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Real Reason for Flowers? It's All About Sex

Entomologist Stephen Buchmann talks about the nests of carpenter bees at The Bee Course, an annual summer workshop in Arizona sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History.  (Photo courtesy of Robbin Thorp)

You could say that noted entomologist/author Stephen Buchmann has a thing for buds, bees, beetles and butterflies...buds that burst into flowers, and bugs that burst into pollinators. The UC Davis-trained entomologist, author of the newly published...

Entomologist Stephen Buchmann talks about the nests of carpenter bees at The Bee Course, an annual summer workshop in Arizona sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History.  (Photo courtesy of Robbin Thorp)
Entomologist Stephen Buchmann talks about the nests of carpenter bees at The Bee Course, an annual summer workshop in Arizona sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History. (Photo courtesy of Robbin Thorp)

Entomologist Stephen Buchmann talks about the nests of carpenter bees at The Bee Course, an annual summer workshop in Arizona sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History. (Photo courtesy of Robbin Thorp)

Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 5:24 PM

When Material Possessions Tear at the Very Fabric of Our Lives

Monarch butterfly spreading its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When material possessions tear at the very fabric of our lives, it's time to re-weave and re-think. “Gimme more, gimme more, gimme more!” seems to be the mantra of the rich and famous and the faux rich and famous. From my perspective: It's...

Monarch butterfly spreading its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarch butterfly spreading its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch butterfly spreading its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Western tiger swallowtail nectarine on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Western tiger swallowtail nectarine on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Western tiger swallowtail nectarine on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lady beetle, aka ladybug, looks up at an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Lady beetle, aka ladybug, looks up at an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lady beetle, aka ladybug, looks up at an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on pansies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee foraging on pansies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging on pansies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Insect Art in the Garden

The tiny yellow egg of a Gulf Fritillary glows in the early morning sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you look closely, you'll not only see the cycle of life in your garden, but art as the center of life. Take the Gulf Fritillaries. They're a stunning orangish-reddish butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) with silver-spangled underwings. It's a delight...

The tiny yellow egg of a Gulf Fritillary glows in the early morning sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The tiny yellow egg of a Gulf Fritillary glows in the early morning sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The tiny yellow egg of a Gulf Fritillary glows in the early morning sun. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar inches away from a passionflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar inches away from a passionflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar inches away from a passionflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The empty chrysalis of a Gulf Fritillary hangs like a broken chandelier. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The empty chrysalis of a Gulf Fritillary hangs like a broken chandelier. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The empty chrysalis of a Gulf Fritillary hangs like a broken chandelier. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillaries, aka passion butterflies, mating in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gulf Fritillaries, aka passion butterflies, mating in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gulf Fritillaries, aka passion butterflies, mating in the passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 1:34 PM
Tags: adult (1), Art Shapiro (10), butterflies (31), caterpillar (1), chrysalis (1), egg (1), Gulf Fritillaries (1), mating (1), passionflower vine (1), UC Davis (2)

Welcome Back, Monarchs!

A monarch lands on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. It may head to an overwintering site in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It will be a monarch-kind of day.   And why not?   Monarch enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the "Welcome Back Monarchs Day" on Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Natural Bridges State Park, 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.  Some 500 monarchs...

A monarch lands on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. It may head to an overwintering site in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch lands on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. It may head to an overwintering site in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch lands on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. It may head to an overwintering site in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch adjusts its position. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch adjusts its position. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch adjusts its position. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch continues to feed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch continues to feed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch continues to feed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The majestic monarch in all its glory. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The majestic monarch in all its glory. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The majestic monarch in all its glory. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 4:48 PM

'Bee' One in a Million

Matthew Shepherd's front yard at his home in Beaverton, Ore., draws scores of pollinators. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Shepherd)

You can "bee" one in a million. You can "bee" more than you ever thought of "bee-ing." And when you do, you'll be helping the bees, butterflies, beetles and bats. In June, the National Pollinator Garden Network launched the Million Pollinator...

Matthew Shepherd's front yard at his home in Beaverton, Ore., draws scores of pollinators. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Shepherd)
Matthew Shepherd's front yard at his home in Beaverton, Ore., draws scores of pollinators. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Shepherd)

Matthew Shepherd's front yard at his home in Beaverton, Ore., draws scores of pollinators. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Shepherd)

Matthew Shepherd's backyard at his home in Beaverton, Ore. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Shepherd)
Matthew Shepherd's backyard at his home in Beaverton, Ore. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Shepherd)

Matthew Shepherd's backyard at his home in Beaverton, Ore. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Shepherd)

Red-shouldered ctenucha moth (Ctenucha rubroscapus) on English lavender. (Photo by Matthew Shepherd)
Red-shouldered ctenucha moth (Ctenucha rubroscapus) on English lavender. (Photo by Matthew Shepherd)

Red-shouldered ctenucha moth (Ctenucha rubroscapus) on English lavender. (Photo by Matthew Shepherd)

Woodland skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides) on English lavender. (Photo by Matthew Shepherd)
Woodland skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides) on English lavender. (Photo by Matthew Shepherd)

Woodland skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides) on English lavender. (Photo by Matthew Shepherd)

A sweat bee (Halictus sp.) in California poppy. (Photo by Matthew Shepherd)
A sweat bee (Halictus sp.) in California poppy. (Photo by Matthew Shepherd)

A sweat bee (Halictus sp.) in California poppy. (Photo by Matthew Shepherd)

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