Thursday, February 27, 2014

Satyr Anglewing at UC Botanical Garden

I know this picture isn't lovely, but the butterfly decided to rest on a pipe, so that is the photo I took. This is a Satyr Anglewing at UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley on 24 February 2014. I had never seen this butterfly there before.

About a year ago, the creek bed under the bridge was cleared of a mass of vegetation and the stinging nettle had more room to spread out. Since nettle is the larval food plant of this butterfly, I think that more food plant led to more butterflies.

I hope Satyr Anglewing will be a regular at the Bot Garden.

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Film

My brother's new Monarch lifecycle film has just been released.

Fantastic detail and videography. There are many lifecycles on Youtube, but this one is different. It is more accurate and has much more information. I'm biased, of course, because I wrote the script and did the narration, but this movie is great! Check it out!

Photos above by Andy Liu.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Gulf Fritillary Egg

This is what a butterfly egg should look like. In the previous post, the butterfly eggs were on dried up tendrils. This one was laid on a nice green passionvine leaf. This is actually Passiflora 'Berkeley." The dark color with the light line indicates that it will hatch soon.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Gulf Fritillary Eggs

I saw a Gulf Fritillary laying an egg on a dead tendril yesterday. I thought that was weird because they usually lay eggs on green healthy host plant. I looked more today and found two more eggs. So I collected them and took a picture. I have them near a green passiflora 'Berkeley' leaf now so that they will have something to eat when they hatch. I wonder what would have happened if I had left them? Would those tiny caterpillars have had the strength to find good food? I don't know.

On a side note, my phone takes surprisingly good closeups. I can see the ridges on those eggs! Maybe I don't need a new camera...