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The Spider and the Skipper

A banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata)--as identified by UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro--waits for prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a a story about a spider and a skipper. Technically, a banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata) and a fiery skipper butterfly (Hylephila phyleus, family Hesperiida). The garden spider lies in wait, its head down, clinging to its real...

A banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata)--as identified by UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro--waits for prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata)--as identified by UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro--waits for prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata)--as identified by UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro--waits for prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata) wraps its meal, a male fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata) wraps its meal, a male fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata) wraps its meal, a male fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

While the garden spider wraps its prey, two fiery skippers (Hylephila phyleus) prepare to mate on a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
While the garden spider wraps its prey, two fiery skippers (Hylephila phyleus) prepare to mate on a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

While the garden spider wraps its prey, two fiery skippers (Hylephila phyleus) prepare to mate on a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 5:55 PM

Prayers Answered

A praying mantis perches on a cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantids are, oh, so patient. They perch on a flower, their spiked forelegs seemingly locked in a praying position, and wait to ambush unsuspecting prey. A green praying mantis recently did just that on our cosmos. Usually we have to hunt for...

A praying mantis perches on a cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis perches on a cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis perches on a cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A strike! First prey is a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A strike! First prey is a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A strike! First prey is a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Second strike! A fiery skipper butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Second strike! A fiery skipper butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Second strike! A fiery skipper butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 6:49 PM

A Miss Is as Good as a Smile

Praying mantis hides beneath the petals of a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Our buddy, the resident praying mantis, appears to be in perfect form. Crouched beneath the Mexican sunflower (Tithonia), he glistens in the early morning light, as honey bees, long-horned bees, Gulf Fritillary butterflies and fiery skippers search for...

Praying mantis hides beneath the petals of a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Praying mantis hides beneath the petals of a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis hides beneath the petals of a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Are you looking at me? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Are you looking at me? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Are you looking at me? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A leap and a near miss as a startled fiery skipper spins away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A leap and a near miss as a startled fiery skipper spins away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A leap and a near miss as a startled fiery skipper spins away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary moves out of the way of the praying matnis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Gulf Fritillary moves out of the way of the praying matnis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary moves out of the way of the praying matnis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8:50 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...

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

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

Close-up of fiery skipper, Hylephila phyleus, belonging to the family Hesperiidae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of fiery skipper, Hylephila phyleus, belonging to the family Hesperiidae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of fiery skipper, Hylephila phyleus, belonging to the family Hesperiidae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:34 PM
Tags: artichoke leaf (1), butterfly (15), damselfly (4), fiery skipper (10), Hesperiidae (2), skipper (3), Zygoptera (3)

Tongue in Cheek

Proboscis or tongue of a fiery skipper dipped in nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Have you ever looked closely at a fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus) and seen its proboscis, aka tongue or feeding tube?If you stay still and don't shadow it while it's nectaring, you'll see the proboscis darting in an out of a blossom.The late afternoon...

Proboscis or tongue of a fiery skipper dipped in nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Proboscis or tongue of a fiery skipper dipped in nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Proboscis or tongue of a fiery skipper dipped in nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Colorful fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Colorful fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Colorful fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2011 at 8:41 PM

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