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Thank You, Mrs. Monarch!

A monarch caterpillar chowing down milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Thank you, Mrs. Monarch. Thank you for laying your eggs on our newly planted narrowleaf milkweed. We planted the narrowleafed milkweed last spring, hoping we could coax you to come. We laid out a floral welcome mat for you with some of...

A monarch caterpillar chowing down milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch caterpillar chowing down milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar chowing down milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The long and short of it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The long and short of it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The long and short of it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An adult monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
An adult monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

An adult monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spreading his wings--a male monarch on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Spreading his wings--a male monarch on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spreading his wings--a male monarch on a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 5:27 PM

The Real Skinny on Migrating Monarchs, Milkweed

A male monarch nectaring Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A recent article in Science magazine, headlined “Plan to Save Monarch Butterflies Backfires,” is getting a lot of attention. And UC Davis butterfly expert Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology, is getting a lot of...

A male monarch nectaring Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male monarch nectaring Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch nectaring Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 5:55 PM

Dead Leaves Hanging from a Tree? No, Monarchs

Monarchs roosting on the leaves of a Eucalyptus tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

At first glance, they looked like dead leaves hanging on an Eucalyptus tree in the Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz. From 75 to 80 feet below, they bore no resemblance to monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus), the most familiar butterfly in...

Monarchs roosting on the leaves of a Eucalyptus tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Monarchs roosting on the leaves of a Eucalyptus tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs roosting on the leaves of a Eucalyptus tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sun rays light up the cluster. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sun rays light up the cluster. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sun rays light up the cluster. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of monarchs in flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of monarchs in flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of monarchs in flight. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Monitoring the Monarchs

A monarch and a honey bee sharing a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Like the migratory animals that he studies, Hugh Dingle, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, is on the move. Dingle, who served as a professor in the UC Davis Department of Entomology from 1982 to 2002,...

A monarch and a honey bee sharing a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch and a honey bee sharing a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch and a honey bee sharing a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Marvels of Migration

A mighty male Monarch on the move. On its way to one of coastal California's overwintering sites, it stops to sip from flight fuel (nectar) from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lately we've been fascinated by the migrating Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) heading to coastal California and central Mexico for their overwintering sites. For years we've marveled at the migrating whales passing Point Reyes as we stood...

A mighty male Monarch on the move. On its way to one of coastal California's overwintering sites, it stops to sip from flight fuel (nectar) from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A mighty male Monarch on the move. On its way to one of coastal California's overwintering sites, it stops to sip from flight fuel (nectar) from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A mighty male Monarch on the move. On its way to one of coastal California's overwintering sites, it stops to sip from flight fuel (nectar) from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5:55 PM

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