November 03, 2015

An unexpected find

I don't think of butterflies in November.
I think of November as cold,wet,dreary and the beginning of winter.
Definitely not butterfly season.

We have seen monarchs the last three days but they wouldn't cooperate with the camera.

This is a Mourning Cloak butterfly,nymphalis antiopa.

Overwintered adults mate in the spring, the males perching in sunny openings during the afternoon to wait for receptive females. Eggs are laid in groups circling twigs of the host plant. Caterpillars live in a communal web and feed together on young leaves, then pupate and emerge as adults in June or July. source - Butterflies and Moths of North America.

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