mourning cloak


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mourning cloak

n.
A nymphalid butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa) of Eurasia and North America, having purplish-brown wings with a broad yellow border.

mourning cloak

n
(Animals) the US name for Camberwell beauty

mourn′ing cloak`


n.
an anglewing butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa, widely distributed in Europe and North America, having velvety, dark brown wings with blue spots and pale yellow edges.
[1600–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mourning cloak - of temperate regionsmourning cloak - of temperate regions; having dark purple wings with yellow borders
brush-footed butterfly, four-footed butterfly, nymphalid, nymphalid butterfly - medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast
genus Nymphalis, Nymphalis - type genus of the Nymphalidae: mourning cloak butterflies
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Knowing that delicate mourning cloak butterflies spent the entire winter under the bark of the tree will inspire joy when you see their emergence this month.
Attracts black swallowtail, giant swallowtail, Monarch, painted lady, pipevine swallowtail, queen, question mark, red admiral, red-spotted purple, zebra longwing, zebra swallowtail, spicebush swallowtail, eastern tiger swallowtail, variegated fritillary, viceroy, eastern comma, gulf fritillary, mourning cloak, anise swallowtail and other species of butterflies.
The mourning cloak butterflies that we hoped to see on rare warm days fluttering about and sipping sap from broken cherries, maples, and birches stayed chilled and immobile under their bark blankets.
MOURNING CLOAK BUTTERFLIES are sometimes spotted on the first warm days of spring.
One image is of the mourning cloak caterpillar, Nymphalis antiopa.
Apart from this year's weather, several species of butterflies, including the large marble, sooty wing, Lorquin's admiral, and the mourning cloak suffered major declines in 1999 and have not yet recovered.