When material possessions tear at the very fabric of our lives, it's time to re-weave and re-think. “Gimme more, gimme more, gimme more!” seems to be the mantra of the rich and famous and the faux rich and famous. From my perspective: It's...
Monarch butterfly spreading its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Western tiger swallowtail nectarine on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Lady beetle, aka ladybug, looks up at an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee foraging on pansies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
If you look closely, you'll not only see the cycle of life in your garden, but art as the center of life. Take the Gulf Fritillaries. They're a stunning orangish-reddish butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) with silver-spangled underwings. It's a delight...
The tiny yellow egg of a Gulf Fritillary glows in the early morning sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar inches away from a passionflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The empty chrysalis of a Gulf Fritillary hangs like a broken chandelier. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillaries, aka passion butterflies, mating in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
You never know what they will do. When you release newly emerged monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus), some linger in the comfort of your hand. Some soar high into the sky. Some flutter to a nearby bush or tree. When we released two newly...
A male (left) and female monarch on a scarlet milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female monarch (right) moves toward the male. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two monarchs meet. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Quick, what's the answer to: "What is the smallest insect that is not a parasite or parasitoid?" Okay then, "What are the three primary conditions that define eusociality?" Or how about "Nicrophorus americanus is listed under what legislative...
This was the scene at the ESA Linnaean Games Championships: UC Davis on the left, and the University of Florida on the right. (Photo by Mohammad-Amir Aghaee, who received his doctorate in entomology from UC Davis and is now in a postdoctoral position at North Carolina State University)
National champions: Gamesmaster Deane Jorgenson (far left) and ESA president Phil Mulder (far right) pose with the UC Davis Linnaean Games Team, who won the national ESA Linnaean Games Championship.. Members In the center are (from left) Jessica Gillung, Brendon Boudinot, captain Ralph Washington Jr., and Ziad Khouri. (Photo by Matthew Chism)
When you're rearing monarch caterpillars in an indoor habitat, watch out for the escapees. Monarch 'cats seem to like to wander--and pupate on the most unlikely of places. We have two small butterfly habitats on our kitchen counter. We pluck the...
A monarch chrysalis dangles from an electrical cord. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This newly emerged monarch, drying her wings, clings to her chrysalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch climbs to the top of the cord. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)