One of the first butterflies seen in the spring. A larger species enjoying the sun and the moderate temperature of the road warmed up by the sun.

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

Large, common butterfly with a long lifespan and one of the first butterflies which can be spotted in spring.

How To Identify

Easy identifiable with the brown-reddish wings a row of bluish spots on a dark band and a white band at the most posterior part of the wings.

Where and When to Spot

I spotted this butterfly in almost all parks around Montreal usually when they are spreading their wings on the warmer ground of a path in spring.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Park Mont Royal

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

    Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
    4.3-215.0 mm

    Focal Length 179mm
    Shutter Speed 1/250s
    Aperture f6.5
    ISO 80


Nymphalis antiopa