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Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

An alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

For the first butterfly, it was the right place at the right time. An alfalfa or sulfur butterfly (Colias eurytheme) fluttered into our...

An alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gotcha! This unfortunate alfalfa butterfly fluttered into the wrong place at the wrong time. In its larval stage, it is a pest of alfalfa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gotcha! This unfortunate alfalfa butterfly fluttered into the wrong place at the wrong time. In its larval stage, it is a pest of alfalfa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gotcha! This unfortunate alfalfa butterfly fluttered into the wrong place at the wrong time. In its larval stage, it is a pest of alfalfa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 5:32 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Pest Management

A Butterfly Invasion in Yolo, Solano and Sacramento Counties

The sulphur or alfalfa butterfly, (Colias eurytheme) is widespread now in Solano, Yolo and Sacramento counties and is the biggest invasion in 20 or 30 years, says Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you think there's a butterfly invasion in the three-county area of Yolo, Solano and Sacramento, wait until you hear what Art Shapiro,...

The sulphur or alfalfa butterfly, (Colias eurytheme) is widespread now in Solano, Yolo and Sacramento counties and is the biggest invasion in 20 or 30 years, says Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The sulphur or alfalfa butterfly, (Colias eurytheme) is widespread now in Solano, Yolo and Sacramento counties and is the biggest invasion in 20 or 30 years, says Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The sulphur or alfalfa butterfly, (Colias eurytheme) is widespread now in Solano, Yolo and Sacramento counties and is the biggest invasion in 20 or 30 years, says Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

San Francisco-based artist-lepidopterist Liam O'Brien depicts the alfalfa butterfly in a book to be published by Heyday Press in 2014. (Image courtesy of Liam O'Brien)
San Francisco-based artist-lepidopterist Liam O'Brien depicts the alfalfa butterfly in a book to be published by Heyday Press in 2014. (Image courtesy of Liam O'Brien)

San Francisco-based artist-lepidopterist Liam O'Brien depicts the alfalfa butterfly in a book to be published by Heyday Press in 2014. (Image courtesy of Liam O'Brien)

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2020 at 3:03 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Natural Resources, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

The Butterfly and the Bee

An alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, sips nectar from an African blue basil blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a strikingly beautiful insect. But in its larval stage, the alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme--also known as the orange sulphur butterfly--is...

An alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, sips nectar from an African blue basil blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, sips nectar from an African blue basil blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, sips nectar from an African blue basil blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee shadows an alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, on African blue basil. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee shadows an alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, on African blue basil. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee shadows an alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, on African blue basil. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two can get along: the alfalfa butterfly and the honey bee. In its larval stage, this butterfly is a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two can get along: the alfalfa butterfly and the honey bee. In its larval stage, this butterfly is a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two can get along: the alfalfa butterfly and the honey bee. In its larval stage, this butterfly is a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Innovation, Pest Management, Yard & Garden

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!...

Alfalfa butterfly trapped in a spider web and doused by a sprinkler. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Alfalfa butterfly trapped in a spider web and doused by a sprinkler. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Alfalfa butterfly trapped in a spider web and doused by a sprinkler. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Alfalfa butterfly nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Alfalfa butterfly nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Alfalfa butterfly nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 7:38 PM

These Colors Didn't Run

Alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, lands in a swimming pool. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We've seen bumble bees, honey bees, sweat bees, wool carder bees and syrphid flies topple into our  swimming pool, but never an alfalfa...

Alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, lands in a swimming pool. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, lands in a swimming pool. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Alfalfa butterfly, Colias eurytheme, lands in a swimming pool. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fished out of the pool, the alfalfa butterfly rests on the net. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Fished out of the pool, the alfalfa butterfly rests on the net. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fished out of the pool, the alfalfa butterfly rests on the net. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Placed atop a flowering artichoke, the alfalfa butterfly dries its wings. Several minutes later it fluttered away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Placed atop a flowering artichoke, the alfalfa butterfly dries its wings. Several minutes later it fluttered away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Placed atop a flowering artichoke, the alfalfa butterfly dries its wings. Several minutes later it fluttered away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 9:21 PM
 
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