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Peek-a-Bee

My new hat

Pull up a lawn chair and watch the honey bees. They're buzzing around the Russian sage, gathering nectar. So focused are they that they don't seeem to mind the photographer sharing their space. So dedicated. So committed. So industrious. Wait, a honey...

My new hat
My new hat

A honey bee visiting a Russian sage seems to be wearing a new hat. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Peek-a-Bee
Peek-a-Bee

A honey bee aims straight for the Russian sage. Her eye catches the photographer. Who's more focused? The bee or the photographer? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2008 at 8:21 PM
Tags: focus (1), honey bee (195), peek-a-bee (1), Russian sage (1)

Your Main Squeeze

Horror Stress Ball

C’mon, you know you want one. Who wouldn’t want a horror skull stress ball to relieve the tension of today's world? Here's what you do. Take one stress ball. Place it in the palm of your hand and squeeze. From...

Horror Stress Ball
Horror Stress Ball

Squeeze this stress ball and out will pop either assorted bugs, worms, frogs or rats. Nanase Nakanishi, a UC Davis student majoring in animal science, and an employee at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, displays what it does. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cricket Lick-Its
Cricket Lick-Its

Nanase Nakanishi (left) and Grace Wong, UC Davis students and employees at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, display the Cricket Lick-Its available at the Bohart Museum. Nanase, majoring in animal science, moved to Davis from New Jersey. Grace, majoring in environmental science, is from Benicia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just One
Just One

Each lollipop contains a nutritious cricket. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Not Joe the Plumber

Carpenter Bee

Plumbers, especially a plumber named "Joe," are hogging the news a lot lately. But what about the carpenters? What about the carpenter bees? The carpenter bee, a black bee larger than a bumble bee, burrows into dead trees, logs and your...

Carpenter Bee
Carpenter Bee

This female carpenter bee ("Josie the Carpenter?") robs nectar from sage. Check out the huge compound eyes. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 12:30 PM
Tags: carpenter bee (24), compound eyes (1), Xylocopa (1)

Make My Day!

Blow fly on a daylily

"Go ahead, make my day." So said actor Clint Eastwood, as the character Harry Callahan, in the 1983 movie, Sudden Impact, after a robber grabbed a hostage. "Dirty Harry" was known for blowing away the bad guys. Clashes and...

Blow fly on a daylily
Blow fly on a daylily

A green bottle fly lands on a daylily after the rain. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Red-eyed and metallic green
Red-eyed and metallic green

This bottle green fly is red-eyed and metallic green. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Our Halloween Butterfly

Fiery Skipper

Well, it's not really a Halloween butterfly, but it is orange. The Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) visits us more than the politicians do at Election Time. Last Sunday we spotted four Skippers in our backyard. Only two politicians skipped to our front...

Fiery Skipper
Fiery Skipper

A male Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) nectars a purple sage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

From the top
From the top

A male Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) spreads his wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 4:57 PM

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