The Morning Glory

Copyright Photo: Mourning Cloak Butterfly by Montreal Photo Daily, on Flickr

Mourning Cloak Butterfly
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While out on my morning walk with Kaiah, my dog, I discovered this little wonder sprawled on the sidewalk. I thought it was dead. On closer examination, I realized that it was a Mourning Cloak Butterfly and it was very much alive. This gem is the first butterfly to show up in the Springtime after having over-wintered here frozen. It thaws out and starts flying again in March. I had just enough time to grab my camera to capture this before it flew away in its characteristic flap-glide motion.


Joe said...

Nature is an artist.

Leif Hagen said...

She's a beauty and you captured her well!
bon weekend, Ken

Arija said...

What a wonderful butterfly! So glad you found and photographed it. Makes for a good contrast to man-made structures.

Birdman said...

Nature is amazing!

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

We have to learn to take our cameras EVERYWHERE!
Such a little gem. Are you sure this isn't a moth?

I also commented on July 5 (do you read comments on old posts?)

Arija said...

Thanks for your comment and visit. No, I have had no email from you. I will send one on the reply button to you. If that does not work, you can leave your email as a comment to me. It goes through my email and I won't publish it but will be able to reply.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Great capture, but your understanding of just what you were seeing and its habits completes the picture!


RedPat said...

I wonder if it warming itself up a bit in the sun before flying off? What a beauty!

Jarart said...

What a jewel! I am glad you got the chance to get the shot. I have seen one of these before but didn't know what it was called.

To answer you on the picture I posted today, I was standing on the side of the mountain in the mining town when I took the streetlight which was lower than me and there is another small town down in the valley below.

Cloudia said...

what a wonderful post - from a wonderful City!

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magiceye said...

absolutely amazing!!
thank you for sharing this wonder!

Randy said...

That is amazing and just so beautiful.