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Mourning cloak - harbinger of spring

Photos and text by Peeter Poldre


The mourning cloak butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa) is an under-recognized harbinger of spring! This butterfly can live up to 12 months and it hibernates over the winter in southern Ontario. This butterfly can become active even before the snow melts.


In many European languages, the butterfly’s name is a direct translation of the one we used in North America, while in Britain the species is known as the Camberwell beauty.