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  • Gulf Fritillary

    Scientific Name: 
    Agraulis vanillae

    Garden Location: 
    Generally found throughout the garden
    Agraulis vanillae is orange above
    Agraulis vanillae has silver spots on the underside of the wings
    Agraulis vanillae larvae on passion vine
    Agraulis vanillae has silver spots on the underside of the wings
    Agraulis vanillae blends into the background while at rest
    Viewing Months: 
    Mar
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  • Green Fruit Beetle

    Scientific Name: 
    Cotinus mutabilis

    Garden Location: 
    Volunteer Garden, Garden of Senses
    Cotinus mutabilis feeding in a Bo Tree
    Cotinus mutabilis getting ready to fly
    Cotinus mutabilis visiting Red Cockscomb in the Volunteer Garden
    Cotinus mutabilis feeding on ficus fruit
    Viewing Months: 
    Jul
    Aug
    Sep
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  • Cloudless Sulphur

    Scientific Name: 
    Phoebis sennae

    One of the most commonly observed butterflies see in the garden is the bright yellow Cloudless or Senna Sulphur Butterfly.  They may be seen gathering nectar on many of the flowers in the garden but depend on plants of the genus Cassia or Senna for larval food.  The larvae may be found feeding among the senna flowers where they are a bright yellow in color while those feeding on leaves elsewhere are green.  Photos by Laurel Woodley

    Garden Location: 
    Garden Wide
    Phoebis sennae often rests on leaf litter
    Phoebis sennae females are larger
    Phoebis sennae yellow caterpillar
    Phoebis sennae green caterpillar
    Phoebis sennae egg on new leaves
    Viewing Months: 
    Feb
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  • Valley Carpenter Bee

    Scientific Name: 
    Xylocopa varipuncta

    Garden Location: 
    Garden Wide
    Xylocopa varipuncta visiting a cassia flower
    Xylocopa varipuncta buzz pollinating
    Xylocopa varipuncta old nest site in a dead branch
    Viewing Months: 
    May
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    Oct
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  • Honey Bee

    Scientific Name: 
    Apis mellifera

    The Honey Bee is the primary pollinator of flowers in the garden.  This bee is an Old World insect which is well adapted to a Mediterranean climate and essential to the economic production of the worlds' honey.  This is a social insect forming a hive with a queen, workers and drone bees.  Photos by Laurel Woodley

    Garden Location: 
    Garden Wide
    Apis mellifera feeding on redbud
    Apis mellifera hive in the Koi Garden
    Apis mellifera hive with thousands of individual bees
    Viewing Months: 
    Jan
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  • Western Leaf-footed Bug

    Scientific Name: 
    Leptoglossus clypealis

    This brown bug is distinguished by the enlarhed "leaves" on the hind legs.  It is most commonly seen resting on vegetation or hiding among cactus spines.  This bug feeds on plants fluids which it reaches using piercing-sucking mouthparts.  Photos by Laurel Woodley

    Garden Location: 
    Orchard, Cactus Garden
    Leptoglossus clypealis seen on Passion Vine fruit
    Leptoglossus clypealis among cactus spines
    Leptoglossus clypealis has leaf-like appendages on the hind legs
    Viewing Months: 
    Jun
    Jul
    Aug
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  • Harlequin Bug

    Scientific Name: 
    Murgantia histrionica

    The Harlequin Bug is a type of stick bug with colorful black and red markings.  It is most commonly found on members of the cabbage family and sweet alyssum.  It feeds on the plant fluids using piercing-sucking mouthparts. Photo by Laurel Woodley

    Garden Location: 
    Voluteer Garden
    Murgantia histrionica produces an unpleasant order when disturbed
    Viewing Months: 
    May
    Jun
    Jul
    Aug
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  • Monarch Butterfly

    Scientific Name: 
    Danaus plexippus

    Garden Location: 
    Garden Wide
    Danaus plexippus may be seen feeding on flowers
    Danaus plexippus caterpillar on milkweed
    Danaus plexippus feeding on bottlebush
    Danaus plexippus has a green chrysalis
    Viewing Months: 
    Jan
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  • Fiery Skipper

    Scientific Name: 
    Hylephila phyleus

    This small butterfly resembles a small golden brown moth but is distinguished by being active in the daytime.  It is frequently found in association with grass or lawns where the caterpillars feed especially on Bent and Bermuda Grasses.  Photo by Laurel Woodley

    Garden Location: 
    Volunteer Garden, Garden of Senses
    Hylephila phyleus rests on vegetation
    Viewing Months: 
    May
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    Sep
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  • Gray Bird Grasshopper

    Scientific Name: 
    Schistocera nitens

    These grasshoppers are the largest local species and may be found feeding on a variety of food plants throughout the garden.  They prefer to eat leaves rather than flower parts and with their gray body color easily blend in with the twigs upon which they rest.  Photos by Laurel Woodley

    Garden Location: 
    Garden Wide
    Schistocera nitens is large and gray
    Schistocera nitens has large hind legs
    Schistocera nitens is found on a variety of plants
    Viewing Months: 
    Feb
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