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Monarch butterfly hatching from chrysalis

Monarch butterfly hatching and crawling out from a chrysalis. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA.
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Thanks to Tina Swan for allowing me to tour her Monarch Butterfly Greenhouse near small world park in Pittsburg. I took several photos of the beautiful plants and butterflies. Sending a couple watching the birth of a butterfly. This butterfly habitat is educating all about monarch butterflies, and helps with producing more of the species. Thanks again Tina and Ed.
Dave Harper, Oakley, California

Beautiful! One of my favorite butterflies. The butterfly lays eggs … which hatch into a caterpillar … which grows up and changes to a barrel-shaped chrysalis … which eventually hatches into a beautiful monarch butterfly. The whole process from egg to butterfly takes about 4 weeks. An amazing process don’t you think? /Gary

Monarch butterfly. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011
Under: Butterflies, Monarch butterfly | 5 Comments »

Gasp! Can it really, finally, be spring?

A swallowtail sipping a flower. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Oh, my! Does the above photo — recently taken locally in the S.F. Bay Area —  really mean it’s finally spring? Dare we hope?

The tomatoes my wife and I planted a week ago are just standing there in the middle of one of our garden boxes, shivering.

Cross your fingers! (Sorry, tomatoes!) /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
Under: Butterflies, Spring | No Comments »

Local wildlife: More beautiful photos by Dave Harper of Oakley

Buckeye butterfly, photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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More photographs from our photographer friend Dave Harper of Oakley, Calif. Dave is one of the many talented local photographers who regularly send me great photos of local wildlife. Enjoy!

If you have interesting wildlife photos you’d like to share, please e-mail copies to Include photographer’s name, city where you live and any other interesting info. I’m sure others would like to see them. Thanks. /Gary
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Posted on Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Under: Butterflies, Jays, Wasps, Wildlife | 1 Comment »

Painted Lady butterfly migration: Seeing lots of butterflies? They’re BACK!

Painted lady butterfly. Photo by Joe Oliver, Walnut Creek, Calif.
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The Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) are back migrating through California even as we speak.

Dr. Art Shapiro is a professor of Evolution and Ecology at UC-Davis and a top butterfly expert. You can find out more than you ever wanted to know about these beautiful Painted Ladies and their migration by checking out Art Shapiro’s Butterfly Site:

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Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2009
Under: Butterflies, Migration, Painted Lady butterfly | 65 Comments »