Saturday, September 08, 2012

Mourning Cloak Butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa

Mourning Cloak Butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa, at the San Diego Botanic Gardens. When seen with its wings open, this butterfly has deep brown-red wings with a yellow picotee and blue spots. However, when its wings are closed, it could easily blend into lichens on tree bark or on an old stone. The caterpillars feed on elm, poplar, birch and hackberry. These fascinating butterflies are found in both North America and Europe, extending from the edges of the arctic all the way down to central Mexico and Japan.

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