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December 16, 2019

After a week of misty, rainy weather, we enjoyed a weekend of sunshine.

The plants were starting to get soggy, blossoms moldy.

We love the winter rain, but it's nice to have a sunny day now and then, when the plants can dry out just a little bit, and pollinators emerge.


November 4, 2019

A month ago we still had a group of monarch caterpillars on the Narrow-leaf milkweed plants Asclepias fascicularis. I meant to cut down all of the milkweed mid-September, as per the recommendation of the Xerces Society, but a mama monarch kept visiting and laying eggs.


October 30, 2019

A male monarch visited the garden on Sunday while we were experiencing strong wind gusts.

It was after nectar, and was not going to be deterred by some wind.

The blossoms on the blackberry hedge are very popular with all of the pollinators right now, and the monarch was...

October 29, 2019

Butterflies held their own in spite of the very strong gusts of wind yesterday.

They navigated well through the powerful air currents, and easily landed on leaves and flowers.

Here a cabbage white rests on a nasturtium leaf.

And a painted lady spent time on future ivy ber...

October 14, 2019

Today was a beautiful day.

The sun shone and there was a distinctive slight crispness in the air.

Fall is gradually making its arrival in the Bay Area.

And the butterflies fluttered through the air, landing on their remaining nectar sources.

The Russian River Coyote Mint i...

October 2, 2019

A gulf fritillary visits the patio every day.

Until a month ago we hardly ever saw these butterflies around.

I don't know if it is the same one, and if it is a female that laid eggs on the Passiflora parritae x tarminiana‘Oaklandia’ passion flower. So far I haven't seen...

September 26, 2019

A gulf fritillary visits the patio every afternoon.

I wouldn't be surprised if it is the same butterfly.

Here it is in one of the lavender plants.

Such a lovely butterfly, whose underwings are so different from the top.

Sometimes it just likes to rest on a leaf, in this ca...

September 23, 2019

Today this anise swallowtail visited the wild red valerian flowerheads, still in full bloom.

Look at all that pale colored pollen on its face, legs and edges of its wings.

This was a particularly beautiful swallowtail, very energetic and with perfect markings.

I suspect t...

September 20, 2019

Even though the cosmos bipinnatus "prom dress" is slowly drying up, it still is getting a lot of visiting pollinators.

Look at the long proboscis on the umber skipper!

Meanwhile the cabbage white took a break in the warm afternoon sun.

We feel honored to have so much life...

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