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An Unexpected Find But Right on Time: First Cabbage White Butterfy of the Year

This is the first cabbage white butterfly of the year, found by the contest's sponsor Art Shapiro on the UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It was an unexpected find, but it was right on time. Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis, figured it was too rainy and too cold to head over to West Sacramento to look for the first...

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11:29 AM

The Fluttering of Butterflies and Why This 4-H Project Is Important

This butterfly-themed blanket is the work of Erica Lull for the

Bet you've never seen a butterfly like this! The colorful butterfly seemed to flutter from a blanket that Solano County 4-H'er Erica Lull was sewing last Saturday, Jan. 14, at a “Cuddle Me Close” community service project. Erica, 14, a...

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 2:37 PM

We Have No Rapae!

A cabbage white butterfly nectaring on catmint August. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"We have no rapae!" No rapae today! That's the latest report from Art Shapiro, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at the University of California, Davis. He's sponsoring his annual Butterfly-for-a-Beer Contest and it's Day 13,...

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 6:19 PM

A Beer for a Butterfly or 'Suds for a Bug'

This is a cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's almost that time again—time for the annual “Beer for a Butterfly” contest or “Suds for a Bug.” If you're out and about on Jan. 1, start looking for that cabbage white butterfly. But you're going to have to beat...

Posted on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 2:24 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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