Robert Bugg saw it first.
That’s entomologist Robert L. Bugg.
Bugg, who received his doctorate in entomology at UC Davis, does research on the biological control of insect pests; cover crops; and restoration...
Praying mantis nails pipevine swallowtail butterfly
A praying mantis snares a pipevine swallowtail butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
It was the last flutter for this pipevine swallowtail butterfly after a praying mantis snared it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
We netted the floundering California lady beetle (Coccinella californica) aka "lady bug," from our swimming pool.
She didn't look like the familiar lady beetle, reddish orange with black spots. One spot was all she had.
And little life...
California lady beetle
A California lady beetle, aka lady bug, spreads her wings to dry after a near-drowning in a swimming pool. The lady beetle is a beneficial insect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Whew, that stinks!
If you've ever smelled a mosquito gravid trap, you know it's not heaven-scent. This isn’t about the aroma of summer roses or the whiff of freshly baked cinnamon rolls or the fragrance of vanilla-laced skin...
Culex quinquefasciatus laying eggs
Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito laying eggs. (Photo by Samuel Woo, UC Davis)
Water for mosquito gravid trap
This container of "smelly" water is being used by UC Davis entomology graduate student Tara Thiemann for her gravid mosquito traps. Gravid traps attract blood-fed mosquitoes ready to lay their eggs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
As a child, Dennis Price loved to watch the honey bees. “I could sit and watch them all day,” he said.
He still does. Love the honey bees, that is.
And he never tires of watching them....
Karen Flores and Dennis Price
Karen Flores and Dennis Price: The bees have their attention and their respect. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Olympians have gold medals, but beekeepers have liquid gold. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Fairgoers check out the observation hive in the Californa Foodstyle building at the California State Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Piglets not the sole attraction
Piglets shown by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine are a key attraction at the California State Fair, but bees are drawing a lot of attention, too. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
That’s what it was.
But it was more than that, too.
Every year, Bruce Hammock, distinguished professor of entomology at UC Davis, wages a water balloon battle for faculty, researchers, graduate students, staff,...
Wei Xu, of chemical ecologist Walter Leal's lab, gets drenched. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Christophe Morisseau and Karen Wagner
Research scientist Christophe Morisseau of the Hammock lab scores a hit on graduate student Karen Wagner. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Jun Yang and Junaid ur Rehman
Jun Yang (left), a postdoctoral fellow in the Bruce Hammock lab and an analytical chemist, gets drenched by entomologist Junaid ur Rehman, who is visiting the Bruce Hammock lab from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
"Water Warrior" Bruce Hammock
Bruce Hammock wipes water from his face. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Moment of impact
Splat! Someone scores a direct hit on Bruce Hammock, distinguished professor of entomology at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)