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Subject: Mourning Cloak
Location: Southeast Tennessee, Cumberland Plateau
June 17, 2013 9:44 am
We saw this beauty the other morning and did not remember seeing a similar butterfly. From a distance, it looked black with bright yellow edges, but up close, it is much more interesting. From other photos in your files, I believe it is a Mourning Cloak.
We are on the Cumberland Plateau in southeast Tennessee.
Thanks for all your work and wonderful website!
Signature: Bob

Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak

Dear Bob,
This is just about the most gorgeous photo we have ever seen of a Mourning Cloak.  It is obviously a freshly eclosed individual since it is so perfect and its colors so vivid.  Thanks so much for adding to our archives.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee

3 Responses to Mourning Cloak

  1. Jean Liss says:

    I found his caterpillar the other day, beautiful spiked guy.

  2. Sue B says:

    I almost stepped on one of these caterpillars on the sidewalk on my walk in Monrovia, CA a couple weeks ago. Fast mover!

  3. Deon says:

    I have have a Chinese elm tree here in San Diego county. The Mourning Cloak Caterpillar, are loving the tree. Hope to see the butterflies soon.

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