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It Is Not a Good Time to Be a Butterfly

A female monarch that eclosed on Jan. 5 perches on a finger, next to a garden flag depicting a male monarch and a worker honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It is not a good time to be a butterfly. Especially if you're a monarch butterfly that eclosed on Jan. 5 in cold and rainy Vacaville, Calif. while all--or most--of your counterparts are overwintering along coastal California or in central Mexico....

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 5:54 PM

A Look Back at 2016: Monarch Butterflies Reigned

This tagged butterfly, part of WSU entomologist David James' migratory research project, flew from Ashland, Ore. on Aug. 28 to Vacaville, Calif. on Sept. 5, or a distance of 285 miles in seven days, or about 40.7 miles a day.  It was reared and tagged by Steve Johnson of Ashland and was on its way to an overwintering site along coastal California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What a marvelous year! Looking back at 2016, monarch butterflies reigned supreme--or at least they did in this Bug Squad blog! Finding--and photographing--a  tagged monarch butterfly (monarch@wsu.edu A6083) in our pollinator garden in...

Posted on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 4:49 PM

Our Story Begins with Eight Monarch Caterpillars in the Dead of Winter

Rita LeRoy of Vallejo holds a Vacaville monarch before releasing it at Lighthouse Field State Park. (Photo by Walter Rockholt)

This is a story about how eight monarch butterflies escaped the freezing temperatures of Vacaville, Calif., and hitchhiked to sunny Santa Cruz, thanks to Good Samaritans (Good Monarcharians?) Rita LeRoy and Walter Rockholt of Vallejo. It all...

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 1:25 PM

Monarch Butterflies: Eight Is Not Nearly Enough

A monarch ecloses on Tuesday, Dec. 27 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Back in March of 1977, ABC launched a TV comedy-drama series titled "Eight Is Enough." It was about a Sacramento, Calif., family with eight children. The journalist/father, Tom Bradford, wrote a column for the fictitious Sacramento...

Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 4:35 PM

It's Chrysalis Time in the City

It's chrysalis time in the city. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Our unseasonably warm temperatures in November yielded 12 unexpected surprises:  12 monarch caterpillars munching away on the tropical milkweed in our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. Didn't they get the memo? So we brought them...

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 6:25 PM

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