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It's Over

Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis, holds the first cabbage white butterfly of 2015. He collected it Jan. 26 in West Sacramento, Yolo County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Beer-for-a-Butterfly contest is over. And we have a winner! Drum roll...Art Shapiro... Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, who sponsors the annual Beer-for-a-Butterfly Contest to collect scientific data, snagged the first cabbage...

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:54 PM

So Beautful, So Exquisite

Anise swallowtail foraging on lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There's something about seeing a butterfly that makes your eyes light up, your smile widen, and your feet feel like skipping. Nature's joy.   So when I was over at Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville last Tuesday, I rejoiced at seeing a magnificent anise swallowtail, Papilo zelicaon,...

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 9:54 PM

A Very Showy Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) in flight over a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There's a good reason why lepidopterists call the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) "showy." Its bright orange-red wings, spangled iridescent silver on the underside, and a four-inch wingspan all point to "showy."  The Gulf Frit is a tropical and subtropical butterfly with a range that...

Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Soaking Up Sunshine

A fiery skipper and a damselfly sharing the same spot: an artichoke leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In the entomological world, we call that a "two-fer." Two insects in the same photo. Sunday morning we spotted a fiery skipper butterfly (Hylephila phyleus) on an artichoke leaf. It was warming its flight muscles, maybe to flutter over to the lavender for a sip of nectar. Next to it--we almost...

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Welcome Back, Painted Ladies

A female butterfly, a painted lady, nectaring on Spanish lavender on March 8 in the Benicia Community Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The painted ladies are on move. Butterflies. Scores of painted ladies (Vanessa cardui) are now migrating north from their overwintering sites near the U.S. Mexico border.  On Saturday, March 8 we saw two of them nectaring on Spanish lavender in the Avan Garden, a community garden at...

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 10:04 PM

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