2015 February 23
Jeremy Tatum writes: I saw my first butterfly of the year today – a Mourning Cloak at Swan Lake.
Jeff Gaskin writes: Today, February 23, I saw my first Cabbage Whites of the year and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen them in February. One was on Harriet Road at Chown Place, and the other one was on Balfour Place. Both butterflies are in the Gorge/Burnside neighbourhood.
Jeremy comments: I don’t think I have ever seen one in February either, so this is indeed an early record. Satyr Commas and Mourning Cloaks spend the winter as adult butterflies, and so in principle might be found in any month of the year. Cabbage Whites, on the other hand, spend the winter in the pupal stage, so Jeff’s record represents an early emergence.