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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

Sleepy-Time for a Valley Carpenter Bee

It's always a good idea to carry your cell phone or shoulder a camera while you're taking a stroll through a garden. You never know what you will...

A dorsal view of a female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, asleep on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A dorsal view of a female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, asleep on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A dorsal view of a female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, asleep on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, begins to stir on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, begins to stir on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa sonorina, begins to stir on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Okay, about time to wake up! Shortly after this image was taken, the Valley carpenter bee took flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Okay, about time to wake up! Shortly after this image was taken, the Valley carpenter bee took flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Okay, about time to wake up! Shortly after this image was taken, the Valley carpenter bee took flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, June 10, 2022 at 3:00 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

Just a Day in the Life of a Butterfly

It's early morning.  A newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, perches alone in the center of a lavender bed in Vacaville,...

It's early morning, and a newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, perches on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It's early morning, and a newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, perches on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's early morning, and a newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, perches on lavender in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

As the sun warms her wings, the Gulf Fritillary unfolds them gingerly.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
As the sun warms her wings, the Gulf Fritillary unfolds them gingerly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

As the sun warms her wings, the Gulf Fritillary unfolds them gingerly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary spreads her wings and prepares for take-off as honey bees arrive to forage on the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Gulf Fritillary spreads her wings and prepares for take-off as honey bees arrive to forage on the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Gulf Fritillary spreads her wings and prepares for take-off as honey bees arrive to forage on the lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 4:42 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Food, Yard & Garden

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