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The Flora and the Fauna at the Old State Capitol

A Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) spreads its wings on the grounds of the Benicia State Capitol. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Erected in 1852, this historic building was ostensibly intended for Benicia City Hall. Offered as the state capitol and promptly accepted, it had that honor from February 4, 1853 to February 25, 1854. Deeded to the state in 1951, it was one of the four...

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 4:29 PM

Like a Ballerina on the Dance Floor of Life

A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus,warms its flight muscles on a crape myrtle tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Like a ballerina on the dance floor of life, a newly eclosed Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, flutters from its host plant, a sycamore tree, to a crape myrtle. The yellow-and-black butterfly spreads its wings, warming its flight muscles. It...

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Hold That Tiger!

The Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) approaches a plumbago in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you're chasing a tiger, you don't have to worry about the fangs or the claws. No worries about this tiger. This tiger has wings. If you head over to the Storer Garden at the UC Davis Arboretum, you'll see plenty of tigers, Western tiger...

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 1:49 PM

A Butterfly Ballet at a Special Place

The Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)sips nectar from a butterfly bush in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ruth Charlotte Risdon Storer (1888-1986) would have been proud. The garden that bears her name in the UC Davis Arboretum is Nature at its Best, especially this time of year. It's better known as the Storer Garden, but a plaque spells out the entire...

Posted on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 6:18 PM

A Time to Celebrate Summer and National Pollinator Week

A Western tiger swallowtail foraging on a butterfly bush, Buddleia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's the first day of summer and the beginning of National Pollinator Week. What could be better? This: Spotting a Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) sail through the pollinator garden and touch down on a  butterfly bush (Buddleia). When...

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 5:50 PM

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