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California Wild Fires Raging...but Life Cycles Go On...

A Gulf Fritillary egg on the tendrils of the passionflower vine (Passiflora). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

As those horrendous wild fires continue to rage throughout California, as Cal Fire helicopters roar over, as residents scramble from their homes,  as smoke thickens the air, and as ashes flutter down like feathers, it's difficult to think about...

Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 5:00 PM

It's Chrysalis Time in the City

It's chrysalis time in the city. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Our unseasonably warm temperatures in November yielded 12 unexpected surprises:  12 monarch caterpillars munching away on the tropical milkweed in our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. Didn't they get the memo? So we brought them in,...

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 6:25 PM

They Didn't Get the Memo

Gulf Fritillaries are still flying--and mating and laying eggs--in November. This one is nectaring on Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They didn't get the memo. Summer is over. Fall is underway. Winter is coming (Dec. 21). But the Gulf Fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae) are still laying eggs on the passionflower vine here in Vacaville, Calif. The eggs are hatching. The caterpillars are...

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Miracles Do Happen

A fifth instar caterpillar partially hidden in the narrow-leafed milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

For the last several months, we've seen monarchs laying eggs on our narrow-leafed milkweed. A daily check yielded "zero" caterpillars. Zero. Nada. Zilch. One reason is apparent: two nearby nests of Western scrub jays filled with chirping babies. ...

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Happy Father's Day!

A monarch caterpillar chewing on a narrow-leafed milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Where have you been? For the last several weeks, we've been watching for signs of the first seasonal monarch caterpillar on our narrow-leafed milkweed. The lush leaves refused to yield any secrets. They looked untouched, undisturbed and intact. But on...

Posted on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 2:55 PM

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