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Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Natural History

Mourning Cloak Butterflys are mostly dark brown with blue spots, followed by a wide whitish band along the edge of the wing. It has a wingspan of  2.6 - 3.4 inches in width.

The Mourning Cloak at right was photographed in the Grand Canyon.

They are found throughout Arizona except for the extreme southwest (they are also found in: CA, NM, UT, CO and NV) and inhabit streams, rivers and woodlands. Host plants include willows and quaking aspen.

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