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Katie Brown

“Dear Bee Scientists,” wrote 6-year-old Katie Brown of Phoenix, Ariz.  “I am giving this money to you so you can help the bees. I love the bees.” She enclosed $20 from her allowance savings. Hannah...

Katie Brown
Katie Brown

BEE CRUSADER--Katie Brown, 6, of Phoenix, Ariz., loves bees and just donated $20 from her allowance savings to the UC Davis honey bee research program.

Letter to bee scientists
Letter to bee scientists

LETTER TO BEE SCIENTISTS--Katie Brown, 6, of Phoenix, penciled this letter to UC Davis bee scientists and drew bees to illustrate her concern.

Hannah Fisher Gray
Hannah Fisher Gray

BEE CRUSADER--Hannah Fisher Gray, 11, of Wilmington, Del., asked her birthday guests to donate to the honey bee research fund instead of giving presents to her. She collected $110, and then matched the funds so she could give $110 to UC Davis and $110 to Pennyslvania State. One of her friends gave her this t-shirt.

Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 5:44 PM

A Tiny Predator

Gambian spotted-eye flower mantis

If you meander over to the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis campus, you'll see a very tiny predator that looks for all the world like a green leaf. It's the Gambian spotted-eye flower mantis and it's one of the many live specimens housed...

Gambian spotted-eye flower mantis
Gambian spotted-eye flower mantis

TINY PREDATOR--This juvenile Gambian spotted-eyed flower mantis, less than an inch long, is one of the live specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flower mantis on finger
Flower mantis on finger

FLOWER MANTIS ON FINGER--This Gambian spotted-eye flower mantis finds a walking path on Brian Turner's finger at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Turner serves as the public outreach coordinator. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Blowin' Smoke

Blowin' Smoke

If you've been around honey bee hives much, you know what a smoker is. It's a tool that beekeepers use to inspect, manipulate or handle a hive. They smoke a hive to check the health of the...

Blowin' Smoke
Blowin' Smoke

BLOWIN' SMOKE--Smoke shoots from a bee smoker at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. Bee hives are in the background.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just Smokin'
Just Smokin'

JUST SMOKIN'--Smoke curls into intricate patterns in this shot of a bee smoker at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Know Your Ants

Argentine Ant

  Know your ants. If you want to identify red imported fire ants and other invasive ants found in the Pacific Island region, a newly launched Web site by an entomology graduate student at the University of...

Argentine Ant
Argentine Ant

HEAD OF ARGENTINE ANT--This automontage of an Argentine ant is the work of Eli Sarnat at the University of California, Davis. Sarnat has just launched an interactive ant key to help professionals and non-professionals identify ants. See Web site at http://www.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/PIAkey/index.html.

Eli Sarnat
Eli Sarnat

ANT SPECIALIST--Eli Sarnat, a graduate student in the Phil Ward lab at the University of California, Davis, has just launched an interactive Web site on invasive ants of the Pacific region. The key includes 15 species recorded in California. See Web site at http://www.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/PIAkey/index.html.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, January 12, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Another Good Reason

The Ladybug

Here’s another good reason to be kind to ladybugs.     But we are, aren’t we?   EurekAlert! alerted us Jan. 6 to a study relating that an abundance of ladybugs in olive orchards is an...

The Ladybug
The Ladybug

THE LADYBUG--The ladybug is an indicator of health and sustainability in olive orchards, scientists in Spain have found. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, January 9, 2009 at 5:02 PM

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