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Once Upon a Praying Mantis...

A female praying mantis, Mantis religiosa (as identified by praying mantis expert and UC Davis student Lohit Garikipati) is camouflaged in the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden, Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The three men pause in front of the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden at the Sonoma Cornerstone and begin to read the sign. "The Pollinator Garden by Kate Frey," one man reads out loud. "It's brand new, come back soon and watch as it grows. This flower-filled...

A female praying mantis, Mantis religiosa (as identified by praying mantis expert and UC Davis student Lohit Garikipati) is camouflaged in the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden, Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female praying mantis, Mantis religiosa (as identified by praying mantis expert and UC Davis student Lohit Garikipati) is camouflaged in the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden, Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female praying mantis, Mantis religiosa (as identified by praying mantis expert and UC Davis student Lohit Garikipati) is camouflaged in the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden, Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Whoa! No pictures!" The female mantis raises her spiked leg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Whoa! No pictures!" The female mantis raises her spiked leg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"I said no pictures!" The mantis covers her head with a spiked foreleg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"I said no pictures!" The mantis covers her head with a spiked foreleg. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sign informs visitors what the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden at Sonoma Cornerstone is all about. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A sign informs visitors what the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden at Sonoma Cornerstone is all about. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sign informs visitors what the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden at Sonoma Cornerstone is all about. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A visitor takes images of the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden, Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A visitor takes images of the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden, Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A visitor takes images of the Kate Frey Pollinator Garden, Sonoma Cornerstone. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis Bee Garden Open House on May 12

A male valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, nectaring on a California native, foothill penstomen, Penstemon heterophyllus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Did you celebrate National Public Gardens Day today (Friday, May 11)? Yes? It's always held the Friday before Mother's Day to promote awareness of North America's public gardens. The non-profit American Public Gardens Association of Pennsylvania...

A male valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, nectaring on a California native, foothill penstomen, Penstemon heterophyllus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, nectaring on a California native, foothill penstomen, Penstemon heterophyllus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, nectaring on a California native, foothill penstomen, Penstemon heterophyllus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, is a frequent visitor to the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. Note the spider lurking beneath the zinnia blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, is a frequent visitor to the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. Note the spider lurking beneath the zinnia blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Western tiger swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, is a frequent visitor to the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. Note the spider lurking beneath the zinnia blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

California golden poppies and bulbine brighten the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee garden on Bee Biology Road, west of the central UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
California golden poppies and bulbine brighten the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee garden on Bee Biology Road, west of the central UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

California golden poppies and bulbine brighten the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee garden on Bee Biology Road, west of the central UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is Miss Bee Haven, a mosaic-ceramic sculpture that anchors Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. It is the work of self-described
This is Miss Bee Haven, a mosaic-ceramic sculpture that anchors Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. It is the work of self-described "rock artist" Donna Billick of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is Miss Bee Haven, a mosaic-ceramic sculpture that anchors Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. It is the work of self-described "rock artist" Donna Billick of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Head on Over to the Haven

Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology, shows a bee to haven visitor Lalibella Eaves, 6, of Quebec City, Canada. Her mother,  Valerie Fournier, received her doctorate in entomology from UC Davis in 2003 and is now a professor at Laval University, Quebec City. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Head on over to the haven on Friday, May 6. That would be the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. The occasion: It's National Public Gardens Day, as declared by the American Public Gardens Association, and UC Davis is participating. The haven,...

Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology, shows a bee to haven visitor Lalibella Eaves, 6, of Quebec City, Canada. Her mother,  Valerie Fournier, received her doctorate in entomology from UC Davis in 2003 and is now a professor at Laval University, Quebec City. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology, shows a bee to haven visitor Lalibella Eaves, 6, of Quebec City, Canada. Her mother, Valerie Fournier, received her doctorate in entomology from UC Davis in 2003 and is now a professor at Laval University, Quebec City. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, distinguished emeritus professor of entomology, shows a bee to haven visitor Lalibella Eaves, 6, of Quebec City, Canada. Her mother, Valerie Fournier, received her doctorate in entomology from UC Davis in 2003 and is now a professor at Laval University, Quebec City. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Professor Valerie Fournier shows her son, Phoenix Eaves, 9, the California golden poppies and insects in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. The professor is taking a sabbatical and is based in the lab of UC Davis pollination ecologist Neal Williams. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Professor Valerie Fournier shows her son, Phoenix Eaves, 9, the California golden poppies and insects in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. The professor is taking a sabbatical and is based in the lab of UC Davis pollination ecologist Neal Williams. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Professor Valerie Fournier shows her son, Phoenix Eaves, 9, the California golden poppies and insects in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. The professor is taking a sabbatical and is based in the lab of UC Davis pollination ecologist Neal Williams. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees foraging in the haven on seaside daisies,  Erigeron glaucus
Honey bees foraging in the haven on seaside daisies, Erigeron glaucus "Wayne Roderick." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bees foraging in the haven on seaside daisies, Erigeron glaucus "Wayne Roderick." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Through its
Through its "catch-and-release" program, visitors at the haven can get up close and personal to honey bees and other insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Through its "catch-and-release" program, visitors at the haven can get up close and personal to honey bees and other insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work!

A male Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, is the center of attention. The bee, also known as

It's about connecting. It's about learning where parents work and what they do. It's about fun. That's what will happen on Thursday, April 28 during the annual "Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work" day at the University of California, Davis. The UC...

A male Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, is the center of attention. The bee, also known as
A male Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, is the center of attention. The bee, also known as "the teddy bear bee," is frequently found in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. Males cannot sting. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male Valley carpenter bee, Xylocopa varipuncta, is the center of attention. The bee, also known as "the teddy bear bee," is frequently found in the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. Males cannot sting. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Those attending the TODS event on April 28 will be able to get up close to this worker bee sculpture, created by Donna Billick of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Those attending the TODS event on April 28 will be able to get up close to this worker bee sculpture, created by Donna Billick of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Those attending the TODS event on April 28 will be able to get up close to this worker bee sculpture, created by Donna Billick of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology at UC Davis, shows butterfly specimens to Caleb and Alia Symkowick-Rose of Sacramento. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology at UC Davis, shows butterfly specimens to Caleb and Alia Symkowick-Rose of Sacramento. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology at UC Davis, shows butterfly specimens to Caleb and Alia Symkowick-Rose of Sacramento. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 5:44 PM

Bee All You Can Bee

Several years after it was planted, the bee garden looked quite mature. This photo was taken May 22, 2012. This year it is five years old. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Time to celebrate! The UC Davis Departmentof Entomology and Nematology has scheduled a fifth anniversary celebration of  its bee garden on Saturday, May 2. It's difficult to believe that the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is five years old. But...

Several years after it was planted, the bee garden looked quite mature. This photo was taken May 22, 2012. This year it is five years old. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Several years after it was planted, the bee garden looked quite mature. This photo was taken May 22, 2012. This year it is five years old. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Several years after it was planted, the bee garden looked quite mature. This photo was taken May 22, 2012. This year it is five years old. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 8:33 PM

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