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Posts Tagged: Tithonia

Touchdown! At Last!

Gulf fritillary butterfly. Agraulis vanillae, lands on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

For months, I've been waiting ah, so patiently (well, not always s-o-o-o patiently) for the gulf fritillary butterfly to touch down on our Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. A perfect match, I figured. The showy reddish-orange butterfly (Agraulis...

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Lying in Wait

Crab spider on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They're ambush predators. Here you are, a bee, touching down on a flower and little do you know there's a patient and persistent crab spider lying in wait.  Sometimes they're camouflaged, matching the color of a blossom, like a yellow crab spider...

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 9:58 PM
Tags: crab spider (1), Mexican sunflower (30), Tithonia (42)

So Bee It

Honey bee on a blanket flower, Gaillardia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees on blanket flowers (Gaillardia). Honey bees on Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia). The Girls of Autumn....not unlike The Boys of Summer... Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, emphasizes that backyard...

Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Fisheye View of the Garden

Fisheye of Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia) in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When I was teaching photography, I encouraged my students to go for the angles--from a bug's eye view to a bird's eye view. Holding a camera chest-high or at eye level renders the "same-o, same o" photos.  Yet another creative way to see the...

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

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