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Robert Michael Pyle, Butterflies and The Dark Divide

Lepidopterist Robert

Butterfly expert Robert "Bob" Michael Pyle, founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, is not only a national...

Lepidopterist Robert
Lepidopterist Robert "Bob" Michael Pyle searches through the drawers of butterfly specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lepidopterist Robert "Bob" Michael Pyle searches through the drawers of butterfly specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robert Michael Pyle searches pulls out drawers of butterfly specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Robert Michael Pyle searches pulls out drawers of butterfly specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robert Michael Pyle searches pulls out drawers of butterfly specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Bohart Museum of Entomology houses nearly eight million insect specimens. Here lepidopterist Robert Michael Pyle holds one drawer and looks for others. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Bohart Museum of Entomology houses nearly eight million insect specimens. Here lepidopterist Robert Michael Pyle holds one drawer and looks for others. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Bohart Museum of Entomology houses nearly eight million insect specimens. Here lepidopterist Robert Michael Pyle holds one drawer and looks for others. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Jeff Smith (left) who curates the Bohart Museum's Lepidoptera collection, shows Robert Michael Pyle the pens he crafted from wood, available in the Bohart gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Jeff Smith (left) who curates the Bohart Museum's Lepidoptera collection, shows Robert Michael Pyle the pens he crafted from wood, available in the Bohart gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Jeff Smith (left) who curates the Bohart Museum's Lepidoptera collection, shows Robert Michael Pyle the pens he crafted from wood, available in the Bohart gift shop. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 4:18 PM
Focus Area Tags: Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

A Monarch Named Ruth

The Egg: Greg Kareofelas collected this egg from a narrowleaf milkweed in his Davis yard on Aug. 25. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

When a monarch butterfly fluttered into the Davis garden of naturalist Greg Kareofelas and laid an egg on his narrowleaf milkweed, it marked the...

The Egg: Greg Kareofelas collected this egg from a narrowleaf milkweed in his Davis yard on Aug. 25. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)
The Egg: Greg Kareofelas collected this egg from a narrowleaf milkweed in his Davis yard on Aug. 25. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

The Egg: Greg Kareofelas collected this egg from a narrowleaf milkweed in his Davis yard on Aug. 25. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

The Caterpillar: The egg that Greg Kareofelas collected Aug. 25 became a larva or caterpillar 3.5 days later. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)
The Caterpillar: The egg that Greg Kareofelas collected Aug. 25 became a larva or caterpillar 3.5 days later. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

The Caterpillar: The egg that Greg Kareofelas collected Aug. 25 became a larva or caterpillar 3.5 days later. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

The Chrysalis: The caterpillar formed a chrysalis 12.5 days later. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)
The Chrysalis: The caterpillar formed a chrysalis 12.5 days later. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

The Chrysalis: The caterpillar formed a chrysalis 12.5 days later. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

The Adult: The monarch eclosed  only 8.5 days after forming the chrysalis and is shown here drying its wings. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)
The Adult: The monarch eclosed only 8.5 days after forming the chrysalis and is shown here drying its wings. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

The Adult: The monarch eclosed only 8.5 days after forming the chrysalis and is shown here drying its wings. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

Meet Ruth: The monarch, a female, spreads her wings. Greg named her
Meet Ruth: The monarch, a female, spreads her wings. Greg named her "Ruth," after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of gender equality and women's rights. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

Meet Ruth: The monarch, a female, spreads her wings. Greg named her "Ruth," after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of gender equality and women's rights. (Photo by Greg Kareofelas)

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 4:24 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

California Dogface Butterfly Is Making Quite a Splash

Professor Fran Keller of Folsom Lake College with a bottle of Dogface Cabernet Sauvignon produced by Lone Buffalo Vineyards and Winery, Auburn. Sales of the wine help conservation efforts of Placer Land Trust to protect the butterfly, the California state insect.

The California Dogface Butterfly, the state insect, is making quite a splash, and Placer Land Trust and UC Davis-affiliated scientists are an...

Professor Fran Keller of Folsom Lake College with a bottle of Dogface Cabernet Sauvignon produced by Lone Buffalo Vineyards and Winery, Auburn. Sales of the wine help conservation efforts of Placer Land Trust to protect the butterfly, the California state insect.
Professor Fran Keller of Folsom Lake College with a bottle of Dogface Cabernet Sauvignon produced by Lone Buffalo Vineyards and Winery, Auburn. Sales of the wine help conservation efforts of Placer Land Trust to protect the butterfly, the California state insect.

Professor Fran Keller of Folsom Lake College with a bottle of Dogface Cabernet Sauvignon produced by Lone Buffalo Vineyards and Winery, Auburn. Sales of the wine help conservation efforts of Placer Land Trust to protect the butterfly, the California state insect.

Greg Kareofelas (far left), a Bohart Museum of Entomology associate and a docent for Placer Land Trust's tours of the California dogface butterfly habitat, shows a butterfly to  Rob Steward of the
Greg Kareofelas (far left), a Bohart Museum of Entomology associate and a docent for Placer Land Trust's tours of the California dogface butterfly habitat, shows a butterfly to Rob Steward of the "Rob on the Road" production. (Photo by Fran Keller)

Greg Kareofelas (far left), a Bohart Museum of Entomology associate and a docent for Placer Land Trust's tours of the California dogface butterfly habitat, shows a butterfly to Rob Steward of the "Rob on the Road" production. (Photo by Fran Keller)

Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 4:11 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Gotta Love Those Crab Spiders!

A crab spider nails a lygus bug, a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gotta love those crab spiders! We've seen them ambushing prey, eating prey and looking for more prey. They're members of...

A crab spider nails a lygus bug, a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crab spider nails a lygus bug, a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider nails a lygus bug, a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This green bottle fly met its fate, compliments of a crab spider. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This green bottle fly met its fate, compliments of a crab spider. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This green bottly fly met its fate, compliments of a crab spider. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider tucked inside a zinnia blossom awaits prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crab spider tucked inside a zinnia blossom awaits prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider tucked inside a zinnia blossom awaits prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5:20 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

A 'Very Poor Year' for Monarchs in Pacific Northwest

This migrating monarch flew from a vineyard in Ashland, Ore. to a garden in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. This amounted to  285 miles in seven days or about 40.7 miles per day, according to WSU entomologist David James, who studies migratory monarchs.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's been a "very poor year" for monarch butterflies in the Pacific Northwest. So, folks, if you're in their migratory pathway and anticipate seeing...

This migrating monarch flew from a vineyard in Ashland, Ore. to a garden in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. This amounted to  285 miles in seven days or about 40.7 miles per day, according to WSU entomologist David James, who studies migratory monarchs.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This migrating monarch flew from a vineyard in Ashland, Ore. to a garden in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. This amounted to 285 miles in seven days or about 40.7 miles per day, according to WSU entomologist David James, who studies migratory monarchs.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This migrating monarch flew from a vineyard in Ashland, Ore. to a garden in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. This amounted to 285 miles in seven days or about 40.7 miles per day, according to WSU entomologist David James, who studies migratory monarchs.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A tattered and torn migrating monarch in Vacaville, Calif. This image was taken in 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A tattered and torn migrating monarch in Vacaville, Calif. This image was taken in 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A tattered and torn migrating monarch in Vacaville, Calif. This image was taken in 2016. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly eclosed female monarch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A newly eclosed female monarch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly eclosed female monarch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly eclosed male monarch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A newly eclosed male monarch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly eclosed male monarch. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 14, 2020 at 2:12 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

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