First Mourning Cloak Butterfly 2012

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Meet my first ever Mourning Cloak butterfly!!! This year for some unknown reasons, I saw at least four different kinds of butterflies around my home so far! There are Red Admiral Butterfly, White Butterfly, Orange Butterfly, and now Mourning Cloak. 

Mourning Cloak Butterfly With Folded Wings

I found this Mourning Cloak butterfly on my driveway behind my parked car! I was so excited and hurriedly snapped some photos as I knew it would fly away soon. I even forgot to breathe, and all the settings on my camera.

Mourning Cloak Ready To Take Off

Yes, I couldn't believe my eyes to see this gorgeous and rare Mourning Cloak butterfly around here, leave alone on my driveway! It did take off while I snapped the photos but it flew in a circle and came right back with this pose.

Brown, Blue Dots, With Creamy Trim On Wings

After this Mourning Cloak butterfly went away, I downloaded the photos, and began my search by typing in: "brown color, bright blue dots, and creamy trim on wings". The name came up as Mourning Cloak butterfly! Isn't this wonderful?

By the way, if you want to attract butterflies to your yard, visit TexWisGirl, to see how she collected a plate full of butterflies-literally-to her yard! Your jaw will drop, I promise...

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Diane AZ May 10, 2012 9:23 am  

How wonderful to find a Mourning Cloak right on your own driveway. Those brilliant blue dots look amazing! :D

Salitype May 10, 2012 11:00 am  

Must be a great way to start the morning - be blessed with lots of butterflies ! I will visit Texwisgirl to know the secret of attracting butterflies, I don't see a lot in my place !

Hugs to you !

Karin M. May 10, 2012 3:34 pm  

A super shot, pretty little butterfly...
Best regards, Karin

Joanne Olivieri May 11, 2012 7:33 pm  

Icy, what fantastic shots. It is always so difficult to capture shots of these beauties and you did a great job.

Cherry May 11, 2012 10:18 pm  

that's awesome!

TexWisGirl May 12, 2012 8:58 am  

oh, you are so cute! :) and we've had a couple of mourning cloaks, here, too! i've been amazed.

Misty DawnS May 12, 2012 9:10 am  

I just photographed my first Mourning Cloak also!!! It was going to be my Camera-Critters post for this week, but last night, I was so tired, I couldn't even find the photos of it. Yes, I was very, very tired. LOL
Sounds like you have seen the same butterflies as I have so far. The Red Admiral, Sulphurs (white and yellow), and Mourning Cloak. I've also seen some Fritillary butterflies and some Swallowtails, but they haven't landed and sat still for me. :-)

Jessica May 12, 2012 9:15 am  

what a beautiful butterfly, great shot too :-) Dropping by from Camera Critters

Marie May 12, 2012 9:13 pm  

So pretty -- I love butterflies and my daughter has been very proactive about making sure we buy flowers that will attract them to our garden this year!

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betchai May 13, 2012 12:11 am  

oh, how beautiful, you have diverse butterfly sightings so far this year, and love all of them.

eileeninmd May 13, 2012 5:02 am  

Congrats on your sighting, it is a beautiful butterfly.

Anonymous,  May 13, 2012 5:10 am  

What a great looking butterfly.

Nancy C May 13, 2012 8:39 am  

Congratulations on this capture!

Thank you for sharing at Your Sunday Best!

Brian King May 13, 2012 3:49 pm  

Gorgeous shots! Nice!

Unknown May 13, 2012 7:56 pm  

How pretty. Not sure I have seen this one before.

Ratty May 13, 2012 9:51 pm  

You did a good job with these. Mourning cloak was also my first butterfly.

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