Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
I also read that the caterpillars eat Edelweiss. I wonder if I could grow that in my garden. Apparently it grows in Castro Valley, not too far away. Maybe I should try it.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
I think this is the only picture of the Variegated Fritillary. It was rather common. There were not swarms of them like the Bordered Patches or the Sisters, but there were plenty.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Supposedly, these are Arizona Sisters. They look just like California Sisters to me. But there is a slight difference on the underside. Something about have two orange bars instead of one. I'll take their word for it.
These butterflies are called sisters due to their resemblance to a nun. They are black and white like nuns, and have an orange face like nuns. Well, maybe nuns don't really have orange faces, but the orange on the butterfly is supposed to represent a face. Seems a little far fetched to me. But it helps me remember the name.
Anyway, the sisters were plentiful, friendly and beautiful. It would have been worth the trip just to see the sisters.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
We saw other insects and other animals on our trip. Above are a few of them.I wonder if that stick insect is native. I know most of the stick insects I see in Berkeley are escaped classroom pets.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Friday, August 31, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
I first posted this pic in my blog in June 2010.
Then in May of this year, someone who claimed to be from Natural History Magazine contacted me and said that they wanted to use my photo in the May issue. I was suspicious. After all, it was already May, and she was using a gmail account.
I contacted the magazine, and they said that it was legit. So I gave permission, and asked for money.
And this month, I got the "May" issue of the magazine, with my photo. And credit! No money as yet, though. I guess the message is that everybody like to take pictures of pretty flowers. But it can be hard to find pics of of seeds and seed pods.
The article, titled, "Curse of the Monkey Hand Tree" is a story about the search for Chiranthodendron pentadactylon in habitat in Mexico. A nice piece, if you like reading about intrepid botanists, which I do.
It was just a snapshot taken at the UC Botanical Garden. And now I am famous! ;-)
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Cabbage White caterpillars eat nasturtiums, as pictured here, but they also eat cabbages and other plants in the cabbage family like kale and cauliflower. They can be quite a pest in the veggie garden. But I love them because they are easy to find and have a long season. Cabbage Whites are some of the first butterflies I see in the spring.
Friday, April 27, 2012
My butterfly walks started at the UC Botanical Garden on Tuesday. I had a crowd of people. So many things were in bloom, I talked about the flowers more than the butterflies. We did see a ringlet. And the pipevine swallowtails put on a show for us. We found no eggs or caterpillars, though.
Friday, April 13, 2012
I know that is a really lousy pic. You can blame my camera. Anyway, it is a moth. I had to go to the doctor to get it removed from my ear. Who gets a moth in their ear anyway?
So, I think it was Monday night, I was falling asleep, when this flutter noise IN MY EAR woke me up. I tried to shake it out. It fluttered more. Then stopped. I shined a light in their. It fluttered more, then stopped.
Other people said that wax rolling around in our year sometimes seems fluttery. I really thought that it was not wax.
I don't know why it wanted to fly out. It had six legs. Couldn't it just walk out? Maybe there was not enough room to turn around and it couldn't back out... Maybe moths never use their legs, like dragonflies; I have never seen a dragonfly walk anyplace. They just use their legs for perching or catching insects. Meanwhile, it fluttered less and less, then finally quit.
Why did I have to make an appointment with the doctor and wait two days to figure out what it was? Luckily, the doctor had come across this problem before and didn't think I was crazy. I really wanted to know what it was. And now I know.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Sunday, March 4, 2012
I decided to do a popup of a butterfly sunning on a rock. This is my first try. I wanted the two triangular pieces to look like one rock. This looks like two rocks or a split rock. I guess I need to try again.
Butterflies generally sit out in the sun in the morning to warm up before they fly. They like a nice warm rock for basking. I should put some rocks in my garden. Do you have rocks in your garden?
Friday, March 2, 2012
I was invited to a planning session at the Shorebird Nature Center in Berkeley. We met this morning to talk about goals and see the site. Interns, staff, and volunteers attended. The interns were students from Albany High School. Monarchs were flying and I found a lady caterpillar in the cheeseweed. As usual, I emphasized the need for host plants. I also encouraged everyone to watch "In the Company of Wild Butterflies." I hope the project goes well. I'll have to go back when they are finished.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
There are many Gasterias in the UC Botanical Garden, but I chose this one because it is near the path and easy to photograph. They are all native to South Africa. And many of them have a "tongue" common name like cow's tongue or lawyers tongue, I suppose because the plant looks like a bunch of tongues.
This very fleshy succulent is said to repel lightning. I doubt that it does. But it is probably one of the few things left after lighting has caused a fire because all the moisture inside is protective. In Africa, repelling lighting is a very important property because they have some of the highest rates of lighting in the world. The rate is about 70 strikes/square kilometer/year. Wow!