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Butterflies of Idaho -- Nymphalis antiopa

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Butterflies of Idaho

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
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Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa [Linnaeus])

Wing span: 2 1/4 - 4 inches (5.7 - 10.1 cm).

Identification: Short projections on both wings, borders irregular. Upperside is purple-black with a wide, bright yellow border on outer margins, and a row of iridescent blue spots at the inner edge of the border.

Life history: 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. After feeding briefly, the adults estivate until fall, when they re-emerge to fee