You know it's spring when you spot a Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)!
Mourning Cloaks spend their winters frozen in"cryo-preservation" in tree cavities,
beneath loose tree bark or in unheated buildings.
Wherever they can fit to protect themselves from the winter winds,
During the early spring months, they will seek a mate,
lay their eggs,
and then, unfortunately, they die.
They are thought to be the longest living butterfly
with a lifespan of 10 - 11 months.
For more interesting Nature Notes, visit Rambling Woods.