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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...

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...

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...

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

Something Was Wrong

This Anise Swallowtail is missing part of its wing. A predator missed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Something was wrong. The Anise Swallowtail (Papillo zelicaon) that fluttered into our bee garden last weekend and began nectaring on zinnia wasn't quite herself. Her yellow and black coloring and the striking blue spot on the rear left wing looked...

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

So Beautful, So Exquisite

Anise swallowtail foraging on lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There's something about seeing a butterfly that makes your eyes light up, your smile widen, and your feet feel like skipping. Nature's joy.   So when I was over at Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville last Tuesday, I rejoiced at seeing a...

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 9:54 PM

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