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UC Davis Connections Emerge at Conference in Malayasia

At Sibu: Penny Gullan, emeritus professor, UC Davis; Abu Hassan Ahmad of Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang; and Peter Cranston, emeritus professor, UC Davis. Cranston and Gullan now live in Canberra, Australia.

Talk about UC Davis connections! When UC Davis emeriti professors of entomology Peter Cranston and Penny Gullan of Canberra, Australia, attended the International Conference on Natural Resources in the Tropics in late November in Sarawak (Malaysian...

At Sibu: Penny Gullan, emeritus professor, UC Davis; Abu Hassan Ahmad of Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang; and Peter Cranston, emeritus professor, UC Davis. Cranston and Gullan now live in Canberra, Australia.
At Sibu: Penny Gullan, emeritus professor, UC Davis; Abu Hassan Ahmad of Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang; and Peter Cranston, emeritus professor, UC Davis. Cranston and Gullan now live in Canberra, Australia.

At Sibu: Penny Gullan, emeritus professor, UC Davis; Abu Hassan Ahmad of Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang; and Peter Cranston, emeritus professor, UC Davis. Cranston and Gullan now live in Canberra, Australia.

What's in the Sunflowers?

Melyrid beetle on a sunflower.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you're walking through a sunflower field and you're seeing lots of honey bees foraging on the flowers. But wait, look over there. Are those beetles? They are. Melyrid or blister beetles (Melyridae family) and spotted cucumber beetles...

Melyrid beetle on a sunflower.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Melyrid beetle on a sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Melyrid beetle on a sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spotted cucumber beetle on a sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Spotted cucumber beetle on a sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Spotted cucumber beetle on a sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM

How to Flush Out a Praying Mantis

Praying mantis on a watered tomato plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So you want to capture an image of a praying mantis. You have to find one first. Sometimes it's a case of hide 'n seek--it hides, you seek. Mantises, or mantids, are camouflaged. Many camouflaged (cryptic) insects are "sit-and-wait predators," write...

Praying mantis on a watered tomato plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Praying mantis on a watered tomato plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis on a watered tomato plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis licks water from its forelegs, specialized to seize prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Praying mantis licks water from its forelegs, specialized to seize prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis licks water from its forelegs, specialized to seize prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis rests on a tomato vine prior to flying to a nearby tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Praying mantis rests on a tomato vine prior to flying to a nearby tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis rests on a tomato vine prior to flying to a nearby tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Long Awaited: The Insects

Textbook Cover

The Insects are coming. The Insects are coming. That would be the fourth edition of The Insects: An Outline of Entomology,  the newly published work of professors Penny Gullan and Peter Cranston (at right) of the UC Davis Department of...

Textbook Cover
Textbook Cover

TEXTBOOK COVER of "The Insects: An Outline of Entomology." The textbook, considered "the gold standard of entomology books," will be available in the United States in March. It is the work of UC Davis professors Penny Gullan and Peter Cranston.

Posted on Monday, February 8, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Tongue-Tied

Happy puppy

Blue merle mini-Australian shepherds have one. So do honey bees. What? A tongue. For a puppy, the tongue can symbolize pure happiness. For a worker honey bee: a solid work ethic. It's easy to take a photo of a happy puppy with her tongue hanging out,...

Happy puppy
Happy puppy

Blue merle mini-Australian shepherds have one: a tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Industrious honey bee
Industrious honey bee

Just like the puppy above, the industrious honey bee has a tongue, too, or what entomologists call "mouthparts." Here's a pollen-dusted bee in the UC Davis Aboretum nectaring a flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 6:45 PM
Tags: honey bee (1), Penny Gullan (6), Peter Cranston (5), tongue (1)

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