The other day, I came in from a photographic moment down on my knees in the front yard. This put my legs in direct contact with a pile of dead plant matter. So I should have seen this coming— a hitchhiker apparently crawled onto my blue jeans.
So it was not until I came inside and was standing in the kitchen that I noticed it— a Mourning Cloak butterfly or Nymphalis antiopa (Order Lepidoptera, Family Nymphalidae).
Walking through our livingroom toward the front deck.
Time to say goodbye!
To see a brief video of the hitchhiker flapping and folding its wings in our home, click here.