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Go Lay an Egg? And She Did!

A Gulf Fritillary laying an egg in the dead of winter on a passionflower leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nobody really bats an eye when a chicken lays an egg. That's what we expect them to do. But when a butterfly lays an egg, that's a different story--especially in December. Gulf Fritillary butterflies or passion butterflies (Agraulis vanillae) head for...

A Gulf Fritillary laying an egg in the dead of winter on a passionflower leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary laying an egg in the dead of winter on a passionflower leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary laying an egg in the dead of winter on a passionflower leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female Gulf Fritillary, after laying an egg, soaks up some sunshine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female Gulf Fritillary, after laying an egg, soaks up some sunshine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female Gulf Fritillary, after laying an egg, soaks up some sunshine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Made for Each Other

Gulf Fritillary touches down on a blanket flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What a perfect match when a Gulf Fritillary butterfly touches down on a blanket flower. They're both reddish-orange and showy. Last weekend we spotted a Gulf Fritillary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) land momentarily on a blanket flower (Gaillardia), in...

Gulf Fritillary touches down on a blanket flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillary touches down on a blanket flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary touches down on a blanket flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Getting ready for takeoff. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Getting ready for takeoff. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Getting ready for takeoff. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

And away it goes! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
And away it goes! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

And away it goes! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 9:29 PM

We're Not Perfect

A crippled Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We're not perfect. Mother Nature isn't, either. For several weeks, we've been rearing Gulf Fritilliary butterflies (Agraulis vanillae). We purchased a butterfly habitat from the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis, salvaged some...

A crippled Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crippled Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

crippled Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A possible mate checks out the crippled butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A possible mate checks out the crippled butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A possible mate checks out the crippled butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We placed the crippled Gulf Fritillary on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
We placed the crippled Gulf Fritillary on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We placed the crippled Gulf Fritillary on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Just Emerged: Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly, fresh from its chrysalis, lands on a bed of wood chips.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Call it serendipity. Call it a prize from the sky. Frankly, it's not every day that a newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly, Agraulis vanillae,  lands at your feet. It crawled from its chrysalis, hinged to a eight-foot high tree limb near our...

Newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly, fresh from its chrysalis, lands on a bed of wood chips.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly, fresh from its chrysalis, lands on a bed of wood chips. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly, fresh from its chrysalis, lands on a bed of wood chips. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary starts to stir. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillary starts to stir. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary starts to stir. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary drying off on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillary drying off on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary drying off on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary slightly opens its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillary slightly opens its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary slightly opens its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

First opening of the wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
First opening of the wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

First opening of the wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Another butterfly comes down to investigate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Another butterfly comes down to investigate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Another butterfly comes down to investigate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One last spread of the wings, and it's off. It's a male.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
One last spread of the wings, and it's off. It's a male.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One last spread of the wings, and it's off. It's a male. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 8:28 PM

It All Begins with an Egg

Tiny Gulf Fritillary butterfly egg at end of a tendril on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's no surprise that students as young as kindergarteners are eager to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly--from an egg, to a caterpillar to a chrysalis to an adult.  Complete metamorphosis. Complete awe. In our yard, the Gulf Fritillary...

Tiny Gulf Fritillary butterfly egg at end of a tendril on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Tiny Gulf Fritillary butterfly egg at end of a tendril on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tiny Gulf Fritillary butterfly egg at end of a tendril on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very hungry caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A very hungry caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very hungry caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A chrysalis: soon a butterfly will emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A chrysalis: soon a butterfly will emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A chrysalis: soon a butterfly will emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An adult Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An adult Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An adult Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 11:55 PM

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