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What's Happening with Our Western Monarchs?

"A count of the Western monarch butterfly population last winter saw a staggering drop in numbers, but there are hopeful signs the beautiful...

A monarch nectaring on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in October, 2021 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch nectaring on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in October, 2021 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch nectaring on tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, in October, 2021 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar feasting on tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. in the summer of 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch caterpillar feasting on tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. in the summer of 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar feasting on tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. in the summer of 2020. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 2:12 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

Good News on the Monarch Butterfly Front

She came, she saw, she oviposited, she nectared and she left.  That's the extent of our sole monarch sighting in our Vacaville pollinator...

Monarch laying an egg in Vacaville on Oct. 9. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch laying an egg in Vacaville on Oct. 9. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch laying an egg in Vacaville on Oct. 9. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 4:12 PM
Tags: Art Shapiro (249), milkweed (45), monarchs (51), UC Davis (265)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources

Milkweed's New Buddy: It's Not a Monarch

Our showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) is putting on a show. The towering plant--a good eight feet--anchors the garden as...

A praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, hanging out on a milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. after molting. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, hanging out on a milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. after molting. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A praying mantis, Stagmomantis limbata, hanging out on a milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. after molting. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The exoskeleton that the praying mantis just shed is lying on a milkweed leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The exoskeleton that the praying mantis just shed is lying on a milkweed leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The exoskeleton that the praying mantis just shed is lying on a milkweed leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 7:22 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Rosemary Mosco: Butterflies Are Pretty, But They Can Be 'Pretty Gross'

A 19th century nursery rhyme insists that little girls are made of "sugar and spice and everything nice." They're not, of course. And neither are...

A Monarch butterfly is pretty, but what it does can be
A Monarch butterfly is pretty, but what it does can be "pretty gross," says author Rosemary Mosco. This image shows a monarch in Vacaville, Calif., nectaring on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch butterfly is pretty, but what it does can be "pretty gross," says author Rosemary Mosco. This image shows a monarch in Vacaville, Calif., nectaring on Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In her book, author Rosemary Mosco includes a Giant Swallowtail, found in eastern and southwestern North America. This one is a Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus. This image was taken in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
In her book, author Rosemary Mosco includes a Giant Swallowtail, found in eastern and southwestern North America. This one is a Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus. This image was taken in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In her book, author Rosemary Mosco includes a Giant Swallowtail, found in eastern and southwestern North America. This one is a Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus. This image was taken in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 12:02 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Food, Innovation, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

High Honor for Cornell Professor Anurag Agrawal, UC Davis Alumnus

Congratulations to UC Davis doctoral alumnus Anurag Agrawal of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.,  a newly elected member of...

Cornell University Professor Anurag Agrawal collecting data in Ithaca. He is a newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. (Courtesy Photo)
Cornell University Professor Anurag Agrawal collecting data in Ithaca. He is a newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. (Courtesy Photo)

Cornell University Professor Anurag Agrawal collecting data in Ithaca. He is a newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. (Courtesy Photo)

A monarch, Danaus plexippus, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in Vacaville, Calif. The declining population of monarchs is troubling. Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, says monarchs are on life support. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch, Danaus plexippus, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in Vacaville, Calif. The declining population of monarchs is troubling. Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, says monarchs are on life support. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch, Danaus plexippus, foraging on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifola, in Vacaville, Calif. The declining population of monarchs is troubling. Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, says monarchs are on life support. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar chewing on a stem of narrowleaf milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch caterpillar chewing on a stem of narrowleaf milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar chewing on a stem of narrowleaf milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, in a Vacaville pollinator garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 4:27 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Economic Development, Environment, Innovation, Natural Resources

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