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Posts Tagged: monarch caterpillars

Monarch Caterpillars--in November?

A November monarch caterpillar found on tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What a Thanksgiving surprise! No, the stuffed turkey didn't slip out of the oven and fall on the floor. Nor did the pumpkin pie turn another shade of orange. Some unexpected guests arrived--four to be exact. That's the number of monarch caterpillars...

Posted on Friday, November 25, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Those Beautiful 'Cats

A monarch caterpillar outlined against the blue sky in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Late bloomers. Late eaters. Monarch butterflies are migrating now, but we're still finding a few caterpillars in our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. We recently plucked off five caterpillars from our milkweed plants (our game plan is protect...

Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Proof of Life

A monarch caterpillar summits a milkweed, Asciepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes caregivers, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and neighbors, take photos of babies to show "proof of life." They post them for the parents to see, admire and confirm. It's delightful to see images of your offspring while you're on...

Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 2:22 PM

How Small Is Small?

A lady beetle, a monarch caterpillar and an infestation of oleander aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes in a world of towering skyscrapers, jumbo jets and warehouses big enough to hold a small planet--or at least a state the size of Rhode Island--we don't realize how “small” small is. Last weekend it was a veritable insect feast...

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 6:36 PM
 
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