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Mourning Cloak Butterfly

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Mourning Cloaks may live from ten to eleven months, making them possibly the longest living butterfly. 

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A brief life by human standards, which was nearly shortened when it attempted to land on my head.

For more information see:  http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=1765&chosen_state=55*Wisconsin

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2 Responses to “Mourning Cloak Butterfly”


  1. April 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Nice images. I think the longest-lived butterflies are in the arctic – some species take more than one year to go through the larval stages. So those can live for around two years from egg to adult.

    In the US south of Canada, cloaks, commas, and tortoiseshells that live through the winter as adults are the longest lived.

    Cloaks do like to buzz by people!

  2. 2 Randy Roberts
    April 16, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks for the comment. I know nothing about butterflies. I was able to find some information on it from the above website. I thought, at the time, it made a nice subject for a photo.


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