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The Target: A Gulf Fritillary

So here's this Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. It's National Pollinator...

A male long-horned bee, a Melissodes agilis, targets a Gulf Fritillary on a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male long-horned bee, a Melissodes agilis, targets a Gulf Fritillary on a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male long-horned bee, a Melissodes agilis, targets a Gulf Fritillary on a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Coming in from a different direction, the male territorial longhorned bee targets the Gulf Fritillary occupying
Coming in from a different direction, the male territorial longhorned bee targets the Gulf Fritillary occupying "his" flower, a Mexican sunflower. They're all "his" flowers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Coming in from a different direction, the male territorial longhorned bee targets the Gulf Fritillary occupying "his" flower, a Mexican sunflower. They're all "his" flowers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Another line of attack! The male longhorned bee aims straight for the Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Another line of attack! The male longhorned bee aims straight for the Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Another line of attack! The male longhorned bee aims straight for the Gulf Fritillary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 5:14 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Insect Wedding Photography: No Invitation Needed

One point about insect wedding photography is that you don't need an invitation to attend. You just have to keep your distance and not disturb the...

Insect wedding photography: Two Gulf Fritillaries, Agraulis vanillae, in a Vacaville, Calif. pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Insect wedding photography: Two Gulf Fritillaries, Agraulis vanillae, in a Vacaville, Calif. pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Insect wedding photography: Two Gulf Fritillaries, Agraulis vanillae, in a Vacaville, Calif. pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A caterpillar inches along the altar of the Gulf Fritillaries. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A caterpillar inches along the altar of the Gulf Fritillaries. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A caterpillar inches along the altar of the Gulf Fritillaries. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A prospective suitor is rejected. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A prospective suitor is rejected. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A prospective suitor is rejected. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 2:40 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Who Dunnit?

Interviewer: "Hey, Gulf Fritillary! What happened to you? Something take a chunk out of your wings?" Miss Gulf Frit: "I dunno. I was just fluttering...

A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, manages to fly despite a huge chunk missing from her wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, manages to fly despite a huge chunk missing from her wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, manages to fly despite a huge chunk missing from her wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary turns around.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Gulf Fritillary turns around. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary turns around. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis, a Stagmomantis limbata:
Praying mantis, a Stagmomantis limbata: "You talking to me? You talking to me? It wasn't me, y'hear. It wasn't me." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis, a Stagmomantis limbata: "You talking to me? You talking to me? It wasn't me, y'hear. It wasn't me." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 4:48 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Do You Have 'Cats?

If you have a passionflower vine (Passiflora), you probably have cats. No, not the four-legged ones that meow, chase mice or cavort with...

A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar on a passionflower (Passiflora) leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar on a passionflower (Passiflora) leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar on a passionflower (Passiflora) leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Munch, munch, munch! A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar is chomping away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Munch, munch, munch! A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar is chomping away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Munch, munch, munch! A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar is chomping away. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This image shows a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar, a chrysalis and an adult. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This image shows a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar, a chrysalis and an adult. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This image shows a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar, a chrysalis and an adult. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dorsal view of a newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dorsal view of a newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dorsal view of a newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 6:04 PM
Tags: Agraulis vanillae (80), birds (17), caterpillars (14), cats (4), Gulf Fritillary (61), praying mantids (10), predators (11), prey (30), wasps (9)
Focus Area Tags: Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Caught in the Act of Laying an Egg on Tendrils

You know the drill, lay 'em on the tendrils. But Gulf Fritillary butterflies, Agraulis vanillae, don't always lay their eggs on the...

A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, depositing an egg on the tendrils of her host plant, Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, depositing an egg on the tendrils of her host plant, Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, depositing an egg on the tendrils of her host plant, Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A little maneuvering here, a little maneuvering there, and it's done--a Gulf Fritillary egg on the tendrils of a Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A little maneuvering here, a little maneuvering there, and it's done--a Gulf Fritillary egg on the tendrils of a Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A little maneuvering here, a little maneuvering there, and it's done--a Gulf Fritillary egg on the tendrils of a Passiflora. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary spreads her wings and is gone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Gulf Fritillary spreads her wings and is gone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary spreads her wings and is gone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 4:47 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

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