Mourning Cloak of Oregon (Nymphalis antiopa)
The Mourning Cloak lives in North America and most prevalent in Oregon but has been seen throughout the United States down to central Mexico as well as in Europe and Eurasia. They may be the longest living butterfly making it to almost a year and because they can endure low temperatures, they are one of the first to appear even before spring. The name Mourning Cloak comes from its dark burgundy upperside resembling a mourning cloak that was worn when mourning the death of someone back in the 1700s. Around the edges is a bright yellowish border with bright blue spots between the border and the dark red color. The Mourning Cloak can be up to four inches wide with an underside that looks like tree bark that is a great camouflage to protect it from predators.