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
THE PREDATOR AND THE PREY--An aphid, like a cowboy on a bucking rodeo bull, rides a ladybug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
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--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--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)
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...
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--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)
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--We're accustomed to seeing insects on roses, but not flies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
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...
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 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 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)