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Those Disappearing Western Monarchs

Monarchs on the fly in a Vacaville, Calif., pollinator garden in September 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's good to see butterflies, especially monarchs, getting so much press. Now let's see if we can press the issue. The Washington Post just published an article in its style section: "Butterflies Were Symbols of Rebirth. Then They Started...

Monarchs on the fly in a Vacaville, Calif., pollinator garden in September 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarchs on the fly in a Vacaville, Calif., pollinator garden in September 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs on the fly in a Vacaville, Calif., pollinator garden in September 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One of the monarchs reared in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. It's ready to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
One of the monarchs reared in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. It's ready to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One of the monarchs reared in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. It's ready to take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 4:14 PM

Art Shapiro: California's Monarchs 'on Life Support'

Butterflies roosting in the Berkeley Aquatic Park on Nov. 26, 2015. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

California's monarch population is rapidly declining. They're on life support. What actions should we take? A group of invited guests--invited by the  Environmental Defense Fund--met Feb. 28 at UC Davis to discuss "Recovering the Western...

Butterflies roosting in the Berkeley Aquatic Park on Nov. 26, 2015. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterflies roosting in the Berkeley Aquatic Park on Nov. 26, 2015. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterflies roosting in the Berkeley Aquatic Park on Nov. 26, 2015. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch chrysalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch chrysalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch chrysalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch will soon eclose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch will soon eclose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch will soon eclose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male monarch on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

'Twas the Night Before Chrysalis...

A monarch chrysalis hangs like an ornament. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse --Clement Clarke Moore We never tire of hearing that immortal poem, but this year let's offer another version:  'Twas the night before...

A monarch chrysalis hangs like an ornament. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch chrysalis hangs like an ornament. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch chrysalis hangs like an ornament. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch ecloses. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch ecloses. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch ecloses. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch wiggles around and soon will dry its wings and take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch wiggles around and soon will dry its wings and take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch wiggles around and soon will dry its wings and take flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male monarch spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, December 24, 2018 at 12:59 PM

The Birds and The Bees--and The Butterflies

Near the presence of a metal bird sculpture, two monarchs meet Sept. 29 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

...Birds do it, bees do it Even educated fleas do it Let's do it, let's fall in love --Cole Porter When Cole Porter wrote “Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love” in 1928, he wasn't thinking about butterflies. He was thinking of birds, bees...

Near the presence of a metal bird sculpture, two monarchs meet Sept. 29 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Near the presence of a metal bird sculpture, two monarchs meet Sept. 29 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Near the presence of a metal bird sculpture, two monarchs meet Sept. 29 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hi, Ms. Monarch. Here I am. Look at me! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hi, Ms. Monarch. Here I am. Look at me! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hi, Ms. Monarch. Here I am. Look at me! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can I get your attention? Please? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Can I get your attention? Please? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can I get your attention? Please? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hello, again. Here I am, over here. Over here! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hello, again. Here I am, over here. Over here! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hello, again. Here I am, over here. Over here!(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs: You Can't Save Them All

A monarch chrysalis that didn't make it. This image was taken Sept. 15. Said Art Shapiro of UC Davis:

Monarchs: you can't save them all. It was a dismal year in Vacaville (and other parts of California) for monarch-rearing. Of the 10 caterpillars we collected from milkweed in our pollinator garden in early September and tried to rear, only eight made...

A monarch chrysalis that didn't make it. This image was taken Sept. 15. Said Art Shapiro of UC Davis:
A monarch chrysalis that didn't make it. This image was taken Sept. 15. Said Art Shapiro of UC Davis: "The intersegmental membranes are showing. Whatever caused that, it opens the door to severe water loss, so the pupa will probably die." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch chrysalis that didn't make it. This image was taken Sept. 15. Said Art Shapiro of UC Davis: "The intersegmental membranes are showing. Whatever caused that, it opens the door to severe water loss, so the pupa will probably die." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is what the non-viable monarch chrysalis looked like on Oct. 10. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is what the non-viable monarch chrysalis looked like on Oct. 10. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is what the non-viable monarch chrysalis looked like on Oct. 10. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lynn Epstein, UC Davis emeritus professor of plant pathology, captured this image of the monarch chrysalis on Nov. 2 with a Leica DVM6 microscope.
Lynn Epstein, UC Davis emeritus professor of plant pathology, captured this image of the monarch chrysalis on Nov. 2 with a Leica DVM6 microscope.

Lynn Epstein, UC Davis emeritus professor of plant pathology, captured this image of the monarch chrysalis on Nov. 2 with a Leica DVM6 microscope.

Monarchs overwintering at Natural Bridges State Park on Nov. 14, 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarchs overwintering at Natural Bridges State Park on Nov. 14, 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs overwintering at Natural Bridges State Park on Nov. 14, 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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