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.

Ceanothus Silk Moth

Occasionally, animals are found in the GNG after they have passed away.  These findings are important clues to the rhythms of life in the garden, as well as presenting the possibility of adding new species not seen here before. This Ceanothus Silk Moth, wingspan at almost 5”, was found dead in the back garden after recent heavy rains.  Although wide-spread in its proper habitat, it is not a common moth and one had never been documented in the GNG.  We can only hope that the GNG is now mature enough to host the larvae of this magnificent moth, and the next time we see one it will be alive, blessing us with all of its glory.

Male Ceanothus Silk Moth found in the GNG

In June of 2016, Moths at LArge opened at the G2 Gallery in Venice, highlighting the amazing moth photography of Jim des Rivières.  Two of the moth images featured in that show were taken of specimens collected by Scott Logan, the person responsible for documenting species of animals in the GNG. One of those moths, a Ceanothus Silk Moth (pictured below) was found in expansive, healthy chaparral habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains. This image shows what an impressive moth it really is.

Male Ceanothus Silk Moth from the 2016 Moths at LArge exhibit.

Scott and Jim on opening night at the G2 Gallery with a large print of a Ceanothus Silk Moth.

Scott and Jim on opening night at the G2 Gallery with a large print of a Ceanothus Silk Moth.