The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

New Butterfly Species for the GNG

A butterfly not yet seen in the GNG was found today, a Western Pygmy-Blue.  This beauty is the smallest butterfly found in the United States and one of the smallest butterflies in the world - its wingspread scarcely makes half an inch!  Although fairly common in California, this butterfly is easy to overlook due to its tiny size and it's near to the ground flight.

Western Pygmy Blue - Brephidium exilis