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Posts Tagged: Tora Rocha

Beehold: Tees for Bees!

A bumble bee, Bombus vandykei, foraging on phacelia in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What a fantastic idea! And what an innovative way to help the bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Oakland parks supervisor Victoria "Tora" Rocha, founder of the Oakland-based Pollinator Posse, was contemplating how to help our struggling...

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 3:19 PM

A Summit to Save the Butterflies

Tora Rocha (left), founder of the Pollinator Posse of Oakland (soon to be statewide), and Mia Monroe, coordinator of the Xerces Society's Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, address the crowd. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's wing it, they said. And they did. But this event wasn't "winged"; it was well planned and rooted in educational information. Wings? A reference to the flutter of the ever decreasing butterfly wings. The occasion? The inaugural "Wing It"...

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Hold That Tiger!

A Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) spreads its wings on a Verbena patch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

She's a butterfly magnet. When Oakland parks supervisor Tora Rocha, known as "The Monarch Queen" and "The Butterfly Whisperer," (she rears monarchs and encourages everyone to do so), visited the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven at the University of...

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Make Way for the Monarchs

A monarch butterfly on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's good to see so many scientists and citizen scientists taking an avid interest in monarchs. The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), probably the most recognizable of all the butterflies, is known for its long migratory route from Canada to Mexico....

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Monarchs 'n Milkweed

A monarch butterfly nectaring on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs and milkweed are in the news again. As well they should be. The declining monarch population, coupled with the decreasing scarcity of their host plant, the milkweed, is disturbing. The larvae of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) feed...

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM
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