Winnipeg resident found a butterfly on a cold winter day

Is it a miracle? Winnipeg resident found a butterfly in his garage on a cold January day.

On Sunday a family from Winnipeg did not believe their eyes: a live butterfly hid from the cold in the garage. Now they sheltered it at their home.

"It can't do anything but put a smile on your face, you know, to just see something so beautiful like that when you're not expecting it," said John Watson, who made such an unusual discovery on Sunday.

"I look on the ground and there's a butterfly and it was the weirdest thing," Watson added. "At first I thought it was certainly not alive, and I crouched down and boom it started fluttering."

The air temperature in the city reaches -30 C and the man turned on the heating in his garage to work a little. After a while, he noticed a butterfly. Probably, the butterfly spent the whole winter in the garage, and just woke up ahead of time, when it became warm there. It was nicknamed Frostbite Bill.

An instructor in the entomology department at the University of Manitoba, Jordan Bannerman, explained that this type of butterfly is quite common in the province, and most often it can be found near the human habitat. However, it is impossible to meet a live butterfly in the winter.

"It's unusual, but if you understand their basic lifecycle it's not out of the question," Bannerman explained. "What likely happened in this case is that caterpillar wandered off its plant and ended up pupating inside the garage and then had a nice cozy place to continue developing."

The man also said that the family is doing the right thing providing soft fruit to the butterfly for eating. Unfortunately, Frostbite Bill most likely will not be able to meet spring and to fly outside since the life expectancy of this species of butterfly is not so long. 

MORE NEWS: 'Beat the Cold' triathlon will attract attention to homeless people in Winnipeg

Butterfly cold January day entomology department at the University of Manitoba
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Festival du Voyageur is going to start in the city on Friday, February 15. Due to the fact that the festival celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, it was decided to make a guitar that can reflect the history of the festival. Christian Dupont, a Franco-Manitoban luthier, was the master who was asked to make the instrument. "Since the festival is a celebration of music and culture, a guitar just fits in so perfectly," said Dupont. "We're celebrating 50...
Winnipeg relationship expert said that attention to the partner can be shown not only by big gestures on Valentine's Day. Little things also matter. The expert explains that in order to show real feelings and to strengthen a relationship, it is not necessary to arrange a grand celebration on February 14th. “For couples who don’t want to follow that commercialization, you can honour this day by being mindful and telling each other why they love each other,”...
On February 14, the atmosphere of love reigned in Winnipeg. Many residents of the city left the house to celebrate this day with their soulmate. Some Winnipeggers decided to tell their stories in honour of this wonderful holiday. Here are some of them: Evan Rogers met his girlfriend two years ago, that’s why he loves this holiday so much. “She made me this heart-shaped thing filled with chocolates and special stuff filled with memories,” he said. Diana Bro...
Two years ago, Winnipeg Transit driver was killed on St. Valentine's Day. Two weeks ago, the killer was convicted. After his death, Winnipeg Transit drivers displayed Rest In Peace banners on their buses to show love and memory. However, this year, they were told not to do this. The Union is shocked by the situation. "It is petty, as far as I'm concerned. It's very petty. It's a kick when somebody's down. It's not the right thing to do at this time. We tho...
Hundreds of city inhabitants took to the streets to show their love for missing or murdered Indigenous girls and women on St. Valentine's Day. Many of them were holding posters depicting a butterfly, the names and dates of the disappearance or death of people from their family. This event has been held for over 50 years in different cities of the country on St. Valentine's Day. "We are walking for our community and we're walking for our loved one: My grand...
The organization, headquartered in Winnipeg, explained that at the moment thrift sales are as low as never. "This is somewhat of a wake-up call for us to make sure that we are on our toes," executive director Rick Cober Bauman said. "Certainly there is a lot of competition in the second-hand industry." Cutting of programs will affect also staff positions. At least three coordinator positions will be closed in Winnipeg. Aileen Friesen, an assistant professo...
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra hopes that the government will be able to allocate $2.6 million to repair acoustical shell. At the moment the acoustical shell is in a disastrous state and the director has repeatedly asked for help. "The lack of a functional shell is really desperate," Trudy Schroeder, WSO executive director, said. "We've been waiting, we've been very patient." Schroeder even went on stage to ask for help from the audience. The woman asked...
Girls from Balmoral Hall School in Winnipeg learned Indigenous culture better on Wednesday, February 13. The event was held with the help of Winnipeg's Indigenous community and local charity 1JustCity. "It was an honour for me to do that, to be invited here to do the teachings," said 1Justcity volunteer. "It's a great honour to provide that information for students that haven't heard that before, and can see the values and the customs that belong to our tr...
Winnipeg women's shelters feel care and love from Sikh community. Thanks to this, women will feel that they are not alone. On Wednesday, members of Sikh community were preparing packages to send to women who became victims of domestic violence. The packages contain hygiene products, chocolates, and baked goods. In total, more than 100 packages were created. "There's definitely a lot of love going into the packages," said Imreet Kaur, leader of the project....