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Oh, That Elusive Cabbage White Butterfly

No butterfly. No beer.  Blame the rain. Blame the cold. As of today, Jan. 26, no one has won Art Shapiro's "Beer-for-a-Butterfly...

A cabbage white butterfly stops for a little catmint nectar (flight fuel) on a warm summer day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A cabbage white butterfly stops for a little catmint nectar (flight fuel) on a warm summer day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A cabbage white butterfly stops for a little catmint nectar (flight fuel) on a warm summer day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 3:53 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

No Cabbage White Butterfly, No Bumble Bee

No cabbage white butterfly, no bumble bee.  As of 4 p.m. today (Jan. 6), the two UC Davis "bug contests" underway--one, to collect the first...

A cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, in flight, heading toward lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, in flight, heading toward lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, in flight, heading toward lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on Italian Italian bugloss, Anchusa azurea. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on Italian Italian bugloss, Anchusa azurea. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on Italian Italian bugloss, Anchusa azurea. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, heading for a jade blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, heading for a jade blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A black-tailed bumble bee, Bombus melanopygus, heading for a jade blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, January 6, 2023 at 3:56 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Year 2023: What Does the Year Hold for Monarchs and Tropical Milkweed?

Do monarch butterflies know what they want/need? Apparently so, from personal observation. Over the years, we've grown multiple species of milkweed...

A monarch caterpillar feeding on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch caterpillar feeding on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar feeding on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch nectaring on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch nectaring on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch nectaring on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees and other pollinators frequent tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees and other pollinators frequent tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees and other pollinators frequent tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 3:28 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

To Catch a Cabbage White...On a Wing and a Prayer

To catch a cabbage white butterfly... It was early October and a gravid praying mantis, almost ready to deposit her ootheca, was hungry. She...

Praying mantis:
Praying mantis: "I'm hungry! What's to eat?" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis: "I'm hungry! What's to eat?" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis:
Praying mantis: "I shall stretch and offer up a prayer that dinner will arrive." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis: "I shall stretch and offer up a prayer that dinner will arrive." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis:
Praying mantis: "My prayers are answered. Is that what I think it is? Dinner?" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis: "My prayers are answered. Is that what I think it is? Dinner?" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis:
Praying mantis: "I shall eat everything but the wings." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis: "I shall eat everything but the wings." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis:
Praying mantis: "I'm not finished yet." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis: "I'm not finished yet." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis:
Praying mantis: "My future offspring will appreciate the protein." This mantis is a Stagomantis limbata, as identified by Lohit Garikipati, a UC Davis alumnus studying for his master's degree at Towson University, Towson, Md. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis: "My future offspring will appreciate the protein." This mantis is a Stagomantis limbata, as identified by Lohit Garikipati, a UC Davis alumnus studying for his master's degree at Towson University, Towson, Md. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at 3:59 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Pest Management

Beer-for-Butterfly Contest Set; Why It's of Special Interest This Year

UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro's annual Beer-for-a-Butterfly Contest, in which he trades a pitcher of beer (or its equivalent) for the...

A cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, nectaring on catmint (Nepeta) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, nectaring on catmint (Nepeta) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae, nectaring on catmint (Nepeta) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Matt Forister, the Trevor J. McMinn Endowed Professor in Biology, Foundation Professor, at the University of Nevada (and a former graduate student of Aat Shapiro's) created this graph showing the first flights of Pieris rapae.
Matt Forister, the Trevor J. McMinn Endowed Professor in Biology, Foundation Professor, at the University of Nevada (and a former graduate student of Aat Shapiro's) created this graph showing the first flights of Pieris rapae.

Matt Forister, the Trevor J. McMinn Endowed Professor in Biology, Foundation Professor, at the University of Nevada (and a former graduate student of Aat Shapiro's) created this graph showing the first flights of Pieris rapae.

Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at 4:46 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

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