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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

Moths! Moths! Moths! Can You Identify Your Moths?

This moth is the Tobacco Budworm (as identified by Lepitopteran Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology) It's  shown here on a blanket flower, Gaillardia. Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you have this significant garden pest--a caterpillar eating your cabbage, lettuce, tomato, squash, geraniums and petunias--and more. And then one morning you see a moth on your blanket flower (Gaillardia). Hmm... What is it? The moth (below) is...

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 2:08 PM

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