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Wash Their Mouths Out With Soap

Oleander aphids absolutely love tender milkweed plants. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We're not the only ones "celebrating" the first week of spring. The oleander aphids are doing a happy dance on our milkweed plants. We think they're doing a mixture of the tango, cha-cha-cha, salsa and merengue. Every time we walk past them, we see a...

Oleander aphids absolutely love tender milkweed plants. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Oleander aphids absolutely love tender milkweed plants. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oleander aphids absolutely love tender milkweed plants. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of an army of aphids on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of an army of aphids on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of an army of aphids on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 4:20 PM

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

Welcome Back, Monarchs!

A monarch lands on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. It may head to an overwintering site in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It will be a monarch-kind of day.   And why not?   Monarch enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the "Welcome Back Monarchs Day" on Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Natural Bridges State Park, 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.  Some 500 monarchs...

A monarch lands on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. It may head to an overwintering site in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch lands on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. It may head to an overwintering site in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch lands on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. It may head to an overwintering site in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch adjusts its position. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch adjusts its position. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch adjusts its position. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch continues to feed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch continues to feed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch continues to feed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The majestic monarch in all its glory. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The majestic monarch in all its glory. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The majestic monarch in all its glory. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Monarchs on the Move

A Monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Monarchs are on the move. In the late summer and early fall, the Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) head for the California coastline or central Mexico to overwinter. "Monarchs west of the Rocky Mountains travel to small groves of trees along the...

A Monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch soars, spreading its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Monarch soars, spreading its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch soars, spreading its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch showing its brilliant colors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Monarch showing its brilliant colors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch showing its brilliant colors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch, outlined against a blue sky, sips nectar from a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Monarch, outlined against a blue sky, sips nectar from a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch, outlined against a blue sky, sips nectar from a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 8:35 PM

For the Love of Butterflies

Pipeline swallowtail on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A passion for butterflies coupled with a yearning to protect their habitat is what drives 98-year-old Louise Hallberg, founder of the nine-acre Hallberg Butterfly Gardens in Sebastopol. Standing on her front porch last Wednesday morning, overlooking the...

Pipeline swallowtail on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pipeline swallowtail on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pipeline swallowtail on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pipeline swallowtail caterpillar on Dutchman's pipeline. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pipeline swallowtail caterpillar on Dutchman's pipeline. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pipeline swallowtail caterpillar on Dutchman's pipeline. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly crossing in front of the Hallberg home. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterfly crossing in front of the Hallberg home. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly crossing in front of the Hallberg home. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The paths are fun to explore. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The paths are fun to explore. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The paths are fun to explore. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A metallic reminder that this is a butterfly garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A metallic reminder that this is a butterfly garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A metallic reminder that this is a butterfly garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 4:29 PM

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