Mourning Cloak Butterfly Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos

A mourning cloak butterfly spends time on the white blooms of a butterfly bush Thursday afternoon in a butterfly garden at a residence on Barranca Mesa. The mourning cloak, Nymphalis antiopa (Linnaeus), is a large distinctive butterfly and is one of the most widely distributed butterfly species. In northern areas where it overwinters, adults may be seen basking in the sun during almost every month of winter on warm days. The upper surfaces of the wings are very beautiful, but at rest with the wings closed, the mourning cloak is highly cryptic. Source/Univ. of Florida. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan
The mourning cloak butterfly posing at various angles Thursday on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan
The mourning cloak butterfly facing downward Thursday on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan
The mourning cloak butterfly closes its wings Thursday on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan