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Once Upon a Monarch...

A monarch caterpillar dines on tropical milkweed on Oct. 27, 2017 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We first saw her at 10 a.m. on Oct. 27, 2017. She was eating. That's what monarch caterpillars do best. They eat. A lot. "Where have you been?" I asked. "Where have you been hiding? Your siblings have long gone. Your buddies passed through here in late...

Posted on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 3:39 PM

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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