FAIRFIELD — You can probably forget about getting that free pitcher of beer for catching the first cabbage white butterfly of 2013.
Once again, the UC Davis professor – who issues the annual challenge to anyone in Sacramento, Yolo or Solano counties with a butterfly net – caught the insect in question, according to an announcement from the UC Davis Department of Entomology.
In order to increase interest in finding a specimen of the first local species of butterfly to emerge in the year, Art Shapiro issues a challenge that the first person to find and bring him a live butterfly will be treated to a free pitcher of beer.
But Shapiro is not one to wait for a winner to come knocking. He caught a male cabbage white butterfly at 1:18 p.m. Tuesday in West Sacramento while on his way to a New Year’s Day party. He said it came from the species’ fall brood that “slopped over” into January.
There is still some hope. Shapiro said the contest will not be over until a “real” 2013 emergence is documented, which he said will not be for another 10 days to two weeks.
“But I will be looking,” Shapiro said in the release.
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