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Aphid on a ladybug

Ladybugs eat lots of aphids. Did we say lots of aphids? Lots of aphids.  They have no portion control.  If you watch closely, you'll see them gobble aphids like theater-goers devour buttered popcorn. Ladybugs eat so many aphids you wonder if...

Aphid on a ladybug
Aphid on a ladybug

THE PREDATOR AND THE PREY--An aphid, like a cowboy on a bucking rodeo bull, rides a ladybug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 5:14 PM
Tags: aphid (3), hitching a ride (1), ladybug (20)

Ol' Blue Eyes

Ol' Blue Eyes

It wasn't the Battle of the Sexes. It was the Battle of the Males.  I spotted two male carpenter bees buzzing loudly over the salvia (sage) in our back yard Saturday morning. Each was lying in wait for a female, but instead found a...

Ol' Blue Eyes
Ol' Blue Eyes

OL' BLUE EYES--This is a male mountain carpenter bee, Xylocopa tabaniformis orpifex Smith, nectaring salvia (sage). Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ol' Green Eyes
Ol' Green Eyes

OL' GREEN EYES--This is a male valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa varipuncta), often referred to as a "teddy bear." Males do not sting.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 at 6:14 PM

They'll Walk the Line

Tara Thiemann

Who hates termites? Raise your hands.  Those dratted termites damage our homes, decks, furniture, fence posts and other wooden materials.  But at the 95th annual UC...

Tara Thiemann
Tara Thiemann

ROUNDING UP THE TERMITES--Coordinating the termite trail activity last year at the UC Davis Picnic Day at Briggs Hall was graduate student Tara Thiemann. She'll also be coordinating the termite trails again this year. The UC Davis Picnic Day is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 18. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Walking the Line
Walking the Line

WALKING THE LINE--A termite follows the scent of what smells like a pheromone, and stops at the end of the ink line. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Fly on a Rose Petal

Fly on a Rose

Poet Gertrude Stein wrote in her 1913 poem, "Sacred Emily," that  "a rose is a rose is a rose." Things are what they are. The laws of identity. No matter where I go, there I am. When I captured this photo last Sunday of a...

Fly on a Rose
Fly on a Rose

FLY ON A ROSE--We're accustomed to seeing insects on roses, but not flies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 5:03 PM
Tags: fly (9), Robert Kimsey (26), rose (6)

A Taste of Honey

Honey Tasting

If you attend the 95th annual UC Davis Picnic Day on Saturday, April 18 and stop by Briggs Hall between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you'll get a taste of honey. In fact, six tastes of honey. Extension Apiculturist Eric Mussen, a 32-year member of the UC...

Honey Tasting
Honey Tasting

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION APICULTURIST Eric Mussen (center) answers questions about honey at the annual honey tasting table at Briggs Hall, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey Varietals
Honey Varietals

HONEY VARIETALS include alfalfa, avocado, basswood, blueberry, buckwheat, clover, eucalyptus, fireweed, orange blossom, sage, sourwood and tupelo. This poster will be displayed at Briggs Hall during the 95th annual UC Davis Picnic Day. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee on sage
Honey bee on sage

HONEY BEE on salvia (sage). Sage honey, primarily produced in California, is rich and light with a cloverlike flavor and "an elegant after taste," according to the National Honey Board. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 5:21 PM

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