The Mourning Cloak butterfly is normally seen throughout the United States and most of Canada. When the wings are open, both the male and the female show a dark maroon, or sometimes brown, hue with roughly-defined edges that are pale yellow. There is a demarcation in black between the maroon and the yellow parts of the wings that are spotted with bright, iridescent blue spots.
Mourning Cloak Facts
Butterfly Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)
Butterfly Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Butterfly Wingspan: 2 1/4 – 4 inches
Butterfly Habitat: Because Mourning Cloaks roam and migrate, they are found almost anywhere that host plants occur including woods, openings, parks, and suburbs; especially in riparian areas.
Mourning Cloak Host and Nectar Plants
- American Elm
- Tree Sap