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Insect Wedding Photography: When Three's a Crowd

Insect wedding photography on the passion flower vine: male and female Gulf Fritillaries, Agraulis vanillae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So there they were, the bride and groom, culminating their vows. We spotted them in Vacaville, Calif., clinging to a passion flower vine (Passiflora), their host plant--just the two of them, the female Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) and the male. Two's company? Not for long. Soon other Gulf...

Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 4:44 PM

Are Western Monarchs Heading for Extinction?

A male monarch takes flight on Sept. 12 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Are western monarch butterflies heading for extinction? A Sept. 7 article in Reuters, headlined "Monarchs in Western United States Risk Extinction, Scientists Say," indicated that "Monarch butterflies west of the Rocky Mountains are teetering on the edge of extinction, with the number wintering in...

It's National Pollinator Week! See Any Butterflies?

A Gulf Fritillary, Argraulis vanillae, on pink mallow in Vacaville, Calif. Note its jagged wings: mark of a predator. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's National Pollinator Week! Do you know where your pollinators are? Or better yet, do you know how to attract them and protect them? Pollinator Partnership has announced that June 19-25 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department...

Posted on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 5:14 PM

Have You Seen Me? Can You Identify Me?

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Have you seen me? Can you identify me? No, you're a skipper, but which one are you? The colorful brown skipper butterfly that touched down on our Jupiter's Beard in Vacaville, Calif., on May 17 puzzled us.  First skipper we've seen this year in our pollinator garden, but what was...

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5:58 PM

A Face Only a Mother Could Love?

A golden dung fly, Scathophaga stercoraria, perched on lavender, stares at the photographer on Mother's Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So there we were, on Mother's Day, looking at the yet-to-bloom English lavender in our yard. And there it was, something golden staring back at us. It was showing a face that "only a mother could love"--or an entomologist or an insect enthusiast. Scathophaga stercoraria, the golden dung fly. A...

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 8:08 PM

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