Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday Sightings- The Mourning Cloak

Happy Saturday everyone!  This week's blog is about the Mourning Cloak.

This species is native to Eurasia and North America.  It is also referred to as the spiny elm caterpillar, Grand Surprise and White Petticoat.  The butterfly has a life span of 11-12 months, making it one of the most extensive life spans for any butterfly.  The Mourning Cloak will eat the leaves of primary host plants, such as Willows and Black Willows, American elm, Hackberry, Hawthorn, Wild Rose and Poplar.

Maybe you will spy one this coming week!  Have a great one.

Catie and Ben

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