Mourningcloak Butterfly

I was surprised when this Mourningcloak butterfly flittered through the woods Monday morning considering how cold it’s been.

Looking at the bare trees, I wondered where the caterpillar could have found enough food to survive. Turns out it didn’t; the Mourningcloak overwinters and emerges when temperatures rise.

I felt lucky just to identify this butterfly after a few minutes of searching on the web, but once I’d actually identified it I was able to locate even more facts and details about it.

I’m amazed how the internet enables us to learn things we would never have been able to learn in the past because of the excessive time required to look things up in a library.

Time I can spend, instead, outside enjoying those things I really want to know more about.