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How to Find a Praying Mantis

A male praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, emerges from a pomegranate bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Do you know where your praying mantids are? Water a bush or a plant frequently visited by bees and other pollinators, and if they're in there, they're likely to emerge. Such was the case when a male praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, emerged from our...

A male praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, emerges from a pomegranate bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A male praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, emerges from a pomegranate bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A male praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, emerges from a pomegranate bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, strikes a pose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A female praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, strikes a pose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female praying mantis, Mantis religiosa, strikes a pose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM

You Gotta Love Those Praying Mantids!

UC Davis Entomology Club members (back, from left) Lohitashwa

You gotta love those praying mantids! An orchid mantis and a ghost mantis fascinated visitors at the recent open house hosted by the Bohart Museum of Entomology.  Officers of the UC Davis Entomology Club displayed mantids from the collection of...

UC Davis Entomology Club members (back, from left) Lohitashwa
UC Davis Entomology Club members (back, from left) Lohitashwa "Lohit" Garikipati, secretary; Maia Lundy, past president; Chloe Shott, president; and Crystal Homicz, treasurer, greet guests at the Bohart Museum open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis Entomology Club members (back, from left) Lohitashwa "Lohit" Garikipati,secretary; Maia Lundy, past president; Chloe Shott, president; and Crystal Homicz, treasurer, greet guests at the Bohart Museum open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis Entomology Club officers, secretary Lohitashwa
UC Davis Entomology Club officers, secretary Lohitashwa "Lohit" Garikipati and president Chloe Shott, show the praying mantids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis Entomology Club officers, secretary Lohitashwa "Lohit" Garikipati and president Chloe Shott, show the praying mantids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female orchid praying mantis, reared by Lohitashwa
A female orchid praying mantis, reared by Lohitashwa "Lohit" Garikipati, explores her surrundings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A female orchid praying mantis, reared by Lohitashwa "Lohit" Garikipati, explores her surrundings. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 5:43 PM

Rest in Peace, Pollinator Partner

Xena the Warrior Princess checks out a monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

We lost our Pollinator Partner today. Xena the Warrior Princess, a 16-year-old tuxedo cat that we rescued from the pound, crossed the Rainbow Bridge today in a local veterinarian's office. We had her 16 years, or if cats have staff, we were her staff...

Xena the Warrior Princess checks out a monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Xena the Warrior Princess checks out a monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Xena the Warrior Princess checks out a monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


"Pollinator Partner" Xena the Warrior Princess looking at a monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Pollinator Partner" Xena the Warrior Princess looking at a monarch butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Exhausted after a day in the sun, Xena the Warrior Princess sprawls atop a chair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Exhausted after a day in the sun, Xena the Warrior Princess sprawls atop a chair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Exhausted after a day in the sun, Xena the Warrior Princess sprawls atop a chair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 4:32 PM

The Effect of the Drought on Insects

he drought has caused a number of immature praying mantids to die for lack of food.  This is a female female Stagmomantis californica, as identified by Andrew Pfeiffer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The severe California drought--we're in the fourth year--is affecting us all, but it's also affecting insects, says Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis. She writes...

he drought has caused a number of immature praying mantids to die for lack of food.  This is a female female Stagmomantis californica, as identified by Andrew Pfeiffer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
he drought has caused a number of immature praying mantids to die for lack of food. This is a female female Stagmomantis californica, as identified by Andrew Pfeiffer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

he drought has caused a number of immature praying mantids to die for lack of food. This is a female female Stagmomantis californica, as identified by Andrew Pfeiffer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 6:16 PM

Got to Kill to Live

A camouflaged praying mantis dining on a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Some folks dislike photos of praying mantids snagging, killing and eating their prey. Well, often the "eating" part comes before the "killing" part. Still, they have to kill to live. We all do.  Or someone does it for us. We've been seeing...

A camouflaged praying mantis dining on a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A camouflaged praying mantis dining on a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A camouflaged praying mantis dining on a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can you find the ootheca or egg case of the praying mantis in this birdhouse photo? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Can you find the ootheca or egg case of the praying mantis in this birdhouse photo? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can you find the ootheca or egg case of the praying mantis in this birdhouse photo? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 4:53 PM

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