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|Species: Nymphalis antiopa|
The mourning cloak butterfly has a 2-4" wingspan. They are black to purple in color with a yellow border on their wings. Along the yellow they have a row of blue spots.
Habitat & Range
Mourning cloaks are found in forests and open areas. Their range includes most of the United States inlcuding Alaska, Canada, Europe, and parts of Asia.
Adult butterflies will feed off of oak tree sap and rotting fruit. Caterpillars will eat deciduous tree leaves and can be seen in groups.
Mourning cloaks will hibernate as adults, and emerge in early spring as the snow is just melting. Mating season is in the spring, but adults will stay active throughot the season and lay 2-3 broods of eggs.
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