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Buy a Plant and the Pollinators Are Free!

An anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, sets the scene in the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden at Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you head over to a nursery, and see bees and butterflies and other pollinators foraging on the plants, that's a good sign. Buy the plants. Promise: The pollinators will come. Many gardeners and would-be gardeners are looking forward to the UC...

An anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, sets the scene in the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden at Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, sets the scene in the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden at Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, sets the scene in the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden at Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Saving a Butterfly: In a World Where Kindness Matters

Newly eclosed anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was a long awaited process, but it's a girl! And she's beautiful! It all began with finding two anise swallowtail chrysalids clinging last July to the fennel stems in our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. To protect them from predators and the...

Newly eclosed anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Newly eclosed anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Newly eclosed anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Newly eclosed anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, ready to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Newly eclosed anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, ready to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Newly eclosed anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, ready to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! No, It's...

The iconic anise swallowtail caterpillar is a pale green with black bands containing orange spots. This is probably the fifth instar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a bird! It's a plane! Is it Superman? No, it's a bird dropping. If you're growing sweet fennel (anise), you may have noticed what appear to be two species of swallowtail butterflies populating your plant. You'll see larvae (caterpillars) that...

The iconic anise swallowtail caterpillar is a pale green with black bands containing orange spots. This is probably the fifth instar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The iconic anise swallowtail caterpillar is a pale green with black bands containing orange spots. This is probably the fifth instar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The iconic anise swallowtail caterpillar is a pale green with black bands containing orange spots. This is probably the fifth instar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dorsal view of an anise swallowtail caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dorsal view of an anise swallowtail caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dorsal view of an anise swallowtail caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This younger larva of the anise swallowtail resembles a bird dropping. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This younger larva of the anise swallowtail resembles a bird dropping. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This younger larva of the anise swallowtail resembles a bird dropping. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This anise swallowtail caterpillar is shedding its skin or molting, leaving its “bird dropping” skin behind.  This is probably the third instar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This anise swallowtail caterpillar is shedding its skin or molting, leaving its “bird dropping” skin behind. This is probably the third instar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This anise swallowtail caterpillar is shedding its skin or molting, leaving its “bird dropping” skin behind. This is probably the third instar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An adult anise swallowtail nectaring on Verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An adult anise swallowtail nectaring on Verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An adult anise swallowtail nectaring on Verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 3:27 PM

Welcome, Anise Swallowtail!

Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon, nectaring on Verbena in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Anise Swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, fluttered into our pollinator garden and headed straight for the Verbena. Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, identified the gender: "it's a...

Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon, nectaring on Verbena in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon, nectaring on Verbena in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon, nectaring on Verbena in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly ballet! Bees startled this Anise Swallowtail that was nectaring on Verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterfly ballet! Bees startled this Anise Swallowtail that was nectaring on Verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly ballet! Bees startled this Anise Swallowtail that was nectaring on Verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for the same Verbena blossom occupied by the Anise Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for the same Verbena blossom occupied by the Anise Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for the same Verbena blossom occupied by the Anise Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It Suits Them to a 'T'

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It suits them to a "T." And the "T" is for Tithonia. Many species of butterflies frequent our Tithonia, also known as Mexican sunflower. Like its name implies, it's a member of the sunflower family, Asteraceae. On any given Sunday--not to...

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus) on Tithonia. (PHoto by Kathy Keatley Garvey
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) on Tithonia. (PHoto by Kathy Keatley Garvey

Monarch (Danaus plexippus) on Tithonia. (PHoto by Kathy Keatley Garvey

A skipper (family Hesperiidae) on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A skipper (family Hesperiidae) on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A skipper (family Hesperiidae) on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 9:04 PM

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