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Welcome Back, Painted Ladies

A female butterfly, a painted lady, nectaring on Spanish lavender on March 8 in the Benicia Community Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The painted ladies are on move. Butterflies. Scores of painted ladies (Vanessa cardui) are now migrating north from their overwintering sites near the U.S. Mexico border.  On Saturday, March 8 we saw two of them nectaring on Spanish lavender...

A female butterfly, a painted lady, nectaring on Spanish lavender on March 8 in the Benicia Community Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female butterfly, a painted lady, nectaring on Spanish lavender on March 8 in the Benicia Community Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female butterfly, a painted lady, nectaring on Spanish lavender on March 8 in the Benicia Community Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Painted lady twists around for a better shot at the nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Painted lady twists around for a better shot at the nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Painted lady twists around for a better shot at the nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 10:04 PM

The Flower Feeders

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly, Agraulis vanillae, sharing a passion flower with honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

University of Minnesota honey bee researcher Marla Spivak, in her TED talk on honey bee health, referred to bees as "flower feeders." That they are. Flower feeders. As are other pollinators from butterflies to beetles to bats.  But it's a special...

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly, Agraulis vanillae, sharing a passion flower with honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary butterfly, Agraulis vanillae, sharing a passion flower with honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly, Agraulis vanillae, sharing a passion flower with honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Valley carpenter bee and a honey bees working the passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Valley carpenter bee and a honey bees working the passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Valley carpenter bee and a honey bees working the passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two Valley carpenter bees on a passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two Valley carpenter bees on a passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two Valley carpenter bees on a passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Anise Swallowtail: Have You Seen Me?

Female anise swallowtail,Papilio zelicaon, as identified by butterfly expert Art Shapiro of UC Davis, visiting anise at the Benicia Marina. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An anise swallowtail fluttered in and out of the tall anise bordering the banks of the Benicia Marina. A beautiful sight. The female butterfly (Papilio zelicaon), as identified by butterfly expert Arthur Shapiro, professor of evolution and ecology at...

Female anise swallowtail,Papilio zelicaon, as identified by butterfly expert Art Shapiro of UC Davis, visiting anise at the Benicia Marina. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Female anise swallowtail,Papilio zelicaon, as identified by butterfly expert Art Shapiro of UC Davis, visiting anise at the Benicia Marina. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female anise swallowtail,Papilio zelicaon, as identified by butterfly expert Art Shapiro of UC Davis, visiting anise at the Benicia Marina. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female anise swallowtail,Papilio zelicaon,  touches down on anise at the Benicia Marina. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female anise swallowtail,Papilio zelicaon, touches down on anise at the Benicia Marina. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female anise swallowtail,Papilio zelicaon, touches down on anise at the Benicia Marina. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Up and away--the female anise swallowtail flutters away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Up and away--the female anise swallowtail flutters away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Up and away--the female anise swallowtail flutters away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

European paper wasp, apparently scouting the anise for butterfly eggs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
European paper wasp, apparently scouting the anise for butterfly eggs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European paper wasp, apparently scouting the anise for butterfly eggs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM

To Catch a Cabbage White

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So you're out roaming the countryside or cityscape in Solano, Yolo or Sacramento counties at the start of the new year and you encounter a Cabbage White butterfly.It's worth a pitcher of beer or the equivalent if you win Arthur Shapiro's 40th annual...

Two Cabbage Whites
Two Cabbage Whites

TWO CABBAGE WHITES nectaring on salvia. Arthur Shapiro's 40th annual Cabbage White Butterfly Competition begins Jan. 1, 2011. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Seeing Spots

Buckeye Butterfly

If you've seen a lot of buckeye butterflies this season, you're not alone.It's a big year for buckeyes, says noted butterfly expert Arthur Shapiro, professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis. He counts between "30 and 85 a...

Buckeye Butterfly
Buckeye Butterfly

BUCKEYE BUTTERFLY (Junonia coenia) nectars on a zinnia, a member of the aster family. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up
Close-up

LIKE AN AIRPLANE in flight, a buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia) glides to a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 5:40 PM

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