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Common Name:Butterfly, Mourning Cloak
Scientific Name:Nymphalis antiopa
Family:Nymphalidae (Brushfoots)
Area:Sycamore Grove Campground - Red Bluff, California
Date:March 3, 2013

This butterfly persumably got its name from its somber color, resembling the dark funeral shawl worn by widows.

Klickitat Trail, Washington - - - March 6, 2004

Reference:Butterflies through Binoculars by Glassberg / Cascade-Olympic Natural History by Mathews / National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects & Spiders by Milne