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Hold That Tiger!

The Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) approaches a plumbago in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you're chasing a tiger, you don't have to worry about the fangs or the claws. No worries about this tiger. This tiger has wings. If you head over to the Storer Garden at the UC Davis Arboretum, you'll see plenty of tigers, Western tiger...

The Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) approaches a plumbago in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) approaches a plumbago in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) approaches a plumbago in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sign of the times, the nectaring times! The Western tiger swallowtail nectars near the plumbago sign. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sign of the times, the nectaring times! The Western tiger swallowtail nectars near the plumbago sign. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sign of the times, the nectaring times! The Western tiger swallowtail nectars near the plumbago sign. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's better than one Western tiger swallowtail? Two of them. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
What's better than one Western tiger swallowtail? Two of them. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's better than one Western tiger swallowtail? Two of them. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Up, up and away! The Western tiger swallowtail soars above the dwarf plumbago. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Up, up and away! The Western tiger swallowtail soars above the dwarf plumbago. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Up, up and away! The Western tiger swallowtail soars above the dwarf plumbago. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 1:49 PM

A Butterfly Ballet at a Special Place

The Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)sips nectar from a butterfly bush in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ruth Charlotte Risdon Storer (1888-1986) would have been proud. The garden that bears her name in the UC Davis Arboretum is Nature at its Best, especially this time of year. It's better known as the Storer Garden, but a plaque spells out the entire...

The Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)sips nectar from a butterfly bush in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)sips nectar from a butterfly bush in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)sips nectar from a butterfly bush in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Showing her true colors: the  Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Showing her true colors: the Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Showing her true colors: the Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Western tiger swallowtail in flight over a butterfly bush in the Storer Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Western tiger swallowtail in flight over a butterfly bush in the Storer Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Western tiger swallowtail in flight over a butterfly bush in the Storer Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 6:18 PM

A Time to Celebrate Summer and National Pollinator Week

A Western tiger swallowtail foraging on a butterfly bush, Buddleia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's the first day of summer and the beginning of National Pollinator Week. What could be better? This: Spotting a Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) sail through the pollinator garden and touch down on a  butterfly bush (Buddleia). When...

A Western tiger swallowtail foraging on a butterfly bush, Buddleia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Western tiger swallowtail foraging on a butterfly bush, Buddleia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western tiger swallowtail foraging on a butterfly bush, Buddleia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes a Western tiger swallowtail resembles the brightly colored sails of a sailboat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sometimes a Western tiger swallowtail resembles the brightly colored sails of a sailboat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes a Western tiger swallowtail resembles the brightly colored sails of a sailboat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ready for take-off: the Western tiger swallowtail prepares to leave a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ready for take-off: the Western tiger swallowtail prepares to leave a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ready for take-off: the Western tiger swallowtail prepares to leave a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Those Glorious Pipevine Swallowtails

Two pipevine swallowtails on the Korean lilac, Syringa patula, in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Today was a glorious day in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden in the UC Davis Arboretum. Absolutely glorious. The scent of the Korean lilac, Syringa patula, drew several pipevine swallowtails (Battus philenor), their iridescent blue hind wings gleaming in...

Two pipevine swallowtails on the Korean lilac, Syringa patula, in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two pipevine swallowtails on the Korean lilac, Syringa patula, in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two pipevine swallowtails on the Korean lilac, Syringa patula, in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pipevine swallowtail soars over the Korean lilac where another pipevine swallowtail is nectaring. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pipevine swallowtail soars over the Korean lilac where another pipevine swallowtail is nectaring. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pipevine swallowtail soars over the Korean lilac where another pipevine swallowtail is nectaring. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pipevine swallowtails in action. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pipevine swallowtails in action. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pipevine swallowtails in action. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The gleaming iridescent blue hind wings of the pipevine swallowtail and the stunning purple blossoms of the Korean lilac. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The gleaming iridescent blue hind wings of the pipevine swallowtail and the stunning purple blossoms of the Korean lilac. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The gleaming iridescent blue hind wings of the pipevine swallowtail and the stunning purple blossoms of the Korean lilac. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Plant 'em and They Will Come

A honey bee forages on a ceanothus (California lilac) in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In the movie, "Field of Dreams," an Iowa corn farmer hears a voice whispering "If you build it, he will come." Apparently thinking this is the voice of his father, the farmer plows under his corn and builds a baseball field. We are hearing a similar...

A honey bee forages on a ceanothus (California lilac) in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee forages on a ceanothus (California lilac) in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee forages on a ceanothus (California lilac) in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee takes a liking to white flowering quince in the White Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee takes a liking to white flowering quince in the White Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee takes a liking to white flowering quince in the White Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery will be the site of a Member Appreciation Sale on Saturday, March 12. Prospective members can join at the door. (Photo by  Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery will be the site of a Member Appreciation Sale on Saturday, March 12. Prospective members can join at the door. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery will be the site of a Member Appreciation Sale on Saturday, March 12. Prospective members can join at the door. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:11 PM

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