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Mourning Cloaks can be found in Fallbrook


Last updated 1/20/2021 at 2:19pm


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The Mourning Cloak's caterpillar (nymphalis antiopa) eats the leaves of the red willow.

FALLBROOK – The Mourning Cloak, Nymphalis antiopa, is one of the most widespread butterflies in the world, found from Alaska to Venezuela, and all throughout Europe and Asia. It also lives in Southern California.

The adult butterfly's wingspan reaches about 3 inches with a unique color scheme on the wings. The outside of the butterfly's wings are black, resembling charred wood, with a white marginal band. The inside of the wings are mainly a deep maroon-brown color, with a black band down the center that contains blue spots, and a marginal yellow band.

The host plants for the Mourning Cl...

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