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Once Upon a Monarch...

A monarch caterpillar dines on tropical milkweed on Oct. 27, 2017 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We first saw her at 10 a.m. on Oct. 27, 2017. She was eating. That's what monarch caterpillars do best. They eat. A lot. "Where have you been?" I asked. "Where have you been hiding? Your siblings have long gone. Your buddies passed through here in late...

A monarch caterpillar dines on tropical milkweed on Oct. 27, 2017 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch caterpillar dines on tropical milkweed on Oct. 27, 2017 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar dines on tropical milkweed on Oct. 27, 2017 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch caterpillar, found Oct. 27 on milkweed in Vacaville, Calif., formed this chrysalis on Nov. 4. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch caterpillar, found Oct. 27 on milkweed in Vacaville, Calif., formed this chrysalis on Nov. 4. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch caterpillar, found Oct. 27 on milkweed in Vacaville, Calif., formed this chrysalis on Nov. 4. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On Nov. 22, the chrysalis darkened, revealing the iconic orange, black and white wings of the monarch in all its transparency. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
On Nov. 22, the chrysalis darkened, revealing the iconic orange, black and white wings of the monarch in all its transparency. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On Nov. 22, the chrysalis darkened, revealing the iconic orange, black and white wings of the monarch in all its transparency. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On Nov. 22, the monarch eclosed. It's a girl! Here she clings to her pupal case. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
On Nov. 22, the monarch eclosed. It's a girl! Here she clings to her pupal case. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On Nov. 22, the monarch eclosed. It's a girl! Here she clings to her pupal case. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch Mom Rita LeRoy, farm keeper at Loma Vista Farm, Vallejo, is ready to release the Vacaville-born and reared monarch at the butterfly sanctuary at Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, on  Nov. 24.
Monarch Mom Rita LeRoy, farm keeper at Loma Vista Farm, Vallejo, is ready to release the Vacaville-born and reared monarch at the butterfly sanctuary at Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, on Nov. 24.

Monarch Mom Rita LeRoy, farm keeper at Loma Vista Farm, Vallejo, is ready to release the Vacaville-born and reared monarch at the butterfly sanctuary at Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, on Nov. 24.

Posted on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Not a Good Time to Be a Monarch Caterpillar

A monarch caterpillar munches on   tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 27. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Migrating monarchs are fluttering daily into our yard in Vacaville, Calif., one by one, two by two, three by three, and four by four, for a little flight fuel. They're sipping nectar from the Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, and tropical...

A monarch caterpillar munches on   tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 27. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch caterpillar munches on tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 27. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch caterpillar munches on tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 27. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pacific Northwest monarchs began migrating to their overwintering sites along coastal California in last August and early September. This one touched down on milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. on Sept. 12. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Pacific Northwest monarchs began migrating to their overwintering sites along coastal California in last August and early September. This one touched down on milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. on Sept. 12. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pacific Northwest monarchs began migrating to their overwintering sites along coastal California in last August and early September. This one touched down on milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. on Sept. 12. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was the scene Nov. 14, 2016 at the  Natural Bridges State Park's Monarch Grove Butterfly Natural Preserve, Santa Cruz. They were overwintering 80 feet high in a eucalpytus tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This was the scene Nov. 14, 2016 at the Natural Bridges State Park's Monarch Grove Butterfly Natural Preserve, Santa Cruz. They were overwintering 80 feet high in a eucalpytus tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This was the scene Nov. 14, 2016 at the Natural Bridges State Park's Monarch Grove Butterfly Natural Preserve, Santa Cruz. They were overwintering 80 feet high in a eucalpytus tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 4:22 PM

Monarchs: Should They Go or Should They Stay?

Marilyn, a butterfly enthusiast from Fairfield, ready to release two monarchs at the Natural Bridges State Park's monarch sanctuary. The butterfly mesh habitat is from the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis. The

So here we are, planning a long-awaited 113-mile trip from Solano County to Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, to admire and photograph the overwintering monarch butterflies. Then it happened. The three monarchs caterpillars that we'd been rearing...

Marilyn, a butterfly enthusiast from Fairfield, ready to release two monarchs at the Natural Bridges State Park's monarch sanctuary. The butterfly mesh habitat is from the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis. The
Marilyn, a butterfly enthusiast from Fairfield, ready to release two monarchs at the Natural Bridges State Park's monarch sanctuary. The butterfly mesh habitat is from the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis. The "Got Milkweed" monarch t-shirt is also from the Bohart. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Marilyn, a butterfly enthusiast from Fairfield, ready to release two monarchs at the Natural Bridges State Park's monarch sanctuary. The butterfly mesh habitat is from the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis. The "Got Milkweed" monarch t-shirt is also from the Bohart. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch, born and bred in Vacaville, lingers before fluttering off to the monarch  sanctuary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male monarch, born and bred in Vacaville, lingers before fluttering off to the monarch sanctuary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male monarch, born and bred in Vacaville, lingers before fluttering off to the monarch sanctuary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch cluster 80 feet high in a eucalyptus tree at the Natural Bridges State Park butterfly sanctuary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch cluster 80 feet high in a eucalyptus tree at the Natural Bridges State Park butterfly sanctuary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch cluster 80 feet high in a eucalyptus tree at the Natural Bridges State Park butterfly sanctuary. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Welcome Back, Monarchs!

A monarch lands on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. It may head to an overwintering site in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It will be a monarch-kind of day.   And why not?   Monarch enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the "Welcome Back Monarchs Day" on Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Natural Bridges State Park, 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.  Some 500 monarchs...

A monarch lands on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. It may head to an overwintering site in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch lands on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. It may head to an overwintering site in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A monarch lands on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. It may head to an overwintering site in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch adjusts its position. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch adjusts its position. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch adjusts its position. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch continues to feed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The monarch continues to feed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The monarch continues to feed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The majestic monarch in all its glory. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The majestic monarch in all its glory. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The majestic monarch in all its glory. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 4:48 PM
 
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