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The Trouble with Late Bloomers

Newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's rather troubling trying to rear subtropical butterflies, Gulf Fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae), in late autumn.  The string of warm...

Newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Newly emerged Gulf Fritillary butterfly.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A brief bit of sunlight, and the newly emerged Gulf Frit fluttered its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A brief bit of sunlight, and the newly emerged Gulf Frit fluttered its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A brief bit of sunlight, and the newly emerged Gulf Frit fluttered its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Good Things Come in Twos, Too!

A pair of mating Gulf Fritillary butterflies on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There's an old saying that "good things come in threes." Well, they also come in twos. When insect photographers manage to get two insects in the...

A pair of mating Gulf Fritillary butterflies on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A pair of mating Gulf Fritillary butterflies on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A pair of mating Gulf Fritillary butterflies on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two female Valley carpenter bees sharing a passion flower. Note the Gulf Fritillary caterpillar.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two female Valley carpenter bees sharing a passion flower. Note the Gulf Fritillary caterpillar.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two female Valley carpenter bees sharing a passion flower. Note the Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two female sweat bees, Halictus ligatus, on a goldenrod. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two female sweat bees, Halictus ligatus, on a goldenrod. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two female sweat bees, Halictus ligatus, on a goldenrod. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 9:55 PM

NIMBY? Yes, When It Comes to Butterflies!

Melanic phase of a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar, rare in California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

NIMBY isn't always a negative or contentious term. NIMBY--"Not in My Back Yard"--is a term used to target unwanted development projects in a...

Melanic phase of a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar, rare in California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Melanic phase of a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar, rare in California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Melanic phase of a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar, rare in California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

Melanic Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Melanic Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Melanic Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An adult Gulf Fritillary on a passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An adult Gulf Fritillary on a passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An adult Gulf Fritillary on a passion flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 9:40 PM

The Terminator

A European paper wasp on the hunt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So here you are, a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar, chowing down on the leaves of a passionflower vine. Your mother laid an egg, you hatched into a...

A European paper wasp on the hunt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp on the hunt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp on the hunt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp attacks a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp attacks a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp attacks a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The European paper wasp tears apart the caterpillar, food for its young. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The European paper wasp tears apart the caterpillar, food for its young. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The European paper wasp tears apart the caterpillar, food for its young. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Being Watched

A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar ready to eat the leaves of a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you're sitting there watching the Gulf Fritillary caterpillars chowing down on the passionflower vines. It's sort of like watching the grass...

A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar ready to eat the leaves of a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar ready to eat the leaves of a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar ready to eat the leaves of a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This Gulf Fritillary caterpillar is really chowing down. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This Gulf Fritillary caterpillar is really chowing down. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This Gulf Fritillary caterpillar is really chowing down. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis watches a ravenous caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis watches a ravenous caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis watches a ravenous caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 9:39 PM

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