Nymphalis antiopa, Mourning Cloak

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Adult sipping on mud

Description: A large Nymphalid butterfly. The top side is dark brown with a yellow outer margin and a row of blue spots along that outer margin. Inside the blue spots is a deep rudy color that pops appears in specific lighting conditions. Underside is mottled gray. Wing shape is angled. 

 

Habitat and Distribution: This species lives in a variety of habitats throughout North America. We found one specimen in a bait trap in Key Largo in February of 2001

 

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Natural History: This species should be concidered an extremely rare stray to the Keys and probably showed up due to migratory tendencies. 

 

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