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A Mid-Life Chrysalis

Moment of freedom--a female monarch is released. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A mid-life chrysalis? Well, maybe not mid-life, but definitely out of season. A female monarch butterfly eclosed today in our little indoor...

Moment of freedom--a female monarch is released. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Moment of freedom--a female monarch is released. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Moment of freedom--a female monarch is released. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was the scene inside the butterfly habitat before her release. Note the chrysalis next to her. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This was the scene inside the butterfly habitat before her release. Note the chrysalis next to her. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was the scene inside the butterfly habitat before her release. Note the chrysalis next to her. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In the late afternoon, this monarch found a place to roost for the night--on an African blue basil. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
In the late afternoon, this monarch found a place to roost for the night--on an African blue basil. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In the late afternoon, this monarch found a place to roost for the night--on an African blue basil. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 4:31 PM

From an Egg to a Caterpillar to a Chrysalis to a Monarch

A monarch laying an egg on her host plant, milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Have you ever seen a monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) lay an egg on her host plant, the milkweed? Have you ever seen a close-up of the egg? The...

A monarch laying an egg on her host plant, milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch laying an egg on her host plant, milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch laying an egg on her host plant, milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a cream-colored monarch egg. Note the oleander or milkweed aphid next to it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a cream-colored monarch egg. Note the oleander or milkweed aphid next to it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a cream-colored monarch egg. Note the oleander or milkweed aphid next to it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very tiny caterpillar but it's big enough to start eating holes in the leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A very tiny caterpillar but it's big enough to start eating holes in the leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very tiny caterpillar but it's big enough to start eating holes in the leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A fifth-instar monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A fifth-instar monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A fifth-instar monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jade green chrysalid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The jade green chrysalid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jade green chrysalid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Voila! A monarch butterfly has just eclosed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Voila! A monarch butterfly has just eclosed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Voila! A monarch butterfly has just eclosed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 8:47 PM
Tags: adult (6), caterpillar (15), eclosure (4), egg (9), larva (4), monarch butterfly (22), Sal Levinson (3), USDA Forest Service (3)

Does Sneezeweed Make You Sneeze?

A female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, forages on sneezeweed, genus Helenium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Does sneezeweed make you sneeze? Over at the UC Davis Arboretum GATEway Garden. off First Street in downtown Davis, sneezeweed is blooming and...

A female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, forages on sneezeweed, genus Helenium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, forages on sneezeweed, genus Helenium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, forages on sneezeweed, genus Helenium. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, on sneezeweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, on sneezeweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a female long-horned bee, Svastra obliqua expurgata, on sneezeweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5:51 PM
 
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