Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa

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

Mourning Cloak butterfly, dorsal view
My first ever observation of a Mourning Cloak
Mourning Cloak butterfly
the color changes so much depending on the light, but the burgundy is gorgeous
Dorsal view of Mourning Cloak Butterfly
Mourning Cloak perching on a dried blade of grass
Mourning Cloak butterfly posing on a stick
a second individual Mourning cloak, found closer into the trees
Nymphalis antiopa in grass
I love how vibrant blue is when the light catches it at the right angle
ventral view of Nymphalis antiopa
the ventral is so plain and camouflaged

Lake Wenatchee State Park, Chelan County

47.80476, -120.72952 Near the lake edge in Campground in a wooded area.

August 10, 2021

ventral view of Mourning Cloak butterfly underneath a log
ventral view of a fairly fresh Mourning Cloak hiding under a log
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

macro photo of Mourning cloak butterfly
dorsal view of Mourning Cloak posing
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

Mourning Cloak butterfly puddling
at mud puddle location with many butterflies
dorsal view of Mourning Cloak puddling
same individual with its wings open
Satus Pass, Klickitat County

45.99034, -120.68086 Ski Lodge Road

June 2, 2023

macro photo of Mourning Cloak, dorsal view
Mourning Cloak resting on the sand at a seepy area on side of road

June 4, 2023

Ventral view of Mourning Cloak butterflies basking in sun
ventral view of Mourning Cloak basking in warmth of a rocks reflected heat


  • 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.


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