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The Mourning Cloak by ursulav The Mourning Cloak by ursulav
Not a series. But okay, one more.

Everything in this comic is absolutely true. I did not make it up. They really do that.
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:iconamethystforge:
AmethystForge Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
very cool piece, and informative. thank you.
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:iconfractaldragon:
Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
OMG, you just brought back some memories from my youth! I thought these were beautiful butterflies and I used to see them all them time in California.
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This is bloody adorable, I believe I've seen these guys!
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:iconluvecerviere:
Luvecerviere Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Oh my god, that is ridiculously cute.
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:icondawnsentinel:
DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
The thought of a butterfly attacking something is hilarious. But then again cute things can be very deceiving. Rabbits for instance.
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:iconbrittam:
BrittaM Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
The concept of an "aggressive" butterfly always cracked me up. What are they going to do, flap you to death?

Though once, I found a tiny, inch-long parsleyworm on my porch, and when I went to pick it up to return it to the garden, it did that head-lashing orange-tentacle thing and made me reflexively jump. Silly caterpillar.
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:iconbnolin:
bnolin Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Had to add a whole fave category just for this: Creative Genius. Keep 'em coming!
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:iconquilsnap:
Quilsnap Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013   General Artist
I love morning cloaks. thanks for this
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:icondana-redde:
dana-redde Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please do make a series, I'm learning so much! So cute :D
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:iconenonea:
enonea Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
and I always thought it was interspecies flirting
brimstone vs mourning cloak, miaaaaooow!
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Sharsarannon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
YAY! These, as caterpillars, appeared in droves at my childhood home every year to put chrysalises EVERYWHERE and then pop out around the first week of May. We loved to watch them emerge and dry their wings, then fly away. It was so exciting. Just don't step accidentally on the caterpillars- theyre black, orange speckled and spiny, and the sting hurts like bejeebers.
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sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
This is seriously awesome. And adorable.
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:iconkypfox:
KypFox Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Not a series."
Drat. I'm really enjoying this non series.
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burkeonthesly Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
D'aww!
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Servitor2152 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Adorable.
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:icongoldendruid:
GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! That is adorable!
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LuciusAppaloosius Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Ah! I had long labored under the misapprehension that the Mourning Cloak was a type of Swallowtail…

I stand corrected.  7@=e
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hoppytoad79 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
The mental picture of a butterfly attacking is so ridiculous, I had to laugh.  Adorable, indeed.  Bless him for trying. ;D
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SnailPropulsionLabs Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Brings new meaning to a butterfly kiss.
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:iconvaihdratepes:
VaihdraTepes Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute! 
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Dayling-Ari Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ever wonder why they call them butterflies..?
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:iconursulav:
ursulav Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
No. It's derived from Old English.
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:icondayling-ari:
Dayling-Ari Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, alright. :3 Thanks for the info, but I'm still gonna wonder why they decided put 'butter' in their name.
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:iconursulav:
ursulav Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Derives from the same root as "beating," if memory serves...
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:icondayling-ari:
Dayling-Ari Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? o: I did not know that.
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:icondeeayaich:
DeeAyAich Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
I'll add a comment later! Suffice it to say, if you have this as a print or poster, I'll probably order it!
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:iconlady-angelkitten:
Lady-Angelkitten Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This made me smile. :3
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:iconwerewolfrune:
werewolfrune Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder what they do if they see a human in their territory.
Butterfly: "GTFO, NOOB!"
:angry:
Human: "Okay." 
Really Sad
 
I'm scared of butterflies now. o.o
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itsuyaya Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I really enjoy these. I know you may not have enough bugs to keep going, but these would make a good book, especially for me children. Children would find this book very informative and funny.
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PhoenixMerrick Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
I have to agree, this sort of material sells.
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:iconredambrosia:
redambrosia Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww! Cute lil butterfly!Love 
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Otterbane Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, I love these! If you enjoy them, we'd love to see more :3

I never realised how interesting moths are :3 Is it true if you touch their wings they will die like butterflies do?
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ursulav Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Actually, that's an urban legend--butterflies are just fine if handled delicately. Heck, they can survive bird attacks that take off half their wing! People even band butterflies like birds. You don't want to paw at them, obviously, but they'll be just fine if their wings are touched.
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:iconotterbane:
Otterbane Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh really! Well thank you, I was always curious, I guess it adds to the whole "ephemeral beauty" effect :p
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Flying-seacow Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, if it wasn't for the fact that you are already churning out awesome childrens books, you could properly be amazing at illustrating biology books and those fact books for children. 
This is such a wonderful blend of interesting facts, and utter adorable. 
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Kieve-KRS Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't suppose we could hear about the spiders, snakes, and other creepy-crawlies that inhabit the untamed wilderness of your garden? You put such an amusing twist on these things...
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Chibidrow Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013

That is so awesomely fascinating!

You have a wonderful garden full of crazy things.

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:iconkashuarashi:
kashuarashi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I.....am suddenly mourning the lack of mourning cloaks in the area. Because I want to see that. BADLY! *possibly the cutest butterfly ever*

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*possibly*
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icenectar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013   General Artist
You draw such cute butterflies and moths ^^
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SkeyeDragon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I think you could make a book on butterflies and it would be the best book on butterflies ever.
I'd buy it.
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:iconladyaria:
LadyAria Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I honestly love these.
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VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ahaha....attack-butterfly.  I honestly didn't know they were territorial like that.
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krumm33 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
wonderful! and one of my favorite flutterbies, next to the buckeye!
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:iconryua:
Ryua Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always liked this particular species. They're so pretty.
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LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
very cute X3
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Dragonrose36 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, it's so cute. Perhaps I should make an amigurumi of it.
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:iconmoon-phace:
Moon-Phace Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Savage, vicious fluttering. All shall tremble before it. (Because there's a slight breeze as a result.)
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DaMushroom Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
XD awwwww thats adorbale! XD XD
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:icondragons-wine:
Dragons-wine Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love these guys!. my whole willow was full of the caterpillars one year, It was amazing!
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:iconharu-chii:
Haru-chii Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I'll have to look for these guys next spring.
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