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Posts Tagged: Art Shapiro

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,...

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

The Unseen World of Gulf Fritillaries

Gulf Fritillaries mating in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Let's celebrate the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae). If you have a passionflower vine (Passiflora) in your yard, you've probably seen these spectacular orangish-reddish butterflies with silver-spangled underwings fluttering around--the males...

Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Seeing Yellow: Why? Outbreak of Alfalfa Butterflies

Alfalfa butterfly trapped in a spider web and doused by a sprinkler. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you've been driving near alfalfa fields in Yolo County and other Central California counties lately, you've probably noticed them. Splat! Splat! Splat! What was that? A squadron of flying insects? No, more like multiple squadrons of flying...

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Gotta Love Those 'Cats

Mirror image--Two Gulf Fritillary caterpillars crawl along a Passiflora stem, looking for food. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You gotta love those 'cats. Gulf Fritillary caterpillars (Agraulis vanillae) are always hungry. They're as hungry as teenagers returning home from a marathon swimming meet or from a double-overtime basketball game. As soon as they step in the front...

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 5:06 PM

Sex. Passion. And a Butterfly and Passiflora

Gulf Fritillary butterflies (Agraulis vanillae) mating. In the background  (at left) is a Gulf Frit caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sex. Passion. Passionflower vine.  And by--what else--the "passion butterflies," Gulf Fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae). We came across the scenario below by accident. We were watching a Western scrub jay (now known as a California scrub jay,...

Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 4:53 PM

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