I have been photographing butterflies in eastern Nebraska for some time, but this is the first I’ve seen of the one in the photo attached. I can’t find it in my National Audubon Society field guide. It’s approximately the same size as a red spotted purple. Can you tell me what kind it is? Thanks!
Judging by its ragged appearance and the time of year, we suspect your Mourning Cloak, Nymphalis antiopa, has hibernated and emerged once the spring sun warmed the air. These butterflies overwinter so are often among the first butterflies of spring. Our Audubon Guide has it pictured on plate 625.