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Posts Tagged: Mexican sunflower

Sharing the Nectar--But Not All at the Same Time

A syrphid fly (bottom right) heads toward a Mexican sunflower occupied by a honey bee. The fly, aka hover fly and flower fly, wants some nectar, too.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Everybody eats in the pollinator garden. Maybe not at the same time, but they all eat. We noticed a syrphid fly, aka flower fly/hover fly, heading toward a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in our pollinator garden. Alas for the fly, it was occupied....

Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 4:36 PM
Tags: drone fly (2), Halloween (1), honey bee (4), insects (1), Mexican sunflower (29), nectar (1), syrphid fly (1), Tithonia (28)

Common Checkered Skipper: Sometimes It's Not So Common!

A common checkered skipper, Pyrgus communis, visits a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) is never alone. It loves company, attracting scores of insect guests, from honey bees to bumble bees to butterflies. We've seen monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Western tiger swallowtails, buckeyes, and fiery skippers...

Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 3:18 PM

In a Butterfly State-of-Mind

An unsuspecting monarch lands next to a Mexican sunflower occupied by a predator, a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So here's this gravid praying mantis perched on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in a Vacaville pollinator garden. She's in a butterfly state-of-mind, a picture of patience and persistence, a predator like no other. She doesn't have long to wait. A...

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:49 PM

Migrating Monarchs Lovin' the Tithonia

First in series of four photos: Two monarch butterflies meeting in a Tithonia patch in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Presidential candidate Herbert Hoover campaigned for "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage." (Now we have free-range organic chicken on every barbecue grill, and as many as three fuel-efficient cars with sophisticated high-tech gadgets in...

Posted on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 4:24 PM

Seeing Yellow: Why? Outbreak of Alfalfa Butterflies

Alfalfa butterfly trapped in a spider web and doused by a sprinkler. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you've been driving near alfalfa fields in Yolo County and other Central California counties lately, you've probably noticed them. Splat! Splat! Splat! What was that? A squadron of flying insects? No, more like multiple squadrons of flying...

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 7:38 PM

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