Just last week I wrote about the beautiful flowers of my Leonard Messel magnolia and then this week I thought I saw a butterfly soaring around the tree.
My camera was fairly handy and the subject was pretty high up on a flower but I did manage to get this one photo. What a nice spring surprise to see a mourning cloak and it is only April.
From my presentations on creating a wildlife habitat, I knew that this is one butterfly that can over-winter under loose tree bark or in woodpiles until spring when they come out to mate.
This is a butterfly and insect woodpile that David of Merlin's Hollow has built in his backyard. It has lots of cracks and crevices for insects like the mourning cloak to crawl into for the winter and a bit of rubber pond liner along the top to help keep it dry.