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Pollinator Gardens Make Us Happy: Get Ready for National Pollinator Week!

This is an overview of part of Kate Frey's pollinator garden at Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Are you ready for National Pollinator Week, June 18-June 24? A spectacular pollinator garden that's a "must-see" is Kate Frey's pollinator garden at Sonoma Cornerstone. Kate Frey, a world-class pollinator garden designer, pollinator advocate and author...

Those Glorious Pipevine Swallowtails

Two pipevine swallowtails on the Korean lilac, Syringa patula, in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Today was a glorious day in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden in the UC Davis Arboretum. Absolutely glorious. The scent of the Korean lilac, Syringa patula, drew several pipevine swallowtails (Battus philenor), their iridescent blue hind wings gleaming in...

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Never Say 'Pipe Down' to a Pipevine Swallowtail

A pipevine swallowtail, Battus philenor, flashes its colors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Never say "pipe down" to a pipevine swallowtail. It's a butterfly we treasure. You may have seen it nectaring on your butterfly bush. It's black with blue iridescent upper wings and orange arrowhead-like spots on its inner wings.   Butterfly...

Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 7:46 PM

From a Caterpillar to a Butterfly; Don't Eat 'em--Here's Why

The Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar is black with red spines. This one was displayed at the UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors to the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) display in front of Briggs Hall at the 101st annual Picnic Day last Saturday at the University of California, Davis, got a close look at the Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar. While...

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 6:17 PM

'Battus philenor! Battus philenor!'

Pipevine Swallowtail, Battis philenor, nectaring on radish on Gates Canyon Road, Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

“Battus philenor! Battus philenor!”   Butterfly expert Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, excitedly points to a Pipevine Swallowtail nectaring on roadside  radish.  “Battus philenor!...

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:05 PM

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