These pictures of the Mourning Cloak butterfly ~ Nymphalis antiopa
were taken a couple of weeks ago in the garden. It is an interesting
butterfly, they emerge in July, enter a short dormancy and emerge
again in fall. They hibernate in the winter under bark etc. and might
emerge if the temperature becomes warm enough. They can live up
to a year.
Bugs of Alberta
Acorn & Sheldon
We also encountered one on our recent trip to the
" The beauty of things was born before eyes
and sufficient to itself; the heart - breaking beauty
Will remain when there is no heart to break for it."