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A Crafty Time at the Bohart Museum of Entomology

This quilted wall hanging of dragonflies is the work of quiltmaker and seamstress Ann Babicky of Schofield, Wis. Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterfly and moth specimens in the Bohart, loaned it for the open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Five quilted dragonflies skimming the wall. Eager hands cradling an orchid mantis. Eyes darting toward a hornet's nest. That set the scene at the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology's three-hour open house, themed "Crafty Insects."  Visitors...

This quilted wall hanging of dragonflies is the work of quiltmaker and seamstress Ann Babicky of Schofield, Wis. Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterfly and moth specimens in the Bohart, loaned it for the open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This quilted wall hanging of dragonflies is the work of quiltmaker and seamstress Ann Babicky of Schofield, Wis. Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterfly and moth specimens in the Bohart, loaned it for the open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This quilted wall hanging of dragonflies is the work of quiltmaker and seamstress Ann Babicky of Schofield, Wis. Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterfly and moth specimens in the Bohart, loaned it for the open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hands cradle an orchid mantis, orchid mantis, Hymenopus coronatus, from the collection of Lohit Garikipati. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Hands cradle an orchid mantis, orchid mantis, Hymenopus coronatus, from the collection of Lohit Garikipati. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hands cradle an orchid mantis, orchid mantis, Hymenopus coronatus, from the collection of Lohit Garikipati. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the butterfly and moth specimens at the Bohart, shows a tray to sisters Lily Edmonds of Davis, 7, and Chloe Edmonds, 6, of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the butterfly and moth specimens at the Bohart, shows a tray to sisters Lily Edmonds of Davis, 7, and Chloe Edmonds, 6, of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the butterfly and moth specimens at the Bohart, shows a tray to sisters Lily Edmonds of Davis, 7, and Chloe Edmonds, 6, of Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lily Edmonds of Davis, 7, reacts to the colorful butterflies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Lily Edmonds of Davis, 7, reacts to the colorful butterflies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Lily Edmonds of Davis, 7, reacts to the colorful butterflies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart associate and UC Davis student Emma Cluff (back) talks about a hornet's nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bohart associate and UC Davis student Emma Cluff (back) talks about a hornet's nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bohart associate and UC Davis student Emma Cluff (back) talks about a hornet's nest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors learned about the fascinating world of insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors learned about the fascinating world of insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Visitors learned about the fascinating world of insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Places where we've collected" drew the attention of these Bohart guests. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Places where we've collected" drew the attention of these Bohart guests. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 2:57 PM

A Perfect Perch for a Dragonfly

A young male meadowhawk dragonfly, Sympetrum corruptum, perches on a seed ball of Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A perfect perch. A young male variegated meadowhawk dragonfly, Sympetrum corruptum, found a perfect perch--a seed ball of Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in our pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. It towered over the garden and so did he. Naturalist...

A young male meadowhawk dragonfly, Sympetrum corruptum, perches on a seed ball of Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A young male meadowhawk dragonfly, Sympetrum corruptum, perches on a seed ball of Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A young male meadowhawk dragonfly, Sympetrum corruptum, perches on a seed ball of Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 5:46 PM

Stalking the Red Flameskimmer

Red flameskimmer dragonfly perching on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Who doesn't love the red flameskimmer dragonfly, Libellula saturata? If the Fourth of July had its own insect, it would be the firecracker red flameskimmer. It's so showy and eye-popping red that it almost looks patriotic. Or at least it should be...

Red flameskimmer dragonfly perching on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Red flameskimmer dragonfly perching on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Red flameskimmer dragonfly perching on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Red flameskimmer dragonfly against a solid background: a fence covered with  a shade cloth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Red flameskimmer dragonfly against a solid background: a fence covered with a shade cloth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Red flameskimmer dragonfly against a solid background: a fence covered with a shade cloth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Red flameskimmer blends in a background filled with Jupiter's beard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Red flameskimmer blends in a background filled with Jupiter's beard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Red flameskimmer blends in a background filled with Jupiter's beard. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Takeoff! All systems are go. Or green. Red flameskimmer adjusts its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Takeoff! All systems are go. Or green. Red flameskimmer adjusts its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Takeoff! All systems are go. Or green. Red flameskimmer adjusts its wings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 5:46 PM

The Flameskimmers Are Back!

The flameskimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The flameskimmers are back! We've been waiting for the new generation of flameskimmers, aka firecracker skimmers (Libellula saturata), to visit our yard after the long winter. On Sunday, a male flameskimmer did. It perched on a bamboo stake, soaked up...

The flameskimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The flameskimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The flameskimmer or firecracker skimmer (Libellula saturata) perches on a bamboo stake. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flameskimmer in motion. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Flameskimmer in motion. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flameskimmer in motion. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:47 PM

It's a Bird, It's a Plane...

Flame skimmer ((Libellula saturata), outlined against the sky. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a bird, it's a plane... It's not Superman. It's a flame skimmer dragonfly (Libellula saturata). We spotted this dragonfly in our yard recently and crouched down for a low angle, framing it against the sky. This is one insect that everyone notices...

Flame skimmer ((Libellula saturata), outlined against the sky. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Flame skimmer ((Libellula saturata), outlined against the sky. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flame skimmer ((Libellula saturata), outlined against the sky. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 9:39 PM

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