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Eye on the Tiger

A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilo rutulus, lands on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So here, you are, a Western Tiger Swallowtail sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower. You are a Papilo rutulus. And your menu...

A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilo rutulus, lands on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilo rutulus, lands on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western tiger swallowtail, Papilo rutulus, lands on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A dark shadow heads toward the Western Tiger Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A dark shadow heads toward the Western Tiger Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A dark shadow heads toward the Western Tiger Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male territorial long-horned bee, buzzes the Western Tiger Swallowtail, like a jet fighter plane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The male territorial long-horned bee, buzzes the Western Tiger Swallowtail, like a jet fighter plane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The male territorial long-horned bee, buzzes the Western Tiger Swallowtail, like a jet fighter plane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Right wing? Left wing? Up the middle. The male territorial longhorned bee tries to dislodge the Western Tiger Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Right wing? Left wing? Up the middle. The male territorial longhorned bee tries to dislodge the Western Tiger Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Right wing? Left wing? Up the middle. The male territorial longhorned bee tries to dislodge the Western Tiger Swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

I'm coming for you! The male territorial bee roars up over the Mexican sunflower as the Western Tiger Swallowtail scrambles for safety. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
I'm coming for you! The male territorial bee roars up over the Mexican sunflower as the Western Tiger Swallowtail scrambles for safety. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

I'm coming for you! The male territorial bee roars up over the Mexican sunflower as the Western Tiger Swallowtail scrambles for safety. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Tracking a Tiger During the COVID-19 Crisis

Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, spreads its wings on a butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Have are you faring during the COVID-19 crisis? If you have a pollinator garden--or access to you--and a camera, you can step out of The Great...

Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, spreads its wings on a butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, spreads its wings on a butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, spreads its wings on a butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, nectars on a butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, nectars on a butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, nectars on a butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, at the very top of a butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, at the very top of a butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, at the very top of a butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 4:07 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

A Tiger in Your Garden

A screen shot of the Tree of Life-UC Davis YouTube program with host Joel Ledford (left) of the UC Davis Department of Plant Biology and Jason Bond of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.

The "Tiger King" has nothing on the Western Tiger Swallowtail. The colorful yellow and black butterfly, Papilio rutulus, reigns supreme. We saw this...

A screen shot of the Tree of Life-UC Davis YouTube program with host Joel Ledford (left) of the UC Davis Department of Plant Biology and Jason Bond of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
A screen shot of the Tree of Life-UC Davis YouTube program with host Joel Ledford (left) of the UC Davis Department of Plant Biology and Jason Bond of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.

The Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, foraging in the Ruth Storer Garden in the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The majestic Western Tiger Swallowtail spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The majestic Western Tiger Swallowtail spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The majestic Western Tiger Swallowtail spreads its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Another view of the majestic Western Tiger Swallowtail in the Ruth Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Another view of the majestic Western Tiger Swallowtail in the Ruth Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Another view of the majestic Western Tiger Swallowtail in the Ruth Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 5:23 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Marilyn's Miracles: Anise Swallowtail Butterflies

Pupal cases: a stark reminder that two anise swallowtail butterflies eclosed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you've ever reared a butterfly--from an egg to a caterpillar to a chrysalis to an adult--you know what it feels like. Like a miracle, to see life...

Pupal cases: a stark reminder that two anise swallowtail butterflies eclosed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pupal cases: a stark reminder that two anise swallowtail butterflies eclosed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pupal cases: a stark reminder that two anise swallowtail butterflies eclosed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly eclosed anise swallowtail,Papilio zelicaon, reared by Marilyn Sexton of Fairfield. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A newly eclosed anise swallowtail,Papilio zelicaon, reared by Marilyn Sexton of Fairfield. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly eclosed anise swallowtail,Papilio zelicaon, reared by Marilyn Sexton of Fairfield. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ready to fly: a newly eclosed anise swallowtail,Papilio zelicaon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ready to fly: a newly eclosed anise swallowtail,Papilio zelicaon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ready to fly: a newly eclosed anise swallowtail,Papilio zelicaon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some flight fuel on Agapanthus and off it goes, an anise swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Some flight fuel on Agapanthus and off it goes, an anise swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some flight fuel on Agapanthus and off it goes, an anise swallowtail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 6:20 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Western Tiger Swallowtails: Not All Are 'Picture Perfect'

A Western tiger swallowtail nectaring on a butterfly bush. Note that it is missing part of its tail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was "hit and miss." The predators hit, and they missed. Oh sure, they took a chunk out of these Western tiger swallowtails, but as they say, "a...

A Western tiger swallowtail nectaring on a butterfly bush. Note that it is missing part of its tail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Western tiger swallowtail nectaring on a butterfly bush. Note that it is missing part of its tail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western tiger swallowtail nectaring on a butterfly bush. Note that it is missing part of its tail. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This Western tiger swallowtail, nectaring on verbena, is missing part of its forewing. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This Western tiger swallowtail, nectaring on verbena, is missing part of its forewing. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This Western tiger swallowtail, nectaring on verbena, is missing part of its forewing. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly eclosed Western tiger swallowtail, structures all intact. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A newly eclosed Western tiger swallowtail, structures all intact. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly eclosed Western tiger swallowtail, structures all intact. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:40 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Yard & Garden

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