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A Monarch Kind of Day

Two monarchs arrived today at a pollinator garden in Vacaville to sip nectar from a patch of Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Today was a Monarch Kind of Day...in Vacaville. When Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, searched for butterfly species today at one of his field sites--Gates Canyon in Vacaville--he spotted not one, but two...

Two monarchs arrived today at a pollinator garden in Vacaville to sip nectar from a patch of Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two monarchs arrived today at a pollinator garden in Vacaville to sip nectar from a patch of Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two monarchs arrived today at a pollinator garden in Vacaville to sip nectar from a patch of Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Both monarchs settle down to do some serious nectaring on the Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Both monarchs settle down to do some serious nectaring on the Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Both monarchs settle down to do some serious nectaring on the Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Time to go! Both monarchs get ready for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Time to go! Both monarchs get ready for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Time to go! Both monarchs get ready for take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch sips nectar from a sky-high Tithonia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch sips nectar from a sky-high Tithonia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch sips nectar from a sky-high Tithonia in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 7:04 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Natural Resources

Where Are All the Monarchs? Good News and Bad News

A monarch on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) in September 2016 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Where are all the monarch butterflies? There's good news and bad news. First, the bad news: "An Epic Migration on the Verge of Collapse," wrote the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation on its website detailing  monarch...

A monarch on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) in September 2016 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) in September 2016 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) in September 2016 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This image of a female monarch butterfly was taken Sept. 14, 2016 in Vacaville. It was a good year for monarchs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This image of a female monarch butterfly was taken Sept. 14, 2016 in Vacaville. It was a good year for monarchs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This image of a female monarch butterfly was taken Sept. 14, 2016 in Vacaville. It was a good year for monarchs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

All Flights Lead to the Butterfly Summit

A monarch butterfly laying an egg on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

All flights lead to the Butterfly Summit. Road trips, too. Butterfly guru Arthur Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology,  will speak on "Are Butterflies Heralds of the Insect Apocalypse?" at the third annual Butterfly...

A monarch butterfly laying an egg on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch butterfly laying an egg on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly laying an egg on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch egg is tiny; compare the size of the egg with the aphid next to it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch egg is tiny; compare the size of the egg with the aphid next to it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch egg is tiny; compare the size of the egg with the aphid next to it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very hungry monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A very hungry monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very hungry monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The chrysalis, jade green, is a sight to see. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The chrysalis, jade green, is a sight to see. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The chrysalis, jade green, is a sight to see. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hello world! A newly eclosed monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hello world! A newly eclosed monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hello world! A newly eclosed monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5:04 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Natural Resources

Those Disappearing Western Monarchs

Monarchs on the fly in a Vacaville, Calif., pollinator garden in September 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's good to see butterflies, especially monarchs, getting so much press. Now let's see if we can press the issue. The Washington Post just published an article in its style section: "Butterflies Were Symbols of Rebirth. Then They Started...

Monarchs on the fly in a Vacaville, Calif., pollinator garden in September 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarchs on the fly in a Vacaville, Calif., pollinator garden in September 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs on the fly in a Vacaville, Calif., pollinator garden in September 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One of the monarchs reared in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. It's ready to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
One of the monarchs reared in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. It's ready to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One of the monarchs reared in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. It's ready to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 4:14 PM

Art Shapiro: California's Monarchs 'on Life Support'

Butterflies roosting in the Berkeley Aquatic Park on Nov. 26, 2015. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

California's monarch population is rapidly declining. They're on life support. What actions should we take? A group of invited guests--invited by the  Environmental Defense Fund--met Feb. 28 at UC Davis to discuss "Recovering the Western...

Butterflies roosting in the Berkeley Aquatic Park on Nov. 26, 2015. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterflies roosting in the Berkeley Aquatic Park on Nov. 26, 2015. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterflies roosting in the Berkeley Aquatic Park on Nov. 26, 2015. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch chrysalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch chrysalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch chrysalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch will soon eclose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch will soon eclose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch will soon eclose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male monarch on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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