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California Wild Fires Raging...but Life Cycles Go On...

A Gulf Fritillary egg on the tendrils of the passionflower vine (Passiflora). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

As those horrendous wild fires continue to rage throughout California, as Cal Fire helicopters roar over, as residents scramble from their homes,  as smoke thickens the air, and as ashes flutter down like feathers, it's difficult to think about...

Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Insect Wedding Photography: When Three's a Crowd

Insect wedding photography on the passion flower vine: male and female Gulf Fritillaries, Agraulis vanillae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So there they were, the bride and groom, culminating their vows. We spotted them in Vacaville, Calif., clinging to a passion flower vine (Passiflora), their host plant--just the two of them, the female Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) and the...

Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 4:44 PM

Pardon Me, Is This My Best Side?

The setting sun backlights the European praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, perched on a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

She's easy to find. A European praying mantis, Mantis religiosa,  hangs out in our passionflower vine, Passiflora, the host plant of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly. Mantis religiosa is an introduced species, that is, non-native. We introduce...

Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:16 PM

Pollen Power

Gold dust? No, this is pollen covering the thorax of this female Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, nectaring on the passionflower vine (Passiflora). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The conversation usually starts like this: "I saw this huge, huge bumble bee with yellow on its back. It was buzzing like crazy." Often it's not a bumble bee, but the Valley carpenter bee,  Xylocopa varipuncta, that's been foraging on the blooms...

Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 5:02 PM

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

A honey bee heads for a passionflower vine (Passiflora).  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extra, extra, read all about it! This "extra" has nothing to do with a special edition of a newspaper. This "extra" deals with something that may puzzle you. This "extra" refers to the passionflower vine (Passiflora), the host plant of the Gulf...

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 3:48 PM
Tags: ants (1), EFN (1), extra-floral nectaries (1), glands (1), honey bee (1), Passiflora (29), passionflower vine (17)

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