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All Flights Lead to the Butterfly Summit

A monarch butterfly laying an egg on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

All flights lead to the Butterfly Summit. Road trips, too. Butterfly guru Arthur Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology,  will speak on "Are Butterflies Heralds of the Insect Apocalypse?" at the third annual Butterfly...

A monarch butterfly laying an egg on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch butterfly laying an egg on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch butterfly laying an egg on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch egg is tiny; compare the size of the egg with the aphid next to it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch egg is tiny; compare the size of the egg with the aphid next to it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch egg is tiny; compare the size of the egg with the aphid next to it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very hungry monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A very hungry monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A very hungry monarch caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The chrysalis, jade green, is a sight to see. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The chrysalis, jade green, is a sight to see. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The chrysalis, jade green, is a sight to see. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hello world! A newly eclosed monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hello world! A newly eclosed monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hello world! A newly eclosed monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch nectaring on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5:04 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Natural Resources

Butterfly Summit: Are Butterflies Heralds of Apocalypse?

A male monarch seeking nectar in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough," wrote the late poet Rabindranath Targoe (1861-1941) of Bengali, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. There may not be "time enough" for some species that are rapidly...

A male monarch seeking nectar in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male monarch seeking nectar in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch seeking nectar in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A scene from last year's Butterfly Summit at Annie's Annuals and Perennials. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A scene from last year's Butterfly Summit at Annie's Annuals and Perennials. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A scene from last year's Butterfly Summit at Annie's Annuals and Perennials. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How Are Butterflies Faring? Art Shapiro Addresses Butterfly Summit

Tora Rocha, founder of the Pollinator Posse, based in Oakland, introduces UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro. Rocha also delivered a presentation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us into trouble, it's the things we do know that just ain't so."--American humorist Artemus Ward (1834-1867). This quote, often falsely attributed to Mark Twain, is a favorite of Art Shapiro,...

Tora Rocha, founder of the Pollinator Posse, based in Oakland, introduces UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro. Rocha also delivered a presentation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Tora Rocha, founder of the Pollinator Posse, based in Oakland, introduces UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro. Rocha also delivered a presentation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tora Rocha, founder of the Pollinator Posse, based in Oakland, introduces UC Davis distinguished professor Art Shapiro. Rocha also delivered a presentation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Following Art Shapiro's talk, attendees line up to speak to him. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Following Art Shapiro's talk, attendees line up to speak to him. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Following Art Shapiro's talk, attendees line up to speak to him. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Stevanne Auerbach of Berkeley, a consultant, author and speaker, talks to Art Shapiro following his Butterfly Summit talk at Annie's Annuals and Perennials. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Stevanne Auerbach of Berkeley, a consultant, author and speaker, talks to Art Shapiro following his Butterfly Summit talk at Annie's Annuals and Perennials. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Stevanne Auerbach of Berkeley, a consultant, author and speaker, talks to Art Shapiro following his Butterfly Summit talk at Annie's Annuals and Perennials. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 1:45 PM

Butterfly Summit Features UC Davis Expert Art Shapiro

A male monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How's the butterfly population faring in north-central California? What do you plant to attract and sustain them? You can find out at the second annual Butterfly Summit, a free event hosted by Annie's Annuals and Perennials in Richmond.  The event...

A male monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist and author Sal Levinson speaks at the inaugural Butterfly Summit. Seated next to her is Tora Rocha, founder of the Pollinator Posse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist and author Sal Levinson speaks at the inaugural Butterfly Summit. Seated next to her is Tora Rocha, founder of the Pollinator Posse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist and author Sal Levinson speaks at the inaugural Butterfly Summit. Seated next to her is Tora Rocha, founder of the Pollinator Posse. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was the scene at the first-ever Butterfly Summit at Anne's Annuals and Perennials, Richmond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This was the scene at the first-ever Butterfly Summit at Anne's Annuals and Perennials, Richmond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was the scene at the first-ever Butterfly Summit at Anne's Annuals and Perennials, Richmond. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 2:03 PM

Beehold: Tees for Bees!

A bumble bee, Bombus vandykei, foraging on phacelia in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What a fantastic idea! And what an innovative way to help the bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Oakland parks supervisor Victoria "Tora" Rocha, founder of the Oakland-based Pollinator Posse, was contemplating how to help our struggling...

A bumble bee, Bombus vandykei, foraging on phacelia in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A bumble bee, Bombus vandykei, foraging on phacelia in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bumble bee, Bombus vandykei, foraging on phacelia in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on lupine in Carmel. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on lupine in Carmel. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, foraging on lupine in Carmel. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on a California golden poppy, the state flower, in Healdsburg, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee foraging on a California golden poppy, the state flower, in Healdsburg, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee foraging on a California golden poppy, the state flower, in Healdsburg, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 3:19 PM

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