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.

July Nocturnal Species Review

Summer is a great time to explore the garden at night, and as usual, our latest nocturnal species review didn’t disappoint! Standouts were the abundant spiders and moths. Eight species of spiders were observed as they busily worked their night shift.  We are still working on identifying the dozens of moth species.

Scott - Homo sapiens and Jeweled Araneus - Araneus gemma

 

Coolest Moth of the Night

When at rest, borer moths hold their marbled forewings in such a way as to mimic a crumpled leaf while their body resembles a stick.

Erythrina borer - Terastia meticulosalis

Most Beautiful Moth of the Night

Elder Moth larvae love elderberry leaves. Birds love elderberry berries. A win win plant for attracting beautiful creatures into your yard.

Elder Moth - Zotheca tranquilla on Salvia