Species Page: Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

Mourning Cloak

Nymphalis antiopa (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Uncommon resident

NENHP Rank: 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.

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

Broods/Flight Times: May be found from spring to fall, either as overwintering adults or their offspring.

Overwintering: As adults.

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

Avg. Wingspan: 2 1/4 – 4 inches

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Similar Species: Milbert’s Tortoise Shell, Anglewings (Polygonia species).