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These 'Leaves' Are Made for Walking

Camouflaged

Two newly moulted insects in the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University  of California, Davis, look just like leaves.  But these “leaves” are made for walking. These are camouflaged insects (Phyllium giganteum), commonly known as "walking...

Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 5:11 PM

A Salute to California Agriculture

California Agriculture

Do you recognize the native bee that graces the cover of the current edition of California Agriculture, a peer-reviewed journal published by the UC Division of...

Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Marvelous Mirids

Pretty in pink

So, you spot a bug crawling up and down a plant in your garden. What is it? Plant bug. Plant bug? No kidding. The common name for certain members of the Miridae family is--you guessed it--"plant bug." Entomologist Lynn Kimsey, who directs...

Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 5:45 PM
Tags: Echinopsis (1), Lynn Kimsey (225), Miridae (1), mirids (1), pink cactus (1), plant bugs (1)

Ticked Off

Dog tick

Now here's something that will tick you off.  You're taking photos of bumble bees and honey bees in tall grass near a wooded area, minding your own ISO, shutter speed and aperture. All's well with the world. Not! When you arrive home, there's an...

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Yellow Blossom Special

A squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

They're up and at it long before the honey bees. Before dawn breaks, you'll see the tiny bees gathering nectar and pollen in squash, pumpkins and other cucurbits. They're squash bees (Peponapis pruinosa), sometimes called the plush bee. Unlike...

Posted on Friday, July 3, 2009 at 7:53 PM

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