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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

Gulf Frit Making a Comeback

Gulf Fritillary butterfly on passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yes, it's back.The Gulf Frit is definitely back.Back in September of 2009, butterfly expert Art Shapiro, professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, excitedly announced the re-appearance of the Gulf Fritillary...

Gulf Fritillary butterfly on passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillary butterfly on passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary butterfly on passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Frits breeding on passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Frits breeding on passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Frits breeding on passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hungry caterpillar munching passion flower leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hungry caterpillar munching passion flower leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hungry caterpillar munching passion flower leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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A "squadron" of caterpillars on a passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A "squadron" of caterpillars on a passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 9:47 PM

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