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The Lady Beetle: An Eating Machine

A lady beetle, aka ladybug, devouring an aphid, while other aphids appear to be

The lady beetle, aka ladybug, is a veritable eating machine. Have you ever watched a lady beetle gobble up those pesky aphids? Aphids may look fragile, harmless and sluggish, but wow, can those tiny insects ever suck those juices right out of your...

Katydids Did It

Close-up of a katydid nymph on an Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Katydids did it. When it comes to the best of the industrial-strength shredding machines, they're it. The nymphs have been feeding our Iceland poppies, chewing incredible holes in petal after petal, and then looking around for more. They leave behind...

Posted on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Wash Their Mouths Out With Soap

Oleander aphids absolutely love tender milkweed plants. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We're not the only ones "celebrating" the first week of spring. The oleander aphids are doing a happy dance on our milkweed plants. We think they're doing a mixture of the tango, cha-cha-cha, salsa and merengue. Every time we walk past them, we see a...

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 4:20 PM

The Aphid Eater

A lady beetle munching on an aphid while another aphid (far right) looks on. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The circle of life... Monarch caterpillars feast on milkweed, their host plant.  Oleander aphids feast on the juices of milkweed plants. Lady beetles, better known as ladybugs (but they're beetles, not bugs) feast on the aphids.  The milkweed...

Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 5:20 PM

'Bee' There Oct. 2 In the Bee Garden

A viable bee hive is a new addition in the bee garden, which was planted in the fall of 2009.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mark your calendar! The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology has scheduled a fall open house, the last of the season, at its Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Friday, Oct. 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  It's free and open to the public. The...

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 6:02 PM

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