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An Insect Assembled by a Committee?

A katydid nymph on a rose leaf. The nymphs re wingless and have black and white banded antennae, according to UC IPM.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is an insect that looks as if it were assembled by a dysfunctional committee: long angular legs,  long antennae, and beady eyes on a thin green body. All hail the katydid. It's usually camouflaged, disguised as a leaf in the...

Posted on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 5:15 PM

How Green Is Your Cosmos?

Long-distance view of a pink Cosmos with a

The vibrant colors of Cosmos, an annual flower with the same common name as its genus, are spectacular.  But we especially like the showstopping pink Cosmos with its bright yellow center. Well, sometimes, they have a green center--that's when an...

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:23 PM

A, B, and C: What They Really Stand for...

Honey bee heading for a Cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Give me an "A" (for excellence). Give me a "B" (for bee). Give me a "C" (for Cosmos). Watching honey bees collect nectar and pollen on the showy Cosmos (Cosmos bipannatus) is not to be missed. As if performing a ballet, the enchanting bees enter...

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 5:34 PM

How to Train Your Praying Mantis

Praying mantis stretches in the African blue basil. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We've trained puppies to "come," "sit" and "heel." We've trained an African grey parrot to say "Here, kitty, kitty, kitty! Meow!" We've trained the kitty to ignore the parrot. But how do you train a praying mantis? You don't. Our resident praying...

Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Skipping Along

A skipper on a cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

As fall fades and winter beckons, we're still seeing skipper butterflies foraging in cosmos, lantana and other flowers. Lepidopterans study 'em but we just admire 'em. Distinguishing characteristics of skippers include "clubs" on the tips of their...

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 10:00 PM

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