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.
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.
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 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.