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Aphids on Rose Bush

In a matter of days, the aphids discovered our newly purchased rose bushes. They clustered around the buds and unfolding leaves, piercing the tender stems and sucking  the plant juices as if there were no tomorrow. For some of them, there would be...

Aphids on Rose Bush
Aphids on Rose Bush

APHIDS ON A ROSE BUSH--Aphids suck plant juices, as these are doing here. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Not a Rosy Situation
Not a Rosy Situation

THIS IS NOT A ROSY SITUATION--Scores of aphids run up and down the stem of a rose bush, sucking plant juices. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Feast for One
Feast for One

FEAST FOR ONE--A ladybug chows down an aphid. Nearby aphids seem unaware of the predator. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Leaf Sitter
Leaf Sitter

LEAF SITTER--The ladybug crawls out to the end of a rose leaf and scoops up an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 5:14 PM
Tags: aphids (33), ladybugs (39), rose bushes (1)

Peanuts, Popcorn, Cracker Jacks? No, Queen Bee Cells

ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

With the opening of baseball season, it's "peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks!" But to beekeepers, it's peanuts. Or rather, peanut-like shells. Immature queen bees grow to maturity in cells that resemble peanut shells.  When UC Davis bee...

ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

ROWS OF QUEEN BEE CELLS are framed against the blue sky. This photo was taken at the apiary of C. F. Koehnen & Sons, Inc., Glenn, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

BUSY WORKER BEES are cleaning out the queen bee cells, once occupied by growing queen bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
BUSY WORKER BEES are cleaning out the queen bee cells, once occupied by growing queen bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

BUSY WORKER BEES are cleaning out the queen bee cells, once occupied by growing queen bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Hoodie

Hooded Praying Mantis

A baby hooded praying mantis is among the new residents of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, 1124 Academc Surge, on the UC Davis campus. It's a Rhombodera basalis or Giant Malayasian Shield Mantis and is a gift from a teacher in Elk Grove. "It...

Hooded Praying Mantis
Hooded Praying Mantis

THIS HOODED PRAYING MANTIS, a baby, is a new resident of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 5:40 PM

You're Painting with What?

Maggot Art

If you want to create art that's bound to be a conversation piece, you need to head over to Briggs Hall at the University of California, Davis on Saturday, April 18. April 18 is the 95th annual UC...

Maggot Art
Maggot Art

MAGGOT ART will be offered at the UC Davis Picnic Day for the seventh consecutive year. It's about dipping a maggot in non-toxic, water-based paint and letting it crawl across white paper. Maggot Art was coined by forensic entomologist Rebecca O'Flaherty, who is seeking her doctorate at UC Davis.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sea Creature
Sea Creature

SEA CREATURE--Forensic entomologist Rebecca O'Flaherty of UC Davis created this Maggot Art piece titled "Sea Creature." It drew "oohs and aahs" at her 2007 Maggot Art Show in Sacramento. (Photo by Rebecca O'Flaherty)

Combining Art and Science
Combining Art and Science

COMBINING ART AND SCIENCE--Rebecca O'Flaherty, who coined and trademarked "Maggot Art," an educational curriculum combining art and science, teaches a group of youths at a summer session at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Easter Bonnet

Carpenter Bee

Irving Berlin wasn't writing about carpenter bees when he penned "Easter Bonnet": In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade I'll be all in clover and when they look you over I'll be...

Carpenter Bee
Carpenter Bee

CARPENTER BEE investigates a Bird's Eye blossom (Gilia tricolor) on the UC Davis campus. Pit stop for nectar! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Easter Bonnet
Easter Bonnet

CARPENTER BEE snuggles inside a Bird's Eye (Gilia tricolor) blossom. Voila! An Easter bonnet. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 7:03 PM

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