Monday, March 25, 2013

Mourning Cloak

This may not look like anything spectacular, but it is.  While digging through a pile of rubble, i came across 3 of these.  I assumed they were dead, they looked ragged and moldy.  But a leg moved, so we put them into the bug house.  The kids did some research and found out the name is Mourning Cloak.
They are butterflies that hibernate.  I had no idea there was such a thing.  They are considered winter butterflies because you might see them flying very early in the year.  And one of these flew up and out of our yard that cold day.
The top of the wings act as solar panels.  The bottom camouflage them perfectly.  They are really quite pretty, dark velvety red with blue spots and gold rim.

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