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Visitor in the Garden

Visitor in the garden

The rain and wind took turns destroying the flowers in our garden last Sunday in a siege not unlike a scene from The Wrestler. The rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora) took a beating, but like Mickey Rourke, it will return.  Last year the...

Visitor in the garden
Visitor in the garden

This little critter, probably a native bee, seems to be glaring at the photographer. The flower is a rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 6:32 PM

The Bee

Queen Bee and Workers

Claire Preston isn't a beekeeper but she's written an informative book titled Bee. Published in 2006 by Reaktion Books, London, it's short, simple and sweet. Especially sweet. Her 10 chapters tantalize...

Queen Bee and Workers
Queen Bee and Workers

QUEEN BEE (center with the dot) is tended by worker bees. Bees are social insects, creating a highly social organization with set duties and responsibilities. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Diggin' Darwin Day

Charles Darwin: Birthday Boy

It promises to attract a large crowd. The UC Davis Center for Population Biology is planning a Darwin Day on Monday, Feb. 23. If it sounds like a belated birthday party, it is and it isn't. Darwin Day, billed as "a global celebration of science...

Charles Darwin: Birthday Boy
Charles Darwin: Birthday Boy

CHARLES DARWIN: BIRTHDAY BOY--This caricature of Charles Darwin perches on a shelf in the lab of UC Davis evolutionary ecologist Andrew Forbes. The UC Davis Center for Population Biology is sponsoring a Darwin Day at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the Varsity Theater, 616 Second St., Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Midge Madness!

Midge madness

Midge madness? Yes, and Briggs beckons.   "Midge madness" will occur from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 in 122 Briggs Hall on the University of California, Davis,...

Midge madness
Midge madness

MIDGE MADNESS--This photo, showing billions of midges, was taken during the peak of the midge emergence at Lake Myvatn, Iceland. (Photo courtesy of Claudio Gratton)

Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Down Under and on Deadline

Douglas Williams and Penny Gullan

They're Down Under and on deadline. Entomology professors Penny Gullan and Peter Cranston of the University of California, Davis, are finishing the fourth edition of their popular...

Douglas Williams and Penny Gullan
Douglas Williams and Penny Gullan

STUDYING INSECTS--University of California, Davis entomologist Penny Gullan, a native of Australia, and noted British entomologist Douglas Williams collaborate on insect scale taxonomy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Peter Cranston
Peter Cranston

UC DAVIS ENTOMOLOGIST Peter Cranston looks over posters at the Entomological Society of America meeting, held recently in Reno. He and colleague Penny Gullan are now finishing the fourth edition of their textbook, "The Insects." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 5:57 PM

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