Once again, noted butterfly expert Art Shapiro of UC Davis is the winner of his annual butterfly-for-beer contest, which provides a pitcher of the sudsy beverage to the first person to collect a cabbage white butterfly in the new year. Shapiro collected two butterflies — on Jan. 20 and 21.
A professor of evolution and ecology, Shapiro has monitored the butterflies of Central California for more than three decades. He sponsors his annual contest to draw attention to the first flight of the cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae). Since 1972, he has awarded a pitcher of beer or its equivalent to the first person collecting the first cabbage white of the new year within the three-county area of Yolo, Sacramento and Solano.
Shapiro collected this year’s prize-winner in West Sacramento. He shares his butterfly monitoring information on his Art’s Butterfly World website, butterfly.ucdavis.edu.