that we do not see a lot of, Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa). It is one of the longest lived butterflies, living up to eleven months. It will overwinter in hollow logs, tree holes and other such places. It takes nectar from some flowers but it also likes overripe fruit and feces.


  1. Because nothing helps you overwinter like over-ripe feces.


  2. Thank you, W, for pointing out the ambiguity of the closing sentence. Actually, mourning cloaks prefer fresh feces.