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Two Bees, Two Sizes

Two Bees

When a sweat bee and a honey bee share the same flower, the size difference is quite distinct.We took this photo of a honey bee on a rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora) blossom.  Above it stood a tiny female sweat bee (probably Halictus tripartitus,...

Two Bees
Two Bees

A HONEY BEE and a sweat bee share the same flower, a rock purslane. The sweat bee is probably Halictus tripartitus, according to native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Helping Honey Bee Research

Golden One

Bees buzz. People "Tweet." Well, many people do. It's generous of the Häagen-Dazs brand to donate $1 per Tweet (up to $500 per day) from Nov. 5 through Nov. 11 to support honey bee research at the University of California, Davis. Häagen-Dazs, known...

Golden One
Golden One

GOLDEN ONE--A honey bee, a social insect, nectars lavender. From Nov. 5-11, Häagen-Dazs will donate $1 per Tweet (up to $500 a day) Nov. 5-11 for honey bee research at UC Davis through social networking on www.twitcause.com. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Seeing Red--On Buckwheat

Hover Fly

Butterflies, honey bees and hover flies can't get enough of red buckwheat. Tight clusters of pink blossoms, coupled with gray-green foliage, grace red buckwheat (Eriogonum grande rubescens), a California native. It's good for the insects and good for...

Hover Fly
Hover Fly

HOVER FLY lands on red buckwheat (Eriogonum grande rubescens) and sips nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Looking for Nectar
Looking for Nectar

LOOKING FOR NECTAR in all the right places is this hover fly, aka flower fly. It's on red buckwheat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Everything's Coming Up Roses

Nanase Nakanishi

Everything's coming up roses at the Bohart Museum of Entomology on the UC Davis campus. Roses? Make that rose-haired tarantulas. See, the Bohart not only houses some seven million insect specimens in its quarters in 1124 Academic Surge, but they have...

Nanase Nakanishi
Nanase Nakanishi

NEW BROOCH--Nanase Nakanishi, a UC Davis student who plans to become a veterinarian, cares for this rose-haired tarantula at the Bohart Museum. It's one of the live insects in the museum, which houses more than seven million specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-Up
Close-Up

CLOSE-UP of the exquisite rose-haired taranatula, a native of Chile. It's known for its gentleness and is a favorite at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

PRAYING MANTIS perches on Nanase Nakanishi's hand at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 2, 2009 at 5:41 PM

LBAM: What's the Status?

Male Light Brown Apple Moth

Remember the ravenous light brown apple moth (LBAM) and all the controversy? The invasive agricultural pest, from Down Under, soars high on the agenda at the Northern California Entomology Society’s meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5 in Concord. Also on the...

Male Light Brown Apple Moth
Male Light Brown Apple Moth

MALE--This is the male light brown apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana. (Photo courtesy of David Williams, principal scientist, Perennial Horticulture, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia.)

Female Light Brown Apple Moth
Female Light Brown Apple Moth

FEMALE--This is the female light brown apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana. (Photo courtesy of David Williams, principal scientist, Perennial Horticulture, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia.)

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 7:17 PM

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