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Like a Ballerina on the Dance Floor of Life

A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus,warms its flight muscles on a crape myrtle tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Like a ballerina on the dance floor of life, a newly eclosed Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, flutters from its host plant, a sycamore tree, to a crape myrtle. The yellow-and-black butterfly spreads its wings, warming its flight muscles. It...

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:15 PM

On a Winning Streak!

Gray hairstreak, Strymon mellinus, nectaring on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. in April. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You're on a winning streak when you spot a gray hairstreak. No, not the streak in Grandpa's hair--the streak on Grandma's flowers. It's the gray hairstreak butterfly, Strymon mellinus, also known as the common hairstreak. Butterfly guru Art Shapiro,...

Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 4:48 AM

A 'Butterfly Open House' at the Bohart Museum on March 19

Bohart Museum associate Greg Kareofelas talks to butterfly enthusiasts on a Placer Land and Trust tour looking for the California dogface butterfly, the state insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's almost spring. Do you know where your butterflies are? Do you know how to attract them to your yard? Greg Kareofelas, a Bohart Museum of Entomology associate with expertise on  local butterflies, will be at the Bohart Museum's open house on...

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Like a Moth to...the Front Porch Light

Well, hello, there! A late-winter noctuid, Feralia februalis, on a screen door below a porch light. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Like a moth to a flame... Except this moth headed not for a flame, but to a porch light. Our porch light. And what a find. It was a sea-green mottled moth that looked a lot like lichen.  Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and...

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 4:19 PM

A 'Lady' in the Rosemary

A West Coast Lady, Vanessa annabella, sips nectar Feb. 11 on rosemary near the Glen Cove Marina, Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There she was--a gorgeous orange-and-black butterfly sipping nectar from a rosemary bush near the Glen Cove Marina, Vallejo. She seemed so out of place and out of season. It was Sunday morning, Feb. 11,  and we were east of the Carquinez Bridge,...

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 4:34 PM

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