|First butterfly field guide of spring|
|Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa|
There was nothing overly interesting at the summit, migratory bird-wise, but I was surprised to see several large butterflies basking in the sun. This seems early for butterflies, with the night-time temperatures still dipping below zero this week, but what do I know. As was the case for mammals, my ignorance of butterfly species angered me a bit, so I went out and picked up a butterfly field guide. Turns out my butterfly was a Mourning Cloak, a kind of Brushfoot known for being an early harbinger of spring. Now I know.