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Parasitoid Palooza! Or What Ate My Caterpillar or Chrysalis

This monarch chrysalis is filled with tachinid fly larvae, about to emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you're trying to rear monarch butterflies. You notice an egg on your milkweed plant, and watch its life cycle from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis.  Aha, you think, soon I'll be able to see an adult monarch eclose from that chrysalis. Not so...

This monarch chrysalis is filled with tachinid fly larvae, about to emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This monarch chrysalis is filled with tachinid fly larvae, about to emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This monarch chrysalis is filled with tachinid fly larvae, about to emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tachinid fly larva emerges from a monarch chrysalis. It will turn brown, harden, and become a pupa--and eventually, an adult  tachinid fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Tachinid fly larva emerges from a monarch chrysalis. It will turn brown, harden, and become a pupa--and eventually, an adult tachinid fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tachinid fly larva emerges from a monarch chrysalis. It will turn brown, harden, and become a pupa--and eventually, an adult tachinid fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM

How to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden

A monarch sips nectar from a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a great topic. Horticulture experts at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden will join forces with the Yolo County Master Gardeners on Sunday, Sept. 24 to present a free workshop on "Pollinator Gardening." The event takes place from 10 a.m. to...

A monarch sips nectar from a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch sips nectar from a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch sips nectar from a tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male territorial long-horned bee targets a red admiral buttefly sipping nectar from a Mexican sunfower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male territorial long-horned bee targets a red admiral buttefly sipping nectar from a Mexican sunfower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male territorial long-horned bee targets a red admiral buttefly sipping nectar from a Mexican sunfower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male long-horned bee buzzes across a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male long-horned bee buzzes across a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male long-horned bee buzzes across a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Bohart Museum Associate Jeff Smith: A Monarch Kind of Day

Entomologist Jeff Smith's 70th birthday cake featured a monarch butterfly motif. A 30-year volunteer at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, he curates the butterfly and moth collection.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterfly and moth collection at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis, had a "Monarch Kind of Day" Wednesday, Aug. 23 at a surprise party heralding his 70th birthday and his 30 years of...

Entomologist Jeff Smith's 70th birthday cake featured a monarch butterfly motif. A 30-year volunteer at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, he curates the butterfly and moth collection.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith's 70th birthday cake featured a monarch butterfly motif. A 30-year volunteer at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, he curates the butterfly and moth collection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith's 70th birthday cake featured a monarch butterfly motif. A 30-year volunteer at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, he curates the butterfly and moth collection. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Smith's favorite butterflies so a monarch motif appeared on his surprise birthday cake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Smith's favorite butterflies so a monarch motif appeared on his surprise birthday cake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch is one of Jeff Smith's favorite butterflies so a monarch motif appeared on his surprise birthday cake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith (center) is surrounded by friends and colleagues at his surprise birthday party. They enjoyed carrot cake, ice cream and sparkling apple juice. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith (center) is surrounded by friends and colleagues at his surprise birthday party. They enjoyed carrot cake, ice cream and sparkling apple juice. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith (center) is surrounded by friends and colleagues at his surprise birthday party. They enjoyed carrot cake, ice cream and sparkling apple juice. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 5:03 PM

Make Mine the Monarch

A longhorn bee, probably a Melissodes agilis, targets a monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The National Geographic just ran a piece titled "Without Bugs, We Might All Be Dead." "There are 1.4 billion insects for each one of us," wrote Simon Worrall in reviewing the book, Bugged: The Insects Who Rule and the World and the People Obsessed with...

A longhorn bee, probably a Melissodes agilis, targets a monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A longhorn bee, probably a Melissodes agilis, targets a monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A longhorn bee, probably a Melissodes agilis, targets a monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Targeted by male territorial bees, a monarch takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Targeted by male territorial bees, a monarch takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Targeted by male territorial bees, a monarch takes flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 6:07 PM

If Happiness Is a Butterfly...Check Out the Solano County Fair Exhibits

Colorful butterflies adorn this quilt made by LaQuita Tummings of Rodeo. She enters the Solano County Fair's quilt division every year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If happiness is seeing a butterfly, then a visit to McCormack Hall during the annual Solano County Fair, Vallejo, Aug. 2-6, will make you absolutely ecstatic. We recently watched McCormack Hall superintendent Gloria Gonzalez of Vallejo, and her crew set...

Colorful butterflies adorn this quilt made by LaQuita Tummings of Rodeo. She enters the Solano County Fair's quilt division every year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Colorful butterflies adorn this quilt made by LaQuita Tummings of Rodeo. She enters the Solano County Fair's quilt division every year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Colorful butterflies adorn this quilt made by LaQuita Tummings of Rodeo. She enters the Solano County Fair's quilt division every year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Front: Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair, and her assistant Ian Mayhew, 12, of American Canyon, display the front of LaQuita Tummings' quilt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Front: Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair, and her assistant Ian Mayhew, 12, of American Canyon, display the front of LaQuita Tummings' quilt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Front: Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair, and her assistant Ian Mayhew, 12, of American Canyon, display the front of LaQuita Tummings' quilt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Back: Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair, and her assistant Ian Mayhew, 12, of American Canyon, display the back of LaQuita Tummings' quilt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Back: Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair, and her assistant Ian Mayhew, 12, of American Canyon, display the back of LaQuita Tummings' quilt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Back: Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair, and her assistant Ian Mayhew, 12, of American Canyon, display the back of LaQuita Tummings' quilt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hand embroidered needlework, intricate work by Laura Ryan, Vallejo, is displayed at McCormack Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hand embroidered needlework, intricate work by Laura Ryan, Vallejo, is displayed at McCormack Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hand embroidered needlework, intricate work by Laura Ryan, Vallejo, is displayed at McCormack Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Linda Douthit of Fairfield created and sewed this blossom-butterfly vest. A veteran 4-H leader, she was active in the Suisun Valley 4-H Club, Solano County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Linda Douthit of Fairfield created and sewed this blossom-butterfly vest. A veteran 4-H leader, she was active in the Suisun Valley 4-H Club, Solano County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Linda Douthit of Fairfield created and sewed this blossom-butterfly vest. A veteran 4-H leader, she was active in the Suisun Valley 4-H Club, Solano County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Turn Linda Douthit's vest over, and you see this: more butterflies and blossoms. She a regular exhibitor in the Solano County Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Turn Linda Douthit's vest over, and you see this: more butterflies and blossoms. She a regular exhibitor in the Solano County Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Turn Linda Douthit's vest over, and you see this: more butterflies and blossoms. She a regular exhibitor in the Solano County Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tina Waycie of Vallejo entered this quilling (paper arts) in the adult division. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Tina Waycie of Vallejo entered this quilling (paper arts) in the adult division. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tina Waycie of Vallejo entered this quilling (paper arts) in the adult division. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 4:41 PM

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