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Posts Tagged: Art Shapiro

A 'Lady' in the Rosemary

A West Coast Lady, Vanessa annabella, sips nectar Feb. 11 on rosemary near the Glen Cove Marina, Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There she was--a gorgeous orange-and-black butterfly sipping nectar from a rosemary bush near the Glen Cove Marina, Vallejo. She seemed so out of place and out of season. It was Sunday morning, Feb. 11,  and we were east of the Carquinez Bridge,...

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 4:34 PM

Gardening for Butterflies

Itzel Martinez, 8, of the Sherwood Forest 4-H Club, Vallejo, stands by her butterfly display board at the Solano County 4-H Project Skills Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

She's only eight years old, but already she's interested in butterflies. Itzel Martinez of the Sherwood Forest 4-H Club, Vallejo, entered her display on "How to Create a Butterfly Garden" at the recent Solano County 4-H Project Skills Day, where youths...

The First Bumble Bee of the Year!

A male three-banded bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, on manzanita on Jan. 27 in the UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Allan Jones)

Remember that recently concluded contest to find the first butterfly of the year? Arthur Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis, annually sponsors the "Beer for a Butterfly" contest, offering a pitcher of beer for the...

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 3:43 PM

An Unexpected Find But Right on Time: First Cabbage White Butterfy of the Year

This is the first cabbage white butterfly of the year, found by the contest's sponsor Art Shapiro on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was an unexpected find, but it was right on time. Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, figured it was too rainy and too cold to head over to West Sacramento to look for the first...

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11:29 AM

The Fluttering of Butterflies and Why This 4-H Project Is Important

This butterfly-themed blanket is the work of Erica Lull for the

Bet you've never seen a butterfly like this! The colorful butterfly seemed to flutter from a blanket that Solano County 4-H'er Erica Lull was sewing last Saturday, Jan. 14, at a “Cuddle Me Close” community service project. Erica, 14, a...

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 2:37 PM

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