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Hear That Buzz at the Solano County Fair?

Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall at the Solano County Fair, holds a bee-themed quilt with assistant Jarod Fernander of Vallejo, 15, a student at the Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy. The quilt is the work of Tina Frothy of Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hear that buzz? Honey bees own the flower beds at the Solano County Fair, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. But bees and other insects claim the exhibit halls, as well. They're depicted on everything from quilts and photos to graphic arts displayed in...

Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall at the Solano County Fair, holds a bee-themed quilt with assistant Jarod Fernander of Vallejo, 15, a student at the Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy. The quilt is the work of Tina Frothy of Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall at the Solano County Fair, holds a bee-themed quilt with assistant Jarod Fernander of Vallejo, 15, a student at the Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy. The quilt is the work of Tina Frothy of Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall at the Solano County Fair, holds a bee-themed quilt with assistant Jarod Fernander of Vallejo, 15, a student at the Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy. The quilt is the work of Tina Frothy of Vallejo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Insects, we have insects! Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall and assistant Jarod Fernander show some of the insect-themed entries. The butterfly is a Blue Xlipper, Parthenos sylvia ssp. lilacinus, from southeast Asia, as  identified by Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology. In the background are entries ready to be judged or displayed. The fair runs June 27-30. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Insects, we have insects! Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall and assistant Jarod Fernander show some of the insect-themed entries. The butterfly is a Blue Xlipper, Parthenos sylvia ssp. lilacinus, from southeast Asia, as identified by Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology. In the background are entries ready to be judged or displayed. The fair runs June 27-30. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Insects, we have insects! Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall and assistant Jarod Fernander show some of the insect-themed entries. The butterfly is a Blue Xlipper, Parthenos sylvia ssp. lilacinus, from southeast Asia, as identified by Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology. In the background are entries ready to be judged or displayed. The fair runs June 27-30. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This pencil sketch of a moth is by Alana Boman of the Sherwood Forest 4-H Club, Vallejo, who entered it in 4-H youth graphics arts, ages 5 to 8, in McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair. The fair runs June 27-June 30. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This pencil sketch of a moth is by Alana Boman of the Sherwood Forest 4-H Club, Vallejo, who entered it in 4-H youth graphics arts, ages 5 to 8, in McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair. The fair runs June 27-June 30. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This pencil sketch of a moth is by Alana Boman of the Sherwood Forest 4-H Club, Vallejo, who entered it in 4-H youth graphics arts, ages 5 to 8, in McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair. The fair runs June 27-June 30. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Madeline Giron of Benicia entered this drawing of a bee in youth graphics arts, ages 14 and over, in McCormack Hall,Solano County Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Madeline Giron of Benicia entered this drawing of a bee in youth graphics arts, ages 14 and over, in McCormack Hall,Solano County Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Madeline Giron of Benicia entered this drawing of a bee in youth graphics arts, ages 14 and over, in McCormack Hall,Solano County Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What, Santa Didn't Bring You a Tarantula for Christmas?

Mexican redknee tarantula, the new project of 9-year-old Delsin Russell of Vacaville. Santa delivered the much-wanted gift on Christmas Eve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Doesn't Santa give everyone a Mexican redknee tarantula for Christmas? Oh, you didn't get yours? Well, Delsin Russell, 9, of Vacaville, did, and he and his mother journeyed Saturday, Jan. 12 to the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on the...

Mexican redknee tarantula, the new project of 9-year-old Delsin Russell of Vacaville. Santa delivered the much-wanted gift on Christmas Eve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mexican redknee tarantula, the new project of 9-year-old Delsin Russell of Vacaville. Santa delivered the much-wanted gift on Christmas Eve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mexican redknee tarantula, the new project of 9-year-old Delsin Russell of Vacaville. Santa delivered the much-wanted gift on Christmas Eve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Delsin Russell of Vacaville, then  8, attended an open house last August at the Bohart Museum of Entomology with his mother, Beth. Here they chat with Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum and professor of entomology at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Delsin Russell of Vacaville, then 8, attended an open house last August at the Bohart Museum of Entomology with his mother, Beth. Here they chat with Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum and professor of entomology at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Delsin Russell of Vacaville, then 8, attended an open house last August at the Bohart Museum of Entomology with his mother, Beth. Here they chat with Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum and professor of entomology at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Handing Over the Bees!

Beekeeper-scientist Randy Oliver of Grass Valley gestures during his presentation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeepers circled biologist Randy Oliver, commercial beekeeper, scientist, writer and educator, as he held court in the apiary of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, University of California,Davis. It was the third day of the Western...

Beekeeper-scientist Randy Oliver of Grass Valley gestures during his presentation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeeper-scientist Randy Oliver of Grass Valley gestures during his presentation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper-scientist Randy Oliver of Grass Valley gestures during his presentation. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Randy Oliver hands over bees to beekeeper Ettamarie Peterson of Petaluma, a member of the Sonoma County Beekeepers' Association and the Western Apicultural Society. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Randy Oliver hands over bees to beekeeper Ettamarie Peterson of Petaluma, a member of the Sonoma County Beekeepers' Association and the Western Apicultural Society. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Randy Oliver hands over bees to beekeeper Ettamarie Peterson of Petaluma, a member of the Sonoma County Beekeepers' Association and the Western Apicultural Society. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Etta Marie Peterson displays a handful of bees as a cell phone photographer captures the moment. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeeper Etta Marie Peterson displays a handful of bees as a cell phone photographer captures the moment. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Etta Marie Peterson displays a handful of bees as a cell phone photographer captures the moment. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If a bird in the hand is worth two in a bush, what's a handful of bees worth? Ettamarie Peterson, Petaluma beekeeper and member of the Sonoma County Beekeepers' Association and the Western Apicultural Society, displays a handful of nurse bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
If a bird in the hand is worth two in a bush, what's a handful of bees worth? Ettamarie Peterson, Petaluma beekeeper and member of the Sonoma County Beekeepers' Association and the Western Apicultural Society, displays a handful of nurse bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If a bird in the hand is worth two in a bush, what's a handful of bees worth? Ettamarie Peterson, Petaluma beekeeper and member of the Sonoma County Beekeepers' Association and the Western Apicultural Society, displays a handful of nurse bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5:13 PM

If Happiness Is a Butterfly...Check Out the Solano County Fair Exhibits

Colorful butterflies adorn this quilt made by LaQuita Tummings of Rodeo. She enters the Solano County Fair's quilt division every year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If happiness is seeing a butterfly, then a visit to McCormack Hall during the annual Solano County Fair, Vallejo, Aug. 2-6, will make you absolutely ecstatic. We recently watched McCormack Hall superintendent Gloria Gonzalez of Vallejo, and her crew set...

Colorful butterflies adorn this quilt made by LaQuita Tummings of Rodeo. She enters the Solano County Fair's quilt division every year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Colorful butterflies adorn this quilt made by LaQuita Tummings of Rodeo. She enters the Solano County Fair's quilt division every year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Colorful butterflies adorn this quilt made by LaQuita Tummings of Rodeo. She enters the Solano County Fair's quilt division every year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Front: Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair, and her assistant Ian Mayhew, 12, of American Canyon, display the front of LaQuita Tummings' quilt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Front: Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair, and her assistant Ian Mayhew, 12, of American Canyon, display the front of LaQuita Tummings' quilt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Front: Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair, and her assistant Ian Mayhew, 12, of American Canyon, display the front of LaQuita Tummings' quilt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Back: Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair, and her assistant Ian Mayhew, 12, of American Canyon, display the back of LaQuita Tummings' quilt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Back: Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair, and her assistant Ian Mayhew, 12, of American Canyon, display the back of LaQuita Tummings' quilt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Back: Gloria Gonzalez, superintendent of McCormack Hall, Solano County Fair, and her assistant Ian Mayhew, 12, of American Canyon, display the back of LaQuita Tummings' quilt. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hand embroidered needlework, intricate work by Laura Ryan, Vallejo, is displayed at McCormack Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hand embroidered needlework, intricate work by Laura Ryan, Vallejo, is displayed at McCormack Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hand embroidered needlework, intricate work by Laura Ryan, Vallejo, is displayed at McCormack Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Linda Douthit of Fairfield created and sewed this blossom-butterfly vest. A veteran 4-H leader, she was active in the Suisun Valley 4-H Club, Solano County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Linda Douthit of Fairfield created and sewed this blossom-butterfly vest. A veteran 4-H leader, she was active in the Suisun Valley 4-H Club, Solano County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Linda Douthit of Fairfield created and sewed this blossom-butterfly vest. A veteran 4-H leader, she was active in the Suisun Valley 4-H Club, Solano County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Turn Linda Douthit's vest over, and you see this: more butterflies and blossoms. She a regular exhibitor in the Solano County Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Turn Linda Douthit's vest over, and you see this: more butterflies and blossoms. She a regular exhibitor in the Solano County Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Turn Linda Douthit's vest over, and you see this: more butterflies and blossoms. She a regular exhibitor in the Solano County Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tina Waycie of Vallejo entered this quilling (paper arts) in the adult division. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Tina Waycie of Vallejo entered this quilling (paper arts) in the adult division. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Tina Waycie of Vallejo entered this quilling (paper arts) in the adult division. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 4:41 PM

How to Make an Insect Collection

Robber fly staring at the photographer. A robber fly is one of many insects that students use in

It's that time of year again. Teachers ask their students to make an insect collection. The project is considered a "rite of passage." However, often the students--whether they be middle school, high school or college level--don't know where to...

Robber fly staring at the photographer. A robber fly is one of many insects that students use in
Robber fly staring at the photographer. A robber fly is one of many insects that students use in "How to Make an Insect Collection." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Robber fly staring at the photographer. A robber fly is one of many insects that students use in "How to Make an Insect Collection." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 5:08 PM

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