Members of this family of butterflies can be found along roads and woodland clearings. They feed on rotting fruits, tree sap and wet mineral soils. the first Mourning Cloak that I saw this year was on March 20, on Shavers Mountain. I saw one last year on the Dry Fork above Harman in early March.
The preferred host plant for the larvae is Black Willow and Weeping Willow.
The Butterflies Of West Virginia and their Caterpillars (Pitt Series in Nature and Natural History)
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