Wednesday, September 28, 2011

West Coast Lady at Filoli

We went to Filoli today. The house was lovely, but I couldn't imagine living there. So dark! And heavy!

Many things blooming in the garden, including these orange and yellow flowers (Zinnias?). The butterflies seemed to like this area. There were skippers. And a Monarch that I was too lazy to chase down in the heat. But this West Coast Lady was more accommodating. She was very intent on getting the nectar out of each floret and didn't spook when I tried to take her picture.

Yesterday, on my butterfly walk at the UC Botanical Garden, an American Lady was nectaring on Ironweed near the Crop Garden. I hardly ever see American Ladies, but there is a big section of Pearly Everlasting, their host plant, in the California section, so it isn't surprising. We also saw skippers and Sulfurs. It was a successful fall walk. Next month I lead my last butterfly walk of the year.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Geometrid Moth

This moth camouflaged itself on the UC Bot Garden plant deck yesterday. It is almost the same color as the underside of that leaf it is on. I think it looks like a Geometrid, but I could be wrong.

Butterfly walk at the Garden today. I have been seeing sulfurs lately. I hope we find at least one of them.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cleyera japonica

The Cleyera is blooming again at the UC Botanical Garden. The tree is in the Asian area near the New World Desert. During the hot days we have been having, the fragrance drifts down Strawberry Creek and perfumes the whole area. So intoxicating!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pipevine and Wasps

My pipevine flowered back in February. Now it has fruit. The fruit is much more symmetrical than the flower. It has ridges all the way around. When it gets ripe it opens and looks like a flower. As soon as it starts to open, the wasps find it and start taking the seeds. I don't know why the wasps like those seeds so much, they they seem to take every last one. Then the fruit shrivels up. I should follow the wasps and find out where they go. They are very active today because it is so hot. Too hot to go chasing wasps!