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Hurrah for the Red, White and Blue!

The red: The firecracker red flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's the Fourth of July, and amid our celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776 and our glorious nation, we celebrate the red, white and blue--the colors of our flag. But in the insect world, we can...

The red: The firecracker red flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The red: The firecracker red flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The red: The firecracker red flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The white: the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The white: the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The white: the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The blue: The blue spots in the tail of the Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The blue: The blue spots in the tail of the Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The blue: The blue spots in the tail of the Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 7:59 AM

Happy Independence Day!

A newly eclosed female monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus,  touches down on an American flag. Another star. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Today we celebrate the Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day. History books tell us that on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring the 13 colonies a new nation and no longer part of the British...

A newly eclosed female monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus,  touches down on an American flag. Another star. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A newly eclosed female monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, touches down on an American flag. Another star. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly eclosed female monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, touches down on an American flag. Another star. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 4, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Hurray for the Red, White and Blue!

Hurray for the red, white and blue! One more day until we celebrate the birth of our country, Independence Day, and the patriotic colors will be out in force. Insects, also, can be red, white and blue. Take the red...


"Red" is for the red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey).

"Red" is for the red flameskimmer, Libellula saturata. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey).


"White" is for the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae. It's a pest, but its colors are appropriate on Independence Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"White" is for the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae. It's a pest, but its colors are appropriate on Independence Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Blue" is for Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) butterfly. It's as blue as the starry background on the American flag. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Blue" is for Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) butterfly. It's as blue as the starry background on the American flag. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 4:26 PM

Hurrah for the Red, White and Blue!

Honey bee packing red pollen from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's the Fourth of July--a time to celebrate our nation's Independence Day. Hurrah for the red, white and blue! That also covers red, white and blue pollen collected by our honey bees. If you look closely, you'll see their "patriotic" colors. "The...

Honey bee packing red pollen from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee packing red pollen from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee packing red pollen from a rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of white pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of white pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of white pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blue pollen from a bird's eye blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Blue pollen from a bird's eye blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Blue pollen from a bird's eye blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM
Tags: blue pollen (3), Fourth of July (5), Norm Gary (24), pollen (26), red pollen (6), white pollen (1)

Summertime...and the Livin' Is Easy

Summertime...and the living is easy...A female sweat bee, genus Halictus, floats on a leaf in a swimming pool. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Today's the Fourth of July and folks are splashing in their pools. So, what happens when a bee falls in? Sometimes they get lucky--if there's a human around to rescue them.  And sometimes their luck extends to a floating leaf. This tiny female...

Summertime...and the living is easy...A female sweat bee, genus Halictus, floats on a leaf in a swimming pool. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Summertime...and the living is easy...A female sweat bee, genus Halictus, floats on a leaf in a swimming pool. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Summertime...and the living is easy...A female sweat bee, genus Halictus, floats on a leaf in a swimming pool. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM
 
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