These Mourning Cloaks were all observed in Washington. I always wanted to see a Mourning Cloak when I was in Texas, but never was able to find any. The first time I saw one here in Washington, I was so excited! The color is so vibrant and lovely, even in individuals that have overwintered and are a little tatty around the edges.
Leslie Grove Park, Richland, Benton County
46.30317, -119.26493 These were all in the area by the Newcomer entrance, between the path and the river. They were quite active flying about, but took breaks to pose basking, so I was able to get a few good shots.
May 1, 2013
Lake Wenatchee State Park, Chelan County
47.80476, -120.72952 Near the lake edge in Campground in a wooded area.
August 10, 2021
Conconully State Park, Okanogan County
48.55447, -119.74994 On trail to the lake at edge of the State Park, in kind of swampy wooded area.
June 29, 2022
Sinlahekin Creek Road, Sinlahekin Wildlife Area, Okanogan County
48.69379, -119.7638 At the big puddle in the road at junction with Kinchelo Creek
July 1, 2022
Satus Pass, Klickitat County
45.99034, -120.68086 Ski Lodge Road
June 2, 2023
June 4, 2023
- I’ve never seen a Mourning Cloak nectaring. Supposedly they do nectar at flowers after hibernation. Check currants in spring, fallen fruit in fall.
- I’ve only found them post-hibernation. Check the river near the willows in June, and again September.