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Harbingers of Spring

Spring is here! The evening chorus of tiny tree frogs, the Spring Peepers, can be heard coming from local ponds, the first deep-blue Tree Swallow was spotted in the area, and Mourning Cloak butterflies are warming their wings on sunny days.

These butterflies live for about a year, overwinter as an adult and reappear in early springtime to mate. They are also known as the Harbinger of Spring, being one of the first butterflies to emerge after the winter. The name Mourning Cloak comes from the appearance of the dark wings said to resemble the traditional cloak worn in Victorian times by those in mourning.


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