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Gulf Fritillary butterfly showing signs of a predatory miss. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Whew! That was close! When you see a butterfly with a gaping hole in its wingspan, you wonder what predator tried to grab it. A praying mantis? A bird? A crab spider or jumping spider? A playful cat or dog?  Whatever tried to grab it, it...

Gulf Fritillary butterfly showing signs of a predatory miss. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillary butterfly showing signs of a predatory miss. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary butterfly showing signs of a predatory miss. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary on the blossom of a passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillary on the blossom of a passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary on the blossom of a passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM

The Amazing Gulf Fritillary

The silver-spangled underside of the Gulf Fritillary, shown here nectaring lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary is as fascinating as it is amazing. The showy reddish-orange butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) is making a comeback in the Sacramento-Davis area. In the early 1970s, it was considered extinct in that area. “It first...

The silver-spangled underside of the Gulf Fritillary, shown here nectaring lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The silver-spangled underside of the Gulf Fritillary, shown here nectaring lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The silver-spangled underside of the Gulf Fritillary, shown here nectaring lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary shows its familiar colors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillary shows its familiar colors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary shows its familiar colors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary spreading its wings on lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillary spreading its wings on lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary spreading its wings on lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Ever Seen a Butterfly Laying an Egg?

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly in the process of laying an egg on a passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's talk butterfly eggs. Have you ever seen a Gulf Fritillary butterfly laying an egg in the wild? The Gulf Frit (Agraulis vanillae), one of the showiest of all butterflies, is a flash of orange-red as it flutters toward its host plant (genus...

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly in the process of laying an egg on a passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary butterfly in the process of laying an egg on a passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly in the process of laying an egg on a passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A tiny golden egg, the size of a pin head, begins to emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A tiny golden egg, the size of a pin head, begins to emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A tiny golden egg, the size of a pin head, begins to emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The egg emerges. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The egg emerges. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The egg emerges. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the tiny egg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of the tiny egg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the tiny egg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 12:23 AM

Greeting the Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary on lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ah, the Gulf Fritillary... We spotted this orange-reddish butterfly nectaring lantana last Saturday near downtown Vacaville.  In fact, the patch of lantana (family Verbenaceae) drew assorted butterflies, including buckeyes, alfalfa, monarchs,...

Gulf Fritillary on lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillary on lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary on lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary is one of the showiest butterflies in California, according to butterfly expert Art Shapiro of UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Gulf Fritillary is one of the showiest butterflies in California, according to butterfly expert Art Shapiro of UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary is one of the showiest butterflies in California, according to butterfly expert Art Shapiro of UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On its underside, the Gulf Fritillary is spangled in iridescent silver. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
On its underside, the Gulf Fritillary is spangled in iridescent silver. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On its underside, the Gulf Fritillary is spangled in iridescent silver. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Grateful for the Gulf Frits!

Gulf fritillary nectaring a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's Thanksgiving, and time to be grateful.In the bug world, we're all grateful for the people who study insects, monitor them, and share information to impart scientific data and help save declining species.Take butterfly expert Art Shapiro, professor...

Gulf fritillary nectaring a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf fritillary nectaring a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf fritillary nectaring a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mating gulf frits. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mating gulf frits. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mating gulf frits. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf frit caterpillar munching on passionflower leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf frit caterpillar munching on passionflower leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf frit caterpillar munching on passionflower leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM

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