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.