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Red Admiral Challenging 'Gender Norms'

A Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) forages on Jupiter's Beard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Think back to the first time you spotted a Red Admiral butterfly. You probably admired it and said something like "Ooh, look at that!" That may be how its name originated; someone corrupted "admirable" to "admiral." And mistook "orange" for "red." The...

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 10:26 AM

Because Nature Isn't Perfect

A depigmentized Gulf Fritillary laying eggs on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nature isn't perfect, but neither are we! Today we watched a Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) laying eggs on her host plant, the passionflower vine (Passiflora) and another Gulf Fritillary nectaring on the nearby Jupiter's Beard (Centranthus ruber)....

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:24 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...

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

Gulf Fritillaries Are Back!

A Gulf Fritillary lays an egg on a passionflower vine in Vacaville on March 26. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Okay, where are they? Shouldn't they be emerging soon? They're in Davis and Suisun. Why not Vacaville? We've been waiting--not so patiently after this long winter--for the reappearance of the showy Gulf Fritillary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) on our...

Posted on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Good Day, Mourning Cloak

A mourning cloak, Nymphalis antiopa, as photographed Feb. 6, 2016 in the Carolee Shields White Flower Garden and Gazebo, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you go looking for a bumble bee, you might find a butterfly. And vice versa. The UC Davis Arboretum last Saturday (Feb. 6), was just starting to "get its spring on." We spotted a few honey bees and syrphid flies foraging on daphne (Daphne odora) in...

Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 2:57 PM

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