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Curiosity Didn't Kill the 'Cat

An aggressive caterpillar attacks  another 'cat trying to pupate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Curiosity didn't kill the 'cat. An aggressive 'cat did. We were delighted to find 10 monarch caterpillars (the first of the year!) on our narrowleaf milkweed a couple of...

An aggressive caterpillar attacks  another 'cat trying to pupate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An aggressive caterpillar attacks another 'cat trying to pupate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An aggressive caterpillar attacks another 'cat trying to pupate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The combative monarch caterpillar latches on tight to the 'cat about to pupate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The combative monarch caterpillar latches on tight to the 'cat about to pupate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The combative monarch caterpillar latches on tight to the 'cat about to pupate. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The aggressive caterpillar, after killing its sibling, slides back down to eat more milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The aggressive caterpillar, after killing its sibling, slides back down to eat more milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The aggressive caterpillar, after killing its sibling, slides back down to eat more milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment, Natural Resources, Yard & Garden

Monarch Butterflies: Eight Is Not Nearly Enough

A monarch ecloses on Tuesday, Dec. 27 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Back in March of 1977, ABC launched a TV comedy-drama series titled "Eight Is Enough." It was about a Sacramento, Calif., family with eight children. The journalist/father,...

A monarch ecloses on Tuesday, Dec. 27 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch ecloses on Tuesday, Dec. 27 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch ecloses on Tuesday, Dec. 27 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Three mighty monarchs, with five expected soon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Three mighty monarchs, with five expected soon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Three mighty monarchs, with five expected soon. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs mingling. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarchs mingling. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs mingling. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch feeding in its indoor habitat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch feeding in its indoor habitat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch feeding in its indoor habitat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Well, Hello There, Tiny Monarch Caterpillar!

Newest monarch caterpillar retrieved today (Nov. 29) from tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Talk about not getting the memo. We walked into our little pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif., this afternoon to cut a few tropical milkweed stems to feed the indoor...

Newest monarch caterpillar retrieved today (Nov. 29) from tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Newest monarch caterpillar retrieved today (Nov. 29) from tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Newest monarch caterpillar retrieved today (Nov. 29) from tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The setup: zippered mesh butterfly habitat and a tequila bottle filled with water and milkweed stems. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The setup: zippered mesh butterfly habitat and a tequila bottle filled with water and milkweed stems. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The setup: zippered mesh butterfly habitat and a tequila bottle filled with water and milkweed stems. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Counting Chickens, Counting Chrysalids

This monarch chrysalis, hanging outdoors in a hamper, is apparently not viable. It turned from jade green to back on Nov. 15.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Counting butterflies before they eclose from their chrysalids is sort of like counting chickens before they hatch. We've done both: raised chickens and reared...

This monarch chrysalis, hanging outdoors in a hamper, is apparently not viable. It turned from jade green to back on Nov. 15.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This monarch chrysalis, hanging outdoors in a hamper, is apparently not viable. It turned from jade green to back on Nov. 15. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This monarch chrysalis, hanging outdoors in a hamper, is apparently not viable. It turned from jade green to back on Nov. 15. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An earlier success in monarch rearing.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An earlier success in monarch rearing. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An earlier success in monarch rearing. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly released monarch on a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A newly released monarch on a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A newly released monarch on a milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7:48 PM
Tags: Art Shapiro (211), chrysalids (4), chrysalis (16), eclose (1), monarch butterflies (73), UC Davis (225)

Monarchs on the Move

A Monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Monarchs are on the move. In the late summer and early fall, the Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) head for the California coastline or central Mexico to...

A Monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch soars, spreading its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Monarch soars, spreading its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch soars, spreading its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch showing its brilliant colors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Monarch showing its brilliant colors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch showing its brilliant colors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch, outlined against a blue sky, sips nectar from a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Monarch, outlined against a blue sky, sips nectar from a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Monarch, outlined against a blue sky, sips nectar from a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 8:35 PM
 
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