First Butterfly & Flowers

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Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

Mourning Cloaks are consistently the first butterflies to appear in March each year. While they prefer to feed on tree sap, oaks are a favorite, or rotting fruit, they have to make due with sucking nectar from the blossoms of our early blooming plum tree. The Mourning Cloak caterpillars like to feed on a variety of tree leaves including elms and cottonwoods, which we have plenty of. Adults that appear this early in the season have hibernated over the winter.

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There’s a tiny spider on the edge of this crocus.

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45 thoughts on “First Butterfly & Flowers

  1. You have more spring down there than I have up here. Thanks for the reminder spring is here/coming. 🙂

  2. Wow, absolutely gorgeous photos. I feel lighter and cheerier just looking at them. You really do have quite the eye for photography, Tim! Amazing job.

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