butterfly grows though much of the northern hemisphere. In Britain,
were it is rare, it is known as Camberwell Beauty.
A large black butterfly with yellow edging. When it's wings are closed a Mourning cloak resembles the dark bark of a willow or cottonwood. Flies like a Swallowtail and about the same size.
Larval plants include mostly riparian plants like willows, cottonwoods, elm, hackberry and others.
One of the old names was Aglais antiopa.
“It is a familiar insect to all who have had an interest in nature, and never fails to arouse admiration on account of its brilliant coloration and boldness of pattern.” ComstockBack to the Butterfly List