Nymphalis antiopa “Mourning Cloak” Nymphalidae
Salmon-Challis National Forest, ID
March 20, 2015
Mourning Cloaks are very territorial butterflies and will aggressively defend their feeding sites against intruding insects and have even been known to chase off hummingbirds! Also, March is really early to be seeing these guys out and about. There are hardly any flowers blooming that early!