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Chris Kasurak was good enough to tell me all about this beauty; it is the Mourning Cloak in North America and the Camberwell Beauty in Britain and you can read all about it on this website: https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Nymphalis_antiopa. THANKS, Chris!

This butterfly evolves from an interesting caterpillar and you can click on this thumbnail of it to take you to its own page:

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I found, in spring, 2011, on April 26, while there was a great deal of snow yet, that there were two butterflies out already and this was one of them.

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