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.

Fewer Butterflies

This Gulf Fritillary was one of the few butterflies seen in the GNG today.  As winter approaches butterflies are becoming scarce and only a few species will be seen from now until early spring.  Gulf Fritillaries can be seen looking for nectar on most warm days throughout the year and can be abundant near passion vines (Passiflora), the host plant for their larvae. Passion vine is not a native of California and not found in the GNG, but is most likely growing in someones garden near-by.

Gulf Fritillary - Agraulis vanillae