The Mourning Cloak butterflies (Nyphalis antiopa) have finally emerged this spring. The Mourning Cloak is one of the earliest emerging species in the spring and one of the latest flying into the autumn in Michigan. From a photography standpoint, these are some of the easiest butterflies to photograph. When you find them, they tend to circle in a fairly small area. They often will let you get fairly close if you move in slowly. While I was photographing these butterflies at Fenner Nature Center, I had a few land on my hat and even on my hand (see below).