Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Here is a one-of-a-kind beauty that cannot be missed. In Britain, the Mourning Cloak is referred to as the ‘Camberwell Beauty’. This butterfly is not only gorgeous, but also amazing.
They can live up to 10 months. The first brood in late spring will actually hibernate throughout the summer, called aestivation. In the fall, they become active again before hibernating in the winter months.
The Mourning Cloak is usually one of the first butterflies to fly in colder months. They can fly when temperatures outside reach 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
This exceptional butterfly is a must have in all your gardens. See more photos below to help you identify the stages of the Mourning Cloak butterfly life cycle.