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Beer-for-a-Butterfly Contest: We Have a Winner!

Inside this glassine envelope is the first-of-the-year cabbage white butterfly, ready to fly.  It's a male collected in Suisun City.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The 2019 “Beer for a Butterfly” contest is over. And the winner is…drum roll… Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology. Shapiro, who has sponsored the annual contest since 1972 as part of his scientific research to determine the first...

Inside this glassine envelope is the first-of-the-year cabbage white butterfly, ready to fly.  It's a male collected in Suisun City.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Inside this glassine envelope is the first-of-the-year cabbage white butterfly, ready to fly. It's a male collected in Suisun City.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Inside this glassine envelope is the first-of-the-year cabbage white butterfly, ready to fly. It's a male collected in Suisun City.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, holds a glassine envelope containing the winner of the 2019 Beer-for-a-Butterfly Contest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, holds a glassine envelope containing the winner of the 2019 Beer-for-a-Butterfly Contest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, holds a glassine envelope containing the winner of the 2019 Beer-for-a-Butterfly Contest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

First flight dates of the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, in contest in three-county area of Sacramento, Solano and Yolo.
First flight dates of the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, in contest in three-county area of Sacramento, Solano and Yolo.

First flight dates of the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, in contest in three-county area of Sacramento, Solano and Yolo.

No Rapae Today! Maybe Tomorrow?

Have you seen a cabbage white butterfly yet this year? This image, taken last summer in Vacaville, shows a cabbage white butterfly trying to share a blossom with a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

No winner yet. The annual “Beer for a Butterfly" or "Suds for a Bug" contest has not produced a winner. But somewhere out there, is a cabbage white butterfly taking its first flight. As you may remember,  Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University...

Have you seen a cabbage white butterfly yet this year? This image, taken last summer in Vacaville, shows a cabbage white butterfly trying to share a blossom with a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Have you seen a cabbage white butterfly yet this year? This image, taken last summer in Vacaville, shows a cabbage white butterfly trying to share a blossom with a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Have you seen a cabbage white butterfly yet this year? This image, taken last summer in Vacaville, shows a cabbage white butterfly trying to share a blossom with a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cabbage white butterflies in flight--but none collected this year yet in the three-county area of Sacramento, Solano and Yolo to win Art Shapiro's contest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Cabbage white butterflies in flight--but none collected this year yet in the three-county area of Sacramento, Solano and Yolo to win Art Shapiro's contest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cabbage white butterflies in flight--but none collected this year yet in the three-county area of Sacramento, Solano and Yolo to win Art Shapiro's contest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

No Winner Yet in Beer-for-a-Butterfly Contest!

If you collect the first-of-the-year cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, in the three-county area of Sacramento, Yolo and Solano, you could win the

If you've been looking for that elusive first-of-the-year cabbage white butterfly in the three-county area of Sacramento, Yolo and Solano, you're in luck. Art Shapiro hasn't found it yet, and neither has anyone else. So you can keep looking. If you collect it, and it's verified as the first one...

If you collect the first-of-the-year cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, in the three-county area of Sacramento, Yolo and Solano, you could win the
If you collect the first-of-the-year cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, in the three-county area of Sacramento, Yolo and Solano, you could win the "Beer for a Butterfly" contest. Here a cabbage white heads for lantana.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you collect the first-of-the-year cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, in the three-county area of Sacramento, Yolo and Solano, you could win the "Beer for a Butterfly" contest. Here a cabbage white heads for lantana.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Suds for a Bug? How You Can Exchange a Butterfly for a Pitcher of Beer!

Two cabbage white butterflies, Pieris rapae, flutter over catmint in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yes, it's true. You can exchange suds for a bug. That would be a cabbage white butterfly for a pitcher of beer or its equivalent. And it's all in the interest of science. Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, is sponsoring his...

Two cabbage white butterflies, Pieris rapae, flutter over catmint in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two cabbage white butterflies, Pieris rapae, flutter over catmint in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two cabbage white butterflies, Pieris rapae, flutter over catmint in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs: You Can't Save Them All

A monarch chrysalis that didn't make it. This image was taken Sept. 15. Said Art Shapiro of UC Davis:

Monarchs: you can't save them all. It was a dismal year in Vacaville (and other parts of California) for monarch-rearing. Of the 10 caterpillars we collected from milkweed in our pollinator garden in early September and tried to rear, only eight made it. One caterpillar died when a sibling...

A monarch chrysalis that didn't make it. This image was taken Sept. 15. Said Art Shapiro of UC Davis:
A monarch chrysalis that didn't make it. This image was taken Sept. 15. Said Art Shapiro of UC Davis: "The intersegmental membranes are showing. Whatever caused that, it opens the door to severe water loss, so the pupa will probably die." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch chrysalis that didn't make it. This image was taken Sept. 15. Said Art Shapiro of UC Davis: "The intersegmental membranes are showing. Whatever caused that, it opens the door to severe water loss, so the pupa will probably die." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is what the non-viable monarch chrysalis looked like on Oct. 10. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is what the non-viable monarch chrysalis looked like on Oct. 10. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is what the non-viable monarch chrysalis looked like on Oct. 10. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lynn Epstein, UC Davis emeritus professor of plant pathology, captured this image of the monarch chrysalis on Nov. 2 with a Leica DVM6 microscope.
Lynn Epstein, UC Davis emeritus professor of plant pathology, captured this image of the monarch chrysalis on Nov. 2 with a Leica DVM6 microscope.

Lynn Epstein, UC Davis emeritus professor of plant pathology, captured this image of the monarch chrysalis on Nov. 2 with a Leica DVM6 microscope.

Monarchs overwintering at Natural Bridges State Park on Nov. 14, 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarchs overwintering at Natural Bridges State Park on Nov. 14, 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs overwintering at Natural Bridges State Park on Nov. 14, 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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