Posts Tagged: Western scrub jays
Sex. Passion. Passionflower vine. And by--what else--the "passion butterflies," Gulf Fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae). We came across the scenario below by accident. We were watching a Western scrub jay (now known as a California scrub jay,...
Gulf Fritillary butterflies (Agraulis vanillae) mating. In the background (at left) is a Gulf Frit caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
When they're mating, Gulf Fritillaries look like two different spcies. It's an orangish-reddish butterfly with silver-spangled underwings. It is as spectacular as it is showy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mating Gulf Fritillary butterflies spreading their wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sometimes caregivers, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and neighbors, take photos of babies to show "proof of life." They post them for the parents to see, admire and confirm. It's delightful to see images of your offspring while you're on...
A monarch caterpillar summits a milkweed, Asciepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's dinner time! It's always dinner time for a monarch caterpillar. It later became dinner for a bird. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch caterpillar surrounds its food. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)