Mourning Cloak

Nymphalis antiopa (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Uncommon but widespread breeding resident

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Range: Inhabits most of sub-arctic North America (rarer south of the temperate zone) and Eurasia from Spain to Siberia. In Nebraska it is found throughout the state.

Broods/Flight Times: May be found from spring to fall

Larval Hostplant(s): A number of woody species have been cited but willows (Salix sp.) are primarily utilized in Nebraska

Habitat: Primarily riparian close to hostplants but my show up anywhere

Overwinter: As adults

Similar Species: None

Notes: As a woodland species they frequently utilize sap flows in addition to nectar. Larvae feed as a group.

Mourning Cloak, Niobrara Valley Preserve, Photo by Jonathan Nikkila
Mourning Cloak – dorsal
Mourning Cloak – side view
Mourning Cloak larvae on Willow
Mourning Cloak pupa

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