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That Elusive Cabbage White Butterfly

A cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, nectaring on catmint last summer in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you've been looking for that cabbage white butterfly in the three-area county of Sacramento, Yolo and Solano to win UC Davis Professor Art Shapiro's "Beer for a Butterfly" contest, there's still hope. Shapiro hasn't found it, either. Butterflies aren't flying due to the elements: the ...

Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 4:24 PM

Photobombing a Honey Bee

A cabbage white butterfly photobombs a honey bee on a bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis). This image was taken in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ready? Set? Go? The search party is almost ready to start. If you're lucky, you'll net the prize before Art Shapiro does. Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, has announced his annual “Butterfly for a Beer" contest: the...

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 6:00 AM

A Butterfly for a Beer! Or Suds for a Bug!

A cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, nectaring on catmint in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A butterfly for a beer? Suds for a bug? The annual “Butterfly for a Beer” contest, sponsored by Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, gets underway on Monday, Jan. 1. The person who collects the first cabbage white...

Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:30 AM

A 'Firecracker of a Surprise' in Davis: Who Knew?

These are the caterpillars (larvae) of the Buckeye butterfly, Junonia coenia, that Ria de Grassi noticed on her firecracker plant. (Photo by Ria de Grassi)

When plant and insect enthusiast Ria de Grassi discovered caterpillars on her firecracker plant, Russelia equisetiformis, last July 10 in her yard in Davis, Calif., she asked noted butterfly authority Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, to identify them. He not...

Of Butterfly Patterns and Genetic Codes

A painted lady, Vanessa cardui, on lantana in Vacaville, Calif. Now researchers at the University of Manitoba have identified the genetic code by which butterflies can assign color patterns to different parts of their wings during development. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Who knew? You've probably watched those colorful painted ladies (Vanessa cardui) fluttering about in your yard, but have you read the newly published research about their wing color patterns and genetic codes? In researching the color patterns and the genes responsible for those patterns,...

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM

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