Mourning Cloak Butterfly

I saw this butterfly a number of times before I was able to photograph it.  In fact, while I was chasing it, it landed on me several times.  I did not get a picture, but it flew close enough that I heard its wings flapping.

A day or two later I saw it again.  I can’t be sure, but I think it was the same one.  I watched it fly up and land again.  On this bright, sunny day the butterfly always seemed to land in the deep shade, only inches from the sunlight.

I chased it and got a photo–I had to use flash because of the light.


Then there were two.  They circled around each other against the blue sky with lovely white clouds.  It would have made a great photograph if I had been fast enough.

But I wasn’t.  Maybe next time (if there is a next time).


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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