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A Butterfly Ballet: Gulf Fritillary in Action

A Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) in flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes there's a method to our madness, or madness to our method. Take the silver-spangled, orange-reddish butterfly, the Gulf Fritilllary (Agraulis vanillae). We spotted a female dive-bombing her host plant, the passionflower vine (Passiflora) in...

A Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) in flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) in flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) in flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary, a silver-spangled, orangish-red butterfly, heads for its host plant, Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Gulf Fritillary, a silver-spangled, orangish-red butterfly, heads for its host plant, Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary, a silver-spangled, orangish-red butterfly, heads for its host plant, Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A dip here, a dive there and you have a butterfly ballet (Gulf Fritillary). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A dip here, a dive there and you have a butterfly ballet (Gulf Fritillary). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A dip here, a dive there and you have a butterfly ballet (Gulf Fritillary). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary checking out the passionflower vine (Passiflora). She then laid her eggs on the tendrils and leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillary checking out the passionflower vine (Passiflora). She then laid her eggs on the tendrils and leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary checking out the passionflower vine (Passiflora). She then laid her eggs on the tendrils and leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This Gulf Fritillary stops for some flight fuel--nectar from lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This Gulf Fritillary stops for some flight fuel--nectar from lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This Gulf Fritillary stops for some flight fuel--nectar from lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 3:30 PM

All Flights Lead to the Butterfly Summit

A monarch butterfly laying an egg on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

All flights lead to the Butterfly Summit. Road trips, too. Butterfly guru Arthur Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology,  will speak on "Are Butterflies Heralds of the Insect Apocalypse?" at the third annual Butterfly...

A monarch butterfly laying an egg on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch butterfly laying an egg on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly laying an egg on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch egg is tiny; compare the size of the egg with the aphid next to it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch egg is tiny; compare the size of the egg with the aphid next to it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch egg is tiny; compare the size of the egg with the aphid next to it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very hungry monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A very hungry monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very hungry monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The chrysalis, jade green, is a sight to see. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The chrysalis, jade green, is a sight to see. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The chrysalis, jade green, is a sight to see. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hello world! A newly eclosed monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hello world! A newly eclosed monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hello world! A newly eclosed monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5:04 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Natural Resources

Butterfly Summit: Are Butterflies Heralds of Apocalypse?

A male monarch seeking nectar in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough," wrote the late poet Rabindranath Targoe (1861-1941) of Bengali, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. There may not be "time enough" for some species that are rapidly...

A male monarch seeking nectar in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male monarch seeking nectar in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch seeking nectar in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A scene from last year's Butterfly Summit at Annie's Annuals and Perennials. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A scene from last year's Butterfly Summit at Annie's Annuals and Perennials. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A scene from last year's Butterfly Summit at Annie's Annuals and Perennials. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Art Shapiro: 'Butterflies as Heralds of the Apocalypse'

A newly emerged anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, spreads its wings on anise, its host plant, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterflies, beer and a bar...Who wants to drink to science? If you've ever wanted to converse with butterfly guru Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, about "butterflies and the  apocalypse" and sip a beer (or...

A newly emerged anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, spreads its wings on anise, its host plant, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A newly emerged anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, spreads its wings on anise, its host plant, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly emerged anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, spreads its wings on anise, its host plant, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, spreads its wings in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, spreads its wings in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, spreads its wings in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Those Disappearing Western Monarchs

Monarchs on the fly in a Vacaville, Calif., pollinator garden in September 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's good to see butterflies, especially monarchs, getting so much press. Now let's see if we can press the issue. The Washington Post just published an article in its style section: "Butterflies Were Symbols of Rebirth. Then They Started...

Monarchs on the fly in a Vacaville, Calif., pollinator garden in September 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarchs on the fly in a Vacaville, Calif., pollinator garden in September 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs on the fly in a Vacaville, Calif., pollinator garden in September 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One of the monarchs reared in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. It's ready to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
One of the monarchs reared in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. It's ready to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One of the monarchs reared in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. It's ready to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 4:14 PM

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