- an anglewing butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa, widely distributed in Europe and North America, having velvety, dark-brown wings with purple spots and pale-yellow edges.
Origin of mourning cloak
Examples from the Web for mourning cloak
Historical Examples of mourning cloak
In their habits they are quite similar to the caterpillars of the Mourning-cloak.
I had made a mourning-cloak of the apron by tying it, hind part before, about my neck, whence it drooped to my heels.When Grandmamma Was New
After hatching from the egg, the Mourning-cloak caterpillars are also subject to the attacks of various parasites.
This species is commonly called the Mourning-cloak butterfly—not a particularly happy name for so beautiful an insect.
The caterpillars of the Mourning-cloak butterflies are restricted to comparatively few food plants.
- the US name for Camberwell beauty