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Orange You Glad It's Almost Halloween?

Orange you glad it's almost Halloween? A juvenile bold jumping spider, Phidippus audax, hangs out on a showy milkweed.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You can't get any more Halloween than a bold (daring) jumping spider with orange spots! This common North American spider was hanging out yesterday on our showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa, trying to look like a spectator instead of a predator....

Orange you glad it's almost Halloween? A juvenile bold jumping spider, Phidippus audax, hangs out on a showy milkweed.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Orange you glad it's almost Halloween? A juvenile bold jumping spider, Phidippus audax, hangs out on a showy milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Orange you glad it's almost Halloween? A juvenile bold jumping spider, Phidippus audax, hangs out on a showy milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A predator, a bold or daring jumping spider, crawls around on a showy milkweed. Note its iridescent chelicerae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A predator, a bold or daring jumping spider, crawls around on a showy milkweed. Note its iridescent chelicerae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A predator, a bold or daring jumping spider, crawls around on a showy milkweed. Note its iridescent chelicerae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

My safe place! The bold or daring jumping spider peers out at its surroundings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
My safe place! The bold or daring jumping spider peers out at its surroundings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

My safe place! The bold or daring jumping spider peers out at its surroundings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 4:50 PM

The Monarch Butterflies Arrive!

A male monarch visits the Mexican sunflower patch in the Garvey pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A little haggard, a little worn, a little ragged, a little torn. But there she was on Monday, Aug. 1, the first monarch of the season to lay eggs in our little pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. She found the milkweed, but that was AFTER the...

A male monarch visits the Mexican sunflower patch in the Garvey pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male monarch visits the Mexican sunflower patch in the Garvey pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch visits the Mexican sunflower patch in the Garvey pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oops! Time to leave. This male monarch was spooked by longhorn bees targeting him as he nectared on the Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Oops! Time to leave. This male monarch was spooked by longhorn bees targeting him as he nectared on the Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oops! Time to leave. This male monarch was spooked by longhorn bees targeting him as he nectared on the Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female monarch stops at the tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female monarch stops at the tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female monarch stops at the tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female monarch spreads its wings. She ended up laying eggs on the tropical milkweed and showy milkweed. Note how tattered she is--the predators missed!(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The female monarch spreads its wings. She ended up laying eggs on the tropical milkweed and showy milkweed. Note how tattered she is--the predators missed!(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female monarch spreads its wings. She ended up laying eggs on the tropical milkweed and showy milkweed. Note how tattered she is--the predators missed!(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 4:51 PM

What Are Those Red and Black Bugs on Milkweed?

Yule ornaments? No, just milkweed bugs about to reproduce. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Got milkweed? Then you probably have milkweed bugs. All summer and into fall, we spotted the familiar reddish, black and white bugs scurrying around on our showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa, and tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. Showy bugs on...

Yule ornaments? No, just milkweed bugs about to reproduce. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Yule ornaments? No, just milkweed bugs about to reproduce. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yule ornaments? No, just milkweed bugs about to reproduce. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the Small Milkweed Bug, Lygaeus kalmii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of the Small Milkweed Bug, Lygaeus kalmii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the Small Milkweed Bug, Lygaeus kalmii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Seed pod of the showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by  Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Seed pod of the showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Seed pod of the showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A milkweed bug and a buffet of seeds from the showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A milkweed bug and a buffet of seeds from the showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A milkweed bug and a buffet of seeds from the showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Where's the Praying Mantis?

Where's the praying mantis? Look closely on the milkweed and you'll find it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's one of the most recognizable of all insects--if you can find it. Ever had someone poke you and point toward a plant: "Look, there's a praying mantis?" "Where?" "Right there. See it?" "No. Where is it? "Right there. It's right there. Can't you...

Where's the praying mantis? Look closely on the milkweed and you'll find it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Where's the praying mantis? Look closely on the milkweed and you'll find it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Where's the praying mantis? Look closely on the milkweed and you'll find it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Time to climb. A praying mantis looking for prey on a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Time to climb. A praying mantis looking for prey on a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Time to climb. A praying mantis looking for prey on a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A good spot to hang out. A praying mantis hanging upside down on a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey
A good spot to hang out. A praying mantis hanging upside down on a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

A good spot to hang out. A praying mantis hanging upside down on a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis engages in a little grooming as it nears the top of a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis engages in a little grooming as it nears the top of a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis engages in a little grooming as it nears the top of a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On top of the world--on top of a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
On top of the world--on top of a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On top of the world--on top of a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 4:47 PM

It Happens: Nature Isn't Perfect

A monarch chrysalis, cannibalized by a hungry caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you engage in a mini-monarch conservation project, you know the joy of watching the egg-caterpillar-chrysalis-adult transformation. It's one of Nature's miracles. Then when you release the monarchs and watch them soar high, awkwardly fluttering their...

A monarch chrysalis, cannibalized by a hungry caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch chrysalis, cannibalized by a hungry caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch chrysalis, cannibalized by a hungry caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

From a chrysalis to a pupal case--now where's the monarch? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
From a chrysalis to a pupal case--now where's the monarch? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

From a chrysalis to a pupal case--now where's the monarch? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a girl, but she has a deformed wing.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's a girl, but she has a deformed wing.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a girl, but she has a deformed wing.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Newly eclosed, but deformed, monarch clings to a milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Newly eclosed, but deformed, monarch clings to a milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Newly eclosed, but deformed, monarch clings to a milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Perfect from this angle! This is her best side, truly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Perfect from this angle! This is her best side, truly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Perfect from this angle! This is her best side, truly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 5:46 PM

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