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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...

A lady beetle, aka ladybug, devouring an aphid, while other aphids appear to be
A lady beetle, aka ladybug, devouring an aphid, while other aphids appear to be "aphids in waiting." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A lady beetle, aka ladybug, devouring an aphid, while other aphids appear to be "aphids in waiting." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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...

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

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

A katydid nymph, its legs visible, leaving the Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A katydid nymph, its legs visible, leaving the Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A katydid nymph, its legs visible, leaving the Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A katydid nymph (top) peers over a shredded Iceland poppy at its dinner mates. A spotted cucumber beetle is at left. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A katydid nymph (top) peers over a shredded Iceland poppy at its dinner mates. A spotted cucumber beetle is at left. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A katydid nymph (top) peers over a shredded Iceland poppy at its dinner mates. A spotted cucumber beetle is at left. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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...

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

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

Close-up of an army of aphids on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of an army of aphids on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of an army of aphids on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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...

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

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

Close-up of a lady beetle eating an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a lady beetle eating an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a lady beetle eating an aphid. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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...

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)
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)

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)

A view through Orchard Alley of the be garden. Orchard Alley includes almonds, plums and apples. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A view through Orchard Alley of the be garden. Orchard Alley includes almonds, plums and apples. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A view through Orchard Alley of the be garden. Orchard Alley includes almonds, plums and apples. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary flying through the garden. The garden includes its host plant, the passionflower vine (not pictured). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Gulf Fritillary flying through the garden. The garden includes its host plant, the passionflower vine (not pictured). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Gulf Fritillary flying through the garden. The garden includes its host plant, the passionflower vine (not pictured). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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

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