Look what I found! (…a sequel)

I was out walking for an afternoon break, and I happened upon another wounded butterfly.

Wounded Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Wounded Mourning Cloak ButterflyThis time, the victim was a Mourning Cloak Butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa), which has a vast range across both America and Europe. It wasn’t keen on being examined, but the damage was heavy: the right forewing wasn’t moving at all, the right hindwing was torn up, the left forewing had a chunk torn out, and one antenna was completely missing.

For whatever reason, though, it loved just crawling on my hand and arm, and sat there rather contentedly as long as I wasn’t poking at it. It only briefly opened its wings to show the long, delicate, rust-colored hairs near its body.

I found a safe, shady spot for my new pal, but only after it hitched a ride on my hand for a good 10 minutes.

Butterflies are far from unusual in the wooded areas around my workplace. In fact, last year, there was a huge milkweed plant that produced a startling amount of Monarch butterflies. However, I think I’ve certainly seen more varieties of butterfly this year than I ever have, and it’s very strange that I’d stumble upon two wounded ones within a week of each other. I wonder if there are new predators about.

I swear I’m not tormenting butterflies for blog hits.


  1. If you don’t have it yet the Audubon birds & butterflies app for iPhone might still be on sale for $0.99. Even though I already had the birds one I picked up this one because it was cheaper than the stand alone butterfly one.


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