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This Bully Bee Goes for the Blue Plate Special

European wool carder bee, Anthidium manicatum, heads toward a blue spike sage, Salvia uliginosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a bully. But what a bully! Ever seen the male European wool carder bee (Anthidium manicatum) protecting its turf? It's "no-holds barred" on our blue spike sage (Salvia uliginosa) and frankly, it's a delight to see and photograph. The highly territorial male body-slams all floral visitors,...

European wool carder bee, Anthidium manicatum, heads toward a blue spike sage, Salvia uliginosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
European wool carder bee, Anthidium manicatum, heads toward a blue spike sage, Salvia uliginosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European wool carder bee, Anthidium manicatum, heads toward a blue spike sage, Salvia uliginosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The European wool carder bee, an Old World bee, seems to prefer blue flowers with a long throat. This is blue spike sage, Salvia uliginosa, a native of Brazil. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The European wool carder bee, an Old World bee, seems to prefer blue flowers with a long throat. This is blue spike sage, Salvia uliginosa, a native of Brazil. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The European wool carder bee, an Old World bee, seems to prefer blue flowers with a long throat. This is blue spike sage, Salvia uliginosa, a native of Brazil. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two European wool carder bees in the process of giving the world more wool carder bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two European wool carder bees in the process of giving the world more wool carder bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two European wool carder bees in the process of giving the world more wool carder bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Welcome, Anise Swallowtail!

Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon, nectaring on Verbena in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Anise Swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon, fluttered into our pollinator garden and headed straight for the Verbena. Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, identified the gender: "it's a girl." The Anise Swallowtail, our first sighting...

Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon, nectaring on Verbena in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon, nectaring on Verbena in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Anise Swallowtail Papilio zelicaon, nectaring on Verbena in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly ballet! Bees startled this Anise Swallowtail that was nectaring on Verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterfly ballet! Bees startled this Anise Swallowtail that was nectaring on Verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterfly ballet! Bees startled this Anise Swallowtail that was nectaring on Verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for the same Verbena blossom occupied by the Anise Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for the same Verbena blossom occupied by the Anise Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, heads for the same Verbena blossom occupied by the Anise Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 6:12 PM

Bumble Bee Mellowing Out on the Mallow

It looks like...it is! A yellow-faced bumble bee,Bombus vosnesenski, seeking nectar from a mallow blossom at the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nice to see you! That's how we greeted our very last bumble bee of 2016. The yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, apparently came out of hibernation and started nectaring on mallow Nov. 14 at the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz. We were at the park to see the overwintering monarch...

It looks like...it is! A yellow-faced bumble bee,Bombus vosnesenski, seeking nectar from a mallow blossom at the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It looks like...it is! A yellow-faced bumble bee,Bombus vosnesenski, seeking nectar from a mallow blossom at the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It looks like...it is! A yellow-faced bumble bee,Bombus vosnesenski, seeking nectar from a mallow blossom at the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, sipping nectar on mallow on Nov. 14 in Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, sipping nectar on mallow on Nov. 14 in Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, sipping nectar on mallow on Nov. 14 in Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of yellow-faced bumble bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Side view of yellow-faced bumble bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of yellow-faced bumble bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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 them from California scrub jays and other birds,...

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

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

A monarch caterpillar making the most of it on a broadleaf milkweed, Asclepias speciosa, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch caterpillar making the most of it on a broadleaf milkweed, Asclepias speciosa, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar making the most of it on a broadleaf milkweed, Asclepias speciosa, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some of the monarch caterpillars are darker than others. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Some of the monarch caterpillars are darker than others. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some of the monarch caterpillars are darker than others. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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

Ever Seen a Pink Praying Mantis?

Davis resident Adrienne Austin-Shapiro photographed this pink praying mantis, Stagmomantis californica, outside a pizza business in Davis.

Have you ever seen a pink praying mantis, Stagmomantis californica? No? Now you have. Adrienne Austin-Shapiro of Davis yesterday spotted this pink praying mantis (below) on the second-floor wooden planking above Blondie's Pizza, 4th and G streets, Davis.  She rescued it and placed it in...

Davis resident Adrienne Austin-Shapiro photographed this pink praying mantis, Stagmomantis californica, outside a pizza business in Davis.
Davis resident Adrienne Austin-Shapiro photographed this pink praying mantis, Stagmomantis californica, outside a pizza business in Davis.

Davis resident Adrienne Austin-Shapiro photographed this pink praying mantis, Stagmomantis californica, outside a pizza business in Davis.

This is a female Stagmomantis californica, commonly known as a California mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a female Stagmomantis californica, commonly known as a California mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a female Stagmomantis californica, commonly known as a California mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 4:56 PM

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