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The Place to Be Oct. 24: UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale

A newly released (Oct. 23) male monarch butterfly lands on a ginkgo tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So, you're looking for some host plants to attract butterflies, like monarchs and pipevine swallowtails? You're yearning to see monarch eggs, caterpillars and chrysalids on milkweed. Ditto for the pipevine swallowtails on their host plant, Dutchman's...

A newly released (Oct. 23) male monarch butterfly lands on a ginkgo tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A newly released (Oct. 23) male monarch butterfly lands on a ginkgo tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly released (Oct. 23) male monarch butterfly lands on a ginkgo tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male monarch soaks up sunshine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Male monarch soaks up sunshine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Male monarch soaks up sunshine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was the scene at a recent UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This was the scene at a recent UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was the scene at a recent UC Davis Arboretum Plant Sale. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 4:09 PM

The Aphid Eater

A lady beetle munching on an aphid while another aphid (far right) looks on. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The circle of life... Monarch caterpillars feast on milkweed, their host plant.  Oleander aphids feast on the juices of milkweed plants. Lady beetles, better known as ladybugs (but they're beetles, not bugs) feast on the aphids.  The milkweed...

A lady beetle munching on an aphid while another aphid (far right) looks on. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A lady beetle munching on an aphid while another aphid (far right) looks on. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle munching on an aphid while another aphid (far right) looks on. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a lady beetle eating an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a lady beetle eating an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a lady beetle eating an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 5:20 PM

To Kill a Monarch

A praying mantis nails a monarch butterfly on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey(

It's a sin to kill a mockingbird, wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee in her classic novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird." "Mockingbirds don't do one thing except make music for us to enjoy,"  one of her characters, Miss Maudie, wisely...

A praying mantis nails a monarch butterfly on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey(
A praying mantis nails a monarch butterfly on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey(

A praying mantis nails a monarch butterfly on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey(

Close-up of the predator and the prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of the predator and the prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the predator and the prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly wing in the foreground; praying mantis in the background. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch butterfly wing in the foreground; praying mantis in the background. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly wing in the foreground; praying mantis in the background. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 6:44 PM
Tags: butterfly bush (12), milkweed (34), monarch butterfly (21), praying mantis (89), predator (15), prey (21)

The Real Skinny on Migrating Monarchs, Milkweed

A male monarch nectaring Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A recent article in Science magazine, headlined “Plan to Save Monarch Butterflies Backfires,” is getting a lot of attention. And UC Davis butterfly expert Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, is getting a lot of...

A male monarch nectaring Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male monarch nectaring Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch nectaring Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 5:55 PM

Bring Back the Monarchs!

Backlit, the monarch resembles a stained glass window as it touches down on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When a monarch butterfly comes fluttering through your yard, grab your camera. Marvel at it beauty, celebrate its presence, and keep it in your memory. It may be become an endangered species the way things are going. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate...

Backlit, the monarch resembles a stained glass window as it touches down on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Backlit, the monarch resembles a stained glass window as it touches down on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Backlit, the monarch resembles a stained glass window as it touches down on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of a monarch on a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Side view of a monarch on a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of a monarch on a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch spreads its wings, a glorious sight, even as the afternoon light fades. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch spreads its wings, a glorious sight, even as the afternoon light fades. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch spreads its wings, a glorious sight, even as the afternoon light fades. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5:28 AM

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