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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

A Passion for Passion Flowers

Honey bees foraging on a passion flower blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees are passionate about passion flowers (Passiflora). The intricate tropical flower is their private merry-go-round, their favorite hide 'n seek place, their gathering spot. If you've been around passion flower vines, you know they attract...

Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 9:48 PM

That's One Beautiful Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary butterfly on lantana. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

First the lantana, and then the passion flower vine. The Gulf Fritillary butterflies (Agraulis vanillae) flutter daily around our backyard. They stop for a little nectar from lantana (family Verbenaceae), and then head over to the passion flower vines...

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM

The Wearing of the Orange

Gulf Fritillary butterfly touches down on the leaves of an Amaryllis, aka naked lady. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was a perfect St. Patrick's Day--not just for the wearing of the green, but for the wearing of the orange. The Gulf Fritillary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) arrived in our yard Sunday afternoon, March 16 and deposited an egg, just like E. Bunny will...

Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Close Call

Gulf Fritillary butterfly showing signs of a predatory miss. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Whew! That was close! When you see a butterfly with a gaping hole in its wingspan, you wonder what predator tried to grab it. A praying mantis? A bird? A crab spider or jumping spider? A playful cat or dog?  Whatever tried to grab it, it...

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM

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