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Praying Mantis

 The praying mantis glared at me. It was not afraid of me, my camera, or my jockeying around to get a better position. When I captured the image (below) last fall in a neighbor's garden, I decided that in 2009, I would get my very own...

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU--A praying mantis shows no fear. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's in the Bag
It's in the Bag

IT'S IN THE BAG--You can buy a praying mantis egg case online, in a nursery, or in the gardening section of your local hardware store. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM
Tags: egg case (2), praying mantis (85)

What Would We Do Without the Bees?

Team B.E.E.S.

Dianne DiBlasi is frustrated.   She’s the advisor of Team B.E.E.S. (Bergen Environmental Effort to Save Bees), a group of six...

Team B.E.E.S.
Team B.E.E.S.

TEAM B.E.E.S.--These high school students from Allendale, N.J., are learning to be beekeepers and are educating the public about the importance of bees. From left are Camila Robbins, Bryan DiBlasi, Malith Waharaka, Colin Bassett, and Manny Gonzalez. However, Allendale prohibits backyard beekeeping. They're lobbying to change the ordinance.

Flight of the Honey Bee
Flight of the Honey Bee

FLIGHT OF THE HONEY BEE--A pollen-packing honey bee buzzes through salvia (sage). In some cities, beekeeping is prohibited.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, January 16, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Our Young Bee Crusaders

Katie Brown

“Dear Bee Scientists,” wrote 6-year-old Katie Brown of Phoenix, Ariz.  “I am giving this money to you so you can help the bees. I love the bees.” She enclosed $20 from her allowance savings. Hannah...

Katie Brown
Katie Brown

BEE CRUSADER--Katie Brown, 6, of Phoenix, Ariz., loves bees and just donated $20 from her allowance savings to the UC Davis honey bee research program.

Letter to bee scientists
Letter to bee scientists

LETTER TO BEE SCIENTISTS--Katie Brown, 6, of Phoenix, penciled this letter to UC Davis bee scientists and drew bees to illustrate her concern.

Hannah Fisher Gray
Hannah Fisher Gray

BEE CRUSADER--Hannah Fisher Gray, 11, of Wilmington, Del., asked her birthday guests to donate to the honey bee research fund instead of giving presents to her. She collected $110, and then matched the funds so she could give $110 to UC Davis and $110 to Pennyslvania State. One of her friends gave her this t-shirt.

Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 5:44 PM

A Tiny Predator

Gambian spotted-eye flower mantis

If you meander over to the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis campus, you'll see a very tiny predator that looks for all the world like a green leaf. It's the Gambian spotted-eye flower mantis and it's one of the many live specimens housed...

Gambian spotted-eye flower mantis
Gambian spotted-eye flower mantis

TINY PREDATOR--This juvenile Gambian spotted-eyed flower mantis, less than an inch long, is one of the live specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flower mantis on finger
Flower mantis on finger

FLOWER MANTIS ON FINGER--This Gambian spotted-eye flower mantis finds a walking path on Brian Turner's finger at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Turner serves as the public outreach coordinator. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Blowin' Smoke

Blowin' Smoke

If you've been around honey bee hives much, you know what a smoker is. It's a tool that beekeepers use to inspect, manipulate or handle a hive. They smoke a hive to check the health of the...

Blowin' Smoke
Blowin' Smoke

BLOWIN' SMOKE--Smoke shoots from a bee smoker at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. Bee hives are in the background.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Just Smokin'
Just Smokin'

JUST SMOKIN'--Smoke curls into intricate patterns in this shot of a bee smoker at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM

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