Since 1972, Professor Arthur Shapiro has held an annual contest to catch a particular butterfly species. He awards a pitcher of beer to the first person who captures a live cabbage butterfly, Pieris rapae, after Jan. 1 each year. The butterfly usually is the first kind to emerge after metamorphosis in spring. Shapiro runs the contest to make sure he's doing his job monitoring the insect. Few beat him to the punch. (from Dateline, January 17, 2003)

Contest flier from 2001 Contest flier from 2006.

Contest Coverage