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April 30th, 2007


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chalicerae
07:05 pm
Thompson, I hear that the ice is off the river and that you might have a chance for some summer in May.  

Anyone want to do me a favor and post when they first see a butterfly up there? It might still be awhile from now, but I'd appreciate info like where you saw it, what color it was, what it was doing, etc.  

Many thanks!


 

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From:chalicerae
Date:May 1st, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Monarch butterflies in Thompson? In April? They don't even make it up to Winnipeg until June.

If it was an orange and black butterfly, I would hazard a guess that at this time of year it was a painted lady or tortoiseshell. Thanks for the info though!
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From:muzio
Date:May 5th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Are most butterflies migratory?
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From:chalicerae
Date:May 5th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
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That's a good question :)

Migratory in the sense that Monarchs are? Not really. Monarchs are really the only butterfly that travels thousands of miles to overwinter in Mexico as an adult.

Some butterflies do slowly move south as the weather turns cold or as their favoured host or nectar plants die off. The majority of butterflies overwinter as in chrysalises as pupae or as a caterpillar. A couple of butterflies overwinter as an adult in the cracks and crevices of trees or buildings, a good example would be the mourning cloak butterfly.

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