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What We Learn from the Insects

Heart Researchers

Call it serendipity. Call it a major collaborative effort. Call it a keen eye for science. Whatever you call it, research that sprang from studies on insect pest control in the...

Heart Researchers
Heart Researchers

Bruce Hammock and Nipavan Chiamvimonvat look at enzyme distribution in a heart muscle cell. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Ladybugs Are Out

Ladybug to Be

Yes, they are. The ladybugs are out, at least in some parts of Northern California. We received an email last week from a professional wildlife photographer from Germany who wants to film hibernating ladybugs in February. He's on a magazine...

Ladybug to Be
Ladybug to Be

LADYBUG STAGES--These photos were taken Jan. 19 in Fairfield, Solano County, California. (Photos by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pupa
Pupa

On Blade of Grass
On Blade of Grass

Spotting a Ladybug
Spotting a Ladybug

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 12:05 PM

He Did It!

Cabbage White Butterfly

He did it.   I knew he would   Hardly anyone can beat  University of California, Davis professor Arthur Shapiro in finding the first cabbage white butterfly of the year.   For the past 38 years, he's been hosting...

Cabbage White Butterfly
Cabbage White Butterfly

CABBAGE WHITE BUTTERFLY--This is a Pieris rapae similar to what UC Davis professor Art Shapiro found Jan. 20. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 3:13 PM

On Your Knees!

Praying Mantis

 The praying mantis glared at me. It was not afraid of me, my camera, or my jockeying around to get a better position. When I captured the image (below) last fall in a neighbor's garden, I decided that in 2009, I would get my very own...

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU--A praying mantis shows no fear. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's in the Bag
It's in the Bag

IT'S IN THE BAG--You can buy a praying mantis egg case online, in a nursery, or in the gardening section of your local hardware store. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM
Tags: egg case (2), praying mantis (85)

What Would We Do Without the Bees?

Team B.E.E.S.

Dianne DiBlasi is frustrated.   She’s the advisor of Team B.E.E.S. (Bergen Environmental Effort to Save Bees), a group of six...

Team B.E.E.S.
Team B.E.E.S.

TEAM B.E.E.S.--These high school students from Allendale, N.J., are learning to be beekeepers and are educating the public about the importance of bees. From left are Camila Robbins, Bryan DiBlasi, Malith Waharaka, Colin Bassett, and Manny Gonzalez. However, Allendale prohibits backyard beekeeping. They're lobbying to change the ordinance.

Flight of the Honey Bee
Flight of the Honey Bee

FLIGHT OF THE HONEY BEE--A pollen-packing honey bee buzzes through salvia (sage). In some cities, beekeeping is prohibited.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, January 16, 2009 at 4:42 PM

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