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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....

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...

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...

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

Like a Ballerina on the Dance Floor of Life

A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus,warms its flight muscles on a crape myrtle tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Like a ballerina on the dance floor of life, a newly eclosed Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, flutters from its host plant, a sycamore tree, to a crape myrtle. The yellow-and-black butterfly spreads its wings, warming its flight muscles. It...

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:15 PM

On a Winning Streak!

Gray hairstreak, Strymon mellinus, nectaring on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. in April. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You're on a winning streak when you spot a gray hairstreak. No, not the streak in Grandpa's hair--the streak on Grandma's flowers. It's the gray hairstreak butterfly, Strymon mellinus, also known as the common hairstreak. Butterfly guru Art Shapiro,...

Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 4:48 AM

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