Scientific name: Nymphalis antiopa (Linnaeus)
(Lepidoptera : Nymphalidae)
Facts: Mourningcloak butterflies are one of the few butterflies that spend the winter as adults. Consequently, they can be found early in the season before most butterflies are on the wing. They get there name because the drab black of the wings appears like a cloak that was used to cover a casket in past times.