The Mourning Cloak, a.k.a Camberwell Beauty (Nymphalis antiopa) is one of the largest butterflies in Finland. To spot one of these beauties is always a pleasure.
The Mourning Cloak spends the winter as adult butterfly. They start flying early spring about at the same time as European Peacocks (Inachis io). The second generation hatch in late July.
Based on my sightings, 2014 has been a good year for this species. I was able to spot individuals in early spring quite often. In late summer, the Mourning Cloak was well represented at the butterfly bar in our backyard. I also made sightings in various locations in the greenery.
Despite of my effort I have not yet managed to track down any caterpillars. A definite target for season 2015 is to finally be able to raise this species to learn even more about it.