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A Monarch Kind of Christmas

Last year at this time, we saw four monarchs eclose in our small-scale rearing project. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Merry Christmas has always been merry, but it's better with butterflies! Isn't everything better with butterflies? Last year, in our small-scale monarch rearing project here in Vacaville, Calif., we saw one monarch eclose on Saturday, Dec. 24, one on...

Posted on Monday, December 25, 2017 at 6:00 AM
Tags: butterfly (14), Christmas (1), Danaus plexippus (1), holiday (1), monarch (1)

It's Over

Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis, holds the first cabbage white butterfly of 2015. He collected it Jan. 26 in West Sacramento, Yolo County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Beer-for-a-Butterfly contest is over. And we have a winner! Drum roll...Art Shapiro... Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, who sponsors the annual Beer-for-a-Butterfly Contest to...

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:54 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

A Very Showy Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) in flight over a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There's a good reason why lepidopterists call the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) "showy." Its bright orange-red wings, spangled iridescent silver on the underside, and a four-inch wingspan all point to "showy."  The Gulf Frit is a tropical...

Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Soaking Up Sunshine

A fiery skipper and a damselfly sharing the same spot: an artichoke leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In the entomological world, we call that a "two-fer." Two insects in the same photo. Sunday morning we spotted a fiery skipper butterfly (Hylephila phyleus) on an artichoke leaf. It was warming its flight muscles, maybe to flutter over to the lavender...

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:34 PM

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