Mourning Cloak

What a nice surprise–my first Mourning Cloak of the year. And so early, too! This is the second observation in NY state on iNaturalist this month, the first in NYC. It was very sunny and in the low 50s F this morning near noon in the Dell in Green-Wood.

Nymphalis antiopa, also known as the Camberwell Beauty in Britain, overwinters as an adult. Remember when I found one last spring tucked into some dead wood? That was March 20, 2022.

This color combination is amazing, isn’t it? Burgundy velvet, etc.– I mean, that’s a damn fancy funeral. Very Oscar Wilde. And definitely worth a second post of the day!

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