Mourning Cloak on “dirt” Burnell

Mourning Cloak Suns itself after the Rain
Location:  Elyria Canyon Park, Los Angeles, California
April 14, 2012
After a wonderful bird watching hike, Daniel headed home and spotted this beautiful Morning Cloak after he disturbed it from where it was sunning itself on the path that passes along “dirt” Burnell where four additional lots have recently been purchased and added to the total acerage for the park.  The butterfly landed again and allowed itself to be photographed.  The colors on this individual are so bright, it appears this is a newly emerged individual as opposed to an older individual that passed the winter in hibernation.  The Los Angeles area had two significant spring rains this week, and Saturday was a partly sunny but cool day after the Friday thunderstorms.  Dark butterflies like the Mourning Cloak sun themselves and absorb the heat on cool days.  The Mourning Cloak was the featured butterfly in the January 2012 newsletter.

Mourning Cloak


 

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