This website has a little blurb about collecting butterflies.
i know, it's just
Yet i want to state here, i am against butterfly collecting, to me no argument really holds. ( I was actually appalled that it still exist, and more appalled that so many of the same species are taken.)
Yes, i went to part of a butterfly talk in Whitehorse, and i liked it i learned a lot. Thank you.
I learned, Butterflies aren't really threatened by this cold weather. As for this Mourning Cloak ( a hibernator) which i have not seen this year ( some people claim they have) but apparently they will just sleep a little longer and come out when it is finally warm enough for them.( when will that be? we are still in suspended animation here this year)
I learned, Certain Parnassias, that i have never seen yet, have as host plant Stonecrop and Roseroot, ( Stonecrop is quite common on the hills around here.)
Another Parnassia in the high alpine has as host plant the Corydalis pauciflora ( excuse my spelling)
Now i like that! because that is also a Corydalis that i have never met.
Here a little of my own observations
In my yard ( which has lots of poplars, one of the host plant for the Mourning Cloak)
the first Mourning Cloak was spotted
2000 April 21
2005 April 22
2009 April 25
2010 April 16
2011 April 23
in years not recorded, i might not have seen any or just not recorded the event.