Re: [TILS] Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

Joe Morlan

Sorry you feel that way. Here is an original unretouched image. Cropped
and resized but no other adjustments.

On Thu, 25 May 2023 19:41:27 -0600, "Norbert Kondla" <nkondla@...>

I think the butterfly brightness and color saturation is an imaging
artifact. I have seen a lot of Nymphalis antiopa hyperborea alive and under
bright sunlight. I have never seen one that looks like this one. Here are a
couple of pics of live hyperborea that are more consistent with what I see
in nature:
fresh summer bug:
hibernated spring bug:
Although hyperborea does live in the northwestern portion of North America;
it is present across the northern part of our continent. Here is a little
comparison graphic, created with specimen images that are objectively
(mathematically) correct in terms of photographic exposure:
Many additional Cloak images are available in my Mourning Cloak album on

On Thu, May 25, 2023 at 11:53?AM Joe Morlan <jmorlan@...> wrote:

20 May 2023. Emily Renzel Wetlands, Palo Alto, CA, USA.

This appears to be an extreme example of the northwestern subspecies "N. a.
hyperboria" with a reddish cocoa color rather than the dark chocolate of
those from eastern North America (N. a. lintnerii) or the almost black of
examples from Eurasia (N. a. antiopa). However the validity of these
subspecies remains uncertain. In England where this species is a migrant,
it is commonly known by the name "Camberwell Beauty."


Stay well!

Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt

Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

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