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Pardon My (Gold) Dust

Female Valley carpenter bee, caught in flight, dusted with gold pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A gold rush of sorts.When the female Valley carpenter bees forage among the passion flowers  (Passiflora), they turn from solid black to a mixture of gold and black.The pollen on their head, thorax and abdomen stands out like magical gold dust, as if...

Female Valley carpenter bee, caught in flight, dusted with gold pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Female Valley carpenter bee, caught in flight, dusted with gold pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female Valley carpenter bee, caught in flight, dusted with gold pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female Valley carpenter bee visiting a passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Female Valley carpenter bee visiting a passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female Valley carpenter bee visiting a passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gold alert! A female Valley carpenter bee heads toward a passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gold alert! A female Valley carpenter bee heads toward a passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gold alert! A female Valley carpenter bee heads toward a passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Gulf Frit Making a Comeback

Gulf Fritillary butterfly on passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yes, it's back.The Gulf Frit is definitely back.Back in September of 2009, butterfly expert Art Shapiro, professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, excitedly announced the re-appearance of the Gulf Fritillary...

Gulf Fritillary butterfly on passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillary butterfly on passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillary butterfly on passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Frits breeding on passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Frits breeding on passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Frits breeding on passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hungry caterpillar munching passion flower leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hungry caterpillar munching passion flower leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hungry caterpillar munching passion flower leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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A "squadron" of caterpillars on a passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A "squadron" of caterpillars on a passion flower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 9:47 PM
 
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