FINNISH NATURE

I saw mourning cloak (suruvaippa)

I saw mourning cloak yesterday 28th of March in Lohjansaari Finland. It might be the first time I have seen a butterfly on March, usually they appear earliest on April. It was warm and sunny day, temperature was around 12 C. It seems to be that it was warm enough for morning cloak to wake up.

Mourning cloak Lohjansaari 28.3.2020 @ Minna Jacobson
Mourning cloak – suruvaippa
Canon 5D MarkII, EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS USM, ISO 500, 200 mm, f/6.3, 1/6400 sec

Lohjansaari

On Saturday morning we drove to Lohjansaari, which is known for its exceptionally rich and diverse nature – limestone cliffs, lush foliage and fine cultural landscapes. Lohjansaari´s diverse nature is based on calcareous rock and soil as well as mild and long growing season.

We were looking for cranes, which were seen by the lake in Lohjansaari on Friday, but no access to the shore was found. Suddenly I saw a crane on the field, but when I was getting closer, it flew away.

Escaping crane Lohjansaari 28.3.2020 @Minna Jacobson
Escaping crane
Canon 5D MarkII, EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS USM, ISO 500, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/8000 sec

Mourning cloak

After driving a while, we found very warm and peaceful place, where we decided to stay. There were quite many butterflies flying around. Suddenly I saw mourning cloak on the birch and was able to get some photos of that beautiful butterfly.

Mourning cloak Lohjansaari 28.3.2020 @ Minna Jacobson
Canon 5D MarkII, EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS USM, ISO 500, 200 mm, f/6.3, 1/6400 sec
Mourning cloak Lohjansaari 28.3.2020 @ Minna Jacobson
Canon 5D MarkII, EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS USM, ISO 500, 200 mm, f/6.3, 1/5000 sec
Mourning cloak Lohjansaari 28.3.2020 @ Minna Jacobson
Canon 5D MarkII, EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS USM, ISO 500, 200 mm, f/6.3, 1/5000 sec

Mourning cloak overwinters in some sheltered place – such as cliffs, heaps or sheds. The spring sun awakens it from its dormancy. Along with other adult winter butterflies (nettle, maiden and lemon), the mourning cloak is one of the first day butterflies to be seen in early spring nature.

Uusimaa closed borders due to the coronavirus

We are still allowed to walk outside even though Uusimaa, where I live, closed borders on Friday night. Boards are closed until Eastern. As Uusimaa is closed, we have to stay inside the province.

Spring is here and I love it ❤️.

Take care and stay healthy.

Lohjansaari lost sunglases 28.3.2020 @Minna Jacobson
Sunglases – Lohjansaari
Canon 5D MarkII, EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS USM, ISO 500, 200 mm, f/6.3, 1/1600 sec
Cone 28.3.2020 Lohjansaari @Minna Jacobson
Cone – Lohjansaari
Canon 5D MarkII, EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS USM, ISO 100, 200 mm, f/10, 1/40 sec
Koivutyttöperhonen, Archiearis parthenias 28.3.2020 @Minna Jacobson
Koivutyttöperhonen, Archiearis parthenias
Canon 5D MarkII, EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS USM, ISO 500, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec

7 replies to “I saw mourning cloak (suruvaippa)

  1. Hello MInna.

    Hello MInna.

    So many and gorgeous nature observations. Thank you. Yesterday it was wonderful day to enjoy nature paths in the Woods. Two swans flew over our heads and we waved our hands and shout: Welcome! 🙂

    Happy new week!

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    1. Hello Matti, thank you! It was so wonderful weather on Saturday. I wish it will soon be back as now it is too cold ❄️ Take care and have a nice week, Minna

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