Mourning Cloaks

There seem to be more mourning cloak butterflies, Nymphalis antiopa, flying around than one would normally expect for this time of year.  They perch in the trees and feed on fallen apples.

Soon they will squeeze themselves into a tiny opening in the bark of a tree, or under some debris on the ground, where they will spend the winter as adults.  They will emerge in the spring to mate and lay eggs, and to invite us to start watching butterflies again after a long winter.

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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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