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.

Wasps are Capable Hunters

Animal species that hunt in the GNG come in many shapes and sizes.  Yellow Jackets are one of these hunters and have the ability to capture fast moving insects like this Green Bottle Fly. The wasp will not be dining on the fly though (adults prefer fruit and nectar), but instead will feed the protein-rich insect to developing larvae back in its hive.

Yellow Jacket  - Vespula pensylvanica grasping a Green Bottle Fly - Lucilia sericata