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Why Our Car Is Chortling 'Merry Chrysalis'

A Gulf Fritillary chrysalis inside the author's car, by the rear window. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Our compact car gathers no reindeer antlers, no Rudoph nose, no Santa hat. Zero, zip, zilch, nada. Our HOUSE exudes “Merry Christmas!”...

A Gulf Fritillary chrysalis inside the author's car, by the rear window. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary chrysalis inside the author's car, by the rear window. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary chrysalis inside the author's car, by the rear window. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is what a normal eclosure looks like: a Gulf Fritillary has just eclosed in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is what a normal eclosure looks like: a Gulf Fritillary has just eclosed in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is what a normal eclosure looks like: a Gulf Fritillary has just eclosed in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary is a reddish-orange butterfly with silver-spangled underwings. This one is on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia)in the summer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Gulf Fritillary is a reddish-orange butterfly with silver-spangled underwings. This one is on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia)in the summer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary is a reddish-orange butterfly with silver-spangled underwings. This one is on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia)in the summer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary spreads its wings in the summer. It's nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary spreads its wings in the summer. It's nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary spreads its wings in the summer. It's nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 3:41 PM

Nobody Said Mother Nature Is Perfect

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly that never eclosed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some people are born good-looking. Some have the gift of gab. And some are lucky enough to be born smarter than the rest of us. Whether we like it or...

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly that never eclosed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary butterfly that never eclosed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary butterfly that never eclosed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary, one of Mother Nature's perfect specimens, covers a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary, one of Mother Nature's perfect specimens, covers a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary, one of Mother Nature's perfect specimens, covers a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 7:20 PM

A Quiet Veterans' Day

A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, ecloses in Vacaville, Calif., on Nov. 11, Veterans' Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's Veterans' Day, and after paying tribute to the military veterans (my ancestors have fought in all of our nation's wars, dating back to the...

A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, ecloses in Vacaville, Calif., on Nov. 11, Veterans' Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, ecloses in Vacaville, Calif., on Nov. 11, Veterans' Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, ecloses in Vacaville, Calif., on Nov. 11, Veterans' Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary caterpillars have nearly skeletonized their host plant, Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Gulf Fritillary caterpillars have nearly skeletonized their host plant, Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary caterpillars have nearly skeletonized their host plant, Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Frillary caterpillar                   crawls along on a passionflower vine stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Frillary caterpillar crawls along on a passionflower vine stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Frillary caterpillar crawls along on a passionflower vine stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 4:03 PM

Yes, They're Still There

Gulf Fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae) are keeping busy on a Vacaville (Calif.) passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yes, they're still there. More today than yesterday. That's how it goes in the Magical World of Butterflies. The Gulf Fritillaries (Agraulis...

Gulf Fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae) are keeping busy on a Vacaville (Calif.) passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae) are keeping busy on a Vacaville (Calif.) passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae) are keeping busy on a Vacaville (Calif.) passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Not one, not two, but three Gulf Fritillaries. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Not one, not two, but three Gulf Fritillaries. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Not one, not two, but three Gulf Fritillaries. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A twosome on a passionflower vine. The Bohart Museum of Entomology gets calls from people who say they've found a
A twosome on a passionflower vine. The Bohart Museum of Entomology gets calls from people who say they've found a "two-headed butterfly." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A twosome on a passionflower vine. The Bohart Museum of Entomology gets calls from people who say they've found a "two-headed butterfly." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The orangish-reddish Gulf Fritillaries are spectacular butterflies, with silver-spangled underwings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The orangish-reddish Gulf Fritillaries are spectacular butterflies, with silver-spangled underwings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The orangish-reddish Gulf Fritillaries are spectacular butterflies, with silver-spangled underwings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two Gulf Fritillaries unite, and soon, more eggs, more caterpillars, more chrysalids and mroe adults. (Photo by Kathy Keatley)
Two Gulf Fritillaries unite, and soon, more eggs, more caterpillars, more chrysalids and mroe adults. (Photo by Kathy Keatley)

Two Gulf Fritillaries unite, and soon, more eggs, more caterpillars, more chrysalids and mroe adults. (Photo by Kathy Keatley)

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 5:13 PM

Why Love Is Like a Butterfly

Two Gulf Fritillaries meet on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Love is like a butterfly A rare and gentle thing --Love Is Like a Butterfly, Dolly Parton When Dolly Parton penned her song, "Love Is Like a...

Two Gulf Fritillaries meet on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two Gulf Fritillaries meet on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two Gulf Fritillaries meet on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillaries become one, or as the Bohart Museum of Entomology scientists hear often,
The Gulf Fritillaries become one, or as the Bohart Museum of Entomology scientists hear often, "this is a two-headed butterfly." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillaries become one, or as the Bohart Museum of Entomology scientists hear often, "this is a two-headed butterfly." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillaries on a Tithonia--ignorning the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillaries on a Tithonia--ignorning the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillaries on a Tithonia--ignorning the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In insect wedding photography, the angles are important. Gulf Fritillaries on a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
In insect wedding photography, the angles are important. Gulf Fritillaries on a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In insect wedding photography, the angles are important. Gulf Fritillaries on a Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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